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Friday, February 1, 2013

How the web-based mashup tool, Vuvox, can be used to promote Judaic instruction, train and 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  Vuvox can be used to promote Judaic instruction and teach and mentor 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 Vuvox 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: Vuvox can be used in a face to face and virtual classroom.

What is Vuvox?

Vuvox is a web-based mashup tool  that can be used to promote Judaic instruction and to mentor or train Jewish educators. Click here for more information about mashup tools.

Where is  Vuvox located on the internet?

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

Click on the links below to find resources explaining how Vuvox can be used to promote Judaic learning and to mentor and teach Jewish educators:

On the next post we will share another web-based mashup tool, Capzles.

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