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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Introduction to Image Chef Word Mosaic a free word cloud web tool

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 how Image Chef WordMosaica word cloud web tool, can be used to promote  Judaic instruction and to  mentor/train pre-service and in-service 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 Image Chef Word Mosaic 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: Image Chef Word Mosaic can be used in a face to face and virtual classroom.

What is Image Chef Word Mosaic?

Image Chef Word Mosaic 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  Image Chef Word Mosaic located on the internet?

Where can I find tutorials demonstrating how to use the word cloud web tool, Image Chef Word Mosaic?

Click on the links below and find tutorials explaining how to use Image Chef Word Mosaic:

On the next blogpost we will discuss how the word cloud web tool, Image Chef Word Mosaic, can be used to promote instruction in the blended learning classroom.

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