Thursday, August 5, 2010
Application of Type With Me in the Judaic Physical or Virtual Classroom for Students, Teachers, Mentor Teachers and Staff Developers
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 (online) classroom for both teaching and teacher training. Accordingly 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 the web 2.0 tool, Type With Me, for collaborative writing in the Judaic physical or virtual for students, teachers, mentor teachers and staff developers.
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 as well.
Here is a set of suggested steps for implementing a lesson demonstrating how to teach students or mentees (i.e. pre-service or in-service teachers) to use Type With Me for collaborative writing.
Step One: The teacher opens the application Type With Me and records a few sentence fragments on the white interactive board. For example the teacher might type these fragments:
1. My favorite Jewish holiday is...
2. ________________________ is my favorite Jewish holiday because...
3. My favorite memory of _________________________ was ....
Step Two: Individual students or mentees complete the first sentence at their desk on paper or preferably on their computer using the Type With Me web tool.
Step Three. The teacher/mentor teacher monitors how successfully his or her students/mentees are completing their first sentences. If desired, students/mentees can complete this exercise in small groups of two (dyads), three (triads) or four (quads).
Step Four: Students/mentees complete sentence fragments two and three at their desk on paper or on their computer.
Step Five: Students/mentees who complete the exercise are invited to record their sentence fragments on the classroom’s white interactive board.
Note: This is an elementary form of collaborative writing between the teacher/mentor teacher who records a sentence fragment, and students/mentees who are invited to complete each teacher generated sentence fragment.
On the next post we will describe how two students or two mentees can create their own story or narrative by applying the Type With Me web tool.