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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Introduction to You Convert It, a web-based video file converter 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 begin our discussion on how the web-based file converter tool, You Convert It, can be used for Judaic instruction and the mentoring/teaching 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 You Convert It can be applied in the Judaic Studies blended learning classroom, it 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: You Convert It can be used in a face to face and virtual classroom.

What is You Convert It?

You Convert It is a video file converter web tool.

What is a file converter web tool?

A file converter web tool is one that changes a file, for example, a document file such as .doc or .docx to another document file format such as a PDF or RTF.

There are many differt kinds of file formats. To see a list of different file formats for documents, images, movies, audio and others click onto this link: .

Why would a user want to change one file format to another?

  • Some file formats are so large in size (e.g. doc files) that they cannot be easily transmitted by email.
  • Some file formats (e.g.  doc files) take longer to download.
  • Some file formats are incompatible with the software on a computer and thus the file cannot be shared.
  • More users have access to conventional file formats like JPEG (an image file format), PDF (a document file format), MP3 (an audio file format) and MP4 files (a movie file format).

Where is  You Convert It located on the internet?

Where can I find tutorials demonstrating how to use You Convert It?

Click on the links below to find tutorials on using You Convert It:

On the next post we will being a discussion of internet safety and cyber security.

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