Sholom Eisenstat
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  • Toronto, Ontario
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Sholom Eisenstat Jun 18, 2007. 12 Replies


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York Region Board of Education
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I've been teaching for 25 or so years in various situations. I've taught about or with technology since 1991. I'm currently a Computer Resource Teacher for 10 schools in our Board.
Since I'm not really a techie (MA in Jewish Studies, McGill) my interest tends to the use of digital tools in the humanities side of the curriculum.....but I can talk tech when required.
Technology is cool.....but teachers are cooler.

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Toys before Teachers

Posted on July 23, 2008 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

In conversation recently, I heard that US Dept of Commerce research of a few years ago listed EDUCATION as the least technology intensive area of western digital culture. Some web research showed that it’s absolutely true. The conclusion of this research is not old enough to be irrelevant.

Unpacking this statement for teachers and school administrators; our profession, the way we teach and the way we manage our schools has benefited LEAST from the technical revolution… Continue


Posted on July 4, 2007 at 3:21pm 0 Comments

I've just seen a new downloadable app that may not be quite ready for prime time, but it's so powerful and creative that it must be added to your box of Web 2.0 tools.

I met one of the principal's of impera at Squeakfest a few years ago. Squeakfest is the annual summertime Chicago get-together of Squeakers, that rare bunch of computer geeks who use and support a programming environment called Squeak. Based on Smalltalk, it is a free, 21st century environment for drag-and-drop… Continue

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At 2:43pm on December 27, 2008, suehellman said…
Hi Sholom -- I'd like to invite you to join a Classroom 2.0 group called Canadians Mashup. I'm trying to build a network of Canadian educators and bloggers. No discussions yet. I'm just starting out by trying to find where everyone lives and what they teach. If you're interested, please add me as a colleague as well.

If you add yourself to the map, please include a name or a photo of some sort. There seem to be a lot of unidentified people from unidentified places and the map is getting stuck on for some reason. The problem is that I can't tell from the members’ list which anonymous hits are real people and which were just false starts. The company does not differentiate members unless there is a picture or a name. Location only is not enough to help me know which entries are not real ones. THANKS!!!!

In regards to your querie in the top post: in my district the administration has to take on the IT people and begin nurturing the creative energies of all teachers in their classrooms instead of trying to make us all use the same tools in the same way. I think they really need to capture the other side of the teachable moment -- the one that occurs and when a teacher is ready with a tool and an idea to launch, help 'make it so'.
At 3:26pm on July 24, 2008, Phil Liff-Grieff said…
To answer your question, I'm the Associate Director of the BJE in Los Angeles and currently doing work in the area of Communities of Practice as professional development tools. As you would imagine, this has led me to a rather intense immersion in Web2.0 and related emerging technologies. My interests have expanded into the world of ed tech and the larger issue of integration of technology into Jewish schools. I am looking for "fellow travelers" and appreciate any recommendations of people to learn from or directions to follow.
At 5:09am on July 10, 2008, Anne Mirtschin said…
Hello Sholom, I have also taught for a long time and depending on my work commitments, spend either a lot of time in this classroom or neglect it for a while. However, I keep coming back as I have made so many valuable contacts and love watching all the discussions that eventuate as they can be so valuable for what I want to learn or use in my classrooms
At 4:14am on August 17, 2007, SusanTsairi said…
Hi Shalom, thanks for the moodle suggestion, I haven't tried Moodle because,( I embarrassed to say), I don't know how to set up an SQL database. Does moodle also allow for interaction between users?
At 2:00pm on August 9, 2007, Reuven Werber said…
Hi Sholom,
I tagged you!
At 11:54am on June 7, 2007, Deb said…
I don't know how you keep track. I used to be the computer resource person for six elementary schools in this district. They eliminated the position because they felt it is better ot have one person per school so I am now in the middle school. I remember feeling very scattered when I had six schools.
At 6:28pm on June 4, 2007, Deb said…
Hi Sholom,
You really have your hands full with 10 schools!
At 7:58pm on May 27, 2007, qdsouza said…
Hi Sholom,

Glad to see you here :-)
At 5:27pm on May 27, 2007, Sholom Eisenstat said…
Ah....nice to have you amongst my friends.
Figures that you found this're always ahead of the wave.
At 12:29pm on May 27, 2007, Connie Weber said…
Cool starfish! Great find.


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