Rabbis and educators are all looking for new ways to help their students learn and retain information in a world that is becoming increasingly dominated by mobile devices and wearable technology. After all, a majority of teens are now carrying around mobile devices (see here) and your typical mobile phone user checks their device at
As a rabbi or educator, you probably bookcases full of books and seforim. Each and every page is cherished for its content and many of them serve as a tool that helps you prepare for a class, give an inspiring drasha, or aid your students. However, nowadays, being a teacher or working in a nonprofit management position, requires tools that aren't found on just your bookshelf. Instead, you must know of and use an assortment of online tools.
For centuries, the primary method of learning in the Beit Midrash has been chavruta, cooperative learning, followed by shiur, whole classroom discussion and discourse. I fondly remember my years learning in Israel and then in rabbinical school where my rebbe would start by giving us a list of maarei mekomot, sources to
Rabbi Mordechai Smolarcik is the Project Director for the Torah iTextbook Project. He has written previously written here about this project for NLEResources.com. The staff of the Torah iTextbook Project at Hillel Day School of Boca Raton has been hard at work creating outstanding iTextbooks for the study of various Shas sugyot. Thanks to the work... Read more »
As Jewish day school parents, we tend to be very involved in our children's education. The very process of selecting a Jewish day school is a form of involvement. There are countless other ways to be involved, including helping children with homework, volunteering at school, raising funds, and communicating with teachers about our children's progress. As a former day school teacher
The Mayberg Family Charitable Foundation recently announced the second year of the Jewish Education Innovation Challenge (JEIC), a grant initiative designed to stimulate and reward innovation in Jewish middle and high school education in North America. The JEIC supplies the opportunity for
The American Jewish day school system has failed in epic proportions. And no, I am not talking about tuition costs. We don't talk about our dirty secret much, but in the U.S., no more than six percent of the non-Orthodox Jewish student population attends a Jewish school. No other Western country with a sizable Jewish