Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Understanding eGovernment and eGovernance

It's been a while since I last posted in this blog as I had been quite busy last year.

Anyway, I just wanted to share one of the projects that I did last year, which concluded early this year. My organization developed e-learning content about eGovernment and eGovernance. One of my organization's advocacies is the use of ICT to improve public service, promote greater transparency and accountability in government and citizen empowerment. The content has 4 modules and were uploaded on YouTube. We hope that this material can help people learn and understand an overview of eGovernment and eGovernance. We also hope that policy makers, non-profit organizations, educators and scholars can make use of these modules.

On eGovernment

eGovt 2.0

On eGovernance 

mGovt and mGovernance

Monday, March 7, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Digital Literacy Campaign for Women and Girls

Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) have numerous potentials in making a positive impact and difference in the lives of girls and women. However, according to telecentre.org, there are many women who do not know the basics of digital literacy such as operating a computer, sending email, connecting with their loved ones. How can girls and women realize the potentials of ICTs when they lack the knowledge and skills on how to use them? Thus, the campaign by Telecentre Women was launched. The launch was done in time for the celebration of International Women's Day. Here is a video they used for the launch of the campaign.

In the Philippines, the campaign has been launched via this Facebook group. Click here to join!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

More on tablet PCs

My friends and I talked about the tablet PC last night. Apparently, these tablets have already found their way in some schools in the Philippines. The DepED and DOST have also been piloting projects that makes use of tablet PCs in schools. It would be interesting to find out how the schools implement the use of tablet PCs.

Moreover, I just stumbled upon an online resource where the author, Dr. Tim Rudd of Livelab have compiled several resources on iPads for education. The online resource can be found here.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tablets for Schools

Tablets have now become an in-thing for technology consumers with the launch of popular tablet brands such as Apple's iPad, Samsung's Galaxy Tab, and many other tech brands are coming up with their own tablets. My husband and I have also tried out these tablets when we purchased our Apad/iRobot, an Android tablet that looks like an iPad, and a Cherry Mobile Superion, which has almost the same features as the first version of the Galaxy Tab but for a lower price. Like most, if not all technologies, these tablet or tablet-like devices are making their way in the schools.

I remember learning about Senator Dick Gordon said during the campaign for Presidential Elections that he wants to distribute Kindle to all students in lieu of textbooks (see http://richardgordon.blogspot.com/2010/01/e-books-for-pinoy-studes.html). Kindle is considered more an e-book reader than a tablet device. But I also learned that St. Paul College in Pasig will be using Android tablet devices in lieu of textbooks (see http://www.yugatech.com/blog/toys-gadgets/the-st-paul-android-tablet-for-student-project/). And I read that a company called Brainchild has recently launched an Android tablet e-book reader designed for education called Kineo (see http://schoolcio.com/ShowArticle/36382), but I believe this is only available in the US.

Using such devices look promising. However, there are certain issues that need to be addressed in order for such devices to work well in schools, some of which were mentioned in the St. Paul Pasig Android tablet article in yugatech.com. Do these devices have enough content, i.e. have textbook publishers agreed to digitize the textbooks? It's very likely that these devices will be customized for use in the schools. Are the teachers ready to use these devices for instruction? I hope the teachers will get training on how these devices will be used and maximized for teaching and learning. How will these devices be secured to make sure that they will not get stolen or lost? These devices are valuable, and I believe schools need to institute policies to secure these devices. How about support? I believe schools that will adapt the use of tablet devices should carefully plan on how it will be implemented.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

ICT Sustainability and Leadership Training for School Administrators

From October 2010 to January 2011, we piloted a training on ICT Sustainability and Leadership Training for School Administrators of the public high schools. This training was sponsored by GILAS. This training was attended by 209 school administrators and second liners, from 124 public high schools in 13 DepED divisions, namely Laguna, Batangas, Tabaco City, Albay, Cebu Province, IGaCoS, Panabo City, Camiguin, Bukidnon, Malaybalay City, Surigao del Norte, Siargao and Benguet.

In this pilot training we covered topics such as ICT in 21st Century Education, 21st Century Educational Leadership, ICT Educational Applications, Computer Laboratory set-up and Common Technical Concerns and Technology Planning. After the training, each school had to develop Technology plans on implementing ICT to support instruction, training and school management.

Here are some of the photos from the trainings: