News, Events & Announcements
by Dr. Merav Asaf
Recently, there has been significant progress in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). These technologies include natural language-based chats and image generators. Using AI tools can enrich and improve learning, and instruction. For example, teachers can use AI tools for creating learning activities and adapt the content and activities to the needs and pace of each student. In addition, virtual teaching assistants can provide immediate feedback to students and answer personal questions.
There are several courses and workshops dealing with this issue aimed for the professional development of pre-service and in-service teachers and for the academic and administrative staff, thus promoting knowledge and awareness regarding the challenges and benefits of AI generative tools.
Impressions from the latest Hackathon held at the English Department.
By ETA Roderick Selman
From an energetic start to an incredible finish, the English Department Hackathon at Kaye Academic College was one I will never forget. The English faculty opened with head of the department Irena Lavi briefing the students on the days plan. Thereafter Prof. Lavi introduced Fulbright ETA Roderick Selman to present a lecture on integrity as an individual, student, and teacher. The lecture began with thoughtful points on what integrity is, how to practice it, and how to set a personal example of integrity no matter where someone is in life. This was met with ecstatic energy from the students as they quickly called out correct answers to questions and diligently took notes.
Upon the end of the lecture, the real fun began! The English faculty quickly took the stage and laid out the day’s plan to the students. The student body was divided into three main groups, each group pertaining to a specific project. The first project was to create a poster advertising for the college’s English department. The second being to create a podcast discussing life on campus and how it truly feels to be a student at Kaye. The last project was to create a video giving physical perspective into the students’ lives and life on campus.
The lunch provided was a beautiful intertwining of cultures as students brought traditional Arab dishes such as Maqluba and Fattoush, combined with delicious homemade potato salad and casserole provided by the Jewish students. It was a wonderful display of cultural exchange as every student proudly described their homemade dish to one another and recipes were swapped. There was a full stomach and smile on the face of every student.
Lastly, the greatest experience of the entire day was the final presentations. The work ethic of the students was brought to full view as the faculty and respective groups were left awe struck at each presentation. Each presentation consisted of ingenious ideas towards publicity for the college and promotion of its English department that the students so clearly love. At the end of presentations there had been an exchange of tears, smiles, laughs, and a palpable sense of oneness within the room. By the end of the day, the students and faculty had reached a common love for one another through their directed love towards the English department.
1st Sderot Conference at Kaye College.
One week before the elections to the 25th Knesset – The 19th Sderot Conference for Society and Education took place on October 25, 2022. Present were party chairs, public figures, senior academics and industry CEOs in Israel.
The Inter-College Forum for
Kaye Academic College of Education and The Mofet Institute are proud to present an innovative and unique International Virtual Conference about "The Third Mission."
This mission refers to the communal context of the academic institution (social, cultural, environmental) and to its actions in this setting, meaning its responsibility for the well-being of the community.
A new and exciting online collaboration has started in the academic year of 2020-2021, between Kaye Academic College of Education and Kosygin Russian State University (link to the University’s site). The participants in this joint projects include Israeli students at Kaye College, studying in the course Hebrew as a Second Language in an online environment in the Department of Hebrew Language led by Dr. Irena Blanky-Karlin, and Russian students, studying at the The Kosygin State University of Russia, Department of Philology and Linguoculturology, led by Dr. Yulia Kondrakov.READ MORE
Kaye College Faculty Members Participation at the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation International Forum on Children's Development
Soong Ching Ling International Forum on Children's Development was successfully held in Beijing on November 19-20, 2020.
The Forum presented a collection of 15 academic research papers from Israeli scholars and domestic scholars. One of these papers, titled "Learning from Screen Media in Early Childhood: A Double-Edged Sword," was written by Kaye College professor, Dr. Yehuda Bar-Lev, together with his colleague, Prof. Nelly Elias from Ben Gurion University.. READ MORE
From the beginning of March 2020, Kaye College has moved to distance learning, due to the spread of the Corona Virus in Israel. Faculty members had an infrastructure of knowledge about online courses, but mostly about non-synchronous courses. Thus the College prepared for continuous professional development for the faculty in aspects of distance and synchronous teaching and learning, synchronous and non-synchronous, including changing the assessment and evaluation methods that would suit distance teaching at this time.
In preparation for the 2021 school year, Kaye Academic College of Education has organized in a variety of ways, all in line with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health: face-to-face teaching in small groups, synchronous and non-synchronous distance teaching, as well as hybrid teaching, which allows having simultaneous video streaming classes where some students study on campus while others participate online.
Kaye College places great emphasis on deepening aspects of the sense of connection and belonging and the emotional well-being of faculty and students during this challenging and complex period, through a variety of distant social activities. The College's graduation ceremonies will also be held remotely this year. Special attention is given to ensuring equality and reducing gaps that may arise between students who have full access and those who have partial access to distant learning. For that end, Kaye College is lending digital devices to students at-need and has established an aid fund for students who have lost their source of livelihood.
PROMENTORS / Erasmus+
Promoting Mentors’ Work in Education
Since the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year, Kaye Academic College of Education has been collaborating in an international project called PROMENTORS, which is a part of the European Union’s Erasmus+ Program..READ MORE
TOOLS-Technologically enhanced online opportunities for language learning in inclusive education
The ultimate aim of the project is to raise EFL pre-service and in-service teachers awareness of educational inclusion issues in mainstream education, promote social inclusion among “learners from multicultural backgrounds” READ MORE
In the school year 2017-2018, Kaye Academic College of Education opened a new academic program, in cooperation with the institute for democratic Education.
The program is called "Netivim" and is being led by Ms. Aya Rimon, graduate of the Mandel Foundation for Educational Leadership, initiated and led a variety of educational programs that dealt with developing social-environmental leadership in the Bedouin community in the Negev. The program is designated for pioneering youth (ages 18-24), who wish to be environmental leaders, Geography teachers and to promote educational initiatives in non-formal education.
42 young students (30 of them women) from Bedouin communities in the Negev began their 4 year program in October 2017.
The main emphasis of the program is on an in-depth knowledge of social-environmental issues in the Negev, combined with tours and learning through experience. The program places an emphasis on democratic pedagogy training via 'hothouses', acquaintance with possible types of dialogue and development of democratic education oriented thinking.
In the framework of their practical experience, which is part of the student's academic learning, the students will be integrated in social programs in local community centers, in local municipalities and in various social organizations.
In this program the students will study in a double major track, with two specialties:
- Specialization in non-formal education, with an emphasis on youth and community
- Specialization in geography, with an emphasis on human-cultural geography and location based learning.
Kaye College is proud to announce the acceptance of a new Erasmus Plus project the college is involved in, titled PROTEACH. The project's goald are developing a model for induction, to enhance beginning teachers' retention at school. Its main objective is to foster change in teachers' education curriculum of HEI in Israel towards further involvement in schools together with schools' management and educational policy makers. includes 11 institution partners and 6 schools.
According to the terms of the project, lecturers at Kaye Academic College are eligible for a mobility grant to Opole University for five days in the second semester of the 2018/19 academic year.
For requirements specifications download this document.
During the month of March, 2016 we had the pleasure of having two international visits at the college:
Prof. Pauline Kollontai and Dr. Susan Yore from York St. John University, and Ms. Jade White of High Tech High in San Diego.
Congratulation to Dr. Haya Kaplan whose talk “Needs supporting environment and autonomous motivation in teaching of novice teachers: description of Kaye Induction Unit in Israel and research results” has been accepted for the 2016 6th International Conference on Self-Determination Theory to be held in Victoria, BC, Canada.
During 2015 and 2016 seven college teams went on study visits in various Europena institutions, in order to promote international academic collaborations. Four more teams are expected to visit abroad in the next few months…
Kaye College is currently involved in a new collaborative project funded by the European Union Project IN2IT (Internationalization by Innovative Technology). Project IN2IT offers an innovative approach to effectively address the need to internationalization in HEIs.