In the mid-90s, ARPANet was transformed from a military safety net to the civilian Internet that has transformed our lives. Forty years ago, the average person followed an employment path largely determined by birth and education, often committing to one employer until retirement. Today you probably wouldn’t even consider this path . Success is no longer solely determined by the right education, the perfect resume, or even your age and background. Teens as young as 12 are now coding websites, producing films and building networks through social media. By the time they’re adults, this online generation will already have some skills and real-world experience that a purely formal education can’t provide.
The Internet is bringing a revolution along with it. Access to information combined with global supply and demand is reshaping established conventions and destroying old world definitions.
This is the background against which we all live. This revolution has meant that education has now changed. It means that children start using computers from an early age and continues for the rest of their lives. It means that worldwide sources of education and contacts are now open for us all and determines what and how we learn.
All teachers requirements vary depending depending on the age and objectives of what they wish to achieve with their students. This can vary from showing a video followed by a discussion to a degree/post degree course. The ‘audience’ can watch videos again reinforcing what they first saw. This becomes especially important for many who have ‘forgotten’ what they saw and can’t repeat it. The generation gap has become more acute so that parents frequently ask for advice from their children - who may still be at school ! New software and hardware highlights the speed of chaNGE.
Examples are what is now available are:
Ji Products & Services Thousands of games built by Teachers. Plus tools and resources to build your own. To deliver a high quality Jewish or Hebrew education.
Chavurah Explore short stories about this innovative Jewish education model. Click on the numbered PEDAGOGICAL AND STRUCTURAL NOTES (in the circles) to see specific teaching approaches that make Chavurah stand out! At the end, there are options to LEARN MORE and give us FEEDBACK (and read the other two stories).
Torah.org Join users worldwide searching for Jewish educational resources: Weekly Torah Portion, Jewish Holidays, Classic Jewish Texts, and Jewish Topics of Interest.#
Jewish Online School This new school is based on the same online education model that powers the Nigri International Shluchim Online School, and is available to all Jewish children throughout the world, regardless of their current Jewish education, from ages 5 - Bar/Bat Mitzva.
The Jewish Online School can provide your child with a full Hebrew School education. Our curriculum includes a combination of Hebrew reading, Tefillah- Jewish prayer, and Judaica studies. If a Hebrew School is unavailable in your region, we can offer it to you in the convenience of your own home.
We also offer online Bar Mitzvah classes, a special program tailored for teens and advanced learning classes for those who want to take their education further.
The Jewish Online School offers a virtual education experience with live classes and fully interactive learning. Each of our online classrooms feature live streaming video and voice technology, and a digital whiteboard capable of multimedia presentation. During class, students can see their instructor and fellow classmates and can fully interact with classmates, teacher and whiteboard.
is the center for Jewish educational technology and computing in the UK, revitalising Jewish learning through innovative, interactive apps and inspirational training.
In a unique fashion, JI creates innovative and interactive Jewish (online) multimedia programs for primary school children. We are using modern technology to help inspire and assist our Jewish educators, who seek to make Torah more relevant, accessible and alive to Jewish children and their parents, globally.
This article is part 3 of the series Continuing Conversations on Leveraging Educational Technology to Advance Jewish Learning. The series is a project of Jewish Funders Network, the Jim Joseph Foundation, and the William Davidson Foundation. For an in-depth look at opportunities in Jewish Ed Tech and digital engagement, read Smart Money: Recommendations for an Educational Technology and Digital Engagement Investment Strategy. Later this year, watch for the launch of a new website to help advance the field of Jewish educational technology.
The Online Jewish Academy (OJA) offers students who have struggled or been turned away from Jewish schools the opportunity to be a part of campus life, while participating in an academic program that is customized to meet their needs.
At the heart of the program is a new educational model called blended learning, which combines personalized, online instruction and traditional in-class learning. It incorporates new techniques such as the “flipped classroom,” and project-based learning that are quickly becoming commonplace at high schools around the country.
Blended learning works well for almost any student, but for students with learning differences in particular, the benefits can be immeasurable. Whether a student is gifted in certain areas or struggles with learning disabilities (or both), it can be difficult to succeed in a traditional classroom. The problem is exacerbated at Jewish schools, which require Hebrew and Jewish Studies on top of a rigorous General Studies curriculum. For these students, the personalized instruction and pace, enhanced with adaptive and assistive technologies, make a dramatic difference.
Students take a combination of traditional courses and OJA’s flexible online/blended courses that adjust themselves to each student’s interests, pace, learning style, strengths and weaknesses. Students advance ahead and receive enrichment in subjects in which they have a particular interest or excel, and can go back and work on the skills or content they struggle with.
Students work together with teachers, learning specialists and their peers to hone and apply their learning to meaningful problems and real world projects. Courses focus not just on content, but on the 21st century skills that students need and on meaningful understanding and application.
Distance Learning is currently available for students enrolled in the Spertus Institute Jewish Studies programs:
Master of Arts in Jewish Studies (MAJS)
Doctor of Science in Jewish Studies (DSJS)
Doctor of Hebrew Letters (DHL)
The academic standards and requirements for courses taken through Distance Learning are identical to those for courses taken at Spertus Institute's Chicago campus, only the methods of course delivery are different. Students who opt to take their degree primarily through Distance Learning have complete flexibility as to when they wish to "attend" classes, according to their individual schedules.
Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences Jewish Studies Online, a program of the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life. Our free, non credit online courses allow you to learn at your own pace and study with the Jewish Studies faculty at Rutgers University.
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Facing History and Ourselves Our mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.
By studying the historical development of the Holocaust and other examples of genocide, students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.
Yad Vashem - Online Courses Yad Vashem's Online Courses utilize materials from our extensive archives and resources, and the latest in Holocaust research and pedagogy. They provide a unique opportunity to broaden your knowledge on the subject, with the flexibility offered by online study. The entire courses are conducted online. Click on the courses to see more details.
Antisemitism: From Its Origins to the Present (Free Online Course)
The Holocaust – an Introduction (Free MOOC) In this new educational initiative Yad Vashem together with Tel Aviv University, has created an online academic course on the Holocaust to be offered on a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) platform. The course, "The Holocaust: An Introduction" first launched on Coursera in 2016.
The Holocaust: A Learning Site for Students (Holocaust Encyclopedia) Organized by theme, this learning site presents an overview of the Holocaust through historical photographs, maps, images of artifacts, and testimony clips. It is a resource for middle and secondary level students and teachers, with content that reflects the history as it is presented in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Permanent Exhibition.