Back in February 2017, we got our first dibs on Globe Telecom’s PRISM, an interactive showcase of digital projects to help Filipino educators from private high schools, particularly those teaching the new Media and Information Literacy (MIL) subject in Senior High School, as well as English and Social Studies at both K-12 and higher education levels, to become proficient in technology-enabled instruction and content development. The program is a three-week professional development program conducted by Globe Telecom. It involves a two-day immersive boot-camp, blended project-based learning, and personalized coaching for a total of 1,000 educators all over the country.
Last June 2, over 150 teachers joined the PRISM Expo in Pampanga leg which also saw participants from Laguna, Baguio, and Isabela, among others. Programs and activities were held at the Holy Angel University.
“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 Holy Angel University VP Academic Affairs, Dr. Alma S. Espartinez.
On the expo boot-camp ground, we’ve witnessed how the teachers put their skills and abilities into embracing digital learning which will help them in relaying the importance and knowledge of the new media to their students in the more responsible ways.
Teachers were grouped in teams via color coding and each of them has a mission to deliver their chosen digital medium and use it to teach the students and share them to the community where they came from. Going around expo, we’ve met some teachers and they shared to us their experience in digital learning.
For example, Team Blue’s mission is to polishing teachers’ strategies in schools by using YouTube to measure and identify their strengths and weaknesses especially in teaching their students. In that way, they can identify what are the things they’ll need to improve and get feedback, suggestions, and comments regarding on teaching topics.
Team Red is more of getting to know the youth by blogging. “Blogging plus 21st century learning is a hit for the young generations,” shared by the UST professor who goes by his blog name, Japoy Koolokoy . Japoy is using WordPress as the platform for his blogsite. “It’s probably the most user-friendly for a blog and it’s free for first-timers.”
Other teams are Indigo, Yellow, Violet, Pink, Orange,and Green.
“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,” said Michelle Tapia, Advisor & Head of Globe’s Education Strategy & Innovation.
“We’re looking at who else needs digital literacy. For the education team, we’re looking at what other critical skills that they’ll need which would require technology and how can we help jumpstart that,” Tapia replied on our question on what’s next after the cohort.
How Were The Teachers Chosen?
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.
PRISM Pampanga is the fourth leg of the program. The first three are Metro Manila (Mandaluyong), Bicol (Naga), Visayas (Cebu). The last workshop will be held in Cagayan de Oro, representing Mindanao.
“Globe understands that to invest in education is to invest in connectivity. Thus, as with education, Globe continues its commitment to provide world-class internet across the Philippine archipelago. 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,” quoted Derrick Heng, Senior Advisor, Globe myBusiness Group.
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