Imus City public schools now online, says IT officer

By: CHRISTIAN MESPHER A. HERNANDEZ
One of the school websites of the Schools Division of Imus City
One of the school websites of the Schools Division of Imus City

All 35 public schools in Imus City have formally landed in the digital space after successfully developing their own websites—a product of a series of training workshops initiated by the Schools Division Office in partnership with Imus Institute to improve “connection” to both internal and external stakeholders.

Information Technology Officer June Bence L. Adelan said the 100% completion of websites provides premium benefits to schools by providing access to information, promoting school programs, projects and advocacies, and showcasing best practices to basically everyone online.

“This is a less expensive way of promoting their schools and gives them the opportunity to cater to their clienteles and stakeholders. Ngayong may school website na, anyone can view school updates regardless of location and time. Lahat ng activities at programa ng school, even school history, mas madali ng malaman ng mga tao,” Adelan explained.

The IT officer shared that the 26 public elementary, five junior high and four senior high schools have all used the user-friendly weebly.com, a web-hosting service featuring a drag-and-drop website builder which boasts of “free use with unlimited storage.”

Weebly.com also allows easy access of navigation and information from any technology device – computers, tablets and smartphones.

ICT INITIATIVES

It all started with a simple training conducted by web designer Mcbillion S. Boquiren using Sublime Text Web Editor after former OIC-Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Lualhati O. Cadavedo instructed the Information and Communication Technology Service (ICTS) unit to plan and help the schools develop their own websites.

“But due to lack of background of school ICT coordinators in Web Designing, we fell short of our target as the websites did not materialize,” Adelan recalled.

The initial failure prompted the ICTS unit to try a different approach until they bumped into weebly.com and partnered with Imus Institute to conduct a new set of training which instantly clicked to the participants.

“Personally, na-appreciate natin ng sobra ang website outputs ng lahat ng schools because they really started with lack of technical know-how. Good thing, using weebly.com, some have already achieved outstanding results in terms of layout, design and content fair enough for first-time website designers,” Adelan said.

He believes that most schools still need guidance but being able to complete and launch their websites is already an achievement.

“Kaunting practice, effort at push pa, siguro magkakaroon ang mga schools ng DepEd Imus City ng original, well-designed, user-friendly, information-driven at content-bursting websites. Ang lahat naman ay nagsisimula sa simple,” the IT officer remarked.

FRIENDLY COMPETITION

According to Adelan, SDO Imus City has already forged a partnership with City Savings Bank which will sponsor netbook computers as major prizes for the Best School Website Contest to be awarded during the ICT Month in June.

The contest will feature two categories, one for elementary and another for secondary (both junior and senior high), and will be judged using the following criteria: Content – 30%, Design – 25%, Usability – 25% and Creativity – 20%.

The school website links can be viewed at www.depedimuscity.com