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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

How to use Timeglider, a web-based time lining tool, to promote 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 (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 Timeglider as a web-based time lining tool.  In particular we will share resourses explaining how Timeglider can be used to promote learning.

See the definition of a time line and time lining below.

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. Given parental and school approval, and the development of specific guidelines, smartphones can be used to enhance instruction as well.

Note: Although Timeglider 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: Timeglider can be used in a physical and virtual Judaic Studies classroom.

What is a time line and what is time lining?

A time line is a linear representation of the unfolding of events over a period of time.

Accordingly, timelining is the process to depict the unfolding of events over a period of time.

What is Timeglider?

Timeglider is a web-based time lining tool.

Where is  Timeglider  located on the web?

Click on the links below and find resources explaining how to use Timeglider to promote learning:

    On the next post we will share examples of Timeglider timelines that have Jewish themes.

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