CAJE Sponsors Ed Tech Boot Camp

Posted on 08/14/2020 @ 08:00 AM

Tags: Jewish Schools & Educational Services


The coronavirus pandemic is affecting every aspect of our lives and that includes how we are teaching and learning. Just as the Miami Dade public schools have been creating an ever-evolving plan on when and how to open schools, our congregational educators have been planning when and how they will be opening their religious school programs
In March, when our community went into the social distancing mode, the religious schools changed instantly to virtual learning. Considering the varying technological abilities of the teachers, the education directors worked intensively to make online learning a success. Kol haKavod - kudos to our religious school directors and teachers for not missing a beat this past spring.
Looking forward to the new school year, most of the schools will be opening virtually. With the assistance of a subcommittee of the Congregational Education Professional Network (CEPN), CAJE’s Director of Early Childhood and Congregational Education, Joy Schandler, determined that religious school teachers could use some focused training in employing education technology tools and the Ed Tech Boot Camp was born.
A big shout-out to the CEPN subcommittee, consisting of Tamara Donnenfeld from Temple Beth Am, Rabbi David Paskin from Temple Sinai of North Dade and Dr. Gabriela Rascovsky from Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus. As planning evolved, CAJE created a partnership with the Orloff Department of Education and Engagement at the Jewish Federation of Broward County and extended an invitation for Broward’s congregational education teachers to participate as well.
The Ed Tech Boot Camp is the first part in a multi-series professional development program designed for congregational education teachers
Part One consists of 4 sessions in August focusing on developing ed tech skills based on the competency levels of the teachers. One group will focus on becoming proficient in using Zoom – the virtual platform schools use for interactive teaching and learning. A second group of teachers who are already familiar with Zoom tools will learn various computer applications that help teachers reach their objectives in dynamic ways. The third group of teachers will explore how teachers might use augmented reality, gamified learning, and alternative modes of assessment
Three out of the four presenters during Ed Tech Boot Camp will be locals: Rabbi David Paskin, Director of Youth Education at Temple Sinai of North Dade, Tamara Donnenfeld, Director of Lifelong Learning at Temple Beth Am, Giselsa Fistein, Head of the English Department at Weitzman Educational Community School in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Nancy Penchev, I LAB Teacher and Instructional Technology Coordinator at Scheck Hillel Community Day School.
CAJE is committed to providing high quality and ongoing professional development that continues to be nimble and agile in meeting the needs of our congregational education directors and their teachers.
Special thanks to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation for CAJE’s Sharsheret Professional Development allocation, which will be used to fund the Ed Tech Boot Camp.   
Let the learning begin!