“Technology is everywhere in education.  […] But a significant body of research has also made clear that most teachers have been slow to transform the ways they teach, despite the influx of new technology into their classrooms. There remains limited evidence to show that technology and online learning are improving learning outcomes for most students.” Benjamin Herold, ”Technology in Education: An Overview”, Education Week, Feb. 5, 2016

Maximize the Educational Power of Educational Technology in your School !!

EdTech by Design: A Concise Guide for School Decision-Makers

Stanley Peerless and Smadar Goldstein  

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EdTech by Design: A Concise Guide for School Decision-Makers is a user friendly and practical guide for developing a cogent EdTech program for your school. The authors suggest a “backward design” approach that bases the development of the school’s EdTech approach on clearly articulated educational goals. Drawing on an analysis of educational literature, extensive experience in school administration and leadership development, and cutting edge expertise in EdTech use and training, the authors walk school decision-makers through the planning and implementation process, including:

  • Asking the Right Questions
  • Goal Setting
  • Creating a Supportive Technology Infrastructure
  • The Gatekeepers: Developing Critical Personnel
  • A Balanced Approach to Strategic Tech Planning

Get the most educational value out of your EdTech resouces!!

“Indeed concise and practical, EdTech by Design is an important read for administrators. Stanley Peerless and Smadar Goldstein clearly bring readers up-to-date on trends of integration, by ‘making sense of the noise’ when considering efficacy, with a focus rather on using technology in a manner that creates more meaningful learning activities. I most of all enjoyed their discussion on goals to expand student interactivity facilitated by web-based educational technology, to impact learning in the classroom and beyond. The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration celebrates this work by the authors, which is sure to help school districts strategically develop ed tech programs for all learners.”  Glenn Morris, Executive DirectoCenter for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC)
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About the Authors

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Stanley Peerless

Stanley Peerless received rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University, and a Masters of Education from Xavier University.  He served as a Jewish day school principal in the United States and Canada for 18 years, primarily at the Hillel Academy of Dayton and the Hebrew Academy of Montreal.  Since moving to Israel, Rabbi Peerless has been involved extensively in providing professional development for school leaders as the Director of the Center for Jewish School Leadership of Bar Ilan University’s Lookstein Center for Jewish Education in the Diaspora and as the coordinator of the Tal Am School Leadership Institutes. As a founding partner in JETS, he has also been involved in distance learning and online curriculum writing. In addition to a number of articles on educational topics, Rabbi Peerless has authored several books including Studies on the Haggadah from the Teachings of Nechama Leibowitz, To Study and to Teach: The Methodology of Nechama Leibowitz, and the Veshinantem Mishnah Program.  He has conducted professional development workshops on a variety of topics in Israel, North America, and England.


smadarSmadar Goldstein

Smadar Goldstein is recognized as one of the most dynamic and successful online educators in the world of Jewish education. After serving as a classroom teacher in the US, she moved to Israel in 1998, where she made the transition from classroom instruction to online instruction. In 2009, Smadar founded JETS, Jerusalem Ed Tech Solutions, an online provider of synchronous and asynchronous courses, professional development programs on incorporating technology in Jewish studies and Hebrew language classrooms, and school partnership programs.  JETS has recently collaborated with Hebrew at the Center on creating blended learning paradigms for teaching Hebrew using online tools and resources. Smadar has provided professional development, both online and face-to-face, to over 500 teachers in the United States, Canada, England, Australia, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Holland, and Israel.

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