Edmodo (http://www.edmodo.com/) is a free, safe, closed and private classroom community that brings students together. Edmodo was founded in 2008 and as of September, 2012 it has reached a milestone of over 10-million users. Edmodo allows teachers to create closed, safe groups that can allow students (and parents) to join their virtual classrooms. As a technology coordinator at a Jewish day school I was so pleased to know that no private information…Continue
Added by Natalina Parker on February 5, 2013 at 6:49pm — No Comments
As an educator, I want to utilize tools that allow students to maximize their ability to collaborate with people all over the world. Twitter is a social media site that can allow students and teachers to do just that! Whether you want your students to Tweet and respond to homework assignments, create networks with other students in the same club (i.e.: yearbook, choir, etc.), communicate with Scientist (or other experts), and/or to engage students in current events happening around the…Continue
Added by Natalina Parker on January 23, 2013 at 12:05pm — No Comments
I thoroughly enjoyed Molly Hazan’s discussion post titled “Technology and Chumash?” (http://yu20.org/forum/topics/technology-and-chumash?xg_source=activity)
She raises two important points. First she writes that Chumash is kodosh and traditionally learned from a Chumash. Secondly she continues, her Chumash lessons are designed to touch the heart and technology will cheapen…Continue
Legacy Heritage Fund is thrilled to announce the launch of the enhanced phase of Dah Bear, a free online tool which assists students in mastering Hebrew vocabulary. Dah Bear was released on a pilot basis at the end of the last academic year. Dah Bear contains over 1,200 word lists and is being used in the classrooms of more than 275 teachers in over 90 schools around the world. …Continue
Added by MarciKaroll on April 24, 2012 at 4:02pm — No Comments
The topic of the effectiveness of technology in education is one that has gotten a lot of attention, anywhere from this site to the publicity it received nationally due to the recent NY Times article. My recent parent teacher conference day led me to share my own thoughts on the matter.
In completion of my YU Partnership Ed Tech Course of 2011, I undertook to create a wiki for my 6th grade Gemara classes. The wiki contained handouts that we did in class or that were assigned…Continue
Added by Dov Hochbaum on November 20, 2011 at 8:48pm — No Comments
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 …
Added by Peter Eckstein on November 1, 2011 at 12:36pm — No Comments
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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 — No Comments
“The medium, or process, of our time – electric technology – is reshaping and restructuring patterns of social interdependence and every aspect of our personal life...Everything is changing…Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men [sic] communicate than by the content of the communications.” (Marshall McLuhan)
These prescient words were written by Marshall McLuhan in his…
Added by Peter Eckstein on June 10, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments
What’s Torah got to do with it? I’m growing a whole new level of respect for Nachshon! Here goes… I’m jumping in
Podcasts and Vodcasts have been around for a while, but might have been given a new life, as technology is rapidly integrating into education systems. I have never experimented with creating either, but have listened to a myriad of podcasts over the years – from Car Talk to This…Continue
Added by Peter Eckstein on May 31, 2011 at 6:01pm — No Comments
Legacy Heritage SMARTBoard Project offers educators in Jewish day schools and supplemental schools FREE SMARTBoard lessons through its SMARTBoard Jewish Educational Database (SJED).
SJED contains a large and growing database (2,200+) of interactive SMARTBoard lessons submitted by Jewish educators from across the United States. Educators may download lessons, free of charge, in any…Continue
Added by MarciKaroll on May 3, 2011 at 9:18am — No Comments
Pesach is a time for questions.
So, in the spirit of the season, I would like to ask you some. I’ll start with one: How do Jewish educators learn to use 21st century educational technology in the Jewish classroom? This will lead to a few more. What follows is a survey with 15 questions (an auspicious number for Pesach). The goal of this short (5-8 minutes) questionnaire is to find some answers to the question of how and…Continue
Added by Peter Eckstein on April 21, 2011 at 7:43am — No Comments
“I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!” I feel like the white rabbit. You know, rushing hither and yon, trying to figure out how to get where I need to go without being too distracted by all the tweets, network posts, and blogs I follow; not to mention the old technologies like the printed word and emails. There is so much information available to us. If I miss a day of twitter, I feel it’s a catastrophe.
I’m not a technical neophyte. I sort of know what’s going on. …
Added by Peter Eckstein on March 9, 2011 at 7:29am — No Comments
The dust is settling after the January JEA and NATE conferences. Synagogue educators of all stripes and flavors are returning to our old haunts: Congregations and real life. A taste of what is possible still remains in our mouths, though. We need to ask: How do we keep the spirit that we felt in Mt. Laurel and Seattle, alive? How do we move…