Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Globe Awards 21st Century High-Speed Learning Program to Quezon City Public Schools

By Monch Henares

August 29,2017.  It's consistently been Globe Telecom's commitment to develop the country's telecommunications infrastructure to be world-class. Realizing the power of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in providing meaningful 21st century learning, Globe Telecom brings its Global Filipino School (GFS) program to Quezon City via Masambong High School (MHS). Guest speakers at the turn-over event at Masambong High School were QC Mayor Herbert Bautista and Congressman Vicente "BingBong" Crisologo.

Masambong High School represents the Department of Education (DepEd) Quezon City division and is, therefore, the 1st public school in QC to benefit from the Global Filipino School program which now covers 142 schools all over the country. Globe has passed the half-way mark of a total of 250+ schools.

“Quality education goes hand-in-hand with ICT which allows learning to take place not only within the classroom but even beyond it.   Mobile internet adoption and the availability of affordable data-capable gadgets make it easier now for both students and teachers to access a vast library of information previously out of their reach. We believe that by providing the teachers and students with the tools they need, we can help uplift the state of Philippine education one school at a time,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications.

With the Global Digital Learning Lab
(L - R) QC Representative Vincent "Bingbong" Crisologo, Masambong High School Principal Adora Teano, Miguel Bermundo, Manager, Globe Citizenship; Patricia Dee, Business Development Manager, Globe; and PC Magnaye, Project Lead, Globe Citizenship.
The Global Filipino School program provides select public schools with infrastructure support and ICT equipment such as the Globe Digital Learning Lab – a mobile cart of ICT gadgets composed of Globe Prepaid Supersticks, charging station,  netbooks, tablets, and an LED projector all powered with superior internet connectivity.  The Global Digital Learning Lab can be used to teach different subject matters whether inside or outside the classroom to encourage creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.

For Masambong High SchoolGlobe Telecom, in partnership with Habitat For Humanity, also spearheaded the renovation of an underused classroom to create a multi-functional ICT Laboratory with a collaborative working space which includes modular tables designed to be quickly and easily moved around to form various shapes appropriate for individual learning, small-large group discussions and conferences.

The Creative Space can, likewise, be used as a teacher training center for the DepEd Division of Quezon City as part of the partnership between Globe Telecom and DepEd.  Under the program, Masambong High School teachers were given training on how to seamlessly use internet connectivity and ICT tools in their subject expertise.  The teachers in turn, are responsible for sharing the knowledge with neighboring schools as MHS will be serving as a teacher training hub for DepEd Division of QC on the use of internet connectivity and ICT tools in the classroom.

At present, many public schools are still missing out on the benefits of ICT, prompting Globe to help address the concern through GFS.  The program, which started in 2012, intends to transform at least one school in each of the 221 school divisions under the Department of Education into centers of ICT excellence within the next four years.

Based on the impact assessment released by Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) Global Market Research Company last year, digital skills among teachers and students particularly on the usage of mobile technology and computer software, showed marked improvement as a result of the GFS program.  Students also became more well-rounded due to increased engagements driven by various pillars under the 21st Century Learning Framework.  The notable increase in the presence of ICT equipment also resulted in more students and teachers now using ICT in their daily academic proceedings and becoming more engaged in the lessons.

Monch "Monchster" Henares is a blogger, tech and motoring specialist, inventor, and automotive engineer. He managed the motorpool for a limousine company in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
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