Technology is fast catching up among our local public high schools. ICT Integration in the learning environment has gained momentum as schools are equipping themselves with state the-art computer laboratories and training teachers on the effective use of ICT in the classroom.

One such use of technology is Multi-Mice or Multipoint which allows several mice to access one computer with the use of hubs. The use of this technology has undoubtedly made learning experiences more interesting and interactive for both students and teachers. Multipoint Technology was first introduced in the Philippines in 2008 to address the digital divide among base-of-the-pyramid schools. Its software application called Mouse Mischief, makes use only of MS Powerpoint as its application. With its easy to use functions, Multipoint Technology has shifted a number of schools from traditional chalk-talk to ICT-savvy schools.

In the Philippines, 30 divisions have been trained in the use of Multipoint Technology. This includes the development of local content that is based on local and international standards. The Department of Education, Coalition for Better Education (CBE), a Cebu-based NGO that initiates and supports education initiatives in the national level, are Microsoft’s main partners in the roll-out of Multipoint in the country.

In Mindanao, 8 pilot schools in the divisions of lIigan, Bukidnon, Ozamis, Surigao Norte, Surigao City, Blslig, General Santos and Digos will each receive a Multipoint Starter Kit in simple turn-over ceremonies on July 28, 2010 at the 7th flr , Malberry Suites Hotel, Limketkai Drive, Cagayan de Oro City .

Each Starter Kit includes: 1 LCD projector and screen, netbook with installed window 7 OS and MS Office 2010, 30 mice, 10 hubs, 5 power strips and Sample Content.

For more information about Multipoint Technology, one may contact the Coalition for Better Education at cbe phils@live.com.

PHOTO: Cagayan de Oro City Vice Mayor Caezar Ian Acenas (center) poses with representatives from the eight public schools in Mindanao that benefitted from the ICT Integration Project of Microsoft Philippines (MS Phils), Coalition for Better Education (CBE) and the Department of Education (DepEd). To his right is CBE President Caridad Labe. Each school received a multi-point technology starter kit worth P250,000 loaded with one LCD projector and a screen, a netbook with Window 7 operating system and MS Office 2010, 30 mice, 10 hubs, five power strips and sample content. Also in photo are CBE Executive Director Luchi Flores (sitting left) and Leeanne Nuguid of MS Phils (sitting 2nd from left). Ceremonies held on July 28 this year in Cagayan de Oro City. (Photo by Rolando Sudaria, BWM)

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