Global brands join Globe in en­hanc­ing pub­lic school teacher train­ing


GLOBAL brands led by Adobe, Da Vinci Kids, and Quip­per have joined Globe Tele­co­mandtheDepart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) in ex­pand­ing the Global Filipino Schools (GFS) pro­gram.

These new part­ners are ex­pected to en­rich the in­ten­sive five-day face-to-face GFS na­tional train­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion work­shops plus three-month vir­tual coach­ing ses­sions for teach­ers and schools heads which com­menced on May 7 in Cebu City. The work­shops cover var­i­ous prin­ci­ples of 21st cen­tury ed­u­ca­tion and prac­ti­cal ways of us­ing tech­nol­ogy in pub­lic schools.

Glo­be­tappedManoAmiga Academy, a non-profit K12 school with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards whose roots come from Latin Amer­ica, to de­sign and fa­cil­i­tate the work­shop and lead the coach­ing course.

Mano Amiga, Span­ish for “help­ing hand,” is renowned for de­vel­op­ing its own in­ten­sive teacher train­ing pro­gram which em­pha­sizes child-cen­tered in­struc­tion, ac­tive learn­ing, and devel­op­ment of 21st cen­tury learn­ing skills like Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Col­lab­o­ra­tion, Crit­i­cal Think­ing and Cre­ativ­ity.

“For qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion to take place, the devel­op­ment of qual­ity teach­ers is vi­tal. With our col­lec­tive ef­forts, we be­lieve we can make a dif­fer­ence in the pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor by nur­tur­ing a pro­gres­sive mind­set among teach­ers and cre­at­ing in­de­pen­dent learn­ers among pub­lic school stu­dents,” said Mano Amiga Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Eleanor Pin­ugu.

Globe has been run­ning the GFS pro­gram since 2012. Us­ing a mod­ern ap­proach to K-12 learn­ing with long-term sup­port from DepEd, GFS equips schools through three key com­po­nents: in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity, mo­bile tech, and spe­cial­ized teacher train­ing on 21st cen­tury ap­proaches to ed­u­ca­tion.

Yoly Crisanto, Globe SVP for Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions said: “Through the years, we’ve built mean­ing­ful re­la­tion­ships with var­i­ous part­ners in the ed­u­ca­tion space, with the ob­jec­tive of jointly pro­vid­ing the needed sup­port for the pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor on a na­tional scale. We’re very for­tu­nate that we now have global part­ners with the same ob­jec­tive of prop­a­gat­ing 21st cen­tury learn­ing to the youth around the coun­try.”

Un­der the part­ner­ship, Adobe, a global soft­ware com­pany which helps peo­ple de­sign and de­liver great dig­i­tal ex­pe­ri­ences, will pro­vide pub­lic school teach­ers with train­ing on dig­i­tal me­dia so­lu­tions such as Adobe Cre­ative Cloud and on­line ed­u­ca­tional apps to help them de­velop their stu­dents’ cre­ativ­ity and con­fi­dence.

“Stu­dents to­day are grow­ing up in a tech-en­abled and data-driven world. They are be­ing chal­lenged in new ways and are ex­pected to be more cre­ative in their learn­ing. The skills they re­quire to suc­ceed in a world of au­to­ma­tion are chang­ing rapidly too. Teach­ers need to have ac­cess to up­dated train­ing and mod­ern dig­i­tal me­dia tools, so they can nur­ture the best in their stu­dents and build cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tive prob­lem-solv­ing skills that the fu­ture work­force will need,” said Wayne Weisse, di­rec­tor, Ed­u­ca­tion & Govern­ment, Adobe Asia Pa­cific.

On the other hand, Da Vinci Me­dia will be pro­vid­ing a work­shop on de­sign think­ing and use of mo­bile apps for learn­ing. The or­ga­ni­za­tion op­er­ates an in­ter­ac­tive video-on-de­mand app, Da Vinci Kids, which pro­vides K-12 learn­ers with ed­u­ca­tional videos in more than 90 coun­tries and in var­i­ous lan­guages.

With e-learn­ing plat­form Quip­per School, ed­u­ca­tors will be able to send as­sign­ments and track stu­dent

progress on­line while stu­dents can en­joy in­ter­ac­tive e-learn­ing any­time, any­where, on smart de­vices. Quip­per will be pro­vid­ing a work­shop on how to use mo­bile so­lu­tions that help save time and ef­fec­tively mon­i­tor stu­dent per­for­mance and work­load.

Quip­per Coun­try Man­ager Yuki Nao­tori said: “Quip­per be­lieves that teach­ers can ac­com­plish so much more with the right tools and re­sources. With re­al­time data on stu­dent per­for­mance, ed­u­ca­tors are able to tai­lor their method of in­struc­tion to bet­ter suit their stu­dents’ needs. In ad­di­tion, ready-made K-12 aligned re­sources and a plat­form that au­to­mates var­i­ous tasks en­able teach­ers to spend more time on what mat­ters most — their stu­dents.”

Seventy-one pub­lic schools were added to the GFS pro­gram this year.


Smart and the Ro­tary Club of Cebu present a School-in-a-Bag (SIAB) to school ben­e­fi­cia­ries. From left are Ro­tary Club of Cebu Pres­i­dent Bing Martinez, Ro­tary Club of Cebu SIAB project man­ager David Barnes, Gi­lu­ton­gan In­te­grated School head Ma. Glynn Su­ma­gang, Cebu Prov­ince Schools Divi­sion Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Rhea Mae Ang­tud, Gi­lu­ton­gan IS teach­ers Ge­mayel Hay­den Cañete and Ron­ald Baynosa, and Smart Pub­lic Af­fairs head Ra­mon Is­berto.


Globe Ci­ti­zen­ship of­fi­cer-in-charge Miguel Ber­mundo (cen­ter) talks about GFS. With him are (from left) Mano Amiga ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Eleanor Pin­ugu, Quip­per Coun­try man­ager Yuki Nao­tori, DepEd Cen­tral Visayas Re­gional Di­rec­tor Dr. Juliet Jeruta, Da Vinci Kids gen­eral man­ager for Asia Karen Cheah, and Adobe Asia Pa­cific Di­rec­tor for Ed­u­ca­tion and Govern­ment Wayne Weisse.

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