On January 9, 2013, the New York School of Education (NYSOE) at HUC-JIR hosted a Yom Iyun on "Technology: Implications and Applications for Jewish Education." All students in the NYSOE attended the intensive day of learning with experts in the field.
Dr. Evie Rotstein, Director of the NYSOE, stated, "The day provided us with some great resources and offered some important ways to think about whether or not to use technology in a given situation. We were challenged to think about what tools to use and what goals technology serves in terms of building community."
The Yom Iyun began with Dr. David Bryfman of The Jewish Education Project. During his talk, "Digital, Virtual, and Social: The Impact of Technology on Jewish Education," students discussed the pedagogic implications of technology and Jewish education. The day of learning continued with Erica Reifer, Education Technologist at New York University, who presented "Strategies for Teaching with Technology." Ira Wise, the Education Director at Congregation B’nai Israel in Fairfield, Connecticut, led a discussion of "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Web.” Concluding the Yom Iyun, Caren Levine of Etheoreal, a consultancy specializing in educational media and technology, presented, "Putting It Together: Becoming a Connected Educator."
Rabbi Liz Rolle, a student in the NYSOE and the religious school director at Congregation Beth-El in Norwalk, CT, stated, "We had top notch presenters who are at the forefront of technological innovation in Jewish education. They made us think about the role of technology in the classroom, making it seem very doable, even in the face of budgetary and time constraints we face. It was really like getting a glimpse into the future."
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