There is a conversation going on in the JEA technology CoP, of which I’m a part. It related to the open and easily editable nature of wikis. It started with a question: “Does this openness give you…Continue
As a synagogue school educator, I am torn between the ideal of teaching Hebrew as a living language and the reality of congregational/parental demands that the students master t'filla Hebrew in order…Continue
The universe is expanding. That’s the core of the Big Bang Theory. As the cosmos gets older, everything in it moves apart. Not to delve too much into such esoterica like Hubbles Law, I need to affirm - אני מאמין - I'm a believer. In the last week I experienced something akin to this phenomenon in my own universe. Let’s call it the Virtual Big Bang.
Last Wednesday I participated in the first #jedchat., organized by …
Technology is not meant to be the end, but to be the means. Technology is a tool to engage our students. Web 2.0 has introduced us to new ways of creating and defining community. Just as the chalk board created new ways to create relationships between the student and the teacher and the nature of education itself, the digital universe we are entering is opening up new doors that will lead to a different learning and teaching…Continue
My religious school 5th grade teacher and I met the other day. We are exploring how to revamp our t’filla curriculum using digital technology. There are a lot of cool tools out there. Our challenge is to find one that appropriately meets our goals. We want our students to be able to decode t’fillot fluently and to understand what they are all about – to be able to articulate what the kavannah is in their own words. When we looked at…Continue
How do I take what I learned at ISTE and apply it to the real world? I’ve been reflecting on this – bouncing between the theoretical and the practical – since my return. One of the most important things I learned at the conference was that we are in the midst of a revolution that is changing the social and cultural matrices that define our society. Our students (who will become the parents of the future) are looking at the world in a completely…Continue