James De Los Reyes and Clavelyn Domingo of the Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) department of the High School Unit represented Ateneo de Zamboanga University in the 15th Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators (PSITE) National Convention.
PSITE is a professional body of information technology education practitioners in the Philippines. Its members are primarily academics: teachers of computer science, information technology, information and communications technology, engineering, mathematics and other allied fields. Industrial practitioners, however, such as programmers, systems analysts, web developers and others are welcomed as well.
The national convention was held on February 21 – 23 in Cebu City. The convention is one of the leading and largest conventions and gatherings of IT educators in the country. It aimed to provide a unique forum for ICT professionals to discuss the latest research, development, applications, issues and strategies in ICT; explore new technologies; and to identify solutions for today’s challenges related to IT. Aside from these, it also serves as venue to exchange our ideas and knowledge for personal growth and learning. At least 200+ IT educators representing over 150+ universities and colleges from all over the country attended the convention.
The mayor of Cebu City, Atty. Michael L. Rama welcomed the participants with the chair of the Technical Panel for IT Education of the Commission on Higher Education, Dr. Paulino Y. Tan giving the keynote. Also featured were plenary discussions on Partnership, Education, Extension and Research given by respective PSITE Regional Chapter presidents. Dr Shinya Nishizaki of Tokyo Institute of Technology talked about ICT in Education.
The said event concluded with updates on the CHED Technical Panel for IT Education, the Technology Track for K to 12, Outcomes Based Education (OBE) and the Seoul Accord.
AdZU representatives (far right) with PSITE National Board Members and Officers