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The Smart Communications (SMART), Inc. will conduct the 4th Doon Po Sa Amin (DPSA) Learning Challenge, one of the three (3) major competitions under the DPSA Project. The winners will be invited to exhibit their entries during the DPSA Awarding Event to be held in Manila in February 2012.


The learning challenge aims to:

  1. engage the teachers and students nationwide to generate local content of the curriculum using community mapping techniques and information and communication technology (ICT);
  2. help their respective communities be educated about and/or address pertinent local problems or issues;
  3. promote ICT integration in basic education through curriculum-based topic categories;
  4. encourage the participants to use local content in curriculum applications;
  5. develop the students' skills in research, writing, leadership, teamwork and    technology; and
  6. encourage schools to build relationships with other Smart Schools partners and groups within their local communities, and to rouse students' community awareness.
The contest is open to all bona fide teachers and students of Smart Schools Program (SSP) partner high schools and on-line associates (high schools) nationwide. The deadline for the contest registration is on September 16, 2011.

All SSP partners and on-line associates (high schools) are required to submit at least one (1) contest entry to the "DPSA Learning Challenge." The participating schools shall be awarded points for "School Mo, Panalo."

The teacher-student teams are expected to design and develop a website where they will represent the stories of their respective communities. The stories will be based on the following seven (7) topic categories:
  1. Science, Technology and Health;
  2. Environment and Disaster Preparedness;
  3. Livelihood and Economics;
  4. Arts and Culture;
  5. Language and Literature;
  6. History and Society; and
  7. Tourism and Culture.
The winners of the DPSA Learning Challenge will receive the following prizes:
a.    Grand Champion :   PhP50,000.00 for the DPSA school team, and one (1) desktop for the school;

b.    Category Winner    PhP30,000.00 for the DPSA school team,
(one (1) winner per    and one (1) desktop for the school Topic Category)

c.    Special Awards    PhP10,000.00 for the DPSA school team
•    Best in ICT Integration
•    Best Team Collaboration
•    Best in Community Involvement
•    Best in Website Design and Layout
The details of the contest mechanics and other relevant information, including the contest registration form are found in the enclosures.

For more information, please contact the Adopt-a-School Program (ASP) Secretariat, DepEd Central Office, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City at telephone no.: (02) 638-86-37 or the DPSA-SSP Secretariat at the 8th Floor, Smart Tower 1, 6799 Ayala Avenue, Makati City at telephone no. (02) 527-7749; telefax no.: 527-3743 or send a message through e-mail address: avj.javiergmail.com (cc:smartschool@smart.com.ph

Enclosure No. 1

Doon Po Sa Amin Learning Challenge

Doon Po Sa Amin Learning Challenge, a competition hosted by Smart Communications, Inc. (SMART) through its Smart Schools Program, is one of the three major competitions under the Doon Po So Amin (DPSA) project. The output of the competition is a website containing a unique story about the respective communities of the participating school teams.

Take the challenge and join the 4th Doon Po Sa Amin Learning Challenge! Read on to find out more about the contest.

MECHANICS

I.Obiectives
A.    To engage teachers and students to generate local content using community mapping techniques and information and communication technology OCT).
B.    To promote ICT integration in basic education through curriculum-based topic categories, and to encourage teachers and students to use local content in curriculum applications
C.    To develop students' skills in research, writing, leadership, teamwork, and technology.
D.    To encourage schools to build relationships with other Smart Schools partners, SSP online
associates, and groups within their local communities, and to rouse students' community
awareness
II. Eligibility
A.    The DPSA Learning Challenge is open to all bona fide teachers and students of Smart Schools Program partner high schools and Online Associates (high schools) nationwide.
B.    A school may register and complete as many entries as preferred, provided each entry is qualified under any of the DPSA Topic Categories (see section VI).
*As SSP Partners and Online Associates (secondary schools), your school is required to submit at least one (1) contest entry to either Ano ang Kwento Mo or Learning Challenge. Participating schools shall be awarded points for School Mo Panalo. Points system is as follows:

ITEM
POINTS
CORREPSONDING PRIZE
Submission of at least one (1O valid contest entry
10

School with at least (1) shortlisted entry
20

School with at least one(1) entry which qualified as finalist
50
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Notes:
  1. Points are non-cumulative so the points for the highest position will be awarded.
  2. Points shall be awarded per school, not per school team. Points received will not depend on the number of entries. (Ex. If your school have more than one (1) shortlisted entry, you school gets a total of 20 points only.)

III. DPSA School Team
A. "Doon Po Sa Amin" (DPSA) School Team
  1. Adviser - may be a School Head (Principal, Asst. Principal, School Administration Official) or a Head Teacher who will provide guidance and practical assistance to the DPSA School Team
  2. Moderator - may be a member of the school faculty or an SSP ICT Coordinator who will provide community mapping and DPSA trainings to the DPSA School Team. Moderator will register the DPSA School Team in the DPSA Contest. Only one moderator is allowed per team.
  3. Teacher Coach/es - a bona fide full-time subject teacher who will provide administration, management, and facilitation of the activities/assignments/tasks of the members of the school team. A maximum of three (3) teacher coaches are allowed per team.
  4. Student Groups - comprised of bona fide students from within a single classroom or from many different classrooms and levels. Each student group is headed by its respective Teacher Coach
Notes:
  • A school team may seek assistance from a local government office, community group/s, or parents who can provide practical assistance (interviews, statistical data, etc.) to the DPSA School Team
  • Moderator and teacher coach can be the same person and can handle more than one group
B.    A school team must be led by a bona fide subject teacher.

C.    A school team may have eight (8) to ten (10) members only, from within a single classroom or from many different classrooms and levels.
IV.  Requirements*
  1. Official School Website hosted by Smart Schools Program
The participating school's official website must be hosted by the Smart Schools Program.
  1. A "Doon Po Sa Amin" page
The participating school's SSP-hosted school website must have the "Doon Po Sa Amin" tab/page where all the titles of DPSA entries will be listed.
  1. Updated school website
Participating schools should have updated their SSP-hosted school website at least three (3) months prior to the contest deadline.
            *Not required to Online Associates who were not trained and did not avail of the free hosting service of Smart.

V. Contest Entry/Output
  1. The contest entry is a complete website uploaded in www.mysmartschools.ph containing, but not limited to the following:
  1. Title with English subtitle - must follow the format "Doon Po Sa Amin..."
    • Example:
      • Title: "Doon Po Sa Amin, Itim ang Kulay ng Ginto"
      • Subtitle: "The Duhat Fruit: Our Treasure, Our Pride"
  2. Community Profile: Brief profile of the community/city/barangay you are featuring in your entry
  3. Brief Project Description: Overview of what your entry is about.
  4. Team Profile: Members of your team and their roles/responsibilities
  5. Methodology: Methods/means your group did to gather data for your entry.
  6. Focus Study: Discuss the details of your entry here.
  7. Media gallery: To contain the photos/videos related to your entry.
  8. Conclusion: Summary of your findings.
  9. Recommendation: Based on your findings, list some things you can recommend to address the issues
  10. Bibliography: List of all your references/sources, properly cited. You may follow this link to learn about proper attribution of sources: http://www.library.cornell.edu/resrch/citmanage/apa
Reminder: All materials (data, stories, photos, images, video clips, music/sound effects, web page design, etc.) to be used in the contest entry must be original; references must be taken from reputable sources which should be cited properly in the contest entry.
  1. Logos: Upload logos of Doon Po Sa Amin, Smart Schools Program, and Smart Communications, Inc., in the entry homepage. You may download logos here: http://ssptrainings.wordpress.com/. See the right side of the page, "Links" section. Make sure to link the logos to their respective websites:
    • Doon Po Sa Amin - http://www.doonposaamin.ph
    • Smart Schools Program - http://www.smartschools.ph
    • Smart Communications, Inc. - http://www.smart.com.ph
Notes:
  • Entries lacking at least one of the said items above (Contest Entry/Output>Section A) will be disqualified.
  • School teams are highly encouraged to upload images, photos, and/or videos to their website entries.
  • Incorporate ICT tools in your entries (e.g. links, comment box, etc.).
  1. A school team may submit more than one (1) entry.
* For reference, you may view last year's Doon Po Sa Amin Learning Challenge entries in Doon Po Sa Amin website (www.doonposaamin.ph). Select "Smart Reveals Winners of 2010 DPSA Contests" under the "news" tab or go to: http://www.doonposaamin.ph/news/2010DPSAAwardees.htm.
VI. Topic Categories
A Student Group, headed by its Teacher Coach, can choose from any of the seven (7) DPSA Topic Categories:
1. Science, Technology, and Health
Use scientific methods and experiments to investigate and explain interesting facts or phenomena, and technology advancements in your community. Feature your community's health and wellness programs. Study and find solutions to community health issues.
Topics in this category include, but are not limited to:
  • Biological life (flora and fauna)
  • Physical geography and geology
  • Weather phenomena
  • Health and wellness
  • Information and communications technology
2. Environment and Disaster Preparedness

Study and find solutions to pressing environmental and disaster-related concerns.

Topics in this category include, but are not limited to:
  • Pollution
  • Waste management
  • Energy conservation
  • Emergency response and disaster preparedness
  • Natural calamities
3. Livelihood and Economics

Study and present your community's major livelihood, businesses, or industries. Investigate on the community's economic success or problem.

Topics in this category include, but are not limited to:
  • Employment and labor
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business and industries (community goods and services)
4. Arts and Culture

Showcase your community's arts, traditions, and cultural identity. Study and find solutions to your community's cultural issues.

Topics in this category include, but are not limited to:
  • Values and customs
  • Music and dances
  • Fine arts and design
  • Clothing and crafts
  • Festivals
  • Folktales, urban legends, folklore
5. Language and Literature

Study and present your community's unique language and literature.
Topics in this category include, but are not limited to:
  • Dialect
  • Writing system
  • Literary works
6. History and Society

Present your community's history and social condition. Study and find solutions to pressing social issues.
Topics in this category include, but are not limited to:
  • Religion
  • Origin and history
  • Governance and politics
  • Famous people and local heroes (people who made an impact to the community)
7. Tourism and Entertainment

Feature your community's tourism industry and local attractions.

Topics in this category include, but are not limited to:
  • Food and delicacy
  • Tourist destinations and attractions
  • State of local tourism industry
  • Local events and entertainment

VII. Evaluation Criteria

DPSA School Team Collaboration
  • How did the student groups and the DPSA School Team as a whole work together?
  • Are the research activities/processes documented properly (Methodology and Team Profile)?
20%
Education Content
  • Did the DPSA School Team deeply explore the subject and apply community mapping techniques to generate data and stories?
  • Are the stories clearly written and effectively presented?
  • Are the stories original and are sources properly cited
30%
ICT Integration
  • Did the tea effectively use multimedia and technology in presenting data and stories?
  • Did the entry website use proper design and layout to effectively present the content or story?
30%
Community Impact
  • Do the stories define the community and raise awareness on community issues?
  • Are the stories appealing to a diverse audience?
  • Do the stories contribute to promoting and developing the community?
20%

VIII. Competition Timeline


2011
July 11 - August 30
Start of DPSA Competition (Registration)

August 30
Deadline of Registration

July 11 - November 11
DPSA Competition Period:
  • Data gathering
  • Upload to www.mysmartschools.ph

November 11
Deadline of Entry submission

November 14
Shortlisting of Entries

November 25
Final Judging
2012
February 16-17
Awarding

IX. Awards and Prizes
Awards
Prizes
Major Awards
Grand Champion (1)
PhP50,000 for Student Group
1 desktop for the school
Best in Category (7)
PhP30,000 for student group
1 desktop for the school
Special Awards
Best Team Collaboration
PhP10,000 for Student Group
Best in Community involvement
PhP10,000 for Student Group
Best in Website Design and Layout
PhP10,000 for Student Group
Best in ICT integration
PhP10,000 for Student Group
X. Reminders
Schools that will be joining more than one DPSA contest should not use the same subject/topic for their contest entries. If a school still submits entries of similar topic to more than one DPSA contest, only one entry will be accepted.

XIII. Communications
For more information/inquiries, you may reach us at:
Doon Po Sa Amin / Smart Schools Program Team
Smart Communications Inc. Public Affairs Group
8/F Smart Tower 1, 6799 Ayala Avenue, Makati City 1226 Philippines
Website: www.doonposaamin.ph
Email: avi.iavier@igmail.com; cc: smartschools@smart.com.ph Phone: (+632) 527-7749
Mobile: 0920-9181371
Fax: (+632) 527-3743

Enclosure No. 2 - Download Doon Po Sa Amin Learning Challenge School Registration Form
Enclosure No. 3 - Download Endorsement Letter

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