By Samantha L. Colinco
LEADING INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION technology (IT) experts spoke on the importance of using digital tools in education at an e-learning conference hosted by the Silliman University College of Computer Studies (CCS) last Dec. 7-8.
The 11th National eLearning Conference of the Philippines eLearning Society facilitated an exchange of ideas on technological innovations that enhance research and learning.
CCS Dean Dave Marcial said that the conference aims to teach the “proper use of digital technology” to aid in learning, such as the EDU 2.0 which is a computer program used as an educational tool for students and teachers.
“Giving the technology could not just simply help the students. It’s a matter of how you use the technology and maximize the benefits out of it,” he said.
Marcial added that because of the “theory of constructivism,” students today want to see or visualize what they are learning.
“Researches show there is a positive impact in using digital technology in the teaching and learning process without basically replacing the methodology of the teacher,” he said.
Speakers during the conference included Prof. Masao Ishihara, president of Learning Systems Inc. in Japan; Graham Glass, founder of EDU 2.0; and Prof. Masaki Yokohama and Natsuko Uchida, head of the IT center at Ferris University in Yokohama, Japan.
With notes from su.edu.ph