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Friday, March 30, 2012

Zigzag World, an online game website that teaches Hebrew to students

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 the website, Zigzag World is an excellent resource for teaching students Hebrew.  

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 Zigzag World 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 the web address of Zigzag World ?

Note: Zigzag World can be used in both a physical and virtual Judaic Studies classroom.

What are the Hebrew learning games produced by Zigzag World that are available online?

Click on the words below and link to the various Hebrew learning games that Zigzag World produces online:

On the next post we will discuss the Jewish educational games that help students learn Hebrew produced by the Legacy Heritage Fund. The specific website we will explore is Dah Bear.

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