Monday, October 12, 2009

Three in-house seminar and lectures were conducted from July to August this year. NISMED’s academic and/or administrative staff attended the said activities which were held at the Science Teacher Training Center, UP NISMED.

Guillermo P. Bautista Jr. of the High School Mathematics Group conducted an in-house seminar on the basics of Moodle last July 9, 2009 at the Information Science Laboratory. Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (Moodle) is an open-source internet-based e-learning system widely used for distance learning. It enables teachers to create virtual classrooms in the internet, and provides space for communication and interaction. The seminar included familiarization to the Moodle environment and its functionalities. In addition, NISMED staff learned downloading and uploading of files, and using forum and chat rooms. The participants were also introduced to Latex, a typesetting program that specializes in mathematical and scientific writing. NISMED plans to use Moodle in the future as part of its online support in curriculum projects and teacher trainings.

Dr. Amelia E. Punzalan of the High School Chemistry Group gave a lecture titled Hazards in Household Products on July 31, 2009 at the UP NISMED Chemistry Laboratory. In the first part of the lecture, Dr. Punzalan talked about the potentially hazardous products that are commonly used at home. She shared with her audience the four signal words to consider in identifying hazardous products, namely, explosive/flammable, corrosive, reactive/oxidizing, and
toxic. In addition, she presented some examples of warning signs and symbols of potentially hazardous products.

Dr. Punzalan likewise mentioned the possible ingredients of commonly used household products and discussed their potential harmful effects on health in case these hazardous substances enter the body through inhalation (breathing), ingestion (eating or drinking) or dermal absorption (skin contact). Towards the end of the lecture, Dr. Punzalan shared the proper and safe ways of disposing these hazardous household products whether in the bin; by burying, burning or storing them; pouring them down the drain in the sink or storm sewer in the street; or flushing them in the toilet. The safe use and alternatives to some household products that can be used were also pointed out.

The group of cleaners and janitors of the Institute joined the academic and administrative staff in this in-house lecture.

Dr. Fumihiko Shinohara gave an in-house lecture titled Application of ICT to Realize the Aptitude Treatment Integration on August 28, 2009 at the Information Science Laboratory. His lecture focused on the ICT pedagogy integration to promote Aptitude Treatment Interaction (ATI) and media study in science and mathematics education.

Dr. Shinohara is a Professor and Head of the Department of Education Studies at Tokyo Gakugei University in Tokyo, Japan and a former JICA consultant at UP NISMED.