July 16, 2024

LAGAWE, Ifugao – In a significant move to enhance educational resources in the province, the Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera, the Department of Education, and the provincial local government unit recently signed a memorandum of agreement for the installation of Starbooks, or Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station, at learning institutions in Ifugao.

The collaborative effort underscores the commitment of these agencies to advancing educational opportunities and promoting science literacy in Ifugao.

Starbooks is a digital library developed by the DOST that offers numerous benefits for students, including access to educational materials such as books, journals, and research papers, which are particularly valuable in remote areas like Ifugao where access to physical libraries is limited.

The digital library enhances learning through interactive learning modules and multimedia resources that cater to various learning styles, helping students grasp complex concepts more efficiently.

Starbooks can be accessed offline, offering a rich repository of thousands of digitized science and technology resources available in multiple formats, including text, video, and audio. These resources are organized into specially designed “pods” with a user-friendly interface, making it easy for educators and students to navigate and utilize.

A DOST team led by Reynaldo A. Morales and assisted by Supervising Science Research Specialist Don Ognayon installed Starbooks in 91 schools in the province from June 25 to 27.

Ognayon said the installation of Starbooks software in the schools aims to encourage students to pursue science-related courses and bridge the educational resource gap. The initiative promotes a culture of learning and innovation among students by providing them with access to valuable educational resources.

Schools Division Superintendent Gloria B. Buyao-ao said with the digital library in their schools, they can improve the performance of their learners.

She urged the teachers and learners to maximize their use and be innovative, as they are accountable for the use of the learning materials to improve the performance of the learners.

Gov. Jerry U. Dalipog assured the provincial government’s support for education.

Board Member Joseph J. Odan said the project aims to make Ifugao globally competitive and on par with advancements in science and technology, addressing the struggles and challenges in far-flung areas. – Florida B. Robles