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Friday, July 31, 2015

How Spaaze, a free sticky note corkboard web tool, can be used to promote Judaic instruction and to mentor/train Jewish educators



When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices, and demonstrate how these best practices can be applied in the real (i.e. physical) and virtual (i.e. online) classroom for both teaching and teacher training. The combination of face to face instruction in a physical setting and online learning is called blended learning. In this section of the blog we will describe how the internet can serve as a supplemental resource for instruction and the mentoring of pre-service and in-service Jewish educators. In this post we will discuss how Spaaze, a free sticky note corkboard web tool, can be used to promote Judaic instruction and to mentor/train Jewish educators.

Assumption: The teacher or mentor teacher has an interactive white board (i.e. SMART Board, Promethean, etc.), a Tablet PC (also called a Slate or Blade), a computer presenter or computer with internet access attached to an LCD projector in the classroom. It would be ideal if students or mentees had access to their own laptop computers or iPads. Given parental and school approval, and the development of specific guidelines, smartphones can be used to enhance instruction as well.

Note: Although Spaaze can be applied in the Judaic Studies blended learning classroom, it can be also be used for training pre-service and in-service Jewish educators for professional or staff development. It is our hope that Jewish educators around the globe will form an online community of practice, a CoP, a group of people who share an interest, a craft, and/or a profession, to enhance the delivery of instruction and training of Jewish educators. For example, here is a CoP you might want to join. 

What is Spaaze?

Spaaze is a free sticky note corkboard web tool.

Note: Spaaze can be used in a face to face and virtual classroom.

Where is Spaaze located on the internet?



How Spaaze, a free sticky note corkboard web tool, can be used to promote Judaic instruction and to mentor/train Jewish educators

Click on the links below to find resources explaining how Spaaze can be used to promote Judaic instruction and to train/mentor pre-service and in-service Jewish educators:




On the next blogpost we will begin our exploration of another sticky note corkboard web tool, Listthings.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

How Spaaze, a free sticky note corkboard web tool, can be used to promote instruction in the blended learning classroom



When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices, and demonstrate how these best practices can be applied in the real (i.e. physical) and virtual (i.e. online) classroom for both teaching and teacher training. The combination of face to face instruction in a physical setting and online learning is called blended learning. In this section of the blog we will describe how the internet can serve as a supplemental resource for instruction and the mentoring of pre-service and in-service Jewish educators. In this post we will discuss how Spaaze, a free sticky note corkboard web tool, can be used to promote instruction in the blended learning classroom.

Assumption: The teacher or mentor teacher has an interactive white board (i.e. SMART Board, Promethean, etc.), a Tablet PC (also called a Slate or Blade), a computer presenter or computer with internet access attached to an LCD projector in the classroom. It would be ideal if students or mentees had access to their own laptop computers or iPads. Given parental and school approval, and the development of specific guidelines, smartphones can be used to enhance instruction as well.

Note: Although Spaaze can be applied in the Judaic Studies blended learning classroom, it can be also be used for training pre-service and in-service Jewish educators for professional or staff development. It is our hope that Jewish educators around the globe will form an online community of practice, a CoP, a group of people who share an interest, a craft, and/or a profession, to enhance the delivery of instruction and training of Jewish educators. For example, here is a CoP you might want to join. 

What is Spaaze?

Spaaze is a free sticky note corkboard web tool.

Where is Spaaze located on the internet?

How Spaaze, a free sticky note corkboard web tool, can be used to promote instruction in the blended learning classroom

Click on the links below to find resources explaining how Spaaze can be used to promote instruction in the face to face and virtual classroom:




On the next blogpost we will discuss how Spaaze, a free sticky note corkboard web tool, can be used to promote Judaic instruction and to mentor/train Jewish educators.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Introduction to Spaaze a free sticky note corkboard web tool


When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices, and demonstrate how these best practices can be applied in the real (i.e. physical) and virtual (i.e. online) classroom for both teaching and teacher training. The combination of face to face instruction in a physical setting and online learning is called blended learning. In this section of the blog we will describe how the internet can serve as a supplemental resource for instruction and the mentoring of pre-service and in-service Jewish educators. In this post we will begin our discussion of Spaaze, a free sticky note corkboard web tool, that can be used to promote Judaic instruction and learning, and to mentor/train Jewish educators. 

Assumption: The teacher or mentor teacher has an interactive white board (i.e. SMART Board, Promethean, etc.), a Tablet PC (also called a Slate or Blade), a computer presenter or computer with internet access attached to an LCD projector in the classroom. It would be ideal if students or mentees had access to their own laptop computers or iPads. Given parental and school approval, and the development of specific guidelines, smartphones can be used to enhance instruction as well.

Note: Although Spaaze can be applied in the Judaic Studies blended learning classroom, it can be also be used for training pre-service and in-service Jewish educators for professional or staff development. It is our hope that Jewish educators around the globe will form an online community of practice, a CoP, a group of people who share an interest, a craft, and/or a profession, to enhance the delivery of instruction and training of Jewish educators. For example, here is a CoP you might want to join. 

What is Spaaze?

Spaaze is a free sticky note corkboard web tool.

Where is Spaaze located on the internet?


Where can I find tutorials demonstrating how to use Spaaze?

Click on the links below to find tutorials on how to use Spaaze:


On the next post we will discuss how Spaaze, a free sticky note corkboard web tool, can be used to promote instruction in the blended learning classroom.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

How Primary Wall, a free sticky note corkboard web tool, can be used to promote Judaic instruction and to mentor/train Jewish educators



When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices, and demonstrate how these best practices can be applied in the real (i.e. physical) and virtual (i.e. online) classroom for both teaching and teacher training. The combination of face to face instruction in a physical setting and online learning is called blended learning. In this section of the blog we will describe how the internet can serve as a supplemental resource for instruction and the mentoring of pre-service and in-service Jewish educators. In this post we will discuss how PrimaryWall, a free sticky note corkboard web tool, can be used to promote instruction in the blended learning classroom.


Assumption: The teacher or mentor teacher has an interactive white board (i.e. SMART Board, Promethean, etc.), a Tablet PC (also called a Slate or Blade), a computer presenter or computer with internet access attached to an LCD projector in the classroom. It would be ideal if students or mentees had access to their own laptop computers or iPads. Given parental and school approval, and the development of specific guidelines, smartphones can be used to enhance instruction as well.

Note: Although Primary Wall can be applied in the Judaic Studies blended learning classroom, it can be also be used for training pre-service and in-service Jewish educators for professional or staff development. It is our hope that Jewish educators around the globe will form an online community of practice, a CoP, a group of people who share an interest, a craft, and/or a profession, to enhance the delivery of instruction and training of Jewish educators. For example, here is a CoP you might want to join. 

What is Primary Wall?

Primary Wall is a free sticky note corkboard web tool.

(Note #1: Primary Wall is free for a six month period).

Note #2: Primary Wall can be used in a face to face and virtual classroom.

Where is Primary Wall located on the internet?


How Primary Wall, a free sticky note corkboard web tool, can be used to promote Judaic instruction and to mentor/train Jewish educators

Click on the links below to see examples of how Primary Wall can be used to promote Judaic instruction and to train/mentor pre-service and in-service Jewish educators:

Jewish Applications



Below you will see a Primary Wall sticky note on the topic of Sukkot:




On the next blogpost we will begin our exploration of Spaaze, another free sticky note corkboard web tool.

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