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Education for Technology and the use of ICT in Education

February 25th - March 16th, 2018
Education for Technology and the use of ICT in Education 

"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows." Sydney J. Harris

The technological and scientific revolution is one of the defining features of modern human history. We cannot imagine today's world without the technologies of communication via mobile and cordless phones, tablets, and computers. Educational systems in many countries throughout the world use these technologies for pedagogic purposes, to adapt to the learning processes of the 21st century.

As such, acquaintance with ICT and technology as elements of human culture should be the prerogative and goal of every individual, independent of his or her occupational needs. While ICT and technology are obviously significant from an economic perspective, they also form an integral part of a broad-based liberal education.


It is evident that Education for Technology and the use of ICT in Education must keep up-to-date on developments in different global aspects. In light of the fact that a modern technological society is subject to rapid and frequent changes, an essential part of today’s general education must enable students to be flexible and adaptable.


Instant access to knowledge has opened new windows of opportunity for students, teachers, and the public alike. Communication has become much faster in the global world, and this demands that society keeps pace with advances and progress. Under these circumstances, the educational system must reassess its methodologies, theories, and paradigms in order to be able to meet the needs of the modern world.


This brief review indicates that two issues are fundamental to the use of  ICT in Education and Technology Education:


1. What contribution can Education for ICT and Technology make with respect to preparing students for their personal and working lives?

2. What strategies can we employ in order to enhance the development and adaptation of ICT with regard to education in general, the propagation of ICT, and the use of technology within the educational system?


The Israeli Ministry of Education has concluded with respect to these two questions that:

1. ICT is set to become the medium of education for the near future and will change many aspects of the educational system during the 21st century.

2. The goals outlined above should be introduced into the educational system as part of a national plan based on a holistic and systematic understanding of the role of technology, and ICT in education pedagogies.


The pedagogy is tailored and adjusted to the diversity of students in order to promote the educational processes. The education of ICT as a tool and technology education has a prominent role in the professional development of educators and the very core of the student’s knowledge and skills.


The course designed by The Aharon Ofri MASHAV International Educational Training Center is aimed at Directors of education departments at Ministries of Education, Principals and Supervisors of primary and secondary schools, Educational staff at schools, Training institutions, whose responsibilities involve the allocation of resources and development of educational policies. It is based on the vast experience the Israeli education system has acquired over the years in working towards an educational environment contributive to sustainability and globalization.


Aims

·         To analyze the place and role of education and use of ICT, Computers in Education and technology within national development

·         To acquaint the participants with new concepts, methods, and tools regarding the use of ICT as an educational tool

·         To present various educational projects and curriculum models used in Israel (including Policy-making, didactic and administrative aspects and teacher training courses.)

·         To share and exchange experiences and knowledge gained in the participants’ countries of origin

·         To adapt the teaching environment to new approaches of technology

·         To enable the participants to maximize the benefits of using ICT in teaching and learning


Main Subjects

• Policies in ICT use in Education and Technology Teaching: How to adapt them in teaching planning to the socio-economic realities of the country

• Study and discussion about different areas and curriculum models using ICT and different technologies

• The use of teaching aids from simple and low cost materials to modern and sophisticated  instruments


Application Requirements


Educators working with new technologies, educational apps and ICT: Directors of  Education Ministry departments, Regional Education  directors, School Principals,  Schools Educational Staff, Counselors, Supervisors, Lecturers at Teacher Training Institutions and Researchers in relevant Educational  fields.


Application forms should be sent to the relevant Israeli Mission and to The Ofri Center by or before 03.12.2017


Application forms

Application forms and other information may be obtained at the nearest Israeli mission or at MASHAV’s website: http://mashav.mfa.gov.il/MFA/mashav/Courses/Pages/default.aspx.

Completed application forms, including the medical form, should be sent to the relevant Israeli mission in the respective country.


General Information


Arrival and Departure

Arrival date:     25 February 2018         

Opening date:  26 February 2018       

Closing date:     15 March 2018       

Departure date:  16 March 2018        

 

Participants must arrive at the training center on the arrival date, and leave on the departure date. Early arrivals/late departures if required, must be arranged by the participants themselves, directly with the hotel/center, and must be paid for by the participant him/herself.

 

Location and Accommodation

MASHAV awards a limited number of scholarships. The scholarship covers the cost of the training program including lectures and field visits, full board accommodation in double rooms (two participants per room), health insurance (see below) and transfers to and from the airport. Airfares and daily allowance are not included in the scholarship.

 

Health Services

Medical insurance covers medical services and hospitalization in case of emergency. It does not cover the treatment of chronic or serious diseases, specific medications taken by the participant on a regular basis, dental care and eyeglasses. Health authorities recommend that visitors to Israel make sure they have been inoculated against tetanus in the last ten years. Subject to the full binding policy conditions. Participants are responsible for all other expenses.

 

The course will be held at the A. Ofri International Educational Training Center, situated in the Ramat Rachel Hotel on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Participants will be accommodated in double rooms (two participants per room).