Section archive - Technology & Computers
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For a long time, educational technology was focused, to a large extent, on the use of computers (and later the internet) within the classroom. Educators spoke about “breaking the classroom walls” by using YouTube clips to start a classroom discussion or by letting students look up information on the internet. Teachers began to realize that they were no longer the “owners” of information, once handheld internet devices were introduced (aka smartphones) smart kids would challenge the teachers' authority by fact checking the information discussed in class. Educators then spoke of the transition from “the sage on the stage to the guide on the side” that meant moving away from the lecturing model – but what instead? How can a teacher be a “guide on the side” with so little time to teach (or “guide”)?
Updated: Jul. 06, 2016
Yeshiva University and The AVI CHAI Foundation have announced a new online program called CollegeNOW, which will offer high school juniors and seniors around the country the opportunity to deepen their Jewish learning for college course credit. Designed and taught by nationally-recognized experts in their respective fields from Yeshiva University, the first three course offerings—set to begin this fall—will focus on Jewish law, philosophy and history. Students will be eligible to receive three college credits per completed course at a significantly reduced tuition rate, thanks to the generous support of The AVI CHAI Foundation.
Updated: Jul. 06, 2016
This semester at my own school, Margolin Hebrew Academy, we began blazing our trail into the wild West of the Internet by implementing a Digital Citizenship curriculum developed by Common Sense Media. This excellent collection offers age-appropriate lessons, videos, games, and take-home activities all about digital ethics for children in grades K through 12. This course of study is recommended by Facing History and Ourselves and is utilized by many Jewish days schools and other independent schools around the country. The module for elementary school is called Digital Passport. Amanda White, our elementary librarian, and I have already started teaching our third through sixth graders about digital citizenship during their library time. We will continue using the curriculum with grades one through six next year in the elementary school. Additionally Upper School Principal, Rabbi Uriel Lubetski, and I will be implementing the high school module of this curriculum called Digital Compass during regularly scheduled Life Skills classes in the coming weeks.
Updated: Jun. 01, 2016
Education in Civic Participation: Children, Seniors and the Challenges of an Intergenerational Information and Communications Technology Program
This article investigates an intergenerational information and communications technology (ICT) program that seeks expressly to enhance children’s civic participation by placing them in mutually educational encounters with seniors. Applying Devine’s model of the interrelationship among structure, power, and agency, it problematizes this goal by analyzing the dialectics of the power relations between seniors and children who maintain a technology-driven relationship. The data were gathered via qualitative participant-observation in two elementary schools.
Updated: Jun. 01, 2016
For the 2016-2017 school year, Sefaria seeks creative educators who are ready to innovate and are open to new ways of thinking about teaching and learning. We plan to include up to 10 day schools in this Initiative. Each school will need one or two lead educators who are committed to working closely with Sefaria over the course of the year. We invite you to read more and consider applying!
Updated: May. 26, 2016
Torah U’Mesorah, the national organization of Hebrew Day Schools, had a question: Could the option of online and/or blended learning solve some of the challenges facing Jewish schools? With funding from The AVI CHAI Foundation, Torah U’Mesorah set out on a two-year pilot project involving 13 diverse Jewish schools across the country. They ran the gamut from co-ed day schools to yeshivos and Bais Yaakovs; from major Jewish population areas to smaller enclaves; from elementary schools to high schools. A study conducted about the pilot revealed the wide range of variables that influence the answers to the questions above.
Updated: May. 10, 2016
The most significant educational initiative in the field of Israel-Diaspora relationship within formal education is twinning of diaspora based and Israel schools. The Jewish Agency’s Global School Twinning Network includes a wide variety of schools: Jewish and non-sectarian; schools from different Jewish streams; elementary, middle and high-schools; day and afternoon schools; schools from different sectors of the Israeli population, and more. To date, 650 schools in partnerships spanning the globe are engaged in active twinning programs.
Updated: Apr. 13, 2016
Five New York and New Jersey Jewish Day Schools are currently implementing Lookstein Virtual Jewish Academy's (LVJA) courses to connect middle and high school students to substantive Jewish learning beyond the classroom walls. With LVJA, these schools are differentiating and individualizing instruction, offering a greatly expanded Judaic studies course catalog, and allocating resources responsibly. Today, LVJA, a project of Bar-Ilan University's Lookstein Center for Jewish Education, was named one of North America’s top 50 innovative Jewish organizations in the eleventh annual Slingshot Guide.
Updated: Mar. 23, 2016
SAP and Beit Issie Shapiro Introduce IssieBoard – An Adaptive iPad Keyboard for People with Disabilities
SAP Laboratories in Israel and The Beit Issie Shapiro Technology Consulting Center have developed IssieBoard – a new adaptive Hebrew keyboard app for children and adults with disabilities. Designed for the iOS operating system, IssieBoard will allow people with learning disabilities, visual impairments, developmental and intellectual disabilities to use all functions of a virtual iPad keyboard in Hebrew. The IssieBoard app is available for free download on the App Store.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2016
It is clear that technology, and the Internet in particular, poses enormous threats, while providing extraordinary opportunities to the American Orthodox community. This issue of Klal Perspectives explores whether a community, or even a family, can eliminate the intrusion of the Internet, and if not, how we can best meet its challenges and take advantage of its opportunities. And perhaps of particular interest is the identification of various influences of online use on the Orthodox community that are enormously consequential, yet frequently overlooked (such as online bullying, for example).
Updated: Feb. 10, 2016