Yesterday, I finished my presentation of GENYO to the Holy Cross teachers of Digos, in Davao del Sur. They visited us here in Quantum just to know more about the e-learning program and I have given my best shot to meet their expectations.
I woke up earlier than my usual wake up time so that I could prepare for today’s event. Once I arrived in school, I prepared the materials needed to update my bulletin board. I’ve been very busy with assisting the teachers in their GENYO usage that only today was I able to update some information on my GENYO bulletin board. I just posted the pictures of my GENYO teachers of the month as well as a graph on their usage every month.
Afterwards, at around ten in the morning, they arrived. I haven’t prepared the technical stuff beforehand so when they came, I crammed in arranging my laptop and organizing my PowerPoint for the presentation.
So this is it. I am actually nervous because the last time I had my presentation was last May. This will be my first presentation for the GENYO product knowledge.
T. Kozet, our school principal, welcomed the guests and gave them a brief background on the school’s history. Then, she introduced me. I was really shaking and I can’t figure if my voice is shaking as well. Before the presentation, we started with a prayer of thanks (that really helped me ease the tension).
I then started with my product presentation about GENYO e-learning:
Why do we need to adopt to e-learning?
Because we are in the information age and we have a new breed of learners: these learners are intuitive to technology and we call them digital learners. They easily get bored and have different learning styles so we have to cater to their learning needs. We are also living in an age where there is a rapid increase in the development of technologies: from desktop monitors to using LCD monitors, from desktop computers to using laptop, netbook and then Ipad. Basically, children nowadays are born with a lot of information available at hand with the use of technology.
With that, GENYO offers the 5-elearning cycle. Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend and Evaluate. Basically, this is comparable to the lesson plans created by teachers and educators, only this cycle is more appropriate for online learning. We engage the student with the topic, let them explore on their own what the topic is all about so they could have an idea, let the teacher discuss the topic and explain further complicated areas, have the students extend their learning by applying what they’ve learned like activities, experiments and lastly evaluate the student’s performance by giving quizzes or exams that would monitor they performance.
But what is GENYO all about?
GENYO is the first and only fully integrated online learning management system for basic education in the Philippines. We call it first and only fully integrated because here in the Philippines, available learning management systems (LMS) are offered in the tertiary level and none so far for the elementary and high school level. It is also fully integrated because again, the other available LMS have limited content whereas with GENYO, teachers and students have access to more than a thousand teaching resource like video clips, audio files, interactive animation and educational games. GENYO e-learning is also a collaboration between DIWA Learning Systems, Inc. and Marshall Cavendish Online in Singapore.
What is a learning management system, by the way?
A learning management system (LMS) is a software application for delivering, tracking and managing the teaching and learning process. It is used to create, deliver and access content; record, monitor, and assess students’ performance. This means that with an LMS, a teacher can create and access content available to students as well monitor their performance upon answering the said content. With this, GENYO offers several features that would be most beneficial for teachers and students. These are the:
Evaluation and Assessment Tools
These tools are effective for teachers because instead of wasting their time over doing some administrative tasks, they can focus on preparing their lesson and implementing it such that the students will mostly benefit from what they teach.
So how does GENYO help the teachers and students?
For teachers, it becomes their online teaching resource. As they have access to the teaching resources like lesson plans and tests already available in the system, they can also create their own lessons and tests as well as monitor the results of these.
For students, it becomes an online tutor because as they access GENYO 24/7 online, they can just play the tutorial and learn from it at their own pace and on their own time. This actually promotes self-paced learning that helps cater to the different learning styles of students.
As I’ve mentioned, today’s generation are moving forward with technology. As part of the education sector, we have the option to move forward or be left behind with this fast-changing technology society. If we really want to build a generation that are equipped citizens of the future, we have to deal first with the present problem and adapt to the tools they might use in the future.
There’s a but:
Merely, equipping the students of the future does not solely depend on the gadgets and technological resources that we use in classroom discussions. It will mostly depend on the teacher as well. With GENYO, we are just helping the teachers to lift their burdens and focus on what’s more important.
With that, I ended the presentation and the teachers from Holy Cross – Digos toured the school premises and had a glimpse on how the Quantum maximizes GENYO e-learning. #