San Juan students and teachers #ExperienceBetter with Converge fiber connectivity

The San Juan City local government partnered with leading fiber broadband provider Converge ICT Solutions Inc. to help students, families, and educators in the city adapt to the learn-from-home environment amid mobility restrictions during the pandemic. A culmination of their efforts is the activation of free fiber optic connectivity to the digital learning platforms for over 12,000 public school students in 6,000 households.

Through this partnership, students and educators may access the Learning Management System in three different platforms, namely, the DepEd Commons which is a database of learning modules, Makabagong San Juan Learning Management System, San Juan’s dedicated learning portal, and the chat facility called Makabagong San Juan Learning Communication System. These platforms allow students and teachers to experience better and more seamless learning through lectures, exams, and overall coordination. 

Over a month after the system powered by Converge’s free intranet connection was launched, several students and teachers shared their experiences with the all-in-one app and how it has changed their everyday learning:

The LMS app provided a big aid for the students despite the challenges brought upon by distance learning. According to them, they are satisfied with the program as it addresses the challenges during the transition from face-to-face classes to online.

Grade 11 student Lanzel Lazarte during her Personal Development class through the LMS app.

Furthermore, they highlighted specific features of the app such as the raise of hand, emojis, and chatbox which helps make communication a more seamless experience. Despite the absence of face-to-face interactions, the app offers a great substitute to increase participation from the students. This initiative by Mayor Francis Zamora and Converge is a step towards providing a better future for the students of San Juan, allowing them access to the education they deserve.

Ms. Susan Gohil conducting online classes through the LMS app

On the other hand, teachers are reaping the benefits of the LMS app as it eases their role as teachers. Not only students are faced with challenges due to distance learning, but teachers also find it difficult to communicate to multiple students with limited access to the right tools. Ms. Sheila Mae Mariano from Salapan Elementary School said that the Makabagong San Juan Learning Management System has enabled them to provide continuous education despite the pandemic. When used together with the free intranet and tablet, the LMS app can motivate more students to attend online classes, according to Mariano.

Ms. Sheila Mariano showing a sample of a house to her students 
during distance learning using the LMS app
Ms. Sheila Mariano showing a sample of a house to her students 
during distance learning using the LMS app

The user-friendly app offers a more convenient system for conducting lectures, exams, and overall communication. Students and teachers are now able to communicate better and more efficiently with video conference and messaging features. To further engage their students, visual materials are now easier to present through slide decks, worksheets, modules, webpage, and other learning materials. In addition, the function of uploading photos, decks, modules, and worksheets provides a better experience in encouraging the students to increase virtual participation.

San Juan City is the pioneer city to provide a free internet connection to all of its public school students. Converge CEO Dennis Anthony H. Uy is happy to be one of the driving forces behind this feat. “We are glad to be the pioneer in aiding the distance learning experience of public school students and teachers in San Juan. These first-hand experiences are a testament to Converge’s dedication to providing underserved Filipino communities access to fiber technology,” Uy shared.

Mayor Francis Zamora of San Juan City shared, “I am grateful for the hardworking team behind this program, for constantly creating ways to serve our underserved students and teachers. We take pride in being the first city to provide a free intranet thanks to our friends at Converge. The LMS app is only the beginning of our efforts to bring seamless connectivity to our people.”

Together with the 12,500 tablets, 1,000 laptops, and 1,000 pocket Wi-Fis turned over by the Department of Information Communications Technology (DICT), the free intranet connection, and the Learning Management System, the San Juan City local government and Converge aim to support students and teachers in making online education more accessible.

Globe partners with NPC for youth digital citizenship

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has launched a partnership with Globe to promote digital responsibility and data privacy among the Filipino youth.

NPC’s program, “Kabataang Digital,” aims to provide age-appropriate support for children to help them understand the nature of privacy and the digital environment’s implications on their privacy rights.

It aims to raise awareness among children, their parents and/or guardians, school authorities, and relevant entities regarding children’s privacy rights, risks, and possible harm when using information and communication technology. It also aims to collaborate with other agencies, particularly the Department of Education, in developing appropriate legislative and policy frameworks balancing the right to privacy and free flow of information.

The “Kabataang Digital” program was introduced by the NPC last December 2019 in front of over 500 students and educators during the 52nd Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) Forum in Cebu City. It was officially launched last 25 November 2020 by way of a virtual program.

Part of the partnership between Globe and NPC was to create a book for children to better understand the concept of data privacy and security. The book is available in print, with copies shared with youth in various schools and communities, and through an e-book version uploaded in the Globe e-Library and DepEd Commons. Globe commissioned the Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS) to create the book, as well as the artwork that serves as the book cover.

“In difficult times like these, we see opportunities in creating more worthwhile partnerships with different sectors with who we can work towards the same goals. Kabataang Digital is simply an avenue in educating and propagating the ideas that we in the National Privacy Commission upholds to further our fight in protecting our young users from all the power they have with every click. With all the possibilities on the Internet, data security, amongst others, is very vital in creating a safer online environment for everyone – most especially the youth,” shared Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro.

Prior to the launch, Globe enabled project and program heads of the NPC with all five (5) Digital Thumbprint Program (DTP) modules: Digital Insight, Digital Impact, Digital Ambition, and Digital Discernment, and the Parent Module, through a train-the-trainer workshop.

The award-winning DTP is a series of workshops designed to educate learners, parents and educators alike on digital citizenship, online safety, and the responsible use of the internet. The modules were designed to increase participant knowledge of the following:

●        The current and constantly changing landscape of life online in the Philippines

●        The various online threats, abuses, and predatorial and abusive behavior that netizens in the Philippines may fall victim to; and how to protect one’s self and others from these.

●        The essential principles and practices around cyber safety and security

●        Online etiquette and how to help create a responsible online community

●        How to identify what information online is credible or questionable

●        How as parents and educators can we can keep children safe online

The training was conducted in line with Globe’s thrust to promote online safety, security, and critical thinking, as well as NPC’s advocacy on PSST! (Privacy, Safety, Security, and Trust), another flagship project of the Commission. Digital versions of the modules are also available on Globe’s website, Youtube, and the Kabataang Digital microsite of the NPC.

“The National Privacy Commission is together on this initiative from Globe. The Digital Thumbprint Program as linked closely to the objectives of Kabataan Digital by the NPC, generates content as tools in upbringing more responsible digital citizens. I take part as an ambassador of the program by always putting first the security of users online and continuing the cause that the Commission is mandated to – and that is to protect their data as their own,” Mr. Liboro added.

“We congratulate the National Privacy Commission on the successful launch of the Kabataang Digital Program, and are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate and contribute through our Digital Thumbprint Program. At Globe, we are committed to upholding privacy rights by promoting responsible digital citizenship to the Filipino youth. We are hopeful that, through the NPC’s Kabataang Digital Program and Globe’s Digital Thumbprint Program, we can make the internet a safer space for our children to learn, explore, communicate, and create,” said Atty. Irish Almeida, Data Protection Director at Globe.

The company strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 9 which highlights the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development. Globe is committed to upholding the 10 United Nations Global Compact principles and 10 UN SDGs.

For more information, visit www.globe.com.ph.

Tang and Edukasyon.PH team up to make distance learning fun for kids

The new school year is goind to be a whole lot different from the previous years because of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be less fun and exciting as it used to be.

Learning from home is an entirely new experience from the traditional classroom setup. Apart from missing the opportunities to learn from social interactions, more distractions can be found at home such as computers, TVs, and many other external factors that may disrupt the learning process.

With the setup of distance learning being a new experience, many parents are looking for guidance on how to make the best out of their children’s learning experience at home.

To help moms bridge the gaps of distance learning and turn the home into a conducive learning environment, TANG, in partnership with Edukasyon.ph, launches Prepared with TANG: Get Ready for Distance Learning. 

This free online learning platform gives moms, dads, and guardians insights about distance learning and how they can play a more active role in their child’s education.

The platform will provide useful tips and simple steps to enhance their child’s learning experience at home, such as:

  • Providing motivation when child feels bored or tired during lessons;
  • Setting up a comfortable study space;
  • Getting creative with new educational activities; and most important,
  • Ensuring proper nutrition and fortification including the importance of Vitamin C

Enriching advice and tips will come from the expertise and real-life experiences of fellow moms and experts such as homeschooling advocate Tina Rodriguez, mom and daughter Mikaela Martinez-Lagdameo and Noelle, and LEGO senior concept artist, Ian Sta Maria. 

“It has always been TANG’s mission to be every Filipino mom’s partner in preparing their children for a bright future. And this partnership is even more important as moms face the new normal of distance learning.” says Miguel Reyes, Brand Manager of TANG Philippines. “With TANG, moms can ensure that their children will have refreshing breaks that help make for a better learning experience. This is just the first step of many as we at TANG continue to be every mom’s partner in guiding their children towards what lies ahead.” 

Join a fun and enriching merienda break with your kids on August 8, 2020, 3PM, as the free platform launches through a Facebook Live session on www.facebook.com/TANGPhilippines/.

Get your kids ready for a brighter future, prepared with TANG. 

Teach your kids financial literacy through ‘Cha-Ching Kid$ at Home’

Teaching kids (even adults, TBH, LOL) about finances is not as easy as ABC, but with the help of the right tools, any parent can make their children financially literate.

Pru Life UK has launched “Cha-Ching Kid$ at Home” online resources to help and encourage Filipino parents to teach key money management concepts to their children at home. This initiative was developed by Prudence Foundation, the community investment arm of Prudential in Asia and Africa.

Designed for children aged 7 to 12, “Cha-Ching Kid$ At Home” materials can help parents teach kids about key money management concepts such as Earn, Save, Spend, and Donate. Each guide directs parents to relevant music videos, topics for discussion, and activities to help their children put learning into practice. The parent guides are downloadable for free on the Cha-Ching website and can be viewed online or printed out.

In addition to the parents’ guide, Prudence Foundation is also rolling out Cha-Ching daily challenges, which include activities or discussion pointers, posted on the website every weekday of June. Each challenge takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, aiming to encourage parents to incorporate discussions around money with their children as part of their daily life. The guides are in English and will soon be translated into Filipino versions.

Check out the Cha-Ching website at https://chaching.cartoonnetworkasia.com/en/

The Cha-Ching website also contains a resource center where teachers can easily access the digitized version of the Cha-Ching curriculum teaching materials for self-study or review. Educators can simply log onto the Teacher section of the Cha-Ching website to download the Cha-Ching curriculum’s master list of teaching aids, session implementation video guides, music videos, and comic books on their personal electronic devices.

Cha-Ching teachers can also freely equip themselves with materials of the in-class and take-home activities that they can repurpose for their students. This initiative will help expand the reach of Cha-Ching across the Philippines and promote money-smart knowledge among students.

To start teaching, learning, and having fun with your kids, visit chaching.cartoonnetworkasia.com.

Foster creativity with the new HP Pavilion X360

Gen Z’s and young millennials are so passionate about expressing their individuality and making the world a better place that most of them dream of owning start-up companies.

This generation–our own children–of socially-responsible individuals is also known for working on things that add meaning and purpose and for giving back to society.

But apart from having the passion to make a difference in the world by expressing their individuality, they also need a powerful tool that can truly improve their talents and enable them to learn new skills, to ultimately turn their ideas into reality.

At the Start Up Your Passion event at the Start Up Village in Makati City, HP Philippines took some of the country’s tech, lifestyle, and entrepreneurship bloggers for a knowledge sharing
session on nurturing passion to success, as it introduced them to the HP Pavilion x360.

Powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, the Pavilion x360 is HP’s latest flagship laptop that features the latest technology and an ultrathin and light design, boasting of power and unmatched flexibility to help young individuals further pursue their passions and aspirations,
including start-up businesses.

“At HP, we value how our young generations dream of having their own start-up businesses not only to express their individuality and pursue their diverse passions, but more importantly, to innovate and make a lasting positive difference in their communities and in society. This is one of the inspirations behind creating the HP Pavilion x360 laptop, as its combination of power and
flexibility makes it an ideal tool that can empower budding young entrepreneurs to succeed in their endeavors,” said Dos Roque, HP Philippines Marketing Manager for Personal Systems.

The event was an engaging discussion with TV/radio personality Joyce Pring as she encouraged the audience to “Think 360” in finding ways to start a business using the HP Pavilion x360.

Aside from being fun and exciting contests, the event’s activities tested the attendees’ creativityand business ideation skills, knowledge of successful enterprises and how the HP Pavilion x360 can help young entrepreneurs to start-up and power the growth of their businesses.

Finding ways to start and grow a business can be a daunting task, but it can be much easier
and convenient if you have the HP Pavilion x360.

Running on up to 8th generation Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, INVIDIA MX250 2GB DDR5 discrete graphics and a 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD dual storage, the HP Pavilion x360 can easily and reliably handle an array of different tasks that can trigger and start up a budding entrepreneur’s passion to create and grow a business.

For those who prefer to be mobile and work anywhere, the HP Pavilion x360 can be converted as a laptop or as a tablet. A durable 360-degree geared hinge lets users work on their business
plans in laptop mode, watch presentations and videos in stand mode, celebrate success and
play in tent mode, and write or draw designs for their next product in tablet mode.

The HP Pavilion x360 PC has a micro-edge bezel design which makes the 14-inch screen seem bigger, for a more immersive viewing experience especially when doing video conference calls. The Full HD IPS touchscreen also helps users navigate sites with ease.

The HP Pavilion x360 is available in Natural Silver colors. Price starts at P38,990 at all HP Concept Stores, authorized HP reseller outlets nationwide and online via HP Flagship Store on Lazada and Shopee.