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A Sample Canopy of GILAS
A Sample Canopy of DICP
Sorry for the Inconvenience of Signal this time!
Published: October 4, 2012 @ 2 P.M.
MNHS is now using the GILAS residential canopy antenna which has only 2 Mbps on its bandwidth that is only good for 5 computers. Unlike the Smart Bro Corporate Canopy which has 5 Mbps on its bandwidth that is good for more than 20 PCs. The school principal and ICT department decided to temporarily stop the 5 Mbps bandwidth connection, which was supposedly the DICP project. This is because, the school had a problem on processing with DICP requirements for its budget allocation; the Smart Bro Corporate Canopy is temporarily disabled and should not be used unless the school could avail the DICP project.
The school must have to submit DICP requirements to the DepEd Region VII as well as the completely filled-up Service Agreement to state that the budget for internet connection must not exceed the amount of Php 48,000.00 per year. The said Service Agreement is a requirement so that DepEd Central Office can issue the Sub-ARO (Sub-Allotment Release Order) intended for MNHS. But our school must have to prefer only one connection; so it's better to do process DICP project now, and stop GILAS. This is provided in DepEd Order 46, s. 2011.
For me, the school principal, division... and ...region office shall be of great help of Mantalongon NHS DICP Application.
MNHS Wifi Boosters
If you have a weak WiFi signal on your school or home computers, you only have a few options. First you could move your computers closer, but this isn’t always possible depending on the space in your school or home.
Secondly, you could go out and buy a Wireless Antenna. A decent wifi booster costs anywhere from $15-150 or more or less Php 6,000.00. This is generally not a bad option but doesn’t always solve the problem. Why buying wifi booster in that price if I can make an improvised one? Now, our school has homemade wifi boosters such as C shape and umbrella wifi boosters. These are made of cartoons, aluminum foil, solid wires, and aluminum in can. These are rarely installed in the Dalaguete secondary schools. The principal, Mr. Ramon M. Cortes suggested that these improvised wifi boosters should be modified by students for their science experiments.
The usual wireless signal of a router has an average of 20-25 meter radius. When I’ve tried my homemade wifi boosters, I found that the signal increased to 180 meter radius. As of now, our school has three improvised Wifi boosters: two at the Computer Lab; and one at the Science Lab.
Our school has 6 wireless routers installed in the different buildings: three of them are free Wifi connection and another three routers which have security passphrases just to regulate internet access in school.
K to 12 term coined by Chief Luistro
The K to 12 Program is an official and correct term of our curriculum that refers to DepEd's flagship "Enchanced K to 12 Basic Education Program" as what Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro explained, considering of some other terms of said program abroad, like.... K+12 or K-12.
Sec. Luistro said, "Under the new K to 12 program, Kindergarten is compulsory as being stated in R. A. 10157: elementary education has six years; junior high school, 4 years (Grades 7 to 10); and senior high school has 2 years (Grades 11 to 12)".
According to DepEd chief, the curriculum is designed as a continuum using the spiral approach and also ladderized for greater mobility from one grade level to another.
In Grade 1 and Grade 7 (first year high school) pupils/students use their mother tongue in Spiral Approach that would mark the implementation of the new curriculum.
For me, Chief Luistro shall be remembered - of his correct and unique term coined to call for our new curriculum, the K to 12. I hope that this program shall not only count of its term itself but shall count most to the spiral change of an enhanced curriculum in the 21st century.
Usec. Quijano: K to 12 Program envisions "holistic graduates"
DepEd Usec. Youlanda Quijano said that "the K to 12 seeks to holistically develop the students and prepare them to cope with the challenges in the 21st century. So, we could expect of holistic graduates in 2025".
Usec. Quijano said, "....under the K to 12, they are integrating into the school curriculum several key areas that will equip students with innovative skills, information media, effective communication skills and sound carrer development". In my idea, if these students could master those basic competencies that they really need, the K to 12 curriculum will be producing skillfully mastered and globally competitive graduates. And by that time with their legal age undoubtedly they will be ready to find and land a job; concurrently, it can definitely minimize child labor .
With my open mind, I agree implementing this new K to 12 curriculum.
‘Surfeading’ is not enough
Education is one of the priorities of parents. They help their kids to acquire advanced knowledge and skills for them to face the challenges of life and profession.
Parents would prefer much for tutoring services to guide their kids do their assignments. They even buy a powerful computer and subscribe telcos to offer them Internet access. Undeniably online PC… provides easy and effective access to millions of websites, thousands of books and materials that students can simply click on and start browsing. This technological tool will undoubtedly contribute to the students’ academic performance…. But, for me, it is not enough.
David Brooks shares one done research from the University of Tennessee which… reveals that children who read real books ended up with higher reading scores than their peers. Richard Allington gave 852 disadvantaged students 12 books of their choice to take home at the end of the school year. After three years, they outperformed their classmates…. What a very long span of research had been done justly to get across these findings. Shall we offer our students with 12 books of their choice for them to study during summer vacation?
In this computer age, what the Internet can offer? … Brooks adds another striking study by Jacob Vigdor and Helen Ladd of Duke’s Stanford School of Public Policy. “They examined computer use among half-million 5th grade through 8th graders (second year high school) in North Carolina and found that the spread of home computers and high-speed Internet access was associated with significant declines in math and reading scores. And this study used data from 2000 to 2005 before Twitter and Facebook took off!.... Well, in my common sense, disregarding Facebook and other social networking sites, several tests were totally based on real hardbound books not from the friendly websites.
Brooks, however, does not discredit the educational contributions of Internet use. Advocates of Internet and computer use for learning say that these tools actually improve a person’s capability to process information and focus attention…They conclude that “the Internet is a boon to schooling and not a threat”…. For me, student shall only browse those educational websites.
… The Internet undoubtedly seems to offer a wide range of learning advantages. It helps you become well informed-knowledgeable about current events, the latest controversies and important treads….
According to Fr. Francis Ongkingco on his published article dated June 23, 2012 in Cebu Daily News, he said that despite this positive aspect of this hi-tech communication media, one can still list down a lot more advantages by extracting and absorbing information from an honest-to-goodness hardbound book. He suggested some, perhaps taken for granted rewards of booking (reading and learning from a real book) over surfeading (using the net as the main source of learning):
a. Focus and attention span… The book is not engaged and conquered until one has set to read it from page one to page end. And according to some, Internet cannot offer something as engaging because one can easily ‘disconnect’ either by turning the computer off or by multi-tasking to one webpage or webtask (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to another…. For me, this is because that Internet is a world wide web with millions of websites accessible in a mere clicking.
b. Developing other virtues. Yes, I admit that now, Internet smashes hierarchy. As what Fr. Francis stressed that this digital culture is egalitarian where the young are more accomplished than the old, and there dominates a free-wheeling disrespectful anti-authority disputation. I think that the youth shall or must develop their personal discipline and they shall be oriented to useful browsing and avoid superficial surfeading.
c. Sense of accomplishment and self-esteem. Only an individual can build an Internet counterculture that will be better attract people to do the same. Or a parent shall encourage his/her child to choose some good books and put up his/her own mini-library at home. Then, surfeading shall be fully under parental guidance; and in school, teachers shall monitor students’ Internet browsing.