Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) and Science Education Institute (SEI)
The Department of Science and Technology, after a successful pilot testing of the Technology Package for Student Learning Empowerment for Grade 1 Mathematics, has started development of Mathematics Courseware for Grades 2 to 6. This is a collaboration among different agencies namely, the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (NISMED) and the Science Education Institute (SEI).
The project aims to continue improving elementary school students' performance in mathematics by providing supplementary software, and appropriate teaching support and materials. A total of 44 lessons are being developed. These modules are aligned with the new school curriculum of the Department of Education.
Localization of elements within the module gives it a more “Filipino” feel giving users a sense of familiarity. Modules are divided into Activities, Fixing Skills and Evaluation. Activities are the lesson proper, Fixing Skills exercises that increase understanding of the lesson, and Evaluation tests the student's lesson comprehension. The objective of the project is to digitize the grades 2-6 mathematics lessons that will serve as supplementary materials in teaching and learning mathematics in the elementary/basic education. It also hopes to improve the quality of Philippine education by utilizing efficient and affordable new solutions and innovations in Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
The courseware modules will be loaded to millennium pcs (netbooks) and will be distributed to different schools in the country including the hard-to-reach areas. This will somehow bridge the digital and educational divide between those in the national capital regions and those in the provinces.
Due to the successful implementation of and positive feedback from the Grade 1 Mathematics Courseware, it was decided by the National Steering Committee that an interactive courseware for Grade 2-6 mathematics be developed as well. The Development for the Phase I of the Technology Package for Student Learning Empowerment: Development of Grades 2-6 Mathematics Lessons started from March 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
E-learning materials consisting of 24 Grades 2-6 mathematics lessons were developed . The development of the modules is once again a collaboration among the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), the Science Education Institute (SEI), and National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (UP-NISMED). Lesson scripts/contents for grades 2-6 mathematics are provided by the UP-NISMED, whereas the development team under the Computer Software Division (CSD) of ASTI is in charge of the digitization of the lessons.
The first two months of activities include pre-development preparations for design and sound studies; initial graphics and sound library develpoment; coding standards and its framework.
Development and finalization of SRS (specification of details) along with two facilitated workshops/writeshops are completed by the end of the third month.
The digitization of the fifteen (15) lessons were completed by the end of month nine and the remaining three lessons were completed by the end of the tenth month. Each lesson script provided by NISMED is digitized into three modules by ASTI: Activity, Fixing Skills, and Evaluation.
Development of Grades 2 - 6 Mathematics Courseware should win the ISIF Asia award because it is a major initiative in helping the Philippine government public school system as it is afflicted with a lot of shortages--teachers, books, chairs, learning materials and other educational facilities. Coupled that with the recent calamities that the country suffered in 2013, especially in the central part of the archipelago. Mathematics courseware is just the start as more modules in other subject areas are planned to be developed as well. This will somehow encourage more teachers in the provinces to utilize technologies such as this to compensate for the lack of other facilities.
To develop e-learning materials to help address the challenges in improving the quality of Philippine education by utilizing efficient and affordable new solutions and innovations in Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
FlashDevelop IDE (free and open source)
-writing of scripts and storyboards;
-digitization using Adobe Flash and other technologies;
-review sessions and quality assurance
-distribution of tablet PCs and pilot testing of courseware modules to -different public schools in the country;
The improvement of the student performance in Mathematics is the most relevant outcome achieved by the project:
There is a planned media blast after the successful pilot testings of the courseware modules to different schools. There will also be an exhibit and distribution of flyers and marketing materials in July for the National Science and Technology Week. A news article and several pictures about the project are also published on http://courseware.dost.gov.ph/.
-APEC Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) award in the e-governance category held in Taipei, Taiwan http://www.asti.dost.gov.ph/index.php/press-room-mainmenu-27/2013/09
Elmer Catibay Peramo