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Friday, December 10, 2010

Additional movie animation tools 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 movie animation tools  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.
NoteAlthough movie animation tools 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: Movie animation tools can also be used in a face to face  classroom without adding the online component.
Click here to  find a list of free movie animation tools that Jewish educators, mentor teachers and staff developers can use in their instruction and teacher training.
On the next post we will begin our exploration of using web-based cartoon tools for Judaic instruction, mentoring and teacher training.


  1. All kinds of digital tools and moreso web 2.0 tools can enable graphic-based or animated layers in many areas of the Judaic curriculum. Bitstrips cartoons of mishnayot or sugyot or historical events and extra-normal renditions of talmudic arguments come to mind. These are incredibly easy interfaces to powerful software that even novice computer users can master.

  2. Sholeise, please feel free to share your favorite web tools on this blog or with me. I can be reached at this email: rdsolomonphd@gmail. Todah


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