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85 educators to participate in PSS ed-tech training

EIGHTY-FIVE teachers from public and private schools have been selected to be part of the educational technology or ed-tech training that will be facilitated by the instructional technology and distance education program of the Public School System.

Dr. Bobby Cruz, PSS instructional technology director, said there was a large pool of applicants and the selection was highly competitive. “Only 85 exceptional participants were admitted to cohort 8,” he added.

“Ed-tech prepares educators to effectively integrate technology in their classrooms to both support their teaching practice as well as enhance the engagement of their students, coupling the art and science of teaching with 21st century tools and innovations,” Cruz added.

Ed-tech is offered annually to all public and private schools throughout the CNMI.

Cruz said the participants are expected to complete 250 hours of online learning and 25 face-to-face collaborative sessions.

On Saturday, members of cohort 8 gathered in the William S. Reyes Elementary School cafeteria for an orientation.

Dr. Bobby Cruz, Public School System instructional technology director, speaks during the orientation for the educational technology training held in the WSR cafeteria on Saturday.  Contributed photoDr. Bobby Cruz, Public School System instructional technology director, speaks during the orientation for the educational technology training held in the WSR cafeteria on Saturday. Contributed photo

“Technology tools and digital media were incorporated to discuss how technology has transformed the world. Aside from meeting the ed-tech instructors and program leaders, the participants heard student testimonials and research highlights that support the role of technology in promoting student success,” Cruz said.

At the end of the training program, Cruz said the participants will present a service-learning project that showcases their new technology skills.

“It’s a competitive opportunity for educators to shore up their teaching practice with technology skills,” Cruz added.

PSS distance education program manager Lorraine Catienza said the courses offered in the training include Google Applications for Educators, Digital Citizenship, Classroom Instruction that Works with Technology, Student Product with Technology, and Advanced Computer Applications.

“Each year the program is updated using focus groups strategies to improve scope and sequencing as well as update digital tools and resources,” Cruz added.

In emphasizing the importance of such training to educators, Associate Commissioner of Student and Support Services Dr. Yvonne Pangelinan said PSS wants the teachers to be empowered and to enhance their teaching practice using the power of technology. “Our goal is to ensure that our students are receiving the education they need to take full advantage of tomorrow,” she added.