Empowering 21st century educators

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Jane Antiola, a teacher at St. Columban College High School in Mindanao, is no stranger to educational technology. In fact, she recently received an award for her highly creative way of using a learning management system in presenting instructional materials and conducting instructional activities. But being a 21st century teacher that she is, Antiola knows that she must continuously upgrade her knowledge and expand her skills in order to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s learners.

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 Participants of the Summer Institute on Technology in Education (SITE), with the Managing Director of Diwa Learning Systems Inc. Elma Ropeta (front row, 3rd from left) and the Director for Basic Education and High School Principal of Miriam College, Edizon Fermin, PhD (front row; 8th from left)

Participants of the Summer Institute on Technology in Education (SITE), with the Managing Director of Diwa Learning Systems Inc. Elma Ropeta (front row, 3rd from left) and the Director for Basic Education and High School Principal of Miriam College, Edizon Fermin, PhD (front row; 8th from left)

So for a whole week this summer, Antiola went to a series of summer classes and workshops. But she didn’t go there to teach; she went there to learn. Summer classes and workshops are typically meant to help students gain some advance learning, so that’s exactly what happened.

Antiola, together with more than a hundred educators from various parts of the country, attended Miriam College’s Summer Institute on Technology in Education (SITE) to better understand today’s digitally dependent learners, and to discover new tools that support 21st century teaching and learning.

For four year years now, SITE, a five-day certification training and workshop, immerses educators like Antiola as well as administrators, librarians, and IT and media specialists in a highly interactive environment that highlights educational technology as an exciting area of innovation while also bringing out the participants’ creativity.

SITE offers courses that meet the particular need or interest of every participant. This year, it offered four courses. Course one focused on implementing the tablet PC-based education; course two was about developing and adapting digital and mobile applications; course three explored instructional design and supervision of a digital learning environment; and course four shed light on cyber ethics and digital law.

SITE is a partnership between Miriam College and Bato Balani Foundation Inc. (BBFI) with the support 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.

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