Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Sample Tagul word collage I made that can be used for Judaic instruction and/or the mentoring/training of Judaic pre-service or 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 of Tagul, a website that enables users to create their own word collages or web clouds.
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 Tagul 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 Tagul?
Tagul is a web-base tool that enables its users to create word collages or word clouds.
For a definition of a word collage click here.
Where is Tagul located on the web?
Click here and link to a Tagul word collage I made that can be used for Judaic instruction or the mentoring/training of pre-service and in-service Judaic educators. The narrative for this Tagul word collage comes from this book, Toolbox for Teachers and Mentors: Moving Madrichim to Mentor Teachers and Beyond.
On the next post we will share a list of web-based tools for creating word collages or word clouds.