Partnership with Microsoft Philippines launched
BEST and DepEd partnered with software company Microsoft Philippines to enhance curriculum delivery through the creation of Learning Action Cell (LAC) activity cards for priority subject areas. The partnership is expected to accelerate school-based ICT capacity building for teachers.
The three organizations converged for a day-long workshop on 28 July 2017 to identify priority topics that will form as contents of LAC activity cards for use of teachers in four learning areas: i) coding; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); accessibility tools for inclusive education, and productivity tools for teachers. The workshop brought together Microsoft Education Ambassadors in Luzon, Education Program Supervisors and Program Officers from the DepEd’s Bureau of Learning Delivery, Bureau of Curriculum Development, Bureau of Learning Resources and ICT Service.
The workshop was co-facilitated by BEST UIS Education Technology Team with the BEST Inclusive Education Team and Microsoft partners. As a result, relevant topics were gathered, the methodology and working arrangements for the initiative was discussed, finalized and communicated to all parties involved.
DepED ICT Service Director Ms Aida Yuvienco said the activity was “taking DepEd’s ICT literacy program to a higher level as it harnesses the skills of our teachers, our participants here who are also Microsoft Education Ambassadors, in developing LAC materials for priority ICT topics.”
She said the this partnership will support and accelerate school-based ICT capacity building for teachers.
“What’s important with our activity today is how it supports teachers’ professional development in the school setting,” BEST Team Leader Ms Kaye Cox told workshop participants. The output of this workshop, she said, would enable opportunities for teachers to learn about ICT and apply the new knowledge in their respective classrooms to improve teaching and learning.
Ms. Clarissa Segismundo, Microsoft Philippines Education Programs Lead, said that partnering with BEST “amplifies Microsoft Philippines’s teacher professional development efforts as it integrates our digital literacy curriculum in public school training content through the LAC initiatives of BEST.”