Gen San Teachers trained in ICT Integration

Public school teacher ICT training was conducted by USAID's Growth with
Equity in Mindanao (GEM) Program and Microsoft, teachers in areas of
Mindanao affected by poverty and conflict are now better equipped to
pass on information and communication technology (ICT) skills to a new
generation of students.

The five-day Digital Literacy and ICT Integration training program held
recently in General Santos City included 130 teacher-participants from
South Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, Tacurong City and North
Cotabato, all of them with little or no background in computers.

The first training module covered basic computer maintenance and
digital skills using the Internet and software such as Microsoft Word,
Powerpoint and Excel, while the second focused on integrating ICT into
classroom teaching. The eager participants found their newly-acquired
skills exciting--and liberating.

"We learned how to use Microsoft Excel for preparing grading lists and
matrices," said Romel Gulac, IT Coordinator of Centrala National High
School. Since 2002, the GEM Program has supported the Philippine
government's efforts to improve digital literacy in Mindanao education
by providing schools in conflict-affected areas with computers,
software and Internet access, through its Computer Literacy and
Internet Connection (CLIC) project.

The teachers trained in General Santos were all from CLIC and EASE partner schools.

This training was the latest activity in a longstanding partnership between Microsoft and GEM, Adiong said.


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