(PSS) – Five students from private and public schools were named winners of the 2021 Digital Learning Day competition of the Public School System.
The Digital Learning Day was launched by PSS in 2012. Nine years after the development of the competition, it remains to this day a powerful platform for education leaders and advocates for the innovative use of technology to support student learning.
This year, private schools joined the competition for the first time. Their participation further strengthened the partnership between PSS and CNMI private schools, offering all students the opportunity to show off their learning and love of technology.
On Friday, March 5, 2021, the educational technology of the public school system announced the winners at a special ceremony which was also attended by the parents of the winners and other members of the community.
Education Commissioner Dr Alfred B. Ada, Education Council Chairman Andrew L. Orsini and BOE Vice Chairman Herman Atalig led Commonwealth education officials to honor the students in a special ceremony.
For the first elementary level (Kindergarten to Grade 2), Candice Trasmano, a second year student at Golden Harvest International School, took home the top prize. She submitted a short essay on “How Technology Helps Me Learn”.
Jasmine Coleen Yalung, 4th grade pupil of Sinapalo Primary School, won the elementary level (3rd-5th grade category). She submitted a multimedia presentation on how technology helps her learn.
Philip Megino is the winner for the college level. He submitted a video poetry on the importance of technology in learning.
There were two winners in the high school category: Jermaine Chloe Yalung, Grade 10 student at Dr. Rita H. Inos Jr. Sr. High School, and Patricia Ann Castillon, Grade 11 student at Marianas High School. Their individual multimedia productions on “What is a 21st Century Learner” won them the top prize.
“Incorporating technology into learning is critical to preparing our children for a technology-driven world. We can take advantage of technology to help our children think more critically and creatively while using technology to level the playing field, giving our children CNMI access to a world of learning beyond limits. of our coasts. We can teach them to be responsible digital citizens who use technology for good, ”said Dr Bobby James Cruz, director of educational technology at PSS.
He added, “Digital Learning Day showcases the integration of technology into learning through CNMI, enabling our children to creatively interpret how technology supports their learning. Education sets the stage for the future of our islands, and educators should help our children prepare for it today. “
Lorraine Catienza, head of the PSS program for distance education, said the competition also aims to support and strengthen the role of teachers in classrooms and promote the effective use of modern tools to improve learning. learning experience of CNMI students.