Professional Development

DigitalJLearning Network offers flexible professional development to meet a variety of needs. Whether it’s open sessions, school-based workshops and coaching, or community partnerships, we have a model that’s right for your school. Read below to learn more, and see what's coming soon. Be sure to check back to find out the dates for public professional development sessions!

To learn more about bringing DJLN professional development to your school, contact us.

Upcoming professional development sessions:

The JEDTech Experience: Educational Technology for Judaic Studies - Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

 

Strategic EdTech Planning
EdTech Workshops
 - Personalized and Blended Learning 101
 - Strategies and Tools for Flipping the Classroom
 - Game-Based Learning in the Classroom
 - Getting the Most Out of Google
 - Digital Storytelling
Community Partnerships

Upgrade Your Tech Plan: Developing your school’s roadmap for learning-driven technology

What are the best apps for math or reading? How can technology support learning in Judaic Studies and Hebrew? What’s the ultimate effect on learning? How do we know we’re making the right technology choices? What hardware should we buy? Many schools find themselves asking these questions. Make sure you ask the right questions before you make a big technology investment. Let DigitalJLearning help you strategically align your technology with how learning happens at your school.

Click here to learn more about the different options available.

 

Personalized and Blended Learning 101

How can I help each student to learn at his/her own pace? Is personalizing the same as differentiating? Is blended learning a fancy term for tech integration? Get answers to these questions and more. In this session, you’ll learn about the benefits of personalized learning and how it relates to differentiating. You’ll learn how online data can change the way you teach and your students learn. You’ll understand why blended learning is a great path to personalization, and how it differs from simply using technology. By the end of this session, you’ll understand the different blended learning models and how to select the right match for your students. You’ll leave confident and ready to implement blended learning, to give your students that personalized learning experience.

 

Strategies and Tools for Flipping the Classroom

Want to master flipping your classroom and make the most of the time you have with your students? It all starts with effective teaching videos! In this workshop we look at examples of teachers who have flipped their classrooms successfully and cover basic tips for how to flip and why. Then, we will get into the nitty gritty of the tools themselves. Participants will leave this workshop with an awareness of some tools and techniques for creating engaging interactive flipped content. Screencasting and video tools like VoiceThread, Explain Everything, PlayPosit, and more will be used.

 

Game-Based Learning in the Classroom

Game-Based Learning (GBL) draws on the power of games to build engagement and persistence in a learning context. This workshop is for teachers who are interested in implementing Game-Based Learning but are not sure where to start. You will be introduced to some of the reasoning behind using games (both analog and digital) in the classroom and provided with concrete steps you can take to get started. The workshop will also give you hands-on experience with a few specific games and how they can be used to support curriculum. We will curate a workshop specifically for your group depending on the grades and subjects taught by the participants. Try out the games in a learning context and see first hand what your students would experience!

**Note: This workshop is focused on GBL, not gamification. Although the two are occasionally used interchangeably, they are different learning methodologies.

 

Getting the Most Out of Google

Google Apps for Education (GAFE) has enormous potential for classroom innovation, both as a suite of learning tools and as a way for teachers to effectively manage administrative tasks. We offer two workshops, one for each of these topics, available individually or as a package.

Classroom Learning Edition: In this workshop we will focus on using GAFE tools for collaboration, project based learning, peer review, and more. We will dive into Google Drive, Google Hangouts, Google Sites, Calendars, Google Cultural Institute, and participants will leave being able to use these tools to facilitate meaningful experiential learning experiences.

Classroom Management Edition: This session will help you tap into the potential of GAFE for managing grading, assessment, and assignment submissions. We will dig into Google Drive, Google Hangouts, Google Sites, Calendars, and the many add-ons and extensions that have been built specifically for educators. You will walk out ready to apply these tools to help you improve your classroom workflow.

 

Digital Storytelling

There are many benefits to digital storytelling - students can learn turn linear events into multidimensional experiences, practice communication, develop research skills, and master media creation. This workshop looks at using digital storytelling in the classroom as a means to combine tradition with technology by letting students tell stories with voice, text, video, audio, and images. Participants in this workshop will get hands on experience using several applications for digital storytelling and will try creating digital stories as their students would. This session can be specifically tailored to the grades the attendees teach and the devices your school uses.

Contact us to learn more about our EdTech workshops.

 

Community Partnerships

DJLN partners with schools and communities in North America, bringing the experience and the power of a national network to support local educators. The specific goals for each partnership vary, but share a focus on meaningfully integrating technology to support student learning. A big part of this work often involves blended learning, a natural pathway to personalization and student autonomy. DJLN works with local funders and community agencies to help schools develop knowledge and capacity to personalize student learning, and integrate technology resources that are aligned to desired learning outcomes. Through a DJLN partnership, schools can shift to a deep and meaningful integration of technology, including use of blended learning models, without overextending already strained resources. DJLN leverages a network of experts to help guide schools through the process, building capacity for sustaining effective models of instruction.

Common elements of community partnerships include: ongoing professional learning through in-person and online sessions, coaching & consulting in support of each school’s work, development of a community of practice with teachers and administrators from local day schools, and participation in guided site visits of other schools..

To learn about our current community partnerships, click here.

 

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