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Diwa innovates through blended learning

Simply enabling. This sums up what “blended learning” is all about. That is why it’s a way of teaching and learning that Diwa Learning Systems Inc (Diwa) has been committed to enhancing for the past 10 years.

The leading provider of print and digital educational resources in the Philippines, Diwa continues to help schools upgrade education strategies because it saw how adding technology in the mix would change the education landscape.

Diwa’s solutions include Genyo e-Learning, Textbooks, and Supplemental Educational Magazines (SEMs), whose combination may be customized to create blended learning.

Genyo e-Learning is the first and only fully-integrated online management system for basic education in the Philippines. It provides students and teachers with an exclusive online subscription 24/7 to a wide array of multimedia, curriculum-based teaching and learning resources.

Diwa Textbooks promote holistic learning for basic education students in all core subject areas. Available in both print and digital formats, these K-to-12 aligned textbooks are multi-disciplinary in approach and develop important skills to help students survive the challenges of the 21st century.

SEMs are K-to-12 aligned classroom magazines for Science, Math, Social Studies, English, Filipino, Music, Arts, Health, Physical Education and Computer. They augment the learning experience with their casual and practical take on the minimum learning competences.

Innovation is the Key

Although blended learning is the combination of traditional classroom instruction and online learning, Diwa stressed that “technology isn’t the driver but innovation.”

Diwa considers customization as king in blended learning, and that its array of products can help meet the needs of students in a personalized, meaningful, and relevant manner.

In fact, many teachers, students, and leaders from schools attest to Diwa’s effective customizable educational solutions that make 21st century teaching and learning possible for every Philippine school.

Miriam College President Ma. Rosario O. Lapus, PhD., and the school’s high school Principal Edizon A. Fermin, PhD, attest that Diwa’s Genyo e-Learning helps students become fully engaged and active in their learning.

“Genyo helps the teachers in enriching the delivery of their subject matter with multi-media and with what is current and real,” Lapus said. “Innovation is adding something new or different to what already exists. This difference has to be significantly related to the changes and to the current of the educational landscape.”

As for Fermin, teaching and learning must really adjust to continue to be interesting to today’s students.

“Our learners are of a different generation and they want the things that they’re learning right now to be true and relevant to their own consciousness and context,” Fermin said.

He added that Diwa helped Miriam College in the transition towards e-learning integration and that in the new learningenvironment there are now opportunities for them to demonstrate responsibility in using technologies so that they could connect better and manifest meaningful learning in ways never seen before.

As Genyo e-Learning breaks down the walls of the classroom to allow teaching and learning to happen anytime, anywhere, Diwa’s printed and digital textbooks and magazines continue to make traditional instruction relevant by creating more opportunities for discovery and exploration.

“Despite the emergence of technology innovation, textbooks still play a vital purpose in education. Textbooks provide organized unit of work. We use textbooks for quick formative assessments like drills and exercises. Sometimes, I take some story selections as a springboard for my lesson”, says Jobelle Villacorta, grade school English teacher from St. Paul College Pasig.

Ninna Rivera, a grade V student of St. Paul College Pasig, says that “the use of textbook encourages me to ask more questions as when I read on paper, it creates a tactile experience and I can navigate long texts in an intuitive and satisfying way.”

Ninna’s mother, Mary Bernadette V. Rivera, fully supports the blended learning approach. “With the concept of blended learning, Ninna makes use of digital resources and her textbooks. Diwa textbooks continue to be an integral part of her pursuit for academic excellence.”

Diwa’s SEMs make the implementation of blended learning more interesting. Available in all the core subject areas, SEMs also follow the minimum learning competencies for basic education.

Mr. Laurence Baltazar, vice principal of Integrated Montessori Center, says, “SEMs are integrated in lessons and implementations of programs.  SEMs provide content and projects that require to be carried outside the classroom inspiring them to go and observe, investigate, and gather data.”

“These (SEMs) help in forming the practice and value of critical thinking in our young learners. Infusing SEMs has proven to be dynamic, responsive, and relevant to the needs of students,” adds Marianne Cadungog Rivera, assistant school director of Integrated Montessori Center.

With Diwa’s formidable line-up of textbooks, magazines, and learning management system, they continue to lead the way for blended learning in the Philippines.  They change the way teachers teach and students learn. Teachers become more relevant and attune with the times, while students are given a wide range of learning opportunities that prepare them for the 21st century.

For more information about diwa, log on to www.diwa.ph.

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Cavite City wins big in nationwide creative writing competition

Cavite City’s Statesfield College and Saint Joseph College delivered the winning entries in the grade school division of this year’s Wordworks National Creative Writing Competition and Gawad Tambuli Patimpalak sa Malikhaing Pagsulat, respectively.

Grade 6 student Bianca Elise Alarcon of Statesfield College, in her poem entitled “Journeylism,” talked about her dream of becoming a global news writer or blogger. The 12 year old’s piece was judged the best in the Wordworks, the Abracadabra Poetry Writing Contest.

Second place went to Bianca Bruno of Santa Rita de Cascia Parochial School of Paranaque City and the 3rd place was awarded to Alexa Claire Estaniel of Dr. P. Ocampo Colleges, Inc. of Cotabato City.

Meantime, in the Tagalog writing competition, Azriel Yosef Pal of Saint Joseph College expressed his desire to travel the world; his dream of becoming a doctor, firefighter, police, engineer, lawyer, architect or pilot; and his ultimate of becoming a good citizen who is able to give glory to his nation.  The Tagalog poem won first place in the Gawad Tambuli, the Kaluskos’ Paligsahan sa Pagsulat ng Tula

Renee Cristen Enriquez also of Saint Joseph College and Gabriel Alvarez of Statesfields School of Cavite City, won 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.

The competition was organized by Diwa Learning Systems Inc, the leading provider of print and digital educational resources for basic education in the Philippines

The six bested almost 300 students nationwide who joined the competition.  It was open to all subscribers of Diwa Learning Systems Inc’s Supplemental Educational Magazines for English “Abracadabra,” “Magica,” and for Filipino “Kaluskos” and “Tambuli.”

Entries were judged based on creativity, content and writing mechanics.  The theme was “Be the Change” for WordWorks and “Ikaw ang Magsimula ng Pagbabago” for Gawad Tambuli.

The competition, which started in 2004, aims to nurture young English and Filipino writers.

The competition also has categories for high school students –  for Wordworks, the Magica Essay Writing Contest and for Gawad Tambuli, the Tambuli Paligsahan sa Pagsulat ng Maikling Kwento.

Top prizes for the essay-writing contest went to Rea Alexis Dolores of the School of La Salette of Bulacan, Ria Ann Roldan of Saint Pedro Poveda College of Mandaluyong City and Samantha Abello, also of Saint Pedro Poveda College of Mandaluyong City.

In the Gawad Tambuli high school division, Marc Lesney Maddumba of Olivarez College of Paranaque City, Rona Eilsel Deraco of San Lorenzo Ruiz Center of Studies and Schools Pampanga, and Ma. Ana Christina Tantengco also of of San Lorenzo Ruiz Center of Studies and Schools Pampanga brought home the medals.

All works will be published online at www.diwa.ph.

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Ilonggo tops the Diwa Pasiklaban sa Paaralan Grand National Finals for Grade School

A 12-year -old student from Iloilo emerged as champion in the recently concluded Diwa Pasiklaban sa Paaralan grand national finals at the Manila Ocean Park, with Kuya Kim Atienza as game master. Diwa Pasiklaban sa Paaralan is the only ICT-integrated traveling quiz show in the country.

Ramon Galvan III of Children’s Integrated School of Alta Tierra, Inc. brings pride to fellow Ilonggos as the national finals winner in the newly formatted Diwa Pasiklaban sa Paaralan Caravan.

In school year 2009-2010, Diwa Pasiklaban sa Paaralan transformed itself into a high-tech competition, traveling the country on board a van that moves its laptop computers, server, LCD projector and sound system from one provincial destination to another, to promote ICT integration in education in all corners of the country.

The victory of Ramon Galvan III of Children’s Integrated School of Alta Tierra, Inc., Iloilo City was not an easy feat.  Ramon took part in two local competitions (first with fellow students from Iloilo held at Colegio de San Jose in Iloilo last December 9, 2009 and next,  in a cluster finals where he competed with winners from Bacolod, Tacloban, Cebu, Cebu City and Dumaguete) before landing a slot in the grand national finals.

A reading enthusiast, Ramon went on an intensive training, both for Pasiklaban and for his upcoming participation in the Korea Invitational World Youth Mathematics Intercity Competition (KIWYMIC) 2010 to be held in Seoul, South Korea from July 25 – 29, 2010.

Marco Chinayog of Step Learning Academy of Baguio City and Joaquin Labio of De La Salle Santiago Zobel School, Muntinlupa City were second and third placers respectively.

Other students who made it to the finals are Joshua Miguel Danac of St. Scholastica’s Academy, Pampanga; Ricardo Roxas of St. Paul University, Tuguegarao City; John Joseph Chua of Colegio de San Bartolome de Novaliches, Quezon City; Emil Martin Jaducana of Corpus Christi Parochial School of Iligan, Iligan City and Chlex Wynsylph Villanueva of Holy Cross of Davao, Davao City.

In the high school category, Angeles City’s pride, Camille Patricia Calma of Holy Angel University, won the gold.

The competition was conducted using the same high-tech format, with 10 laptops serving as playing consoles and a server that delivered 10 difficult, 10 average, and 10 easy questions in Science, Math, Languages, Literature, and General Information.

True to its nature of spreading the gospel of interactivity and ICT integration, contest organizers Diwa Learning Systems toured the participants in the country’s science center, the Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center at the Mall of Asia and the country’s first state-of-the-art oceanarium, the Manila Ocean Park.

Diwa Learning System’s Executive Director, Elma L. Ropeta, said that a bigger Pasiklaban sa Paaralan is set for next year, with more local competitions.  This year, the caravan went to 39 different locations and conducted 78 local competitions from Tuguegarao to General Santos City, participated in by 560 schools nationwide.

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Pampangeno Ruled this year’s Pasiklaban sa Paaralan

Charming and bubbly 15-year-old Camille Patricia Calma of Pampanga experienced celebrity status as congratulatory remarks and well wishes poured.

An incoming Business Administration freshman at the University of the Philippines, Camille expresses glee as she emerges as high school division champ in the recently concluded grand national finals of Diwa Pasiklaban sa Paaralan held at the Manila Ocean Park with Kuya Kim Atienza as game master.

With this, Camille leaves behind another victory for the school she represents, Holy Angel University.

Winning in the Diwa Pasiklaban sa Paaralan, the only ICT-integrated traveling quiz show in the country, is not an easy feat, in fact entering the finals is success in itself. Camille and fellow grand national finalists won in local and cluster competitions, where they competed with students from their respective regions.

Realizing that she carries not only her name, but that of her school and province, Camille spent time preparing for the finals by reading on different subject areas and surfing the internet.  Her coach, Jinky S. David joined her in the finals.

Both agreed that discipline and time-management were key in their win, but adding enjoying life and savoring each moment in their advise to youngsters who want to follow their track.

In the elementary school division, Ramon Galvan III of Children’s Integrated School of Alta Tierra, Inc. of Iloilo City won.

The high-tech competition was conducted using laptops serving as playing consoles and a server that delivered 10 difficult, 10 average, and 10 easy questions in Science, Math, Languages, Literature, and General Information. This is the same game format that made a tour all over the country to scout for finalists.

True to its nature of spreading the gospel of interactivity and ICT integration, contest organizers Diwa Learning Systems toured the participants in the country’s science center, the Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center at the Mall of Asia and the country’s first state-of-the-art oceanarium, the Manila Ocean Park.

Diwa Learning System’s Executive Director, Elma L. Ropeta, said that a bigger Pasiklaban sa Paaralan is set for next year, with more local competitions.  This year, the caravan went to 39 different locations and conducted 78 local competitions from Tuguegarao to General Santos City, participated in by 560 schools nationwide.

Pasiklaban sa Paaralan is a project of Diwa Learning Systems Inc., the only ICT-integrated educational publishing company in the Philippines. It is sponsored by Bato Balani magazine in celebration of its 30th year, Diwa 3G Textbooks, and Genyo in cooperation with the Manila Ocean Park, the Nido Science Discovery Center and Net 25.

For more information about Pasiklaban sa Paaralan, please visit www.diwa.ph or search for pasiklabancaravan@gmail.com at facebook.

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Reforming Schools through Superior Learning

Change-driven.  This term summarizes and best describes Diwa’s Superior Learning forSchool Leaders (SL2) seminar series designed exclusively for school decision-makers.

As part of its thrust in building a Superior Learning Experience environment, Diwa invited a number of school administrators from various schools in Visayas and Mindanao regions last year, and from Manila recently.  They were convened for three days of discussion, fellowship, motivation, fun and relaxation.

The event was set off by welcome remarks from Diwa’s Executive Director Ms. Elma Ropeta.  To encourage collaboration with other school heads, the guests were grouped into four teams named after Diwa’s four scholastic enhancement materials (SEM), namely, Salaguinto, Bato Balani, Tatsulok, and MathTalino.

Ma. Rosario “Cherry” Cesario, the Director of First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities (FAITH) Unified School, facilitated the first day of the event and shared her wealth of insights on the topic “Leaders Learning from Leaders”.  The participants shared their administrative practices and concerns during the “Meet Your Consultants” activity.  They also enjoyed putting across their thoughts in other pertinent activities like the “Shining Moment” where they talked about their achievements in governing their respective school.

The executive director of Diwa, Jose Maria “Toots” Policarpio , brought technology-rich learning to the participants as he linked educational technology to new trends in teaching  such as the shift from teacher-led to student-centric learning.  The practical application of transforming teaching through technology was demonstrated  after Policarpio’s talk onGenyo, Diwa’s e-learning product, as participants got a hands-on experience on Genyo.

The school tour and robotics demo presented by FAITH gave the participants a good picture of a forward-looking school set up.

Saturnino G. Belen, president of Diwa Learning Systems, Inc. and FAITH, presided over the roundtable discussion on corporate social responsibility, schools’ marketing strategies, and the road ahead in education.  Diwa’s Vice-President, Brian L. Belen presented  Bato-Balani Foundation, Inc’s way of giving back to the community through its several programs involving teacher development, school development, student development, and other special involvements.  Belen said, “Through CSR, you can do well, do good, and still do good business”.

Apart from raffle prizes and several games prepared by Diwa during the socialization night, the guests were also treated to a  tour of Tagaytay Highlands during the third day.

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Experience the Future of Education with Genyo

The integration of information communication technology in teaching today’s youth is now an educational strategy of the country. As such, Genyo is rendered a vital partner.

The Genyo Online Learning Management System is a technological solution provided by Diwa Learning Systems, the leading Philippine educational resource company, and Singapore’s Learning Edvantage (LEAD). With Genyo, students and teachers can access their Science, Math, English, Filipino and Araling Panlipunan lessons through the internet.

“When I heard of Genyo, I felt it was a dream come true,” shares Dolly Micheal, grade school principal of Lourdes School of Mandaluyong (LSM). “We saw Genyo as an answer to our need to systematize the inclusion of technology in our subjects.”

“With Genyo, computer technology is not just a subject; it’s part of every subject.” Micheal adds. “We knew that Genyo was developed by Diwa and a Singapore-based outfit. And as we know Singapore is one of the best in basic education. Hopefully, Genyo will do the same for us.”

During a month-long evaluation, LSM faculty and students were able to try out the Genyo System for free. According to Micheal, teachers found Genyo to be a helpful guide for making lessons. “With all the resources made available, teachers are encouraged to become creative
with their lesson plans. Genyo doesn’t limit the teachers’ creativity,” Micheal explains.

Students also found Genyo’s platform engaging and easy to understand. Genyo uses creative and multi-media contents such as interactive quizzes, charts, colorful graphics, animations, video and audio clips to make learning exciting and engaging. It is also a fully integrated
system that removes a lot of hassle in ICT integration. “With students so hooked on the internet and hi-tech gadgets, Genyo will make learning more enjoyable for LSM students in the coming school year,” enthuses Micheal.

Genyo is but one of a host of ICT-enabled products under Diwa’s Superior Learning Experience (SLE) banner. Diwa excecutive director Jose Maria Policarpio says that SLE aims to transform Philippine education. “SLE uses technology to complement traditional forms of instruction. The seamlessly integrated educational products help students, teachers and schools to maximize the learning experience.”

Other SLE products include: Diwa’s Scholastic Enhancement Materials (SEM) Digital Edition, the interactive learning portal and 3rd Generation (3G) Textbooks.

For more information, log on to www.genyo.com.ph.

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