The education sector gears up to embrace the power of digital technology.
Technology has now become an important tool for quality education. These days, schools make use of desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and the Internet to stay ahead of the curve. But taking the leap into the digital age is sometimes met with hesitation because itâ€™s still a relatively unknown territory in our country. Compared with students who are digital natives (that is, they are very much at home with digital technology), most educators are digital migrantsâ€”theyâ€™re still catching up on how technology can be used with traditional means of teaching.
To bridge this gap, there are now readily available tools and resources that allow for a digitally savvy learning environment. At the recentÂ EduTECHÂ conference held last February 20 and 21, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, the entire education sector gathered together to talk about how the industry can stay relevant in this digital age.Â Here,Â are someÂ insights.
Get proper training.
AdaptingÂ to digital technology is no overnight project, thatâ€™s why itâ€™s important to gradually introduce such a big change. Doing soÂ makes sureÂ that everyoneâ€”from the school administrators to the teachers and studentsâ€”is prepared for such a milestone.
Ritchie Ramos, marketing manager ofÂ Globe myBusiness, shares what a good program is for educators to start with. â€œPrism is a digital literacy program for teachers or educators to help them on how technology can benefit them and their students in the classroom. Itâ€™s a three-week program where we give them assignments and provide them with coaches. We also help them create new ideas or programs that they can use inside the classroom.â€
StartÂ with smallÂ wins.
To make everyone in school more comfortable with using technology, introduce simple ways to use it. Why not encourage payment transactions via mobile devices, for instance?
Care Bear Ablan, business development manager ofÂ Mynt, envisionsÂ GCashÂ to be a main way of payment for students when theyâ€™re in the campusâ€”from buying food to receiving money for tuition fees. â€œGCash can essentially benefit not just students, but also faculty members. You just need a phone and a mobile number. It works across all networks…Anyone can have a GCash account. School offices or libraries can even offer GCash options if they are willing to employ that,â€ says Ablan.
Get yourÂ students and facultyÂ connected.
No one has ever complained about getting free WiFi, and making it available in schools is the easiest way to introduce digital trends in education. The Internet has now become a must-have tool for students and staff, giving them a wealth of information they need to excel in their work.
Digitize lesson plans and courses easily.
Nick Hutton, regional director for Asia ofÂ D2L, talks about a learning management system (or LMS) calledÂ Brightspace. He describes it as a very simple way for teachers to build their courses online. â€œYouâ€™re taking the content you use todayâ€”maybe itâ€™s PowerPoint, PDFs, Word documents, video or whateverâ€”and youâ€™re basically creating a course on the platform,â€ he relates. â€œItâ€™s for facultyâ€”they know their course, they know the academic side of what theyâ€™re doing and what they want to teach, how they want to teach it, so they need an interface to connect all the content.â€
Collaborate in real time.
Working together has never been easier in this digitally connected world. How can schools maximize this advantage? Invite resource persons to conduct workshops via clear video calls; hold meetings through web calls; encourage students and teachers to use productivity tools (likeÂ G Suite) when uploading or checking projects. All these efforts can save the entire school time and resources.
The digital world may seem intimidating, especially for an institution that has been used to traditional methods. But as the entire education sector learns to slowly embrace this digital transformation, everybody is guaranteed to win.
Interested in the digital trends for your school? Find out more atÂ Globe MyBusiness Academy.
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