Globe brings 21st century learning, cyberwellness training to public schools in Cebu City and Mandaue City
Realizing the power of Information and Communications Technology in providing meaningful 21st century learning, Globe Telecom brings its Global Filipino School (GFS) program to Cebu City National Science High School (CCNSHS) even as it ensures online health and safety of the Visayan youth through the Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP) cyberwellness advocacy which will be implemented in Mandaue City public schools starting this school year.
“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 classroom at a time,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications.
The GFS 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 netbooks, tablets, and projectors powered with superior internet connectivity. The Lab can be used to teach different subject matters whether inside or outside the classroom to encourage creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.
The program also has a teacher training component to empower the teachers with skills to seamlessly use ICT tools in their subject expertise. In turn, the schools under the GFS Program serve as a teacher training hub for the Department of Education and are responsible for carrying out teacher training to neighboring schools.
For CCNSHS which has 38 teachers and 1,004 students, Globe turned over 20 tablets with mirroring capability for projectors and LCD screens, two projector kits with projector screen, 10 Globe Prepaid Supersticks, one mobile cart which also serves as a charging station, and free 10 mbps internet connection. CCNSHS is the 10th school in Cebu province which benefitted from the GFS program which now covers 142 schools all over the country.
GFS Mobile Technology Cart
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.
Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP) Training for ICT Coordinators
Meanwhile, Globe held a Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP) training for 44 ICT coordinators of Mandaue City School Division held at the Mandaue City Science High School yesterday. The coordinators, representing 42 public elementary and schools in Mandaue City, will in turn conduct DTP workshops for students in their respective schools. Through DTP, the students will learn about the responsible use of technology, be it through gadgets, website browsing, or social media platforms that will allow them to avoid social media mistakes and becoming victims of cyberbullying and cybercrimes.
“Being a company which focuses on technology and digital lifestyle, Globe also wants to equip its customers with the knowledge and tools to protect themselves online. Through our #MakeITSafe campaign, we are tapping DTP to help guide them in making safe and responsible choices in their online activities,” Crisanto said.
DTP offers three exciting modules for students. Each module is designed to increase students’ knowledge of digital citizenship and cyber safety by taking a critical look at their online behavior and helping them develop insights into the influences of the online world and the choices they are making.
The Digital Insight workshop provides activities to help students discern proper online behavior, Digital Impact tackles issues on technology’s impact on students’ social activities, while Digital Ambition equips them with skills on how to use technology to achieve life goals.