As the 21st century demands for media literate citizens and as students are exposed to various media, the Jose Maria College (JMC) keeps up with the challenges of the new era of education.

In an effort to intensify the quality of education and to modernize its instructional programs, the school now promotes the development of students’ media literacy and the use of technology in the classroom.

“We have now entered into a new age of education wherein our students are not the same students we used to have,” said assistant principal Josefina Ortega.

“Our students are more digitally involved now than they were before. It is time for teachers and the school to respond to this change to cater the needs of our learners,” she added.

With this challenge on hand, the grade school department installed flat-screen televisions in all classrooms to help teachers facilitate the integration of technology in their instruction.

On the other hand, Computer coordinator Leonardo Achilles Cabural also discussed about the importance of responding to the demands of the 21st century.

“The turn of the 21st century only reveal that the world is constantly changing which is the same with our students,” Cabural said.

“That’s why the school has provided TVs for each classroom so that teachers and students alike can make use of various forms of media in their lessons,” he added.

Ortega also reiterated about the importance of media literacy as an inevitable necessity in this modern era.

“Students are exposed to a lot of media, may it be through the television, the Web, and the radio. The list goes on. Teachers must inculcate to their students how to distinguish various forms of media. They must also educate the students on the dangers of being misinformed and using media improperly,” she said.

By Billy C. Veroy

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