ReimaginED is a seminar series designed to deepen the understanding of the Leadership of the Department of Education on key Information and Communications Technology for Education (ICT4E) issues.
In 2007, at the beginning of the term of the current Secretary of Education, it was decided that a capability building program on ICT4E for the senior officials of the Department was needed. Previously, most of the efforts at ICT4E advocacy and capacity building were focused on teachers. As a result, many education officials do not fully appreciate the key issues related to harnessing ICT for teaching and learning. Furthermore, the role of ICT in improving governance and the 'business ' process of the Department was underappreciated.
In order to address this perceived need, ideacorp, with Intel Technology Phils. developed a training program for the Senior Officials of the Department called reimaginED. The original design was for a two-day Executive Seminar to give participants a comprehensive introduction on ICT4E issues, a series of half-day Executive Briefings on more specialized and current issues and hands on ICT literacy training.
The ReimaginED Executive Seminar was held from June 7 to 8, 2007 in Tagaytay City. The participants included the Secretary of Education, the Undersecretaries, Assistant Secretaries, Bureau Directors and heads of units at the Department's HQ. Subsequently, two (2) Executive Briefings (ICT Competency Standards for Teachers and on Anytime, Anywhere Learning and Rich Media Content for Education) and two (2) hands-on sessions on online collaboration tools were held for selected members of the group that completed the Executive Seminar.
The success of the Executive Seminar led to the decision to extent the training to the senior education officials in the field. Hence, the ReimaginED Seminar for Department's Regional Directors was held from October 25-26, 2007 in Davao City.
In 2008, the Department of Education began to draft its 5 year ICT for Education (ICT4E) Master Plan. Like previous efforts, this plan seeks to fast track ICT integration in teaching, use it to improve learning and develop and deploy ICT applications for more effective and efficient governance and administration. The plan's five-year goals are:
completely integrate ICT into the curriculum, which includes the development of multimedia instructional materials, and ICT-enabled assessment;
intensify competency-based professional development programs for our teachers, staff and officials;
establish the necessary ICT infrastructure and applications; and
develop processes and systems that ensure efficient, transparent and effective governance and management.
It was also decided that the Plan will be subjected to a comprehensive and national stakeholder consultation.
With the draft plan and the decision to consult with all stakeholders, ReimaginED became a more focused capability building program. It will now be conducted immediately after the consultations and become a first step in the effort to contextualize/localize the ICT4E masterplan. It is hoped that with ReimaginED, field officials would be in a better position to adapt the ICT4E master plan to to local conditions.