Improve Education by Digital Means
Providing quality education is one of the areas with the most profound impact on our life. The education system is responsible for shaping the values, beliefs and abilities of its graduates, and accordingly for their ability to integrate into society. It is also charged with equipping its graduates with suitable.
In a world undergoing a digital revolution and experiencing rapid technological changes, adapting the education system to the digital age is critical. We can learn about the centrality of digital education from the agenda of policy makers throughout the world and in leading countries, particularly the fact that it is a permanent component in numerous strategic digital programs.
To improve education by digital means the system as a whole must be addressed – from the learning content, learning mode and use of end user equipment, through the teachers’ role in the classroom and their integration into the digital environment, to the ability to manage the system. The Education Ministry is currently formulating a strategic digital program that will include initiatives with respect to the following components:
Improve the quality of learning and teaching so that graduates of the education system will be equipped with tools suitable for the digital age, while focusing, among other things, on the development of digital learning environments, digital contents, sharing contents and programs between teachers and teachers’ professional development.
Promote management competencies in the education system, at the school and system level, including the development of management platforms and integrating the use of information systems, along with increased engagement with the public, and budget and operating transparency.
Promote innovation in the education field while harnessing all system entities – pupils, teachers and educators, and involving the local startup arena in the aim of creating a discourse and opportunities for technological development.
Another central program is the CHE and PBC multi-year program that focuses, among other things, on innovation in teaching and improving teaching quality. As part of the program, support grants are offered to produce online courses that will provide access to accumulated knowledge in the higher education system to students in Israel and around the world. Also, innovation laboratories will be established for student entrepreneurs to enhance the learning experience on campus. Support will be provided for developing and implementing innovative teaching methods using digital means and advanced technology.
In addition to these components, emphasis will be given to supporting policy and regulation and to cross-government infrastructures - enabling factors for future steps.
“Flipped Class” Model
(in cooperation with the Education Ministry)
This initiative is included in efforts to develop digital learning environments for classroom and distance learning in the aim of adapting the classroom to the digital age. Thus the teacher’s role changes from frontal transmission of the study material to guiding and helping self-study, while pupils shift from studying with the entire class to working in small groups, with the blackboard replaced by digital end devices.