Academic Courses in Teacher Training Colleges
The TEC Center offers an array of programs each of which uses advanced technical environments and collaborative online learning to connect between lecturers, students, teachers and pupils within the different sectors of Israeli society as well as internationally.
The activities include conferences, courses and workshops in addition to developing projects and programs for learning in a culturally diverse environment. Advanced technologies are used within the various programs including wiki, blog, social networks, location based learning and virtual reality. The model used for the programs was developed by the TEC center founders and is called the TEC model. The model in a nutshell, gradually develops contact between the participants, starting with communication via text, then adding voice then pictures and finally the face to face encounter.
A one-year course entitled "Advanced Educational Environments" is being taught in parallel at nine Israeli colleges of education from the three main religious/cultural sectors in the educational system (i.e., secular Jewish, religious Jewish, and Arab). The course is delivered online using both synchronous and asynchronous tools, and involving team teaching and group projects. The multicultural, virtual groups collaborated online on a number of learning tasks.
The participants work in small multicultural groups of six, each group member from a different college. Participants' interaction focused primarily on collaborative educational assignments related to the topic of information and communication technologies (ICT) in learning and teaching. The process of this course is based on the TEC model.
This inter-college year program joins student teachers from various teacher colleges to learn in a collaborative online environment. The students are studying to be English teachers and together they will study literature from the different cultures represented in the course, Jewish Arab, religious and secular as well as literature written in English by other minority groups.
The course is team taught by lecturers from the teaching colleges participating. The model for the course is the TEC model developed by the TEC center.
The online inter-college course entitled "Minority literature written in English" is now in its third year. The material is arranged around themes where the students get to know the literature and the culture of "the other". Most of the literature is Arab Palestinian and Jewish women's literature.
Most of the first semester is devoted to the students building bonds and trust in their small groups as they study together. The students, 100 in all, are from 5 very different teaching colleges in Israel, Arab and Jewish, religious and secular.
After studying such topics as "home", "dating" and "arranged marriage"s in the first semester and a very successful face to face meeting, the students now go on to study about identity and tell their own stories influenced by the literature. They write stories from the perspectives of the other in their group and show empathy for the culture and experiences of their fellow group members.
The course is led by a highly dedicated and creative group of lecturers: Dr. Elaine Hoter, Dr. Reina Reiner, Dr. Manal Yazbak Abu Ahmad, Dr. Jen Sundik & Dr. Nili Alon Amit
The M.Ed TEC college
The M.Ed TEC college course worked together with Prof. Dr. Claudia Finkbeiner at the University of Kassel in Germany. The program brings together diverse groups of Jewish and Arab students from the Kibbutzim College in Tel Aviv, Israel, and a diverse group of students from the University of Kassel in Kassel, Germany to form an academic cyberspace community. The basic principle of the class is “learning by doing.” This means that as described in the LMR plus Model (Finkbeiner, 2004) both learners, moderators and researchers participate in the conversation and participate in learning. The interaction is based on the TEC model (Shonfeld, Hoter & Ganayem, 2013) where the collaboration and communication are done gradually. The group output are based on their collaborative learning and includes a module for teaching and learning regarding their subject.