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Friday, September 2, 2011

Introduction to Our Story, a web-based tool for time lining

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 begin our discussion on how  students in a Judaic Studies blended learning classroom can use Our Story as a web-based time lining tool.  

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 Our Story 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: Our Story can be used in a Judaic Studies physical or virtual 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 duration of time.

What is Our Story?

Our Story is a web-based time lining tool.

Where is  Our Story  located on the web?

Where can you find helpful  tutorials on how to use Our Story?

Click on the links below for tutorials on Our Story:

    On the next post we will share resources describing how Our Story can be used to promote learning.

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