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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Introduction to a new web-based collaborative writing and creating tool, PBworks, that can be used within a Judaic Studies blended learning classroom and mentoring or teacher training

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, 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 on how  students in a Judaic Studies blended learning classroom can use PBworks  for both individual, group and classroom collaborating writing and for creating new knowledge products such as documents and other files that you want to modify that are on your computer.
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.
NoteAlthough the PBworks collaborative writing and project creation web tool 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.
Note: PBworks can also be used as a face to face classroom learning activity without adding the online component.

Here is a slideshare of a  powerpoint tutorial for teachers on how to use PBworks, a wiki, in the classroom for student individual and collaborative writing and product creating.
On the next post we will share a video tutorial that I made describing how to use PBworks for collaborative writing and project creating in the Judaic Studies blended learning classroom and for staff development.

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