Technology Innovation Studio

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    Video: About the Genesis Technology Innovation Studio Course

  • The Technology Innovation Studio (Tech Studio for short) is a hands-on, studio based course where you will collaborate with peers with the goal of engaging in projects that envision a more playful, imaginative, thoughtful and complete world. You will experiment with the same tools and wrestle with the same ideas as professional developers, designers and digital artists including:

    Throughout the summer you will learn the skills to build your own digital and physical creations and tinker with others. The Tech Studio provides unique opportunities to work with your peers to create collaborative projects and share your creations with the broader community and the world. You will develop your digital literacy and creative thinking by working with different media, materials and tools.

    Facilitated by a technologist and an artist/designer, in the Tech Studio you will be guided through open ended assignments and questions to help you test new ideas and techniques and ground them in Jewish tradition.

    No prior experience is necessary, although it is welcome. All you need is your curiosity and a desire to build something awesome.

    Participants can sign up for the Technology Innovation Studio for one session or the full summer for a deeper experience.

    Meet the Instructor

    Russel NeissEqually fluent in Yiddish and Javascript, Russel Neiss is a Jewish educator, technologist and coder. Russel began his career as an itinerant Jewish educator traveling across the deep south and has worked in a variety of Jewish educational settings including day schools, supplemental schools, museums and archives. He holds a BA in Religious Studies and Jewish Studies from CUNY's Macaulay Honors College, an MLS with a specialization in digitization and instructional technology from Queens College and a MSEd in Educational Leadership from Brooklyn College. He currently serves as the Director of Educational Technology at G-dcast where he develops mobile and other interactive applications to raise Jewish literacy and help educators integrate technology in a pedagogically sound way.