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The latest papers and research studies published in the world's leading academic journals in the field of teacher education.
Trends in Jewish Education
HaYidion: RAVSAK's Journal of Jewish Education: Excellence
"Excellence" is a goal to which many, if not all, day schools subscribe. This issue of Hayidion provides perspectives on this elusive term, offering diverse notions of what day school excellence means and looks like, and suggesting pathways and structures for schools to achieve excellence. Each school must define what excellence means for its community and how excellence relates to the other values in the school's mission.
Publication Year: Summer 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: June 17, 2015
Technology & Computers
In First, Israeli App Helps Kids Beat Cyber-Bullies
The internet abounds with dangers for unwary users and is especially perilous for children whose inexperience renders them vulnerable to hackers, bullies, and pedophiles or worse. In response, an Israeli nonprofit called Red Button has produced the world’s first app that lets anyone, especially kids, easily report negative web behavior. The Red Button app installs itself as a service on Android devices, and there is also an add-on version for popular web browsers like Firefox and Chrome. If an individual comes across something or someone they are uncomfortable with – such as a person who is cursing, threatening, intimidating, or inappropriately discussing personal issues – all they have to do is press a button to begin a process that can lead to taking the offending site down or arresting the offending individual.
Publication Year: June 18, 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: July 1, 2015
Conferences & Events
The Israel Center for Educational Technology in cooperation with MindCET held the Shaping the Future III conference on June 1-4, 2015
The Israel Center for Educational Technology in cooperation with MindCET held the Shaping the Future III conference on June 1-4, which was filled with screen-centered solutions. MindCET is an EdTech innovation center that brings together entrepreneurs, educators and researchers to develop innovative groundbreaking educational technology in Israel and beyond. The conference featured speakers and workshops focused on the latest technology trends, such as virtual reality, Internet of Things and the maker movement.
Publication Year: June 10, 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: July 1, 2015
Israel Education
MOFET International Jewish Leadership Seminars: History, Memory and Heritage in the Jewish Peoplehood Discourse
Dr. Tova Perlmutter, lecturer and pedagogical tutor in Jewish History at Levinsky Teachers College and staff member of MOFET International's Jewish Teacher Educator Community, shares the rationale and approach of the MOFET Jewish Leadership Seminars in Israel. Every year tens of educators and educational administrators participate in seminars lead by Tova, enriching their professional & personal identities and skills.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: June 18, 2015
Education & Administration
Boston Jewish Day Schools to Receive $3m for Special-Needs Students
Jewish day schools in Greater Boston will receive $3 million over the next five years to make education more affordable for students with special needs. Combined Jewish Philanthropies, a nonprofit organization, is partnering with the Ruderman Family Foundation to create the Morton E. Ruderman Inclusion Scholarship Fund, according to a statement from officials of the philanthropies.
Publication Year: June 18, 2015     |    Updated in JTEC: July 1, 2015
In-Service Training
Romemanu Mi’Kol Lashon – Raising the Discourse of Hillel Educators
Over 50 Hillel professionals met the first week of June at Capital Camps for the first Hillel Educators Kallah. Attendees represented the gamut of Hillel roles, directors, engagement professionals, campus rabbis, and more. Regardless of title or job description, we consider ourselves Jewish educators. But we were stuck when asked if we really consider ourselves educators – what was our pedagogy? What was our method and practice? How could it be assessed, and indeed, are we even able to really demonstrate our successes? It became clear during our discussion that if Hillel staff, regardless of academic training, are going to consider ourselves Jewish educators, we need a method and practice that will merge the central elements, or commonplaces, of Judaism (God, Torah and Israel) with the central elements of education (subject, learner, educator and environment). What would be a curriculum that could be shared by Hillel movement? Even further, how would we measure the successful implementation of that content?
Publication Year: June 21, 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: July 1, 2015
Learning Resources
Israeli Museums Portal
Museums in Israel – the National Portal is the first project of its kind to showcase Israel's development in the preservation and nurturing of culture and heritage in the digital age.The portal is a gateway, by means of which the collections of Israel's museums are revealed and displayed to the general public throughout the world. The museums' collections, which are visually outstanding, can be located and retrieved on any computer, tablet or smartphone, simply, easily and quickly.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: July 1, 2015
Teacher Education
The Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Education Program at Levinsky College of Education
The Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Education program offered in English by the International School at Levinsky College of Education in Tel-Aviv is intended for students, leading educators, and academics who are keen to devote an entire semester to studying: advanced pedagogy, educational entrepreneurship, and digital technology in the service of education. The semester-length program combines high-quality academic studies, professional encounters with leading entrepreneurs and educators, interesting experiences in the city of Tel Aviv, tours of Israel, study trips, and cultural evenings.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: June 17, 2015
Adult Education
Knesset Unveils New 'Academy' to Train MKs' Staff
More than 100 young Israelis convened in the Knesset's spacious auditorium two weeks ago. They came to hear a lecture on the legislative process, and appeared to be very keen on hearing what the lecturer had to say, taking extensive notes. This was the first day of "classes" in what has been dubbed the "Knesset Academy for Parliamentary Aides." The new institution is the brainchild of Speaker Yuli Edelstein, who has also renamed the job. From now on parliamentary aides are to be called "parliamentary advisers."
Publication Year: June 1, 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: June 16, 2015
Informal Education
Cyber Camp for 10th Grade Religious Girls
Cyber Camp is a summer camp for religious girls who have completed 9th grade. The campers will enjoy a wonderful fun camp experience integrated with Jewish values and an opportunity to learn about the world of technology and computer cyber skills. Cyber camp will be holding two 7-day long sessions (July 6-12 and July 13-19, 2015) at the Maayan Charod Guest House with Shabbat at Midreshet Hagolan in Chispin.
Publication Year: Summer, 2015     |    Updated in JTEC: June 3, 2015
Formal Education
Schooling in the Kovno Ghetto: Cultural Reproduction as a Form of Defiance
While the Final Solution was instituted throughout Europe, this paper will focus on the inhabitants of the Kovno Ghetto. As they faced extermination, Kovno Jews risked their lives to create detailed records including: lists and accounts of people killed, diagrams of the camp, artwork, journals, and photographs of the events in the camp. One act of defiance chronicled in the photographs and writings was the hidden school system that the Jews conducted to exercise one of the few powers they possessed, the power to preserve their culture. The history of clandestine schools is outlined using the diary of Avraham Tory, excerpts of the diaries of students, historical information provided by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and other historical resources.
Publication Year: 2015    |    Updated in JTEC: June 17, 2015