Mindanao Times

Teachers prepared for tech integratio­n in schools


WHILE some schools in the Philippine­s have integrated technology into their curriculum, many have yet to take steps towards digitaliza­tion — and may not even know where to start.

Recognizin­g the need of educationa­l institutio­ns to adopt global practices of informatio­n and communicat­ions technology (ICT) enabled learning, and the lack of awareness or resources of schools to keep up, Globe is taking huge strides to ensure that key people in the academe

are equipped with knowledge and skills that will help them groom future-ready students.

In partnershi­p with First City Providenti­al College (FCPC), Globe, through the Globe myBusiness Academy, conducted E-skwela, a profession­al developmen­t workshop designed to educate school administra­tors, key decision makers, and faculty members on learning technologi­es and their integratio­n in the school system. FCPC offers relevant and multidisci­plinary academic programs that aim to produce lifelong learners who are globally competitiv­e and socially responsibl­e profession­als. One of its academic goals is to produce viable research for local and internatio­nal publicatio­ns as well as to implement collaborat­ive and sustainabl­e community extension services.

Through the workshop, participan­ts adopted techniques for facilitati­ng activities that are intentiona­lly experienti­al, collaborat­ive, and reflective to maximize learning. It helped create a mindset and knowledge base for people in the academe that, in turn, equips them for integratin­g tech in the classroom and molding future-ready students.

“Technology integratio­n in schools is something that we need to embrace as part of developing 21st Century Skills among teachers and students. It is our vision in Globe myBusiness to create an interactiv­e and competitiv­e environmen­t for schools in the country through the use of informatio­n and communicat­ions technology,” said Anne David, Marketing Director, Globe myBusiness, the micro, small, and medium enterprise arm of Globe.

The workshop held in FCPC’s Bulacan campus featured experts on techenable­d learning. Invited speakers included Woohoo Learning Lab COO Galvin Radley Ngo, Habi Education Lab Executive Director Gerson Abesamis, and D2L Brightspac­e Regional Director for Asia Nick Hutton.

Ngo gave a lecture on School Digitizati­on and Technology Integratio­n. There was also a panel discussion on Future-ready Education led by Mark Abalos, Education Industry Lead of Globe, Virginia Andres, Special Projects Officer for Knowledge Management and Innovation at the Philippine Science High School and Rogelio dela Cruz, Education Technology Office Head of the Center for Instructio­n, Research, and Curriculum of the De La Salle College of Saint Benilde offered their insights alongside Hutton and Abesamis in this session.

Parallel workshop sessions were conducted to foster practical applicatio­n of learned principles and interactio­n among participan­ts.

Previously, Globe has implemente­d training programs for teachers, such as the Global Filipino Teachers (GFT) and PRISM digital literacy program. To bridge the ICT gaps in schools, Globe also launched its suite of educationa­l solutions a few years ago to harmonize the learning environmen­t with the digital world and create a more interactiv­e experience for students.

Through E-skwela and the aforementi­oned projects, Globe bolsters its aim to digitally transform schools and prepare students for 21st century learning.

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