MANILA, APRIL 3, 2008 (STAR) By Rainier Allan Ronda - Software giant Microsoft recently honored three public school teachers for their innovative use of information and communication technology (ICT) in teaching the core subjects of English, math and science to their students.

The winners of Microsoft Philippines’ 4th Innovative Teachers Leadership Award (ITLA) were Julius Gregory Hechanova, a math teacher at the Iligan City East High School; Fedelyn Gomez, a Makabayan teacher at the Tomas Cabili National High School, also in Iligan City; and Noemi Bagayaua, an English teacher at the Cembo Elementary School in Makati City.

Hechanova won the award for his “Right Triangle Trigonometry (An Application Approach)” teaching strategy; Gomez for her lesson plan which is tailored to teach students how to design an animal production project proposal and make them realize that successful enterprises always start with a business plan; and Bagayaua for her “Literature-Based Approach in Teaching Reading” where lessons are prepared through “Photostory.”

The three teachers will represent the Philippines in the annual Asian Regional Innovative Teachers Conference in Vietnam this April.

The ITLA is given by Microsoft Philippines in collaboration with the Department of Education to honor public school teachers who contribute to the enhancement of students’ learning experience through the imaginative and efficient use of ICT in classroom teaching.

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said the DepEd strongly supports private sector initiatives to promote the use of ICT in improving education.

“Technology has become a global standard even for developing countries like the Philippines. If we are to empower our students for the 21st century, our schools must become truly creative and innovative organizations,” he said.

The three national winners came from the Potensyal Top 30 DepEd school divisions who were encouraged to join the 4th ITLA.

The contenders submitted a digital portfolio of their work containing their profile, personal essay, learning materials, samples of students’ works, and abstracts of their projects, to the Partners in Learning Online Community.

The 10 semi-finalists flew to Manila to attend a team-building seminar and compete in the last phase of the search.

Each semi-finalist received a medal and an Acer laptop powered by Windows Vista.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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