Many years ago, when CAJE was a young organization, I went to my first CAJE conference. Returning home I could hardly wait to share the innovative ideas that surfaced there with the principals and teachers in my congregational school. I still remember the response of the principal:
"Who needs Alternatives to Jewish Education?" he asked.
I corrected him.
"It was the Conference on Alternatives IN Jewish Education," I said.
I'm not sure I convinced him.
We've come a long way, I hope, in looking at innovation in learning. One example is a website, jlearn2.0 which highlights leading-edge thinking in this area.
I want to recommend you read this post at jlearn2.0 entitled Why My Students Were Texting in Class... and Learning. It is an exciting window into use of what might be seen as distractions to advance learning. We need to use all the tools available to engage our students.