Accessibility of Technology of the Schools

Over the years, as the form of communication improved using the advancement of technology, there has always been a difficulty of classroom teachers to make the learners be involved in classroom instruction. As devices became smaller, more affordable and accessible to the masses, most learners have now basic knowledge on texting and on navigating the digital world. As their accessibility to information widen, the hunger for gathering interesting topics is also evident. To help learners and teachers maintain the interest of learning new things and help learners be involved in active learning in real world contexts, the Department of Education continuously provides ICT packages to schools and learning centers through its DepEd Computerization Program (DCP).

The program aims to: Integrate the ICT into the curriculum; Intensify competency based professional development program; Establish necessary ICT infrastructure and applications; and Develop processes and systems that ensure efficient, transparent and effective ICT governance and management.

It has been the intent of the Department of Education to provide enough computers beneficial to learners and teachers to achieve interactive classroom instruction with a ratio of 1:1 in every computer laboratory or e-classroom.

The Division of Malaybalay City continues its improvement on its computerization program from kindergarten to senior high school. At least 90% of schools in the Division both in elementary & secondary had received DCP packages from DepEd. The following will show the availability of ICT equipment, internet access and applications in the school:

Output devices. 90% of the schools have at least one working printer, projector, speakers, headphones, monitors and television sets.

Input Devices. 90% of the schools have scanners, laptops, webcam, cameras/cellphones for pictures and videos are owned personally by teachers and the Principal in the school.

Internet Access. Only 60% of the schools have internet access in the computer laboratories/e-classroom and/or the Principal’s office due to non-availability of internet signal in some areas in Malaybalay City.

Software and applications. Most schools have Microsoft Office applications for basic productivity. For multimedia production, Adobe Photoshop and Video Editors are installed in some computers and laptops.

By: Paul Arias