Darim Educators Meet For the First Time

Darim hosted two sessions on Monday — Web 2.0 in Education with case studies from three congregations, and the first ever meeting of the Darim Online Educators. This group includes classroom teachers and Directors of Education from middle and high school supplementary school settings. You can learn more about the program on the Darim web site.

Those who are at CAJE33 gathered to share a bit about themselves, their work, their ideas, and where they would like support from the group. An ambitious and creative bunch, we had a great time getting to know one another and our work (why did one person decide NOT to put a computer lab in his school? And how did another get computers, networking, a server, a projector and a smartboard through a $4000 grant plus donations?).

In a world where much of our work here at Darim is virtual, it’s a real treat to meet members of our community face to face, and for them to meet each other! Over the coming months these 13 educators will develop projects incorporating technologies into the curriculum — stay tuned to learn what they’re up to, how it’s going, and to contribute your ideas to their work!

Web 2.0 is Everywhere

This is our first post from CAJE 33 and I have been amazed by my first experience of a CAJE conference. Though my attendance at the conference is being sponsored by Darim Online, Caren and Lisa said I should pick sessions that were of personal interest in addition to sessions that would be relevant to Darim work as well. So I did and Monday night I went to a session done by Torah Aura publications on Israel education. So what’s the point…well I walked in and in addition to all of the standard presenter contact information right there on the board was the address to the Torah Aura wiki. Already my interest was peaked and when I found out that Torah Aura puts their teacher’s guides online in wiki form, so that teachers could learn from the publications and each other, I was hooked. Wow, I thought, web 2.0 is even here.

But that was not even it for the evening. Tisha b’Av was closing and Storahtelling was facilitating the final program. As the session I was in starts, the stage is set with a blogger from Buenos Aires. The story connected to Tisha b’Av from there but again it was a web 2.0 reference in a non-technology track session. Web 2.0 is all around us at CAJE 33 so I’ve caught the bug so I grabbed my computer and got to work.

Stay tuned for more on synagogue Web 2.0 later in the week.

Darim @ CAJE 33: Meet Us in Burlington

The 33rd Annual Conference on Alternatives in Jewish is fast approaching! 1500 Jewish educators are convening at the University of Vermont August 10-14 for a week of learning, sharing, connecting, and schmoozing. Will you be there? We will! Look for Darim staff Lisa Colton, President of Darim, Caren Levine, Director of the Learning Network, and Eve Eichenholtz, our super Darim Graduate Intern.

This years conference includes an extensive track on educational technology, co-chaired by Caren and Debbie Harris. Sessions will focus on helping educators integrate new media into the curriculum to facilitate learning. Blogs, wikis, social networks, virtual worlds, software, web-based Judaic text, online professional development, Internet ethics these are just some of the topics on the menu! Also check out the open lab time and the Bloggers Caf, informal opportunities to play and gain hands-on experience.

Darim is excited to sponsor two sessions at this years conference. Come join us on Monday, August 11 at 10:15am for Exploring Effective and Creative Uses for Web 2.0 Tools in Congregational Education Middle and High School Focus and be prepared to share ideas, projects, visions, challenges. Later that day we will be welcoming our first cohort of the Darim Online Learning Network for Educators at a private kick-off. We cant wait to meet representatives of this incredibly talented group of middle school and high school congregational educators!

Lisa and Caren are also involved with JESNAs Lippman Kanfer Institutes new initiative, JEd3.0, which will be hosting a working reception on Tuesday, August 12, 4:45pm all are welcome to come by to learn about this project and participate in its development. Caren and Lisa will also be presenting sessions at CAJE highlighting their work and issues related to educational technology.

More information about CAJE, including a link to the conference program, can be found here.