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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Demonstration of as a brainstorming and mind mapping web tool 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  students in a Judaic Studies blended learning classroom can use to brainstorm and mind map ideas. 

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 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: can also be used in a face to face classroom. 

What is is brainstorming and mind mapping web tool.

Where is  located on the web?

Click here and see a demonstration of how can be used for brainstorming or mind mapping in Judaic instruction or the mentoring/training of  pre-service and in-service Judaic educators.

Alternatively, below you will find a jpeg of a mind map I created using depicting a set of web tools Judaic educators and staff developers might want to apply in their instruction and teacher training.

On the next post we will share another web-based brainstorming and mind mapping tool, Mindmeister.

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