MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd), in cooperation with Smart Communications, Inc., has launched the second “Ano ang Kwento Mo” contest, one of the three major competitions and the “Doon Po Sa Amin (DPSA)” project where teacher-student perform basic community mapping exercises to create video blogs to feature a distinct characteristic, place, or culture in their respective communities.
According to Education Secretary Armin Luistro, the contest aims to engage teachers and students nationwide to generate local content using community mapping techniques and information and communication technology (ICT).
“It also aims to promote ICT integration in basic education through curriculum-based topic categories and to encourage teachers and students to use local content in curriculum applications,” he explained.
The contest also aims to develop students’ skills in research, writing, leadership, teamwork, and technology, and to encourage schools to build relationships with other Smart Schools Partners (SSP) and groups within their local communities, to raise the students’ awareness.
Through DepEd Memorandum No. 169, Series of 2011, Luistro asked bureau directors, directors of services, centers and heads of units, regional directors, schools division/city superintendents and heads of public and private secondary schools to encourage their teachers and students to register in the contest which is slated from July 11 to Aug. 30, 2011.
Based on the mechanics of the contest, the SSP and online associates or the secondary schools are required to submit at least one entry to the learning challenge and will be awarded with points for “School Mo Panalo.”
The teacher-student teams are expected to design and develop a video blog site where they will present the stories of their respective communities.
The stories will be based on environment and disaster preparedness, arts and culture, history and society, and travel and cuisine.
The winners of the contest will be invited to exhibit their entries during the DPSA awarding ceremony to be held in Manila in February 2012.
The Grand Champion for the “Ano ang Kwento Mo” contest will receive P30,000 for the DPSA school team; the Category Winner will receive P10,000 for DPSA school teams; and the Special Awards (Best in Video Blog Site Design and Layout; Best in Team Collaboration; Best in ICT Integration; and Best in Community Involvement) winner will receive P5,000.