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The True Story of JEDLAB: the Network That Needs You as Much as You Need It

Shalom, Friends of PEJE! My name is Ken Gordon, and I’m the social media manager here at the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education. Not long ago, I read a book called The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices by former MIT Media Lab director Frank Moss. (Read this to find out why the Jewish communal world should be employing this …

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Thou Shalt not Sacrifice Education on the Altar of Affordability

The following is a guest post by Rabbi Tzvi Pittinsky, Director of Educational Technology at the Frisch School, a Modern Orthodox Yeshiva High School in Paramus, New Jersey. Rabbi Pittinsky is also a professor for MOFET’s International Online Academy, an active blogger on topics related to the intersection of technology and Jewish education, and an …

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Blended Learning: Some Love It, Some Hate It—But Everyone’s Talking About It.

Blended learning! This has been the most galvanizing affordability strategy we’ve considered so far at the Affordability Knowledge Center. Its potential for disrupting the day school financial model, or improving pedagogy for day school students, has been fodder for some amazing conversations on both the PEJE Blog and JEDLAB, the new destination for Jewish educational debate …

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Jewish Ed Tech Macher Says Tech Is Not–NOT–the Answer to Affordability

The following guest post is by Russel Neiss, Jewish educator, technologist, activist, and the coding monkey behind PocketTorah, the AlephBet App, and a myriad of other Jewish educational technology initiatives.   “There must be a revolution in education in which educational science and the ingenuity of educational technology combine to modernize the grossly inefficient and clumsy …

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JDS Board Member Goes Social. And Lives to Tell the Tale!

The JDS social media world is composed of teachers, administrators, development professionals, volunteers, parents, and so many others. But you know who very rarely turns up? Board members. Much of what boards do or say happens, and stays, behind tightly bolted doors. So when we found out that East Valley Jewish Day School, of Chandler, …

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North American Jewish Day School Conference Networking Begins with SOCIAL Networking

So you’re going to the North American Jewish Day School Conference. What’s your social media strategy? That is: How are you going to use all the great communications tools at your disposal to make the most of your conference networking? No entirely sure? No worries. We just happen to have a three-step guide to Socializing …

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Dan Perla

There is nothing like disruptive innovation to drive down the cost of a product or service. In the Jewish day school world, this disruptive innovation is coming in the form of new, blended learning Jewish day schools. These schools typically charge a much lower tuition than existing schools and are forcing traditional day schools to …

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It’s 2013, Do You Know Where Your Affordability Is?

You have opinions about day school affordability. Theories, ideas, firmly held preconceptions—they are in your brain, just bouncing around. I myself am currently holding three or four impossible perspectives in my head, and it’s not even breakfast. The Affordability Knowledge Center is not just about me giving you information; it’s also about you sharing your …

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