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August 2011 Blog Posts (22)

Why Prezi is a Better Educational Tool Than PowerPoint

Everybody knows that there are hundreds of words for snow in the Eskimo language for snow (which may not be entirely true) and that there are many different words to describe the nuanced differences of pasta dishes in Italian (and as the joke goes, hundreds of nuanced words for an idiot in Yiddish), but in Hebrew one of the concepts which has many words attached to it, in order to grasp the various…


Added by Adam Simon on August 30, 2011 at 4:26am — No Comments

LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Using Social Media Properly

I am often asked:

What is the difference between Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and how should I use them properly?

Over time, I have developed (what I think to be) a pretty decent answer and figured rather than having to repeat it and retype it every time I am asked, I would just put it here. So, here goes...

The way I see it, online social settings…


Added by Adam Simon on August 29, 2011 at 12:30am — No Comments

3 Ways to Use Google Docs in Your Judaic Classroom

Google Docs is a tremendously powerful tool for use in and out of the classroom.

The first layer of its awesomeness comes as a function of its creator's software-philosophy, namely the fact that it - and all the files a user creates and edits - live entirely in the cloud; this makes it accessible from anywhere with internet access (and hopefully soon, with the re-introduction of offline mode, just anywhere - hint hint, Google) and means that work is never lost to crashes, hardware… Continue

Added by Adam Simon on August 28, 2011 at 6:43pm — 1 Comment

What me Wiki?

Arr, me hearties, Bearded Dog here again, back on the open seas,


What me wiki?

The Bearded Dog is a little unsure here me hearties.

Not that the Bearded Dog would ever admit to being unsure – but the Dog thinks that there are so many “easy to use” sharing sites, that Wikis might…


Added by The Bearded Dog on August 26, 2011 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Are You Ready to Flip?


Are You Ready to Flip?


Due to the recent posts of flipped classrooms, I thought this article would be worth sharing. I do believe one should not just flip to say they flipped their class, but should be ready and prepared to do so.


" . . .not all material is suitable to be taught through a video lesson."

Are You Ready to…

Added by Arye Sufrin on August 26, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

My Views on the "Flipped Classroom" and Two Ways of Making it More Engaging

This post is cross posted HERE.


I believe that the flipped classroom model can be an effective way of getting more out of the limited time that teachers have with students in a particular class, however I am a bit reluctant to fully embrace it. The assumption that by flipping one's class, one will get the students more engaged in the material is, in my opinion, false. If all… Continue

Added by David Galpert on August 25, 2011 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Flipping the Shivat Zion

This is cross-posted on my TechRav blog and my TanachRav blog.

I am planning to try the Flipped Classroom model this year in my Nach class. We are learning about Shivat Zion through Sefer Ezra/ Nechemiah, Chagai, Zechariah, and (maybe) Malachi.

Here are my first 5 videos on Ezra…


Added by Rabbi Tzvi Pittinsky on August 25, 2011 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

8 Great TED Talks - Worth checking them out!

8 Great TED Talks About The Future Of Education And Teaching

by K. WALSH on JUNE 12, 2011

These talks offer insights, concerns, and inspiration while discussing today’s educational practices and shortcomings, from a variety of perspectives.…


Added by Arye Sufrin on August 24, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

edJEWcon 5772.0

I would love to share some extraordinarily exciting news of a groundbreaking new conference in Jewish education that will take place at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School this year.  In cooperation with the Schechter Day School Network and with a generous grant and support from The AVI CHAI Foundation, we will bring to you this spring ("Save the Date" coming soon!) an amazing conference… Continue

Added by Jon Mitzmacher on August 21, 2011 at 8:05am — No Comments

Reflections from the Scholastic iPad event - On EdTech and Smartboards: Are we barking up the wrong tree?


Today I had the pleasure of attending an event in the Scholastic Administr@tor “Live Tech Series.”  The event focused on iPad implementation in schools and the Common Core set of academic standards. The…


Added by Dov Emerson on August 18, 2011 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

How To Stream Podcast Shiurim on Your Android Phone

Many of us already recognize the tremendous value that can be found online in the form of audio (and even video) shiurim. These shiurim have rapidly taken the place of the Torah Tapes of our youth and continue to offer thirsty students of Torah the opportunity to enjoy a quality learning experience no matter where they find themselves, anywhere from Brooklyn to Barbados and everywhere in between.

Audio shiurim can be found in a number of places online, two of the best repositories… Continue

Added by Adam Simon on August 17, 2011 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Wait... a Chumash themed Podcast created by 3rd graders??

Podcasting has revolutionized the way we consume entertainment. It used to be that we were slaves to the TV Guide. Whatever time your show was on was exactly when you had to be situated in front of your television. But with Podcasting you don’t ever have to wait for your favorite show nor do you have to search for it. With entertainment customized to suit my personal interests pouring into my computer or portable device I have become quite snobby and choosy. Now when I turn on the TV and the…


Added by Ouriel Hazan on August 15, 2011 at 3:51pm — No Comments

My Dining Room Table Conference – Reflections from Edmodocon ’11

Whew! Was I tired! It was hard to believe that I could have been suffering from post conference exhaustion when I spent the day sitting at my dining room table, but it’s true. Last Wednesday, I spent the day conversing with 400+ people from around the world and expanding my mind at Edmodocon. The online conference, run by and about the education social network platform Edmodo, was really quite the marathon…


Added by Dov Emerson on August 15, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

The End of the Beginning

 An entire universe of knowledge has been opened for me. Frankly I may have known it existed and just didn’t see the value in it. Now I don’t understand how students can learn to their full potential without technology. I constantly find myself thinking about web 2.0 tools, blogs and wikis and how I can apply them or help educators apply them to their classrooms and beyond. I see how the world has changed through technology and how schools are changing as…


Added by Meir Wexler on August 14, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

The Social Oomph I needed!

I just discovered the wonders of www.socialoomph.com and how it can help my class this year. I believe twitter can be an incredibly powerful communication tool for both students and parents. With social oomph its possible to enter tweets for the entire calendar year at once and schedule when they will be sent out. This will help the most disorganized teacher, like myself, stay on top of regular communication responsibilities. For example i know the dates… Continue

Added by Ouriel Hazan on August 14, 2011 at 5:08pm — 1 Comment

Why I love Blogger.com

I have really enjoyed the use of this site. I think that a new teacher can really benefit from the ease of use and the ability to post quickly and effectively. I am hoping to encourage my students to create their own blog site  using blogger this year in my Drama class. Students will be able to submit posts in their character's voice and submit it for the rest of the cast members to see.

I can also extend this assignment to the backstage crew. They can blog about the new skills they… Continue

Added by Ouriel Hazan on August 14, 2011 at 3:42pm — No Comments

QR Codes can make teaching fun!

10 Ways to Use QR Codes in Your Classroom


Added by Arye Sufrin on August 14, 2011 at 1:41am — 1 Comment

Changing Perspectives: Virtue in a Virtual World

I doubt I would have ever ventured into Second Life if it wouldn't have been assigned as homework.  It was uncomfortable from the first moment I entered, and still weirds me out every time I launch it.   I feel totally out of control when I enter the space and no matter how many times I've attempted to figure it out I end up where I never…


Added by Debby Jacoby on August 12, 2011 at 5:46pm — No Comments

New MOFET JTEC Jewish Education Portal Newsletter

Please come see the new MOFET JTEC Newsletter. Catch up on Jewish education news & research around the world!

The current bulletin contains research findings, educational resources, conference information, etc. selected from journals and other Jewish education publications.

This issue contains a number of research articles and papers dealing with teacher education and mentoring and the impact of informal education programs on teens and young adults.

Some of our…


Added by Reuven Werber on August 10, 2011 at 3:02am — No Comments

Why Don't I Blog More?????

I've been struggling with a question recently and it seems that i am alone here but: Why don't i blog more?

Its been a few months in this fully immerse EdTech course and i am now equipped with some pretty cool tools, as well as the cool lingo that goes with it. I now have a twitter account, and so i tweet. I now have a blog, and so i blog. I'm working on a PLN with the hopes that one day i will PLN like crazy. But to be honest i have only recently discovered the phenomena of blogging…


Added by Ouriel Hazan on August 9, 2011 at 2:08am — No Comments

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