Newsfeature: La Union school picked as model IT learning center
By Jessie R. Valdez
San Fernando City, La Union (3 September) -- Computers have become a valuable educational tool wherein teaching and learning process was enhanced with the integration of multi-media presentations and use of computer-aided instruction.
Evelyn T. Lopico, DepEd ICT Coordinator in La Union said this is a part of the Cyber Education Project of the Arroyo administration aimed at bringing satellite-based distance learning technology through internet connectivity.
In La Union, DepEd has been partly implementing the Personal Computer for Public Schools (PCPS) program funded by the provincial government of La Union and the Ayala Foundation.
Known as Gearing Up Internet Literacy and Access for Students (GILAS), the program provides computers to public schools which enhances the growth and development of students to meet the challenges and opportunities of a fast changing technological society.
Lopico said that the ICT-Computer Program for High Schools in La Union were funded by the Japan Government, Department of Science & Technology (DOST) in cooperation with the Provincial Government of La Union, Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) and DepEd.
While technology in education is an important part of DepEd's current reform efforts that included the Personal Computers for Public Schools Program (PCPS) which provides computers to public schools and the implementation of technology-based initiatives in cooperation with various private sector partners, Lopico disclosed that based from their PCPS List of recipient schools report 2001-2007, there are 60 computer units distributed to 54 selected schools particularly in remote areas throughout the province.
For the enhancement of teachers to be competent / computer literate, technology assisted as well as to be prepared for the ICT program, they attended trainings/seminars and some of these were: Continuing Studies via Technology (CONSTEC), ICT training on Computer-Aided Instruction (CAI), use of VCD's as teaching-learning tool, and just recently a training on Web Page Tech & ICT Integration held in Baguio by Smart Schools Program while GILAS will also conduct the 2nd batch training on PC Maintenance and Local Area Network Administration for Public Secondary High Schools this coming September, 2007.
The ICT education technology trainings and implementation of the program, Lopico cited Don Eulogio De Guzman Memorial National High School (DGMNHS) in Bauang this province as a model on the ICT program.
Lopico said students have performed well because of IT integration and use of computer-aided instruction.
The PC lab in the DGMNHS is indispensable to the achievements of both students and teachers because it is the haven of all the needed information that each one need to know in performing at the highest level that's why, said school is the only recipient of headset and webcam enjoying a one year free broadband internet connection from Smart School Program," Lopico said.
"The school is also considered as the Center for Trainings/Seminars because of the schools strategic location in serving both the 2 Cogressional districts and the community. (PIA La Union) [top]