DeLeT Alumni Jody Passanisi and Shara Peters Published in Scientific American

Friday, September 7, 2012

“Could an online learning system replace a classroom? Yes, it could. Will it? Most definitely not.”  Two DeLeT Alumni, Jody Passanisi and Shara Peters, recently published in Scientific American their thoughts on the continued value of the classroom teacher with the expanding role of technology in education.  

Taking a lesson from their DeLeT training and its commitment to collaboration, Shara and Jody underscore the need for today’s students to be literate in the collaborative process.  They say, “A classroom is not a virtual dictionary or lecture hall where students can receive isolated pieces of information, but rather a place where students can learn how to distill and discern the value of the information they find on the Internet, as well as analyze bias, evaluate content, and construct their own knowledge

Click here to read the full article, “Teachers and Administrators, Don’t Be Scared of Technology: It Won’t Replace the Classroom.”

DeLeT is a trans-denominational program that prepares and credentials teachers for a specialized career in Jewish day schools. Friday, July 20 was the graduation for DeLeT’s 10th Cohort, celebrating 10 years preparing Jewish day schools' greatest asset - their teachers.  DeLeT is offered by the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR with the generous support of the Jim Joseph Foundation.  For more information, please contact Stacey Barrett at sbarrett@huc.edu.


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