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Monday, April 4, 2011

How Authorstream can be utilized to facilitate learning 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 (i.e. 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 Authorstream to enhance 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 or Ipads as well.

Note: Although Authorstream 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: Authorstream can also be used in a face to face classroom without adding the online component.

What is Authorstream?

Authorstream is a web-based  presentation tool that integrates photos and images into a video powerpoint or slideshare presentation.

Where is  Authorstream  located on the web?

How can you place the pictures that others have uploaded onto Authorstream onto your Authorstream  account?

To place other people's pictures on your Authorstream account you will need their permission. The easiest way to gain permission to add the pictures of others is to learn if their photos have a Creative Commons License

Click on the links below and learn how Authorstream can be utilized in the classroom to promote learning.

 On the next post we will share examples of Authorstream presentations that have Judaic themes.

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