Jane Antiola’s knowledge in educational technology paved the way for her to become a teacher at St. Columban College High School in Mindanao, earning for her an award in recognition of her highly creative way of using a learning management system in presenting instructional materials and conducting instructional activities. However, she believes that there is a need to improve her knowledge and further her skill as a 21st century teacher in order for her to meet the needs of today’s learners.
Antiola went to a series of summer classes and workshops for the whole week last April—but instead of a teacher, she was there as a student. Usual summer classes and workshops are meant for advance learning to give insights on certain topics. Antiola, together with over a hundred educators from various parts of the country, attended Miriam College’s Summer Institute on Technology in Education (SITE) from April 18 to 22. The workshops aim to educate participants on matters concerning today’s digitally dependent learners to better understand them and to catch on to new age tools that support 21st century teaching and learning.
SITE, a five-day certification training and workshop, has been engaging educators as well as administrators, librarians, and IT and media specialists in a highly interactive environment which gives emphasis on educational technology—for four years now—as a part of innovation and to bring forth their creativity.
SITE offered four courses this year and each of these courses fit the need of participants on areas that are of interest to them. Course 1 focused on implementing the tablet PC-based education; Course 2 was about developing and adapting digital and mobile applications; Course 3 explored instructional design and supervision of a digital learning environment; and Course 4 shed light on cyber ethics and digital law.
SITE is a collaboration between Miriam College and Bato Balani Foundation Inc. (BBFI) with the participation of Diwa Learning Systems Inc, the country’s leading provider of K-12 educational resources, and the one that introduced Genyo, the Philippines’ first and only fully-integrated online learning management system on Basic Education.
To learn more about BBFI and Diwa, visit www.batobalanifoundation.org.ph and www.diwa.ph, or email email@example.com.