Re/Presenting the Jewish Past, a program dedicated to elevating the level of Jewish history education in high schools jointly run by RAVSAK and the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, convened nine participants from the previous three cohorts and one new Jewish history educator to help the program evolve into its second phase: Re/Pre Digital.
The ten participants gathered at NYU with leading scholars in the Jewish history field such as Robert Chazan, Re/Pre’s co-director, Gur Alroey and Marion Kaplan to study topics relevant to the teaching of Jewish history. The main focus of the weeklong workshop was the building of an online resource combining primary, secondary and tertiary sources as well as curricula and artifacts covering a broad range of topics in Jewish history. The participants were charged with helping to identify key features for the resource and specific topics or themes in Jewish history education to focus on at the alpha level. The workshop culminated in each of the participants choosing a topic to begin making contributions to the site.
This online resource will eventually allow visitors to build a lesson plan by selecting components from various categories of documents. Future implementation will include features such as the ability to augment existing materials through user submissions, user ratings and reviews, as well as the ability for users to network and communicate via some form of forum or chat system.♦
Each fall, the seventh grade students in my Jewish social studies class begin the year by participating in the Jewish Court of All Time online simulation. JCAT is an innovative learning adventure that is a joint venture between the University of Cincinnati’s...[More]
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