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Monday, May 16, 2011

Chart summarizing the major features of Gmail for Judaic instruction and the mentoring/training of pre-service and in-service Judaic educators

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 Gmail can facilitate communication among teachers, students, parents, staff and the Jewish community around the globe.

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

What is Gmail?

 According to Wikipedia
this is their  explanation of Gmail:

Gmail is a free, advertising-supported webmail, POP3, and IMAP service provided by Google. Gmail was launched as an invitation-only beta release on April 1, 2004and it became available to the general public on February 7, 2007, though still in beta status at that time. The service was upgraded from beta status on July 7, 2009, along with the rest of the Google Apps suite. As of November 2010[update], it had 193.3 million users monthly.

 Where is  Gmail  located on the web?

Click here and get to the location of Gmail.

Below you will find a chart  summarizing the major features of Gmail for Judaic instruction and the mentoring/training of pre-service and in-service Judaic educators.

On the next post we will discuss how Facebook can be used to facilitate communication between teachers, students, parents, the local and  global Jewish community.

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