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 Jewish teaching and teacher training. Accordingly in this section of the blog we will describe how the internet can serve as asupplemental resource for instruction and the mentoring of pre-service and in-service Jewish educators. In this post we will share a definition and a video explaining on site and online community of practice, CoP.
What is an On Site and Online Community of Practice?
A community of practice, a CoP is a term that describes a group of people who share a common interest, a craft, or a profession. It is through the process of sharing information and experiences that members can develop both personally and professionally. CoPs can exist on site such as in the lunchroom at work, in an occupational or other physical location, or online through a blog such as ours , a social network such as http://www.integrating-technology.com/index.php?option=com_community&view=groups&task=viewgroup&groupid=6&Itemid=16, and a wiki such as http://wiki.integrating-technology.org/index.php/Main_Page .
Here is a You Tube on a CoP. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63rQ3S8EHoA
In the next post we will discuss the difference between web 1.0 and web 2.0.