Nokia, Ayala Foundation, the DepEd, and Globe Telecom sign an MoA for Phase 4 of the Text2Teach program, a mobile teaching program that aims to serve 850 new public elementary schools in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao for English, Math, and Science lessons beginning this year.
Here are some key points:
- Reach of Text2Teach – Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao
- Text2Teach Schools – 555 (by end-August 2011)
- 40,000 students (shouldn’t this be at least 400,000?)
- About 1,800 school heads, teachers, DepEd officials
- DepEd regional offices – teachers training
- LGUs – counterpart funding
- Pearson Foundation – development of new downloadable educational materials for English, Science and Mathematics.
- 400 educational audio and video materials (3 to 5 minutes per video)
- Access via Nokia N86 8MP phones equipped with the Nokia Education Delivery (NED) application.
Here’s more info about Text2Teach from their Facebook fanpage:
Text2Teach aims to enhance education opportunities for children and resource solutions for teachers in the Philippines. It seeks to improve the quality of teaching in grades 5 and 6 in public elementary schools by providing highly interactive, easy to use multi media packages designed to help make learning more exciting and meaningful among students.
Now let’s have a look at the Nokia Education Delivery software in action, in this 2009 video:
In related news:
- Using Mobile Phones As Teachers in The Philippines (Cellular-News.com, March 2009) – “Since 2003, more than 700,000 public elementary students in 203 schools in selected areas all over the country have been enjoying the text2teach technology. Over the next 2 years, text2teach will be implemented in additional 350 schools nationwide.”
- Teachers now using Text2Teach technology (Philippine Daily Inquiry, March 2009) – “It seeks to improve the quality of teaching in Grades 5 and 6 in public schools by providing highly interactive, easy-to-use multimedia packages designed to help make learning more exciting and meaningful among students, (Education Secretary Jesli) Lapus said.”
Perhaps in the future, we’ll find newer videos of how this mobile teaching program is being implemented in the Philippines. Hopefully, more educators and trainors may even contribute to the pool of 400 educational videos covering topics in English, Science, and Math.
Afterall, if an individual such as Salman Khan (KhanAcademy.org) was able to produce 2400 educational videos, imagine what a group of teachers can do, right?
Found out about this Text2Teach Mobile Teaching program when we chanced upon the blog post of LadyGeekWannabe Alma Ritchel Merin – Mobile teaching program “Text2Teach” to expand in Visayas and Mindanao.