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Monday, October 18, 2010

Tutorial on how to make a spreadsheet using Google Docs

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 section of our blog we are discussing how  students in a Judaic Studies blended learning classroom can use Google Docs for both individual, group and classroom collaborating writing and for creating new knowledge products such as documents, templates, spreadsheets, powerpoint presentations and drawing. In this particular post we will demonstrate how to make a spreadsheet using Google Docs.

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 the Google Docs 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: Google Docs can also be used as a face to face classroom learning activity without adding the online component.

Click here and see a  brief video tutorial I made  on how to make a spreadsheet using Google docs.

On the next post we will share an actual spreadsheet that I made on Google Docs. This spreadsheet contains useful tools that Jewish educators and staff developers can incorporate into their instruction and teacher training.

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