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Philippines: Public School Teacher Tops ICT Training
Source: globalnation.inquirer.net
Source Date: Monday, November 29, 2010
Focus: Citizen Engagement, Internet Governance
Country: Philippines
Created: Nov 29, 2010

GRADUATING at the top of an advanced ICT-integrated training program for teachers, Faith Lalaine Lopez, 30, said she has improved her ability to lead her students to more opportunities of fulfilling their dreams.

Lopez teaches English at Consolacion National High School in Consolacion town, northern Cebu.

In a batch of 97 teachers from the Central Visayas, Lopez emerged valedictorian in the Global Filipino Teachers (GFT) program, a six-day Information and Communications Technology (ICT)-integrated training program conducted by Globe Telecommunications, in cooperation with the Cebu-based Coalition for Better Education, to enhance classroom teaching.

The GFT program uses the project-based learning (PBL) approach, which involves research, discussion and exchange of ideas to arrive at solutions to problems.

Faith’s team tackled the issue of malnutrition in the GFT sessions.

“We gathered facts. Each participant was assigned to different tasks,” she said.

She said they interviewed, made slogans, and invited speakers on the topic of malnutrition.

Faith has been applying the PBL approach in her lessons and she observed that the students learned more.

“Before, they just surf the Web without checking. Now, they also have to look for articles that are reliable, making the activities more fun. They do storytelling,” Lopez said.

Launched in September 2009 with teachers from Cebu, Bohol and Negros Oriental, the GFT is a holistic teacher enhancement program focusing on ICT-enabled learning processes.
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