Lecturers & Moderators

Dr. Manal Yazbak Abu-Ahmad

Name of Session: International Projects

Lecturer and pedagogical supervisor in the English Department at College of Sakhnin for Teacher Education, directed the annual TEC International Online Conference for two years, member of the TEC Center, and coordinator of the Access Project operated by the American Embassy. She holds a BEd, a BA and MA in English Literature, a PhD in Educational Management, and a postdoctoral degree. She is an expert in teaching strategies in a multicultural environment and international relations. For the past nine years she has been teaching a collaborative online course on cultural diversity in the classroom and conflict resolution between Arab students from the College of Sakhnin and Jewish students from David Yellin Academic College of Education in Jerusalem. She also directs an online TEC course entitled “Exploring Cultures through Literature in English”. Dr. Yazbak Abu-Ahmad attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in the framework of her post-doctorate, and teachers a joint online course entitled “Global Understanding”. She is also a member of the international TEMPUS VI Program “Developing and Evaluating New Curricula on Cultural Diversity”, an ERASMUS CURE project entitled “Active Citizenship”, and an ERASMUS SILICE project entitled “Developing Social and Economic Initiatives. Dr. Manal Yazbak Abu-Ahmad is the recipient of two research grants from the MOFET Institute (2010/11, 2016/17), and a postdoctoral Fulbright fellowship. She was involved in building syllabuses for the BA program, and in evaluating the quality of the English Program at College of Sakhnin. She also authored the MTeach program when she served as head of the department last year. She has participated in numerous conferences in Israel and around the world, especially the US. Her research interests are collaborative learning and cultural diversity in advanced environments, understanding the other, and attitude change.

Email: manalyazbak@gmail.com

Dr. Nuhad Ali

 

 

 

 

 

Name of Session: Policies in Shared Life Education

 sociologist   in the Western Galilee academic college and Haifa University, co-chair of the “Arab-Jewish-State” field. Samuel Neaman Institute, Technion

Eiman Abu-Gleon

Name of Session: TEC4Schools Children Present Projects

Holds a BA in ICT and Technology, Arabic language instructor at Kaye Academic College of Education, coordinator of a program for discharged soldiers and National Service graduates at Kaye College, and a teacher at Rahat Elementary School.

Email: emaneman89@gmail.com

Naeem Byadse

Name of Session: School Principals Share Experiences and Insights

Holds an MA (summa cum laude) in ICT and Learning. Vice Principal at Al-Hekma School in Baqa al-Gharbiyye. Lecturer on ICT topics at in-service teacher seminars at Psagot, including Beit Yatziv campus and Shlomi. ICT coordinator, network manager, computer technician, and web designer and builder. Expert in instructing and supervising teachers on incorporating ICT into teaching.

Email: byadse@gmail.com

Howie Gordon

Name of Session: TEC4Schools Children Present Projects

Holds an MEd in Educational Technology from Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts, supervises teachers in the TEC4Schools program, supervises English teachers in the Jerusalem District on digital tools to advance English teaching in the classroom, English coordinator at Hartuv Elementary School, national instructor for the Chief Inspector for English, Chair of the School Twinning Committee at BeYachad Partnership (Jewish Agency) between Beit Shemesh, Mateh Yehuda Region, and South Africa. GEG IL English Community Google Certified Innovator.

Email: rivashpigel@gmail.com

 

Dr. Asmaa N. Ganayem

Name of Session: Policies in Shared Life Education

The first researcher on internet usage and the digital gap in Arab society in Israel, technology entrepreneur, expert on the development and assimilation of innovative pedagogical models in teaching and learning. Director of the TEC Center at MOFET Institute, and lecturer at Al-Qasemi Academic College of Education. She was chosen as Woman of the Year on the Internet by surfers in the Arab sector in 2011 and 2016. She completed her MA in Information Systems in Berlin, and her PhD in Internet Research at the University of Haifa.

Email: dr.asmaag@gmail.com

Ravid Davara

Name of Session: Online Collaboration Platforms

Director of the Nir Association for Participative Education, management team member of the TEC4Schools program, and director of the program in 2015/2016. She holds an MEd in Educational Technology from Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts. Graduate of HB Studio in New York, holds a BA in Directing from Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts. She is a lecturer on theatre, a dramaturge, playwright, and theatre director. From 1998 to 2008 she served as the in-house director at Habima National Theatre. A member of various artistic committees, including the Akko Festival for Alternative Theatre, the Starting Point Festival, and Teatronetto Festival. Her plays have been performed in the US and Berlin, they have been published in Chinese and performed in the Beijing National Theatre. Plays she has written and directed include Crumbs, The Neighbor’s Nettle, Josephine, Family, And Now for Candles, Stray Cat, Bath.Bed.Park, and Three Parties. She was awarded the Finkel Prize for Theatre Creators in 2007, and won first prize at the Akko Festival for Alternative Theatre, Masraheed Festival, and Teatronetto Festival.

Email: davara10@gmail.com

Abeer Mahmoud Watted

Name of Session: Online Collaborative Platforms

Lecturer and researcher at Al-Qasemi Academic College of Education, Advisor to the President of the College on Advancing Women’s Status in Academe, and Head of Center for MOOC Development at the College. She holds a PhD from the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and a BA and MA from the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Email: abeerw@qsm.ac.il

 

Dr. Elaine Hoter

Name of Session: Shared Life in Israel – Collaborative Projects in the Ministry of Education

Co-founder and Pedagogical Director of the TEC Center in Israel. She headed the Department of Information Technology at Talpiot College of Education in Tel Aviv, and is currently the coordinator of and lecturer in the MA Program for English as an International Language. In 1995 she developed the first online course in Israel connecting students and students and teachers in an online learning experience. She has since developed numerous courses connecting between different communities. In 2001 she convened the first online conference for teacher educators, and is a Fulbright alumnus. She is currently developing inter-college MOOCs on cultural diversity by means of OpenSim. She holds a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has published extensively throughout the world.

Email: elaine@talpiot.ac.il

Dr. Nimrod Tal

Name of Session:  Policies in Shared Life Education

Historian, teaches and researches at Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts, and heads the Institute for History Education at the College. His fields of interest are modern US history, history education, history teaching, and education in a conflict environment. He is currently building and coordinating a program at MOFET Institute on conflicts as educational tools in a multicultural society.

Email: talnimrod@gmail.com

Dr. Revital Cohen

Name of Session: Online Collaboration Platforms

Lecturer and faculty member at Ono Academic College, and academic director of the Education and Society Program at the Haredi Campus-Ono Academic College. She researches technology and optimal learning environments. She served in management and supervision roles in the Division for Personnel Training and Development.

Email: revital@ono.ac.il

M.A. Mira Monayer

Name of Session: Shared Life in Israel – Collaborative Projects in the Ministry of Education

Born in Lod, social and community activist, developer of a learning unit in Arabic on social and civic topics, group facilitator, instructor at seminars, and accompanies and promotes joint educational initiatives between Arab and Jewish schools. Holds an MBA in Business Administration, and a BA in English and Education.

Email: miram@cet.ac.il

Personal website: http://www.together.cet.ac.il/

Ahmad Mousa

Name of Session: Playing on the Web – Online Geography Quiz

Holds a BA and teaching certificate in Computer Studies. Mathematics and computer studies teacher, and ICT coordinator at Afaq School in Deir al-Asad. Instructor for the past four years in the TEC4Schools program.

Email: ahmad328@gmail.com

Prof. Eyal Naveh

Name of Session: Policies in Shared Life Education

Full professor in the History Department at Tel Aviv University, and Chair of the Academic Council at Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts. Alongside his expertise in the history of the US he engages in education and history, teaches in Israel and around the world in online frameworks, and he has authored history textbooks for Israel’s education system.

Email: enaveh@post.tau.ac.il

Dr. Naim Najami

Name of Session: Shared Life in Israel – Collaborative Projects in the Ministry of Education

Head of the Biology Department at the Arab Academic College of Education in Haifa. He holds a PhD from the Department of Life Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is a scientist and lecturer, and has recently joined the TEC Center at MOFET Institute. He researches the influence of an argumentative discourse on teaching the sciences, in addition to being molecular biologist with a series of excellent publications in leading journals around the world.

Email: najamina@gmail.com

Rania Essa

Name of Session: Shared Life in Israel – Collaborative Projects in the Ministry of Education

Rania Essa is an English teacher from Kfar Qassem, a lecturer at Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts, and a national counselor of English.

Email: essar1979@gmail.com

Jeremy Finkelstein

Name of Session: Online Collaborative Platforms

He has been involved in virtual world development for over twelve years. He has worked on many projects in that time, such as Israel Island (in Second Life), TEC Island, Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts, Magen David Adom, CET, Ipcha, and many more.

Email: jeremyfink@me.com

Dr. Einat Rozner

Name of Session: The Student’s Voice – On Inter-College Learning in a Multicultural Environment

Teaches at Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts, and is a staff member at the TEC Center at MOFET Institute. She develops and teaches online courses, is a pedagogical supervisor for teacher education, and instructs teacher educators on teaching in advanced teaching environments. Her research focuses on teaching and learning in online environments, and her publications include co-authored computer science textbooks published by the Center for Educational Technology (CET). She holds a PhD from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and her dissertation engaged with educational entrepreneurship that emerges from the field.

Email: rozner@gmail.com

Shahar Raz

Name of Session: Online Collaborative Platforms

She has held a variety of responsibilities in cross-cultural work, with eighteen years of experience within the education system, nine of those years managing educational programs for education-related NGOs. She holds a BA in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic, and an MA in Organizational Management, Leadership and Policy with a focus on educational systems.

Email: shahar@gamesforpeace.org

Personal website: http://gamesforpeace.org

 

Adele Raemer

Name of Session: Shared Life in Israel – Collaborative Projects in the Ministry of Education

An EFL teacher, teacher trainer and counselor for digital pedagogy. She lives on a kibbutz on the border with the Gaza Strip and has been teaching in Israeli classrooms for 37 years. Collaborations and new ideas (especially regarding technology) excite her and help her stay inspired and inspiring!

Email: araemer@gmail.com

Personal website: https://sites.google.com/view/outofthisworldisrael70/home

Dr. Miri Shonfeld

Name of Session: Collaborative Learning in a Global World

Co-founded the TEC Center in 2005, and lectures at Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts. Her research engages with online teaching and learning environments, virtual worlds, collaboration, multiculturalism, and teachers’ professional development. She has authored leading position papers on learning in the twenty-first century in Israel and around the world.

Email: mirish@macam.ac.il

Personal website: tec.macam.ac.il

Tamar Shalit Avni

Name of Session: TEC4Schools Children Present Projects

Photographer, artist, lecturer. Holds an MEd (summa cum laude) from the Visual Literacy Program at Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts. Develops and teaches photography courses that engage with the connection between photography and research and society, lectures in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, and in-service teacher seminars at PISGA Teaching Staff Development Centers and The Shared Art Center in Givat Haviva. She is an instructor in the TEC4Schools program, and a member of the digital literacy team in the Information Technology Unit at the Ministry of Education. She shows her work in group and solo exhibitions.

Email: tamarsavni@gmail.com

Personal website: http://www.tamar-avni.com

Riva Spiegel

Name of Session: School Principals Share Experiences and Insights

Director of the TEC4Schools program and a teacher instructor in the program. Holds an MEd in Educational Technology from Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts. She implements and assimilates digital pedagogy adapted to twenty-first century skills. She has extensive experience in authoring online learning units, instructing teachers, and directing assimilation programs.

Email: rivashpigel@gmail.com

Prof. Claudia Finkbeiner

 is a professor of Applied Linguistics, Foreign Language Research & Intercultural Communication at the University of Kassel, Germany. She specializes in the field of L2 and multilingual literacy development with a special focus on reading and writing strategies, language awareness and cultural awareness, interest, bilingual and multilingual factors as well as distance learning. She has been the chair of the Association for Language Awareness since 2006.

Dr. Lana Israel

holds a Doctorate (D.Phil) in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar and conducted post-graduate research on memory. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Harvard University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology; her undergraduate thesis, also on memory, was subsequently published and has been cited over 500 times. Integrating her lifelong passions for music, memory, and the mind, Lana has recently developed Muzology, a digital platform that uses music to harness students’ natural learning capabilities. 

Prof. Paul Resta

 holds the Ruth Knight Millikan Chair in Learning Technology at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the founding president of the International Society for Technology in Education and served as President of the International Council for Computers in Education. He currently is President of the National Collaborative for Digital Equity in the United States.

Dr. Tina Waldman

is the Head of the English for Academic Purposes Department, and a lecturer in the English Teacher Training Department at Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and Arts, where she teaches courses in applied linguistics and pedagogy to trainee teachers of English as a foreign language. Tina‘s current research focuses on  social-cultural approaches to foreign language teaching involving intercultural, digital collaborative learning between student teachers working together from diverse sections of the globe.