Innovative Technology & Curriculum in Education
Gordon Academic College is leading Israeli Colleges of Education in integrating technology and pedagogy. Our students acquire a comprehensive education that includes up-to-date and innovative technological methodologies relevant to the 21st century. Our goal is for our students to become ambassadors of innovation and change in the schools where they will work. We combine the use of a variety of technologies with fostering innovative and creative thinking.
Gordon Academic College provides our B.Ed. students with iPads as a learning tool that is used in their own practical and training experience. In addition, we offer many courses that combine a variety of innovative technologies including hundreds of applications, augmented reality and virtual reality, sensors, 3D printing and more. In addition, Gordon has established an immersive room which promotes learning through all the senses, and is especially suited for special education.
Gordon Academic College’s curriculum is continually being developed according to our changing world. Strategic collaborations with technological companies, such as Apple, Google, Microsoft and others contributes to this process: our academic staff is exposed to the latest technologies and receives training that provides them with the ability to implement these methods in their teaching. Gordon College of Education’s faculty members attend international educational conventions and conferences that present new innovative technology and trends. They bring state of the art international cutting edge technologies to higher education in Israel in order to advance the development of teacher training for the future.
Gordon Academic College's name resonates both inside and outside of the country. Every year we are pleased to host academic and diplomatic delegations from around the world for innovative professional development workshops. In addition, we are visited by supervisors, principals and teachers from all over the country who attend our workshops in order to modernize their schools and professional development.
Simulation-based learning is a method of instruction that is integrated into various academic courses, where students can experience authentic situations via classroom simulations. Simulations allow students to play various roles, such as teachers, students, principals, parents and other stakeholders. The controlled scenarios present different dilemmas taken from their professional world. The simulations take place in specially designed rooms with high quality cameras that record the scenario enabling group discussions, analysis and learning. Through our Simulation Center our students experience an intellectual learning environment that is practical, challenging and inspiring that help develop a professional and personal teaching identity.
Our futuristic learning spaces are designed to provide a unique learning experience based on the new trends in the field. These spaces encourage students to think creatively through digital teaching aids, changing the perception of traditional classroom methodologies. These spaces includes: areas to create animated clips, to experience augmented reality, to program and use 3D printer and more. There is also a special room for immersive learning, where the physical classroom expands to a world without limits. The students can for example, feel what it is like to fly into space, visit a safari in Africa, or explore ancient Rome. All this is done by combining a variety of senses: smell, hearing, perception, through which learning becomes very tangible and experiential.
Mistake-based learning is a new and innovative teaching method that relates to student’s making ‘mistakes’ in class curriculum and learning from those mistakes. The method invites students to acknowledge their mistakes - not by simply correcting them - but by investigating the ‘mistake’, and thereby helping the student reach a deeper understanding of the learning material. The mistake-based-learning (MBL) teaching method is integrated into several of Gordon Academic College’s courses, and is an integral part of the Center for Excellence in Teaching. In MBL, students are encouraged to participate in unique and experiential activities that allow them the freedom to experience failure as part of the learning process. The staff of the Center conduct seminars and workshops aimed at encouraging lecturers to incorporate MBL in their courses.