Harnessing the power_of_technology_to_build_community

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This presentation was developed for the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, CT's Mitnick Education Conference in Oct. 2011.

Some content is geared toward Jewish congregational schools, but the goals and tips can be applied to nearly any classroom.

Overview: New technologies offer an unprecedented opportunity to build relationships and enhance education. But they also offer challenges. How do we harness this power strategically? How do we manage communications when we don’t have control over the message? How can congregation classroom teachers blend technology effectively into lessons? How can tools be integrated into the classroom to enhance learning and not become the focus? We will review various educational goals and how technology might be used to reach them.

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    1. 1. Wh a t C a n We D o ?Blending Technology into EducationMarch 2012Kevin MartoneTechnology Program ManagerGrinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropykevin@hgf.org
    2. 2. Determine Your Goals
    3. 3. Website Facebook eNewsletter Twitter_____________ _____________ _____________ __________________________ _____________ _____________ __________________________ _____________ _____________ __________________________ _____________ _____________ __________________________ _____________ _____________ _____________Trad. Newsletter/ Blogs Goal 1______________Direct Mail __________________________ _____________ Goal 2___________________________ __________________________ _____________ Goal 3___________________________ _____________Other Offline – Video Sharing Photo Sharing OtherEvents, Calls, Mtgs. _____________ _____________ ____________________________ _____________ _____________ ____________________________ _____________ _____________ ____________________________ _____________ _____________ ____________________________ _____________ _____________ _____________Remixed from Idealware’s Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide (www.idealware.org)
    4. 4. 4 Potential Goals re: Blending TechEffectively into the Classroom Share info with parents and families online Enhance education & make learning more fun/interesting Build community online and off Increase/enhance learning between sessions (and during summer)… and include parents in education Other?
    5. 5. One Thing…
    6. 6. Share Info with Parents Create an online resource center » Issue: synagogue website nonexistent or difficult to update Ideally allow conversation/comments » Homework? » Moderate! Other options » Google Group » Wiki » Facebook Group
    7. 7. Weebly Sites
    8. 8. Enhance Education & Make Learning More Fun/Engaging
    9. 9. Digital Photography www.babaganewz.comAsk students to photograph anything of Jewish interest athome. The ten best were blown up, matted, and hung inthe hallways of the school.Take digital photos of all students. Print into 1”headshots. Allow students to paste their own faces ontopaper dolls with biblical clothing. Then they can putthemselves into a scene – parting of the Red Sea, at thebase of Mt. Sinai, etc. They can also add thought bubblesto incorporate emotion and actions. They can be placedas part of a giant mural for the entire Congregation aswell.
    10. 10. Digital Video www.babaganewz.comCombine students into small groups. Assign eachgroup two chapters of Megilat Esther to read; askthem to create a script for a 2-minute video using anyformat – live action, puppets, animation. They wererecorded using a digital video camera (Flip Cam willdo) and put together into one movie, and shared withthe community for Purim.
    11. 11. Build Community Online and Off Share projects among families » Blog? Share projects with entire community » Digital presentations » Printouts at synagogue
    12. 12. Build Community Online and Off How have you shared your class learning with the community?
    13. 13. Enhance Learning Between Sessions Discussion Forum » Topics of interest to audience (not just classwork) » Keep parents involved » Moderate! » Consider tool options - Weebly - Blog and/or Twitter - Facebook
    14. 14. Lois Tompkins, PrincipalBernard & Alice Selevan Religious School at the Jacksonville Jewish Center
    15. 15. Enhance Learning Between Sessions Videoconferencing (i.e., Skype) » 1-on-1 tutorials » Buddy classroom in Israel? » Parent-teacher conferences? » Off-season seminars?
    16. 16. Learn Hebrew Online Twebrew School Behrman House
    17. 17. 4 Potential Goals re: Blending TechEffectively into the Classroom Share info with parents and families online Enhance education & make learning more fun/interesting Build community online and off Increase/enhance learning between sessions (and during summer)… and include Parents in education Other?
    18. 18. Your Ideas
    19. 19. You Can Do It

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