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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Introduction to Google Templates for Teachers, a collection of web applications to handle teacher administrative duties like grading papers and completing report cards.

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 of different web tools or applications that can be used by Judaic Studies and secular teachers for different administrative duties like taking attendance, completing report cards, or creating a classroom calendar. The first web tools/applications we will explore are the Google Docs or Google Drive  templates. To see the  many kinds if Google Templates click on this link,   .

Note: You will need to obtain a Google or Gmail account to access these Google templates. To open a Google or Gmail account, on this link:

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. 

What is a Google Template?

Google templates are web forms or boiler plates for specific kinds of documents (e.g. an attendance form, school calendar, report card, homework assignment, etc..)  into which the user (e.g. the teacher)  can insert data related to his or her professional needs (e.g. taking attendance, completing report cards etc.). 

Where can I find a tutorial or demonstration describing some of the Google templates that Judaic Studies and secular teachers might want to use?

Click here or here and watch an overview of selected Google templates for Judaic Studies and secular teachers. 

On the next post we will explore a web tool for grading student work, Learn Boost.

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