TCSS Team Leaders

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דני בן-צבי

Yael Kali is a professor of technology-enhanced learning at the Technologies in Education Graduate Program, Faculty of Education, University of Haifa, and the director of the Learning In a NetworKed Society (LINKS) Israeli Center of Research Excellence (I-CORE)(2012-2018), and the Taking Citizen Science to School (TCSS) research center (2017-2022).


Together with her students of the TEL Design group  she studies the role of design, and design principles for supporting Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), and for teacher professional development, in a Teachers as Designers (TaD) approach.


Kali has been a faculty member at the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology at the Technion (2003-2010), and a Co-Principal Investigator at the Technology Enhanced Learning in Science (TELS) centre (2005-2010), headquartered at the University of California, Berkeley. She has also served as a visiting scholar at the Centre for Research on Computer Supported Learning & Cognition (CoCo) in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney (2010-2011), and at the School of Education, and Institute of Cognitive Science at Colorado University, Boulder (2018).


Since 2012, Kali has been serving as an Associate Editor for the journal Instructional Science.

Prof. Yael Kali

Prof. Tali Tal is a professor at the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology at the Technion where she is a faculty member since 2000. She is the president of NARST, A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning Through Research. Prof. Tal chairs the Israeli Ministry of Education Professional Committee of Environmental Sciences, and in the past, she served on the boards of directors of the Israeli Society for the Protection of Nature and the Israeli Society for Ecology and Environmental Sciences. Her research focus on bridging environmental and science education and school and out-of-school learning environments. She studies inquiry and project-based science and learning with controversial socioscientific issues. She published 60 papers in peer-review journals and many book chapters on those topics. Tal serves as editorial board member of few journals and was an associate editor of the leading science education journal, Journal of Research in Science Teaching. Tal is a consultant of CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University, where she provides support for few programs. She was PI of three ISF funded research projects. She served as a visiting scholar at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley (2007-2008) and at Michigan State University (2014-2015). She is now a PI of the Excellence Center Taking Citizen Science to School.

Prof. Tali Tal

Prof. Dani Ben-Zvi is the head of the Learning, Instruction and Teacher Education Department, founder of the Educational Technologies Graduate Program, and member of the Mathematics Education Department in the Faculty of Education, the University of Haifa, Israel. Dani is a leading international scholar in statistics education focusing on developing young students' statistical reasoning. He has a lifetime of experience working with learning communities. He designs and studies technology-enhanced learning communities as means to make complex domains such as statistics and learning sciences more accessible to learners. Currently, he is a member of two Research Excellence Centers in Israel: LINKS that examines learning in a networked society in inter-disciplinary ways, and TCSS that study citizen science as means for enhancing students’ scientific and statistical literacies.

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Prof. Dani Ben-Zvi

Ayelet Baram-Tsabari is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology at the Technion (B.Sc. Tel Aviv University, Ph.D. Weizmann Institute of Science, Marie Curie Fellow Cornell University). Prof. Baram-Tsabari founded the Israeli Science Communication Conference series, she is an elected member of the Israel Young Academy, and an elected member of the scientific committee of Public Communication of Science and Technology Network, which aims to improve science communication. Ayelet was a member of the Israeli Center of Research Excellence (I-CORE) on “Learning in a Networked Society” and now is a member of the “Taking Citizen Science to School” center.

Ayelet’s research focuses on bridging science education and science communication scholarship; identifying people’s interests in science; building on people’s authentic interests in science to teach and communicate science in more meaningful and personally relevant ways; and supporting scientists in becoming effective science communicators to enable publics to use evidence in order to make informed individual and social decisions. She also finds that science curricula usually don’t answer science questions that students are interested in, such as where exactly does fat go when you lose weight? As such, her research examines ways in which non-scientists use science knowledge in their everyday lives, and the usefulness of science education for non-scientists. See Full publication list and Google Scholar profile here.

Prof. Ayelet Baram-Tsabari

Dr. Yotam Hod is a lecturer (equiv. Asst Prof.) within the Technologies in Education Graduate Program, Faculty of Education, University of Haifa, director of the Future Learning Spaces of the LINKS Israeli Center of Research Excellence (I-CORE)(2016-2021), and PI in the Taking Citizen Science to School (TCSS) research center (2017-2022). Recently, Dr. Hod was awarded a prestigious Marie Curie Global Fellowship from the European Commission investigating students’ identities as knowledge builders. He teachers courses at the BA and MA levels on topics like the Future of Education and Learning Communities, and supervises numerous students on related research questions.


Dr. Hod’s research is primarily concerned with technology-enhanced learning communities. He has several ongoing lines of research investigating (a) the way individual participants transform their practices and identities as they become more meaning, central members; (b) the way groups work through failures or difficulties inherent and close collaboration; and (c) how to design spaces that support the type of collective knowledge building work of communities.


In addition to these lines of research, Dr. Hod enjoys exploring all sorts of innovative learning technologies and pedagogies. He currently runs a project exploring how the Augmented Reality Sandbox (AR Sandbox) supports the development of students spatial thinking, topographical competence, and navigational abilities.

Dr. Yotam Hod

Research coordinator of the at the Taking Citizen science to School center. Ornit holds a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Education in Technology and Science, an MBA in Industrial Engineering, and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. In addition to her thirteen years of experience as a software engineer in the Israeli and American high-tech industry, she has taught computer science in high-schools, graduate courses in technology-enhanced learning at the University of Haifa and the Weizmann Institute.

Dr. Ornit Sagi

מרכז המצויינות המחקרית מדע אזרחי בבית הספר הינו מרכז בין-אוניברסיטאי הכולל חוקרים מאוניברסיטת חיפה והטכניון. המרכז הוקם באוקטובר 2017 כאחד מחמשת מרכזי המצויינות המחקרית לקידום למידה משמעותית במימון הקרן הלאומית למדע ומשרד החינוך, והוא מהווה אחד מאפיקי ההמשך של מרכז המצויינות למידה בחברת המידע LINKS I-CORE.