Friday, July 9, 2010
Teaching through… Texting??
There used to be a time when texting or even the mere bringing of a mobile phone was not allowed and was even confiscated in school for fear of disrupting the class. Who would have thought that this gadget is now being used to impart to students Math, Science, and English subjects.
In 2003, the Department of Education officially launched the “Text2Teach” project geared at presenting “highly interactive, easy-to-use multimedia packages” in the form of educational videos and the like to boost and make the students’ learning experience more interesting inside the classroom. This venture is a branch of the department’s ICT4E program which aims to use the latest technology, like the Internet and laptop computers, to help improve the quality of education in the country.
So how exactly does this Text2Teach program work? A mobile phone is initially preloaded with educational videos in math, science, and English to be used by the teachers in class. And once the software has been installed, the mobile phone can be plugged into a TV to play the videos to facilitate the lesson for the day in the classroom for the students to enjoy and learn.
The educational videos pre-installed in the mobile phones last for about 3-5 minutes, and are targeted to “bring science, math, and English subjects to life, illustrating key concepts, skills and competencies that students are expected to master”.
The project seeks to reach 350 more schools nationwide over the next two years. The government’s role, however, does not end in providing schools with the Text2Teach package, which consists of a mobile phone, a prepaid SIM card, a 29-inch color TV, a TV rack and teacher’s manuals. Intensive training programs for school heads, teachers and supervisors from schools that were granted access to this technology shall be regularly undertaken in order “to ensure the quality of teaching using Text2Teach”.
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