Kav-Or, Distance Learning and Virtual Playground for Children in Hospitals
Kav-Or (Light Line), provides distance-learning services, enrichment, and online computer connections between sick children and teachers, education professionals, family and friends, as well as games and activities aimed at reducing stress and anxiety.
Hospitalization involves fears and pains but today, thanks to Kav-Or, children in hospitals can find some comfort in their computer “friend”. Using a computer helps children put their anxieties aside and channel their energies into learning and into fulfilling creative activities. See Kav-Or’s goals.www.kavor.org.il/kavor/internet/p_about/mission_en.html>
Kav-Or offers its services to hospitalised children from all sectors of Israel’s society – native and new immigrant alike, whether religious or secular, regardless of religion or ethnicity – many of Kav-Or’s children are, in fact, are from lesser privileged populations and many of them may not have access to the Internet, or even to a computer in their own homes
Language: Hebrew, Arabic and Russian
Producer: Riki Segal Cohen, Pedagogical Coordinator and Web Manager, Kav-Or Designers, Mincy Catcom, Ltd. .www.catom.com
Concept: As well as providing comprehensive information about visiting the Yaarena Rainforest in Herzelia, this site offers a delightful, interactive introduction to rainforest animals for children of all ages. Online activities include; a description of rainforest creatures, entertaining trivia about the animals, photos and videos, webcams, and an online forum. Children who love animals can create their own web site and invite their friends to browse, play games and share a rich source of educational activities about rainforest creatures both great and small.
Producers: MAX. Interactive Group www.max.co.il/interactive.html
Israel’s Goverment Portal FirstGov www.gov.il/
Concept: A government portal that links to comprehensive resources and public services, including directories, news and information. Launched in June 2005, Gov.il is swiftly becoming Israel’s one-stop index of government departments and units, and Israeli embassies worldwide. Information available includes; court rulings, legislature in the Knesset, (Parliament) ordinances and regulations, the courts, political parties. The site provides information about schools, health and environment, and offers a full range of governmental publications: statistics, tenders, press releases etc. tax calculation tools, tender applications. In addition to all the information now available in one portal, Gov.il links pertinent forms that can be downloaded and facilitates online payments – all without leaving the privacy of the home.
Languages: Hebrew, (Arabic and English documentation; full development planned for the future).
Migrating Birds Know No Boundaries
Concept: Perhaps in a wish to be able fly like a bird, this prize-winning web site reminds us that migrating birds know no boundaries. Israel’s unique location at the junction of three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa, highlights these extraordinary phenomena with some 500 million migrating birds crossing its skies twice a year. The information-rich portal publishes the annual autumn soaring bird migration survey through an interactive map and Israel’s ringing stations.
Language: Hebrew, English, Russian, and some Amharic.
Producers: Yossi Leshem, Director, The International Center for the Study of Bird Migration, Latrun and the Tel-Aviv University & Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel.
Web-based Accessibility Guide in Israel
Concept: Founded in 1999, Access Israel, is a non-profit organisation dedicated to making Israel an accessible place for all. The concept of “accessibility for all” means that every disabled person should participate in society as an equal, dignified, and independent Israeli citizen; in practice, “accessibility for all” means that all public places and services must be accessible to every citizen.
Language: Hebrew, English
Producers: Boaz Ahad Ha’am, Project Manager, Access Israel
Elem Flag of Hope , TLT – Teichman Leshem Technologies
Concept: Some 396,003 lights have been lit so far. At the time of writing 264,144 white lights have been lit and 131,859 blue. Donate 5 shekels by calling *6789 on your cell phone and pressing 5 or *6789 for 10 shekels when you press 10. Your charity will go to youth in distress in Israel. Elem Youth in Distress in Israel is a non profit organization that helps runaways, homeless and neglected Jewish and Arab youth in distress.
The Flag of Hope project, developed by TLT is an innovative, cross-media solution that allows you to donate to an important cause from the motorway, while shopping or on the way to the cinema. By merely dialing four numbers on the cell phone, everyone can light up the massive blue and white flag near the power station in Hadera and make a donation. The small sum grows incrementally as does the flag, and both can be tracked at the Ynet web site at
Producers: Ofer Leshem, Teichman Leshem Technologies
The Design Process
Concept: A technological problem is first of all a question – a question that, once answered, will end a problematic or an undesirable situation.
This online learning environment defines the technological problem in a way that will allow users to discover several alternative solutions. Users are encouraged to ‘name the problem’, ‘identify the need’ and to consequently ‘establish the requirements’. Led through a series of easy to follow steps, users are guided through examples and specific exercises to seek solution for them.
Following the matrix of research, brainstorming, construction and evaluation, users learn to solve day to day technological problems understanding that ‘a technological problem is a question beginning with ‘How’ or, ‘In what way’.
Language: Hebrew, Spanish, English and Russian
Producers: Mr. Dov Kipperman, Curriculum Developer, ORT Israel
Ancient Maps of Jerusalem
The Jewish National & University Library (Shapell Family Digitization Project, Eran Laor Cartographic Collection) and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Dept. of Geography, Historic Cities Project.
Concept: Jerusalem, the holy city of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, has been the focus of numerous volumes of history, chronicles, biblical exegeses, and itineraries. Many of these works include maps and views of the city itself and date back the 17th century. Before the age of printing, maps and other manuscripts of the city were inscribed on vellum, or more rarely created as wall or floor mosaics. Between the 15th and 19th centure, more than 300 maps of Jerusalem have been designed and printed. Ancient Maps of Jerusalem present an archive of beautiful maps The digital images can be explored using an online magnifying glass.
Producer: Prof. Elhanan Adler, Deputy Director for Information Technology, Jewish National Library