DOST-Caraga, DepEd-Butuan to install STARBOOKS in schools

To provide access to Science and Technology information and digital learning materials to students and teachers, principals, school IT personnel and teacher librarians from the 15 districts of Butuan City Division allied with DOST Caraga to install Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosks (STARBOOKS) in Butuan City schools.

A total of 130 participants from 40 schools of Butuan City Division were in full force during the STARBOOKS Orientation last Friday at DepEd Butuan City Division Office, January 11.

STARBOOKS, a technology developed by Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII), is a “library in a box” that contains thousands of digitized S&T resources in various formats, text, and video/audio. Aside from providing information, it aims to create interest among youngsters to enroll in S&T courses, and encourage entrepreneurship and research.

Ms. Imie Concepcion Valdez, Division Librarian II described the roles of school principals, IT personnel and teacher librarians in the implementation of the program. “We invited specific people for we know they will directly affect the implementation. The principals will give the ‘go’ signal, while the school IT personnel will handle the technical work, and teacher librarians will market the technology and monitor utilization of the materials.”

Reyjean R. Comaling, IT personnel of DOST Caraga-Technical Support Services discussed about the features and functionality of the system to the participants. The installation of STARBOOKS software will be scheduled after consultation with qualified schools in Butuan City. Additional training on the maintenance of the system will also be provided to school IT personnel and librarians.

starbooks-bxu1Reyjean R. Comaling, IT Personnel of DOST Caraga- Technical Support Services discussing the features of STARBOOKS to participants

Going beyond

Dr. Bebelyn Corvera, Curriculum Implementation Division Chief expressed her support in expanding the scope of the program in Butuan City.

“STARBOOKS is suitable for the curious children today. It is only a matter of how we will start but if we take a step, there will be a positive effect on the student’s learning environment,” Dr. Corvera articulated in her speech.

The Division Chief believes that STARBOOKS, with its user-friendly interface, can be an effective tool for teachers and and the curriculum for knowledge transfer. Dr. Corvera also encouraged teachers and school personnel to go beyond of what is expected from them.

“Let us always go beyond competencies. Let us not limit ourselves with memoranda and what is already there. Let’s explore, research and innovate more for our students with collaborative efforts with different agencies such as DOST-Caraga,” said Dr. Corvera.

Aside from going beyond competencies, Education Program Supervisor under Learning Resource Management and Development Section (LRMDS),  Dr. Donald Orbillos expressed the need to revive ‘dying libraries’ in public schools since they are converted into classrooms due to lack of space and manpower.

“It’s a nationwide problem. We do not have full-time librarians and STARBOOKS can fulfill the lack of personnel. Many of our materials are even obsolete that we need new platforms for research and instruction. This technology will serve as a supplement to existing learning resources,” told Dr. Orbillos in an interview.

Being the first division to avail of the program this year, Dr. Orbillos expects maximum utilization of STARBOOKS. The supervisor gave DOST-Caraga a thumbs-up for its effort of providing access to quality Science and Technology learning resources in the region.

There are 200 libraries with STARBOOKS all over the region since 2014.

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Teachers and students in a Surigao del Sur school try STARBOOKS