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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

How Picture Trail, a free photo-editing web tool, can be utilized 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 PictureTrail, a free photo-editing 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 Picture Trail 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. 

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

What is Picture Trail?

Picture Trail is a free photo-editing web tool.

Where is  Picture Trail  located on the web?


How Picture Trail, a free photo-editing web tool, can be utilized to promote instruction in the blended learning classroom

Click on the links below to find resources explaining how Picture Train, the free photo-editing web tool, can be used to promote instruction in the face to face and virtual classroom:




On the next blogpost we will discuss how Picture Trail, a free photo-editing web tool, can be utilized to promote Judaic instruction and to mentor/train Jewish educators.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Introduction to Picture Trail a free photo-editing 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 how PictureTrail, a free photo-editing 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 Picture Trail 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. 

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

What is Picture Trail?

Picture Trail is a free photo-editing web tool.

Where is  Picture Trail  located on the web?



Where can you find helpful tutorials on how to use Picture Trail?

Click on the links below for tutorials on Picture Trail:




On the next blogpost we will discuss how Picture Trail, a free photo-editing web tool, can be utilized to promote instruction in the blended learning classroom.

Friday, April 17, 2015

How iPiccy, a free photo-editing web tool, can be utilized 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 IPiccy, a free photo-editing 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 IPiccy 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. 

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

What is IPiccy?

IPiccy is a free photo-editing web tool.

Where is  IPiccy  located on the web?


How IPiccy, a free photo-editing web tool, can be utilized to promote Judaic instruction and to mentor/train Jewish educators

Click on the links below to find examples of how IPiccy 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 discussion another free photo-editing web tool, Picture Trail.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

How iPiccy, a free photo-editing web tool, can be utilized 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 IPiccy, a free photo-editing 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 IPiccy 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. 

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

What is IPiccy?

IPiccy is a free photo-editing web tool.

Where is  IPiccy  located on the web?


How iPiccy, a free photo-editing web tool, can be utilized to promote instruction in the blended learning classroom

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




On the next blogpost we will discuss how iPiccy, a free photo-editing web tool, can be utilized to promote Judaic instruction and to mentor/train Jewish educators.

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