1.> "Hot Spots as Learning Spots" - With the deployment of low-cost WiFi technology, M.O.R.M.S. has became the "First public school" in the country that provides a wide campus WiFi internet access. Laptops and desktops (equipped with WiFi cards) can easily be transported and gain internet access from the school's open gym, school playgrounds and 85% of their classrooms are currently classified as 'hot spots'. This resulted for the school not just to consider regular classrooms as their learning space but the WHOLE campus itself is part of their 'learning environment'.
2.> The school became the main 'hub' or 'center' of I.C.T. education - Four(4) neighboring public schools utilizes M.O.R.M.S'. free basic I.C.T. tutoring services. At present, M.O.R.M.S. is not just percieved as an educational institution but also as: an 'institution of hope'. More or less 6,000 students and 460 teachers will be benefiting from the initiative.
3.> The visually impaired gained access to local organizations resulted in acquiring services from a NGO for the blind: RBI. - Through simple exchange of emails, our visually impaired tapped useful information and pursued networking with specialized teachers. Unaware of the existence of social services in the past, the visually impaired received skills on how to be INDEPENDENT and are starting to learn the basics and soon proceed in learning contracted Braille from volunteer specialized teachers. Two (2) out of 13 visually handicapped will be receiving contracted Braille tutoring and can communicate by email using a low-cost computer Braille keyboard we developed.
4.> It allowed stronger networking with other learning institutions - Using our synchronous web conferencing tool, high school youth pursued an on-line distance learning along with 25 volunteer university college students from the northern part of the Philippines. Using our virtual classroom, high school students are collaborating on-line and seeking tutoring services from college students that pertains to their homework in subjects in Algebra, Science, Social Studies, etc. This allowed high school students to reflect on their 'waterloo' and seek solutions to strentheng them. Approximately 110 students are utilizing this service.
5.> It resulted in the establishment of a career counseling services for high school graduating students -Graduating high school students voiced out the need/access to career counseling services and raised issues 'to allow a reflection' prior to entering college life. Using our digital virtual archive through posting threads and blogs, our high school students reflects on feedback and discussions posted by college students about their academic experiences. We filter and retain positive 'first hand' information for future references and conduct webconferencing with college students in the northern Philippines. This activity allowed our youth to make informed decisions and prepare them towards college life and chosen career. This portal is being accessed anytime by approximately 2,000 students.
6.> The initiative unexpectedly discovered talents, skills and creative minds specifically from the out-of-school youth - With exposure to open source application (Google Sketch - CAD design), we realized a demand for a short term course in the community - Out-of-school youth are discouraged by their parents NOT to pursue high school education because of what they perceived as: 'senseless spending towards unemployment'. S.P.C.A.D. (Special Program in Computer Aided Designs) was developed for the out-of-school youth who wanted to cultivate their artistic skills within a short period with less financial contraints on the part of their parents. This one (1) year CAD certification program is geared in developing youth to be junior draftsmen for possible employment in Architectural/Engineering offices. This program was recently introduced to the community (running for 3 months now) and samples of their work can be viewed as attachments. To date, 48 students are enrolled in this program and all of them were formerly out-of-school youth.
7.> Resulted more involvement from its own students - The school has been in existence for almost 45 years now and hiring a local web designer is financially challenging. Its students (with approval and support from the school principal and administrators) allowed its own students to freely design an appropriate website. Today, M.O.R.M.S. is the ONLY school in the Philippines whose website was designed, launched and currently being maintained by its very own students. Student's academic and non-academic activities can be view by visiting the school's official website: M.O.R.M.S.
8.> A regular school has become a handicapped friendly learning institution - Awaiting DepEd's regional approval for the visually handicapped to 'co-exist' in regular classrooms, the school created the 'birth' of public awareness and acceptance that blind youth can utilize their potentials in the society by way of using open source adaptive learning technology. This resulted in overcoming current stereotype and discrimination to ALL persons with disabilities in their region.
9> The youth transformed their own educators(teachers) to be technologically literate - To date, 89 teachers has their own email addresses and showed competency uisng their virtual classrooms (synchronous web conferencing tool); using Word processing, Power Point and other software applications. These teachers uses their newly acquired skills in: communicating to other professional educators; presentations during seminars; accessing teaching materials on-line and are more sensitive towards positive self improvement. These teachers are now educating their own non-technology inclined colleagues and as a result they share their own stories to "old school teachers" to come closer to technology.
10> From non-technologically inclined youth to: "Technology Ambassadors" - It forced multiplied young technology 'ambassadors' which they advocate I.C.T. benefits right to their own family members, small villages and to their own peers. Eighty (80) young tutors issued 380 certificate of Basic I.C.T. Education to non-technology inclined youth. 89 teachers received their certificate of accomplishment as well which was signed and handed out right by their very own students.