DepEd launches cyber expo on education & technology

DepEd launches cyber expo on education & technology

Photo Courtesy: Ma. Teresa Montemayor

Armed with the goal to fast-track digital transformation in public schools nationwide, the Department of Education (DepEd) has launched its first cyber expo on education and technology.

Almost 4,080 students and teachers from 16 divisions in the National Capital Region (NCR) attended the three-day event at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on March 12-14 to learn about the latest technologies promoting quality learning and teaching.

DepEd ICT Standards director Abram Abanil said there is still no data which can prove that the country is behind in terms of digital education.

Abanil added that teachers are provided electronic learning resources so they can "move away from using Manila paper and cartolina in their classes".

E-learning

Meanwhile, students are given access to e-learning resources and quick results of their quizzes and tests through DepEd's systems.

Citing the challenges brought about by the country's geographical makeup, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said there is no general status in terms of digital education nationwide.He emphasized on the need to level up this condition.

In line with this, Briones said DepEd has started with the Last Miles Schools Program which aims to improve the condition of schools in remote places.

Apart from regular schools, DepEd Undersecretary for Administrative Service Alain del Pascua said schools providing alternative learning would also benefit from the "digital rise in the Philippine education".

Pascua added that DepEd has delivered laptops and tablets to Kalayaan Island to aid the ALS teachers.

The students and teachers who attended the expo learned a lot about the fourth industrial revolution, technopreneurship, digital education and excellence, robotics and learning through augmented reality as presented by speakers from various corporations like Oracle, Microsoft, Converge and LinkedIn, among others.

Citing that no online education can beat traditional education in instilling good manners and right conduct in learners, Undersecretary for Finance-Budget and Performance Monitoring Annalyn Sevilla appealed to parents to help teachers in guiding their children so they would not forget about empathy, compassion and humanity.

The news was previously published in pna.gov.ph

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