The Department of Science and Technology, after a successful pilot testing of the Technology Package for Student Learning Empowerment for Grade 1 Mathematics, has started development of Mathematics Courseware for Grades 2 to 6. This is a collaboration between different agencies within DOST namely, the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (NISMED) and the Science Education Institute (SEI) .
The Courseware for Grades 2 to 6 aims to continue improving elementary school students' performance in mathematics by providing supplementary software, and appropriate teaching support and materials. A total of 42 lessons distributed among selected topics from the different grades will be digitized into modules. These modules are aligned with the K-12 curriculum of the Department of Education.
The new modules will follow Courseware for Grade 1's main characters: Aida, Dan, Ed, and Tessa in learning new lessons in Mathematics. Localization of elements within the module gives it a more “Filipino” feel giving users a sense of familiarity. Modules are divided into Activities, Fixing Skills and Evaluation. Activities are the lesson proper, Fixing Skills are exercises that increase understanding of the lesson , and Evaluation tests the student's lesson comprehension.
The Courseware for Grade 1 Mathematics modules are currently available for download at (http://courseware.dost.gov.ph/cw-modules). Development and pilot testing of Grade 2-6 modules will run until the end of 2014.
The Technology Package for Student Learning Empowerment: Mathematics Courseware for Tablet PC is nominated at the ISIF Asia Award (http://isif.asia/projects/projects/view/346) for 2013. Along with 21 other contenders in the Asian region, the courseware project will compete for AUD 3000 prize money plus a travel grant to attend the awards ceremony at a regional or global event chosen by the ISIF Asia secretariat. The said entry was entered under the Innovation on Learning and Localization category, of which the winner is to be decided by the ISIF Asia committee. Aside from the major awards, the Community Choice Award will be given to the project who will get the most number of online votes using social media campaign. All the approved nominations are listed at http://isif.asia/projects/projects/index, and the online poll is still ongoing as of press time.
The Technology Package for Student Learning Empowerment: Mathematics Courseware for Tablet PC is a project of the Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) and Advanced Science Technology (DOST-ASTI) in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepEd), National Institute of Science and Mathematics Education (UP-NISMED), DOST Undersecretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña, Dr. Queena Lee-Chua of Ateneo de Manila University, and Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevarra of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) which seeks to contribute to the improved delivery of educational content especially in the primary education, and consequently to the improvement of the quality of Philippine education.
The provision of grants and awards of the ISIF Asia Program was developed to help advance local and regional projects aimed at introducing, improving, and applying Internet technology for the benefit of Asia Pacific users and communities. The ISIF Asia Award seeks to acknowledge the important contributions ICT innovators have made with creative solutions to the social and economic development of the Asia Pacific region. The ISIF Asia Awards are granted to initiatives on the last stages of implementation that have finalized activities already and are aligned with the funding categories and eligibility criteria. Innovation and development focus should be an integral part of all award nominations. The funding categories are: