Text2Teach connects 15 schools in Patikul, Sulu
The students of 15 public elementary schools in Patikul, Sulu, can now look forward to experiencing an innovative mobile learning solution when their schools reopen in June.
In a community launch held May 6, 2014 at the 2nd Marine Brigade Camp Gen. Bautista in Jolo, Sulu, the Text2Teach alliance and Mindanao Grains formally turned over 15 Text2Teach packages to the recipient elementary schools.
“We are very happy to be in Patikul, Sulu and provide the schoolchildren in the area with innovative learning materials. Patikul, Sulu does not have immediate access to educational resources such as textbooks and regular teacher training. Our goal is to fill that need through Text2Teach and our teacher training wherein we hope we can add to the teachers’ competencies and significantly help increase the learning gains of the students in Patikul, Sulu,” said Ireneo Demecais, Jr., Education Pillar Lead of Ayala Foundation.
Text2Teach is an educational intervention project implemented by the Text2Teach alliance composed of Microsoft, the Department of Education, Globe Telecom, Pearson Foundation, Toshiba, local government units, and Ayala Foundation.
Text2Teach is a comprehensive mobile learning package that uses Microsoft’s mobile phones, which can download more than 300 educational video materials on grade 5 and 6 Math, Science, English, and Values Education. It comes with a Globe Telecom BridgeCom prepaid SIM card and a 32-inch LED Toshiba television. It allows teachers even in remote areas to access educational materials to supplement their lessons.
Text2Teach makes use of a full cellular platform using a 3G-enabled device such as the Microsoft’s mobile phone equipped with an application called Nokia Education Delivery (NED). NED allows teachers to download and choose educational videos on Math, Science, English, and Values Education specifically developed for the project, providing a highly effective visual aid for teachers and creating an interactive, student-focused learning environment in the classroom.
New videos, funded by Pearson Foundation, were produced for the Text2Teach project, which is now on its fourth phase.
Students watch the videos using television sets, which are part of the Text2Teach package. The lesson plans were created to meet local education guidelines and standards, and are fully integrated with the DepEd basic education curriculum.
The Text2Teach mobile phones are also configured with another technology called Nokia Data Gathering (NDG). NDG enables Ayala Foundation to design, send, receive, and analyze surveys sent to the Text2Teach-recipient schools’ mobile phones, to be used to gather data on the usage and effects of Text2Teach, for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
Globe Telecom provides free PhP300 monthly load allowance for one year to be used for helpdesk and technical support concerns, and to download new videos on Math, Science, English, and Values Education using their network.
Text2Teach is the Philippine name of the global BridgeIT program conceptualized in 2003 by Nokia, Pearson, the United Nations Development Programme, and the International Youth Foundation.
“There are today 11 countries all over the world that actually have a Text2Teach program under a mother program called Bridged IT. And the Philippines is considered a model country by UNESCO for having best practices in the use of mobile technology in education. So if we can mainstream this and make it happen to all of our public elementary school that would be a dream come true,” said Luli Heras-de Leon, president of Ayala Foundation.
On June 19, Text2Teach will celebrate its 10th year anniversary in the Philippines. Significant steps have already been taken to mainstream the program into the public elementary school system. Phase 4 of the project is scheduled for completion within June 2014. Phase 5 will be geared toward mainstreaming the program, which will start mid-2014.
To date there are 1,054 Text2Teach schools nationwide. By the end of 2014 for Phase 4 of implementation, the goal is to connect a total of 1,407 schools nationwide.
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