Thursday, November 4, 2010
Additional wikis that Jewish educators, mentor teachers and staff developers can use in their instruction and 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 continue our discussion on how students in a Judaic Studies blended learning classroom can use wikis for both individual, group and classroom collaborative 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.
Note: Although wikis 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: Wikis can also be used in a face to face classroom without adding the online component.
Below you will find a list of wikis that Jewish educators, mentor teachers and staff developers can use in their instruction and teacher training
List of educational wikis:
A comparison of wiki software: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_wiki_software
List of wikis: http://webtrends.about.com/od/wiki/a/guide_to_wikis.htm
On the next post we will share another web tool for collaborative writing and product creating, Wallwisher.