Tech and Education
You can stay on top of Jewish tech and education trends by following relevant blogs and e-newsletters, like:
- PewInternet.org: Contemporary research studies on everything from teenage tech use to nationwide education trends. See Teens & Technology 2013, How Teachers Are Using Technology in Education, for example…
- InsideFacebook.com: Daily updates on changes, improvements and applications on Facebook; how to use Facebook effectively, especially helpful when Facebook changes its interface or elements.
- Mashable.com: Tech and culture trends in general – also a great source for infographics that explain today’s tech trends
- EJewishPhilanthropy.com: Articles about Jewish education, philanthropy, organizational developments, technology, effective business and leadership models
- TED.com: The site which hosts all the TED talks – and which can be searched according to tags – also has a regular newsletter that informs you of new talks when they’re available.
Berman Jewish Policy Archive is a treasure trove of articles about Jewish Peoplehood, for example:
The ROI Community is a global network of nearly 900 thinkers, innovators, educators and other experts, representing 50 countries around the world. They recently launched a relationship with the crowdfunding site, Indiegogo, to support a matching gifts program for ROI network members fundraising for projects. Check out some of the innovative work people are doing worldwide. To check out how they are crowdfunding their innovative projects, search by keyword or country, or read posts in the ROI blog.
Darim Online has been at the nexus of “Jewish” and “social media” for years, running boot camps for educators and synagogue leadership, as well as their own “Jewpoint0” blog about these subjects. The site also hosts free webinars, archived on the site. Some content is for members-only; other pieces are available to all at no cost.
G-dcast, started as an inventive approach to weekly Torah portion interpretations by non-rabbis, has become a major player in today’s innovative Jewish educational scene. In addition to using the Torah portion series as a conversational catalyst, G-dcast continues to take its educational mission seriously with a healthy dose of fun, reflecting on available tools and a deep love for Jewish text. Check out G-dcast’s educators page, their new sacrifices-based Leviticus game, and Studio G-dcast, an artists’ residency opportunity for creative teens to study text, then script and create their own episode of G-dcast.
Bibleraps began as founder Matt Bar, a folk rapper who had performed at numerous venues, found a new way to engage Hebrew school classes. After participating in the PresenTense Institute and a year of immersive study at Pardes, he launched Bibleraps and has expanded it every year as he tours. Check out the educational offerings, which range from Shabbatons to teacher trainings.
Recommended TED Talks
- Dan Pallotta: The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong
- Clay Shirky: Institutions vs. Collaborations
- Candy Chang: Before I die, I want to…
- Amanda Palmer: The Art of Asking
- Itay Talgam: Lead Like the Great Conductors
- Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts
- Kickstarter.com – The original, founded mostly for film and music
- Indiegogo.com – The competitor, which also hosts a lot of nonprofit projects and partnerships
- Jewcer.com – The Jewish version
- Social Media Manifesto (My Urban Kvetch blog, by Esther Kustanowitz)
- Wild Apricot blog (best practices for nonprofits, free webinars list)
- Going Digital (Forum from PresenTense Magazine)
- Effective Blogging Guidelines – from presentations to the Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California
- Follow Esther Kustanowitz on Facebook and Twitter at @EstherK.