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Bawas presyo sa mga ebooks, ipinangako ng pamunuan ng SHS

Nagdesisyon ang pamunuan ng Unibersidad na magbaba ng presyo sa mga ebooks matapos umani ng batikos ang kanilang plano na gawing requirement ang paggamit ng iPad bilang kapalit ng mga tradisyonal na textbooks.

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Nagdesisyon ang pamunuan ng Unibersidad na magbaba ng presyo sa mga ebooks matapos umani ng batikos ang kanilang plano na gawing requirement ang paggamit ng iPad bilang kapalit ng mga tradisyonal na textbooks.

Sinabi ng pamunuan ng Senior High School sa isang liham na inilabas noong ika-2 ng Agosto na kanilang nauunawaan na ang mandatoryong paggamit ng iPad ay dagdag gastusin kung kaya’t magbibigay sila ng 40 bahagdan bawas sa mga ebooks.

Matatandaang inanunsyo ng pamunuan ang mandatoryong paggamit ng mga mag-aaral ng Garde 11 ng e-books noong nakaraang buwan.

Iminungkahi rin ng pamunuan na maaring bumili ng iPad, na gagamitin upang mabuksan ang mga ebook, ang mga estudyante mula sa paaralan.

Ang mga iPad na maaring bilhin sa paaralan ay nagkakahalaga mula P13,490-P24,990. Samantala, ang anim na e-books na kakailanganin ng bawat academic strand ay nagkakahalaga ng mahigit P2,000.

Ito ay umani ng samu’t-saring batikos mula sa mga estudyante at magulang.

” It is more convenient than carrying heavy books every day to school…What disappoints me is the late announcement…. the administration should have announced about it earlier so that we would have more time to prepare and save up for the said device,” ani Jillian Bueno, estudyante mula sa Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics strand.

“Mam [Assoc. Prof. Pilar I. Romero, Phd], I, for one don’t like my son to use the e-book. It is still better to study using the printed book. In one of the seminar (sic) I attended, the speaker had a study of his students. The students [bring] with [them their] iPad, and nagpicpicture (sic) lang ng mga lessons sa board, [so] less [chance] to pass the exams because there is no retention of memory unlike writing down notes and reading while taking down notes has the higher percentage (sic) in passing the exams. And the more motor skills [are] being develop[ed],” ani Barbie Agullo sa kanyang komento sa unang inilabas na anunsyo ng pamunuan sa kanilang Facebook page.

Ang nasabing anunsyo ay tinanggal ng pamunuan sa social media pagkalipas ng ilang araw.

Ayon sa bagong liham,  ang paggamit ng technology-based learning ay  para isulong ang mga innovative pedagogies katulad ng paggamit ng e-books, real-time assessment, interactive lectures at participatory activities upang makasabay ang mga estudyante sa pangangailangan ng modernong panahon.

Paliwanag ng pamunuan, “The use of innovative pedagogies is line with our vision of providing our students with cutting edge advantage over students coming from other schools.”

Dagdag nila, maaring bilhin sa labas ang nasabing device. Ngunit pinaalalahanan nila ang mga mag-aaral na tanggalin ang ibang applications kung mayroon na silang sariling tablet upang mailagay ang mga kailangan na libro at learning applications.

Ginagalang naman ng mga opisyal ang desisyon ng mga magulang kung  nais pa rin nilang gumamit ng nakasanayang texbooks pero isinisulong pa rin nila ang kalamangan ng paggamit ng teknolohiya.

“If you believe that traditional books fit your purpose, we can accede to your preference, although we are strongly recommending the use of tablets because of their obvious advantage for your son/daughter.”

Noong 2011, ilang paaralan na sa bansa ang gumagamit ng tablet education gaya ng La Salle Greenhills, De La Salle Zobel Santiago Alabang, Miriam College, St. Paul Surigao, at Meridian International College. – W.Orlina

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SHS students bag awards in senior high research conference

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UST Senior High School (SHS) students from the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics strand have bagged awards in the first SHS Capstone Experience Conference.

Arjay Julio, Wynsel Carven Tandoc, Hans Daniel Tipace, Yannah Franzine Vendivill and Zyrene Yanesa won Best Paper in Life Sciences, with their paper titled “Allelopathic effect of Lantana Camara and Chromolaena odorata leaf extracts on plant germination.”

“Looking back at the times when we would barely get any sleep just to finish revising, or rush to the nearest computer shop to print our output, we wouldn’t have thought that we would get to where we are now,” the participants said in an online interview with TomasinoWeb.

The group added: “We spent a lot of time, sleepless nights, and effort on our research, and we’re beyond grateful to be recognized for our work, knowing that there are others who are just as qualified as us. This achievement inspired us to give our best efforts not just in conducting a study, but also to contribute to the development of our country.”

The researchers conducted the study to institute knowledge on the allelopathic effects of the two “invasive” plants, lantana camara or big-sage and chromolaena odorata or Siam weed, on the growth of herbs in an “agriculture-dependent” country such as the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Leo Bert Orpilla, Jamie Marie Kalaw, Hannah Golpeo, Mary Joy Rodriguez and Jacob Casugbo grabbed the Best Paper award in Agricultural Sciences, with their study named “Optimization of Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) assay in identification of Fasciola hepatica in goat samples.”

“[The study] has already given us a lot of insights and additional knowledge for our chosen field even at an early stage,” Golpeo said.

“We felt lucky and privileged enough to be chosen to represent the UST SHS […], but winning the best paper out of the many others that contended was an honor,” she added.

The paper of the latter group aims to prevent the spread of the parasite fasciola hepatica, commonly called “liver fluke,” in goats through the creation of LAMP kit.

Moreover, the study “would help decrease the mortality of goats, increase its livestock productivity, provide livelihood to more Filipinos, and increase the economy through the industry’s growth.”

Both groups expressed their foremost gratitude to their research advisers for the success of their papers.

The research conference was held last April 28 at the University of the Philippines Los Baños.—with reports from Kyla Bascon

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Mental health must be treated like physical health, advocate urges

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A mental health advocate encouraged Thomasians on Thursday to treat mental health as important as physical health.

Kenneth Aranas, vice chairperson for education and research of the Youth for Mental Health Coalition, said that mental health problems are “not just in the mind” and they should be treated like physical illnesses.

“It only takes a little bit of understanding to really understand what people with mental health problems are going through.” Aranas said. “Mental health is not bound to a certain group of people. mental health problems can affect anyone.”

Aranas also pointed out the importance of family support in battling mental health disorders.

“Your first line of defense is your family, because they’re the ones that truly understand you. And if your family is already discriminating you or stigmatizing you, because of a mental health problem, then your whole support system crumbles, if your family is not supportive of you,” he said.

He said the stigma of mental illnesses is the “biggest blocking factor” in the progress when it comes to discussion of mental health.

Moreover, he encouraged everyone to break the stigma and to advocate for Mental Health.

“Advocacy on mental health is something each and every one of you can advocate for. You don’t have to be a mental health professional to advocate mental health.”

The seminar titled “Sonder: A Mental Health Seminar” was organized by the UST Faculty of Pharmacy Student Council. — H. Amoroso

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Mental illness is not a weakness, psychiatrists say

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Psychiatrists from The Medical City discussed the matters concerning the mental health of the youth. Photo courtesy of Genelaine Urbano/TomasinoWeb.

Psychiatrists from The Medical City urged the public not to look at mental illness as a weakness because it discourages young people from seeking help.

“Hindi siya yung kahinaan ng loob. Hindi ‘yan yung ‘mawawala rin ‘yan.’ And finally, hindi ‘yan yung kahinaan ng ability niyo to cope,” said Dr. Ronaldo Elepaño III during the Youth Mental Health Caravan last Friday, Sept. 15.

In one of his presentations, he pointed out that depression is a medical condition as he compared positron emission tomography (PET) scans of a normal brain and a brain experiencing depression.

“The PET scan is a diagnostic technique where makikita mo kung active yung brain mo. The more orange [the] yellow parts of your brain you have, ibig sabihin, the more active it is…that is a normal brain. What do you notice doon sa depressed brain […] kita niyo ba yung kulay? Anong nakikita sa depressed brain — mostly blue,” Elepaño said.

Another psychiatrist also agreed that the stigma prevents students from seeking help even there are free services offered.

“There’s an element of hesitance, because at the back of your mind, you think of what other people might think — and you want to make sure that there is that confidentiality. So, we really have to raise the understanding that mental health problems are just like physical health problems. So they need the same attention and care that they deserve,” Dr. Geraldine Divino-Lobo told TomasinoWeb in an interview.

Moreover, she encouraged everyone to help young people develop positive ways of coping stress.

“Kids are going through a lot of stress right now, so there’s that difficulty in how they cope. What we need to do is to help them develop more positive coping skills,” Lobo said.

“At the same time, we need to identify them, who among these students have mental health problems that require intervention. Not just helping them as colleagues or as friends, but to help them connect with the proper and necessary help that they need.”

Dr. Maria Imelda Batar, director of the hospital’s Department of Psychiatry, suggested that there should be mental health programs and policies even in workplaces.

“It (Mental Health Act of 2017) necessitates employers to raise awareness on mental health issues; correct the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health conditions; identify and provide support for individuals at risk; and facilitate access of individuals with mental health conditions to treatment and psychosocial support,” she said.

The Youth Mental Health Caravan was organized by the Central Student Council in line with Suicide Prevention Week.

by Wynona Nicole Orlina

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