According to poll conducted by Athena Fund 75% of the teachers say: “the personal computer has improved our teaching”
By: Nati Douanis, Economist, July 3, 2008
At the “Forming the Future” Educational Conference, opened recently in the David Intercontinental hotel in Tel-Aviv, in the presence of President Shimon Peres and leaders from the Education, Economic, Communication and Public sectors, Uri Ben-Ari – Founder and Chairman of Athena Fund, presented findings of the pioneer poll carried in the south cities, where laptops had been distributed.
The poll, covering 300 teachers, denotes considerable improvement of all operational aspects for teachers and classrooms.
Main findings of the poll:
• 75% of teachers claimed their teaching performance has improved with the use of the laptop.
• 80% of teachers claimed that the computer enables them to update their knowledge in areas relevant to their teaching material.
• 73% of teachers witnessed increase interest on the part of the pupils in the subject matter, resulting from the use of the computer in the classroom.
• 85% of school principals confirm that communication with the teaching staff and with position holders in their school, has become immediate and fluent with the help of the computer.
The poll was conducted over 207 teachers and 11 principals, from 13 schools in Beer Sheva, Arad and Yeruham. Average seniority for all teachers taking part in the poll is 17.6 years. Average weekly teaching hours – 22. Prior to presentation of this project – only 2.8% of teachers have been using the computer in their lessons. 95.7% of teachers taking part in the poll had a computer at home prior to joining the project “Laptop to Every Teacher”. Just 19.3% of teachers taking part in the project had a laptop prior to this project.
“Results of the poll denote considerable improvement in teaching skills, in pupils’ interest in the subject matter and in the teachers’ knowledge”, says Uri Ben-Ari, Founder and Chairman of Athena Fund, adding that “the results of the poll indeed prove that a change can occur in the performance of teachers and in their computer literacy, both for teaching purposes and for communication with their pupils. We will pursue our vision that by 2012 every teacher in Israel is equipped with a laptop and 112 hours training package”.
"Laptop for Every Teacher" in Southern Settlements, Evaluation of Pilot/ Dr. Uzi Melamed
Dr. Uzi Melamed who conducted the poll says