LEAVE THE TABLET ENGAGE WITH KNITTING

Today since children come across technological appliances like tablets, mobile phones, computer in early age they have serious negative impacts related to physical, psychological and social problems besides values. If children busy themselves with these technological tools for a long time, they become unhappy, impatient, aggressive, intolerable, and ill-tempered.

. Knitting as one of traditional handcrafts was realized practically with the chosen 5th grade students in order to bring to light our human values that are passing into oblivion. Since knitting has really many positive impacts on people. Children who are knitting feel happy, peaceful, calm and relieved; besides during and after knitting activity their concentration level increases and they feel proud, also they become mutually more tolerable and sensible so their valuable attitudes as it has been emphasized above develop. Students also produce two kinds of products as scarves, pencil boxes with this activity. They felt proud and enjoyed via presenting these products that they produced as hand work to their friends from other classes so they internalized the amazing feeling of giving a gift to someone as one of our marvelous values.  

We believe if we initiate these kinds of projects to be implemented in our schools, we will be able to succeed to make our students distract serious negative impacts of technology on children so we can enrich our students with crucial values all over.                                   

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Mobile Application to detect battery powered/electrical wheel chairs charging stations

  This developed mobile application programme is prepared for physically handicapped people to reach the closest wheelchair charging station easily and fleetly from the place they are in order to make physically handicapped people’s life easier. The mobile programming was prepared in Hybrid language and during the preparation process it was benefited from the html5, JavaScript, .NET and MsSql Server libraries on the application   Adobe Phone gap / Cordova. Also, this application has a web-based control panel. The application could be downloaded free from Google Store for Android systems. Today this programme could be reachable for all physically handicapped people for the sake of actively used mobile phones. In the content of the application, it could be possible to find the closest charging station. Besides, it would be possible to inform inactive charging station and remove this inactive station from the system. It can be possible to take the address of the stations from Yandex maps. At the same time, it was designed to be developed by all the users with smart learning. Owing to this feature, new stations could be included in the database easily. This application presents the opportunity to upload the station that the users realize to the system at once if they also detect the inexact station they can inform the system about this station. By means of technology, the application could keep itself up-to-date in the world that the needs could be changeable at any time.

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Inclusion and gender

The students of The Summer Youth University were taking the summer semester during very interesting days; the LGBT community was protesting – demanding equal surrogacy rights for gay men. Tens of thousands of men and women came to Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square to protest and back the community – and the issue became prominent in Israeli society.  The young students felt the need to talk about inclusion.

The main themes of the discussion:

Questions:

What will the future look like, from social and the technological perspective?
How will we experience the gender and inclusion problem in our future?
How will our ideas solve this problem in the future?

Things to think about:

 

Raising awareness by using TV and internet series and content.
Campaign that must “conquer the hearts of the people”
Education and inclusion
Why are we being indoctrinated to use stereotypes from an early age?
Mass media representation
Surrogacy rights – what is the meaning and why does it matter
Breaking the social stigmas

Why are certain names fitting only to one gender

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The refugees problem and the future

The students of Tel Aviv Summer University took a tour to the south of Tel Aviv city – where a lot of disadvantaged communities live. They learned about problems of the refugee’, the newcomers to the neighborhood, and of the host population.

Using the future wheel method, which they have practiced while being led by Dr. Tal Soffer, head of the unit for technology and society foresight (TSF) at Tel Aviv University, they tried to understand what would be the expression of the problem in the future.

The discussion started with the understanding that developments in transportation have led to a situation in which migration is sometimes easier, and the developments in communications and consumerism have led to raising awareness among populations to the gap between them and the developed countries. All of these are increasing the desire to emigrate. Then, they wrote the headline “Refugees – The Young Generation”, and the arrows from the headline point to the words “Poverty”, “Connection to Israelis”, “Crime”, “Overcrowding”, “Employment” and “Education”. The word “Overcrowding” was associated with the word “Higher Education” (in the context of innovative housing solutions) and the word “Employment” was linked to the words “Robots” and “Unemployment”.

Then, they figured out that the solution is education, so they had written the word “Education” and the arrows pointed to the words: “Budget,” “Socialization”, “Language”, “Computer Science”, “Motivation”, “Exact sciences”. They also examined various aspects of the question of socialization.

 

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Segregation versus understanding

Like some of their colleagues, the members of this team (young high school students, who came to Tel Aviv university in order to take the summer semester), also chose to deal with the idea of “The 4 Israeli tribes” – the four main cultural groups that Israel is disintegrating into: the ultra-Orthodox Jews, the national religious Jewish sector, the Arab sector and the secular Jewish sector. The young students came from different sectors, from cities and villages in the social and geographic periphery of Israel.

Trying to find a way to deliver the message that “we are different but we are also the same”, the students wanted to figure out what are the various implications of this issue, nowadays and in the future.

They have used a future wheel to analyze the different aspects of the segregation between Arabs and Jews.

The future wheel of the group expresses their will to focus on education, thus you can see that they wrote “The 4 Israeli Tribes” and the word was connecting the phrase to “education”. Then, they wrote the branches: Different agenda, teachers, awareness, language, knowledge about the other’s culture, and segregation.

They also wrote their initial idea about creating an app that is aiming to encourage informal meetings between sectors, based on common interests.

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Sustainability and environment -future wheel

These young students of the Tel Aviv youth university – a project that enables high school students from Israel’s geographic periphery, most of whom are the first in their families who enroll in higher education – to have an academic semester at Tel Aviv University, were concerned about our environment. However, they were also inspired by their research tour, in which they saw a variety of solutions both at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University and on the roof of one of Tel Aviv’s big malls – two buildings that implement principles of sustainability. They also have discussed the issue with Prof. Colin Price, the head of the Porter School of Environmental Studies.

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The socio-economic gap

On their educational tour from the poverty of south Tel Aviv to the high-tech and the most developed and rich part of the city, the students of the Tel Aviv Youth University – a project which enables periphery high-school students to have an academical semester in the university – decided to deal with the social-economic gap.

**In the picture: Tel Aviv, bottom-up, rags to riches: the building of Facebook Israel, as caught from street level by the camera of one young guide during the tour**

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The socio-economic gap

On their educational tour from the poverty of south Tel Aviv to the high-tech and the most developed and rich part of the city, the students of the Tel Aviv Youth University – a project which enables periphery high-school students to have an academical semester in the university – decided to deal with the social-economic gap.

**In the picture: Tel Aviv, bottom-up, rags to riches: the building of Facebook Israel, as caught from street level by the camera of one young guide during the tour**

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The “4 Israeli tribes” – tolerance and the cleavages between the Israeli groups


The members of this team, from Tel Aviv Youth University – a project which enables periphery high-school students to have an academical semester in the university, were inspired by a lecture discussing the idea of “The 4 Israeli tribes” – a phrase that was coined by the President of Israel to modify a four groups that Israel is disintegrating into: the ultra-Orthodox, the national religious, the Arab sector and the secular Jewish sector. The young students, Arabs and Jews, religious and secular, who succeeded in bridging the gaps and disagreements – studying and living together – wanted to express the idea that there is another way.

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A special presentation of the WYRED project

A major milestone for The Tel Aviv Summer University  program was achieved as the young students presented their projects in their graduation ceremony.
The program was led by Dr. Tal Soffer, head of The unit for technology and society foresight (TSF) at Tel Aviv University, and the Youth Summer University’s staff. The students were exposed to various issues related to the digital society in the present and in the future, focusing on the Israeli society. It was done through various tours in relevant places and lectures about different subjects. Following that, the students were asked to identify a problem that would be important in the year 2030, to explore it, analyze, and propose creative solutions that will engage with large audiences and reach the decision makers. The work was done in teams where the students could express their opinion in a moderated dialog.

During the graduation ceremony the WYRED project was presented, and the students showcased their projects to a wide audience including (no : necessary) senior representatives from  the Israeli Ministry of Education, researchers from Tel Aviv University, visitors from the third sector, educators and the families of the participants. 
You can have a small glimpse of two scenes video clip from one of the team projects, which deals with the refugees issue:

(Shown in the picture above : The young students are standing in front of a slide that says “Thank you” in a special font that combines letters in Hebrew and Arabic).

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