03 April 2012

3 Filipino Teachers Shine in Microsoft Forum


Three Filipino teachers marked a first in the history of the Microsoft Partners in Learning Regional Education Forum, winning in several categories while besting 60 other mentors in the Asia-Pacific region.
Shaleen Seraña of Tuan Datu Hadji Abdulla Niño Memorial High School in Zamboanga was hailed the country winner for her project “Mangrove Planting.” While Edalyn Olis of Lala National High School in Lanao del Norte won in the Innovation in Challenging Contexts Category for her “E-dokyo Ito” project and Estelito Mendoza of Baguio National High School was a runner-up for his project, “Learning Beyond the Classroom and Make A Difference.”
All three winners said that the forum paved way for them to grow professionally and be with the brightest minds in the Asia Pacific region.

Held in Auckland, New Zealand, the Microsoft’s Regional Education Forum promotes best practices in education as well as establishing a strong community of innovators worldwide across all levels. It further aims to connect educators and school leaders with one another to network and develop lasting relationships that would encourage collaborative learning.
As the country winner, Seraña will be sent to the Microsoft Global Forum in Greece. This is a global initiative for education that focuses on improving teaching and learning through the effective use of technology.
Seraña will join other teachers from all over the world in workshops, where they will present their respective projects to panelists and engage in development programs, which will help them better craft teaching skills and methods.
John Bessey, Managing Director, Microsoft Philippines, lauded the efforts of the teachers. “The victory of our Filipino teachers is not an honor just for Microsoft but for the Philippines as a whole. I would like to congratulate the three teachers for their commitment and dedication to the academe and for their perseverance to create better learning opportunities to their students,” he said.
Bessey stressed the importance of education in molding young minds. “Education is one of the important aspects that Microsoft focuses on and we provide opportunities for students and teachers to use their passion, creativity and technology skills to help make a difference in their country as well as the world and realize their full potential,” he said.
By SARAH HILOMEN VELASCO
MB.COM.PH

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