Bohol high school gets ICT program for teachers

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By Nikka Garriga

BILAR, BOHOL – A secondary school in this town of Bohol has been chosen as pilot site for a program that trains teachers on how to integrate technology in their daily duties.

Bilar National High School will be the first to experience the Global Filipino Teachers (GFT) Program innovative module following an evaluation which focused on school management, teacher and student development and potential to forge partnerships with the community stakeholders for sustainable development projects.

The GFT is an intensive 54-hour, six-day training program which focuses on the use of integrated communications technology (ICT) in classroom instruction and the use of project-based learning approaches.

It aims to transform public high schools into certified and equipped ICT centers of excellence to provide access to quality education.

Thirty two-year old Armand Lagria is among the school’s instructors who will be placed under the GFT training program.

A Technology and Livelihood Education teacher, Lagria will also be a peer coach who will be training other teachers on new instructional methods using ICT integration in his school district.

“Implementation and training will first be done at the school level before we move to the district level. We’ll also introduce the program to the school division to influence more schools,” he says.

The main goal of the program, according to Rob Nazal of Globe Corporate Social Responsibility, is to create a ripple effect among the community with its establishment in Bilar.

“More than just the physical infrastructure, we are helping build a community of leaders—of principals, teachers, and community heads who will be trained on mentoring, collaborative learning, effective leadership and ICT tools for student assessment and school management,” he explains.

The ICT model school is equipped with wired and wireless Internet connection and, multi-media peripherals all inside an energy-efficient and environment-friendly building.

(Photo courtesy of Globe Telecom)

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