Cyber wellness in the digital age: Smart trains educators on use of tablets as learning tool

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by SMART Public Affairs Aug 14, 2014

[14 August 2014] Teachers representing various public elementary and secondary schools in Urdaneta City participated in the first-ever training course organized by wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) on the use of tablets as educational tools.

Teachers representing various public elementary and secondary schools in Urdaneta City participated in the first-ever training course organized by wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) on the use of tablets as educational tools.

The one-day training program, Tap&Learn: Tablets for Education, was recently held at the Urdaneta National High School with more than 30 educators as participants.  This is the latest initiative of Smart in the mobile education (mEducation) space, where mobile technologies are utilized to enhance the learning experience of partner communities. 

Smart has tapped as resource speakers for the course, representatives from technology startup Orange Fix, Wikipedia Philippines, Web Philippines, and SEAMEO-INNOTECH.

“It is all about cyber wellness…teaching impressionable kids how to use the tablet responsibly,” says Dr. Maria Celia Junio-Fernandez, Superintendent of Urdaneta City Schools Division.

“In this age where gadgets dominate our world, educators would do well to embrace technology.  Make it work for us rather than against us,” she adds.

“Smart has always been on the lookout for ways where we can use technology in expanding learning opportunities for target learning communities.  Tap&Learn is a course program for our teachers’ professional development.  Learning must not stop, even for teachers and educators,” says Ramon R. Isberto, head of Public Affairs at Smart.

“We thank Smart for Tap&Learn and for this opportunity to re-tool our teachers and keep them abreast of the latest technologies. Trainings like this help equip our educators so they can effectively deal with the demands of this generation of digital natives,” says Fernandez.

For the Division of Urdaneta City, the training was seen enhancing the capabilities of teachers in the teaching-learning process.  More importantly, the teachers see this training program as a means toward attaining disaster-resilient education. Teachers can post quizzes online, and students can submit their requirements via email during extraordinary situations like when schools and facilities are damaged by typhoons or earthquakes.

More than just the use of tablets for gaming and social networking, teachers who participated in the course got to try out an array of mobile applications that can be used to enhance the learning experience of their students.  There were also apps that can be used to ease their workload in terms of checking quizzes, and grading exams.

The one-day training covered topics on the functions and features of Android and iOS devices;  cool mobile applications for learning; online educational resources; using social media in teaching; and managing one’s connectivity. 

“With this initiative, we are using technology to help bridge the digital divide by opening doors to content and mobile applications that are useful for education.   At the same time, we hope to improve the skills of participants and consequently, help boost classroom learning,” said Stephanie Orlino, senior manager for education programs, Public Affairs group at Smart.

Tap&Learn will also be conducted over the coming months in other learning hubs all over the country.

In collaboration with the academe, Smart has implemented over the years a number of initiatives tailored for the specific requirements of target learning communities from basic to tertiary education under its umbrella Smart Schools Program.

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Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has organized Tap&Learn for elementary and high school teachers of the Urdaneta City Schools Division to help them optimize wireless devices like tablets as tools for teaching and learning.

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