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