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Monday, January 18, 2016

Introduction to PDFaid, a PDF web tool, for Judaic instruction and staff development



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 PDFaid, a web tool that enables the user to modify (e.g. split, combine, convert, etc.)  PDF (i.e. Portable Document Format) files, can be used to promote  Judaic instruction and to  mentor/train pre-service and in-service Jewish educators. 

For additional information on PDF files click here.

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

What is PDFaid?

PDFaid is a web tool that enables the user to modify (e.g. split, combine, convert, etc.) PDF files.


Where is  PDFaid located on the internet?



Where can I find  tutorials demonstrating how to use PDFaid, a PDF editing web tool?




On the next blogpost we will discuss how PDFaid can be used to promote instruction in the blended learning classroom.

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