Development of Mother Tongue-Based Materials Using the Bloom Software
“The enthusiasm of the participants to continue developing materials using Bloom and sharing it with their peers is encouraging,” observed the event organizer in appreciation. SIL Philippines was privileged to be invited by the Basic Education Sector Transformation Program (BEST), along with the Department of Education, National Capital Region (DepEd-NCR), to serve as trainers for the three-day workshop, Development of Mother Tongue-Based Materials Using the Bloom Software, held in Subic, Zambales, on May 25 to 26, 2017.
The purpose was to train selected teachers and supervisors whose first language is Tagalog to use the Bloom software to develop instructional materials in the subject areas of math, science, EP (Home economics and livelihood) and English. A secondary goal was that the participants be able to pass on what they learned to other colleagues. Participants produced more than one hundred books over the course of the three-day workshop. Here are a few of their remarkable comments:
“The most interesting for me in the Bloom training was talking books. With this, pupils will be guided to read properly as they hear how words are pronounced and emulated. It will make our learners able to relate easily to the story, because all the stories in the book will already be contextualized. … Continue inspiring our teachers to do better and realize that there is always a better way of teaching. This Bloom is one of the better if not the best way.”
“Bloom training will help teachers develop the love of reading in the learners. As a Master Teacher II, I plan to share the knowledge and skills I have learned in this seminar. Teachers need this kind of training; hence, it should be rolled out to them. This is the best training I have ever attended.”
“The knowledge and skill I learned in this workshop will definitely help my co-teachers in preparing their materials and delivering their lessons. For the students, they will surely find it interesting because the texts will be contextualized and localized.”“I thank you DepEd and BEST for having this workshop. You were the answer to my prayer that someday I can make my own book using technology. We were told before to create a Big Book, but since I had no computer skills in creating books using IT, we just came up with a hardcopy using improvised materials. But now, I am well equipped so that my dream will come true.”