A different approach to effective learning

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

TO MAKE learning more fun and effective, public schools in the 3rd District are now being introduced to cyber education, one of which is the use of Promethean Interactive Whiteboard in Math and Science.

A feature of the e-classroom, this is a project of 3rd District Rep. Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez, in his dream of improving the quality of education in his district, composed of the cities of Victorias, Silay, and Talisay, and the towns of Murcia and E. B. Magalona.

The Promethean Interactive Whiteboard is a large touch-screen interactive display that connects to a computer. A projector beams the computer's desktop onto the board's surface where users control the computer using a pen, finger, stylus, or other device. The board is typically mounted to a wall or floor stand.


The new approach proved effective as scores in the National Achievement Test and the Regional Achievement Test in elementary and secondary schools in these LGUs have dramatically improved.

In this project, Benitez’s office partnered with Playtech, a leading global software developer, and the Betty Bantug Benitez Foundation Inc. (BBBFI).

The BBBFI implements and manages the program in the ground level, while the Department of Education (DepEd) ensures the alignment of the program with its curriculum and monitors the learning-teaching capability of the schools.

Last September, Playtech managing director Shmuel Weiss announced the company’s donation of $100,000 to the BBBFI for the procurement of computers for public schools in the district.

The MOA signing for the partnership was held in Manila last November with Education Secretary Armin Luistro, BBBFI president Armita Bantug Rufino and Playtech chief executive officer Moran Weizer, and Benitez.

Last Feb. 20, Benitez distributed 13 interactive whiteboards to 13 public elementary schools in Victorias. He also turned over 200 computers to seven elementary and secondary schools in the city.

He said 72 more computers will be given this month to six more elementary schools in Victorias.

Addressing school officials and teachers, Benitez said, “Let’s keep the fire burning for quality education, to ensure a brighter future for our children.”

Attending the turnover rites were Playtech officials Shmuel Weiss, Tomer Pszenica, and special project officer Lovelyn Reyes.

Afterwards, the group visited three beneficiary schools in Victorias. Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca welcomed the guests and accompanied them during the visit to the schools. (Danny B. Dangcalan)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 22, 2014.


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