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Thursday, January 6, 2011

How Pikistrips, a web-based cartoon creation tool, be used in the classroom to facilitate learning

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 Pikistrips as a vehicle for learning.

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 Pikistrips 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. For example, here is a CoP you might want to join. 
Note: Pikistrips also be used in a face to face classroom without adding the online component.

What Is Pikistrips ?
Pikistrips is a web-based cartoon tool that can be used for both Judaic Studies blended learning classroom and for the mentoring and training of  pre-service and in-service Judaic educators.

Where is Pikistrips?

Below you will find the link to Pikistrips. 

How can Pikistrips be used to facilitate learning in the classroom?
The links listed below provide helpful information on how to incorporate Pikistrips in your instructional program.

Click here to see an excellent resource on how to use comic strips in the classroom.

On the next post we will share a tutorial I made using Pikistrips for the Judaic Studies blended learning classroom and for the mentoring and staff development of pre-service and in-service Judaic educators.

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