Yeshivat He'Atid opens its doors today with 116 students in preK-1st grade! You can feel the excitement just looking at these photos of the classroom set-up. Want to see more? Check out these photos on Facebook, courtesy of the Alvo Institute.
Yeshivat He'Atid, which opens with 116 students on Tuesday, has been in the Jewish news recently. In case you missed it. here are the most recent articles about Yeshivat He'Atid:
From the Jewish Week: (Aug. 21, 2012)
"The new school, the product of a grass-roots effort led by a group of Bergen County parents, is already inspiring several imitators, all of them Modern or Centrist Orthodox: Tiferet Academy on Long Island and New Roc Torah Academy in Westchester County both plan to open in fall 2013. Other schools with blended learning and low tuition opening this fall include Binah School in Sharon, Mass., and Yeshiva High-Tech in Los Angeles."
Read the entire Jewish Week article here:http://www.thejewishweek.com/special-sections/education-careers/new-developments-classroom-and-beyond
From The Jewish Standard (Aug. 31, 2012):
"The idea is to personalize the learning experience, to differentiate the learning,” Rabbi Netanel Gralla, the new school’s principal, said Rabbi Netanel Gralla“Students get to learn at a pace they’re comfortable with and be engaged throughout the day.”
Rather than basing the classroom on a teacher addressing all the students simultaneously, “kids will rotate throughout the day through a number of learning environments in the classroom,” Gralla said...While some students are using the computers, others will be working in small groups with a teacher, and the rest will be working independently.
The key aspect of the computer software, said Gralla, is that it will diagnose what the students do not understand. “Instead of using a pencil and a workbook, kids will be engaged in an engaging activity on the computer which is fun and animated,” Gralla said.
Meanwhile, “the computer is assessing how well they do it, which points they’re understanding and which they’re not understanding,” he said. “The computer is just a tool to empower the teacher to better understand the student’s strength and weakness,” he said.
“It’s going to empower me as a teacher,” Amanda Pransky said. She is the school’s first-grade teacher for English subjects. Pransky, who lives in Bergen County and taught first grade for three years at the Ramaz School in Manhattan, spent this week training with the Yeshivat He’Atid’s faculty and blended learning consultants.
“Because of the way we’re implementing the technology, the data about the student’s achievement and assessment will all be in one place,” she said.
Professor Stephen Heppell of Bournemouth University in Southern England recently predicted that the current generation “will see the death of education … and the dawn of learning.”
In a recent article in The Jewish Week, Rabbi Gil Perl reflects on "the crumbling of traditional borders and boundaries that have delineated and demarcated our educational system for over a century." Rabbi Perl, who serves as dean of Margolin Hebrew Academy/Feinstone Yeshiva of the South in Memphis, Tenn., is the founder of JconnecT, a distance learning program for Jewish teens. He believes that 21st century education will provide "new opportunities for authentic learning never before dreamt possible."
He encourages Jewish educators, parents, and community members to begin a conversation focused on the challenges Jewish day schools will face: "How are our children to navigate this ever-expanding universe of knowledge? How will they distinguish good information from bad, authenticity from speciousness? When they locate the information they want, will they know how to categorize it, synthesize it, and analyze it? When they create information will they know how to effectively market it, share it, and connect it?"
Read the entire article here.