30 weeks long
Workload: 2-3 hours per week
About the Program
Effective strategies for using technology-enhanced learning is a key element in the professional development of any teacher. This course will help teachers develop and advance their skills in the design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences.
- Introduction to Educational Technology Integration
Explore best practices on integrating technology into your curriculum and classroom. Participants will develop a working knowledge of educational technology standards and pedagogy, proficiency with fundamental technology tools and the ability to begin applying them to their classrooms.
- Teaching with Technology
Participants will learn a wide range of technology tools that can be integrated into the classroom, which include: Web 2.0 tools, interactive whiteboards, tablet computers, video editing and presentation software. Participants will work collaboratively using these tools, engage in practical discussions about their use, and complete the course with a portfolio of educational technology tools that can be used in their classrooms.
- Educational Technology Practicum
This course will combine the learning from the previous two courses and ask students to develop a significant educational technology project/application that will be integrated into their classrooms/schools.
The Ed Tech Program is made up of 3 courses lasting 10 weeks each. There is also a 1 week break in between each course, for a total length of approximately 50 weeks. The program begins on September 10th and runs through June. These courses cannot be taken individually, but must be taken as a unit and in the correct order.
About the Facilitator
Rabbi Michael Bitton is a Judaic studies teacher as well as the Director of Educational Technology at Magen David Yeshiva High School. He emphasizes educational innovation for the modern Jewish day school by helping teachers integrate technology in a meaningful way and introducing diverse teaching methods such as the flipped classroom, project-based-learning, and blended/online learning. Rabbi Bitton also helped establish the Jewish Edcamp (JEDcamp) movement in the NY/NJ area which promotes professional development and networking amongst Jewish educators and day school leaders. He has spent 4 years as a classroom teacher and over 8 years mentoring at-risk youth at the Minyan Shelanu synagogue. He is an ordained rabbi and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts from Adelphia and is currently pursuing his Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership at Bellevue University. He resides with his family in Lakewood, NJ.