"Palm" Project in Israel Bears Fruit
ORT's "Assessment in your Palm" program, being piloted in six Israeli schools, uses touch-screen e-Scape software in a portable device to enable students and teachers to share and comment upon their work on a particular project in real-time.
This year, Simcha Benyamin, who heads the Palm program in addition to teaching at the Rogozin High School in the Galilee, won the Sir Maurice Hatter Prize for best science and technology teacher for her class' use of this innovative collaborative technology.
“This program is a great example of the revolutionary advances being made by our Kadima Mada (Science Journey) program to improve the quality of science and technology in Israel,” commented Alan E. Klugman, National Executive Director of ORT America. "Students who work with e-Scape computers can do everything using one piece of equipment, from taking photos, recording interviews, and writing notes. Their learning is no longer confined to the classroom and they accomplish so much."
The Hatter Prize, named after Sir Maurice Hatter, World ORT President Emeritus, is presented annually in a range of categories to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary skills and commitment of staff at the schools working with ORT in Israel.