We’ve been busy here at the DigitalJLearning Network (DJLN) offices, putting the final touches on some exciting things for 2014-15.
First, DJLN is proud to be joining in our first national-local community partnership with The Samis Foundation of Seattle, WA. DJLN is working alongside Seattle Pacific University professor David Wicks to lead a community of practice and learning with 12 teacher-leaders from six Seattle-area Jewish day schools. Ultimately leading toward more personalized learning for students, this first year will help the teacher-leaders develop strong foundations in using technology to meaningfully support learning.
The teacher-leaders will have opportunities to learn with expert practitioners and great minds from the field of education. The first year will feature a mix of online and face-to-face sessions. This includes visiting Jewish day schools in the Los Angeles area, to learn firsthand how other schools are using technology and blended learning effectively to support academic needs.
We’re extremely excited about a second national-local community partnership that is shaping up to begin soon in another community. We’ll have more information available about this soon!
DJLN will also continue to work with some of our schools from the first three years. We’ll support them with tailored guidance, resources, and more, to build on the progress they’re making with implementing blended learning.
In addition to our work with schools and communities, we are also continuing our efforts to help individuals learn about implementing blended learning in effective ways. Back by popular demand, we’re hosting a number of online and in-person professional learning opportunities. In case you missed our first session, check out “Don’t Just Flip the Classroom, Flip the Learning.” Mordy Sabeti from B’nei Akiva Schools of Toronto led us in an online session about what to do AFTER deciding to flip learning. Beyond making videos, Mr. Sabeti helps us to think about how to maximize face to face time with students and get the most out of the time together.
Be sure to check our blog regularly for new announcements, guest bloggers, learning opportunities, and other exciting information. Here’s to an amazing year! Now let’s see how much we can all learn together.