Through the help of Globe Telecom, our dear teachers leveled-up as they went through a professional development program. Last June 2, 2017, Philippines Bloggers Network, Digital Filipina and Friends were invited to attend the PRISM Expo at Pampanga, which is the fourth leg with their two-day bootcamp held at Holy Angel University. It was packed with all the essentials that will help them incorporate technology in their lessons, making it more engaging and effective with their students most especially Gen Z students.
With the digital era that we are in, teachers are facing challenges when it comes to traditional teaching. But after this event, educators are now ready to combat the struggles and are now more excited to teach using technology-enabled instruction and content.
Teachers are nominated by both Globe and the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC). The PEAC National Secretariat processes the nominations submitted by schools nationwide while a Vetting Committee, composed of two (2) representatives from the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA), a DepEd Regional Director, and the PEAC Executive Director, is set in place to closely vet the nominated teachers.
Over 150 teachers joined the Pampanga leg which also saw participants from Laguna, Baguio, and Isabela.among others. The first three legs are in Metro Manila (Mandaluyong), Bicol (Naga), Visayas (Cebu). The last workshop will be held in Cagayan de Oro, representing Mindanao.
The PRISM Expo is the culminating activity for the program. It showcases the different digital literacy projects the teachers created as part of the workshop.
“In the past year and a half, we hired many senior high school teachers. We are committed to their professional development, so that they can build students of conscience, competence and compassion. Globe’s PRISM is a powerful set of learning tools that helps our teachers guide students in using electronic tools and online information responsibly. Our teachers’ training with PRISM not only improves their digital literacy, but also enhances their skills to engage their students.” said Dr. Alma S. Espartinez, Holy Angel University VP Academic Affairs.
Michelle Tapia, Advisor & Head of Globe’s Education Strategy & Innovation, said “Globe aims to empower every Filipino with world-class learning through technology so that they can achieve their dreams and be successful in life. We close the gap by providing teachers the relevant knowledge and skills that they need to help students succeed in the 21st century, starting with the digital literacy program. Students of today are digital natives who grew up in the era of Google, social media, and instant connectivity. The changing times mean that teachers need to continuously adapt to their evolving role. They will have to be able to facilitate learning through new methods of teaching and various media, some of which may not even exist yet. This is precisely why fostering creative and critical thinking in learners is paramount.”
Last year, Globe has committed close to US$500 million for the expansion of its corporate data network. Parallel to this infrastructure build for enterprises is the company’s initiative to create an internet superhighway by deploying fiber in 20,000 barangays all over the country by 2020 to equip Filipinos for a more digitally connected future.”