Hidalgo: 1st National ICT Summit of DepEd

THE summit was held from February 27 to 28 in Paranaque City. According to Secretary Leonor Briones, the summit is on the future plan concerning "Digital Transformation for the KID (K to 12) plus ALS (Alternative Learning System), ICT (Information and Communication Technology), and DepEd." The summit served as a venue to tackle information and pressing matters that will help in the success of the ICT for the whole country.

Prior to this summit, there were a series of regional summits. All their reports are compiled and the agenda of the national summit was based on their reports. ICT will start the culture of sharing and collaboration of ICT in teaching. Learning and governance.

Discussed in the summit were the ICT masterplan. This includes integrating technology with classroom teaching methods in the Philippine context. Among these are the following -- educational technology leadership for the K to 12 Program; digital citizenship, cyber security, and data privacy; educational tools for the 21st century classrooms; and robotics and education. Sounds Greek to all of us. Precisely, that is the reason for this summit.

This brought to mind an incident in my life some years back when I wrote a book on education. Title is "For The Filipino Teacher -- Tips on How to Teach Effectively -- A Description of 60 Teaching Methods." This book was approved as reference text for Bachelor for Science in Education. It had several reprints to meet the demands. My book described methods from the simplest, traditional teacher-pupil or student interaction. How to use it; its merits and disadvantages. The last unit in my book is surprisingly a dream scenario of the ICT, which is a reality now. I am so happy about this. I remember this.

When a student memorized the contents of a book then reproduce it in the test paper, she gets a good passing grade. Sad, because this did not even include a reaction or an impression on his mind. There is no thought process.

My granddaughter went to a private school, graduated with honors but she got a "culture shock" when she studied as a scholar in the DOST Philippine Science High School in Davao. The method of instruction is all personal thought processing and so challenging. If not for her natural intelligence she could had failed. Her voluminous text books were of college level when I saw them. You see. That is why my expounding on my column today is an inspiration for me. Remembering that education is not just a diploma; it is a preparation for one's success in life.

Going back to my ICT merits. Now, I am so glad about the future products of the system. This is "education for life."

Tesda is the best example for this. There are thousands of applicants for admission. They give preference to out-of-school youth who are adept to manual efficiency in learning. For ICT, there are demands from provinces like Antipolo City, Cabarzon. They delight and are inspired by the spirit of achievement, of discovering the power of maturation to build school essence, morale, and camaraderie; and foundations for the future.

CAL (Computer Assisted Learning Corporation) is adapting ICT now. Additional features of ICT are fully explained in Culture OFI CT Excellence, ONE DepEd, and Tayo Para Sa Edukasyon. With the success of ICT, we will see the outmoded character of education in our country which badly need renovation. For comments, text mobile no. 09202112534.
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