By CYNTHIA GAYYA
Senior SRS, SEI
AN INTERACTIVE, USER-FRIENDLY GRAPHIC, and animated presentations of selected lessons in science and mathematics in CD format was launched last November 16 by the Science Education Institute, an agency under the Department of Science and Technology.
The learning modules for science and mathematics was developed for public elementary school pupils and designed to raise their interest in those subjects. The modules are also expected to upgrade the quality of science and mathematics education in the country.
The two-set 41 lessons in science for grades 3 to 6, and 60 lessons in math for grades 1 to 6 will be distributed to approximately 35,000 public schools starting in 2007, with schools that already have computer sets as priority.
Science and math teachers from the Department of Education, as well as subject area specialists from the Philippine Normal University developed the modules. DOST’s Advanced Science and Technology Institute also translated the modules in its current format, which can run on either Microsoft or Linux operating platforms.
Among selected lessons for science are the eclipse, reproduction of plants, stars, tropical cyclones, excretory system, formation of metamorphic rocks, earthquakes, volcanoes, and tides. For math lessons, there are presentations on time, shapes, measures of weight, and fractions.
The modules’ launch at the Discovery Suites in Pasig City was attended by DOST Secretary Estrella Alabastro, Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Villafuerte, Bulacan Rep. Reylina Nicolas, SEI Director Ester Ogena, DepEd BEEd Director Teresita Inciong, other DepEd officials, and academicians. STP