ORT CIS and Baltic States Teachers training seminar in Israel


20 July 2005 A group of 27 teachers from ORTs 23 schools and centres in the CIS and Baltic States have spent a week in Israel learning the latest pedagogical and technological methods from some of the countrys top experts. ORT CIS teachers at the ORT Moshinsky Centre for R&D and Training in Tel Aviv Most of the group were science, maths and technology teachers but there were also some humanities teachers who use ICT in their classes as well as some educational managers. The main aim of the seminar was to familiarise themselves with the Israeli education system and to share experiences of using ICT in teaching. Thanks to what has been the first collaboration of its kind with the Russian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the teachers attended a series of lectures at the university. Highlights included an examination of psychological factors in the classroom with the Head of Hebrew Universitys School of Education, Professor Elisha Babad, and a look at the formation of first impressions in the Internet with Arik Tayeb. The School of Educations Deputy Director, Erica Goldenstein, said the seminar was very successful. Most of the participants were very pleased with the course, which provided them with all the perspectives they had hoped for. I feel that if we do something similar in the future we will be able to do it even better, she said. The group underwent further training at the ORT Moshinsky Centre for R&D and Training in Tel Aviv and ORT Braude College of Engineering in Karmiel. ORT Israels Deputy Director General for Research and Development, Dr Eli Eisenberg, said the visitors heard about innovative study tracks developed in the country such as medical engineering and nano-biotechnology as well as the Click-IT web platform developed by ORT Israel which is now employed by more than 100 non-ORT institutions. The visitors were very enthusiastic about the technology education we have implemented, Dr Eisenberg said. They told us they had learned a lot. World ORT Director General Robert Singer said the seminar testified to the importance of cooperation between World ORT and ORT national organisations. By working together we have brought teachers from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania and Moldova to Israel to learn from some of the best minds in the field of education, Mr Singer said.