SustainabilityGlobe Telecom Guides Schools on How to Thrive in a Digital Environment at EduTECH 2019
Mar 22, 2019 | 03:19 PM
With the goal of helping Filipinos build a better life through learning opportunities, Globe Telecom joined the biggest education conference of the year where company experts shared knowledge on how schools can thrive and remain safe in a digital environment. In her talk about 21st Century Learning at EduTECH 2019, Grace Anduiza, Globe myBusiness Head for Business Development and Service Delivery, underscored the need for institutions, teachers, and students to embrace digitalization in order to be future ready. “Schools need to harmonize the learning environment with the digital world and create a more interactive experience for the current generation of students who prefer to do everything on mobile devices. At the same time, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is not only a powerful tool which helps students develop a global mindset and make them globally competitive but it also allows school administrators to manage resources more efficiently as well as streamline operations to reduce cost,” she said. For instance, through centralized information that's kept securely online, administrators may access the school’s data whenever they need to, create reports and forms on the go, and speed up manual and time-consuming processes. To promote digital learning and encourage collaboration among tech-savvy students, schools may also provide fast and reliable internet connection campus-wide, affordable devices, and productivity tools that will allow students to create, share, and edit files in real time. Teachers, on the other hand, may innovate learning methods to improve student’s learning experience, customize their own teaching content by branding their courses and personalizing interface and lessons, and even allow students to submit homework and projects online. Meanwhile, Miguel Bermundo, Head for Globe Citizenship, said that the company continues to promote 21st century learning through the Global Filipino Schools (GFS) Program which empowers public schools with ICT-trained teachers, new gadgets, and critical infrastructure to uplift the state of the country’s education and brighten the future of Filipino students. As of end 2018, the program has expanded to all 17 Philippine regions, reaching 218 public schools and benefitting 331,241 students and 11,666 teachers. Bermundo also imparted lessons on responsible digital citizenship, which is necessary to ensure the online safety of students. “With digitalization, Globe also sees the importance to educate the Filipino youth on the responsible use of technology, be it through gadgets, website browsing and interacting with social media platforms,” he said. Through its Digital Thumbprint Program Globe offers four workshop modules for students in private and public high schools nationwide, namely: (1) Digital Insight, which provides activities for students to help discern proper online behavior; (2) Digital Impact, which tackles issues on technology's impact on students' social activities; (3) Digital Discernment, which teaches students to become critical thinkers when using the internet; and (4) Digital Ambition, which equips students with skills on how to use technology to help them achieve life goals. Also at the EduTECH event, Globe set up booths for participants to experience how various Globe myBusiness products and solutions can address the different needs of the schools. Visit myBusiness Education to learn more about digital solutions for education.