Lunes, Hulyo 23, 2012

Thailand's One Tablet per Child

No, mom! We're not talking vitamins and supplements here.

Thailand government, led by its Prime Minister is working to provide all of its school children with a 7" touch screen, 512 RAM, 8GB memory with built-in 3G tablet PC. Why, they would like to revolutionize learning starting with the grade school pupils.

First batch of the 55,000 tablets for Thailand's One Tablet Per Child campaign Photo from Bangkok Post
This week, these tablets have been distributed to Grade 1 or Prathom 1 students. Next deliveries will be for the Grade 7 students. These tablets are seen as tools among other educational resources.

Biyernes, Hulyo 20, 2012

Got spare time? Be a Literacy Volunteer!

Who is a DepEd ALS Literacy Volunteer?
Licensed teacher (LET passer)
Resident of the target community
Speaks the local dialect of the target community
Physically fit
With good public relations skills
Willing to be trained

Benefits of a Literacy Volunteer
Monthly stipend of Php 5,000
Transportation allowance of Php 2,000
Allowance for teaching aid materials Php 5,000
Become instrumental in uplifting the lives of others

Interested applicants are encouraged to consult with their DepEd Division Office for a 10-month contract.

DepEd is looking for 719 Alternative Learning System (ALS) literacy volunteers.

Miyerkules, Hulyo 18, 2012

Oscar Pistorius, South Africa's Amputee Olympic Athlete

Oscar Pistorius is enough to make the 2012 London Olympics very memorable and momentous. A double knee amputee, Oscar will compete in the 100m, 200m and 400m relay events. We wish you all the best and we are inspired by your story. More of Oscar through his website here.

Lunes, Hulyo 9, 2012

36 inmates graduate in Dipolog City jail

The bars of prison jail did not prevent these 36 inmates, aged 19 to 40 years old, to get their school diploma.

Through the Accreditation and Equivalency Test of the Department of Education's (DepEd) Bureau of Alternative Learning System (Bals), these inmates graduated in primary and secondary levels in Dipolog City Jail.

26 got their HS and 10 their elementary diplomas Photo courtesy of PIA
Congratulations to you all, especially to the Dipolog City Jail and the mobile teachers.

Biyernes, Hulyo 6, 2012

La Salle Green Hills' PEARL is digital and completely paperless

La Salle Green Hills is the Philippines' pioneer in implementing tablet-based education for its students. Powered by Pressmart's  software named MOCA or Mobile Learning Classroom Application, LSGH chose Samsung tablets to run books, homeworks and quizzes for all its students under the PEARL project. PEARL stands for Personal Learning Device Project. Yes, no more heavy bags to carry daily. Pressmart is and  India-based digital publisher.
Photo courtesy of PV Sivakumar from The Hindu Business Line
How does it work Hosted on a private-cloud, (yes, clouds aren't anymore for rain these days) LSGH's 4,000 Grade 1 to 12 students each use 8.9 inch 470-gram  Android 3.2 Honeycomb powered tablets in school. 
Homework are given wirelessly. They are submitted wirelessly too, so the teachers check using their tablets.

The same tablet-based education is seen to be offered to all of La Salle's 17 chain of schools all throughout the Philippines, with Pressmart and Samsung as partners.

As mentioned to me by a parent, the school issued device cost about Php 20,000+.

I wonder
Are games included in their devices too? Will the device be upgraded regularly? iOS releases almost yearly, and Android follows continuously builds up its OS too. Will a 1st grader's device be useful still four years after it has been issued?

Indeed LSGH has trailblazed its education offering. I hope they will share their lessons and experiences to the whole country, if not the world as regards implementation that we may all benefit.

As a parent, I allow my kids to use PC and tablets. That's their future - touch based and paperless. However, I encourage them to use paper and pencil along with other hand-driven activities and table top works. I would like them to be skillful with their hands, primarily still.