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Judaic Studies Teachers


Judaic Studies Teachers

A place for Judaic Studies teachers to share ideas and discuss how to bridge the gap between 21st Century Skills and Judaic Studies. It will also help Judaic Studies teachers in developing a PLN

Members: 19
Latest Activity: Jan 10, 2016


One of the reasons behind forming this was group was to address some of the issues that are unique to Judaic studies teachers. Just as a way to get the discussion started I am going to list some of the issues that I am currently dealing with and my hope is that this will spark future discussions.
1. Establishing Benchmarks and Standards for the Judaic studies curriculum
2. Incorporating 21st Century Skills and Technology within the Judaic Studies curriculum
3. What do we want a graduate from a Jewish Day School to look like
4 Ivrit B'Ivrit
5. Making Tefilah more meaningful

Discussion Forum

Yom Kippur Message:

Started by Akevy Greenblatt Oct 7, 2011. 0 Replies

 As many of you may know Steve Jobs the CEO and founder of Apple died Yesterday. Here is a video  of a speech he gave at Stanford University “How to Live Before you Die”.…Continue

Shana Tova / Welcome Back

Started by Akevy Greenblatt Oct 2, 2011. 0 Replies

A message from Akevy Greenblatt to all members of Judaic Studies Teachers on The Educator's PLN! Dear All First and foremost I want to wish you all a Shana Tova B'H the school year got off to a…Continue

Teaching During Tests

Started by Yair Daar. Last reply by Tzvi D. Daum Feb 25, 2011. 6 Replies

I have found that students are most attentive and eager to learn during an actual test. The reasons are obvious as they have the pressure of the test weighing on them. Since our main goal as teachers…Continue

D.I. in the Judaic Classroom

Started by Akevy Greenblatt. Last reply by Akevy Greenblatt Feb 23, 2011. 2 Replies

I just posted a blog about D.I. and I would like to hear how some of you are using D.I. in the classroom. …Continue

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Comment by Darren Kuropatwa on January 13, 2011 at 11:41pm
Thanks Akevy.
Comment by Akevy Greenblatt on January 13, 2011 at 1:12pm
I would like to welcome Darren to the group.
Comment by Daniel Needlestone on January 11, 2011 at 9:47am

A belated invite to join the online streaming of the World ORT wingate seminar on digital content creation for learning - all this week at there are a mix of guest presentations and presentations from teachers in ORT schools around the world.

You will all be very welcome

Comment by Akevy Greenblatt on January 10, 2011 at 6:03pm


I couldn't agree more so I guess the next step is for us to define our purpose 

Comment by Adena Raub Dershowitz on January 10, 2011 at 5:59pm
Tom Whitby said the growth was mostly viral -- and I agree with Tzvi that the purpose should be defined before we publicize the group. While there are others, I would say that one major advantage of the Edu PLN versus LookJed is that teachers who join this group can take advantage of other groups, discussions, videos, etc... on the PLN - they can network with teachers in the secular world who have similar pedagogical or technological interests. We can use this group as a gateway to the larger discourse.
Comment by Tzvi D. Daum on January 6, 2011 at 9:54pm
I have mentioned this before. I think the group really needs to define itself what it is all about. How is this different than say Lookjed? What is the point? I also suggested that if the there would be some sort of set rotation for people to blog about topics of interest to the group (at a manageable interval) perhaps that will help gain interest as well.
Comment by Akevy Greenblatt on January 6, 2011 at 7:00pm

Rachel and Adena those are both good ideas. Tom has RT for it and is supportive of the group. The other issue is what kind of exposure do we have on Twitter - how many people on Twitter belong to Edchat etc. 

I still believe that if we had content and real discussions word would spread as well. 

My thoughts

 Thank you both for all your efforts


Comment by Adena Raub Dershowitz on January 5, 2011 at 2:49pm
I'll contact Tom Whitby (EduPLN founder, I think) to see how they spread the word in the general ed. world.
Comment by Rachel Abrahams on January 5, 2011 at 2:33pm
what about something to distribute at the upcoming day school conference?
Comment by Akevy Greenblatt on January 5, 2011 at 12:51pm

I want to echo Aden's comment and welcome our new members. I have tweeted about this group and I know it was RT by PEJE and by LA BJE. However perhaps the best way is word of mouth. 

I also think that we need to be having some real discussions if we are using this group for PD and collaborating ans posting and sharing ideas then I think people will see it as being beneficial and the word would spread. 

Those are my quick thoughts, but I thank everyone for being a part of it and I too hope it grows and becomes a vehicle that will help with student learning 


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