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


Modern Age Technology: The Experience
by Emerita Gammuac
Esteban Abada Elementary School

Esteban Abada Elementary School is one of the few public schools in the Philippines that are fortunate enough to have access to almost all kinds of electronic materials, such as CD-ROMs, the Internet, and education television and radio. Almost all students are computer-literate: they use the Internet in looking up information that they think they might not find in print materials such as books and journals. Each student is given 20 minutes to surf the Internet, to browse the CD-ROMs, or to watch and listen to educational channels. Access to information and communication technology in learning is no longer a problem for students of Esteban Abada Elementary School since the local government's goal is to keep students abreast of the latest information.

To ensure that students are able to evaluate information and decide which is reliable, accurate, and useful, teachers should provide the proper guidance and training. At Esteban Abada Elementary School, teachers are being trained in the use of electronic resources in teaching the various subjects, such as Science, Mathematics, and English. It is not enough for teachers and students to be computer-literate. They should also be able to integrate the use of technology into the curriculum.