LVHS Teachers attend series of Seminars

In order to enhance their skills and  to upgrade their knowledge to the new technologies being integrated in today’s high school curriculum, the school sent teachers in the persons of Ms. Alma T. Café and Mrs. Dalisay C. Estabillo  to attend the SSP ICT Integration Training on Discovering and Creating Digital Communities conducted at Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City last May 26 to 28,2008 . The said training was sponsored by Smart Schools Program which aims to help teachers in making their lessons in class more creative, alive and meaningful through the use of the new technology – computer and internet. The trainees were taught how to mine the internet, create web blogs, and produce a digital photo storytelling and to make a power point presentation using Marvin, the new animation software. ict

            After the three day seminar, Ms. Café and Mrs. Estabillo attended another workshop on Web-based Community Mapping Tools which was still sponsored by Smart Schools Program held at the same venue last May 29 to 30,2008. This time they were joined by Mrs. Elfleda C. Dionio. The main objective of the workshop is to create a school website wherein teachers and students will conduct a community-based research for the purpose of taking action or affecting social change.

Last September 10 to 11, 2008, Ms. Alma Café, a computer educator and ICT trainer for Davao Oriental attended the 3rd National ICTs in basic Education Congress held at Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City, organized by DepEd, Foundation for IT Education and Development, Inc. (FIT-ED), and University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU).

This year’s theme was “Teaching the net Generation: Curriculum, pedagogy, and the challenge of 21st Century Learning”. The Congress generally aims to look at new developments and emerging trends across the country in the use of ICTs as teaching and learning tools, what methods have worked and why, and the extent to which we have been able to use ICTs to help our students master core content, communicate effectively, think critically, collaborate with one another, and create their own knowledge products.

Distinguished speakers and guests were Roberto R. Romulo (Chairman Foundation for It Education and Development), Grace J. Alfonso (Chancellor, University of the Philippines Open University), Jesli Lapus (Secretary, DepEd), Jesus L. R. Mateo (Assistant Secretary, DepEd), Philip Wong (Associate Professo and Divisional Director of Academic Computing and Information Services, National Institute of Education, Singapore), Jan Herrington (Associate Professor, the University of Wollongong, Australia), Patricia B. Arinto ( Associate Professor, University of the Philippines Open University), Nemah N. Hermosa (Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs – UPOU), Teresita G. Incion (Assistant Secretary, DepEd), and Victoria L. Tinio (Executive Director, Foundation for IT Education and Development) and among others.

Demonstration Sessions were conducted along with educators in order to introduce the features and functionalities of the teacher’s workspace, use this application to create original teacher assessment tools from scratch and show how sample assessment tools from the Assessment Library may be modified to support teacher’s assessment of thinking skills, processes, products and performances.    

Another batch of teachers were sent for another training on Drop out Reduction Program (DORP) Implementation held last November 3 to 7,2008 at Cebu Business Hotel, Cebu City .The teachers who attended the training were Mrs. Trifina F. Simo, Mrs. Josefina Arbol, Mrs. Mary Jean Alterado, Mrs. Allen A. Rodriguez and Mrs. Doris D. Macarona. The purpose of the training were to reduce, if not totally eliminate school dropout, increase retention rate, increase significantly the achievement level of the students-at-risk of Dropping Out (SARDO)., retrieve learners who are out of school, increase the capability o schools to establish, implement, monitor, evaluate and continuously improve the DORP, design and continuously improve DORP practices and learning materials and benchmark the best DORP practices.

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