By Azela Batulan and Raymund Christopher Serrantes
In order to fulfill the promise of “bridging the digital divide”, iSchools Project in cooperation with CHMSC-ICT Department (Talisay Campus) conducted Camp Blog 2010 at Natures Village Resort, Talisay City from May 31 to June 9.
It’s a national gathering of regional ICT champions and iSchools recipients such as students, teachers and school administrators to practice their expertise in their field through the use of blogging.
iSchools Project was the main organizer of the camp and it’s one of the flagship projects of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT).
CICT tapped CHMSC to co-host the event for it served as the provider of the facilities such as computers, technical support, additional staff and logistics preparation to name a few.
“CICT has now 680 official high schools that are part of this project and we are hoping to have 1000 high schools by this year”, Ms. Toni Torres, one of the organizers said.
54 participants including students, teachers and school administrators from iSchools all over the country attended the camp to become competent ICT-for-Education champions in their localities.
Previous camp offered blogging as its main concentration in the seminar however this year, 3 simultaneous events were conducted: Camp Blog 1C-for content generation activity for teachers and advocating blogging as a tool for education and was highlighted by heritage tour to historic places in Negros Occidental; Camp Blog 2A – first advanced course offered for the camp ; and Framework Planning Workshop on Capacity Building for Teachers (ICT4BE) wherein the participants were mainly school administrators defining a teachers ICT competencies through actual ICT tools.After the camp in Luzon and Visayas Areas, Camp Blog will set foot next time in Mindanao.