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SDO SJ Empowers Teachers in Developing Interactive Storybooks and Other Learning Resources

The Schools Division Office - San Juan, through the Curriculum Implementation Division-Learning Resource Management Section, conducted a 3-day Workshop on Developing Digitized and Interactive Storybooks and Other Learning Resource last July 25-27, 2023 at Baden Powell International Makiling, Jamboree Site, UPLB, Los Banos, Laguna.

Learning Resource Teams and selected teachers from all public schools in San Juan City from Elementary to Senior High School participated in the said workshop.

The participants were divided into three categories: Project PLUMA, Project ALAM, Kindergarten and ALIVE.

The workshop aimed to equip the teachers with the necessary skill sets to create digitized and interactive storybooks for kindergarten, elementary and secondary levels.

On the first day, Mr. Joseph B. Son, Librarian II of SDO Taguig-Pateros, started the workshop with his topic on Different Technical Specifications of Storybooks. It was followed by Ms. Danica Mae D. Rivera and Dr. Jonas Feliciano C. Domingo, as they tackled the importance of Gender Sensitivity and Inclusivity in developing learning resource materials.

During the afternoon session, participants were grouped and conducted their separate breakout sessions. The Project Pluma, Kinder and ALIVE listened to the award-winning writer of Bulol ang Daliri ni Daday, Ms. Dorothy Grace I. Reyes of SDO Mandaluyong, as she shared her expertise and experience in creating her storybook that won Category 4 of NSBWC 2022. It was followed by Ms. Reyes' mentor, Dr. Ruby E. Baniqued who explained her topic - Story Conceptualization and Writing through Inspiration and Realization that greatly increased the knowledge and imagination of the participants for their output.

Mr. Anthony James H. Vismanos also imparted his knowledge in ICT as he discussed the Tech for the Non-Techies. It highlighted the easiest ways of digitizing workbooks and storybooks.

The Project Alam Phase II revisited the review of Grammar and Vocabulary for Learning Material Development in English which was led by Mr. Jorge G. Ulanday of SJNHS while Ms. Eulafel C. Pascual, EPS in Filipino, led the Filipino cluster.

Ms. Jean P. Cezar of San Juan City Science High School, talked about the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy in Developing and Assessing ALS-aligned Learning materials.

During Day 2, Project Pluma writers listened to Dr. Jonas Feliciano Domingo, EPS-LRMS, on the Social Context and Creative Commons in Storybooks and Workbooks while Ms. Magdalena S. Rosopa, MT II of Pinaglabanan Elementary School, led the discussion on the Anatomy of a Story.

The Project Pluma Illustrators were taught and handled by Ms. Maria Liwayway R. Rosopa, Teacher II of Pedro Cruz Elementary School. Her topic was entitled "A Picture Paints a Thousand Words: Telling a Story Through Illustrations."

As for Kinder and Alive Teachers, Mr. Edward Banay, PDO1-SGOD, shared his talents in Interactive Lessons for Young Learners and was followed by Dr. Morning Hadji Yunnos with her topic on Refined Elementary Madrasah and Kindergarten Curriculum. Ms. Hergielyn Cerrodo and Mr. Emil O. Melchor, ALS Mobile Teachers, were assigned to talk about the feedback from the Revision of ALS modules for the participants of Project ALAM phase II.

The afternoon of day 2 was spent on the workshop proper. The participants were tasked to make an output from their respective clusters. Each cluster awarded good outputs some small tokens of appreciation.

And on the third day, the participants were able to finish their outputs and submitted their work to the given Google drive link.

Dr. Margarito B. Materum, Schools Division Superintendent, called the participants for the challenge before the workshop ends.

The participants responded with their call for commitment and acceptance of the challenge given. Dr. Materum considered the successful workshop as a stepping stone for a much bigger prize ahead. Hopefully, SDO San Juan will produce a collection of interactive and digitized storybooks for its learners and a possible award-winning piece for National Competitions.

Article Written by:

Gideon O. Bautista

Teacher II - Pedro Cruz Elementary School


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