As a time of renewal, Rosh Hashana can serve as a catalyst for awakening personal growth and creativity. Creativity is an educational goal that sits at the apex of Bloom’s taxonomy, a hierarchy of learning levels that build progressively from lower to higher thinking skills. This session will utilize content from the high holidays to demonstrate who online tools can be used to foster and enhance student creativity.
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.