Frequently Asked Questions
What is JETS?
JETS Jerusalem Ed Tech Solutions is an Israel-based educational organization which offers distance and online courses to individuals, schools, organizations, and senior residences worldwide, coordinates school partnership programs that bridge between schools in Israel and schools in the Diaspora, and offers professional development programs for teachers who want to enhance the use of technology in their instruction. JETS programs focus on the history and culture of Judaism and the Jewish people, the Middle East, and ancient and modern Israel.
Why would I want to use JETS distance learning programs? What is the advantage over what I can do in my own institution?
There are three primary advantages to JETS programs: JETS uses 21st century technology and pedagogy to actively engage students and foster an atmosphere of collaborative learning. The fact that JETS programs originate from Jerusalem enables students to authentically experience the spirit of Israel when studying about Israel, the Middle East, and/or Judaism. JETS creates and utilizes its own innovative audio-visual materials to simulate virtual visits in which students encounter interesting individuals and important historical sites in Israel. The fact that JETS is located in Israel provides access to the vast educational resources available in the Israeli Jewish educational infrastructure, including a pool of Israeli and former Diaspora Jewish educators who provide subject matter and pedagogic expertise that might not be available in your school.
How does JETS facilitate the programs?
JETS uses a wide range of user-friendly technologies which allow teachers and students to access JETS programs. Computer conferencing can facilitate both one-station group sessions as well as multi-station sessions in which individuals or groups can log on from different locations. One-station computer conferencing requires only a computer, a computer projector or smart board, and an external microphone. Multi-station programs require only a computer, an external microphone, and a headset for each participant. JETS also employs a variety of online tools and learning management systems to enhance the interactivity of the programs.
How will we know how to set up the technology on our end?
JETS employs tech support specialists who consult with customers to help them set up the technology from their end, and test the equipment prior to the first session to ensure the quality of the transmission. The tech support team is also available during transmission for trouble-shooting.
Are JETS programs only for Jewish institutions or for a specific stream of Judaism?
No. JETS offers courses that are appropriate for a variety of venues. The JETS client list includes public schools, private schools, and parochial schools, as well as Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Community Jewish day schools and afternoon schools. In addition, JETS services both Jewish and non-Jewish senior residences. You can check out or client list on the website.
Do JETS courses relating to Israel reflect a particular political agenda?
JETS believes that educated people can make informed decisions about political issues on their own. JETS tries to present varied perspective on current events issues in Israel. For example, in the JETS Arab-Israeli conflict series, participants learn about the history of the region, and then hear the opinions of settlers, peace activists, residents that live near the Gaza border, and facilitators of co-existence programs.
Who participates in a No Teacher Left Behind Course?
The No Teacher Left Behind Course is geared towards Jewish educators who don’t have a strong background in online learning but who are interested in adding e-learning tools and techniques to their classroom. Over the last 4 years over 150 Jewish educators have participated in the NTLB course. The cohorts, which average approximately 10 participants per course, have included teachers in Israel, Germany, Poland, Holland, Canada and multiple locations throughout the United States.
Who participates in the JETS PD workshops?
JETS PD workshops include focus on general elearning issues including elearning in Chumash and Navi, e-learning in Ivrit and flipping classrooms for a wide range of Jewish subjects
- ecom webinars which are open to individual teachers, presenting specific information on a monthly basis. Participants include Jewish educators from day schools, afternoon schools and community schools
- webinar mini-courses which delve into a specific issue connected with online learning for deeper exploration. Participants include Jewish educators from day schools, afternoon schools and community schools
- on-site community-based workshops, conducted in partnership with local Boards of Jewish Education. JETS has worked with BJEs and other community umbrella educational organizations in Northern NJ, Toronto ON, San Francisco CA, Portland OR, Detroit MI, Houston TX and Israel.
- on-site and online school-based workshops which are facilitated in conjunction with individual schools. JETS has conducted online and on-site school workshops with schools throughout the United States and Canada.
Who participates in JETS Shutafut programs?
The JETS Shutafut programs twin Jewish classrooms in the diaspora with classrooms in Israel. Participating classes include grades 5 – 10. Some partnerships involve 2 schools and some “twin” three schools including schools in Israel, the United States and Canada. Shutafut has reached thousands of youngsters in dozens of schools around the world.