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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

How Zooburst, a story telling web tool and app, can be utilized to promote instruction in the 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, ZooBurst, a digital story telling app and web tool, can be used to promote  instruction in the 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 ZooBurst 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: ZooBurst can be used in a face to face and virtual classroom.

What is ZooBurst?

ZooBurst is a story telling IOS (Apple) app and web tool.

Where is  ZooBurst  located on the web?

How Zooburst can be utilized to promote instruction in the blended learning classroom

Click on the links below to find resources explaining how ZooBurst can be used to promote instruction in the face to face and virtual classroom:

On the next post we will share resources describing how ZooBurst can be utilized to promote Judaic instruction and to mentor/train Jewish educators.

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