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Friday, August 17, 2012

Introduction to Thinglink, an innovative web tool which enables the user to attach tags or electronic markers onto images

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 Thinglink enables users to attach tags or electonic markers to images uploaded from their computer or public images and pictures available on the internet.  

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 Thinglink 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: Thinglink can be used in a face to face and virtual classroom.

What is Thinglink?

Thinglink is a web tool that enables users to attach tags or electronic markers to images uploaded from  their computer or public images or pictures available on the internet.

Where is  Thinglink located on the web?

Below you will find tutorials on how use Thinglink:

On the next post we will discuss how Thinglink can be used to promote instruction, including Judaic instruction, and for the training and mentoring of pre-service and in-service Judaic educators. 

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