About the Center
The Center for Technology, Education and cultural diversity began its activities
in January 2005 as a joint venture between 3 teaching colleges in Israel. Each
college represented a different sector of Israeli society who would never
normally meet (Arab. Jewish, religious and secular).
The first venture was an intercollege conference using advanced internet
technologies, webinars and video conferencing. The following year saw the first
inter-college course in Israel entitled "Advanced Learning Environments".
Students from different colleges worked online in groups of 6 with students from
other colleges. The year course consisted of bi-weekly synchronous meetings as
well as asynchronous activities. Since 2005 12 teaching colleges have joined the
We now have college courses in Environmental studies and English Literature and
plan to develop more inter-college collaborative courses in the future.
Since 2008, the TEC Center has been active in projects and programs in the
school system. The Amirim-Tech project – a project together with the center for
Exceptional pupils at the ministry of Education is a year course for talented
pupils and offers an opportunity for pupils in the 6th grade to learn with
pupils from other sectors of the population. The pupils learn and use advanced
technologies to communicate and get together for online sessions. The highlight
is the face to face meeting at the end of the year.
Since 2011, the Tec center is part of a junior high school project together with
the international Globes Project and the Ministry of Education where
pupils study environmental issues together.
Since 2012 the center has gone international and has high school courses
together with other countries.
2013 marks the beginning of a new program TEC4Schools where teachers in
different subject areas in the 5th grades work together with 2 other teachers to
form collaborative online learning between the classes.
The center offers opportunities for teachers in other countries to connect and
work collaboratively with their classes- see TEC4Teachers
The Center is involved with research in the areas of collaborative online group
learning and the building of trust between people. These research projects
are carried out nationally and with partners abroad, (noticeably -The University
of Ulster, N. Ireland, Michigan State University, U.S.A., IDC, Herzilya ,
More information on each of the programs is supplied in the list.