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Inspired to make innovations!!

The three week MASHAV program “Education for Technology and the use of ICT in Education” was a very valuable, cognitive and inspiring for all of us because we learnt so many new things on the history and development of the state of Israel, innovative pedagogies, methods and approaches as well as we met fellow participants from different parts of the world. It was unforgettable experience to communicate and get to know each other, some facts on our native countries, our cultures, traditions and education. We appreciate a lot of the Israelite hospitality, positive attitude, tolerance and friendship. Thanks a lot to MASHAV Team for the invitation to participate in this brilliant course. Our great appreciation to Yudith Rosenthal, Ariel Cegla, Damian Filut and Noa Karazi for sharing their knowledge and experience with us, for support, help and advice during our stay in Israel.


The speakers we met during the program like Lee Telem, Yoram Harpaz, Adi Shmorak, Ariel Cegla and Damian Filut  introduced us Education System in Israel, innovative technologies and ICT in education. We saw these new items of learning as valuable tools that could be used to enhance and develop teaching and learning at different stages: primary, secondary, and higher education. The session on effective presentation delivered by Caryn Tamari was an essential skill for our professional development and, without any doubts, it would help to present our projects to our policy makers and our colleagues too.

Also, our program schedule and activities made our exposure and learning during the entire course more meaningful. It was well planned and managed. We were immersed into lectures, workshops, practical sessions and peer learning sessions.  For example, the hands-on activities (workshop on 3D and robotics) and the “Café Dilemma” were all interesting and useful to experience the educational themes from inside. Also, it was a great impression of a visit to the Gordon College of Education in Haifa, an institution considered by many of us to be a model for the development of the XXI century educational professionals. We highly appreciate that MASHAV Team gave us the opportunity to interact and share ideas, as well as inspire one another to become critical thinkers and creators in our respective countries.

 

Our visits to the various schools did not only expose us to different innovative pedagogies but significantly increased and broadened our knowledge and practical skills in  ICTs, educational applications and tools, in the teaching and learning activities and strategies.

We have learnt how the Israeli system of education prepares the students to become not only creators/innovators, but talented professional as they grow into their adult life. In this view, each school follows a general program or curriculum with a degree of flexibility in adapting whatever they deem relevant to their students and society as a whole. Among the things that caught our attention the most there were various technologies to foster motivation, critical thinking and creativity of the students. The teachers provided students with the most pleasant learning environment, making them learn by themselves. Their idea of using peer learning worked very well, at least in the context and students enjoyed doing it very well. In a nut shell, the use of apps such as Google class, kahoot, quizizz, code monkey, tinkercad, and toontastic made learning activities more interactive for the students that we could observe during our professional visits to “Evelina D. Rotchild”, “ORT Melton”, “HaShalom”, “Shazar” and “Boyar” Schools.

The last week of our programme was dedicated to our own projects and ideas how to implement and disseminate obtained knowledge and skills in our communities. There were a lot of discussions, arguments and presentations but the final products looked brilliant. Moreover, the participants were enthusiastic to do their best to develop education systems in their native countries.

 

Generally speaking, the knowledge and skills that we received during the course has inspired us to make innovations in our various careers after returning back home.


Olena (Ukraine), Lamin (Gambia), Azamat (Kazakhstan), Aunnie (Kenya)