(PSS) — The Public School System hosted its ninth commencement ceremony for the 105 participants of the Educational Technology or Ed Tech Training Program on June 14. Joining the virtual event were Ed Tech instructors, school administrators, PSS managers and Board of Education members.

EdTech is a year-long training program that consists of five 45-hour certification courses. Participants learn how to use Google tools to support teaching and learning, and how to empower students to be proactive digital citizens. In addition, the program looks into student-centered applications for multimedia presentations, infographics and dynamic videos.

During the virtual ceremony, Dr. Bobby Cruz, PSS director of instructional technology & distance education, said: “The goal of the Educational Technology Training Program is to empower our amazing educators with the technology tools that can transform teaching and learning. This has been a year of trial and tribulation for everyone, both personally and professionally, but despite these challenges, educators from across the CNMI have decided to challenge themselves to learn and grow and to advance learning for all of our children.”

Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada and Board of Education Chairman Andrew Orsini joined the virtual ceremony to congratulate and commend the Ed Tech participants from private and public schools as well as their instructors.

Lorraine Catienza, PSS distance education program manager, said, “We continue to refine the program with our amazing Ed Tech instructors to improve the quality of learning for the professionals we serve. Our goal is to continue to employ transformative use of technology to support teaching and learning as we prepare our students to meaningfully participate and succeed in an increasingly tech-driven world. Our educators are the key to making this goal a reality, so we continue to invest in them.”

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