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Monday, November 1, 2010

Tutorial on how to use Zoho Docs for collaborative writing and project creating in the Judaic Studies blended learning classroom and for staff development

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 Zoho Docs 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 Zoho 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: Zoho Docs can also be used in a face to face classroom without adding the online component.
Here is a video tutorial that I made showing how Zoho Docs can be applied in both the blended learning Judaic Studies classroom and for the staff development of Judaic Studies teachers.
On the next post we will introduce a new web-based tool for collaborative writing, Wikispaces, a wiki.

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