Sta. Barbara schools use mobile phones for learning

March 1, 2010 at 2:41 pm Leave a comment

According to Sinsayon Elementary School in Santiago, Isabela, “Text2Teach has a great impact on the learning of the pupils… We are expecting better performance of our pupils in the coming NAT due to the employment of t2t. The grade 5 & 6 teachers are now finding it easier to motivate, explain and enrich their English, Math and Science lessons”.

Last February 25, Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan in turn experienced how Text2Teach brings the power of mobile technology, not just for calling and texting, but also for learning. The Text2Teach package was turned over to 11 schools in the municipality during a community launch held that day at the Orbos Gymnasium at the Sta. Barbara Public Plaza .

During the event, Mayor Reynaldo V. Velasco turned over to the Text2Teach Alliancce a check amounting to Three Hundred Thirty Thousand pesos, representing the local government’s counterpart funds to implement Text2Teach inSta. Barbara Mario Deriquito , Senior Director of Ayala Foundation , accepted the check on behalf of the Alliance , with DepEd-Region I Education Supervisor Dr. Leonardo Escaño and DepEd-Pangasinan I Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Sheila Marie Sison witnessing the turnover.

Also present were Sangguniang Bayan Councilor Dr. Emmanuel Cabangon; Public Schools District Supervisors Dr. Fredeline Celzo and Dr. Lilia Anteneo, under whose jurisdiction the 11 schools fall under and who signed the Text2Teach Memorandum of Agreement.

For the Text2Teach Alliance, Simo Hoikka of Nokia Philippines, Inc., Pia Bernal of Globe Telecom, Mr. Benito Benoza of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Center for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH), and Marisse Catangay of Ayala Foundation attended.

Other members of the Sta. Barbara community were also invited such as teachers and students from the recipient schools, the Sangguniang Bayan officials, barangay captains, and PTA officers. Community ownership is a critical factor in ensuring the project’s sustainability in the schools.

The 11 recipient schools are Tuliao Elementary School , Malanay Elementary School , Gueguesangen Elementary School , Sta. Barbara Central School , East Central School , Banaoang Central School , Maticmatic II Elementary School, Maticmatic Elementary School , Maningding Ventinilla Elementary School , Botao-Tebag Elementary School , Minien-Tebag Elementary School .

Text2Teach provided each of the schools a Globe pre-paid SIM card and a Nokia N95 8GB mobile phone pre-loaded with almost 400 educational audio and video materials. TV-provider Kolin Philippines International, delivered the 29-inch colored television sets directly to the schools.

SEAMEO INNOTECH trained the teachers on February 22-24, 2010, to prepare them on the use of the Text2Teach technology and educational materials in the classroom. This will ensure the quality and standard of teaching using the program . About 55 school heads, teachers and school officials were trained.

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