[25 July 2014] Wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has designed a training caravan for public school teachers on the use of tablets as tools for the classroom.
Wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has designed a training caravan for public school teachers on the use of tablets as tools for the classroom.
The first batch of educators to undergo Tap&Learn: Tablets for Education will be primary and secondary public school teachers in the Ilocos Region, and the Urdaneta National High School in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan will be the venue of the training program.
Tap&Learn is the latest initiative of Smart in the mobile education space. Mobile education or mEducation for short is the use of mobile technologies in the field of education.
“Tablets can be a good teaching tool, making learning more fun and engaging for the students. Through Tap&Learn, we aim to enable our teachers with digital capabilities in order to connect more with the new generation of students who are digital natives,” said Ramon R. Isberto, head of Public Affairs Group at Smart.
Market take-up for smart devices like tablets has been gaining strength for the past two years. The Philippines has the fastest tablet sales growth in Southeast Asia, according to the latest report of the International Data Corporation (IDC). IDC said tablet sales soared 95 percent year-on-year in the first three months of 2014. It also reported that a total of 596,375 tablets were shipped to the Philippines in the first quarter of 2014, translating to growth of 110 percent versus a year ago.
These devices are more popularly used for gaming and social networking and there is still much potential for the technology to be fully utilized for mobile education.
The one-day training will cover the following topics: Tablet 101-Functions and features of the Tablet (Android); Cool Apps for Learning; Online educational resources; Using social media in teaching; and Managing your connectivity.
“With this initiative, we are using technology to help bridge the digital divide by opening doors to content and mobile applications 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.
Working with partners in the academe and community, Smart has been a pioneer in the mEducation space and over the years, it has implemented a number of initiatives under its umbrella Smart Schools Program.