Updated: Apr 15, 2021
The unforeseen spread of COVID19 is driving educational institutions to deliver classes in a flexible modality and explore technologies and alternatives that could aid the delivery of instruction in a non-face-to-face mode (Reimers & Schleicher, 2020). As “education must continue even in times of crises whether it may be a calamity, disaster, emergency, quarantine, or even war” (Department of Education, 2020a), proper training for teachers and education leaders must be in place to capacitate them for remote teaching and build resilience against this pandemic scenario (Beteille, 2020).
Southeast Asia Institute of Educational Training, Inc. (SEAIETI) is committed to be a responsive teacher training center to support this cause. The SEAIETI continuously develop programs that aims to upgrade teachers’ competencies to respond effectively and innovatively to the needs and demands of the current students (the 21st century learners) and the ‘New Normal.’
SEAIETI also recognize and aims to support the Professional Development (PD) priorities of upskilling and reskilling our teachings and school leaders that will result in better learning outcomes through the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP). Likewise, it supports Sulong EduKalidad, which envisions moving together forward to prepare the education system for the future (Department of Education, 2020b).
Thus, this online training program, which will be delivered through alternative modality to adhere to the guidelines of the ‘New Normal,’ is proposed to promote innovative strategies and alternative modalities of teaching and learning, and disseminate information and technological breakthroughs to assist the educational process.
Education in The Digital Era
As the world move further into the 21st century and because of the unforeseen circumstances that the country faces, there has been a substantial growth in online or virtual education. These experiences are increasing and becoming inevitable for all ages from young children, K-12 students, university students, even adults in the workplace.
Education is being redefined as technologies advance and new formats are being made. Hence, this training course will familiarize teacher participants in the virtual learning scenario. It will also hone their skills in using technology to support the teaching-learning process and increase teachers’ productivity. Additionally, they will gain understanding about the concepts of seamless learning, which is an important aspect of a virtual learning environment.
Dr. Celina Sarmiento a full- time faculty member of the College of Flexible Learning and ePNU at Philippine Normal University- Manila and a Part-time Faculty Member at De Las Salle University- Dasmarinas. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics for Teachers, cum laude, from the Philippine Normal University.
Also, she placed No. 6 in the 2007 Licensure Examinations for Professional Teachers. She completed her Masters of Education in Mathematics from the Philippine Normal University and earned my degree in Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education Major in Mathematics from De La Salle University- Manila.
Innovation in Education
Technological innovations are making significant impact on educational systems at all levels. Social networking tools, educational software and applications, online courses, teaching aids, and other emerging technologies are drastically changing the traditional classroom environment. Thus, this training course aims to equip teacher participants with the proper understanding of the effects that technological innovations have on students, teachers, and schools. It is also expected that they will be exposed to the critical strategies and techniques needed to manage and the use of technology in innovating the way they deliver education.
Engr. Timothy Wooi is a dedicated Lean Consultant cum Trainer with over 30 years of experience. Besides Lean Consultancy, he is also an international speaker in educational leadership and management. He is a motivational speaker and team-building facilitator that helps organizations from schools and universities with young scientists in concepts of innovation.
For the past decade, he has expanded lean thinking with green initiatives, helping organizations to improve sustainability and social responsibility through lean lenses in various industries from manufacturing, healthcare and education. He was a part of the team of small bike riders from Malaysia who travelled 24 countries over five months on just a small 125 cc scooter. He is a passionate and friendly trainer who is well- respected in the community.