First National Congress
6-7 December 2004, Cebu City, Philippines


Using ITTF-Inspired Instructional Materials in Teaching High School Mathematics
by Danilo Aragon Cullo
Philippine Normal University- Agusan Campus

Blackboard and chalk are no longer the sole technology available to the mathematics teacher or tutor. In many classrooms today, students might be expected to learn using computers, calculators, television, video and many other media.

The Philippine Normal University-Agusan Campus, a teacher-training institution based in Mindanao, is one of the recipients of the Intel Teach to the Future (ITTF) program sponsored by the Intel Corporation. Under the ITTF pre-service curriculum program, pre-service students were trained in the use of information and communication technology and expected to produce instructional materials. Students' outputs were competency-based and benchmarked on the new Basic Education Curriculum standards.

This paper presents an analysis of selected student outputs in integrating technology in teaching high school mathematics. The ITTF-inspired outputs were selected from among the many outputs of pre-service students who took the SED4 (Strategies in Teaching Mathematics) class. The analysis is divided in to three stages: (1) the initial stage, which is the selection of student outputs based on evaluation criteria; (2) the implementation/demonstration stage, where students have to demonstrate in actual teaching their finished output; and (3) the evaluation stage, which focuses on the applicability, relevance, and integration of the outputs in the core learning areas in mathematics under BEC.

Initially, 12 student outputs were selected. These outputs were revised by the student-proponents according to the recommended suggestions of the Math/ICT instructor. Initial findings revealed that during the preparation and production of the ITTF-inspired instructional materials, students find that the information and resources found on the Internet or World Wide Web help them a lot in the making their finished outputs. Mastery of application programs such as Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and even Microsoft Paint likewise enhanced their materials.

During the implementation/demonstration phase, students are asked to demonstrate/present their finished output in actual classroom settings. The demonstration is video taped for review and evaluation by the subject matter specialists. This paper presents the results of the demonstration.