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Globe, DepEd Get Onto Next Level for ICT Use in Education

Telecommunications giant Globe rallies behind the information and communications technology integration efforts of the Department of Education via its host of ICT initiatives under Globe Bridging Communities (Globe BridgeCom), the company’s flagship project on Corporate Social Responsibility.
Having gained in improving internet access in schools, DepEd has now put increased focus on increasing teacher and school competence in the use of Information and Communication Technology for Education. The department has announced that it is in final stages of drafting its ICT4E or Information and Communication Technology for Education (ICT4E) program, a five-year strategic plan that brings the marvels of technology for wider and efficient use into the molding the country’s future – its youth — through education.

Aligned with the ICT4E program, Globe recently launched the Global Filipino Schools (GFS) Project in partnership with DepEd, Coalition for Better Education, and Microsoft Philippines. GFS aims to make public schools as regional centers for ICT best practices. GFS brings in the element of pro-activity to the goal of assisting schools through ICT training, resource generation and management.

The GFS program will equip chosen schools with ICT infrastructure such as an ICT laboratory with at least 30 networked-computers and multimedia tools such as LCD projectors, screens, and television sets. GFS also provides schools with wired and wireless connectivity as well as training programs for teachers and school administrators.

GFS schools will not only receive assistance in ICT-integration but will also share their expertise with others. During the final phase of the program, GFS schools are expected to create sustainable ICT-based projects and become a cradle of information technology for their province
A forerunner project to GFS, BridgeCom’s Global Filipino Teacher program is already reaping the fruits of training teachers using the Project-Based Learning approach. GFT is an intensive six-day public school teacher training course which emphasizes use of ICT for student-centered classroom activities and problem-based learning (PBL).

Globe has been at the helm of different education initiatives since 2001. It continues to carry out Text2Teach, a project that helps public schools access educational materials through mobile technology; Globe Labs, a multi-year program which trains ICT and Engineering students and teachers on advanced mobile and broadband application development; and the Internet in Schools Program (ISP).

According to DepEd, ICT integration in education still faces challenges as student-computer and teacher-computer ratios and infrastructure still needs improvement. Teacher training in ICT is also an area of concern as computer literacy is not a requirement for teacher certification and licensure.

As Globe goes full swing on GFS, camps of teachers await resulting synergy with ICT4E as new doors toward effective teaching start to open wide.

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Globe Telecom Global Filipino Teachers program yields paper mache solution for Cagayan de Oro community By Tish Martinez

Paper! Used paper, everywhere!

This seemed to be the mantra of public elementary pupils in a Cagayan de Oro City school when they took up the challenge of reducing paper waste around them.

The students were spurred to find a solution to this problem in a learning exercise that integrated use of computers and new computer-based teaching skills that mentors are applying from a program called Global Filipino Teachers (GFT), an initiative of Globe Telecom.

No sooner, these Grade Six students of the North City Central School were gaining the attention, not only of school authorities and of community leaders but also of the local government. They were producing beautiful paper mache products from recyclable paper.

The process of identifying problems and coming up with solutions with the aid of information accessible via the computer is under the project-based learning approach adopted under the GFT.

The students’ teacher, Miss Charlotte Maestrado, was one of the recipients of the GFT training in May 2010 and had promptly applied her new-found skills with her science students.

GFT is being undertaken by the corporate social responsibility program of Globe called Globe Bridging Communities (Globe BridgeCom) in partnership with Cebu-based Coalition for Better Education (CBE) and the Department of Education.

Maestrado and her school had earlier benefited from the availability of computers donated by the CBE and Globe to their school.

She recalled that the coming of the computers opened a new leaf in the history of their school.

“The donation was a ray of hope”, she said. Maestrado noted that many of the school’s poor students had never  used a computer before. “When the computers arrived at our school, I was elated. It was a new avenue of learning for our students,” she narrated.

Thus, she regarded herself as a very eager participant of  the GFT  program being an ICT competency enhancement program for teachers. “I joined the program because I wanted to make the most of what’s been made available to us,” she added.

The GFT  program is an extensive six-day teacher training program for public school teachers that focuses on the proper use of ICT for school-centered classroom activities.

Implementing  a Problem Based Learning (PBL) project for her students,  Maestrado was able to encourage her students to look around the school and zero in on a problem. The students saw paper waste was the school’s biggest problem.

Meastrado asked her students to research on recycling paper and to draft letters for school administrators and other nearby establishments to be able to collect their waste paper. “Since my colleagues in the English department had a letter writing topic, we decided to collaborate. The students’ letters were sent to them so they could chose which ones were going to be sent out,” she explained.

CBE President Dr. Caridad Labe stated that using PBL in tandem with ICT-integration helps teachers make lessons more relevant by melding different subject-areas. “It is student-centered learning at its core,” said Labe. “Through PBL, teachers help students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. These skills translate to better academic performance.”

Together with the Alternative Learning School (ALS) district coordinator and their baranggay chairman, Maestrado and her students set out to implement the project. The project, entitled “Paper Here, Paper There, Paper Everywhere” has since become a springboard for community involvement, gaining the support of parents, business establishments in the area, as well as earning an endorsement from local government.
“Ms. Maestrado taught us to make use of waste, that junk can be a source of income. From now on, I will teach my younger sisters to make paper mache so we can sell it to help our parents,” says one student. “Trash can become useful if you know how. It’s just like us. Today we may seem like trash but soon we will become somebody in the community.”

According to Maestrado, seeing her students realize their potential as change makers is a reward in itself. “Our paper-mâché products were sold  during community fairs. The money we raised was used to buy more containers for the students to be able to collect more paper from establishments. We also want to raise money to improve the school’s facilities,” enthused Maestrado.

According to Jeffrey  O. Tarayao, Globe corporate social responsibility head, GFT  aims to bridge different sectors by creating opportunities for them to work together. “GFT brings different sectors together under a common banner: to improve education in the Philippines. It promotes new approaches to working and learning: collaborative learning and problem solving activities which aim to include the community,” he said.
The success of Maestrado’s GFT project has garnered her a nomination for the Microsoft Philippines-led 6th Innovative Teachers Leadership Awards (ITLA). Maestrado and nine other teachers’ were honored  at ITLA for their outstanding and unwavering efforts to integrate technology into their curriculum.

Globe Telecom recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mircrosoft Philippines to implement its latest initiative, the Global Filipino Schools (GFS) project. The project, which focuses on capacity-building and making public schools cradles of ICT-enabled community programs, is held in partnership with Microsoft Philippines, the Department of Education and CBE.
Since 2001, Globe BridgeCom has had a string of successful education initiatives. These include Text2Teach, a project that helps public schools access educational materials through mobile technology; the Internet in Schools Program, a connectivity project for public high schools and Globe Labs, a multi-year program which trains ICT and Engineering students and teachers on advanced mobile and broadband application development. ###

 

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Globe, DepEd Get Onto Next Level for ICT Use in Education

Telecommunications giant Globe rallies behind the information and communications technology integration efforts of the Department of Education via its host of ICT initiatives under Globe Bridging Communities (Globe BridgeCom), the company’s flagship project on Corporate Social Responsibility.

Having gained in improving internet access in schools, DepEd has now put increased focus on increasing teacher and school competence in the use of Information and Communication Technology for Education. The department has announced that it is in final stages of drafting its ICT4E or Information and Communication Technology for Education (ICT4E) program, a five-year strategic plan that brings the marvels of technology for wider and efficient use into the molding the country’s future – its youth — through education.

Aligned with the ICT4E program, Globe recently launched the Global Filipino Schools (GFS) Project in partnership with DepEd, Coalition for Better Education, and Microsoft Philippines. GFS aims to make public schools as regional centers for ICT best practices. GFS brings in the element of pro-activity to the goal of assisting schools through ICT training, resource generation and management.

The GFS program will equip chosen schools with ICT infrastructure such as an ICT laboratory with at least 30 networked-computers and multimedia tools such as LCD projectors, screens, and television sets. GFS also provides schools with wired and wireless connectivity as well as training programs for teachers and school administrators.

GFS schools will not only receive assistance in ICT-integration but will also share their expertise with others. During the final phase of the program, GFS schools are expected to create sustainable ICT-based projects and become a cradle of information technology for their province .

A forerunner project to GFS, BridgeCom’s Global Filipino Teacher program is already reaping the fruits of training teachers using the Project-Based Learning approach. GFT is an intensive six-day public school teacher training course which emphasizes use of ICT for student-centered classroom activities and problem-based learning (PBL).

Globe has been at the helm of different education initiatives since 2001. It continues to carry out Text2Teach, a project that helps public schools access educational materials through mobile technology; Globe Labs, a multi-year program which trains ICT and Engineering students and teachers on advanced mobile and broadband application development; and the Internet in Schools Program (ISP).

According to DepEd, ICT integration in education still faces challenges as student-computer and teacher-computer ratios and infrastructure still needs improvement. Teacher training in ICT is also an area of concern as computer literacy is not a requirement for teacher certification and licensure.

As Globe goes full swing on GFS, camps of teachers await resulting synergy with ICT4E as new doors toward effective teaching start to open wide.

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Globe maintains leadership in ICT for Education Cebu teachers show how internet-based learning impacts on community livelihood

Students of Tayud High School in Cebu are finding ways to bolster their barangay’s furniture business.

Together with their teachers, parents and barangay leaders, the students have created a community center that also serves as its internet hub.

“The original plan, which took shape in the school’s e-learning club, was to create a website promoting Tayud’s wood craft,” shares Myrna Soco, a teacher at Tayud HS. “But after some time, we saw that people needed a venue to display their products. Thus, we put up the community center.”

The shift to a dynamic mindset among the students and community in the use of the internet was bolstered when students started receiving the benefits of a teacher training program initiated by Globe Telecom under its integrated corporate social responsibility program, Globe Bridging Communities (Globe BridgeCom).

To further help public school teachers keep up with the changing times, Globe launched the Global Filipino Teacher (GFT) program in September 2009. “GFT focuses on the proper use of ICT application for classroom activities,” explains Globe Head for Corporate Social Responsibility, Jeff Tarayao.   “It is an extensive and holistic six-day teacher training enhancement program focusing on project-based learning using ICT.”

Held in partnership with Coalition for Better Education (CBE) and the Department of Education, GFT involves  ICT Skills Assessment , Teacher Enhancement Program and an evaluation system for monitoring the classroom programs the teacher-participant implements.

GFT was a natural consequence to Globe BridgeCom’s Internet in Schools Program (ISP), of which Tayud HS was also a recipient. ISP provided internet connectivity to public high schools and to date, a total of 2,012 schools have been connected through the program.

Soco, a GFT  graduate, believes that it has opened avenues of learning both for the students and teachers of Tayud HS.  “It’s not about learning how to use the computer. It’s about harnessing technology, making classroom learning experiences better,” says Soco.

According to Tarayao, GFT serves to improve efficiency in the educational process and bridges different sectors to work together. “GFT brings different sectors together under a common banner: to improve education in the Philippines,” shares Tarayao. “It promotes new approaches to working and learning: collaborative learning and problem solving activities which aim to actively engage the community.”

“We emphasized empowerment and community involvement during GFT,” shares Luchie Flores, Executive Director of CBE. Flores explained that instilling accountability in a community meant involving parents and local leaders in their school’s development and bringing in partners from the business sector as well.

“Communities need to become more involved in the education of their youth,” says Flores. “Schools like Tayud HS have and will benefit from this synergy between different sectors.

Thus, Tayud’s community center cum internet hub becomes a working example of how this desired collaboration works.

According to Soco, the school’s e-learning club is composed of the school’s third and fourth year students.  The students also help in teaching the first year students’ computer classes. Tayud has recently stepped up its efforts to integrate ICT in its curriculum, maximizing the school’s fifteen computers to teach roughly 1500 students.

“The ICT integration in the classes has improved our students’ attitude towards school work and has helped them students perform better,” shares Soco. “They’re always enthusiastic about going to class if there’s the possibility of using the computer.”

Tayud HS students and faculty now have renewed hope for their school and community. “Tayud HS used to be in the bottom, with a 17% passing rate in achievement tests,” explains Soco. “Our students’ parents couldn’t have cared less about the school’s standing. But now that we enjoy a 60 to 70 percent passing rate, we see parents taking a more active role in school.”

Through the support of their community, Tayud HS has garnered the distinction of becoming one of  the district’s champions in bookkeeping, electronic poster making and other IT-related competitions.###

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Public School Teachers in Bohol Pay It Forward

ARMAND LAGRIA, 29, had no formal computer training and learned by experience.  As a computer teacher who was recently given the chance to improve teaching using web-based skills through the Global Filipino Teacher (GFT) training program, Armand is committed to pay it forward knowing how it is to struggle without systematic training.

Armand conducts computer training to around 80 public elementary teachers from Bilar even without benefit of honoraria.  “I have to exert more to mentor fellow teachers as a GFT graduate,” said Armand with a sense of conviction.

All these training would redound to the benefit of the students of Bilar NHS, where he studied. Armand was the first valedictorian of this far-flung school when It had about 90 students and 2 sections.  Now his school has over 700 students and a total of 17 sections.

After earning an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education Major in Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE), Armand went back to Bilar NHS in 2004 as a casual employee assigned to assist the Computer teacher in the computer lab.

“When the Computer teacher was promoted and assigned to another school, I was put in-charge of the media equipment,” Armand recalled.  No other teacher in Bilar NHS at that time had formal studies in computers nor was qualified to take over the Computer teacher’s post.

Armand was granted a permanent teaching position in 2007. As a Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) teacher, he uses computers in teaching his subject.  Bilar NHS now has “computer majors” among its 3rd and 4th year students, as an area in TLE.

It was naturally Armand who was sent to represent Bilar NHS when GlobeTelecom conducted in November 2009 the 3rd cluster of its GFT training program in Region 7. The series is in partnership with the Cebu-based Coalition for Better Education (CBE), which promotes education development through policy advocacy, community involvement, research, training and development.

The GFT is part of GlobeTelecom’s Globe Bridging Communities or Globe BridgeCom, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) effort. The GFT seeks to improve the teaching knowledge, skills, and attitudes of public school teachers all over the country in the application of ICT-enabled learning environments.

The GFT graduates thus far have become catalysts for change in their respective schools and the other schools in their communities.  One such exemplary catalyst is Armand.

Bilar NHS has been welcoming neighboring schools in the use of its Internet facilities and computer lab.  Presently, it has 15 computers, and the school plans to have 30 to 40 computers. Bilar NHS was a beneficiary of the Internet-for-Schools Program (ISP) of Globe BridgeCom.

Since the launch of Globe BridgeCom in July 2004, through its ISP initiative, Globe has connected more than 2,000 public high schools to the World Wide Web, bridging the digital divide and pioneering the use of the latest Information Technology (IT) platforms, such as Wi-Max (Wireless Inter-Operability for Microwave Access) in the public educational system. Now being a student or a teacher in a remote public high school no longer puts him or her at such a disadvantage.

“GFT changed my teaching strategies and techniques,” said Armand.  Through the GFT, he was introduced to the Project-Based Learning (PBL) Approach. “Students discover their own learning through PBL.  There is authentic learning, because it is the students experiencing the lessons.  They’re the ones doing the activity,” he explained.  Armand handles around 40 students in a given school year.

From a computer lab assistant who played it by ear, Armand has become confident in equipping his co-teachers in Bilar in the use of ICT-enabled learning environments. “It will help the class.  Nowadays students learn more by integrating technology in a class.  They are more eager to learn,” explained Armand.

CARMELO ECHAVEZ, 40, has a B.S. in Secondary Education Major in History.  For 12 years, he was a private school teacher teaching History and TLE.  He took a TESDA Computer Hardware and Servicing course and received an NC2 accreditation (National Competency 2 level for Overseas Workers). “The Government requires TLE teachers to have NC2,” he explained.  For the past 6 years, he has been a public school teacher at the Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School (formerly Bohol NHS).

Each school represented in the GFT training program sends just one teacher to the program.  Of the 5 teachers shortlisted to be sent, Carmelo was chosen.  “I believe I was chosen because of my background, experience, and knowhow in using modern equipment.  I use PowerPoint.  I was in-charge of the computer laboratory, and that gave me the advantage to use the Internet for my lessons.” he said.

“But the GFT training gave me more ideas, more teaching styles,” he added.  “Our trainer, Ms. Luchi Flores (CBE Executive Director), taught us how to use the Internet in our classroom using online collaboration with the participants. GFT changed my teaching style and methods. We are thankful to GlobeTelecom who, through CBE, taught us a new style of teaching using technology.”

Besides improving his teaching skills, Carmelo also learned how to lighten his workload.  He said, “The GFT training has made my job lighter. I usually wrote my lesson plans from my own ideas.  Now I get ideas from the Internet.  They’re accurate and more useful.  Using the Internet for my lesson plans gives me more ideas and saves time.” Carmelo teaches 55 to 56 students, but his room can only accommodate 33 students, so he divides his classes into 2 batches.

Putong NHS has become the training center for GlobeTelecom, which donated 5 of its 37 computers. It was also a beneficiary of Globe BridgeCom’s Internet in Schools Program. As the pilot school of Tagbilaran, Putong NHS teachers are always the first to undergo training. The trained teachers disseminate what they have learned to the teachers of the smaller schools in the city.

“Being a Global Filipino Teacher comes with more responsibility to propagate what we have learned to influence other teachers,” Carmelo said. “That is our mission, to teach our fellow teachers.”

He added, “Putong’s motto for computer literacy is ‘No one’s left behind.’ This holds not just the teachers but also the students.”

Carmelo has to work around the time constraints of the teachers and his own schedule to be able to mentor. The requirement of teaching at least 2 other teachers to earn a Certificate of Proficiency on top of a Certificate of Completion for the GFT training is not easy, but Carmelo is committed to undertake it not just for the Certificate of Proficiency, which is worth 3 units of a Master’s degree in Education, but more out of a sense of paying it forward.

He said, “I am duty-bound to teach the teachers the PBL way, because there is a need for them to develop themselves. 95% of them are still traditional teachers – using the chalk-talk method.”

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Globe powers Text2Teach Program in Bicol

10 August 2010 — Ligao City in Albay  was festive as 24 of its 49 public elementary schools received Text2Teach-enabled Nokia N86 8MP phones.  These 24 schools can now use the power of the Globe mobile network in their classrooms.  Each of these Nokia phones is loaded with over 300 educational audio and video materials that will run on an application called the Nokia Education Delivery (NED), a prepaid Globe SIM card, and a monthly load of P150 to support technical and helpdesk concerns of teachers.

Text2Teach in Ligao City is a public-private partnership implemented by Globe Telecom, Nokia, Ayala Foundation, and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO-INNOTECH), together with the Department of Education and the City Government led by Hon. Mayor Linda Gonzalez.

In a community launch held in the Ligao City Gymnasium, Text2Teach packages were turned over to 24 public elementary schools. These schools were: Amtic Elementary School, Barayong ES, Basag ES, Baligang ES, Herrera ES, Paulog ES, Abella ES, Francia ES, Ligao East Central School, Maonon ES, Tupas ES, Oma-Oma ES, Bacong ES, Paulba ES, Cabarian ES, Tiongson ES, Busac ES, Tandarura ES, Tula-Tula (Grande) ES, Tastas ES, Allang ES, Cavasi ES, Tula-Tula (Piqueña) ES, and Culiat ES.

Besides the Nokia N86 and the prepaid Globe SIM card, the Text2Teach package also includes a teacher’s manual and teacher training to be conducted by SEAMEO-INNOTECH in two batches on August 11-13 and 17-19 and participated by about 120 school heads, teachers, and school officials to ensure the quality and standard of teaching using the Text2Teach Program.

Globe Telecom will also provide an additional Php1,000 load to each school if there are new or updated materials to be downloaded to the N86 mobile phones through its network.

Globe Telecom Head for Corporate Communications, Yoly Crisanto, pointed out, “Text2Teach has benefitted over 1700 teachers and more than 1 million students since 2003.  It has 379 educational video and audio files and 480 lesson guides downloadable through the cellular technology of Globe. Globe’s commitment to the Text2Teach Program is long-term, as part of Globe’s mandate to be the leader in ICT education.”

Ligao City trailblazes

“Bicol’s first ever Text2Teach Program is in Ligao City,” the Mayor proudly announced during the well attended Text2Teach community launch.  “Text2Teach came when I was in hot pursuit of an education program that could enhance our schools’ performance,” she said.  Mayor Gonzalez also wanted to zero in on her city’s dropout and out-of-school targets.

The mean percentage score (MPS) in the National Achievement Test of the 13 schools divisions of the Bicol Region, which is Region V, falls far below 50% for the past several years. The NAT passing MPS is 75%, which most other regions in the Philippines have also barely reached.

Mayor Gonzalez first heard about the Text2Teach Program when the Gearing Up Internet Literacy and Access for Students (GILAS) program of the Ayala Foundation was introduced to Ligao City. GILAS together with Globe Telecom has been bridging the digital divide in public high schools since 2005.

“Ligao is the first in Bicol where we combined GILAS and Text2Teach,” said Guillermo “Bill” Luz, Executive Vice President of Ayala Foundation.  He pointed out, “Often we look at technology such as cell phones as a distraction in the classroom, but we, partners, see technology as a tool.”

Dr. Diosdado San Antonio, DepEd Director III for the Bureau of Secondary Education, delivered the keynote message on behalf of the DepEd Secretary, Bro. Armin Luistro.  He noted that at the national level, the state of the secondary level is more dismal than that of the elementary level.  “The secondary level has never been able to reach the 50% level (in the National Achievement Test). We need to use technology to improve learning outcomes.”  With a slight jest in his tone, he said, “We will no longer ban cell phones in classrooms, because it will be after all useful when used by technology-savvy teachers.”

Text2Teach success story

Where there has been Text2Teach, absenteeism and dropout rates have lessened, performance in the National Achievement Test has improved, and enrolment has increased.  This was the experience shared by users of Text2Teach from Dagupan City, Pangasinan.

“Students want to learn from Text2Teach,” said Dennis Tullao, a teacher from Carael Elementary School in Dagupan who, along with Carael ES Principal Manuel Ferrer, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Merlita Pasiliao and OIC-Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Donato Balderas, Jr. of the DepEd Schools Division of Dagupan City, travelled all the way to Ligao City to give a testimonial on the effectiveness of the Text2Teach Program, which was launched in January 2010 in 11 of the 33 public elementary schools in Dagupan.

“Before, students were content with drawings, flashcards, and charts.  Now, students are being entertained while learning,” said Tullao.  He noted the decrease in absenteeism and the improved academic achievements of his students compared to when Carael Elementary School did not yet have the Text2Teach Program.

Ferrer reinforced his teacher’s testimonial with statistics. “The principal looks at learning outcome.  The impact of Text2Teach is that we have improved in the 2010 National Achievement Test in the core subjects of Science, Math, and English by at least 3%-8% compared to our scores in 2009.”  He also noted that Carael ES, which is supposed to be just second to the central school in Dagupan’s District IV in terms of population, now has a higher enrolment than the central school for this school year, higher by 50 students. “Parents enrol their children in our school (rather) than in the central school,” he enthused. He credited this rise in enrolment to the reaction of the parents to the Text2Teach Program in Carael ES.

“We first introduced Text2Teach to the parents before the students, so parents were given a proper orientation about the program.  Now, when we call for a PTA meeting, they attend easily,” Ferrer noted.

He added, “Text2Teach is our pride in Carael Elementary School.  Even if we are in a far flung area, we can avail of this learning technology.”

Not only have students benefited from the Text2Teach Program but also the teachers.  Dr. Pasiliao commented, “Teachers no longer have a hard time to search for teaching materials on the Internet. They just text for them through the program.” She gave Text2Teach a thumbs-up. “We are recommending it for the whole municipality of Dagupan, for all the 33 schools of Dagupan,” she said.

Dr. Balderas attested to the difference between schools with Text2Teach and those without. He said, “In the 11 schools in Dagupan with Text2Teach, the attitude of the learners is different.  Their National Achievement Test scores in Science, Math, and English also have a significant difference.”  He explained that the underlying philosophy in Text2Teach is that if more senses are involved, there is more learning. “Text2Teach caters to the minimum attention level of the students,” he said.

A Partnership

The contribution of the private sector alliance to the initial Text2Teach Program in Ligao City is more than Two Million pesos, which is 70% of the cost of the project.  During the launch, Mayor Gonzalez turned over to the Text2Teach alliance a check amounting to Seven Hundred Thirty-Eight Thousand pesos, representing the local government’s counterpart funds to implement Text2Teach in Ligao City.

This check covers the costs of the teacher training and the 29-inch colored television sets provided by Kolin Philippines and delivered directly to the 24 schools a week before the launch. The Text2Teach-enabled Nokia N86 is to be connected to the Kolin television set to view the downloaded educational materials and lesson guides.

Patrick Gonzalez, a Chilean and based in Nokia Finland as Head of Community Involvement for Europe did a live demonstration of how Text2Teach is used.  He chose to download a Grade 6 Science lesson on “Sweat Glands” produced by SEAMEO-INNOTECH. He explained that lessons are about 4 to 5 minutes in length and are installed in Globe servers in Manila.  The request to download goes to Manila. Once downloaded, the teacher can show it to the students. “Through Text2Teach, we are delivering educational videos through mobile technology even in remote areas like Ligao. We want to bring the latest in education to rural areas using high-speed technology,” he said.

During the launch, Jenny Lim, Head for Community Involvement of Nokia Asia Pacific, stated, “We are committed to harness mobile technology to achieve the Education for All (EFA) goals agreed on by over 180 countries.”  UNESCO leads the global EFA movement in meeting the learning needs of all children, youth, and adults by 2015. She also thanked the partners in making Text2Teach technology a part of everyday learning, delivering up-to-date media content via mobile phone.

Ayala Foundation’s Bill Luz pointed out that over and above the public-private sector partnership, “the most important partnership is with the communities, which involve the teachers, school heads, and parents.”  In response, Ms. Shirley Buban, President of the Association of Barangay Captains in Ligao, delivered a message of commitment from the communities.

Mayor Gonzalez, in her message, welcomed the alliances and the educational innovation brought in by the Text2Teach Program.  She said, “A developing city like Ligao still depends on external funds in prioritizing the fundamentals of development, namely education.”

The private sector alliance behind Text2Teach is targeting to reach 350 more schools by 2011.

Each school received the Text2Teach package that include a Nokia N86 mobile phone, a Globe SIM card and a 29-inch television set.

Shown in photo, from left,  Patrick Gonzales, Nokia Head Community Involvement – Europe; Jeffrey Tarayao, Globe Head of Corporate Social Responsibility; Diosdado San Antonio, Director III, Bureau of Secondary Education. They were among officials and guests present in the Text2Teach launch in Ligao City.

The Text2Teach team with representatives from the 24 beneficiary schools

Phone Teacher.  The Text2Teach program uses the Nokia Education Delivery application to easily access and download educational materials.

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Night Students Open Their Eyes Wide With Internet Learning Avenues

Working during the day as a housewife or as a vendor and catching up with studies in a night school is certainly challenging. And for many enrollees at the Cogon Night High School in Tagbilaran, Bohol Province, one clear struggle is trying not to give in to sleep in school.

Last year, however, this was no longer much of a problem. Ruben Villamor, 43, a teacher at Cogon Night, found his students to be more attentive and, yes, awake, when he introduced internet-based learning in the school.

“Most of my students work in the day and get to class tired. They’re slow learners. Most come from poor families,” he said.

But with the teaching methods and websites he learned from while training under the Global Filipino Teachers program, Ruben has been able to increase the interest of his students.

His school was chosen to be in 3rd cluster of the Global Filipino Teacher (GFT) training program of Globe, held on November 9-14, 2009, and he was selected to represent his school.

The GFT is part of Globe Bridging Communities, or Globe BridgeCom, the company’s umbrella Corporate Social Responsibility program designed to enhance teaching by taking advantage of Globe’s broadband and mobile technologies. GFT is aimed at equipping public school teachers with improved teaching knowledge, skills, and attitudes especially in the application of ICT-enabled learning environments.

Asked why he was selected, Ruben talked about his interesting past. “When I was in Manila, I was into stage plays as an actor, into filmmaking, and stage production,” he recounted. He was part of Values Media Inc. which was associated with the Manila Metropolitan Theatre and the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA). Inclined to visual and theatre arts, Ruben has been using media equipment and the Internet in teaching even when he was in the private schools. As an Araling Panlipunan/Filipino teacher in Cogon Night NHS, he uses technology. “I use DVD, video cam, and the Internet,” he said.

Still, Ruben considered his previous teaching style as traditional. “I was more on lecture and discussions,” he said. But the GFT training has changed his teaching methods.

“Now I do less ‘chalk-talk’ teaching, because I have been applying ‘cooperative learning’ with my students, like online research their own way. They’re given tasks and objectives, which they have to accomplish on their own as a group activity,” he explained. Ruben has been using in his class the Project-Based Learning (PBL) approach, which he learned in the GFT training.

Ruben has been getting good reactions from his students. “My students say research is easier now compared to when they didn’t use computers,” he gladly reported. Last school year, he handled 46 students.

But with the teaching methods and websites he learned from the GFT training, Ruben has been able to increase the interest of his students.

“We use http://www.nicenet.org, which was introduced to us during the GFT training. That website is actually interesting,” he quipped.

The GFT training is conducted by the Cebu-based NGO Coalition for Better Education (CBE), which promotes education development through policy advocacy, community involvement, research, training and development.

“I’m thankful to the CBE,” Ruben said, “because my knowledge and skills in teaching have been enhanced by the GFT training. I am now confident that I am a Global Filipino Teacher because of the GFT training.”

As part of the GFT graduates’ commitment, each GFT graduate is to mentor two other teachers. Ruben has chosen to mentor a Science/Math teacher and a Technology & Livelihood Education (TLE) or Music, Arts, P.E. & Health (MAPEH) teacher.

Through Globe’s Internet-in-Schools Program (ISP), another component of Globe BridgeCom, Cogon Night High School has been enjoying wired broadband Internet connectivity, enabling even slow learners and working students, like the students of Ruben Villamor, to leapfrog in their learning.

Meanwhile, at the Barrio Luz Elementary School in nearby Cebu City, school principal Mrs. Daisy Salamanca-Rico, looks forward to this year’s offering of its Alternative Learning System (ALS).

Just before school ended last March, the school received five new personal computers with internet connection provided under Globe BridgeCom’s ISP initiative. Judging by the gleeful reactions of students with the new set, Mrs. Rico is sure that night classes in her school would be energized.

She looks forward to further reducing the dropout rate in her classes. Out of the 50 enrollees last year, 36 passed. Some of them, she said, will go straight to college while others move on to high school level.

She said the school’s ALS, which also provides livelihood training, would very much benefit from the learning aids.

Barrio Luz is connected via WIMAX, the newest and cutting-edge wireless broadband technology offering by Globe. It has improved reach and covers greater distances rendering internet access to previously unserviceable areas.

“I can already imagine how it would be to augment our cooking lessons with videos from the web!” she exclaimed. Her students deserve these enhancements. It takes only little to set them off onto better paths of life, she added.

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