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The DigitalJLearning Network brings you EdTech tools you can use for helping students to learn Torah, specifically the weekly parsha. With these tools, students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the parsha in a more interactive, creative way. You can also personalize instruction for these “parsha projects” by allowing students to choose which tool(s) will work best for them.
Updated: Feb. 12, 2018
Introducing the all-new Voice Dictation v2.0, a speech recognition app that lets you type with your voice. There’s no software to install, there’s no training required and all you need is Google Chrome on your Windows PC, Mac OS or Linux. Dictation 2.0 can recognize spoken words in English,Hebrew, Hindi, Español, Italiano, Deutsch, Français, and over 100 other popular languages.
Updated: Feb. 12, 2018
For the new year, JETS Israel has compiled a list of “EdTech Tools for 2018” that we feel are very effective in the Jewish classroom. From assessments to presentations, timelines to games, these tools can transform your curriculum.
Updated: Feb. 11, 2018
Online programs are becoming more ubiquitous in higher education; however, there has been a lack of research on the merit of this style of educating. Using the concept of constructivism as a framework, the idea that individuals construct their own understanding of world experiences, the authors generated a case study to explore the efficacy of teaching “havruta study,” text analysis in student pairs with instructor facilitation, in an online format. Findings suggest that, through careful consideration of communication styles and student needs, highly interactive in-house courses can be adapted to online settings.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2017
Israel Police Insp.- Gen. Roni Alsheikh announced Sunday the creation of a cybercrime unit dedicated to monitoring and preventing predatory online activities against children and teens in Israel. The unit, to be called Maor, will be operational in the coming weeks, and accessible online or by dialing 105, said Alsheikh. It was initiated in coordination with the ministries of justice, education, and labor and social services.
Updated: Nov. 01, 2017
The instant messaging application WhatsApp enables quick, interactive multimedia communication in closed groups, as well as one-on-one interactions between selected group members. It has become one of the most popular applications, and is regularly used by both teachers and students for personal and group communication. In the present study, we explore student perspectives on the phenomenon of WhatsApp 'classroom groups', in which both teachers and students from a particular classroom interact with one another in closed groups. Our methodology combines interviews and focus groups with students aged 13-18 (N= 88).
Updated: Sep. 06, 2017
To understand and then appreciate technology’s role in our learning and our lives, we need to understand the essence of what technology is and what it allows us to do. When we move beyond brand names and the latest technical features we can see that technology is meant to allow us to increase our production, communication, and give us the ability to interface and interact with the world around us. Why then is education still discussing, and at times even struggling to validate, how technology can transform teaching, learning, and meaningful experiences in both?
Updated: Aug. 30, 2017
Are There Jewish Digital Badges?: A Study of Religious Middle- and High-School Girls’ Perception of an Emerging Educational Technology-Based Assessment
For Jewish education, digital badges can provide an alternative to traditional assessments. However, the emerging research on badges suggests a complex relationship between learning opportunities, the learner, and the design of the badge. An investigation of a digital badge system at an ultra-Orthodox Jewish middle and high school for girls reveals new findings on digital badges as well as how badges can be used in Jewish education. Qualitative analysis of student interviews details how badges can motivate, provide feedback, and serve as credentials in Jewish educational organizations. This research answers whether digital badges are Jewish.
Updated: Aug. 30, 2017
Characteristics of an Innovative Learning Environment According to Students’ Perceptions: Actual versus Preferred
An innovative learning environment is the current outcome of the constructivist approach, the essence of which is co-construction of knowledge in an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) environment. We examined how Israeli students perceived 10 characteristics of their classroom learning environment—student cohesiveness, teacher support, involvement, task orientation, investigation, cooperation, equity, differentiation, computer usage and young adult ethos. Particular foci were students’ perceptions of the actual state of their learning environment compared with the preferred state, and which characteristics predicted students’ cooperation.
Updated: Aug. 09, 2017
Ezra Academy has announced the implementation of a new, innovative educational approach to learning, in partnership with the Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy. According to school administrators, the Lookstein Virtual courses are connecting the Woodbridge CT Jewish day school’s middle school students to Jewish learning and enhancing the school’s curriculum.
Updated: Aug. 07, 2017