Digital science libraries are seen to become fixtures in more public schools in Cebu cities and provinces as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) 7 and the Department of Education (DepEd) 7 has inked a deal on the installation of the Science & Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosk System (Starbooks) in the region’s public schools.
The prospect of a region-wide installation of Starbooks came to the fore with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement over the weekend between DOST 7 and DepEd 7 in which the latter agrees to incorporate STARBOOKS programs into the thrust of public schools in Region 7, allowing those programs to “fit in with the schools’ enhanced and localized curriculum”.
DepEd likewise agrees to maximize utilization of the different amenities that the Starbooks provides. In said MOA, The parties have bound themselves to work together to accomplish the objectives.
The MOA was signed by DOST 7 Regional Director Edilberto Paradela and acting DepEd 7 Regional Director Julieta Jeruta during the Pasundayag 2016, a public school event participated in by all elementary and high schools of Region 7.
Starbooks is a standalone information kiosk that provides digital access to scientific information without the need for internet connection. Containing hundreds of thousands of digitized science and technology resources in text, video, audio and other formats, this self-contained computer system serves as a one stop shop digital compendium of S&T information gathered from all over the world.
Director Jeruta, in a message to event participants, challenged all schools, especially those on the islands, to create a 21st century learning environment in their respective areas of responsibility.
“It is your duty to support this purely Filipino innovative learning tool”, Jeruta said as she urged public school heads and teachers to make use of their special education fund to acquire desktops and other hardware components parts needed for the installation Starbooks in their schools.
For his part, Director Paradela encouraged the Region 7 schools to take advantage of innovative learning through digital sourcing of S&T information provided by Starbooks.
Among the beneficiaries of the project are the Lapulapu City public schools. Paradela disclosed that the local government of Lapulapu has already donated 21 computers units for Starbooks that are already now being used by public high schools and elementary schools in Lapulapu City.
He likewise announced that the East West Bank had donated several computers to help promote the Starbooks project, thereby boosting chances of improving student learning through digital information system.