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<p>Over the past 30 years, new technologies have revolutionized our lives. The array of advanced technologies now available, from YouTube to cloud computing, IPhones to Twitter, Google to Kindle, are creating a world of empowerment, connections, customization and cultural creativity almost unimaginable barely a generation ago. Virtually every area of human endeavor is being transformed before our eyes. And, education is no exception.</p> <p>JESNA’s Lippman Kanfer Institute seeks to enhance Jewish education’s receptivity to and capacity for worthwhile innovation. In this context, the Institute began nearly two years ago to bring together – both physically and virtually – some of the most talented and thoughtful individuals working in the broad arena of technology and Jewish education to discuss their work and their visions for the future of Jewish learning and teaching in a technology-in ...

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Publication Date2009
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<p>How can Jewish education speak to every child and help them live meaningful, purposeful, and fulfilling lives? How can Jewish texts, traditions, and experiences contribute to individual growth and development? As part of its ongoing work to advance innovation and positive change in Jewish education, JESNA's Lippman Kanfer Institute is pleased to share its latest web publication on Whole Person (Holistic) Learning, an approach to Jewish education that focuses on these critical questions.</p> <p>Whole person (or holistic) learning approaches each learner individually, and engages the learner's mind, heart, soul and sense of being. Jewish learning that aims to educate the whole person deals with more than just those aspects of knowledge and behavior that we think of as specifically "Jewish" (e.g., Jewish rituals). It addresses the entirety of our lives - physical, social, emotional, eth ...

Publication Date2012
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  • Research Reports and Studies - Lippman Kanfer Institute Publications
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<p><span style="line-height: 16px;">In May 2012, members of the Jewish Education Change Network participated in a webinar with guest speaker </span>Dori Frumin Kirshner of Matan,<span style="line-height: 16px;"> on the topic of Differentiating Instruction for All Learners. Click on the link above to view the recording of the webinar (total running time: 69 minutes). You may also wish to view or download the following materials shared during the session:</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 16px;"><a href="http://www.raisingsmallsouls.com/animalschool/animalschool.swf" target="_blank">Animal School</a> (website)</span></p>

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<p>The Mandel Center's Teacher Learning Project is a website designed as a resource for anyone who is interested in the question, how can we make schools excellent places for teachers to learn and grow?</p> <p>On it you will find a toolkit of practical, field-tested resources, including</p> <ul> <li>guidelines for creating effective new teacher induction in a school;</li> <li>a tool for assessing a school's current practice;</li> <li>teaching modules that will help strengthen every facet of induction, from hiring to supervision;</li> <li>practical resources created by leaders in our partner schools; and</li> <li>access to a network of like-minded professionals.</li> </ul> <p>The heart of the toolkit is a series of teaching modules created by the Teacher Learning Project Team at the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University. Each module focuses on one a ...

Publication Date2012
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<div> </div> <div>The Digital Textbook Playbook is a guide to help K-12 educators and administrators advance the conversation toward building a rich digital learning experience. This Playbook offers information about determining broadband infrastructure for schools and classrooms, leveraging home and community broadband to extend the digital learning environment, and understanding necessary device considerations. It also provides lessons learned from school districts that engaged in successful transitions to digital learning.</div>

Publication Date2012
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  • Handbooks and Guides

<div>Online learning groups and “Communities of Practice"&nbsp;represent a rapidly growing phenomenon, and the Jewish&nbsp;world is successfully taking part in the professional and&nbsp;educational opportunities made available through&nbsp;these relatively new forms of technology-based&nbsp;networks. Though much has been written on CoPs,&nbsp;this survey represents the first effort to map, through&nbsp;quantitative and qualitative empirical data, the field of&nbsp;Jewish professional online Communities of Practice,&nbsp;learning networks and discussion groups.&nbsp;</div>

Publication Date2012
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  • Research Reports and Studies

<p>In January 2012,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 16px;">Grsinpoon-Steinhardt Awards winners participated on a webinar with The Jewish Education Project's&nbsp;Miriam Brosseau&nbsp;discussing technology integration in Jewish educational settings.&nbsp;Miriam Brosseau hails from the great state of Wisconsin; at Madison she earned her undergraduate degree in Jewish Studies and Modern Hebrew. She later went on to get a master's in Jewish Professional Studies from the Spertus Institute, where she focused on educational vision, new Jewish culture, and technology. Miriam has worked in educational and programmatic positions with the World Zionist Organization, Shorashim, Hillel, and the BJE of Chicago. Jewish professional by day, Jewish musician by night, Miriam is currently the social media coalitions manager at the Jewish Education Project and half of the "biblegum pop" duo Stereo Sinai.</sp ...

Publication Date2012
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<p>In January 2012, memebrs of the Jewish Education Change Network participated in a webinar with <a href="http://www.g-dcast.com/" target="_blank">G-dcast's</a> Sarah Lefton, exploring the interweaving of Mishna learning and media literacy. Click on the link above to view the full recording of this session (total running time: 60 minutes).&nbsp;</p>

Publication Date2012
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  • Interactive Resources - Webinars
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<p>YouTube's new teacher channel is a guide for K-12 educators for using video in the classroom. Teachers can follow tips that show everything from organizing videos to sparking lively discussions to help struggling students through videos. Teachers can also sign up to become part of the YouTube Teachers Community, a mailing list that allows them to share ideas and best practices.</p>

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Since 2007, Project Tomorrow has collaborated with Blackboard Inc. on a series of annual reports that focus on how online learning is changing the classroom paradigm within our nation's schools. In this latest update, we examine the Speak Up 2010 survey data collected from 379,285 K-12 students, parents and educators to highlight not only the continuing growth of online learning opportunities for both students and teachers, but also the new challenges that must be addressed to realize the students' vision for enabled, engaged and empowered learning through technology.<br /><br />Download the report here:<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=757&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Learning in the 21st Century: 2011 Trends Update (<span class="small">699.43 k ...

Publication Date2011
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  • Research Reports and Studies

<p>The use of a wiki can lead to better use of time, improved communication, and increased adult learning, which in turn will contribute to improved student learning. In this white paper from Eye on Education, author Stephanie Sandifer lays out some basic strategies and uses of wikis for teachers in a variety of school settings, both in the classroom and for professional development purposes. <br /><br />Download the white paper here:<br /><a class="doclink" href="index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_download&amp;gid=756&amp;Itemid=573"><img src="../components/com_docman/themes/default/images/icons/16x16/pdf.png" border="0" alt="icon" /> Using Wikis for Communicating and Collaborating in Your School (<span class="small">649.89 kB</span>)</a></p>

Publication Date2011
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  • Articles
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<span>Outdoor education has been creating a buzz recently in the Jewish world-foundations have supported the creation of new Jewish camps, while educational institutions including supplemental schools and day schools have been trying to figure out how to incorporate new, nature-based learning into their curriculum. But what, exactly, is outdoor Jewish education? What are the theoretical frameworks that generate success, and how can we replicate best practices in our own institutions? </span>

Publication Date2011
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  • Articles
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<span><span>What </span><strong><em>is</em></strong><span> on the minds of today's Jewish teens? Without an understanding of why they are and what is on their minds, Jewish communities can not provide meaningful experiences to teens.   <br /><br />Through a "live time" survey of its students, <a href="http://naacchhs.org/" target="_blank">NAACCHHS</a> (the North American Association of Community and Congregational Hebrew High Schools) <span>provides us with an invaluable window into the motivations, thinking and actions of a group of teens enrolled in their programs.</span><span> </span><span>219 teens responded to a five-question online survey in May 2010.</span><span> </span><span>Directors of the NAACCHHS schools interpreted the findings and their implications at the annual NAACCHHS conference in June 2010.</span><span> </span><span>This issue of QuickBytes shares what JESNA and NAACC ...

Publication Date2010
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  • Articles
  • Research Reports and Studies

For the Jewish education professional, the incorporation of social media &amp; technology into the classroom can be daunting; the continual development of new and emergent social technologies in the last decade have advanced at a far quicker pace than our educational models can adopt. Additionally, professional development resources and budgets in the Jewish supplementary school or day school are often limited to the bare essentials, leaving little leftover for what are viewed as discretionary foci. <p>Yet the world of social media and technology is here to stay, and as many Jewish educators and schools are already learning, these tools can be a great boon to the classroom. This issue of QuickBytes will provide both a basic introduction to the educational uses of social media and technology for Jewish education leaders and professionals, as well as identify useful resources for further ...

Publication Date2010
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  • Articles
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<span>The TorahTrek Center for Jewish Wilderness Spirituality </span><span>contributes to vibrant Jewish communities, living in balance with their neighbors and environs, by exposing Judaism’s roots in wilderness, facilitating direct experience of the Divine in nature, demonstrating the effectiveness of Judaism as a spiritual practice, and fostering the spiritual growth of individual Jews and Jewish communities.  Through leadership training and curriculum development, TorahTrek envisions a Jewish community that takes full advantage of the natural world in mainstream Jewish education for children, youth and adults.<br /><br />The website includes program listings, links to relevant resources, and an online journal. </span>

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<p><span>The author discusses the range of ways in which environmental issues are integrated into Jewish education curricula. He identifies four elements of experiential education that involve students' relationship to their learning experience: 1) each other; 2) their teacher; 3) their curriculum; and 4) their physical setting. The author provides examples of Jewish environmental educational approaches which incorporate these elements. In Jewish Education News, Summer 2008.</span></p>

Publication Date2008
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  • Articles

<span>Experiential environmental education includes awareness, interconnectedness, and responsibility. It is usually taught to our children only upon request, once or twice a year, by guest educators who come to the classroom to do specialized programming. We need a rethinking and reshaping of how these teachings can enhance the Jewish educational system, beginning with the current curricula in rabbinical schools and Jewish teacher training programs.</span>

Publication Date2008
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  • Articles

This guest post in the New York Times Learning blog discusses the importance of teaching 9/11 in schools, particularly as the 10th anniversary of the attacks approaches. The post is authored by two educators <span>explaining why they believe 9/11 should be taught in school. </span><br /><span><br />Pamela Moran is the superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia and president of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. Ira David Socol, a graduate student in the College of Education at Michigan State University, consults on curriculum and use of space in schools.</span>

Publication Date2011
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<p><span>JETS (Jerusalem EdTech Solutions) was founded by former North American Jewish educators currently living in Israel who combine to bring a wealth of experience in Jewish studies instruction, curriculum development, and staff development, along with a deep understanding of North American Jewish and general education. In addition, the Jerusalem location of JETS provides access to educational materials and methodologies developed in the vast Jewish educational infrastructure in Israel, the opportunity for on-site development to bring Israel into Diaspora classrooms and communities, and contact with a significant pool of capable former Diaspora Jewish educators who have moved to Israel.</span></p>

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