DepEd Internet Connectivity Project gains traction with 2,012 Globe-connected public schools

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Photo caption: Globe donation of desktop computers and one-year broadband connection opens the eyes of students of North City Central School in Puntod, Cagayan de Oro City to the wonders of the internet.

Globe Telecom ends the year with 2,012 public schools connected to the internet, thereby, becoming a major contributor to the DepEd Internet Connectivity Project (DICP). 

Of the figure, 1,954 are public high schools while 58 are public elementary schools, showing the significant contribution of the company in bringing technology to Philippine education. As of November 25, 2010, there are already 4,497 connected public high schools all over the country under DICP, with 2,153 more awaiting connection. 

 

The youthful passion of Globe has driven it to design, develop and support programs that empower young Filipinos to chart the future of Philippine society. Basic to this is connectivity to the world of technology and the internet, thus, born the Internetin-Schools Program (ISP) which is aimed at providing internet connectivity in public schools and delivering teaching materials using mobile communications technology.

 Globe ISP is being conducted in partnership with the Gearing Up Internet Literacy and Access for Students (GILAS) consortium and USAID-Growth with Equity in Mindanao’s Computer Literacy and Internet Connection (CLIC) project. 

The program exposes students to a wealth of information and allows them to foster superior math, science and language skills through various multimedia learning tools. Internet connectivity in schools is primarily used for research by the students and for other classroom-related activities. On the other hand, teachers also use the Internet to collaborate with their colleagues on inter-school projects as well as to touch base with former students. 

The internet has proven to be a useful tool for the schools, as a resounding majority of teachers in Globe-connected schools said that they have noticed improvements in students’ performance with the use of the internet. Another key indicator of the usefulness of the project is that, students are now submitting more papers that are well researched and are more inclined to take up ICT related courses in college. 

For instance, drop out rates in Consolacion National High School in Consolacion, Cebu decreased due to the presence of internet learning. The school’s principal Adelina P. Semblante explained that the chance to use the internet became a motivation for students not to cut class. 

Web-based activities also helped Consolacion teachers lighten up their load since they have to teach five classes daily with an average of 70 students per class. “ICT-based lessons are not only interesting, they also help decrease the daily talking time of our over-stretched teachers,” she said. 

“We want to address the social and intellectual disparities among schools and their respective graduates caused by lack of ICT facilities. Thus, through Globe ISP, we hope to give public schools especially those in rural areas, a chance to be competitive,” said Jeffrey O. Tarayao, Head of Globe Corporate Social Responsibility. 

Aside from popular broadband services DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) and WiFi (Wireless Fidelity), Globe also deploys WiMax (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access), in select public elementary and secondary schools. 

WiMAX is a next-generation fixed wireless broadband technology that Globe launched last year to provide Filipino consumers with an affordable and reliable high-speed in-home internet service in areas not covered by traditional wired internet solutions and at speeds much faster than many other in-home broadband services. Through WiMAX’s larger coverage and higher bandwidth performance, internet connectivity has now become available even in rural areas. 

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