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Friday, June 26, 2015

How the word cloud web tool, Word It Out, can be used to promote Judaic instruction and to mentor/train Jewish educators

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 Word It Outa word cloud web tool, can be used to promote  Judaic instruction and to mentor/train Jewish educators.

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 Word It Out 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: Word It Out can be used in a face to face and virtual classroom.

What is Word It Out?

Word It Out is a word cloud web tool?

What is a word cloud
A word cloud or word collage is an artful display of words that are contained in a narrative. The words most often used  occupy the largest amount of area or space

For a more elaborate explanation of a word cloud click here.

How can word clouds enhance instruction?

  • to brain storm a topic or create a discussion either inside the class or online
  • to teach vocabulary
  • to promote reading comprehension
  • to highlight important ideas from a  discussion or a video content
  • to motivate students about a new topic to be learned
  • to enable  students to demonstrate their understanding of a concept or complex idea
  • to share student expectations about a topic or classroom behavior
  • to build classroom  community by placing the names of all the students in a class with a word cloud

Where is  Word It Out located on the internet?

How the word cloud web tool, Word It Out, can be used to promote Judaic instruction and to mentor/train Jewish educators

Click on the links below to find resources explaining and showing how Word It Out can be used to promote Judaic instruction and to train/mentor pre-service and in-service Jewish educators:

Below you will find an image of a Word It Out word cloud relating to Yom Kippur:

On the next blogpost we will begin our discussion of another free word cloud web tool, Yippy Cloud.

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