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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Introduction to Open Clip Library as a web resource for locating and downloading free pictures and images for 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 share free pictures and images from Open Clip Library that can be used within the Judaic Studies program. 

Note: Some of these pictures may not be appropriate for all students.

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 pictures and images on Open Clip Library 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 pictures and images found in Open Clip Library can be used in both a physical and virtual Judaic Studies classroom.

What is Open Clip Library?

Open Clip Library is a website containing pictures and images that Judaic Studies teachers can download for free.

Where is  Open Clip Library located on the web?

Below you will find several links displaying pictures and images related to Judaism and Israel from Open Clip Library:

On the next post we will share free and downloadable pictures and image related to Judaism and Israel available from Clip ArtETC .

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