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

The eLearning Club as a Support Strategy in Technology Integration
by Liezl S. Formilleza
Foundation for IT Education & Development

Students are important drivers of curriculum and technology integration. In schools where technology resources are available and students are taught ICT skills, it is usually the case that students are highly motivated to learn the new technology. Our experiences in the Coca-Cola ed.Venture pilot schools show that the use of computers and the Internet excites the students, and engender high levels of participation even from "slow" learners. The students' enthusiasm in turn encourages the teachers to try more ICT-enhanced lessons in the classroom.

To further leverage student participation in ICTs and curriculum integration, e-Learning Clubs have been formed in the ed.Venture schools. Each club is composed of 10 students from each year level, four teacher moderators (one for each year level), and an overall teacher coordinator. Center (or laboratory) Managers and their assistants are also part of the club to provide technical assistance to teachers and students. The Club members are the school's ICTs "champions". Each year level is expected to plan and implement at least one ICT-enhanced project that is tied to the curriculum, preferably involving their fellow students from their year level and the community as well.


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