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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

How the document sharing web tool, Tag My Doc, can be used to promote instruction in the secular and Judaic Studies blended learning classroom

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 document sharing tool, Tag My Doc, can be used to promote instruction in the general and Judaic Studies blended learning classroom.

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 Tag My Doc 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: Tag My Doc can be used in a face to face and virtual classroom.

What is Tag My Doc?

Tag My Doc is a web tool that enables the user to share his or her most updated iteration or version of his/her files with others.

Where is  Tag My Doc located on the internet?

How Tag My Doc Can Be Used to Promote Instruction in the Secular and Judaic Studies Blended Learning Classroom

Click on the links below to find web resources that explain how Tag My Doc, a web tool that updates files, can be used to promote instruction in the general and Judaic Studies face to face and virtual classroom:

On the next post we will discuss a new multi-media presentation tool, platform and blog, Tumblr.

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