BATAC CITY — To keep pace with modern technology, the City Schools Division of Batac (CSDB) has upgraded their educational resources through the launching of a mobile application (mobile app).

The mobile application designed for android phones is one of the division’s major program this year as it continues to make waves in promoting the utilization of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the academe.

“Our division is one of the few, if not the first, to have a mobile application like this,” John Paul Viernes, Learning Resource Management Officer, said.

The icon which can be downloaded from application store for free contains different educational materials such as e-books, researches, and lecture materials which can be easily accessed by the teachers as well the students.

Upon visiting the application, the user is provided with complete information about the schools and heads including their contact details for an easy-access of the division workers.

Because it is a technology-based instructional material, teachers can gather appropriate and well-evaluated learning resources that can aid them in the teaching-learning process in just one click.

Vilma D. Eda, Schools Division Superintendent, said that the mobile application is the answer to the growing demand of computer literacy and modernization.

“We must excel in our endeavor in order for us to deliver quality and relevant education to our school children. We must make any sacrifice to give them what they need,” said Eda.

Aside from the materials, the app also previews a live stream of the posts made in the CSDB in their Facebook page where bulletins, office memorandums, and division memorandums is posted.

For the students, the application is also equipped with support materials that can be used for gathering information like a web-based dictionary and other relevant resources.

This is an online-based evaluation form to be accomplished by the participants of the different trainings, seminars, and workshops initiated by the City Schools Division of Batac.

“Since ICT in education is growing in demand as manifested by the revolutionary developments in computer technology, the application includes accessible features which are very beneficial to all the division personnel, school heads, and teachers,” Eda said.

During the launching, Eda challenged the participants to continue taking steps which stride them to the digital age so that they will not be left behind.

“Do well in your ICT-based action researches. Don’t let anyone do it for you. We learn best when we do something independently,” she said.

Meanwhile, Eda said that a Division ICT Congress which will be conducted on March 5 to showcase the talents and skills of teachers and learners, present the best ICT-based action researches conducted this school year, discuss the skills and competencies needed for the 21st century teachers and learners, highlight the best practices of teachers on ICT integration, and showcase the students’ ICT-based outputs.

“The dramatic changes brought by ICT in the City Schools Division of Batac push us in achieving our ultimate goal-FLY HIGH in 2016,” Eda said. PNA/