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Teachers and kindergarten teachers have already received a Digital Toolbox
Students benefiting from teachers with Digital Toolbox
Schools and kindergartens
Athena Fund Programs
Athena Fund's flagship initiative is the "Digital Toolbox for Every Teacher in Israel" program. Launched in 2007 under the sponsorship of the Prime Minister's Office, the program has been implemented in close cooperation with the Israel Teachers Union, the Israeli Ministry of Education, and Bank Massad.
As part of this program, all participating kindergarten teachers receive a laptop computer. Moreover, each kindergarten teacher and director receives 90 hours of professional training, which is recognized as a professional advancement course within the framework of the “Ofek Chadash” (New Horizon) reform of the Ministry of Education.
Athena Fund is working to empower science and technology teachers and to increase student interest in science-related subjects. The “Digital Toolbox for Every Science Teacher” program aims to provide special tablet computers to all of Israel’s elementary, junior high and high school science and technology teachers.
The special education frameworks in Israeli schools, from kindergarten to 12th grade, provide a solution for children with special needs. Constantly striving for personal and organizational excellence, special education teachers aim to help their students fulfill their potential – whether in special-education schools or in integrated classes within mainstream schools.
The "Digital Toolbox for Every English Teacher" program was launched in January 2018. Aiming to distribute 13,000 digital toolboxes in the coming years, the program will provide English teachers in Israel not only with computers, but also 120 hours of professional training.
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"The ‘Laptop Computer for Every Teacher in Israel’ program changed, in a very short time period, the conduct of teachers in their teaching processes, and the opinion of teachers regarding the computer’s ability to assist them in these processes. These changes remained stable, and even strengthened. During more than three years, the influence of the program expanded as teachers increasingly integrated computing elements into their lessons. Also, among both teachers and principals, the belief that computers can assist teachers in their teaching processes grew stronger. "
Dr. Uzi Melamed, conductor of professional survey reviewing the program
"The welcome connection between WIZO and Athena Fund, the Israel Teachers Union and Education Ministry led to one of the best and most productive programs in our educational system. A program that contributed greatly to the education of our children. We conducted an appraisal in which we interviewed 500 teachers who received a laptop, hearing about revolutionary changes in the use of computers in the classroom. Various things are happening – in terms of both classroom climate and school culture. I think that new technology is finally working in favor of pedagogy and arriving to the student’s desk and the classroom. "
Dr. Ora Landau, Deputy Director of Education, World WIZO.
"With the help of the science tablets and their sensors, teachers guide their students on research processes in the lab and in the field. The combination of diverse measurements enables teachers to emphasize the importance of quantitative data in establishing scientific findings. Experience in gathering and processing data as part of scientific research empowers students to develop an understanding of scientific principles. "
Dr. Gilmor Keshet-Maor, Head of Science Education Division, Ministry of Education.
"Mr. Uri Ben-Ari founded Athena Fund with the aim of empowering Israel’s teachers and improving their standing. Some ten years after its establishment, Athena Fund is working tirelessly to achieve its vision and goals. The Fund is a loyal partner in promoting the objectives of the Education Ministry to adapt the education system to the 21st century. "
Roni Dayan, Head of Science Technology IT Division, Science & Technology Authority, Ministry of Education.