TEC International Day Invited Guests
A Well known Israeli actress, comedian and entertainer. Banai has appeared in popular satiricl television shows, drama shows movies and in the Israeli theatre.
Dr. Ivna Ritner
Amal Murkus is a Palestinian singer who lives and performs in Israel. Her post-modern music style has a variety of Mediterranean influences. Her first album, Amal, was released in 1998, and her second, Shauq, in 2004. Her songs take inspiration by Palestinian folklore, traditional Arabic heritage, and pop music elements, and express the struggle against the marginalization and exclusion that Arab Palestinian culture feels.
Dr. Bahaa Zoabi
Arik Segal is an expert in international conflict management and innovative dialogue structures on sub-political levels. He works in cooperation with international organizations, governments and NGO's in frameworks that impact decision makers and civil societies. He focuses on using social media as platforms for dialogue between groups in conflict.
Arik is a frequent guest speaker on Israeli and international stages such as Harvard Business School and the Interdisciplinary Center in Hertzeliya. He teaches Negotiation in high schools in Israel and delivers conflict management workshops and training to NGO's and young leaders' groups. He is a US State Dept. international exchange alumni and a graduate of the International academy for leadership in Gummersbach, Germany. www.conflictech.com
Dr. Farid Hamdan Dr. Farid Hamdan, the representative of Israel in Globe sponsored by the University of Colorado and NASA organization and a member of the Education Working group in the Globe Program.
Farid promoted collaborative inquiry learning between different sectors in the Israeli society, as well as between countries each year participa. Farid has been awarded to the Star of tolerance on behalf of the Rotary Israel Director where he has presented with respect Israel State about environmental collaborative research among different minorities in Israel.
The Globe Program and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Announced by the U.S. Government on Earth Day in 1994, GLOBE launched its worldwide implementation in 1995. GLOBE provides grade level-appropriate, interdisciplinary activities and investigations about the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and soil/pedosphere, which have been developed by the scientific community and validated by teachers. GLOBE connects students, teachers, scientists, and citizens from different parts of the world to conduct real, hands-on science about their local environment and put in a global perspective.
Bridget Stout is the Manager of Member Services and Professional Development for iEARN-USA. After 15 years in International Sales and Marketing, Bridget started a new career and joined the iEARN-USA team 4 years ago to follow her passion for the right of every child to have access to a global collaborative education. She lives in NYC with her husband and 8 year-old daughter.
Ruty Hotzen Ruty Hotzen was a science teacher for 36 years. During her teaching time she introduced iEARN to her class and after finishing teaching she became iEARN-Israel country coordinator. She has been working voluntarily for 15 years as a country coordinator for iEARN-Israel. During this time I wrote and facilitated 4 successful project in iEARN.
iEARN began in 1988 and has since grown to include over 30,000 schools and youth
organizations in more than 140 countries. Through iEARN, over 2,000,000 students and 50,000 educators are connecting in global project-based learning and virtual exchange activities—learning with the world, not just about it. iEARN enables students and educators worldwide to design and participate in global projects as part of their regular classroom and after-school programs. Participants become global citizens who make a difference by collaborating with their peers around the world. When you join our COLLABORATION CENTRE you Join interactive curriculum-based groups where we create, research, and share opinions to become global citizens.
Prof. Mel Rosenberg is a writer, scientist, inventor, jazz musician, and educator. Mel is co-founder of Ourboox.com, a platform for self-publishing of active e-books. He is a prolific author of children’s books and satire. As scientist and inventor (www.melrosenberg.com) he is best known for his basic and applied research on the microbiology, diagnosis and treatment of bad breath (www.smellwell.com). His research at Tel Aviv University led to the development of two phase mouthwashes, now popular in the UK (Dentyl pH) and in other countries. His research has been featured in both popular and scientific media (Scientific American, New Scientist,CNN, Science magazine and BBC News). Prof. Rosenberg currently teaches academic courses dealing with creativity, entrepreneurship, career success, storytelling and sixties music. He is a jazz singer and musician, and has produced two CDs ("The Aroma of You" and "The Essential Mel").
A performer and educator who began her career as dancer and storyteller in New York City companies. Jane earned her M.A. in Dance from University of California, Los Angeles and served as head of the dance program at Long Beach City College for ten years before her aliya to Israel. Jane's performances in Israel have included appearances at the Israel Museum and Yad V'Shem. She taught English in public schools at elementary, junior and high school levels in addition to training English teachers at David Yellin Academic College of Education and the Israeli Ministry of Education specializing in language arts, storytelling and drama in the English classroom.
Ilana Sodri, Yeshoron Religious High School
Safaa Assadi, Der El Assad Elementary School
Hasan Bshara, Al Sharq School, Ein Qenia
Ilanit Cohen, Martityaho Public Religious School
Galeb Dabor, The Naif Qabalan Green School, Ben Jan
Mousa Bitar, Boqeeaa Elementary School “B”
Sema Zusman Hen, Hadareem School, Reshon Letzion
Mr. Eyal Ram, Deputy of Ministry of Education
Prof. Mahmoud Khalil, Sakhnin College for Teacher Education
Mr. Binyamin Bahagon, Talpiot college
TEC International Day Session Leaders and Moderators
Dr. Miri Shonfeld
has played an influential and instrumental role in many changes in teacher education in Israel. In addition to serving as the head of ICT at Kibbutzim College of Education, Dr. Shonfeld was also the head of the forum for ICT Coordinators in Teacher Education where she worked to integrate technology in education. She was involved in writing the national program for the 21th century, as well as numerous position papers. She has been invited by universities all over the world to present her philosophy and pedagogy on using ICT in education. Her research deals with online learning environments, collaborative work, intercultural links and faculty development. She is currently the head of the Technology, Education, and Cultural Diversity (TEC) Center at Mofet Institute and a faculty member of the graduate program in Technology in Education at Kibbutzim College of Education in Tel-Aviv.
Dr. Elaine Hoter
A senior faculty member at Ohalo College of Education and Shaanan College of Education and earned her PhD from the Hebrew University. She is an early pioneer in online learning with international recognition. She taught the first collaborative online course in 1995 connecting student teachers and school children and created and developed the first online conference for teacher educators in 2001. In addition, Hoter has created award winning courses connecting a variety of diverse populations through the internet, including: deaf and hearing, the diaspora and Israel, and most recently Arabs and Jews. Hoter served as Head of the English Department at Talpiot college of Education as well as the Head of Information Technology at Talpiot College. A Fulbright alumni, she is one of the three founders of the TEC Center for technology, education and cultural diversity. Today she is head of pedagogy for the TEC4SCHOOLS project, spearheads the English college program and coordinates a think-tank for academics and people working in the field of technology and cultural diversity in Israel. Hoter is in charge of the development of new technologies and programs for the TEC Center including social networks and virtual worlds. She teaches mainly courses towards the M.Ed degrees in a number of teaching colleges and is advisor for many students. She has presented at numerous conferences and has been invited to lecture on every continent.
Dr. Asmaa N. Ganayem
Head of the academic courses at the TEC Center. In addition, she is the Head of the Technological Center at the Al-Qasemi College of Education in Baka-Al-Garbiyah (an Arab city in Israel) and a lecturer in computer science. She has led different technological initiatives, conferences and multicultural activities at Al-Qasemi College, Arab schools, hospitals, at the MOFET institute, as well as other Arab institutions around Israel. She received her PhD from Haifa University on the use of the Internet within the Arab population in Israel.
Dr. Manal Yazbak Abu Ahmad
the Head of the English Department at Sakhnin Teacher’s College and the Coordinator of Access Micro-scholarship Program which is financed by the American Embassy. For seven years, she has been co-teaching a joint intergroup online learning course entitled “Dealing with Diversity” between the Arab students of Sakhnin College and Jewish students of David Yellin College in Jerusalem. Furthermore, she is an expert in teaching and executing collaborative learning strategies in an online multicultural environment. This is reflected in the courses she helps to chair - “Exploring Culture through English Literature”, which she teaches with 5 different colleges in Israel, and “Global Understanding” which is run in conjunction with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a member in the EU International DOIT TEMPUS project in which six syllabi for multicultural education was developed. Her research areas are dealing with diversity in Israel, changing attitudes, intergroup dialogues, and organizational culture in the Arab colleges in Israel.
Coordinates the science projects at the TEC center. She is a doctorate student at the Ben Gurion University. She is a lecturer in computer science and ICT at Kibbutzim College and in the past was a pedagogical adviser for the senior grades in the school system. Einat has worked for many years in the development and instruction of online learning and her research concentrates on synchronous online learning.
Dr. Ilan Nagar
A coordinator of programs at the TEC Center. In addition, Ilan is Director of the Computer Unit at Hemdat Darom Teaching College, and lecturer in ICT. He incorporates new pedagogies in his various courses in the spirit of education for the 21st century. Ilan has been involved with integrating technology in the classroom since 1991 as a teacher in computer studies, and as an advisor for Israel’s Ministry of Education.
Dr. Miki Kritz
Is a senior lecturer at Kibbutzim College and an Academic-technological advisor in the field of ICT in teacher education. A coordinator of the Online Environment Team at Mofet Institute and Manager of the Amirim TEC Program at the TEC Center, Dr. Kritz has published three books about the Internet, and many articles about progressive education and online teaching environments.