Dr. Zvia Elgali

Head of the 'Technology in Education' Unit

E-mail: zvia.elgali@weizmann.ac.il

Dr. Zvia Elgali is the director of the Educational Technology Unit at the Davidson Institute, the educational arm of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Dr. Elgali acquired a PhD in Science, Technology and Society Program from the Interdisciplinary Studies Unit at Bar-Ilan University. Her dissertation, titled "Educational Technology Policy in Israel during the years 1980-2000: Trends, Reforms and National Challenges" discusses development of the use of technology in the Israeli educational system.
Since then, she has written academic papers and participated in conferences on development of policies and learning programs in technology-rich environments, as well as on design of digital learning processes in cultural contexts.

Dr. Elgali was a science teacher in junior high school for several years. She has been involved in developing study material and learning processes in technology-rich environments for 25 years in different institutions, such as the Ministry of Education, the Center for Educational Technology and Israel Internet Association, where she directed a team for development of educational programs in the community and national programs for promoting digital culture.
In 2011, Dr. Elgali joined the Graduate Program for Technology in Education at Kibbutzim College of Education, where she gives a number of courses: a course for training educators on leading educational entrepreneurship and innovation in educational systems; a course in developing critical thinking towards technology in general, and especially technology in education; and a course about promoting digital culture in education. In addition, she is a member of the center for social-educational entrepreneurship at the college.