How does Text2Teach help improve the quality of Basic Education in the Philippines?
The text2teach program was adopted the idea from Brazil, where a department of the state of health ministry called the Health Vigilance Foundation (FVS) started monitoring the spread of Dengue Fever. They develop the Nokia Data Gathering (NDG) to conduct household surveys, interviews in local populations and monitor stagnant water, which would help the foundation staff understand mosquito breeding patterns. The survey or questionnaires on the NDG server send to the mobile phones in the field where the data can be easily captured. The data they gathered was sent back to the server, where the information can be analyzed, mapped or exported. The benefits are manifolds. It makes gathering data in even the most remote areas quicker, more accurate and more cost-effective. That’s why the idea conceived through BridgeIT to promote equality of education even to far flung schools and communities in the country. The BridgeIT in the Philippines was conceptualized in 2003 by Nokia, Pearson, the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The country was chosen as one of the pilot areas because as Philippines has been acclaimed as the text capital of the world (Catangay, 2011). Over the years using mobile phones during school hours were strictly banned in a way the students will not be distracted but now many public school teachers are using the ubiquitous gadgets in class to serve the higher purpose of bringing to life: Math, Science and English subjects. This project aims to present interactive, multimedia educational videos that enhance the learning experience of students inside the classroom (Lapus, 2009). With the text2teach program the remotest communities would be benefited and improve the performance of students (Gonzales, 2010). Furthermore, this program seeks to improve the quality of teaching in Grade 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 (Lapus, 2009). This was also emphasized during the launching of Text2Teach at Sto. Nino Elementary School, South Cotabato, on January 14, Ma. Rosa Gutierrez, DepEd regional director for Region XII which seeks to raise the quality of public elementary education through mobile technology, and can help improve the performance of students, as well as the implementation of School-Based Management (SBM) practices. Thus, text2teach could be a leeway of students to equip them with lifelong skills in order to prepare them to be globally competitive and be ready to face the challenges of the next millennium (Montelibano, 2013). Based on the records, 57,000 grades 5 and 6 students in public elementary schools are now learning using mobile technology to help improve the academic performance, classroom behavior and participation of students in the recipient schools. The parents, school officials and community leaders have also shown positive attitudes towards using mobile technology in teaching. This was based on a consultant monitoring conducted from August to December 2011. It is crystallized that the program has proven to be effective as students’ learning was made easy, informative and entertaining while there a noted decrease in the rate of absenteeism and dropouts among pupils (Catangay, 2011). The day will pass but the legacy we leave to the next generation will be remembered forever, for it imprints an indelible mark in every pupil’s heart (Gutierrez, 2013)
History of Text2Teach in the Philippines
BridgeIT is conceptualized in 2003 by Nokia, Pearson, the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It was pilot-tested in the Philippines because of the county’s robust mobile technology infrastructure and the Filipinos extensive use of mobile phones. The Philippine pilot...
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