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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

How Teacher Tube, a video hosting and sharing website, can be used to promote instruction, including Judaic instruction

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 how the video hosting and sharing website,  Teacher Tube, can be for both Judaic instruction and teacher training and mentoring 

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 the videos on Teacher Tube can be applied in the Judaic Studies blended learning classroom, they 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 videos found in Teacher Tube can be used in both a physical and virtual Judaic Studies classroom.

What is Teacher Tube?

Teacher Tube is a website that hosts and shares videos, including ones that relate to Israel and Judaism, that can be used within a Judaic Studies instructional program, and for teacher/mentor training. 

Where is  Teacher Tube located on the web?

Click on the links below to find web resources describing how Teacher Tube can be used to promote learning and for teacher training and mentoring:

On the next post we will discuss how Teacher Tube can be used to promote Judaic instruction and to train and mentor pre-service and in-service Judaic educators.

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