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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Introduction to When Is Good, a Meeting Scheduling Web Tool

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 When Is Good, a web tool for scheduling meetings. 

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 When Is Good can be applied with students in the Judaic Studies blended learning classroom, this web tool can be also be used when working with pre-service and in-service Jewish educators for professional or staff development.

Note: 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. 

What is a Meeting Scheduler Web Tool?

A web-based meeting scheduler is an internet application that allows the user to set up and confirm dates and times with others  for meetings , future events, and other kinds of appointments.

From an instructional or staff development perspective a web-based meeting scheduler enables the teacher (and others) to set up dates and times to meet with students, parents, other teachers and members of the school community.

Where is "When Is Good" located on the internet?

Where are helpful tutorials on how to use When Is Good?

Click on the links below to find When Is Good tutorials:

On the next post we will discuss how When Is Good can be used to facilitate communication between the teacher, his or her students, parents, other teachers and members of the school community.

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