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LOOK: With no laptop available, Pinoy students get creative in class with pop-up book presentation

By John Patrick Magno Ranara Published Dec 03, 2022 12:20 pm

With the power and convenience of technology just within our reach, it's not amiss to say that our day-to-day activities can be accomplished in a much faster and smoother manner compared to the old days.

Back then, students who are tasked to present something in front of the class would have to head to school supply stores to buy loads of Manila paper and pricey pentel pens, and would need to exhaust themselves writing their report for visual aid.

But thanks to the prevalence of school projectors, laptops, and easy-to-make PowerPoint and Canva presentations, preparing a report for class now kind of seems like a walk in the park.

Despite the advantage of digital presentations, however, not everyone has easy access to a laptop or Internet. Take, for example, this group of senior high school students who had to go back to the traditional means of making a presentation. Instead of Manila paper, however, their creative gears got spinning and they decided to make a unique visual aid in the form of a pop-up book.

First shared on the Philippine STAR's community group by Sharon Bausa, a teacher at Sta. Lucia Senior High School in Quezon City, the pop-up book was made using a white folder and had three-dimensional pages containing cute cutout images of books, teachers, and children. 

The presentation was a requirement for their English for Academic and Professional Purposes class.

In a quick chat with PhilSTAR L!fe, Bausa said that the group, which was comprised of six members, had trouble making a digital presentation because they had no available laptops to use. Their leader, Hannah, who was an artist, came up with a solution by suggesting to make a pop-up book as an alternative.

Because of their ingenious way of presenting their report despite not having the power of technology by their side, Bausa was instantly impressed by their work.

"I was amazed. I couldn't imagine that in today's time, where MS PowerPoint and Canva are the most common means of digital presentation, there are still students who can come up with traditional visual aids," Bausa beamed.

"I was glad to see the pop-up book because we all know that it is easier to use PowerPoint than to use cardboards, pentel pens, and other art materials. I knew they spent time and effort just to make it," she added.

Bausa hoped that more students would follow in their footsteps and strive to think outside the box, as she believes that creativity is an important ability to encourage among young people.

"The importance of the students' creativity and ability to think out of the box allows the learners to be more resourceful. It pushes them to find ways and do something different that makes learning more exciting. Through their creativity, they can express themselves and they can also discover that they can do more. It helps them to bring out the best in them," she highlighted.

And what better place to hone one's creativity than in school? 

Bausa said that teachers can encourage learners to be more creative by instilling in them early on that each of them has talents that they can use to improve their lives and help others as well.

"The teacher must provide activities where the students can discover their potential and talents. And once they have seen how creative the students are, they must give positive feedback or appreciation or recognition so that the learners will be more motivated to be more creative," Bausa said.