The MCMS Science and Technology Area conducted a faculty development session on Innovative Teaching and Learning with Technology last July 29, 2015. Three concurrent seminar-workshops that focused on the theme were held at different venues and attended by the faculty, subject area supervisors, and administrators.
Science 6 teachers Kristina May D. Guerrero and Ma. Concepcion B. Lumbre discussed the topic “Gamification inside the Classroom.” They demonstrated how a certain lesson may become an actual game and simulation. They also explained the theory on how students learn best through games and simulations. To apply what they have learned, the participants were asked to act as students and join a game where they will launch their own space mission to explore the different planets in the solar system.
Computer 6 teachers Rosemarie S. Punsalan and Louriza D. Abaño gave a workshop on “Creating a Personal Learning Network through Edmodo.”
They discussed what Personal Learning Network (PLN) is and highlighted how Edmodo can be a tool in creating PLN and how it can also be utilized as a Learning Management System (LMS). During the session, participants were able to experience how to use Edmodo as a student and as a teacher. They created their own accounts and were taught how to make online quizzes and poll questions, how to post and collect projects, and how to monitor progress of students.
Lastly, Science 8 teachers Aireen C. Cabillos and Abigail Mae C. Jayin gave a talk on “Online Assessment and E-Portfolio.” They guided some faculty members on how to use online assessments and e-portfolios in their classes using the websites Kidblog and Socrative. The idea of exploring online assessments and portfolios was explained to the faculty as part of the unit’s e-learning program initiatives.
The Asian University Digital Resource Network (AUDRN) held its 2nd National Convention and 3rd Conference last July 23-24 at the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod. It carried the theme “Local Knowledge in the Face of the ASEAN Integration 2015.”
It was a gathering that inspired so much courage for schools to push for local knowledge initiatives in the mainstream as a way of making them competitive in the global market.
Miriam College was at the forefront of this very important and relevant discussion, which focused on the regional and local challenges during the ASEAN integration transition. More importantly, the school was able to share its best practices by way of innovative and new modalities for learning thereby trailblazing new paths and directions in education.
Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, Miriam College and AUDRN president, together with Dr. Maria Lourdes Quisumbing-Baybay, AUDRN executive director, led an impressive delegation composed of heads of schools, scholars, local knowledge advocates, and practitioners from AUDRN’s 21-partner universities and colleges. Dr. Lapus, as outgoing AUDRN president, was elected Board Member representing Luzon.
Dr. Edizon Fermin, Basic Education Unit director and High School principal was the plenary speaker during the 2nd day of the conference and delivered a highly informative and revelatory “state of the Philippine Education” address in his paper entitled, “Agos at Unos ng Hunos: Situating Senior High School (SHS) in the ASEAN Context.”
The Center for Strategic Research Director, Dr. Joey Q. Alagaran presented a paper entitled, “Explore, Engage, Empower: Integrating Media and Information Literacy for Sustainable Development in the Communication Education Curriculum.”
Four members of the High School faculty presented their papers as well during the parallel paper presentations. The papers were: Localizing the International: Teaching Social Studies in Miriam College High School by James Marc J. Catudan; Prospectives of the Female STEM Students in the Philippines by Florante C. Belardo; Ang Buhay ng mga Tauhan sa Labas ng Pahina by Salvador Biglaen; and Delivering School-based Library and Information Services through Free Web Tools by Jude Gorospe.
Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Glenda Fortez; College of Education’s Head of Graduate Program, Dr. Ma. Paz A. Manaligod; and Center for Applied Music’s Associate Director, Christine de Vera complete the official delegation.
The Miriam College Lower (LS) and Middle (MS) community celebrated Book Week last July 20 to 24 with the theme is “Books Light Up Our World.” Activities were geared towards developing love for reading and encouraging lifelong learning. Some of the activities include meeting author Lian Kyla Dyogi, an MCGS and MCHS alumna who wrote and published the book, “The Little Angel Who Lost Her Wing” when she was just a Grade 3 student.
Complementing the author’s visit was “Library Adventure, an Amazing Race type of activity that put the students’ library skills. Another activity, “In the Spotlight” showcased a window display created by the students featuring authors and their works.
Other members of the community spent their time browsing new professional materials over coffee in the “Books and Coffee” exhibit.
The Women and Gender Institute conducted a Gender Fair Education (GFE) Training for the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) at Boso-Boso Highlands Resort, Antipolo from May 18-20, 2015. The training was attended by 27 participants consisting of faculty members, course directors and second level position staff.
Marita Pimentel, WAGI GFE coordinator; Prof. Aurora De Dios, WAGI executive director; Dr. Jasmine Nario Galace, CPE executive director; Atty. Claire Luczon and Stella Fong, faculty of Miriam College; and Atty. Carmelita P. Yadao-Sison of the Commission on Higher Education, all took part as lecturers during the training.
In a separate activity, WAGI conducted a workshop on “Gender Integration in the Curriculum and GAD Implementation in Schools” for the Cebu Philippine Science High school, from June 29-July 1, 2015 at the Environment Studies Institute (ESI) Miriam College
The training was attended by 41 participants composed of faculty and staff. They engaged in a round table discussion with High School Assistant Principal Reina Rama and with some members high school faculty, learning from the best practices of the unit and their strategies and preparations for the K-12 program.
The participants were also given a tour of the Miriam College High School grounds.
Miriam College participated in the 14th National Convention of UNESCO-Asia Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education (APNIEVE) at the University of San Carlos, Downtown Campus, Cebu City, from May 7 to 9, 2015. The theme of the three-day convention was “Preparing Teachers for Our Preferred Future.”
Dr. Ronaldo A. Motilla, faculty at the Department of Psychology, presented a plenary workshop on “Happiness and Well-being of Teachers”. Dr. Maria Lourdes Quisumbing-Baybay of the Department of Psychology and Open Distance Learning Program (ODLP) presented a plenary presentation on “Fortifying Lifelong Learning Competencies: Revisiting the Four Pillars of Learning”.
During the parallel sessions, Angelina B. Alcazar, associate dean for Student Affairs, presented a paper on “Transitions in Student Formation: Implications for Teacher Development” while Sheila L. Dingcong of the Department of Tourism and Leisure Management and ODLP, presented a study on “Active Learning in a Virtual Environment: Miriam College’s Experience on Teaching Online Facilitation.”
Current APNIEVE Philippines officers from Miriam College are: Dr. Baybay, president; Alcazar, secretary and Dr. Caroline de Leon (College of Education), treasurer.
The Administrative Services Office of the Higher Education Unit (HEU) led by Vivian Arionday-Salonga, coordinator, held a series of Basic Life Support and Rescue training from June to July to better equip heads and members of the HEU-General Administration Emergency Response Team, students, athletic coaches, and outsourced and cafeteria personnel on emergency drills, first aid, and rescue.
On June 8, 2015 the non-government organization Rescue 177 sent members from their training center to give a seminar on Intermediate First Aid and Basic Emergency Search and Rescue Exercises. This included sessions such as Bandaging/Splinting, Basic Life Support (BLS) with CPR, and man-to-man rescue application.
On June 17, 2015, an Earthquake Preparedness Talk was held at the Little Theater with resource speaker Aldo R. Mayor, Public Safety Division Chief of the Metro Manila Development Authority. Topics include what to do before, during, and after an earthquake; earthquake drill guidelines; and learning about earthquake-related hazards.
The last in the series was the HEU-GA institutional earthquake drill re-orientation meeting held last July 2, 2015. Discussed were the purpose and objective of a drill, function and member’s area of concern, earthquake-related hazards, and the HEU-GA evacuation plan. Vests were also distributed to the members of HEU-GA Emergency Response team.
The Department of Leisure and Tourism Management presented their research paper at the 2015 National Research Dissemination and Seminar on Tourism and Hospitality last July 22-24, 2015 at the Benguet State University. The event carried the theme “Keeping Abreast on the Challenges of the ASEAN Integration and Fitting Competencies of Hospitality and Tourism Service Providers and Future Practitioners.”
Organized by the Research and Educational Development Training Institute in cooperation with Polytechnic University of the Philippines, the event was divided in two parts, namely paper presentation and seminar for students. A collaboration research titled “Are We Affluent Travellers?: Perception of Filipino Students in an All-women’s College” was presented. Collaborators were composed of Jann Alianna Damsaco, Jilliane Del Rosario, Sophia Francheska Gonzalo, Dr. Olive Carandang and Allan Paul Tang.
Delegates from Miriam College’s Basic Education Unit (BEU) participated in the Aspiring Leaders Conference organized by the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia (AGSA) held at Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia last May 28 to 30, 2015.
The group, composed of Nancy L. de los Reyes, Miriam College Lower School (MCLS) principal, Maria Coney G. Pallones, Miriam College Middle School (MCMS) assistant principal for Student Affairs, and Joshua M. Repomanta, MCMS Student Council moderator, took part in seminars and simulations designed to help aspiring leaders handle situations that arise within the school setting. The sessions were facilitated by CIRCLE (The Centre for Innovation, Research, Creativity and Leadership in Education Pty Ltd).
The team also benchmarked with different girls’ schools such as St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School, Mt. Alvernia College, and Brisbane Girls Grammar School, all located in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Photo shows (from left), Ms. Pallones, AGSA Executive Officer Loren Bridge, Ms. De los Reyes, and Mr. Repomanta.
The officers of Pax Christi-Miriam College organized an Ukay-Ukay for Peace last July 20 to raise funds for the organization’s peace-related projects for this year. A portion of the funds will also be used to help support scholars from Miriam College’s partner school Raja Muda High School in Pikit, North Cotabato.
Pax Christi officers solicited goods from members of the Miriam College (MC) community, their family members, and friends. Flyers were also handed out around Katipunan Avenue to encourage people to visit.
Aside from the objectives of raising funds for the scholarship and projects of the organization, the officers also used the event to highlight the importance of unity within the MC community regardless of one’s religion and social status and give emphasis to the values of compassion and generosity, which are at the core of building a culture of peace. In line with this objective, they made it a point to invite people from nearby communities.
Through the Ukay-Ukay project, Pax Christi Miriam College was able to raise Php 12,122.00 for the scholarship and for the organization’s activities. The event could not have been possible without the strong support of the MC community. Indeed, your pieces of ukay-ukay contributed greatly to our pieces of peace. Thank you all very much for your support to peace! By Pax Christi Officers SY 2015-2016
Music Center guitar teachers and Triple Fret members Jenny de Vera (left) and Iqui Vinculado (center) won the top prize at the 27th Japan Guitar Ensemble Festival held on June, 28, 2015 at Shinagawa, Tokyo. De Vera and Vinculado together with Marga Abejo (right) comprise the all-female guitar trio, Triple Fret.
In addition to their prize, they also won the Japan Guitar Association Award, the Kohno Guitar Award and the Harumi Award for Best Performance of an Original Contemporary Composition for Guitar Ensemble.
All members of the “Triple Fret” come from the University of the Philippines College of Music and the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music. Formed in 2011, Triple Fret is known to be only all-female guitar trio of its kind in the country.
The group has an extensive repertoire of Spanish guitar pieces, tangos, jazz standards, Filipino traditional music, and classical pieces.
They have also performed in various countries in Asia and Europe.