Preparing Schools for the 21st Century





Manila, Philippines – With rapid changes in education brought about by technology and the new K to 12 curriculum, schools now need to keep up in order to stay relevant in the 21st century — a challenge made even more difficult for schools that are still starting and thus, do not know how and where to begin adapting to these changes.

Through its Technology Forum on e-Learning Series, Diwa Learning Systems Inc can prepare our country’s teachers and school administrators for the challenges of teaching and learning in the 21st century. The company offers these events as a great starting point for schools who wish to prepare for the future and attune their curriculum according to global standards.

The series, usually attended by more than a thousand educators from all over the Philippines, raises two questions about 21st century learning that help attendees separate fact from fiction .

First, what exactly are we teaching our children?

Through subject-specific breakout sessions, the forum immerses educators to K-to-12-enriched contents. Facilitated by actual teachers, the sessions include demonstrations on how the spiral progression and genre-based approach can make students better appreciate Math, Science, Filipino, Araling Panlipunan, and English – and how lessons based on these core subject areas can be applied in real life, increasing one’s chances of success in whatever career he or she chooses.

Second, how are we teaching our students?

In a world where kids learn how to type on a tablet computer faster than they learn how to write on paper, the impact of technology in the teaching and learning process cannot be ignored.

Teaching through tablets

To demonstrate the role of technology in the context of 21st century education, the series took a number of educators to an exposure tour at First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities (FAITH) in Tanauan, Batangas. During the tour, the participants were made to observe how 21st century tools help enhance learning experience of the students. FAITH, recently hailed as the best ICT implementer in South Luzon by the Department of Education in Region IV, has successfully launched a school-wide implementation of technology-aided teaching and learning using a 7-inch tablet, e-textbooks, and a learning management system.

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Printed materials blends seamlessly with new approaches

While the series focuses primarily on e-learning, it still recognizes that traditional printed resources such as textbooks and magazines are viable sources of 21st century education. Diwa’s printed resources, updated according to the new K-to-12 curriculum and which uses the blended learning approach, were demonstrated to have been just as effective as its digital counterparts in developing 21st century skills. The resources can also seamlessly integrate technology in the lesson plan.

Genyo e-Learning

When it comes to transporting classrooms to the 21st century, nothing comes close to Genyo e-Learning, the first and only fully integrated learning management system in the Philippines. Used by over 200 schools, Genyo gives teachers, students, and parents ready access to a rich library of interactive lessons in Filipino, Araling Panlipunan, Science, Math and English – anytime, anywhere. Genyo, with its ability to provide quick assessments and analysis of results, also helps level up the teaching experience and expertise of educators all over the country.

Diwa Genyo

Diwa can help educators

Diwa’s Technology Forum on e-Learning is a platform to encourage educators to keep pace with the fast-changing needs of the times so they can effectively prepare students for the challenges of the future. True, schools who are serious in moving towards 21st century education will encounter rough patches along the way, but with enough determination and good leadership, and by trusting the rich experience and K-to-12-ready resources of Diwa Learning Systems Inc., they will surely get there. Schools only need to have the willingness, and the publishing giant will be there to guide them every step of the way.

To learn more about Diwa, visit www.diwa.ph.

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    Photo shows Dr. Edizon Fermin (with mic), an aggressive advocate of 21st century education and principal of Miriam College, while giving a humorous yet instructive lecture about teaching and learning in the K-to-12 context. During the forum, Dr. Fermin explained why teachers who use technology as an aid in teaching can prepare students better for the challenges of the future compared to those who prefer to remain traditional.

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    School administrators get all wrapped up while watching the robotics presentation performed by students of First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities (FAITH). The presentation was part of the benchmarking tour designed to further highlight FAITH’s 21st century educational program.

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    For a complete 21st century experience, school administrators visiting FAITH were made to observe an actual class that uses technology like a 7-inch tablet, e-textbooks, and a learning management system to enhance the learning process.

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    Following a talk on leadership, Diwa and FAITH president Saturnino G. Belen engages forum participants in an open forum to further clarify the critical role that administrators play in keeping their schools relevant and ready for the challenges of the 21st century.

The contents of this post are taken from a press release by Diwa.ph.

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Author

Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.