Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Making Tech-phobic Teachers a Thing of the Past

Zoilo Pinongcos, Jr. of Leganes National High School, Iloilo is working hard to make techno-phobic teachers a thing of the past. “The information age isn't in the future,” shares Pinongcos. “We are in the information age.” A Math and ICT teacher for over two decades, Pinongcos says that while students are frequently adept at the latest technologies, teachers tend to stick to traditional methods of teaching.

Pinongocos explains that teachers need to be able to reach their students via mediums they understand. “Technology is a tool for instruction and a resource for richer classroom experiences,” adds Pinongcos. A certified Intel Teach National Trainer, Pinongcos conducts ICT-readiness training courses in collaboration with Intel for teachers from all over the country. The courses emphasize student-centered instruction, critical thinking and collaboration.

“The program is designed for classroom teachers who have limited computer experience and helps them acquire basic technology literacy skills,” explains Pinongcos. “We adjust each session to the needs to the teachers, so they can get the hints and skills for teaching specific topics or subject.”

Pinongcos has received various citations and awards for his exemplary work in improving Math and ICT education in Iloilo. Among these are the Metrobank Outstanding Teacher of the Philippines, Outstanding Legaslenon (2010), Outstanding Intel Teach National Trainer (2008-2009) and San Jose College Outstanding Alumni Award.

But despite all the recognition he has received, Pinongcos believes there is still so much to do to help students and co-teachers excel and achieve. “We have to keep learning, technological advancements never stop and as such, teachers need to get “upgrades” to utilize these advancements,” adds Pingongcos.
Pinongcos and four other educators are this year's honorees of the Many Faces of the Teacher search. Organized by the Bato Balani Foundation Inc. (BBFI) in partnership with Diwa Learning Systems Inc (DLSI), the search aims to honor outstanding educators who have shapedthe course of our nation by educating our youth.

The five honorees of the Many Faces of the Teacher search were recognized at the annual A Tribute to Teachers event at the Waterfront Hotel in Lahug, Cebu on September 25, 2010. The annual event gathers thousands of educators to thank them for their lives of service and commitment.

source: A Few to Inspire the Many: A Tribute to Teachers