5 Sarangani schools use Text2Teach

01 Apr 2016
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GENERAL SANTOS CITY (April 1, 2016) - The Sarangani Provincial Government has received Text2Teach packages from the Ayala Foundation for five far-flung schools to improve the “quality of teaching and learning”.

Text2Teach is a learning package that uses mobile technology to download education videos for Grades 5 and 6 students in the subject areas of English, Math, Science, and Values Education.

The packages were received by Dr. Isagani dela Cruz, schools division superintendent of Sarangani, from Karen Kay Jagape, the foundation’s project coordinator in Mindanao, during the ceremonial turn-over on March 22.

A package consists of teacher guides, mobile smart phone, 32- inch colored television, Mira cast and voltage regulator.

“Text2Teach is also available in other countries. The students from the five recipient schools have the same technology as the students in other countries like in Thailand and North Africa,” said Jagape.

Ayala Foundation has been partnering with the Provincial Government of Sarangani and the Department of Education for effectively integrating Text2Teach technology in the teaching- learning process.

Distant schools which have low National Achievement Test scores and no electricity were chosen as recipients. These schools are Nian Integrated School, Kyumad Integrated School, Kinam Elementary School, Kipalkuda Elementary School and Badtasan Elementary School.

“We hope that the learning packages help better the quality of teaching and learning in our public schools,” said Marife Gomez, Sulong Karunungan program manager.

Starting 2015, the Text2Teach alliance has been pushing mainstream the project to the country’s education system. This expands to 203 DepEd divisions or 22,000 public elementary schools.

Mobile technology is used to deliver educational videos to remote, hard-to-reach areas. Using a Microsoft smart phone, teachers and trainers access and download videos from a constantly updated catalogue over Globe’s mobile network and store in the phone for future use.

The local government spent P200,000 as counterpart in which Ayala Foundation has a matching part of P149,000. (Cherry Marie Irish D. Cruz / SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

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