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.

Social Media Workshops – Coming to a Federation Near You

I’m going on tour. Though I won’t have a tour bus or a back-up band, I am planning to be speaking at many local professional development events in the coming months. These events range from a hour workshop to a full day seminar. The goal is to answer this question: What Is Social Media, and How Can It Help Me?

The first of the series is part of the Wiener Educational Center’s series at the UJA Federation of New York on September 19, 2008. You can learn more about the event and register on their site.

Watch here for announcements of similar events in other cities which are currently being schedule. Interested in hosting a very valuable professional development event in your community? Give me a holler!

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.