As these details won’t be in the Limmud handbook… and as there are 10 places for online viewers… please pass on details of this session to anyone who may be interested!

Around the World in 8(0) Webcams – Monday 26th December – 18.40-19.50 (GMT)

http://limmud.org/conference/programme/sessions/411/#981

 

Joining Limmud conference, via webcam, for this session only are a diverse group from all over the world. Ready to answer your questions and give their opinions. Those at Limmud can participate and ask questions in Ram 3, there are also 10 spaces for people not at Limmud who want to join and participate online. Please tweet me @nstone if you want to join.

 

Participants: (short bios)

 

Nina Price – Boston, USA.  Director of Jewish Learning Connections at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston. She has participated in a variety of fellowship experiences including the Mandel Jerusalem Fellows, the Senior Educators Program at Hebrew University, and the Wexner Graduate Fellowship

 

Rabbi Stanley Davids – Jerusalem, Israel (and Atlanta, USA)

Honorary Chairman of the State of Israel Bonds Rabbinic Cabinet.  Rabbi Davids is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Executive Committee of the World Zionist Organization

 

Ian Samuel – Melbourne, Australia

Retired solicitor, specialising in banking and finance as well as not for profit organisations. Now an activist for Progressive Judaism, Zionism and disability issues.

 

Ruth Ouazana – Israel (originally Paris)

Ruth Ouazana, founder of Limoud in France, has been representative for 7 years of the Jewish French scouts worldwide, and is both an active zionist and an active peacemaker. She is very passionate about the relations of the Jews and Israelis to their own identity, and their relationship with other communities…

 

Emmanuel Bismuth – Strasbourg, France

Taught economics and management for nearly five years in Strasbourg now specialising in new technologies, pedagogy and e-learning.

 

Daniel Abrahamsen Kohn – Oslo, Norway

On the board of the Oslo Jewish community with responsibility of kindergarden, communications and website. Expecting first child in January with his wife Leoni. Trained engineer working in sales.

 

Sandy Behar – Istanbul, Turkey

Sandy is a student at Ulus Jewish school in Istanbul and active as a madrich in one of the local Jewish youth movements.

 

Sara Herczy?ska – Warsaw, Poland

Sara is a member of the Polish Jewish youth organisation ZOOM and active in the Jewish community.

Victoria Godik, Kiev, Ukraine


EUJS Vice President, UUJS chairperson. Organized the “Fact. Fiction. Propaganda” international seminar in Kiev, multinational ethnographical expeditions in the framework of “Save the Memory” Lo-Tishkach & Genesis Philanthropic Group project, the “Lost Luggage” All-Ukrainian ethnographical memory photo exhibition, “Atoms of Remeberance”, “Jews 2.0”, “Jewish Living Library” and other projects of EUJS and UUJS.
Victoria is Alumnus of the Israel Connect European Programm and a presenter at Limmud FSU, Limmud Ukraine and Limmud Baltics

Chairing the room at Limmud: David Cohen – UK/Australia/Israel - Co-Chair of Israel Connect, the young professionals wing of the ZF. A native of Australia and a recipient of the prestigious Herzl prize for services to Zionism. David is also a founding partner of the Asquith Israel Merchant Bank.

 

Chairing the online room: Daniel Needlestone – UK/Norway - A technology, e-learning and education evangelist. He has an MA in technology in education and was a school teacher specialising in e-learning and computing. Daniel will be presenting virtually from Norway where he moved this year.

I’m very pleased that Limmud Conference will once again be streaming a selection of sessions. Pleased partly because I was one of the people who helped bring online streaming to Limmud last year and experimented with various forms of streaming for my own sessions in previous years. Pleased even more because I won’t be at Limmud this year so can watch some online!

Whatever your background or faith there is bound to be something interesting in the list of sessions… below.

You can view sessions at www.livestream.com/limmud or in the window below (when sessions are showing)

Watch live streaming video from limmud at livestream.com

These sessions are the ones planned to be broadcast:

Sunday 25 December: 11.00 – 12.10

The Eichmann Trial: Its Significance and Impact

Deborah Lipstadt

In 1960 Israel kidnapped Adolf Eichmann in Argentina and brought him to Jerusalem to stand trial. What were some of the legal, historical, and moral issues embedded in this trial? How did this trial change the way in which the world thought about, not just the Holocaust, but genocide and the need to adjudicate it? What has been the impact of this trial and why is it still important fifty years after the event

Sunday: 18.40 – 19.50

Strangers No More – an Inside Look at Refugees in Israel

Alisa Olmert

In the heart of Tel Aviv, there is an exceptional school where children from forty-eight different countries and diverse backgrounds come together to learn. Many of the students arrive at Bialik-Rogozin School fleeing poverty, political adversity and even genocide. Here, no child is a stranger. Strangers No More follows several students’ struggle to acclimate to life in a new land while slowly opening up to share their stories of hardship and tragedy.

Sunday: 20.40 – 21.55

Engagement and Disengagement – the Future of Religion in the Land of Israel

Tzvia GreenfieldDavid HazonyAnat Hoffman

What is the real place of religion in the lives of Israelis today and what is the relationship between the religious and less observant public in the Land of Israel? Is it one of disengagement, of each one remaining in his corner and ignoring the other, or is it one of hostility? Are there healthy models in place for relationships or other ways that the two worlds can be bridged?

Monday 26 December  12.30 – 13.40

Faith, Doubt and the Road Ahead: Struggling with Our Judaism

Nathan Lopes CardozoElliott Malamet

In the shadow of the Holocaust and yet being practiced in an age of unprecedented autonomy, how can Judaism remain relevant in people’s lives? How must Jewish law adapt to the challenges of the modern world? What does it mean to be religious? Can one live an authentic Jewish life while in doubt? Please join Nathan Lopes-Cardozo and Elliott Malamet as they engage in a wide ranging and free thinking conversation.

Monday: 15.30-16.20

J-DOV Talks: Jewish Dreams, Observations, and Visions (2 of 3)

Shoshana Boyd GelfandJonathan BoydSeth CohenDeborah Lipstadt

Ever wondered what it would look like if you crossed Limmud Conference with TED, (the popular conference which brings inspiring speakers to give ‘the talk of their life’ in 18 minutes or less)? Here is your chance to find out. For three days at Limmud, immediately prior to Channukah candlelighting, Shoshana Boyd Gelfand will host a session where nine of the most inspiring presenters at Limmud offer us ‘the talk of their life’.

Monday: 17.10-18.20

If It Walks Like a Duck: What Makes a Jew Jewish?

Shmuley BoteachSergio DellaPergolaYaffa EpsteinClive LawtonJonathan Romain

Jewish identity is a notoriously slippery term and yet it is the preoccupation of many a Jewish conversation. Are there core factors that comprise Jewish identity? Or is it simply whatever definition it is given by a generation of Jews? Is there such a thing as Jewish culture?

Monday: 18.40 – 19.50

What’s Going on in US Politics? Issues that Unite and Divide US Jews

Marvin FeuerWayne L FirestoneEllen FlaxShuly Schwartz

Tories and Patriots, Slaveholders and Abolitionists: Jews in America have been divided on political issues since the birth of the republic. From immigration policy and church-state boundaries to economic policy and gay marriage rights, American Jews have taken positions on both sides of most issues. As we prepare for the 2012 election, partisanship abounds, with policy on Israel most divisive. Join us as we discuss the significance of the Jewish stance on US politics.

Tuesday: 09.30-10.40

Israel’s PR – Time for Fresh Ideas

Uri Dromi 

After decades of ‘Hasbara’ efforts, we still complain about Israel’s image in the media. It’s about time that Israel’s true side of the story and its prettier faces should be given a chance. The answer is ‘soft action’, where journalists based in Israel and visiting it will be exposed to Israelis who are not warriors or politicians only, but warm human beings, who yearn for peace and a better future for their children

Tuesday: 11.00 – 12.10

Kosher Jesus

Shmuley Boteach

Shmuley offers a radically new perspective, based on years of ground-breaking research, about the world’s most famous personality. He conclusively determines that the Jews did not kill Jesus, and explains why the New Testament editors made the Jews culpable as the story took shape. The idea is to hope these realisations will strengthen Jewish-Christian ties and values, with Jesus (historically the barrier separating the two peoples) serving as the bridge between the two faiths.

Tuesday: 12.30 – 13.40

Justice, Justice You Shall Pursue, that You May Live and Inherit the Land the Lord Your God Gives You

David BreakstoneLouise EllmanDaniel LevyElliott MalametMichael Sternberg

The debate about Israel and her neighbours is becoming increasingly strident. There is enormous pressure within the community and the public at large to separate fact from fiction, legitimate criticism from distortion, historical truth from clever propaganda. This panel will discuss some of the moral complexities.

Tuesday: 15.30 – 16.20

J-DOV Talks: Jewish Dreams, Observations, and Visions (3 of 3)

Shoshana Boyd GelfandSamuel LebensJeremy LeighAlicia Jo Rabins

Ever wondered what it would look like if you crossed Limmud Conference with TED, (the popular conference which brings inspiring speakers to give ‘the talk of their life’ in 18 minutes or less)? Here is your chance to find out. For three days at Limmud, immediately prior to Channukah candlelighting, Shoshana Boyd Gelfand will host a session where nine of the most inspiring presenters at Limmud offer us ‘the talk of their life’

 

Tuesday: 17.10 – 18.20

Muslim and Jewish Communal Relations of the Future – Discussion with Existing and Emerging Leaders

Mohammed AzizDilwar HussainCharles KeidanMiriam Lorie,Abdul-Rehman MalikStephen Shashoua

This session will probe the issues facing Muslim and Jewish communities individually and collectively. It will pay particular attention to the tensions between communities in order to explore together how they can be dealt with. The panellists have proven themselves, through their work with communities, to be leading figures – what solutions can they offer?

Tuesday: 19.10 – 20.20

UK Jewry: Challenges, Achievements and the Future

Norma BrierLaura MarksVivian Wineman

This panel discussion, hosted by the President of the Board of Deputies, will bring together some of the community’s leading lights in the areas of education, social care and volunteering to examine what the future might hold for the UK’s Jewish community. We’ll be asking some tough questions; expect some frank answers

 

Tuesday: 20.40 - 21.55

Trouble in the Family: Can We Ever Be One People?

Jonathan BoydShmuel KlitsnerJoel LevyHelena MillerDavid Shneer

Is Jewish unity a myth? It seems that Jews argue about everything, and are only briefly united by the simplest propositions. What is the basis for the rifts between Jews and is common ground achievable?

Wednesday: 11.00 - 12.10

Social Revolution in Israel

Daphni LeefRoee NeumanBarak Segel

This summer has been an outstanding summer in Israel. For the first time in 63 years, the people have spoken! This session will introduce the turmoil in Israel in the past few months.

Wednesday: 12.30 - 13.40

Are There Any Honest Journalists Left?

Daniel JohnsonEetta Prince-GibsonGil Shefler

In light of the News of the World scandal, trust in the media is at an all time low. Is this a problem in Israel as well as the UK? This session will discuss the role of Jewish Ethics in Journalism.

Wednesday: 14.00 - 15.10

Love Your Neighbour As Yourself?

Eli AmirLorna FitzsimonsSummer Jaber-MassarwaAnshel PfefferJames Sevitt

Can Israel ever become a friend of her neighbours? What would it take? Has the recent release of Gilad Shalit helped or hindered? The panel will examine the signs.

Wednesday: 15.30 – 16.40

Kosher Sex

Shmuley Boteach

Adults only. Come and discuss a revolutionary approach to intimacy, marriage, and personal relationships, drawing on traditional Jewish wisdom. Based on Shmuley’s international best-selling books on love and intimacy, as well as his experience of counselling individuals and couples, we will break down sexual taboos and openly, yet respectfully, discuss the meanings, emotions, and hidden power of sexuality.

Wednesday: 17.00 - 18.10

Israel/Palestinian State

Daniel Johnson 

This will be a discussion on the implications for Israel of a new Palestinian state. The debate would also include a discussion of attitudes towards Israel in the rest of the world.

Wednesday: 18.30 - 19.40

Jewish Culture or Culturally Jewish?

Nathan AbramsDaniel CainerLiana FinckRebecca Joy FletcherJoel Stanley

Jewish artists and intellectuals have typically remained aloof from mainstream Jewry often because they view it as being more interested in the colour of wallpaper than in culture. Is such a view justified? This panel will explore the role of ideas, arts and culture in the Jewish community. What is the relationship between cultural engagement and the Jewish community? Are there too many taboos? Is British Jewry too scared to produce really engaging art?

Thursday: 10.00 - 11.10

Rebuilding Noah’s Ark: Does the Story of the Flood Really Hold Water?

Raphael Zarum

How did all the animals fit into the Ark? Is there any evidence for this hard-to-believe story? Did it really happen? What should we say when children question us about this? We will analyse traditional commentators from Talmud to today and take in Gilgamesh, Tolkien, Karen Armstrong and the tooth fairy along the way. Can we really hold on to magical realism and rational reality? Come aboard but beware, we’ll be sailing into treacherous waters…

Thursday: 13.00 - 14.10

God Is Not Righteous and the Torah Is Not Moral

Nathan Lopes Cardozo

Still believing in a good God even when earthquakes happen, and diseases kill millions? Still believing in the divinity of Torah even when its laws clash with our moral sensibilities? A whole new approach.

Tomorrow evening I’m doing a presentation and discussion to Collaborate for Change ( twitter hashtag #c84c)

I ran a table discussion at the last c84c at BETT last January (you can see the video at the bottom of this blog post) on “How can we encourage teachers to take risks and innovate with technology”. The discussion was great and the whole event was also fantastic bringing together a massive range of people to discuss and present.

The second C84C takes place in Havering, Essex which was a little hard for me to get to, not because I’m one of those Londoners scared of venturing to Essex but because I recently moved to Norway. Fortunately the organisers of C84C agreed to let me run a session virtually which I will be doing via the wonders of blackboard collaborate (formerly Elluminate).  It’s a piece of software that has evolved quite well since I first tried it during my MA 4 years ago or so and is great for teaching. I used it earlier this year for a series of webinars for a group of students I worked with on a leadership programme and got to experiment with it and work out how to make online sessions participatory and interesting. Tomorrow though is a new challenge as I will be presenting and attempting to lead a discussion to a room of people as well as, I hope, some online participants. All being we will have a great discussion but I also want to learn some new tricks for presenting virtually to a room of people and the best way is by doing, which takes me back to the title of this post…

The topic we will be discussing is,

“Is there such a thing as too much innovation?”

The focus will be on looking at why existing innovators innovate, whether there are boundaries or appropriate times to innovate and if we need to plan carefully for innovation or just do it.

Comments are very welcome below but even more welcome if you wish to join us tomorrow – the link to participate online and to replay is https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/launch/meeting.jnlp?sid=2010108&password=M.B282631F6F3D88D3A505A51183E1A4

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As promised in my earlier blog post “Why Twitter is good for teachers – thanks to…” here is the video and some brief written tips, on Twitter for teachers. This video was part of a longer presentation I gave to an international group of teachers at the World ORT Wingate Seminar 2011 on Digital Content Creation for learning.


www.twitter.com
Twitter is not just a website for celebrity gossip, it’s a constant stream of information from the people you choose to follow. If you choose to follow teachers or people with similar interests to you, you will get a stream of information relevant to your interests.

I follow about 1500 people, most teachers and educators and some with other interests.
Following someone doesn’t mean I agree with them always, in fact I follow some people who have very different opinions to me so I get to hear different perspectives.

Twitter helps me in many ways

1. As a supportive community – people are always williing to give their support or opinions when necessary.
2. As a great source of new websites, resources and ideas – People are always posting links to great new resources, blog posts and personal experiences.
3. As a way of sharing my practice, ideas and blog posts
4. As a personal search engine – if you ask for help – people normally respond with help or ideas – though it’s not instantaneous and you sometimes need to ask a few times.

A good place to start is by signing up, having a look at my twitter profile www.twitter.com/nstone and seeing who I follow and who follows me. If they seem interesting click to follow them, you could even send them a brief message to say hi and to tell them why they look interesting.
You can also look at twitter lists to see who they are following. Users sometimes group people they follow into lists, you can see them on their profile. These lists can be great ways to find interesting people fast.

If you are a new user and scared about privacy you may wish to choose a private account – then only people you give permission to can see your twitter messages. Going public means anyone can see your messages, but it also means anyone can help you and opens your tweets up to a much wider potential audience. If you’re nervous start private and you can always change later, even for a private account, as with any online communication, don’t assume confidentiality of anything you write!

Good luck

This list of Top 10 E-safety tips for parents (and teachers) was originally put together by Marc Shoffren of Clore Shalom school and updated by us both for a session we did together on Limmud conference. I think it’s a great resource as it’s really simple and each point has a web resource. It also treats the internet as a learning opportunity to be embraced rather than a danger to avoided. If you find it useful let us know.

You can download the document here to print or edit Limmud e-safety Top Ten Tips for Parents

Top Ten e-safety Tips for Parents

  • Discover the internet together: www.getsafeonline.org contains advice about firewalls, spyware and antivirus protection as well as how to protect your child.
  • Agree a framework for sensible internet use at home: www.childnet-int.org has some good suggestions for this.
  • Discuss disclosing personal information: www.chatdanger.com is a site for teenagers that gives advice on how to stay safe while chatting online.
  • Explore the issues involved in meeting an e-pal face to face: www.thinkuknow.co.uk has advice for children about this.
  • Teach critical questioning skills when looking at websites: http://web.archive.org/web/20080430094706/www.quick.org.uk/menu.htm has a useful checklist to assess whether a website is likely to be credible. QUICK stands for the Quality Information Checklist. (nb the link takes you to an archive of the site which is otherwise not available)
  • Don’t be too critical of your child’s exploration: It is natural for children to be curious about off-limits material. If they come across inappropriate material use this as an opening to discuss the content with them, and perhaps make rules for this kind of activity. Encourage your children to use child appropriate search engines, such as www.askkids.com.
  • Report illegal material: www.ceop.gov.uk is the website of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre, a police agency tackling child abuse on the internet. It includes a unique facility that enables parents and young people to make reports of actual or attempted abuse on line.
  • Encourage good netiquette: www.transl8it.com is a fun website which translates some of the language used in chatrooms, instant messaging and texting into normal English.
  • Know your child’s net use: Let your child show you which websites that they like visiting and what it is that they do there. Try some of the sites yourself to see what they are experiencing. To explore with them try http://kidsmart.org.uk/
  • Remember the positives: Embrace the internet, it’s a great thing and it’s here to stay. To remind yourself of some of the positives watch the Did You Know presentation, available at http://shifthappens.wikispaces.com/

3 Simple Rules for Kids:

  • Stick with your friends. Have your teens limit their privacy settings to Only Friends. That’ll restrict who sees your kids’ information, including pictures, videos, and applications they use.
  • Keep private information private. When filling out their bios, teens can leave fields blank. There is no need for your teens to post their phone numbers or addresses. These features are optional and aren’t required to create a Facebook account.
  • Don’t let your information get away from you. If your teens haven’t restricted who can share their information, their personal data can end up in the hands of marketers. Also, advise your teens to be on the lookout for personal information requests — like their birthday or music playlist — from third parties. And make sure your teens uncheck the public search results box so people can’t find their Facebook page through a Google search.

I did a presentation last week at the World ORT Wingate Seminar which included a 15 minute piece on why Twitter is a great tool for teachers and educators. I’ll add the video and information in a separate post when it is ready.

One of the old Twitter tricks to show how Twitter is useful is to ask your followers to say hi, where they are from and answer a question. I asked my followers to say hi and tell us a great resource. I wasn’t specific about the resource as I wanted to show the people I was presenting to the range of people and resources out there. As always I was astounded by the replies which I have embedded below.

If you (PC) Hold Ctrl + click on the names you should be able to get directly to each person’s twitter account in a new tab on your browser.





Many thanks to @mrshgm @mr_mclaughlin @bredano @monprof @antheald @mark_dubois @kristianstill @redmenace56 @h1moodle @cbrannon @langwitches @dan_bowen @yvonneosborn @gvibe @carolskyring @islayian @relativism @dwsm for their help.

All are welcome to watch the live stream of the World ORT Wingate Seminar on Digital Content Creation for learning.

You can watch at

http://www.ort.org/asp/page.asp?id=49

Schedule

Monday 10th January

11:00-12:30 Keynote: Digital Media in Education
Jonathan Drori, Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, UK

14:00-15:30 IWB Workshop, “Essential Digital Resources for Your Classroom”
Danny Nicholson, IWB Consultant and Teacher Trainer, UK

15:45-17:15 Particpant Presentations
15:45 – Barbora Pechová – Lauder Schools of Prague ,Czech Republic
16:00 Christine Cook – Lycee ORT Strasbourg, France
16:15 Aliza Weingarten, Nesher Junior High School, Israel
16:30 Rebeca Rochman – CIM-ORT School, Mexico
16:45 Dr. Olga Tuzova – ORT De Gunzburg, St Petersburg, Russia

Tuesday 11th January

09:15-10:45 Flash Animation Workshop
Sadler Johnson, Website Developer, World ORT, UK

11:00-12:30 Participant Presentations
11:00 Jimena Fernanda Castellión & Claudia Ruth Tujschinaider, School 2.0: Real-World Projects in the Virtual Age – ORT High School, Argentina (30mins)
11:30 Nadia Maria Petriccioli – Milan, Italy
11:45 Rani Ben-Zeev, Student Created Content – Western Galilee Maaravi High School, Israel
12:00 Teresa Segalien?, Shifting Teachers’ Role: Constructionism and SmartBoard Workflow Experience – Vilnius Sholom Aleichem Jewish School, Lithuania

14:00-15:30 Enhancing Learning through Good Design
Professor Tom Boyle and Carl Smith, London Metropolitan University, UK

15:45-17:15 Participant Presentations
15:45 Olga Trupp – ORT-”Mishpahteinu”, Kazan, Russia
16:00 Martin Kalenberg, Learning Through the News – ORT University, Uruguay
16:30 Pennit Amarel, Assessment in your Palm – Rogozin Junior B School, Kiryat Ata, Israel
17:00 Dr. Nir Yehuda – Eynot Yarden Comprehensive School, Israel

Wednesday 12th January

09:15-10:45 Collaborative resource banks
Andy Smith, Head of Resources, TSL, Times Educational Supplement

11:00-12:30 Finding Digital Content
Theo Kuechel, Researcher and Consultant, University of Hull, UK

14:00-15:30 Participant Presentations
14:00 Maryna Gezalova –Jewish Gymnasium, ORT “Aleph”, Ukraine
14:15 Philippe Balais – ORT Lyon, France
14:30 Megan Lawless – Geared for Life Program, ORT South Africa
14:45 Dovale Lanir – Anna Frank High School, Sasa, Israel

Thursday 13th January: No streaming – visits to local school and BETT.

Friday 14th January

09:15-10:45 Online Tools for Creating Content (workshop)
Daniel Needlestone, Educational Development Manager, World ORT, UK

As part of my work at World ORT I’m organising a seminar next week which will be attended by 18 teachers from abroad. As part of the seminar we are spending an afternoon at BETT, a large educational technology exhibition with hundreds of exhibitors displaying their wares.

It can be a rather imtimidating place for a newbie and it’s sometimes hard to know what to do when you arrive. I wanted to make the participants a few recommendations to get them on their way. Again it was hard to know where to start so I thought I would get the exhibitors to do the work for me, if they want me to recommend them then they should tell me why I should visit. I created a Google Form here and sent a few messages on twitter asking for exhibitors to fill in the form. A couple of weeks later and I had 25 sets of information which can be viewed in their raw form here.

A quick mail merge and a bit of tidying up later and I’ve  got booklet with all the information in.

You can view and download the booklet here via Google Docs, to download click the link, the file menu and select download.

Or you can download it directly via this link: Please come and visit us at BETT 2011

If you would like an editable version just get in touch.

I hope you find it useful

For some general advice on visiting BETT I recommend this post

It’s time for BETT again. Despite the tightening belts in UK education it’s still the place to be for everything edtech. Some go to see specific products and services, some to collect free pens, some to network and some to just see what’s new.

For those that want to network, learn and be inspired there are a number of fringe events going on that I would recommend.

In order of date rather than importance and starting with the Learning Without Frontiers Fringe Events rather than the BETT ones…

Sunday 9th January
Mirandamod Unconference LWF, 15:00-17:30, “Why do I need a school now I use mobile technology? …and why do I need a teacher when I have the Internet?”
Teachmeet LWF, 17:30-19:30

Wednesday 12th January
MirandaMod 15:30 -17:00 Which Web 2.0 tools develop teaching and learning effectively?
TedXOrenda at BETT

Thursday 13th January
MirandaMod 15:30 -17:00 How can teachers get the most in the classroom from today’s ICT tools?
Collabor8 4 Change at BETT 18:00

Friday 14th January
MirandaMod 15:30 -17:00 How can digital technologies … be implemented to increase achievement for all?
Teachmeet at BETT 18:00

Everyday at BETT
Teachmeet Takeover at BETT, 12th-15th January

I’m yet to decide how many I can make but regrettably it will only be 2 or 3. They are all slightly different, I won’t explain each format or event, take a look at their webpages to find out more. If you go and see me there please say hi!

Last Tuesday I ran a session at Limmud conference on E-tools for education and community building at Limmud Conference UK.

As promised I am including links to all the resources discussed here, this post also gives me a chance to thank all the people who helped me put the session together.

You can watch the session replayed via Flashmeeting here http://flashmeeting.e2bn.net/fm/fmm.php?pwd=6091f7-11930&jt=00:19:52
It’s all taken via a laptop webcam so no great quality but if you listen with headphones you should be able to hear the audio fine and I will link to the presentation below.

During the presentation I explained 4 main tools, Flashmeeting, Twitter, Voicethread and Google Apps as well as passing references to Wallwisher and blogging via posterous.

You can see the voicethread I created below or via this direct link

Thanks to the following people who participated, many of whom have excellent blogs and websites that are linked to via their twitter profiles.

Allanah King @allanahk
Drew Thomson @mrthomson
Peter Eckstein @redmenace56
Mark Carls @mcarls
Judy Mckenzie @judykmck
Chris @infernaldepart who also linked to his blog post on using twitter here

Thanks to the 5 Flashmeeting contributors including the following who left their twitter names.
Caren @jlearn20
Peter @redmenace56
Adena @PELIE_org

For those that don’t know Flashmeeting it’s a great and really simple tool for online meetings and discussion, I usually use the E2BN server at www.flashmeeting.e2bn.net which is free for UK Educators, an alternative is the Open University Open Learn server which seems to be open to all as long as you are happy for your meeting to be syndicated.

A couple of online participants mentioned the open Google Document “Useful Web 2.0 Tools for Jewish Educators and Staff Developers” – it is a a quickly growing and already large resource listing so many great web tools but also with links to tutorials and examples of each tool being used in education, a great resource for anyone in education.

Another list is one I compiled last year for a similar presentation where I asked people to submit their favourite tool via a Google Form, you can see the results at this link.

And an example use of wallwisher to compile yet more tools is here

Finally a link to my presentation from the session here also embedded below – it’s not a standalone presentation but maybe if you watch it alongside the flashmeeting linked to above it will make sense!