Despite an almost eight long hours of travel by air and by land and barely five-hour sleep, everybody woke-up early in high spirits and was very eager to engage in full throttle whatever lies ahead of everyone in a land that is a time zone ahead of where they came from.
By 7:30 a.m., our first Korean breakfast was served at the cafeteria which was located at the second floor of Hunsan Gunji House. The dishes were composed mainly of vegetables together with rice and of course, kimchi.
After breakfast, we were introduced to the training assistant of the day, Ms. Seol Geun Hye, and interpreter Ms. Lee Jae Sun ( Jessie ).
As previously instructed, the trainees clad in their national school uniform, left for school by 8:30 a.m. It took everyone about 30 minutes to walk from the guest house to the Information and
Shortly after arriving at room 201 of the Information and
After a brief introduction and overview of the activities to be held for the whole duration of the program, it was Dr. Elias Alicaya’s turn to give a short speech to give acknowledgement to Korean government that played a very important role in the implementation and improvement of Information and Communications Technology in the schools of
The training proper started at 10:00 a.m. The first topic “Learning Korean” was delivered by Ms. Kim Minja, a school teacher in an IT leader school in
Lunch was held at a nearby restaurant, about 10 minutes walk from the lecture room. Every dish served was authentic Korean cuisine. The food preparation was great. The details were very amazing. What was supposed to be a lunch turned out to be a small feast! The food was awesome but most of the trainees could not finish their meal since the servings were more than enough. Chop sticks were also way too heavy.Time is very valued by Koreans. Immediately after the meal, everyone was directed to walk back to the training place. Chat and nap time are luxuries they can’t afford. This is something that the we would need to get used to.
The whole afternoon’s lectures focused on ICT literacy, specifically on how to use Microsoft Excel as a teaching tool. Although most Philippine teachers were already familiar with the program, new techniques were still learned. The flow of the lectures was rather fast due to time restrictions. But in spite of it, only few trainees had trouble keeping up with the pace because the lecturer, the assistants, and co-trainees were always willing to give a hand.
The first training day closed at 6:00 p.m. with no remarkable amount of trouble met.
Welcome dinner was held at a fine restaurant about 10 minutes drive from the computing center. This time, it was a much bigger of a feast compared to lunch time. Several education officials of
And so the first training day has ended. Even though it was just the second of the 10 days of stay in