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Friday, September 14, 2012

Introduction to Conceptboard , a project collaboration 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 post we will discuss Conceptboard, a project collaboration web tool. 

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

What is Conceptboard?

Conceptboard is a project collaboration web tool that enables the user and his or her colleagues to complete team writing assignments and projects.

Where is  Conceptboard located on the internet?

Where can one find tutorials on how to use Conceptboard?

Click on the links below for tutorials on Conceptboard:

On the next post we will discuss how Conceptboard can be used to facilitate collaborative learning in the blended learning classroom.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Richard,

    Thank you for this intersting introduction to Conceptboard for the use in education. We are glad that you like the software.

    We also have some more recent tutorials (as we relaunched the platform in May this year) which show how to use Conceptboard:

    Please let me know if we can provide you with any further information and enjoy your work with Conceptboard.

    Kind regards
    Kathleen from Conceptboard

    (kathleen.fritzsche [at]


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