Lecturers & Abstracts


Part One: Students, Teachers, and Principals – Sharing Experiences – TEC4Schools


Name of Session: Session 1 – TEC Kids Hosting

Abstract: Greetings – Shevi Govrin, Head of the School for Diploma Studies, Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts


Name of Session: Session 2 – Playing on the Web

Abstract: Online geography quiz for all TEC4Schools children


Name of Session: Sessions 3, 4, and 5: TEC4Schools Children Present Projects

Abstract: Presentation of the students’ collaborative projects from their activities in the program


Name of Session: Session 6 – Playing on the Web

Abstract: Online geography quiz for all TEC4Schools children


Name of Session: Session 7: School Principals Share Experiences and Insights

Abstract: Principals share their school practice and engage with insights



Part Two: Policies and Programs – Shared Life and the Digital Age


Name of Session: Session 8 – Policies in Shared Life Education

Abstract: The session, with the participation of leading educators, will engage with various pedagogical approaches to and outlooks on Shared Life Education in Israel, the differences between these outlooks, and various ways in which policies for multicultural education in the 21st century are being implemented.

  • Eyal Naveh – History studies in a multicultural reality must be conducted in the form of a dialogue between cultures, not as a uniform monolithic narrative. However, this task challenges the discipline’s epistemological aspect, its status as constructing a shared identity, and its political significance as an agreed and approved story by state institutions. In my presentation I shall endeavor to propose a multi-narrative model as a way of contending with these challenges.


Name of Session: Session 9 – Shared Life in Israel – Collaborative Projects in the Ministry of Education


  • Adele Raemer and Rania Essa – In Honor of Israel’s 70th Anniversary; national English counselors Rania Essa and Adele Raemer are lead teachers in a program for students from schools in the Arab and Jewish sectors, where they work collaboratively on a project, in English, on the topic of space, backed by SpaceIL and Google.
  • Mira Monayer – The collaborative learning approach aims to develop in-depth, long-term collaboration between Jewish and Arab schools by focusing on collaborative work in the various disciplines. Central to collaborative learning is the teamwork of two or more schools from different communities with the aim of providing learners with educational advantages, promoting efficient use of resources, and advancing social objectives of equal opportunities and equality between identities, respect for diversity, and collaboration.

Collaborative learning aims to provide a solution for the need to preserve and inculcate community identities through education, while fostering common values. The aim is to lead to economic prosperity, social cohesion, and greater stability of Israeli democracy.


Name of Session: Session 10 – Collaborative Learning in a Global World

Abstract: The 21st century has brought about changes in every aspect of life through ubiquitous technology and Internet-based social media. International work-teams have become a daily reality. Importantly, these global changes in work practices have only begun to have an impact on education. In this session we will discuss international collaboration in education.


Name of Session: Session 11 – International Projects

Abstract: This session will include international projects that aim to connect between students around the globe.



Part Three: Lecturers, Students, and Advanced Environments


Name of Session: Session 12 – Online Collaboration Platforms

Abstract: The session will engage with the new channels and diverse possibilities offered by innovative digital technology in education to promote multicultural dialogue. A number of dedicated online digital platforms for collaborative learning in virtual space will be presented, including Facebook, TEC Island, Minecraft, and others.

  • Jeremy Finkelstein – A look at building virtual environments for educational purposes
  • Abir Mahmoud Watad – MOOCs are massive open online courses for large numbers of learners from all over the world at all times. They enable free access to high-quality learning materials provided by lecturers from leading universities around the world. In the presentation we shall focus on the role of these courses in promoting multicultural, multidisciplinary learning for learners from all over the world.


Name of Session: Session 13 – Virtual Worlds for Collaborative Learning

Abstract: Students of advanced learning environments discuss multiculturalism through virtual worlds, learning from educators who have experienced interactive learning in virtual worlds.


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

  • From Individual to Community – Students studying in academic TEC courses discuss online learning in a community of students from different cultures. In this session the students will propose ideas for promoting collaboration between the different entities – students, college lecturers, group facilitators, course coordinators – ways to overcome language barriers, and meaningful learning in asynchronous online sessions.


Name of Presentation: Cross-Israel Ecological Tour

  • The ecological tour is conducted in the framework of each student’s home college. In the ecological tour the students characterize the ecological environment in which their college is located. The students then return to their mixed groups, and together they create an ecological map of the different characteristics of the State of Israel.

The high degree of collaboration and mutual trust gain expression in this assignment. The students have to work together to create an original joint product, with their independent data collection merging into a new collective outcome.


Name of Presentation: Dating in Different Cultures

  • This session will open a window on dating and marriage in different cultures: how religious and secular couples view dating. The session will be based on two literary pieces, “A Girl Called Apple” by Hanan El Sheikh and “Cold Dates” by Yael Unterman, in addition to the movie “Arranged Romance”.