Peres seeks a Guinness record
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Peres seeks a Guinness record

President to deliver online course to 6,500 Israeli students simultaneously; Guinness World Records official heads to Israel to monitor

Marissa Newman is The Times of Israel political correspondent.

John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems Inc., meets with President Shimon Peres (left) prior to the opening of the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem on June 18, 2013. (photo credit: Mark Neyman/GPO/Flash90)
John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems Inc., meets with President Shimon Peres (left) prior to the opening of the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem on June 18, 2013. (photo credit: Mark Neyman/GPO/Flash90)

President Shimon Peres hopes to break a Guinness world record for delivering the largest online civics course on Thursday morning. The lecture, which is set to start at 10:15 a.m., will be broadcast to over 6,500 students in 215 high school classrooms throughout the country.

Senior Vice President of Guinness World Records Marco Frigatti will arrive in Israel to monitor the proceedings.

The initiative will be run by Cisco Video Technologies Israel Ltd., in collaboration with the Amal vocational school network. Cisco is using the opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of its communications technologies and their potential for online education.

Last June, an Israeli designer broke another Guinness world record involving Peres by assembling a massive 6,000-coffee-cup mosaic of the president’s face at the Tel Aviv port.

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