Tech-i-ya 4.2 Reply

Adrian Durlesterby Adrian A. Durlester

As I mentioned in my previous column, this year we’re trying something different: highlighting just one resource each time.

I still find it challenging to single out only one online resource, but I’ll try. Last time I mentioned a collection of gateway websites collated by Jacob Richman called Hot Jewish Topics. Another site I mentioned, My Jewish Learning is likely already well-known to most readers of the TAPBB. It’s likely you also know the site I’m going to highlight, the Jewish Virtual Library (JVL).

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Tech-i-ya 3.1 Reply

Adrian Durlester

Adrian DurlesterA new school year has started, and technology continues to play an increasing role in education.

The world has changed, is changing, and will continue to change. Each day I watch the endless parade of “Like if you remember this…” posts on Facebook. Dial telephones. Drive-in movies. TV dinners. Green Stamps. Slide Rules. Floppy disks. LPs. 8-Track tapes. Cassettes. Why soon, even CDs will be obsolete as everything moves into the “cloud.”

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Adrian Durlester

A while back, I saw an online tip about resources for creating certificates for students. As I was reading it, I thought to myself, how 20th century. Paper certificates in this day and age? Kill more trees so students can bring home paper certificates which will just get stuffed away, or lost, or thrown out? It just didn’t make sense to me, so I began to wonder what people in Jewish education could be doing to recognize student achievement in a more digital fashion. If one looks at the secular educational world, one approach that is gaining traction is using digital badges. A digital badge “is a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, quality or interest. From the Boy and Girl Scouts, to PADI diving instruction, to the more recently popular geo-location game, Foursquare, badges have been successfully used to set goals, motivate behaviors, represent achievements and communicate success in many contexts. A “digital badge” is an online record of achievements, tracking the recipient’s communities of interaction that issued the badge and the work completed to get it. Digital badges can support connected learning environments by motivating learning and signaling achievement both within particular communities as well as across communities and institutions.” (Source: Open Badges for Lifelong Learning)

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