3 communities of learning get fund grants from Intel

The Department of Education (DepEd), the Foundation for Information Technology Education and Development (FIT-ED), Intel Philippines and the University of the Philippines National Institute of Science and Mathematics Education Development (UP-NISMED) recently lauded selected local government units (LGUs), learning institutions and individual educators at the 3rd Intel Teach Awards for 21st Century Educators.

Surigao City, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT)–Iligan City Division, and the province of Laguna receive fund grants from Intel as they are cited as Intel Teach Community of Learning Champion Awardees.

Lauded for fostering an enabling environment for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) integration in education, MSU-IIT–Iligan City Division is set to receive a P120,000 fund grant; Surigao City, plus the province of Laguna will be getting P100,000 each.

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said, “We laud Intel for its innovative ways of bringing the benefits of 21st century learning to our public school system.”

“Your continuing support will certainly encourage our teachers, learners and community stakeholders to seriously consider ICT as a powerful tool in education,” he added.

Plaques of appreciation are also presented to the municipalities of Marikina, Cavite, Naga, Camarines Norte, Mandaue, Makati, Calbayog and Muntinlupa for spearheading the Intel Teach Program as a model for ICT integration into their respective education systems.

Finally, 16 Mater Trainers (MTs) are also given Certificates of Appreciation for conducting trainings to volunteer units in 2008.

Intel Teach is Intel’s professional development program designed to help teachers effectively integrate technology with learning.

In the Philippines, Intel Teach has trained 91,616 teachers since the program was launched in 2001.

This year, Intel Teach branches out to private schools with the successful piloting of the program in Notre Dame of Greater Manila (NDGM)), a private, sectarian, Catholic school.

In January 2006, Intel Chairman Craig Barrett announced plans to expand Intel Teach to an additional 10 million teachers from all over the world by 2011.

Intel Teach in the Philippines is enhanced by the Community of Learning (CoL), a cluster of institutions and organizations in a geographic area all working together to harness technology in fostering quality education.

A COL’s a network includes teachers, trainers, support providers, students, education policymakers, planners, and administrators, technical support staff, education researchers, parents, local governments, and other education stakeholders that share information, expertise, and resources in support of technology integration in schools.

As in all communities, CoLs are defined by a shared purpose, that is, technology integration, and a sense of belonging – membership and accountability.

Since its pilot in 2005, nine active CoLs have been thriving in various parts of the country.

In these communities, program-based support and extensive interaction among stakeholders are fully utilized to achieve ICT integration goals.

These CoLs are in Agusan del Sur, Bulacan, Calbayog City, Iligan City, Laguna, Makati City, Muntinlupa City, Surigao City and Cavite Province.

Intel Teach is one of the cornerstones of Intel’s corporate responsibility programs. Intel’s commitment to education stems from its desire to fuel tomorrow’s innovation. (PNA)

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