The paper presents several experiences in and possible approaches to integrating technology into the basic education classroom.
The first experience is on the use by high school students of laboratory automation facilities at Don Bosco College Canlubang. The college, through the help of David Vernier and his company, made use of sensors attached to a computer to simulate science laboratory measuring devices. The high school department, upon using the devices, observed that time was gained for analyzing experiment results which were recorded in the computer and students found the discrete sensors more engaging to work with.
The second experience is an experiment done with students of Tondo High School in Manila. The experiment modeled collaborative learning through correspondence and group work. The project, which had the initial objective of learning English as a second language, involved several schools around the world. Students conducted research on cultural approaches to dealing with SARS.
The third experience is the effort of Genetics Computer Institute to assist schools in doing IT integration. The work focuses on building lesson plans for core learning subjects that make use of technology. The model uses the computer laboratory as a venue to extend the study of Math, Science, English or History.
The paper concludes with recommendations for jumpstarting sustainable ICT integration in basic education in the Philippines, highlighting the idea that school administrators, teachers, parents and students need to get their act together in order to build a learning society that optimizes the use of the limited learning resources at its disposal.