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Competition challenges public high school educators to integrate technology with teaching

Microsoft Philippines, through the Partners in Learning initiative, has announced the opening for nominations for the 2nd Philippine Innovative Teachers Leadership Awards. The awards call out the country’s secondary public school teachers who have successfully fused new technological techniques with teaching methods.

The 2nd Philippine Innovative Teachers Leadership Awards is open to all secondary public school teachers from the Department of Education’s 176 divisions representing 17 regions. The top 25 teachers and their school principals will be announced on September 30, 2005.

From the 25 competitors, five teachers will be chosen as the award recipients during the final round of judging on October 12 and 13. The five winners will be announced during the Awards Night will to be held on October 14. The top five winners will qualify for a trip to Korea, where they will represent the country in the Innovative Teachers Regional Conference on November 2005.

The seventeen regional winners will automatically receive a scholarship grant for a Masteral Program on education technology implemented by the Philippine Normal University and the Cebu Normal University with Learn.Ph Foundation. The postgraduate program focuses on integrating technology into the classroom set-up.

“The awards recognize the effort and creativity of our public high school teachers in helping our students realize their potential with the use of technology. It further encourages others to open their classrooms to a new world of discovery and learning,” said Sam Jacoba, Microsoft Philippines Academic Affairs Director.

Last year’s pilot competition drew in 88 nominees from various regions around the Philippines. Public high school teacher, Sherlita Daguiosonan of Iligan City, rose as one of Asia’s most innovative teachers at the first Asian Regional Innovative Teachers’ Conference held last year in Singapore. She will attend this year’s Innovative Teachers Global Summit in Seattle, Washington, USA.

“It was a worthy battle for achieving excellence. It was also an opportunity for me to re-commit and dedicate my efforts to become a competent and a more effective teacher,” said Daguisonan of her three-day experience in Singapore.

According to Antonio “TJ’ Javier, Managing Director of Microsoft Philippines, “The winners of the awards are considered as the country’s trailblazers in the effective application of technology in education. They serve as models to their peers, having effectively used technology to realize their potential as educators.”

All applications to the 2nd Philippine Innovative Teachers Leadership Awards must be made by nomination. Interested parties need to secure the full endorsement of the school administrator, a community member and a colleague and include this with other the application requirements.

Deadline for nominations is September 26, 2005. Contest details are available at Parties may also call 672-7272 for more details.

The 2nd Philippine Innovative Teachers Awards is part of the Partners In Learning initiative of Microsoft Philippines. Through Partners in Learning, Microsoft Philippines has aligned with the Department of Education (DepED), government and academic leaders, and local industry partners to empower Filipino educators and their students with information and communications technology (ICT) based learning solutions.

The Partners in Learning initiative is a long-term commitment to partner with governments, industries, non-governmental organizations, schools, teachers and lifelong learners to establish an education ecosystem or EDUSYSTEM for continued advances in education, learning and manpower development.

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