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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Web tools and resources to help teachers working with students who have difficulty with studying and test preparation




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 web tool and resources for teachers working with students who have difficulty with studying and test preparation.

Note: In no case should this blog  be construed as a major or primary resource on special education. 




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 web tools and resources described below 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 web tools and resources listed below can be used in both a physical and virtual Judaic Studies classroom.



Web resources and tools for students who have challenges with studying and test preparation from http://www.teachingtips.com/blog/2009/09/07/100-useful-tools-for-special-needs-students-educators/

  • Mindomo: A mind mapping system like this clearly lays out concepts and facts for visual learners.
  • FreeMind: This free and open source mind mapping tool can work as a customizable study guide or study scheduler.
  • Comapping: Comapping is an organization and study tool that helps students take better notes, understand concepts visually, collaborate with other students and teachers, and become more engaged in the learning process.
  • iWriter: This system helps you incorporate text and audio so that your study system is more interactive and completely customized.
  • bubbl.us: This is a colorful site that allows users to create brainstorming maps and then print or share them with parents and teachers.
  • HomeworkSpot: Kids and teens can find lots of study, reference and exam help in all subjects on the HomeworkSpot.
  • MAPMYself: This organic mind mapping tool follows each person’s unique train of thought.
  • Discovery Education: Discovery’s education site has free tools, videos, guides and other multimedia resources for interactive learning.
  • Vision Learning: Teachers will find graphs and other interactive learning tools for studying mid-ocean ridges, cells, atoms, and more.
  • Multiple Choice and True/False Test-Taking Tips: Students with test anxiety or other learning disorders can use this guide to master multiple choice and T/F tests.



Here are additional web tools and resources to assist students who have study and test preparation challenges





On the next post we will share web tools and resources to help teachers working with students who have visual and hearing impairment.

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