Globe MyBusiness launches #ShiftED to create ‘an ecosystem of enablers’ for PH students
MANILA, Philippines – Today, education isn’t just about training students to become fit for the workforce. It’s about enabling them to become globally competitive.
How do we give students that leverage? We use technology tools such as connectivity and software. Then, we push for greater collaboration among different stakeholders: schools, private corporations, and the government.
With this mission in mind, Globe MyBusiness launched a campaign called #ShiftED, which aims to complement the government’s existing programs to assist schools in acquiring digital tools and resources.
The formal launch happened last February 21, right at the heart of EduTech 2018, the Philippine’s biggest educational conference.
Creating an ecosystem of enablers
#ShiftED carries Globe’s education related activities, such as the Digital Thumbprint Program, which promotes responsible digital citizenship and cyber-wellness for students; and PRISM, a three-week digital literacy improvement program aimed at advancing the digital literacy skills of Filipino educators.
“We know that informing or transforming education in the country cannot be done by one sector. We need to collaborate. #ShifTED is our commitment to create an ecosystem of enablers,” said Mitsch Tapia, Globe’s Head for Strategy, Innovation, and Transformation.
Globe MyBusiness also provides connectivity and solutions that can aid schools to be digitally-ready. For instance, they have learning management tools that can encourage students to go beyond memorization and boost their learning through interaction, critical thinking, and a readily available source of knowledge.
“We now have a generation who is in a world that is always online,” said Ritchie Ramos, Segment Marketing Head for Globe MyBusiness. “We need to keep up to ensure that we communicate better and more effectively with them. We need to innovate, or we won’t be able to influence them.”
Globe MyBusiness also aims to link students to better career opportunities in the digital field. They have partnered with OJT.PH and Spring Valley, the largest integrated technology and innovation hub in the country, to augment college students’ education and training.
The big shift
A roundtable featuring experts in education and technology followed the launch, where problems and opportunities in digitizing learning where discussed.
All agreed that technology has leveled the playing field for all students. Anyone with connectivity can train and acquire relevant skills in their desired field, regardless of their school or academic background.
“This is the big shift from how we were educated. We need a lot of enablers for us to be competitive globally. Because the students are not just competing with the students next to them. They're competing with the whole world,” said Jonathan De Luzuriaga, President of the Philippine Software Industry Association and Spring Valley.
Technology also brings training and resources to a wider range of potential educators. In Philippine Normal University (PNU), which is a National Center for Teacher Education, they are increasing their roster of online courses to reach more teachers across the country.
“We expanded [our online offerings] to include courses in our graduate programs, particularly mathematics and science education. In terms of training, we are transitioning from pure face-to-face to making it more affordable and accessible to all teachers,” said Marilyn Balagtas, Dean of PNU’s College of Flexible Learning.
Digitization will also generate a lot of data, which can help the government and institutions in improving workflows and policies.
“The presence of data enables us to think better. For us administrators, we never decide without data. There are plenty of programs that have become detrimental because of the absence of due analysis of available data,” said Richard Jugar, Director of the Basic Education Division at the University of San Carlos. As an example, he cited how data from various government agencies such as NEDA and Dep Ed can be combined to create more comprehensive and non-sporadic programs. “The digitization actually facilitates inter-agency collaboration and multi- and trans-disciplinary works,” he said.
The panel concluded with each guest expressing their commitment to bring 21st century learning to all Filipino students, so that they can keep up with their global counterparts – and even move ahead.
“Let's try to get ahead of the curve for once. Let's create technopreneurs instead of reacting. Let’s trailblaze,” De Luzuriaga said. – Rappler.com
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