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ICT breakthrough in Caraga Regional Science High School, Philippines

By Matilde j. Manliguis- Principal IV, Gemma c. Orozco – MT  I, Lizel d. Obenza – SST  I & Jennifer r. Jovita – SST III

Caraga Regional Science High School started with its humble beginning way back in 1996 with only 99 freshmen students. In 2000, the school topped the National Achievement Test and had sustained its outstanding academic performance for years. 

In line with the thrust of the Millennium Development Plan and the Ten Point Agenda of the Philippine government and in its desire to realize the vision of ICT 4 E in the 21st century which is “Education for all Filipinos, Anytime, Anywhere”, the school promotes the use of ICT in achieving the EFA goals by 2015.  The integration of ICT in the teaching-learning process catapulted the school to greater heights in the pursuit of academic excellence thereby, promoting the paradigm shift to a learner-centered environment.

The administrator believes that an ICT enabled institution upgrades the teachers’ competence and skills. The presence of internet resources is beneficial to teachers where they can download effective methods, strategies, simulations and multimedia resources necessary for more realistic delivery of lessons. Teachers are compelled instinctively to use the web 2.0 tools.  Students are engaged into more demanding yet meaningful and motivating activities by which instruction brings life to concepts and processes and provides access to a world of information.  

Likewise, parents are updated of the performance of their children through the different wikis and blogs of the class created by teachers. 

Cognizant to the needs of our community, especially in saving our environment, investigative outputs of students become the bases for mining companies’ environmental rehabilitation programs.

To make ICT more effective and challenging on the part of the learners, teachers and stakeholders, the school has launched two engrossing projects, Project CORE and Project Share. 

The school aspires for a better learning outcome not only in academic performance, but as well as in areas of competitions that would prepare our students for the life of work by equipping them with the basic tools to combat the global crisis of poverty. 

With this aspiration and the collaborative efforts of the teachers and the PTA officers, the Project CORE has its defined objectives, i.e. sustaining excellence in academic performance; increasing retention rate; preventing SARDO (Students at Risk of Dropping Out); developing the students’ cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains. Students are grouped according to their skills and interest and academic performance. Those who have a grade of 85% and above will undertake the enrichment classes where they are given advance tasks with the aid of technological tools. While those who have a grade below 85% in the major subject areas and have difficulty in coping up with the lessons will undergo the reinforcement classes. This endeavour is scheduled every Friday of the week. 

With the sixty-five (65) computer units donated by Intel Teach Philippines in 2007and the Intel Teach CoL Grant released to DepEd Surigao City, school heads, teachers and students of the neighboring elementary and secondary schools of the division were trained. 

Hence, the school opens the door to make all computer literate. The expertise of our teachers and students are maximized by training others to have a network of ICT experts.  This program is handled by the Intel Master trainers. 

With these practices, the school had participated in and garnered award both national competition, “One of the Outstanding Community of Learners and Outstanding Division ICT Implementer for two years – 2008 and 2011 and international competition, “The Gold Award and Silver Award during the 6th SEAMEO Congress Search for Young Scientist at Penang Malaysia,  Finalist: ISEF Science Investigatory Project Illinois USA, Finalist 7th Regional Congress Search for SEAMEO Young Scientist at Penang Malaysia, Presenter : 109th American Society for Microbiology Convention in  Philadelphia, USA last 2009. 

Recently, last November 14, 2011, the Accreditation Board of the Project Sterling Silver for Secondary Public Schools granted the school an average rating of 4.79 and an adjectival rating of EXCELLENT, the highest so far in the entire Caraga Region.  All these are made possible with the integration of the ICT in the educational arena.  

Indeed, ICT has contributed much to education. It bridges the gap between the traditional culture and the culture of today’s learners. With ICT, there is a marked improvement in the quality of learning among students.