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Professional​ ​Development​ ​Catalog​ ​-​ ​2017/2018

The​ ​workshops​ ​listed​ ​below​ ​are​ ​to​ ​be​ ​held​ ​at​ ​The​ ​Jewish​ ​Education​ ​Project​ ​offices​ ​in​ ​Midtown
Manhattan.​ ​Additional​ ​workshops​ ​on​ ​the​ ​topics​ ​below,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​those​ ​covering​ ​other​ ​topics​ ​in
educational​ ​technology​ ​can​ ​also​ ​be​ ​held​ ​at​ ​your​ ​school​ ​or​ ​professional​ ​development​ ​event​ ​by
request.​ ​Please​ ​contact​ ​Gary​ ​Hartstein​ ​at​ ​GHartstein@JewishEdProject.org​​ ​to​ ​discuss​ ​pricing
and​ ​potential​ ​subject​ ​matter​ ​options.​ ​Schools​ ​located​ ​in​ ​New​ ​York​ ​City​ ​may​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​use​ ​Title
2​ ​funding​ ​for​ ​these​ ​workshops.

To​ ​Make​ ​a​ ​Makerspace:​ ​An​ ​Introduction
Wednesday,​ ​October​ ​25,​ ​2017

What​ ​is​ ​a​ ​makerspace?​ ​What​ ​tools​ ​should​ ​be​ ​available​ ​in​ ​one?​ ​What​ ​kinds​ ​of​ ​projects​ ​will
students​ ​be​ ​doing?​ ​There​ ​is​ ​no​ ​one​ ​right​ ​answer​ ​to​ ​these​ ​questions.​ ​In​ ​this​ ​workshop​ ​we​ ​will​ ​get
hands​ ​on​ ​experience​ ​with​ ​a​ ​few​ ​projects​ ​that​ ​are​ ​quick,​ ​affordable,​ ​and​ ​simple.​ ​Then​ ​we​ ​will
discuss​ ​the​ ​options​ ​you​ ​as​ ​teachers​ ​and​ ​educational​ ​technologists​ ​have​ ​to​ ​get​ ​started​ ​with​ ​the
maker​ ​movement​ ​at​ ​your​ ​own​ ​schools.​ ​This​ ​session​ ​is​ ​appropriate​ ​for​ ​educators​ ​of​ ​all​ ​grades.

Adventures​ ​in​ ​Google​ ​Apps
Thursday,​ ​November​ ​16th,​ ​2017

Google​ ​Apps​ ​for​ ​Education​ ​is​ ​becoming​ ​more​ ​and​ ​more​ ​popular​ ​in​ ​schools.​ ​In​ ​this​ ​workshop,​ ​go
on​ ​a​ ​journey​ ​through​ ​Google’s​ ​many​ ​tools​ ​for​ ​innovating​ ​classrooms.​ ​We​ ​will​ ​dive​ ​into​ ​Google
Drive,​ ​Google​ ​Forms,​ ​Google​ ​Maps,​ ​Google​ ​Cultural​ ​Institute,​ ​and​ ​Google​ ​Cardboard​ ​with
hands​ ​on​ ​activities​ ​in​ ​which​ ​teachers​ ​will​ ​take​ ​on​ ​the​ ​role​ ​of​ ​students.​ ​Participants​ ​will​ ​leave​ ​with
the​ ​skills​ ​to​ ​use​ ​GAFE​ ​to​ ​build​ ​meaningful​ ​experiential​ ​learning.​ T ​ his​ ​session​ ​is​ ​appropriate​ ​for
educators​ ​of​ ​grades​ ​3​ ​and​ ​above.

Once​ ​Upon​ ​an​ ​App:​ ​Digital​ ​Storytelling​ ​for​ ​K-8
Tuesday,​ ​December​ ​5,​ ​2017

There​ ​are​ ​many​ ​benefits​ ​to​ ​digital​ ​storytelling​ ​-​ ​students​ ​can​ ​learn​ ​to​ ​turn​ ​linear​ ​events​ ​into
multidimensional​ ​experiences,​ ​practice​ ​communication,​ ​develop​ ​research​ ​skills,​ ​and​ ​master
media​ ​creation.​ ​This​ ​workshop​ ​looks​ ​at​ ​using​ ​digital​ ​storytelling​ ​in​ ​the​ ​classroom​ ​as​ ​a​ ​means​ ​to
combine​ ​tradition​ ​with​ ​technology​ ​by​ ​letting​ ​students​ ​tell​ ​stories​ ​with​ ​voice,​ ​text,​ ​video,​ ​audio,
and​ ​images.​ ​Participants​ ​in​ ​this​ ​workshop​ ​will​ ​get​ ​hands​ ​on​ ​experience​ ​using​ ​several
applications​ ​for​ ​digital​ ​storytelling​ ​and​ ​will​ ​try​ ​creating​ ​digital​ ​stories​ ​as​ ​their​ ​students​ ​would.​ ​This
session​ ​is​ ​aimed​ ​at​ ​educators​ ​who​ ​work​ ​with​ ​K-8​ ​across​ ​all​ ​subjects.
To​ ​Be​ ​Online:​ ​Digital​ ​Citizenship​ ​and​ ​Literacy
Wednesday,​ ​January​ ​10,​ ​2018

If​ ​a​ ​school​ ​is​ ​integrating​ ​technology​ ​into​ ​classrooms,​ ​at​ ​one​ ​time​ ​or​ ​another​ ​students​ ​are​ ​online.
They​ ​may​ ​be​ ​accessing​ ​a​ ​museum​ ​website,​ ​doing​ ​research​ ​for​ ​a​ ​humanities​ ​project,​ ​or​ ​finding
texts​ ​that​ ​explain​ ​the​ ​week’s​ ​parasha.​ ​They​ ​are​ ​constantly​ ​viewing​ ​and​ ​reading​ ​myriad
informational​ ​sources,​ ​and​ ​not​ ​all​ ​of​ ​those​ ​sources​ ​were​ ​created​ ​equal.

So​ ​how​ ​do​ ​we​ ​ensure,​ ​that​ ​when​ ​they​ ​are​ ​online,​ ​our​ ​students​ ​know​ ​how​ ​to​ ​tell​ ​facts​ ​from​ ​fiction
and​ ​truth​ ​from​ ​lies?​ ​How​ ​do​ ​we​ ​arm​ ​them​ ​with​ ​the​ ​tools​ ​they​ ​need​ ​to​ ​be​ ​critical​ ​thinkers​ ​and
active,​ ​questioning,​ ​digital​ ​citizens?​ ​How​ ​do​ ​we​ ​keep​ ​them​ ​safe​ ​and​ ​help​ ​them​ ​build​ ​their​ ​own
digital​ ​footprints?​ ​We​ ​will​ ​discuss​ ​the​ ​many​ ​approaches​ ​to​ ​these​ ​issues​ ​and​ ​check​ ​out
resources​ ​available​ ​that​ ​can​ ​help​ ​teach​ ​these​ ​lessons​ ​to​ ​students.

Playing​ ​to​ ​Learn:​ ​Games​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Classroom
Tuesday,​ ​February​ ​13,​ ​2018
Game-Based​ ​Learning​ ​(GBL)​ ​draws​ ​on​ ​the​ ​power​ ​of​ ​games​ ​to​ ​build​ ​engagement​ ​and
persistence​ ​in​ ​a​ ​learning​ ​context.​ ​This​ ​workshop​ ​is​ ​for​ ​teachers​ ​who​ ​are​ ​interested​ ​in
implementing​ ​GBL​ ​but​ ​are​ ​not​ ​sure​ ​where​ ​to​ ​start.​ ​Participants​ ​will​ ​be​ ​introduced​ ​to​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the
reasoning​ ​behind​ ​using​ ​games​ ​(both​ ​analog​ ​and​ ​digital)​ ​in​ ​the​ ​classroom​ ​and​ ​provided​ ​with
concrete​ ​steps​ ​to​ ​take​ ​to​ ​get​ ​started.​ ​We​ ​will​ ​also​ ​play​ ​together​ ​and​ ​experience​ ​a​ ​few​ ​specific
games​ ​while​ ​looking​ ​at​ ​how​ ​they​ ​can​ ​be​ ​used​ ​to​ ​support​ ​curriculum.​ ​This​ ​workshop​ ​is
appropriate​ ​for​ ​teachers​ ​of​ ​all​ ​grades​ ​and​ ​will​ ​include​ ​game​ ​examples​ ​for​ ​all​ ​age​ ​groups.

*Note:​ ​This​ ​workshop​ ​is​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​GBL,​ ​not​ ​gamification​.​ ​Although​ ​the​ ​two​ ​are​ ​occasionally
used​ ​interchangeably,​ ​they​ ​are​ ​different​ ​learning​ ​methodologies.

EdTech​ ​in​ ​the​ ​English​ ​Classroom
Wednesday,​ ​March​ ​14,​ ​2018
How​ ​can​ ​teachers​ ​of​ ​English​ ​or​ ​Literature​ ​draw​ ​on​ ​the​ ​power​ ​of​ ​technology​ ​to​ ​help​ ​students
become​ ​better​ ​readers​ ​and​ ​writers?​ ​With​ ​so​ ​many​ ​apps​ ​and​ ​software​ ​options​ ​out​ ​there,​ ​how
can​ ​teachers​ ​sift​ ​through​ ​everything​ ​to​ ​find​ ​the​ ​most​ ​effective​ ​tools?​ ​Well,​ ​we’ve​ ​done​ ​the​ ​hard
work​ ​for​ ​you!​ ​This​ ​workshop​ ​will​ ​introduce​ ​participants​ ​to​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​best​ ​tools​ ​available​ ​for
reading​ ​and​ ​writing​ ​development.​ ​There​ ​will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​chance​ ​for​ ​hands-on​ ​practice​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​an
opportunity​ ​to​ ​brainstorm​ ​some​ ​potential​ ​assignments.​ ​This​ ​workshop​ ​will​ ​have​ ​multiple​ ​tracks
so​ ​as​ ​to​ ​address​ ​the​ ​needs​ ​of​ ​teachers​ ​of​ ​all​ ​grades​ ​and​ ​will​ ​include​ ​materials​ ​appropriate​ ​for
those​ ​working​ ​with​ ​ELLs.
EdTech​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Judaic​ ​Studies​ ​Classroom
Tuesday,​ ​April​ ​17,​ ​2018

Experience​ ​how​ ​tried​ ​and​ ​tested,​ ​free​ ​technology​ ​tools​ ​can​ ​help​ ​all​ ​students​ ​achieve​ ​greater
levels​ ​of​ ​academic​ ​success,​ ​engagement,​ ​and​ ​enjoyment​ ​in​ ​their​ ​Judaic​ ​Studies​ ​classes.
In​ ​this​ ​workshop​ ​participants​ ​will​ ​learn​ ​how​ ​simple​ ​technology​ ​tools​ ​can​ ​enhance​ ​existing
curricula​ ​through​ ​differentiation,​ ​formative​ ​assessments,​ ​data-driven​ ​lesson​ ​planning,​ ​active
learning,​ ​and​ ​more.​ ​Participants​ ​will​ ​walk​ ​away​ ​with​ ​concrete​ ​examples​ ​of​ ​how​ ​technology​ ​can
enhance​ ​the​ ​classroom​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​resources​ ​and​ ​ideas​ ​that​ ​will​ ​inspire​ ​classroom
innovation​ ​in​ ​Judaic​ ​Studies.

Lights,​ ​Camera,​ ​Assessment!​ ​Video​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Classroom
Tuesday,​ ​May​ ​15,​ ​2018

Computers,​ ​tablets,​ ​and​ ​smartphones​ ​have​ ​made​ ​video​ ​creation​ ​easy,​ ​fast,​ ​and​ ​often​ ​free.​ ​How
can​ ​this​ ​powerful​ ​tool​ ​be​ ​drawn​ ​on​ ​in​ ​the​ ​classroom?​ ​We​ ​will​ ​focus​ ​specifically​ ​on​ ​using​ ​video
for​ ​assessment​ ​purposes.​ ​We​ ​will​ ​experiment​ ​with​ ​video-making​ ​and​ ​editing​ ​tools​ ​for​ ​various
platforms​ ​that​ ​can​ ​help​ ​students​ ​and​ ​teachers​ ​create​ ​simple​ ​videos.​ ​Then,​ ​we​ ​will​ ​check​ ​out
some​ ​examples​ ​of​ ​how​ ​they​ ​can​ ​be​ ​used​ ​for​ ​ongoing​ ​formative​ ​assessment​ ​with​ ​feedback,
self-evaluation,​ ​peer-evaluation,​ ​and​ ​final​ ​projects.​ ​Participants​ ​will​ ​leave​ ​the​ ​workshop
comfortable​ ​working​ ​with​ ​at​ ​least​ ​one​ ​video​ ​creation​ ​tool​ ​they​ ​can​ ​then​ ​pass​ ​on​ ​to​ ​their
students.