Through my PLN, specifically, through New Milford High School's tech trailblazing principal Eric Sheninger, I came across this news feature from CBS 2 New York on NMHS' success at integrating mobile learning devices into the classroom. They have a policy they call BYOT (Bring… Continue
Added by Dov Emerson on December 11, 2011 at 8:00pm —
For the bast several months I've been privileged to be enrolled in an online certificate course which is geared to train teachers in all things EDTECH. Of course I wanted in! Although i love technology, admittedly, i was completely unfamiliar with the seemingly endless new terms that have invaded our daily vernacular. Technical terms like blog, moodle, jing, twitter, WIKI, and social networking. I certainly had SOME knowledge of these things but could not say with any certainty that i knew… Continue
Added by Ouriel Hazan on September 19, 2011 at 10:53pm —
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
Added by Peter Eckstein on September 5, 2011 at 7:50am —
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… Continue
Added by Dov Emerson on August 15, 2011 at 9:00am —
The ISTE11 conference in Philadelphia was really a sight to behold, on a variety of levels. I had certainly never been to a conference this size before, and aside from some sporting events, I don't believe I have even inhabited a space with over 17,850 people before, let alone so many educators who were passionate about… Continue
Added by Dov Emerson on July 22, 2011 at 6:00pm —
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
Added by Peter Eckstein on July 17, 2011 at 10:50am —
(Cross-Posted on AviChai's EdTech Blog, and dovemerson.wordpress.com)
"Technology in schools should be like oxygen: ubiquitous, necessary, and invisible"
AKA Chris Lehmann
Principal, Science… Continue
Added by Dov Emerson on July 1, 2011 at 11:44am —
Back in the 70s and 80s, the educational concept of Cooperative Learning developed and was implemented in classrooms around the world. According to this idea, students are encouraged to work together to achieve a common goal (something akin to what we call Problem Based Learning). The role of the teacher morphs into more of a facilitator, enabling the students to learn and understand the material on their own. Wikis… Continue
Added by Peter Eckstein on June 24, 2011 at 7:12am —
About two years ago I first discovered Second Life. I just sort of dived in and explored. It was interesting learning to walk, touch, sit; and really fun to fly. I traveled hither and yon, exploring strange new worlds. After awhile I got bored and stopped visiting. Also, it got kind of weird, especially after some entity in a hospitality venue for SL newbies propositioned me. Sort of creepy when I think about it.
Anyway, I’ve just started to visit again, partially as a result of a… Continue
Added by Peter Eckstein on June 22, 2011 at 4:29pm —
I’ve been on vacation for the past week. While we basked in the sun and surf of Florida’s west coast, I was reading a biography of the musician, Jerry Garcia. Every few pages I would come upon a reference to a song or concert and would immediately grab my smartphone to go online and look for any recordings or, even better, video of early concerts… Continue
Added by Peter Eckstein on June 17, 2011 at 5:37pm —
Each year in our community, sixth and seventh graders from different synagogue schools converge on one site to act out shtetl life and role-play the experience of early 20th century immigration to a new land (the U.S. or Palestine). It’s an attempt to teach history experientially. So every year we directors of education meet to redesign the program. This year a new element in the planning was introduced: The Cloud.
Usually we planners meet in one of our offices to discuss ideas. … Continue
Added by Peter Eckstein on June 5, 2011 at 6:32pm —
I love VoiceThread. It’s a great platform that allows students to collaborate and create something akin to a pod/video cast. I learned about it this past fall and began utilizing it first with my congregational school’s 5th grade class. Our first foray was into tweeting t’fillot - rewriting Ahavat Olam. Each student typed a personal 140-character interpretation and then recorded it on the VoiceThread platform. Then all the… Continue
Added by Peter Eckstein on May 26, 2011 at 4:18pm —
It’s the last week of religious school at my synagogue. Around this time I usually ask my 7th graders to reflect on their Hebrew school experience; having them write a couple of paragraphs about what Judaism means to them. We then include what they wrote in a brochure that we distribute to the congregation at a Friday night service that honors them.
By the beginning of May, getting these 12-13 year olds to think about this is like pulling teeth. They’re tired. The…
Added by Peter Eckstein on May 13, 2011 at 2:23pm —
Recently, I have been thinking a lot about the Khan Academy, and specifically, Salman Khan's TED talk where he outlines the way his video tutorials in math can be integrated into a larger program of 'flipping' the classroom. The basic idea is that the students watch the video lecture that outlines the underlying mathematical concepts… Continue
Added by Dov Emerson on March 28, 2011 at 7:11pm —
Thanks to Rabbi Green of Bnot Torah for passing this article on to me...
It's an interesting article about a practice that is often frowned upon, that of using a cell phone (not to talk, but to text/email/tweet etc) during dinner. The author notices the increasing amounts of (often younger) diners at… Continue
Added by Dov Emerson on February 22, 2011 at 5:30pm —
I saw this blog post today on Free Tech 4 Teachers (an absolotutely essential EdTech blog, by the way).
It contains a very straightforward tutorial on how to create a google doc form that can be easily accessed using an iPod/iPhone/iPad, and the data can then be collected and analyzed in an easy to understand way.
If anyone is doing something like this in their… Continue
Added by Dov Emerson on January 18, 2011 at 3:30pm —
Shalom all (or where I hail…
Added by Dov Emerson on January 9, 2011 at 3:00pm —
Thanks to R'Tzvi Pittinsky for (as usual!) bringing a great EdTech article to my attention.
The NY Times piece, entitled "Math That Moves: Schools Embrace the iPad," focuses on a variety of schools and districts that have made substantial financial investments to… Continue
Added by Dov Emerson on January 5, 2011 at 12:30am —
Thanks to Leslie Salley, who tweeted about this...apparently, in Memphis, a place very near and dear to my heart and my hometown :) , the city (public) schools are putting place graduation requirements which include taking a certain amount of online courses. (See HERE for the article,… Continue
Added by Dov Emerson on December 29, 2010 at 10:10pm —
In an excellent blog post by Brian Kuhn, entitled "Technology is a Game Changer for Learning," several different ideas about the necessity of using technology in education are introduced. What i found particularly powerful was a video embedded in the post, utilized to hammer home the importance of recognizing… Continue
Added by Dov Emerson on December 21, 2010 at 11:32pm —