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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Introduction to a Jewish virtual field trip to Florence, Italy

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 particular post we will discuss how the web can be used for experiencing or creating a Jewish virtual field trip to Florence, Italy.

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 Jewish virtual field trips 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 Jewish virtual field trip to Florence, Italy can be used in both a physical and virtual Judaic Studies classroom.

What is a Jewish virtual field trip?

A Jewish virtual field trip is an online excursion to some significant religious, historical or cultural Jewish location.

What are some of the the instructional benefits of taking students on a Jewish virtual field trip?

A Jewish virtual field trip enables  the teacher and his or her students to:

  • plan a field trip
  • create a virtual field
  • visit an important Jewish historical, religious, cultural or popular location online
  • document taking a  real Jewish field trip and sharing that experience with others online

Click here to find additional benefits gained from taking students on a virtual field trip.

How can I take my students on a Jewish virtual field trip to Florence, Italy?

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On the next post we will take a Jewish virtual tour of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

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