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Improving Education through Technology
Improving Education through Technology

By: Vicente Santos

08/27/2014

By: Vicente Santos

08/27/2014

Dr. Raymond Macatangga, Dean of the College of Computer Studies of Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) attended the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) 2014 held at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, USA from June 28 to July 1, 2014. This was made possible through the generous sponsorship of Techfactors, Inc., an I.T. industry partner of OLFU. Dr. Macatangga was joined by other schools officials of Ateneo de Manila University, Ateneo Sacred Heart School of Cebu, Ateneo de Cagayan de Oro, Ateneo de Davao, University of San Carlos, San Beda College of Alabang and Sta. Teresa College of Batangas.

ISTE is globally recognized as the most comprehensive educational technology conference. The event offered myriad professional learning opportunities for all types of education and education leaders, including teachers of all disciplines, tech coordinators, administrators, superintendents, teacher educators and media specialists as well as government and industry representatives. Dr. Macatangga was given an opportunity to attend a wide array of educational sessions and hands-on learning environments that help build the content knowledge while learning new strategies and gain exposure to the most timely and relevant topics and trends in educational technology. This rich learning experience equipped him with valuable knowledge that he could share to his college as a technology ambassador.

The event was attended by almost nearly 18,000 educators, education leaders and corporate representatives from around the globe. It also includes an access to a massive expo hall featuring the latest ed tech products and services from more than 500 companies and 4,500 industry representatives.

Dr. Macatangga also attended the annual conference of the international partner of the College of Computer Studies, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) held at the Pheasant Run Resort from July 14-15, 2015. The conference provided professional development opportunities for K–12 computer science and information technology teachers who need practical, relevant information to help them prepare their students for the future.

The conference coincided with the 10th anniversary of CSTA. It also organized an immersion trip to the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) which is a well-known technical institute that provides good training for automobiles. UTI stressed the need of I.T. and programming skills in the automobile industry since majority of its parts are now made of computer powered engines. Following the plans of the College of Computer Studies to offer B.S. Entertainment and Multimedia Computing (BSEMC), Dr. Macatangga attended two workshops that focused on game development to help in the composition of the new program and its curriculum