Center Staff

Dr. Miri Shonfeld

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Head of the TEC Center at MOFET Institute, Head of the Online College at Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts, Director of the Graduate Program in Technology in Education, and former Head of ICT and Forum Coordinator of ICT Managers. Dr. Shonfeld holds an MA in Biology and a PhD in Technology in Education, and is also active in the sphere of environmental education. She has served on the program committees for conferences on technology in education and multiculturalism in education in Israel and around the world. She is active in research groups on cultural diversity, collaboration, online teaching, and virtual worlds. She has co-authored position papers on ICT in Israel, the US, and for UNESCO.

Dr. Asmaa N. Ganayem

Asmaa is leading social activist in educational development through innovative digital programs. She is the Founding Director of InnDigital – a social business for developing the Arab society in Israel as a productive society and active partner in the digital age; the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the TEC Center at the MOFET Institute in Tel-Aviv, and Head of the M.Ed Program in Teaching & Learning at Al-Qassemi College of Education in Baqa el Gharbiyah, where she established the ICT center.

Asmaa is the first researcher on internet usage and the digital gap in Arab society in Israel, lecturer and consultant in digitalization and information society, expert on the development and assimilation of innovative pedagogical models in teaching and learning. She was chosen as “Digital Leader” by the Ministry of Social Equality, for her active role in the digital development in general and within the Arab society specifically. Asmaa is the recipient of the 2018 Jerusalem Unity Prize for her role in developing multicultural awareness and respect at the TEC Center; of the 2017 Dennis Gouran Research Award, of the Group Communication Division at the National Communication Association, and of the 2013 Special Pedagogical Initiative in Teacher Education Award. Asmaa published dozens of academic papers and reports, led local and global conferences, initiated various social and educational programs and hundreds of courses, lectures and seminars. She was chosen by the Arab Internet surfers as the Meaningful Woman of the Year, in 2011 and in 2016.

Dr. Elaine Hoter

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Coordinator of ICT at Talpiot College of Education. In 1995 Dr. Hoter developed and taught the first online course in Israel, and initiated numerous ICT projects. She initiated and co-chaired the virtual international conference for teacher educators, “Opening Gates in Teacher Education” (2001). Her doctoral dissertation engages with training teachers to use the internet. She lives on the Golan Heights, and her current field of interest is the connection between different populations: deaf and hearing; Diaspora and Israeli Jewry; religious Jews, secular Jews, and Arabs. She is co-director of the TEC Center

Dr. Ilan Nagar


Information and communication technology lecturer at Hemdat Hadarom Academic College of Education. Dr. Nagar implements and assimilates innovative pedagogy in various courses in the spirit of adapting the education system to the 21st century. Since 1991 he has engaged in integrating computers into teaching – as a computer sciences teacher, a Ministry of Education computer instructor, as a lecturer in advanced teacher education courses, and as a lecturer for teachers with the highest ranking (7-9) as part of the “New Horizon” educational reform.

Wafa Zidan


Lecturer in the Arab Academic College of Education in Haifa. A pedagogical trainer, instructor, and a researcher in the field of online teaching, educational technology, and distance learning courses in the college. Ms. Zidan is a team member of the TEC (Technology, Education and Cultural diversity) center in the Mofet Institute, which develops, researches and implements technological projects in multicultural settings among Arabic and Hebrew speaking schools. She is also part of the Professional development team for School Teachers.

Dr. Miki Kritz


Senior lecturer at Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts, and academic-technological advisor on computer applications in education. Dr. Kritz is Coordinator of the Online Environment Team at MOFET Institute, and director of the Amirim TEC Program at the TEC Center. He has published three books about the Internet (published by Kinneret Zmora-Bitan), and numerous articles and studies on progressive education and online teaching environments.