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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Introduction to 4 Shared, a file storage website

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 discuss how 4 Shared can be used for storing files on the internet. 

Why would a Judaic teacher or staff developer want  to use web tools for storing files?

Below are some reasons why a Judaic educator or staff developer might want to have a specific location (ie. url or link) to place his or files on the internet:

1.   Some files are too large to send via email. A storage file website allows those larger files to be easily  shared.
2.   A specific place to store files on the internet. In this way  individuals, teams, a class or members of the school community can find documents and files.

3.  A place to share collaborative documents on the internet. Students, teachers and others can find and then edit documents.

4.   A place to store specific projects such as:
·     individual assignments
·     paired assignments
·     class assignments
·     team projects
·     school projects
·     lesson plans
·     lesson activities
·     etc.

5. A place to store previous assignments or completed projects.

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 4 Shared 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. 

What is 4 Shared?

4 Shared is a file storing tool located on the internet.

Where is  4 Shared located on the web?

Where can you find helpful  tutorials on how to use 4 Shared for storing files on the internet?

Click on the links below for tutorials on how to use 4 Shared for storing files on the internet.

    On the next post we will share another file storage website, Doc Stoc.

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