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Paperless or Less paper?


Education today is evolving with the onset of innovative learning tools like the interactive whiteboard, mobile devices, and online learning. 21st century education pedagogy is deepening our curriculum, how we teach and how our students learn. Education is changing at a rapid pace…


Added by Hanna Shekhter on October 24, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Active Learners

When school starts in September, and my classes begin in Computer Class I do get greeted with “why do I need that?” Fast forward a month or so later and the same students come in telling me how they made invitations for birthday parties or Power Point presentations for family events, and they become so much more animated and interested in learning because THEY see how the skills relate to them. Teaching skills like how to use functions and features of programs, I find needs a hook, a topic…


Added by Julianna Friedman on October 23, 2013 at 7:15pm — No Comments

Authentic Instruction vs. Directed Instruction

Much has been written about the importance of learner-centered instruction/engaged learning or as many call as many call authentic instruction. The benefits are obvious and clearly a goal of any teacher is that the child is trained to eventually learn and derive knowledge autonomously. The challenge though, is that if such instruction dominates the class the student may not develop some prerequisite skills. More importantly, valuable time may be wasted in the student's autonomous exploration…


Added by Moshe Erlbaum on October 23, 2013 at 6:12pm — No Comments

Consider Your Space - Designing for a New Mind

Take a look around you. What does your workspace look like? What is working? What isn’t? Take another look around your classroom. Try and be objective - does the space flow? Are you encouraging collaboration - or individual reflection? What message is your space sending to you; your students?

Our space affects our thinking and the flow of ideas. I notice that when I am sitting too long I get tired and become…


Added by Lisa Fusco on October 23, 2013 at 6:42am — 1 Comment

Authentic Learning

Authentic learning is based on active, learning.  There's an old proverb that says, "Tell me, and I forget.  Show me, and I may remember.  Involve me, and I will understand."

This is very true for many learners especially in science.  In science we teach students a lesson about a topic and then they perform and experiment to help them grasp the science concept.  Although, as teachers we are taught to have many different types of learning to help each student who learns differently.

Added by Lauren Dini on October 21, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Self- Directed Learning and GAME PLAN

 I really enjoyed several facets mentioned in chapter 2 titled Self- Directed Learning, in the Technology integration Book for Meaningful Classroom Experiences.

 The first facet I enjoyed is called Self- Directed Learning, which is defined as "Any increase in knowledge that a person brings about by his or her own efforts using any method at any time."  In my opinion, it is an extremely critical life skill not just for teachers, but for every profession in all walks of life. Sometimes…


Added by Rabbi A Bitton on October 21, 2013 at 11:48am — No Comments

Is There an App for That?

A few years ago I had an experience in my classroom that I continue to think about and evaluate. The unit was berachot over foods. We had learned the mishnayot related to food berachot and the students were beginning to apply their learning to their practice by learning the berachot for foods that they eat. A problem that many students have is not knowing where their food comes from. Does it grow on a tree? In the ground? If they knew the answer to that, they would know what beracha…


Added by Rachel Buckman on October 20, 2013 at 8:46am — No Comments

ePortfolios..Showcase and Share

As I re-introduced my fourth grade students to their Google apps for Education accounts, they were delighted to see all of their writings and projects from third grade right there in their Google Drive. I heard them talking to each other and discussing what each project was about and their struggles to get each writing piece to be just the way they wanted it. I usually have my students create a new folder and tuck away all of their…


Added by Lauren Adler on October 16, 2013 at 9:04pm — 2 Comments

Opening the World of Torah Learning to our Students


Part 1: Biographies wanted

Last week, one of the greatest Torah sages of the last few generations, Rav Ovadiah Yosef, died. As my husband described him, Rav Ovadia zt"l was a cross between Albert Einsten and Martin Luther King Jr, whose genius was…


Added by Shira Hochheimer on October 16, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments

GAME as a means of self directed learning

I am one of those people who wants to learn something immediately.  I don't have patience with step by step learning. I don't like long winded introducations. And I like things to be done correctly the first time. No, I am not ADD - though there are those who might think so. 

As an administrator, I know the advantage and the benefits of lesson planning. I do it myself, sometimes. I know that projects need to laid out with tasks enumerated and dates assigned.  Now I am taking on a big…


Added by Janice Colmar on October 14, 2013 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Digital Citizenship and iPads


As educators of 21st century students, we sometimes assume that because our students have been born into a digital world, they know a little bit about the rights and wrongs of connecting within that world. After a year of iPads in our school, it has become apparent to our educators and administrators that…


Added by Hanna Shekhter on October 10, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

The Empathy Interview - Designing New Minds


What an exciting time to be an educator! There are so many great ideas out there to inspire us and to help us bring the next new minds to the forefront. Each new idea brings the opportunity to engage and stimulate our students in a new way.

For me the focus has been on Design Thinking. I believe this concept…


Added by Lisa Fusco on October 8, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Free Webinar - Learning2Learn with Silvia Tolisano

YU2.0 is very pleased to announce a free webinar 

Thursday, October 10th at 8 PM Eastern Time


with internationally acclaimed educator Silvia Tolesano

MS Academic Technology Coordinator

Graded School, American School fo Sao Paulo, Brazil…


Added by Shira Leibowitz on October 2, 2013 at 7:13pm — No Comments

What does my classroom Feel like?


This year, like most teachers, parents and students, I was lucky enough to have TWO first days of school. At least that was what it felt like. My…


Added by Shira Hochheimer on October 2, 2013 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Is there an "app" that highlights "aptitute"?


It's been a while....

New year, new school, new thoughts?

As those of you who avidly follow my blogs (Ha! - bit of online humour there) know,  I am all in favour of online and or blended learning. Actually - more in favour of blended learning - but that might be because of the age of students with whom I work. I want to know if anyone out there has come across, or developed, or used (or all of the above) a test that would determine the likelihood of a…


Added by Frank Samuels on September 29, 2013 at 5:27pm — No Comments

Reflections after the first year of an 1:1 iPad Initiative


This past summer I spent alot of time reflecting on the first year of our middle school 1:1 ipad program. What went right and what went wrong was subjective and answers differed across the various stakeholders in our school community. Students had the most positive things to say about the program. I mean, we did give them their own…


Added by Hanna Shekhter on September 9, 2013 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

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תחילת שנה היא הזדמנות נפלאה להגיד לכול הקוראים תודה רבה על כל הערות והארות שקיבלתי מכם מאז שהתחלתי לכתוב את הבלוג החודשי . 
עם תחילת שנת הלימודים , בתי הספר כבר נערכים לשלל תוכניות ,  בהם מוזמנים ההורים הסבים והסבתות להשתתף בפעילויות בית ספריות . 
לא מעט שנים חוויתי מקרוב את תחושת התסכול של אותו תלמיד שסבא וסבתא שלו אינם יכולים להגיע לאותה…

Added by Dana on September 8, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Emails from Naomi Shemer

Each afternoon between 1 and 1:30 PM, I receive an email from "Naomi Shemer".   Not the Naomi Shemer.  From the iPad in our school named "Naomi Shemer".




One of our founding 21st century learning teachers, …


Added by Jon Mitzmacher on September 1, 2013 at 8:40am — No Comments



How would you compare Canvas with Moodle as an LMS? Kindly explain. Thank you.

Added by Richard D Solomon, PhD on August 22, 2013 at 11:09am — No Comments

Torah iTextbook Project Update

Our first iTextbook based on the sugyah of Ben Sorer U'Moreh is ready for beta-testing. The iTextbook includes multimedia,an interactive gemarah tutor and interactive assignments and excercises. If you or your school is interested in testing this relevant and interactive iTextbook please contact me at info@hdstip.org.

Added by Rabbi Mordechai Smolarcik on August 8, 2013 at 8:46am — No Comments

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