In recent months, faculty members of the College of Education (CED) have made a number of appearances in international conferences abroad. The attendance of these mentors boosts CED’s status as a Center for Excellence in Teacher Education, a reputation that has motivated the college’s faculty members to participate in international forums, present papers, and share best practices in teaching and learning.

Dr. Cesar T. Miguel and Ms. Dianne L. Salvaleon of the College of Education’s Department of Physical Education attended the World Conference on Drowning Prevention in Da Nang, Vietnam last May 10 – 13, 2011.

As Bronze Medallion life-saving instructors of the MSU-IIT, the Philippine Life Saving Club, and the Philippine Life Saving, they qualified to attend the conference as part of the 12-man national Philippine Life Saving delegation. All Filipino delegates had their registration fees sponsored by the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia.

Dr. Cesar T. Miguel, 3rd from left and Ms. Dianne Salvaleon, 2nd from Right

Held in the five-star Furama Hotel Convention Center in Da Nang, the conference attended by 400 delegates from 50 countries tackled the topics on reducing drowning incidents, rescue, lifesaving research, and the exchange of experiences in teaching swimming, lifesaving, and rescue and safety management.

Miguel and Salvaleon supplemented this training with the experiences of interacting with people of diverse nationalities, travelling in a 3-decker bus for 23 hours from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi, feeling the summer heat, overcoming the language barrier when buying food, and enjoying the low prices of commodities when shopping.

Meanwhile, Ms. Rhea D. Febro of the Department of Home Technology Education experienced Mongolia when she, as one of two Asia-Pacific ICT Trainers, taught skills to participants from ten Teacher Education Institutions (TEI’s). The other trainer was from India.

The training held in the Mongolia State University of Education, Ulaanbatar, last May 22-30, 2011, taught skills in Intel Teach Version 10 and Curriculum Mapping Workshop. Febro brought to this Asian neighbour the best practices of MSU-IIT in ICT integration in the classroom while also learning about the educational practices of other cultures.

In a similar opportunity, Dr. Adelfa C. Silor delivered her paper “Effectiveness of Classical Music as Background in the Story Video Comprehension Strategy among Students with Multiple Intelligence” in the 2011 International Conference on Knowledge and Education Technology (ICKET 2011) in Chengdu City (capital of Sichuan Province), People’s Republic of China.

In the conference held June 10-14, 2011, Silor, the only Filipino among more than a thousand participants, shared this subject which was the product of her research and which was an effective teaching-learning praxis in the MSU-IIT.

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