Tuesday, September 25, 2012
How TeamLab can be used to facilitate collaborative learning in a blended learning Judaic Studies classroom and for the mentoring or training of pre-service and in-service Jewish educators
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 TeamLab, a project collaboration web tool, can be used to facilitate collaborative learning in the blended learning Judaic Studies classroom and for the mentoring or training of pre-service and in-service Jewish educators.
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 TeamLab 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: TeamLab can be used in a face to face and virtual classroom.
What is TeamLab?
TeamLab is a project collaboration web tool that enables the user and his or her colleagues to complete team writing assignments and projects.
Where is TeamLab located on the internet?
How TeamLab can be used to facilitate collaborative learning in the blended learning Judaic Studies classroom and for the mentoring or training of pre-service and in-service Jewish educators
Click here to watch a tutorial and demonstration on how TeamLab can be used to promote and manage student collaborative projects in a Jewish day or complementary school and for the training and mentoring of Jewish educators.
Click here to link to my TeamLab account.
In the next post we will share another project collaboration and management web tool, Podio.