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Technologies in Education Program Contributes to National Technology Excellence Prize for Nazareth Elite

posted Feb 16, 2012, 4:34 AM by Yotam Hod   [ updated Feb 23, 2012, 7:02 AM ]
Minister of Education, Gideon Sa'ar, awarded the mayor of Nazareth Elite, Shimon Gaspo, a national technology-integration excellence award on behalf of the city. Nazareth Elite was among the highest cities awarded among the more than 100 cities in the competition: "This is a great honor for our city," Mayor Geffen said. 

The University of Haifa's Technologies in Education Graduate Program played an important role by training teachers from both Nazareth Elite and neighboring Nazareth in its "Digital Cities" program. In this program, teachers from both cities (who include Christians, Muslims, and Jews) learn in two-year of studies for a second degree (MA) in educational technologies.

The awards ceremony was held in the Israel Museum and was attended by the Minister of Education, the Director of Education in Israel's North, Dr. Orna Simchon, and Director of Technology in Education, Dr. Ofer Rimon. "The success of the educational system in the long term will be strengthening the teacher and schools such that it won't be disconnected from the modern world," said Mininster Sa'ar. 

This was the first time that a national prize for technology integration was awarded. Nazareth Elite was considered a great initiator in Israel through their smart board integration initiative.  In addition to this, teachers were given and learned to teach using their laptops, along with many other technologies, such as the "One Password per Child" program. This modern technology was integrated along with 900 hours of professional development!