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Monday, February 11, 2013

How the web-based mashup tool, Brainflips, can be used to promote Judaic instruction and train/mentor 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 the web mashup tool  Brainflips can be used to promote Judaic instruction and train/mentor pre-service and in-service Jewish educators.

Assumption: The teacher or mentor teacher has an 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 Brainflips 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: Brainflips can be used in a face to face and virtual classroom.

What is Brainflips?

Brainflips is a web-based mashup tool  in which text, images, videos and audio can be added to flashcards.

Where is  Brainflips located on the internet?

How the web-based mashup tool,  Brainflips, can be used to promote Judaic instruction and train/mentor Jewish educators

Click on the links below and find resources demonstrating how Brainflips can be use for Judaic Studies instruction and the mentoring and training or pre-service and in-service Jewish educators:

On the next post we will begin a discussion on another web-based flashcard mashup tool, Funnel Brain.

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