Tuesday, October 29, 2013


The mathematics courseware “Technology Package for Student Learning Empowerment: Mathematics Courseware for Tablet PC”, has been nominated to this year’s Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF) Asia Awards under the Innovations on Learning and Localization category. The award aims to recognize the significant contributions of information and communication technology (ICT) innovators and their efforts in addressing social and development challenges using the Internet.

The said innovation was initiated by the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) with support from the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI), Department of Education (DepEd), Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and with the mathematics content modules developed by the Elementary School and High School Mathematics Groups of NISMED. The project aims to contribute to the improvement of mathematics education especially at the elementary level and of the Philippine educational system in general.

The said courseware consists of ten (10) lessons in Grade 1 mathematics namely: Classifying Objects, Comparing Sets of Objects and Numbers, Ordering Sets of Objects and Numbers, Searching for Number Patterns, Adding Whole Numbers, Subtracting Whole Numbers, Partitioning Regions into Halves, Partitioning Regions into Fourths, Finding the Whole Region or Set, and Measuring Length. These lessons were collaboratively developed within a Philippine context to make it familiar to the pupils.

One of the participants exploring the mathematics courseware
during the mass training.
The pilot testing in ten (10) elementary schools across the Philippines resulted in improved learner performance among Grade I pupils since the project provided an enjoyable way of learning Mathematics concepts through affordable tablets. Mass trainings are currently being conducted in relation to this project by the NISMED Mathematics Groups (See iTEACH Math article on the same page). The modules can be accessed for free from the website: courseware.dost.gov.ph/

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