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.

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!

My day at Limmud Conference

Every day at Limmud is different, no doubt I’ve included too much information in this blog post but I wanted to give a full picture of what this conference is actually about. It does miss out all the important little conversations in between sessions, over meals and to the people you are sitting next to, many of whom are complete strangers. Such is Limmud

Breakfast

11-12.10 – Sat in the AV room at the back of RAM 1 with Charles Darwish and Jonathan Hunter streaming the session on the internet – chatting to people online about the session and tweeting about it.

12.30-13:40 – Sat in the same AV room streaming and listening to John Ging of UNRWA in conversation with Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, fascinating.

14:00-15:10 – Sat on the panel of a discussion on “Long Term Prospects for Israel’s Democracy” – really enjoyed discussing the topic with Jpost journalist Yaakov Lapin, Acri (Israel Civil Rights Movement) worker Libby Lenkinski Friedlander and was a real pleasure have the session chaired by journalist and former editor of The Jewish Chronicle Ned Temko, who I’ve been a fan of for a long time. Questions from the floor were brilliantly thought out and very challenging. A great discussion I hope we didn’t disappoint people by not arguing too much!

15:30 – 16:40 – Listened to a discussion on new models for Jewish Communities for the 21st Century. Interesting though more focused on creating communities based around prayer than I had expected.

17:00 – took a coffee break for an hour and chatted to a Dane a Norwegian and two English francophiles!

18:00 – quick dinner, quite nice!

18:30-19:40 – Ran a networking session for Jewish teachers. Was lovely to arrive to an already formed chatty circle of teachers of all ages and areas of expertise, many trainees. There are so many Jewish people working in education and so many are keen to share experiences and resources. www.jewishteachers.org.uk

20:00 – Sat by a Christmas tree and watched football on my laptop, not very sociable of me, best not to say anymore

22:00-23:30 – Attended a very fun and funny session on cocktail making. The most patient presenter, a London bar manager, did a great job.

23:30 until late – sat in the open mic cafe (the acoustic cafe) and listened to some fantastic and a few bizarre performances finishing in a great jam session.

Today has already been very different…

Once again this year I am attending Limmud Conference at Warwick University and again I am giving a number of sessions. (More about Limmud conference later on).

One of my sessions it titled e-Tools, e-Learning, and e-Communication for e-veryone happening at 19:00-20:10 GMT on Tuesday (28th December)

In this session I will be presenting various online tools and case studies to give people ideas on how to use e-tools for learning, teaching, networking and communicating.

I would love to get some participation from people online, live on the night or via this voicethread. If you have a tool you could talk about or a case study to share please let me know by adding your name to this Google Doc.

I will be broadcasting the session via Flashmeeting so all can join in

If you want to contribute but can’t make it live on the evening please leave us a comment on this voicethread.

Nb in case you are wondering, like all the presenters at Limmud I am volunteering to be there, and like most of the presenters I am a paying participant!

About Limmud Conference: Limmud conference is an annual conference of Jewish learning which attracts about 2500 people. It attracts an incredibly diverse range of people with sessions on anything and everything. You can view the full conference programme on their website.

I’m running a session at 9.30am on Tuesday morning (29th December) on E-tools, E-learning and E-Communication for everyone and I need your help!

The session is being run at Limmud conference, an amazing and diverse Jewish learning conference. I’m hoping to share with people at the conference some great online tools they can use in their lives. I don’t know who will turn up at the session but as well as interested individuals there will no doubt be teachers, educators, rabbis and communal leaders.

There’s two ways you can help
1. Fill in this short online Google Form
http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?cfg=true&formkey=dHgxalRwazdEWG5YOURMWXg5QWJpenc6MA

The results will be available to view at
http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AoTf6qWZwPKXdHgxalRwazdEWG5YOURMWXg5QWJpenc&hl=en

2. Join our flashmeeting at 9.30am, pop in and say hello and share a bit of your knowledge to a captive audience!
http://flashmeeting.e2bn.net/fm/cb4639-8214

3. Tweet me your favourite e-tool – send a tweet to @nstone and I’ll collate them together.

Many thanks and I look forward to seeing people online tomorrow morning!

We started with Flashmeeting where Lisa and Mary said hi and told us about twitter and flashmeeting. (You can view the replay of the flashmeeting here). This is a summary and doesn’t include the great discussion and explanation we had at the same time.

Flashmeeting is available to UK schools though if you ask them nicely for a worthy cause they may allow you to use it. Other options are available – if you know of any do comment below.

Lisa mentioned a tool called voki and a few other tools were mentioned.

Next we looked at Twitter. www.twitter.com used by both Lisa (@lisibo) and Mary (@moodlehotpotato). I’m also on twitter as @nstone.

Next was blogging – we looked at www.posterous.com www.wordpress.com and spoke about www.blogger.com

Next wikis – we looked at www.pbwiki.com and www.wetpaint.com and mentioned sites.google.com

We had a quick run through google docs for creating documents and form docs.google.com

We finished off with a quick look at two virtual environments, First Class (commercial paid for service) and Moodle. For anyone wanting to try out moodle ninehubs.com offers free basic moodle pages.

We had a chat about what is best to create a basic webpage and wikis and blogs both came up as simple solutions.

Finally we watched the shift happens video!

Thanks for all the wonderful contributions both online and in the room – please keep contributing and let us know what you’ve tried, succeeded and even failed with!
Good luck.

All resources from the Limmud session “A beginners guide to Israeli politics” are up online at http://needlestone.com/limmud/politics.htm

Additionally as the February election nears it’s worth keeping an eye on Newspapers www.jpost.com and www.haaretz.com who will no doubt publish guides and advice.

A bit of a cheeky blog post or just making the most of my online network?

In about 6 hours from now I’m running a session described in our conference book as

e-Tools, e-Learning, and e-Communication for e-veryone

The presenter will show some amazing and free e-tools that you can use for learning, teaching, networking, community building and communicating in your life, shuls, schools and organisations. If you’ve examples to show off please bring them along to share. Laptops welcome but optional. All levels welcome.

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Below is a summary of the session of 28th December from Limmud Conference

Participants:

1x school e-learning person

1x organiser of business e-learning systems

1x open university professor using e-learning

1x enthusiastic user

1x English teacher in Israel

1x Director of Jerusalem cultural institute

 

Presentation of Ideas to get started

On limmud:

Streaming sessions live internationally

Resources from sessions (eg powerpoints)

Pre-session reading/resources

After Limmud:

Specific online discussions following on from sessions

Recorded (video or audio) sessions online

Year Round:

Online one off sessions video (webinars) or chat based

Series of online classes

Online chavruta discussion

taste of limmud discussions

Online Conference:

E-limmud one or two day worldwide online conference. Could be available in a range of time zones big or small.

 

Comments:

people don’t have to travel and it can be interactive

infrastructure – could be expensive and complicated but commercial stuff is available

copyright and licensing issues? Need presenters permission.

Lots of religious stuff online – not so much secular – limmud could fit in the non-religious side

Why do it? Need clear rationales and objectives.

People pick and choose different things – having a range of unexpected things online would be good recreating the limmud experience – interaction, creating a community.

Extending current online groups

building into what already exists – feeding limmud experiences in currently available networks

extending Limmud not competing

 

you go to great sessions on limmud and for an hour create a community, then at the end of the session your community ends and that’s it- a way of continuing what is going on.

 

Using a system of blogs, updating blogs before a session for “pre-reading” and then after the session on a blog.

 

Need to make sure it’s adapted to everyone. Keep it simple where possible.

 

Monthly online event. Webinar one off to try it out.

 

Website is very static – alpine plant website is more interesting as it’s updated regularly!

 

environmentally friendly

 

a series of milestones needed:

 

Situation in Israel would be of interest to many

 

Open university short course template – takes time but create something simple could be used.

 

Accessibility – print button available

 

  • webinars – what are the best presenters. What would they be willing to do online.

  • Taste of limmud

– discussion about this limmud

– Improvements to website to make it more interactive – blog online

  • Online community

 

rolling guest bloggers to allow for commenting.

Open University may be interested in collaborating long term but there is a way to go before Limmud is ready!

Limmud Conference 2008

Posted on December 27th, 2008 in limmud | 1 Comment »

This post is a little out of sync to the rest of my blog but I hope it may be of interest to regular readers. I’m off from Sunday to Thursday to the annual Limmud conference. It’s quite hard to explain Limmud conference, I’ll try but I recommend reading this recent article from the Guardian education supplement. Limmud is a Jewish conference attended by over 2000 people each year. Though every session in the day is timetabled it’s not all that formal. Anyone can go to any session they choose and anyone can apply to run a session on pretty much anything they want. At the busiest times of day, in one hour, there can be a choice of 30 sessions to go to on anything from Jewish texts to a masterclass with a musician. See here for a random example from this year’s programme. What’s amazing is not just the diversity of learning opportunities and experiences but also the diversity of participants and of course the fact that it is almost entirely organised, every year, by teams of volunteers. The model has now caught on and has been replicated in over 40 communities worldwide. It is also constantly evolving and improving.

My involvement with Limmud each year has been slightly different. This year I’ve volunteered to give a number of sessions. One on e-tools for education and community, one aimed at building an international network of people to work on e-learning for Limmud conference, one on Israeli politics for beginners (a little side interest of mine) and two networking/support sessions for Jewish teachers.

Overall it’s going to be a busy and I hope fun week. I’ll be linking to some of my session resources here. Apologies for regular readers (if there are any!) looking for articles about e-learning in school. I’ll be categorising the short Limmud posts under the category Limmud so feel free to set your RSS readers to ignore them!