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100 educators, school staff complete Ed Tech program

ABOUT 100 educators and school administrative staff completed the educational technology training or Ed Tech program which aims to equip participants with technology tools to support the 21st century learning of their students.

In a completion ceremony at Kanoa Resort on Wednesday evening, Dr. Bobby Cruz off the Public School System’s instructional technical program said the participants learned about digital citizenship, Google applications for education, student products, advanced computer applications and other things that incorporate technology in teaching.

The Ed Tech program, which began in 2010, is now in the seventh cohort.

“At first, we were not sure whether we even had a cohort this year because of Super Typhoon Yutu. But these individuals have persevered despite the recovery season. These classes are hard and they have to take some classes concurrently and go back to their schools. We are just proud of what they have accomplished tonight. It represents a lot of effort and hard work that focuses on improving student learning,” Cruz said.

About 100 teachers and school administrative staff from private and public schools completed the Education Technology program. The completion ceremony was held at Kanoa Resort on Wednesday evening.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. LirioAbout 100 teachers and school administrative staff from private and public schools completed the Education Technology program. The completion ceremony was held at Kanoa Resort on Wednesday evening. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Lorraine Catienza, PSS-distance education program manager, said the program intends to close the gap between students who are digital natives and teachers by giving the instructors tools in using technology to support learning in the classroom.

“All the schools get a lot of technology devices — laptops, iPads. It is like giving somebody scuba diving equipment which they don’t know how to use properly. We want to make sure that our teachers are at the level where they know how to use these devices to support learning. We want to make sure that we give that knowledge so that they can do the best they can as educators to support out students with technology,” she said.

This year, they opened the Ed Tech program, not just to teachers, but also to administrative assistants who are involved in education.

Cruz said the program is not exclusive to PSS. They also had participants from private schools such as Saipan International School, Mount Carmel School, Northern Marianas International School and Grace Christian School.

Catienza said teachers use technology to enhance student learning. “It is about being creative in using technology, and not using technology as a substitute for the teacher.”