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Athena Fund Distributes iPads to 3,000 Special Education and Kindergarten Teachers in Israel in 2017

Author: Athena Fund(i) : Contact: athenafund.org

Published: 2018-01-10

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Athena Fund announces around 3,000 special education teachers and kindergarten teachers in Israel received iPads in 2017 as part of the iPad for Every Special Education Teacher program.

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Israel's Athena Fund announced that about 3,000 special education teachers and kindergarten teachers in Israel received iPads in 2017 as part of the iPad for Every Special Education Teacher program. In addition to the iPads, the teachers were also given 120 hours of techno-pedagogical training. The iPads for special education teachers were distributed in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Be'er Sheva, Kfar Saba, Eilat, Kiryat Gat, Dimona, Kiryat Shmona, Tiberias, Beit She'an, Tamra and Um el-Fahm. In addition, teachers in the Bedouin regional councils of Hura and Neve Midbar also received iPads.

Using an iPad helps students with special needs improve both the learning experience and quality of life inside and outside of the classroom, while increasing motivation to learn and opportunities to expand horizons. In addition, the iPad improves interpersonal communication with teachers, family and the environment, and enables students to cope better with their difficulties. The iPad also enables discovering new aspects in the world of special education students, including high level thinking and understanding skills.

The program is designed to empower special education teachers in Israel and enable them to communicate better with their students. In addition, the program provides access to a wide variety of teaching materials, and significantly changes the lives of students. Teachers can prepare special programs for their students using the iPad, and students can continue the learning experience at home after school.

Through this Athena Fund program, about 10,000 special education teachers in Israel will receive iPads, along with special software and applications for students with special needs and disabilities. Since the program's launch in November 2015, about 3,000 special education teachers and kindergarten teachers across Israel have already received iPads. The program is being implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education's Department of Special Education under the direction of Rachel Abramson, and the Information Technology Division of the Ministry of Education, led by Roni Dayan.

The distribution of iPads to special education teachers and kindergarten teachers in 2017 was made possible thanks to contributions from the Athena Fund and its partners: the Israel Teachers Union's Professional Advancement Fund, Bank Massad, Israel's Ministry of Education, the United Israel Appeal of Canada, the Ted Arison Family Foundation, the Sylvan Adams Family Foundation, Mifal Hapayis (Israel's national lottery) and the local authorities.

"We are very excited about the opportunity to help special education teachers and kindergarten teachers in cities and towns across the country, and to enable them to use advanced technology to improve learning and communication with students," said Uri Ben-Ari, Athena Fund's President and Founder. "The iPad for Every Special Education project has an amazing effect on the learning and interaction between the student, the teacher and the environment."

Jerusalem’s Mayor Nir Barkat (left) and Uri ben Ari, President and Founder of Athena Fund, at the launching ceremony of the distribution of iPads to special education teachers in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem’s Mayor Nir Barkat (left) and Uri ben Ari, President and Founder of Athena Fund, at the launching ceremony of the distribution of iPads to special education teachers in Jerusalem.

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