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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Introduction to problem-based learning research tools for students provided by the Bellingham Washington Public Schools

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  teachers and students in a Judaic Studies blended learning classroom can use the Bellingham Washington Public Schools as a resource for  problem based learning including Problem Based Jewish Learning.

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 Bellingham Washington Public Schools 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: The resources of Bellingham Washington Public Schools can be used in both a physical and virtual Judaic Studies classroom.

What is Bellingham Washington Public Schools?

Bellingham Washington Public Schools is an online set of web research tools and for problem based learning including Problem-Based Jewish Learning.

What is the web address of the Bellington Washington Public Schools?

What kind of research tools can Bellingham Washington Public Schools provide the student who is engaged in problem based learning?

Below you will find a list of research tools for students who are engaged in problem based learning. These resources and these descriptions are provided by Bellingham Washington Public Schools:

On the next post we will share additional web tools to assist students and teachers.

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