By Karina Batat Future Classroom Lead Ambassador for Israel
Programming has become a subject of increasing national awareness including primary education. In Israel, the Education Ministry and the Minister of Education, Naftali Bennett, encourage reinforcing science education and teaching programming through interactive games, in order to increase students' interest in technology, mathematics and computer science.
The Israeli Learning Lab, Beta School, aims to promote innovation in education and it hosted on 9 November 2015 in collaboration with Microsoft Development Center at Herzliya a kickoff event "InEdu", to promote a new community of Innovation Technology School Leaders. The event was a 'call for action' for school leaders, principals and teachers, who are willing to introduce innovative technology in schools.
During the event, a course of 30 hours on coding for teachers was announced. The purpose of the course is to train a group of teachers on coding and app development who will then encourage more youth to learn computing.
The event was opened by Ariela Keidar, Tel Aviv District Head Supervisor, Israel MoE; Roni Dayan, Director of Information Technology, Israel MoE and Itay Itah, Director of Development and Member of the Microsoft Executive Board who talked about the activity of Microsoft Development Center in Israel. Dana Shoushan Whol, Citizenship Manager at Microsoft Development Center and active contributor to this initiative, introduced us with the world of programming and coding.
The event was closed with two exciting demos: Project Spark & Touch Development, presented by two members of the Microsoft development team, living the audience with high expectations about the Course of Code, which begins this December, and we have listed already 38 teachers!