MINERVA BC NEWMAN
CEBU CITY – Over 8,000 schools in the country have partnered with Globe for connectivity that benefitted more than 670,000 teachers, students, professionals and school administrators to seamlessly operate and work towards the new normal kind of blended learning via Globe’s e-learning series since it was launched in August 2020.
Globe myBusiness senior advisor Derrick Heng said that the digital divide continues to be felt within the education sector where, despite the high internet usage, there is still unequal access to services that are delivered online.
“There are also gaps in digital literacy and content. Globe strives to fill in these gaps so we can paint a better future for our schools and learners,” Heng added.
According to Globe that the telco’s thrust is to help schools transform digitally, provide 21st century learning to teachers and students through connectivity, education solutions, and curated content.
This has led to a new cache of services, tools and resources that will help prepare school administrators and faculty members to maximize highly specialized tools and resources that positively impact effective learning, Globe said.
With the new normal kind of learning, Globe re-defines the education experience by discovering new ways for the different stakeholders to create, collaborate, and communicate.
Globe created specialized productivity tools and learning management systems like Google Workspace for Education O365 for Education, and Brightspace Learning Management System for teachers, as well as a suite of online productivity and collaboration tools ZOOM for Education, Virtual Private Cloud and Amber AUTO SMS Blaster.
These tools offer ways for seamless collaboration between teachers, students and parents, Globe bared. Teachers and school staff are also assured that they will be able to carry out their tasks through fast and secure internet access and a wide range of connectivity plans and devices to choose from.
Globe went on that with all these learning tools and tech-innovations, the program has helped education stakeholders address the many challenges that the education sector faces as a result of the shift to remote learning.
One of these challenges is the huge drop in enrollment in the 2020-2021 school year, where more than 4 million students failed to transition to online learning. Globe finds itself in a unique position to help Filipinos by providing not just value-laden connectivity and solutions but also expertly curated content that both learners and teachers can greatly benefit from, Globe said.
Globe has provided FREE access to Globe and TM customers across several learning resources from the Department of Education (https://commons.deped.gov.ph/), the Commission on Higher Education (https://phlconnect.ched.gov.ph/home) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (https://www.e-tesda.gov.ph/) to help bridge the digital divide.
There is also the Globe eLibrary, (https://globeelibrary.ph/), a web platform and mobile app that features age-appropriate and engaging e-books and e-learning videos, which K-to-12 students, teachers, and parents can access through mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers.
As the risks that come with being on the internet become more prevalent, especially among the young ones, keeping them safe in the online realm is also a point of emphasis for the company.
Globe has launched eModules of its Digital Thumbprint Program which highlights imminent threats and risks such as cyberattacks and identity theft that the youth are exposed to, and how they may protect themselves and their loved ones from these risks.
The program includes learning content for parents on how to protect and educate the family and on ways to be responsible and discerning online users.
To learn more about Globe’s overall mission and efforts for the country when it comes to addressing challenges of education during and beyond the pandemic, visit www.globe.com.ph/education.