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forum in which people can exchange ideas on how to recruit, develop and retain exceptional Jewish educators
through mentoring and e-mentoring students, teaching candidates,
and teachers in our day and supplemental schools. The present focus of this blog is to empower Jewish teachers, administrators, teacher trainers, consultants, and staff developers to integrate web technology (i.e. web tools and apps) into their teaching and teacher training.
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Thursday, October 3, 2013
Introduction to Haikuls, a web-based learning management system that facilitates collaboration among students
Before we introduce
Haikuls, let’s define the term, Learning Management System.
Note: There are some technical
differences between a Learning Management System (LMS), a Course Management
System (CMS), a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), and a Learning Content
Management System (LCMS). To learn more about the differences among these terms click here. Here is a helpful video explaining an LMS.
The application we will be discussing on this post is Haikuls, a web-based LMS that facilitates collaboration among
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 now begin our discussion of Haikuls, a web-based learning
management system that facilitates collaboration among students.
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 Haikuls 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: Haikuls can be used in a face to face and
What is Haikuls?
Haikuls is a web-based learning management system.