Assumption: The teacher or mentor teacher has a 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.
Note: Although this lesson plan idea is designed for the Judaic Studies 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.
Note: Any of these collaborative writing web 2.0 tools can be used with this lesson plan idea.
Note: This activity can also be used as a face to face classroom learning activity without adding the online component.
Step Five: When the task is completed each group emails its finished product to the teacher/mentor and the members of the class, or posts it on the school’s website.
On the next post we will explore another critical thinking problem solving tool, PCA (Paired Comparison Analysis).