Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Teaching Through Texting In Ilocos | The Manila Bulletin Newspaper Online
By INA HERNANDO-MALIPOT
February 25, 2012, 6:40pm
MANILA, Philippines — Beginning this school year, learning mathematics, science, and English will become more fun and exciting for Grades 5 and 6 pupils of all public elementary schools in the coastal town of Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte as the Text2Teach alliance brings to the area an innovative way of teaching via mobile technology.
Globe Head for Corporate Social Responsibility Rob Nazal said Text2Teach is a collaboration among the private and public sectors composed of Globe Telecom, Ayala Foundation Inc., Nokia Corporation, the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH), the Department of Education (DepEd), and local government units.
“It shows how mobile technology can be used in various ways, not only to call, text, and browse the Internet but also to enhance the educational experiences of the students,” Nazal said. “Through the Text2Teach alliance, we, in the private sector together with our public sector counterpart, are able to work hand-in-hand in harnessing this technology to bridge the gap between education and the ever-growing demand for a highly-competent labor force,” he added.
To strengthen the program, Globe also introduced the Globe BridgeCom SIM card as the new communications platform for Text2Teach schools.
Nazal said the Globe BridgeCom SIM cuts regular rates in half, thereby, giving users a chance to enjoy a very low P0.05 per second rate for Globe/TM-to-Globe/TM calls and P0.50 per text.
“It will primarily benefit those on the grassroots level who are financially challenged,” Nazal said.
Nazal said that Pagudpud is the first community launch of Text2Teach in 2012, and likely the last for the third phase of the project, and brings to 57 the total number of Text2Teach schools in Ilocos Norte. Text2Teach also has 28 schools in Ilocos Sur or a total of 85 schools in the two provinces.
“Using the power of mobile technology, almost 2,800 Grades 5 and 6 pupil in 11 public elementary schools in Pagudpud can now watch any of the 389 educational audio and video materials loaded in the N86 8MP phones donated by Nokia and equipped with the Nokia Education Delivery (NED) application,” he added.
The beneficiary schools in Pagudpud include Burayoc Elementary School (ES), Caunayan ES, Dampig ES, Gamaban ES, Luzong ES, Pagudpud Central ES, Pagudpud South Central ES, Pancian ES, Pasaleng ES, Saud ES, and Subec ES.
Nazal said the NED allows teachers to play the educational audios and videos on math, science, and English specifically designed for the project, providing a highly effective visual aid for teachers. It also creates an interactive, student-focused learning environment in the classroom which makes the students eager to go to school.
Globe, on the other hand, provides pre-paid SIM cards, free P150 monthly load allowance for one year to each beneficiary-school to be used for helpdesk concerns, and an additional P1,000 load if there are new or updated materials to be downloaded through the mobile phones using its network.
Students can watch the videos using 29-inch television sets purchased from Kolin Philippines International, Inc. The TV sets, Teachers’ Guides, as well as part of the teacher training costs, were covered by the counterpart funds, provided by the LGU led by Mayor Matilde Sales.
The prototype lesson plans in the guides were created by the DepEd master teachers themselves to meet local education guidelines and standards, and are fully integrated with the basic education curriculum.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
1. Audio teleconference
A teleconference or teleseminar is the live exchange and mass articulation of Information among several persons and machines remote from one another but linked by a telecommunications system. Terms such as audio conferencing, telephone conferencing and phone conferencing are also sometime used to refer to teleconferencing.
The telecommunications system may support the teleconference by providing one or more of the following: audio, video, and/or data services by one or more means, such as telephone, computer, telegraph, teletypewriter, radio and television.
2. Distance education/learning
Distance Learning Advantages:
- Lots of Flexibility. With distance learning courses, students can complete their course work from just about anywhere, provide there’s a computer and internet connection. This allows students to work when and where it is more convenient for them without having to squeeze in schedule classes to an already busy life.
- No commuting. Taking a course online can be one way to cut down on costly gas public transportation. Since students can often work from home to complete their class assignments, both time and money are saved in cutting out the trips to and from class.
- Numerous choice of schools. Even if you live in a community with few or no colleges distance learning allows you to choose from a wide variety of schools to complete your education. You may find online schools that specialize in your particular field or one that can provide a great general education. Either way, your options for education will be greatly expanded.
- Lowered costs. Prices for online courses are generally cheaper than their on-campus counterparts and you won’t have to worry about commuting, moving or getting meal plans on campus, some additional benefits to learning from home.
- Learn while working. As distance learning can usually be completed on your own schedule, it is much easier to complete distance learning courses while working than more traditional educational programs. Keeping your job gives you more income, experience and stability while completing your degree giving you less to worry about and more time to focus on your studies.
Distance Learning Disadvantages:
- Lack of social interaction. If the classroom environment is what you love most about learning you may want to take a step back and reconsider distance learning. You’ll likely get some interaction on chat rooms, discussion boards and through email, but the experience will be quite different than traditional courses.
- Format isn’t ideal for all learners. Not everyone is an ideal candidate for online learning. If you know you have problems with motivation, procrastination and needs lots of individual attention from an instructor you may want to think long and hard before enrolling in an online learning program.
- Some employers don’t accept online degrees. While a majority of employers will, there are some who still see a stigma attached to distance learning. Realize that your online degree may not be the ideal tool for some job fields or for future learning.
- Requires adaptability to new technologies. If you’ve never been one to love working with technology you will probably get a lot less out of an online course than your more tech-savvy counterparts. Make sure you feel comfortable working with computers and with online programs before you sign up for a class.
- Not all courses required to complete the degree may be offered online. It makes sense that more practical majors like nursing aren’t offered entirely inline, after all, part of the degree is learning to work directly with patients. Find out all the requirements of your degree to see what may be completed offline.
3. Broadcast radio
Advantages and Disadvantages of Radio News
The radio these days is more accessible than gas for your car or food for you belly. With thousands of radio and satellite radio stations broadcasting around the clock all one has to do is turn on the car and push the button. The radio ranges form heavy metal to how to sell your metal spoons.
While some enjoy listening to music on the way to and from work, others listen to talk radio or the radio news. It’s important to designate the two because both are very different. Talk radio is opinions and radio news is information coming through the interpretation of the radio personality. Sounds the same huh?
Today talk radio and radio news is the same thing with a different name. So what are the advantages and disadvantages to talk/news radio.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Talk/News Radio
1. Most interactive- the radio allows listeners to call on and talk to a radio personality immediately about a subject they are discussing. This makes the situation more interactive where a variety of listeners can interject their opinion and create a dialogue between the listening community.
2. Up to date and Accessible- radio is free and can be heard from a portable transmitter like a walkman, or in the car. This allows the listener to receive up to date information as events are unfolding from virtually anywhere.
1. Bias- Often the news is heard through the voice of someone who is interjecting their opinion into whatever the news may be about. This can subject the information to bias and promote possibly one, and not all sides of the story.
2. Fleeting- With other programming conflicts and obligations, often news on the radio is fleeting, which means information is subject to change with each news update.
With the access of information today it’s important to remember where you are getting ou news from.
4. Audiographic teleconferencing
- (Or “electronic whiteboarding”, “screen sharing”) A form of teleconferencing in real time using both an audio and a data connection. The computer screen is shared by more than one site, and used as an electronic blackboard, overhead projector or still cideo projector. Some systems allow for sharing software also.
5. Online technologies
The Advantages & Disadvantages of The Internet:
The Internet of the World Wide Web is indeed a wonderful and amazing addition in our lives. The Internet can be known as a kind of global meeting place where people from all parts of the world can come together. It is a service available on the computer, through which everything under the sun is now at the fingertips of anyone who has access to the Internet.
To get ‘online’, meaning to connect to the Internet, you need to have:
- A computer: Computer equipment is a sizeable investment and thus you should select a computer carefully. Before buying a computer, understand your needs and then choose one accordingly. See that it comes with a warranty and that after sales service is available in case you need it.
- Internet Service Provider: This is the software that you will require to get online. You can now choose from a dial-up service or 24-hour broadband services. This is the service that will help you to connect to the Internet and start your surfing experiences.
Advantages of the Internet
The Internet provides opportunities galore, and can be used for a variety of things. Some of the things that you can do via the Internet are:
- E-mail: E-mail is an online correspondence system. With e-mail you can send and receive instant electronic messages, which works like writing letters. Your messages are delivered instantly to people anywhere in the world, unlike traditional mail that takes a lot of time.
- Access Information: The Internet is a virtual treasure trove of information. Any kind of information on any topic under the sun is available on the Internet. The ‘search engines’ on the Internet can help you to find data on any subject that you need.
- Shopping: Along with getting information on the Internet, you can also shop online. There are many online stores and sites that can be used to look for products as well as buy them using credit card. You do not need to leave your house and can do all your shopping from the convenience of your home.
- Online Chat: There are many ‘chat rooms’ on the web that can be accessed to meet new people, make new friends, as well as to stay in touch with old friends.
- Downloading Software: This is one of the mot happening and fun things to do via the Internet. You can download innumerable, games, music of which are free.
Disadvantage of the Internet
There are certain cons and dangers relating to the use of Internet that can be summarized as:
- Personal Information: If you use the Internet, your personal information such as your name, address, etc. Can be accessed by other people. If you use a credit card to ship online, then your credit card information can also be ‘stolen’ which could be akin to giving someone a blank check.
- Pornography: This is very serious issue concerning the Internet, especially when it comes to young children. There are thousands of pornographic sites on the Internet that can be easily found and can be a detriment to letting children use the Internet.
- Spamming: This refers to sending unsolicited e-mails in bulk, which serve no purpose and unnecessarily clog up the entire system.