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Friday, January 2, 2015

Introduction to WeMap, a free IOS (Apple) app which empowers students to engage in collaborative brainstorming via mind mapping

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 of WeMap, a free IOS (Apple) app that empowers students to engage in collaborative brainstorming via mind mapping.

What is mind mapping?

Mind mapping is a method of recording, drawing and linking one’s thoughts. For more information on mind mapping click on this link:

Below you will find an example of a mind map on the topic of Judaism:

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 WeMap 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 WeMap?

WeMap is a free  IOS (Apple) app that enables students to engage in collaborative brainstorming via mind mapping.

Note: WeMap can be used in a face to face and virtual classroom.

Where is  the free IOS (Apple) app, WeMap, located on the internet?

Where can I find a tutorial demonstrating how to use WeMap?

Click here for a tutorial on how to use the free IOS (Apple) mind mapping app, WeMap.

On the next post we will discuss how WeMap, a free IOS (Apple) app that enables students to engage in collaboarative brainstorming via mind mapping, can be used to promote instruction in the blended learning classroom.

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