The MSU-IIT College of Education ICT Team, headed by Avril Joy R. Ramayan and Google Educator Group Iligan partnered with Maria Cristina National High School in the conduct of a one day training on Digital Collaborative Environment Using Google Apps for Education last July 11, 2015 at the CED ICT laboratory. The training intended to train teachers in sustaining a culture of collaboration in the basic education setting. Collaboration may be as classified as collaboration among the students, collaboration between teachers and students and collaboration among teachers or administration.

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The event opened with a welcome address by Jun Karren Caparoso, the assistant dean of College of Education and also a GEG Iligan co-leader. Mr. Caparoso thanked the participants for the continuing partnership between MSU-IIT and Maria Cristina National High School (MCNHS). He also expressed his hope that the participants will use the tools learned during the workshop to enhance their lessons and teaching in general.

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This was followed by an inspirational talk by Melchora B. Lector, Ph.D., principal of MCNHS. Dr. Lector discussed the importance of the use of computers in education during this fast changing times in the digital age. Moreover, she talked about she will strengthen their linkages with the industries in their area and further push the need for more computers in the school.

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Then, I presented a talk entitled Teachers of the “Future.” I talked about the year 2015 and how it was referred to as the “future” in the movie “Back to the Future.” I challenged the participants on how to become an effective teacher in the 21st century by using the 4 C’s in education, namely, Communication, Critical Thinking, Collaboration and Creativity. I concluded the talk with the discussion of the Google Educator Groups and MSU-IIT being one of the leader schools in the implementation of Google Apps for Education.

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Jun Karren Caparoso, my GEG co-leader started the training with the discussion of Gmail and Google Drive. After a short lecture, the participants tried the tools on the desktop computers assigned to them.

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In the afternoon, the training continued with the discussion and hands-on exercises of Google Docs by Charity Mulig and Google Slides by Jun Karren Caparoso while I talked about Google Sheets and Forms.

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After the hands-on exercises, some participants were asked to give their impression about the training. In addition, the workshop ended with a challenge and an invitation to commit in the usage of the tools in the classroom and some concrete action steps for the sustainability of the implementation of the project.
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