Jeff sits down with the creators and moderators of Jedchat, the twitter chat for Jewish Educators.
- Creating a unique professional learning network through social media (Twitter, Facebook, GooglePlus, LinkedIn)
- Using Twitter and Twitter Hashtags
- Twitter Groups for educators
- The creation and success of JedChat
- How to create Student Centered Learning through Twitter groups
- How to get your faculty to think about professional development as an ongoing experience as opposed to a one day event
- Other types of professional networking groups for Jewish educators
- Teaching Digital Citizenship in our classroom (EdModo, Skype, Kidsblogs, Wallwisher, Story Jumper)
- Using Google Docs to create a paperless environment
- How can an administrator push teachers to adopt tech integration
- Great Apps for your iPad
Websites and Apps Discussed:
About our Guests:
Rabbi Dov Emerson is the Assistant Principal at DRS Yeshiva High School in Woodmere, NY. He has worked with young adults in both formal and informal settings, and he is particularly interested in learning about creative ways to use technology in education. His formal education includes a B.A. from Yeshiva University, a Masters in Education from Azrieli Graduate School of Education where he is currently studying in the Doctoral program, and a Masters in Social Work from Adelphi University. His informal education comes from his PLN (Personal Learning Network) on Twitter, where he learns about awesome new resources every day.
http://yu20.org/ - an online Community of Practice for EdTech in Jewish Education that I moderate
Born in Atlanta, Georgia and currently living in Hollywood, Florida, Rabbi Meir Wexler has been educating and inspiring elementary, middle and high school students for over a decade in Baltimore, Atlanta, Kansas City and Hollywood. “Rabbi Wex,” as community members refer to him, prides himself on his mantra to “be a role model first.” His magnetic personality makes it easy for students and parents alike to connect with him in and out of the classroom. His primary goal is to inspire and enable students to become learners. To accomplish this goal his teaching methodologies include focusing on student centered learning while blending project based with text based learning for authentic learning activities. As a 21st Century educator, Rabbi Wex emphasizes the importance of technology integration in education as a vital means to provide students with the essential tools for becoming an independent life long learner.Rabbi Wex currently is Director of Judaic Technology and Activities in a K-8 400 student private school. He teaches as well. He also speaks to public, private and Religious Schools on how to integrate technology in the classroom.He earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Ner Israel Rabbinical College as well as Rabbinic Ordination. He has a Graduate Certificate in Education Technology from the Azrieli Graduate School of Yeshiva University and is currently working on his Graduate Certificate in Differentiated Instruction. Rabbi Wex was named as an educator of the year in Kansas City in 2008.He enjoys family, Torah, Judaism, education, sports, music, movies, technology, great weather, planting and his dog, Charlie.
Rabbi Akevy Greenblatt is currently the Judaic Studies Lower School Principal and Middle school Coordinator at the Margolin Hebrew Academy in Memphis TN. Akevy is also part of the administrative team for the Margolin Hebrew Academy/ Finestone Yeshivas of the South, which is a Prek- 12 school. Akevy has been involved education for the last 20 years and is a leading change agent in trying to incorporate 21st Century skills with Judaic studies.Meeting students needs and differentiated instruction is something that Akevy believes to be at the core of teaching. You can learn more about Akevy from his “Principals Post” at agreenblatt.blogspot.com and “Beyond the Classrom Walls at akevygreenblatt.edublogs.org. You can also follow him on Twitter@Akevy613