Vol. 14, Issue No. 3
Making math fun with Genyo
Technology aids teachers on their lesson delivery. The use of various online resources can help educators keep the teaching and learning experience fun and engaging.
Sara Jane D. Pillerva, a math teacher from Immaculate Heart of Mary Paranaque, attests to this truth. Pillerva has learned to harness the power of educational technology by using Genyo e-Learning (Genyo), a learning management system developed by Diwa Learning Systems Inc. Genyo provides a wide array of multimedia teaching content and interactive games that can be accessed with or without the Internet.
“Learners nowadays really engage in technology. We use Genyo as a way to motivate them to learn their lesson easily, especially in Math. I use it to help my learners appreciate my subject,” Pillerva says.
Because of Pillerva’s enthusiasm in using Genyo, she received the Gawad Gurong Genyo award in school year 2016-2017. Gawad Gurong Genyo is a Diwa-led competition that recognizes creativity in presenting instructional materials and conducting interactive activities with the use of Genyo.
Teaching math through games
Many students might find Math a little daunting. But Pillerva shares teaching techniques to remove the apprehension of learners.
Pillerva says that she lets students learn and enjoy through playing. “As a math teacher, I integrate math games and activities in my lesson. My students love to solve math problems using games like Hangman and crossword puzzles, among others.” Genyo is filled with fun interactive games that can be used in and outside of the classroom.
Pillerva has also learned to digitize other aspects of her lessons. “I use Genyo in my quizzes, seat works, flash cards, announcements as well as surveys and forums,” she enthuses. Pillerva even uses Genyo for her club activity every Fridays.
To maximize learning in the school and at home, Pillerva suggests using tutorials inside the Genyo portal. With Genyo, teachers can make online reviewers students can refer to at home.
Pillerva is keen on letting students explore the features of Genyo, because she believes teachers have become facilitators, not the sole source of knowledge in the classroom. “I believe that they can learn lessons on their own. But still, we should be there to facilitate. Less talk from us; more skills for them to learn,” she says.
To educators who want to keep their teaching skills fresh and interesting, she offers this advice: “Do not be afraid to try new things. Focus on improving.” She shares that with the help of Genyo, they certainly can make lessons more interesting.
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