Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Digital Tool to Unlock Learning

One way to help students gain agency over their own education is through technology.  A  free Web-based platform CFY developed called PowerMyLearning which contains 1,000 (soon to be 2,800) digital learning activities and games from across the Web that have been carefully selected and categorized by teachers and education specialists.
The program appears to have made a big difference especially for struggling students. The school reports that the percentage of last year’s sixth graders with learning disabilities who met or exceeded standards in math (testing at level 3 or 4) increased by 36 percent, while the percentage of students who had been below standard (testing at level 1) decreased from 23 percent to zero.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Philippine DepEd to hire 61,000 new teachers next year

Education officials on Monday said the department’s P293-billion budget was intended to end the backlog in facilities for public school children.

During the budget hearing, Tinio also pitched for higher pay for volunteer kindergarten teachers, as well as for the regularization of all 23,000 of them. The volunteer teachers get a P3,000 honorarium a month, but could get up to P6,000 if they teach two sessions.

Luistro said about 8,000 of them were scheduled to be regularized in 2013.
Aside from hiring 61,000 new teachers, the education department would procure 907,000 seats and 31 million textbooks and other learning materials, Undersecretary Francis Varela said.

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