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Sunday, February 05, 2006

Campuswatch: ICT education integration seen to transform teaching methods

ICT education integration seen
to transform teaching methods

for Campuswatch

With the vision of initiating radical change in teaching methodologies among Philippine schools through the Information and Communications Technology education curriculum, Computer Assisted Learning initiated a half-day forum dubbed “Transforming Philippine schools through ICT education.”
Close to a hundred participants composed of principals, school administrators and supervisors, as well as computer education teachers from Cebu towns and component cities gathered for the forum at the Conference Hall C of SM City Cebu last January 27.
The forum was a look into a mode of integrating ICT, with the use of multi-media technologies, into the basic education curriculum and was conducted to give principals, school directors and computer teachers, ideas on how to assess whether their schools are ICT-ready.
With the fast pace and quick turnover of technology and the high cost of hardware investment, the forum posed a question on whether the school’s ICT curriculum is updated or outdated, and if it is responsive to the growing requirements of the industry’s digital workplace.
It carries the agenda of revolutionizing education through ICT by learning what it means to have a defined ICT curriculum, and on how a school can maximize the potential of the existing hardware and software. And in the process make ICT education a rewarding experience for faculty staff and students.
The CAL Integration Program offers schools a comprehensive ICT education curriculum, student’s textbooks, training, and licensed software.
CAL assistant director/assistant vice president Josephine Manaplad opened the forum with an explanation that CAL is a subsidiary of Informatics and is one of the world’s leading international computer schools for students ages 4 to 16, and for adult beginners as well. And that the ICT plays a vital role in almost every aspect of life, recognizing the need to train people at a younger age so that they can become better equipped for the ICT needs of the workplace in a technology-driven economy.
Jesus Huenda, OIC assistant chief, Curriculum Development Division, Bureau of Secondary Education at the Department of Education in his lecture on “DepEd issues and strategies for ICT in education” offered the CAL EdICT package in spiral curriculum and terminal books determined to provide a set of the ICT curriculum courseware per grade or year level.
The courseware includes a teacher’s manual, syllabus, course outline, lesson plan and textbook and or handouts and activity sheets. The curriculum would be regularly reviewed and updated, in step with dynamic changes in the ICT field.
Course materials covers topics such as basic word processing skills, manipulating documents, and mail document merging that will ensure pupils the proper way of working with a word processor.
Topics such as manipulating spreadsheets, data handling and table handling are seen to help the pupils build the necessary skills to build a meaningful data spreadsheet. Meanwhile, topics on animations, transitions and illustrative charts can aid pupils in developing meaningful audio-visual presentations.
Exploring ICT in databases is seen to enable the pupils gain essential skills such as building forms, creating queries and developing data formats to generate a productive database. Other materials include the study of Macromedia Flash wherein students can design unique and amazing audio-visual content; Macromedia Dreamweaver that allows students to construct remarkable content for the Web.
The CAL Integration Program offers schools a comprehensive ICT education curriculum, student’s textbooks, training, and licensed software. Dr. Judiana Corriente, OIC assistant division school superintendent of the Division of Cebu Province graced the forum and gave her reaction on the CAL EdICT program which is seen to bring to a higher level the creativity and resourcefulness of both educators and students here. – Maria Eleanor Elape Valeros

4/26/2006 11:21:00 AM | Anonymous Leody said....   

Would you know where I can get data on schools with internet connection?