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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 10:39 am    Post subject: Science Education, Think.com, ThinkQuest Reply with quote

Welcome to this forum. This contains materials that can be used for science instructions in your classrooms.

The relevance of technology in our lives is ever increasing. With rapid progress in the various fields of science, it is perhaps timely to reflect on our means of introducing these disciplines in the schools of Paete. Without the skills and understanding of science, the youth of Paete will be at a disadvantage. It is therefore important to focus on these areas in the schools. Certainly, reading and writing skills are imperative and the school paper projects are developing the skills of the students in these areas. Art as an expression is equally necessary for a comprehensive cognitive development of the children. Efforts in improving science and math should also be taken.

Mathematics is a language of the quantitative sciences. Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus are all essential in mastering and understanding the natural sciences. As we embark on competitions that highlight social studies, writing, arts and sports, we also need to pay attention to the mathematical training of the students. If competitions are efficient tools for inspiring our students to work harder then perhaps some of these contests and activities should address the fields of math, science and technology.

Teaching math and sciences requires innovation. It requires tools and resources. Biology requires a microsocope. Chemistry requires a wet laboratory. Physics requires toys. Innovation in teaching these areas requires us to simply take a closer look at our environment. There are so many questions that we could use to enliven instruction in these subjects. Exploring alternative sources of energy, for example, requires us to step back and ask what sources are available out there at the moment. These questions can serve as launching pads for conversations, discussions and research inside the classroom. As we nervously watch the spread of avian flu, this is an opportunity to bring into the classroom an introduction to the world of microbes. We can indulge ourselves into these topics and at the same time, become more aware of the relevant issues and questions our world, our community is facing.

Indeed, the progress in the sciences has been remarkable in the recent years. The volume of material that needs to be covered is simply enormous. However, there are resources. With the internet, these resources are available. We should take advantage of these new resources to make our classrooms more relevant to the current realities and challenges we are facing. It is time to sit back and rethink how we could begin solving and facing our challenges. This could all start in our schools.

Where do we begin? We need to become collaborative and innovative. The think.com program, about to be launched in our schools, is an excellent opportunity. We will not receive the benefits from this program if we do not participate. Paete will be given the chance to be the first in the Philippines to be part of think.com. Think.com will be launched in the Philippines with the grade school of Ateneo de Manila University. Think.com therefore can serve as a place where Ateneo teachers and students will meet the teachers and students of Paete. Think.com is international. It is a place where thousands of schools worldwide converge to discuss new ways of teaching. It is a place to brainstorm. It is a place where we could teach the world about Paete. We should grab this opportunity with as great enthusiasm as possible.

Allow me to reiterate the previous posting I made:

1. All 3 schools in Paete will be recipients of Think.com.
2. The 3 schools in Paete will be the very first schools in the Philippines to
have Think.com. They will be Think.com Philippines' pilot schools.

This is great news. Now, alay computer has a web portal to highlight
Paete. Think.com reaches out to thousands of schools worldwide. It will be
an excellent avenue for Paete's students and teachers to be part of a
worldwide community. The schools should start thinking about
showcasing Paete in this site. The Think.quest program is also a
very good opportunity to construct web sites that will share Paete's
rich culture and heritage to the world. Think.com is having
something like a special Yahoo!, designed specifically for elementary
students and teachers. It is a safe email, forum, and web hosting
service for kids. It is an accomplishment for Paete schools to be
first on this program in the Philippines. We are getting closer and
closer to bringing alay computer to the world.


***********ThinkQuest competition*************

http://www.thinkquest.org/

The deadline is March 22, 2006, but registration for primary coaches
has started. Here are the rules and instructions;

Arlene, Anne, Arbin, Anna, Maila and Sheila - this is an opportunity for you to coach a team of students from the schools on web construction.

http://www.thinkquest.org/comp.....ompetition

ThinkQuest is an opportunity for Paete schools to highlight the Philippine culture and arts. Web pages can carry content to showcase any one of the following examples (these are just specific examples that highlight Paete);

(1) Paete's woodcarving
(2) Paete's paper mache
(3) Paete's history
(4) Paete's art
(5) Paete's festivals
(6) Paete's catholic heritage and tradition
(7) Alay Computer in Paete, Laguna

Age Division Awards:

Judges will select one Entry for a 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place,
and Honorable Mention award in each of the three age divisions—12 and
under, 15 and under, 19 and under ("Age Division Awards").

Global Perspectives Award:

Judges will select one Entry that demonstrates excellence in Global
Perspectives. The winning Entry will provide outstanding educational
value, promote a sense of global citizenship, and help to bridge the
distances between people. It will reflect the team's use of its own
diversity, as well as other resources and perspectives ("Global
Perspectives Award").

Each team member (students, Primary Coach, and Assistant Coach if
any) whose Entry is selected for an Age Division Award or the Global
Perspectives Award will receive a prize ("Prize") The Prize includes
eligibility to attend ThinkQuest Live, a prestigious conference and
awards event, AND one of the following technology items based on the
award received:

1st Place: Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,500
USD
2nd Place: Laptop computer with approximate retail value of $1,000
USD
3rd Place: MP3 player with approximate retail value of $350 USD
Honorable Mention: MP3 player with approximate retail value of $200
USD
Global Perspectives Award: Digital camera with approximate retail
value of $750 USD
Best of Category Awards:

Judges will select one Entry for a Best of Category Award in each of
the 12 topic categories. Each team member (students, Primary Coach,
and Assistant Coach if any) whose Entry is selected for a Best of
Category Award will receive a certificate. (Best of Category Award
winners will NOT be eligible to receive a Prize.)

ThinkQuest Live:

Attendance at ThinkQuest Live will include round trip coach airfare
transportation from the airport nearest the winner's residence (as
determined by the Foundation), approximately four nights' double
occupancy hotel accommodations, and participation in ThinkQuest Live
activities. The trip to ThinkQuest Live is valued at approximately
$4,000 USD per participant. (In addition, as part of the Prize,
winners that are United States residents will receive a cash amount
of $1,880 USD [amount may vary based on the actual value of the trip
to ThinkQuest Live] to reflect presumed United States tax liability.)

Each student that has not reached the age of legal majority in
his/her country/state of citizenship must be accompanied by a
Chaperone (parent/legal guardian or an adult that the parent/legal
guardian has authorized in writing to act as the student's
Chaperone), who will also attend ThinkQuest Live as a guest of the
Foundation.

This is an opportunity to visit what Saida calls "America, the
Beautiful". Just think of it as something to similar to writing a newsletter, but on the web.

The online tutorials for think.com are here:

http://www.think.com/en_us/training/



Paete, this is your opportunity to represent the Philippines.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An article in the newsletter of the Philippine American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE)

Science Education
Science education in the Philippines lags behind when compared to its ASEAN neighbors. The state of Iowa,
U.S.A. is also aware that science education is a problem in this state like any other state in the south (See
Lassila and Rule (PLE1B-1:31). The authors discussed the problems in science education in Iowa and the
related problems in transition of students from secondary to tertiary education levels. This problem can be
solved by promoting the use of logic and critical reasoning by offering courses in physics and math early in
the curricular program. The authors used analogies between the U.S. and the Philippine education systems.
The model advocated by Nobel laureate Lederman promotes revamping of the present curriculum and the
use of logic and reasoning through teaching physics and math. Bernido who is an education administrator
and theoretical physicist from a small privately run research center in the island of Bohol is cited as an
initiative with modest but real contributions (PLE1B-3:32). According to Bernido, the creation of a pool of
Science and Technology professionals essential for the country to be competitive in the 21st century is
hindered by: language problem; lacks of research centers; lack of qualified PhDs , and the brain drain
phenomenon. His paper demonstrates how his private research center can break these barriers. Apropos to
Bernido’s discussion of these barriers, Carpio-Bernido (PLE1B-2: 31) explains how the weakness of science
education in the Philippines has been perpetuated due to the lack of substantial pool of scientific manpower
active in research, and science education for both science and non-science majors. The problem starts at the
secondary and tertiary levels. She proposed a target-oriented CVIF Dynamic Learning Program that caters
to large classes, with minimal textbooks and science equipment, and a lack of good teachers. This Program
she explained is designed for poor school conditions, but can also be used for affluent schools and colleges.
However remarkable these so-called measures are, were not clearly understood in this abstract just as what
the acronym CVIF stands for. However, it shows promise, since it will definitely improve the existing
deplorable condition of science education in the Philippines.
Fortunately, despite the dismal state of science education in the Philippines as discussed by the Bernido team,
the year 2005 has been designated as the international Year of Physics to commemorate the 100th anniversary
of Albert Einstein’s papers on quantum theory, Brownian motion, and special relativity, etc. (See Soriano
and Mistades PAR 2D-2:57.) Unfortunately, these authors failed to show in their abstract how to improve the
current state of physics education in the country.
We have to look at science education from its global perspectives. Physics as a discipline was used to show
the weakness of science education in the Philippines in the previous studies. Mistades (P9-1:118) looked at
beliefs about Physics and Physics teaching held by faculty members of De La Salle University, and
determined how much of these beliefs find their way into actual classroom practice. Using the Maryland
Physics Expectations Survey [MPEX] teacher’s predispositions and teachers journals, together with students
feedback regarding strategies help them understand Physics as a science. Ulep and Bernardo (P9-3:119)
utilized the results on working memory and M-demands of the problems among first year engineering
students in General Chemistry II are statistically significant, being a better performance among students with
higher working memory than those with lower working memory. The authors examined and compared the
trend from students who were recent high school graduates from unidentified northern provinces and cities.
Looking back at L. Cruz (P9-4:120) paper on understanding biodiversity as a critical problem in the
Philippines utilizing Edward Wilson’s Diversity of Life (Ethnobiology) and Jared Diamond’s 2005 Collapse
in understanding that practical education is conservation science.
These four papers presented different viewpoints on the status of science education in the Philippines as well
as the method which will help us understand alternative ways to study the state of science education in the
Philippines. There is definitely a need for a comprehensive strategic way to raise the standards of science
education in the country. Because, when you look at the seeming revolution of drugs discovered from plants
and animal products in the various higher institutions of learning in the country, high caliber and comparable
to discoveries of same in their Asian counterpart as well as the world, the level of understanding of these
college students based alone from the presented poster and oral papers, show that they have solid high school
science. The common denominator missing is the financial support from the government and not from poor
teachers, perhaps teachers with less training. Each individual starting from kindergarten is encourage to
compete, learn, and strive for excellence to become the best he/she can be. However, for as long as the
infrastructure is declining if not deteriorating, the educational standards will continue to decline. Studying
the cause and effect relationships show that when the living standards is a little bit elevated, the quality of life
improves, and basic nutrients (vitamins and minerals) are enforced by the health sector. Understanding and
attaining a comprehensive overall quality of life is the primary requisite of a sound education.
PAASE’s 25th APAMS meeting was more than just a meeting. It became the center of dialogues between
Filipinos living in a very affluent country where the same problems is evident. The meeting of the minds, the
sharing of information, and cooperation in technology, research, and community outreach in various
disciplines - basic desires of citizens of the Earth.
Victoria C. Guerrero-Abellera, Editor

************************************************************

So let's begin with reading articles on science written by Filipino scientists:

A fighting coral fights for its life in its hometown, Puerto Galera
STAR SCIENCE By Al Licuanan, Ph.D.
The Philippine STAR 11/03/2005

Puerto Galera is synonymous with a lot of things (beaches, beauties, and bars are some words that come to mind). For some reef scientists, however, Puerto Galera is also known for a coral that was first known to science in this picturesque town. The coral is Anacropora puertogalerae, an exquisite and fragile animal uncommon elsewhere in the country.

Yes, corals are animals, with each colony made up of tens to thousands of clones called polyps. Nemo and his dad lived in a giant polyp of an anemone, a close relative of corals. And like anemones (notice the underline), polyps sting to defend themselves or capture food. Nemo would have been stung if he didn’t regularly brush against the anemones’ tentacles to build up his immunity (remember a scene in the movie where Marlen was teaching his son to do this as part of his morning routine before leaving the anemone? — now you know why).

Anyway, like a lot of animals living at the bottom of the sea, corals need space. This is because space means more area to feed in (they gather food that drifts by with the currents), and gather light (for the tiny plants that they farm in their own bodies), among others. And corals fight, sometimes to the death, to get or defend space. Most people don’t notice this because often the fighting occurs at night. But at daytime, evidence of this fighting can be seen all over the reef as tissue damage among the combatants, especially in those who lost or are losing this slow-moving battle. To wage this battle, corals and their kin use a variety of weapons. Most use arms (actually tentacles) laden with special stinging cells than can inject venom. Others rely on chemical warfare, releasing toxic chemicals to harm those downstream.

Anacropora uses a unique strategy. It surrounds and besieges its adversaries and starves them to death! Because of its twig-like appearance, large fragments of the coral do break off when mature from a mother colony. Hence, the offspring is found next to its parents and given enough time, it forms patches five to 10 meters across. When patches of this coral grow too big, the ones in the middle start dying, probably because the ones that surround them have picked or filtered off the food from the water before it gets to them. This effect is most obvious when Anacropora patches, which are usually taller, reach and surround those of other corals. You will see the polyps of the besieged coral die slowly, starting from the base (where the water is most stagnant and presumably stripped of food) upwards towards the branch tips.

I recently got a chance to go back to Puerto Galera to gather data to help the municipal government and people, with assistance of a conservation NGO, set up a coastal conservation and resource management program. As the ferry entered the bay, I was heartened to find that development has not changed the landscape much over the 10 years since I had been to the area. As part of my dissertation research, I used to come here every two weeks for 18 months, making three to four dives per day for five days each time, rain or shine. This is how I learned these things I am writing here.

Unfortunately during my return, the landscape masked a deeper (relatively and figuratively) and more troubling development. Anacropora puertogalerae, the coral species first discovered here by the late Prof. Francisco Nemenzo in 1964, is disappearing from its hometown ("type locality" in scientific parlance). Many of the large patches of corals on the First and Second "Plateaus" (actually reefs in Muelle Bay) at 10- to 15-meter depth are now just rubble.

What may have happened to them? Like many things in the environment, the story will involve a number of interrelated factors. The quality of the water may have changed. Likely, it will involve the roads cut through to Sabang and the sediments carried from them by rain runoff. It will also involve the sewage from the town proper. Colleagues have already documented how, at certain times of the year, the sewage leads to blooms of an algae that smother the corals. Damage from anchors and fishing nets have been noted before, and actually incorporated in computer models that I have made. Anacropora is so fragile; you can break branch tips by just swimming over and not touching them!

So what can we do about the loss of this coral? Again, like many things about the environment, the solution will require attacking the complex problems from several directions. We (Puerto Galera residents, resort owners, boat operators, government officials, visitors, and those who have a stake in this) have to agree on a clear and transparent course of action and clear measures if we succeed at intermediate steps. At some point, a management plan will have to be agreed on (this is different from the plan of attack). Whatever it is we do, it will require concerted efforts from several sectors. Each effort should be well-focused and directed, implemented in coordination with the others. Ideally, a native of Puerto Galera should lead the effort to protect one of his own.


* * *
WY Licuanan is a professor at the Biology Department, College of Science of De La Salle University. He is also in charge of the DLSU’s Shields Marine Station in Lian, Batangas. On his free time, he serves as curator of corals at the UP Marine Science Institute.

Here is another article that talks about teaching and an opportunity in Antipolo:

Traces of life in this season of death
DE RERUM NATURA By Maria Isabel Garcia
The Philippine STAR 11/03/2005

My dear,

I am very sure you are not expecting me to show up in your shores now, showering you with bunches of the flamencoesque bougainvillea and the Casablanca flower you so loved. You know how I stay away from crowds, especially during these couple of days that lead up to the day that we remember those who have lived among us and changed us. But in a twist of fate in this season of remembrance and gratitude, I found myself in an experience where I felt you inhabit my life in a way that made me remember the life that we lovingly lived rather than the death that separated us.

They were 25 of them this time. As usual, we pitched the Natural History Signs across the sprawling green grounds of this training center in Antipolo. The center was filled with corporate yuppies, figuring out how to get along well enough in their teams to be able to generate better services and goods for the public and some wealth for themselves. They would sometimes pass me and the teachers walking the grounds, discovering for ourselves in our Natural History Walk that the flowers did not exist until only 114 million years ago. The corporate fellows would listen and then move on, a little puzzled at what we were doing there.

I know I am confusing you again, starting my story in the middle. You know how I am when I get excited to share my stories with you. You see, there is this center with an awkwardly long name called the Meralco Management and Leadership Development Center Foundation (MMLDC) in Antipolo that is supposed to be separate from the big power company. They run a world-class training center and for reasons still unclear to me, they decided that they would train public school science teachers in the same center, which means that all the facilities that corporations pay for to train there, will be available to the teachers for free. They will stay there for three days and two nights, fed and housed, while they will make them remember their dignity and mission as teachers. And for some reason also still unclear to me, I am supposed to help them do that.

We started with Antipolo public schools because MMLDC wanted to start where they were. I think it is a good reflection of the fact that those people in MMLDC really know where they are. They were open to a whole new way of training the science teachers so we explored a set of ways that the teachers could discover the world for themselves. We figured that they have had enough of all those seminars where they were asked to write and revise their lesson plans and we were right. We were told that for decades, the government has been herding them by the hundreds to seminars, most of them even had to pay for themselves, only to sit there and listen to some speakers lecture on teaching methods.

The modules we designed primarily revolved around the perceptual tools available to everyone in observing Nature and exposing them to natural history. We basically wanted them to rediscover the world again through their senses, and their own sense of curiosity. We explained how Nobel-prize winning scientists discovered how we really smelled things and why we remember so much from certain smells much like I remember you and the sparkle in your eyes when I smell the Casablanca flower. My favorite is when I tell them that the way the textbooks explain how we are able to taste things (where we have regions in the tongue for sweet, sour, bitter and salty) is wrong! I show them research since 1991, on which biotech industries are now basing their products on, that there are no rigid regions in the tongue for those fundamental tastes. I make them realize that we are all creatures of light in the way we see things; how is it that we cannot hear a star being born and how we know the world when this layer of skin that separates us from the world, makes contact with a thorn, a breeze or fire. Then, instead of the preacher’s, or politician’s way of talking you into believing, I let them go and find wonder for themselves through walks according to the sense assigned to them and there, rediscover the world.

The Natural History Walk, at first, is always a problematic one, especially this latest batch’s turn when it was raining. I pushed through with the activity anyway, thinking that it would make the 4.6 billion-year walk through the planet’s life, more realistic. They feel life struggle as they follow the winding signposts that highlight the appearance of creatures, seas, mountains and air, through deep time. They catch their breaths negotiating some heights in the garden, and mud and puddles of water splashing on their feet. They come back to the room exhausted, quiet, reflective and hungry. They throw me a lot of questions that I try to answer but some of them, I just say I really do not know and show them possible ways to find out the answer.

On the third day, they are supposed to do a synthesis of what they have learned in three days. This is always a day of silent but deep fear for me since this is when we would find out if these science teachers, who told me themselves since Day 1 that they did not like science at all and found no connection between science and their lives or the lives of their students, have changed their minds. You and I may have had science news soaked in coffee over breakfast when you were still alive but these teachers came here thinking that Nature is "outdoors" and that science is a "skill" and a mere "subject" and could not understand then how three days could be devoted to a skill on what they all thought was a boring subject.

But you should have seen these teachers shine like the stars I showed them in planetarium experience we had when we showered them with images from the Hubble Space telescope on their second day. One group portrayed themselves as hilarious aliens in order to show and tell their boss in the planet where they came from, the wonders of this third rock from the Sun. One group I fondly remember synthesized their lessons within a revised Alice in Wonderland, depicting a child’s journey into Nature’s mysteries. One group, however, had me trying very hard to hold back my tears. It was so elegant and so simple but so profound. It was directed by a Chemistry teacher in a school called Boso-boso Extension School. Their presentation opened with their lone male in the group wrapped in toilet paper in the memorable pose of Rodin’s famous sculpture The Thinker. Slowly, The Thinker discovers his sense one by one as they remove the cover from his eyes, nose, ears, mouth and hands. He reaches out to the mysteries of Nature folded in manila paper and unfolds them one by one as he turns so poignantly and elegantly in The Thinker’s pose and with a sparkle in his eyes and a new openness in the rest of his senses. The Thinker then flashes into the pose of Da Vinci’s Vitruvius Man.

I was speechless at the end of that presentation. I was overwhelmed at the possibilities realized when we inspire the teachers to discover the world and learn the interconnectedness of knowledge for themselves. I remembered you, walking without shoes, to first grade being taught how to read and being deeply inspired by your favorite teacher in Torres High School in your time.

So I hope you understand why, as usual, I never follow tradition, and visit markings of "death" like everyone else does on this season. I got held up by traces of life moving on, minds renewing themselves, rediscovering the world, in teachers who are supposed to open lives for young discovering minds. I cannot visit you where you are but in these lives of questing minds, I will always remember and be deeply grateful that you lived.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Angel'

Thanks for all of these! These are what innovations are all about. Paging all teachers. Gising! It is time to be innovative.,for the sake of our students and the future of Paete. Let us do some self realization. Nasa inyo po ang ikatatagumpay ng lahat at aalalay lang po kami. I am taking the risk, alam ko na magagalit kayo sa akin, sana maintindihan ninyo!

Still here at SB at these wee hours,

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2005 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Vice mayor;

Perhaps, you can give a lecture in the schools regarding innovative ways of teaching and the use of the internet - You sound like a perfect cheerleader for this work!

Thanks for your support.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2006 1:37 am    Post subject: QES computer class second batch Reply with quote

Dear Mr.Angel De Dios & Paetenias International,
Hi!!! po sa inyo im Silver I. Nobrera jr. Isa po ako sa student ni
Maam Anicia A. Almeda.Im grade V pupil in QES.Alam nyo po im
very very like computer.Ito nga po pala ang gusto kong sabihin sa
inyo,tungkol po ito sa Science.I have so many learn in Science,
I learn games in Science,research of animals & others.Ito po ang
aking mga natutunan tungkol Science.Hanggang dito nalang po
ang aking sulat.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2006 4:14 am    Post subject: QES computer class second batch Reply with quote

Dear Mr. Angel De Dios,
Im,Ron Simmon B, Ferrer. nag- aaral po ako sa Elementarya
ng Quinale. Nagpapasalamat po ako sa inyo dahil marami po akong
natutunansa pag computer lalo n apo sa Scinence at Math. Pag meron po kaming assignment ay pumupunta po kami sa computer Labolatory ng Quinale.Ang teacher ko po ay si Ms. Anicia A Almeda at si Mam Arlene sa Computer training.


Gumagalang,
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2006 4:15 am    Post subject: QES computer class second batch Reply with quote

Dear Mr. Angel De Dios,
I'm Resty P. Cagayat. Nag-aaral ako sa Quinale Elementary School. Nagpapasalamat po ako sa inyo. Dahil ako ay maraming natutunan
maraming-maraming salamat po. At ako ay natutuwa, dahil natuto akong
pag-computer. Pagmeron po kaming subject na may assignment ay tumitingin po kami sa Computer Labolatory. Ang mga subject po
ay Science and Health at English. Ang guro ko po ay si Ms. Anicia A. Almeda.
sa Computer po naman ay si Ms. Arlene Alegre.
Happy new Year po!

Gumagalang,
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2006 4:18 am    Post subject: QES COMPUTER CLASS SECOND BATCH Reply with quote

TO ALL PAETENIANS INTERNATIONAL,

Hello po.Kumusta na po kayo.Ako nga po pala si Danica J.
De Borja na kasalukuyang nag-aaral sa Paaralang Elementarya
ng Quinale.
Ako po'y lubos na nagpapasalamat sa inyo dahil binigyan
nyo po kami ng mga COMPUTERS,INTERNET at L.C.D PROJECTOR.
Maraming mga lessons po akong naintindihan lalong lalo na po
ang subject na SCIENCE kaya lagi na po akong pumapasa,tuma -
taas na rin po ang aking grado.
Sana'y ipagpatuloy po ninyo ang mabuting adhikain.
Maraming Salamat po muli!!!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2006 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Mr. Angel de Dios

Ako po si Reynaldo E. Batiles ng Q.E.S. . Nagpapasalamat
po ako sa inyong kabaitan dahil sa iyo marami po akong
natutunan sa math,science at english katulad ng noun,
coralreefs,at fraction.Lubos po akong nagpapasalamat sa inyo
at sa iba pang bumubuo ng inyong project.



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Oracle’s Think.com program opens in Laguna public schools
Mon May 15, 2006
Manila Bulletin

Oracle (Philippines) Corporation has announced the successful launch of Oracle’s Think.com program involving the participation of Grade 5 and 6 pupils and teachers from the three Paete Elementary Schools in Laguna province, Southern Luzon. Oracle’s Think.com program was introduced in December 2005 in the Philippines in partnership with the Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED).


Think.com is an Oracle hosted, global, web-based educational environment and is designed for pupils in primary (ages 7-10) and intermediate school (ages 11-13). It enables students and teachers to create, communicate and collaborate on the Web with Think.com members around the world, providing them with personal Web pages, along with powerful communication and collaboration tools, for free. The 3 Paete Elementary School branches, namely Central, Ibaba and Quinale, benefited from the successful training of 14 teachers and 3 program administrators from each of the branches to integrate Think.com into the teaching and learning activities of Grade 5 and 6 pupils.

With Oracle’s Think.com, the Paete Elementary Schools’ pupils – with the guidance of their teachers – are provided access to their own personal Web space within a protected online community, where they can exchange content, e-mail, create web pages, upload images, and host collaborative learning activities with other intermediate school pupils across the world. Hundreds of thousands of school-attending students from 26 countries currently use Think.com, including Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, Germany, India, Italy, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States.

Collaboration promotes

education development

Paete, Laguna Municipal Mayor Emmanuel Cadayona, who is closely associated with this project, has supported and closely followed the progress of Oracle’s Think.com program since its launch in the 3 Paete Elementary Schools.

"Oracle’s Think.Com is the best thing that happened to our Elementary Schools, next to PAETECH, the Foundation that provided the computer literacy program to our youth," said Cadayona. "Our students and teachers as well are very glad to be a part of a global interaction among students and teachers thru Think.Com. In behalf of the Municipality of Paete, Laguna, please accept our heartfelt gratitude."

Oracle partnered with the Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED) to launch Think.com in the Paete Elementary Schools. ACED – the outreach arm of one of the Philippines’ top universities, Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) – was established in 1996 to build up the state of Philippine public school education in various areas of educational development. Oracle’s cooperation with ACED is specific to IT education training for pupils and teachers in the primary and intermediate levels.

"More than just a virtual blackboard and notebook, Oracle’s Think.Com also serves as an avenue to expand stakeholdership with the purpose of a more effective and sustainable development of Philippine public schools. We see local governments, the private sector, private academic institutions, the local communities and public schools rally around one dream, to be recognized as a nation full of inspired and determined youth," said Anne Lan K. Candelaria, Managing Director, Ateneo Center for Educational Development.

Corporate Citizenship through the Oracle Education Initiative

The Think.com program is part of the Oracle Education Initiative (OEI), aimed at catalyzing learning at all levels of education by leveraging the company’s core competencies in information management and Internet technologies. By investing in the education of today’s students and partnering with governments and academic bodies, Oracle is helping pupils and students meet the challenges of the information age.

"Oracle had long realized the importance of raising the quality of education through the use of information technology," said Yashi Kant, Managing Director, Oracle (Philippines) Corporation. "The Think.com initative is our way of enabling education, through the use of technology, to be readily accessible to the Paete, Laguna community by providing the relevant skills to its elementary school teachers and pupils, to be that at par with their peers anywhere in the world."

Kant added, "Corporate social responsibility through the promotion of education capabilities is the goal of the Oracle Education Initiative (OEI) globally, and the Philippines is no exception. The successful launch of Think.com in the Paete Elementary Schools demonstrates Oracle’s commitment to help develop Philippine education at the primary and intermediate level."

It was some 10 years ago in the Philippines, when Oracle first began its community-based initiatives to help raise the quality of education within the Asia Pacific region, through the activities of the OEI. Since then, Oracle has donated an in-kind grant value of US$ 670 million involving over 475,000 students in more than 3,000 educational institutions across 16 Asia Pacific countries. In the Philippines, plans are underway to expand the Think.com program to other elementary schools in the country.
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