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Tech woes among top concerns for distance learning

The lack of gadgets, insufficient mobile data allowance and unstable internet connection are among the primary concerns raised by parents in relation to adopting distance learning next school year......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarAug 1st, 2020

Challenges vs solutions: Are 28.5 million Filipino students ready for distance learning?

With over 28.5 million learners affected by school closures early in the year, how will they fare in online classes this August?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News8 hr. 45 min. ago

Opportunity to reform market economy

The crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic provides a singular opportunity to significantly reform the so-called free market economy that has been embraced by countries of different political shades and persuasions, from socialist China to capitalist America.  Although it cannot be denied that the experiment with market-oriented economic policies by China has resulted in the liberation from dehumanizing poverty of hundreds of millions of people over the last 20  to 30 years, there continues to be scandalous disparity of income and wealth among those who have benefited from these reforms and those who have been left behind.  The massive unemployment that has been caused by the lockdowns of  economies all over the world has worsened the inequity in the distribution of income even in the most developed countries of Europe and elsewhere. The human sufferings that we are witnessing during the worst global economic crisis in 150 year  should bring world leaders to finally come to their senses and listen to what Pope Francis has been saying about   the limitations of the free market economy in respecting the dignity of each human person and in pursuing the common good of society. In The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis clearly states that “the dignity of each human person and the pursuit of the common good are concerns which ought to shape all economic policies. At times, however, they seem to be a mere addendum imported from without in order to fill out a political discourse lacking in perspectives or plans for true and integral development.”  The Holy Father points out that  growth in social justice “requires more than economic growth, while presupposing such growth.”  it requires decisions, programs, mechanisms, and processes especially geared to a better distribution of income, the creation of sources of employment, and an integral promotion of the poor which goes beyond a simple welfare mentality.”  In the publication “This Economy Kills,” authors Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi, inspired by the teachings of Pope Francis, enumerate the types of leaders who are needed for authentic human development in both developed and emerging markets.  According to them, we need “men and women who look to the future, who are committed to pursue the common  good and whose goal is not just the next election campaign.  It requires men and women who not only look at the spread and stock market indices as indicators of the health of a country but inquire whether the younger generations have a job, a future, and hope; whether children have kindergartens and schools that can educate them by introducing them to reality; whether couples have the opportunity to buy a house; whether there are effective welfare programs available for the elderly; and whether those who still bet on the future by putting children into the world are justly taxed, rather than penalized.  It requires men and women who are engaged in politics and work in institutions without corrupting themselves or letting others corrupt them, even managing perhaps to revive a minimum of esteem (which has never been so in decline) for that ‘highest form of charity’—that is, politics—in as much as it is exclusively committed to the common good and to the real lives of people, with special attention   and dedication to those in difficulty, those left behind, those  who are excluded and should be included.” We have in the above quote a program that should permeate the so-called new normal post-pandemic.  What I have read so far about prognostications concerning the “new normal” are mostly about means, not ends. There is a lot of talk about the digital transformation that all economic sectors shall have undergone as a response to the changes in consumer lifestyle and business practices brought about by COVID-19. It asserted that digitalization will be a universal practice. Online purchases of practically all types of consumer goods and services; modes of payments; delivery of formal education and all types  of skills training; banking practices; religious services; sports events; forms of entertainment; etc.  These transformations, however,  could occur without addressing the fundamental problem of great disparities in the distribution of income and wealth and may even exacerbate the problem of the poor if, for example, their children are further left behind because they lack the resources to participate in online learning.  Although the means are also important, there should be greater emphasis in the transformation of the ends or objectives of the economic system.  Our leaders should ask themselves how to make the structural changes necessary to reduce mass poverty (which has worsened during the many lockdowns made necessary by the pandemic).  In more concrete terms, the economic system should be geared to providing more nutritious food to the poorest of the poor; better quality education and health care to the bottom 20 percent of the population; free health services to those who cannot afford them;  socialized housing for the homeless; and well paying jobs for the unemployed and underemployed. The new normal should give the highest priority to providing the small farmers with what they need to eke out a decent living by providing them with the necessary infrastructures such as farm-to-market roads, irrigation systems, post-harvest facilities, access to credit and other farm support services that have long been denied the Filipino farmers.  I have always maintained that the first cause of dehumanizing poverty in the Philippines is the long-term neglect of rural and agricultural development.  It is not a coincidence that 75 percent of those who fall below the poverty line are in the rural areas. Many of them are the beneficiaries of agrarian reform who, after being provided with one or two hectares of land, were completely abandoned to their own resources.  They are the landless farm workers, the “kaingeros” (slush-and-burn farmers), and the subsistence fisherfolk. Hopefully, the shortage of food during  the pandemic has made it crystal clear that food security should be on top of our economic objectives.  Food security now and in the future can be made possible only by a significant increase in the productivity with which we use our agricultural resources.  To be continued For comments, my email address is bernardo.villegas@uap.asia.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Get a hold of your home tech needs this 'SMCybermonth2020

We’ve all had our fair share of work-from-home and home learning misfortunes – lost connection amid a virtual meeting, incompatible device for online schooling, busted desktop computer – the list goes on. But fret no more. This #SMCybermonth2020, Cyberzone offers a wide range of home tech choices perfect for your work-from-home and remote learning setup. […] The post Get a hold of your home tech needs this #SMCybermonth2020 appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

Robredo calls on gov’t to put internet hubs in barangays for distance learning

MANILA, Philippines — The government should make sure that barangays nationwide would have internet hubs so that students without gadgets and a stable internet connection can use them for their distance learning classes. Vice President Leni Robredo made this suggestion on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shift from in-person to […] The post Robredo calls on gov’t to put internet hubs in barangays for distance learning appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

Wages, social security top business woes in ECQ

Payment of wages and related social security contributions were the most pressing financial concerns of businesses during the lockdown, according to an impact assessment on the Philippines made by the Asian Development Bank......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 29th, 2020

ABS-CBN offers transmission assets for e-learning during pandemic

MANILA, Philippines—ABS-CBN Corp. is offering the Duterte administration the use of its television transmission assets around the Philippines as the government eyes distance learning during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “We hope to help the government continuously educate students nationwide despite the limitations brought about by the pandemic,” ABS-CBN said in a statement after President […] The post ABS-CBN offers transmission assets for e-learning during pandemic appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2020

Virtual benefit concert raises over P1M for students and teachers

PLDT Home’s live fundraising concert titled At Home with PLDT: No Learner Left Behind successfully raised over  P1 million worth of funds to help address the challenges of many students, teachers, and schools nationwide as they adapt to the new normal in education and online distance learning......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 24th, 2020

Tech firm backs academic integrity

As the dreaded coronavirus disease (COVID-19) forced the public to change their lives, spending most of their time in their homes, the country’s education system was set to be transformed as well. As such, online learning or migrating the current education system to the digital platform we expected, allowing students to still get their lessons […] The post Tech firm backs academic integrity appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2020

Education in transition

There is much uncertainty behind the shift to remote or distance learning, a move made necessary by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and alongside this much anxiety......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 20th, 2020

Globe and Google for Education to transform digital learning in local schools

As another academic year approaches, schools and universities are preparing to utilize and maximize distance learning following the government’s quarantine guidelines......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 20th, 2020

& lsquo;ABS-CBN frequencies remain untouchable& rsquo;

One of the authors of a bill renewing ABS-CBN’s franchise on Thursday dumped the proposal for the government’s temporary use of ABS-CBN’s television and radio frequencies to provide an alternative distance-learning program for the Department of Education......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 16th, 2020

Get a hold of your home tech needs this 'SMCybermonth2020!

We’ve all had our fair share of work-from-home and home learning misfortunes---lost connection amid a virtual meeting, incompatible device for online schooling, busted desktop computer---the list goes on. But fret no more. .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 13th, 2020

ABS-CBN offers distance learning channel to government

ABS-CBN Corp. is offering to help the government’s distance learning scheme through the broadcast giant’s Knowledge Channel, which it said could reach more than a fourth of the expected 27 million enrollees this school year......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 10th, 2020

In Focus: Knowledge Channel Distance Learning-Ready, Hopes To Work W/ DepEd

'With this kind of curriculum, we need TV...'.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 9th, 2020

Knowledge Channel prepares for government& rsquo;s distance learning program& nbsp;

As the government shifts to distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Knowledge Channel is ready to share its video lessons that could reach as many as 7.6  million students, a huge portion of the 27 million expected to enroll this school year. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 9th, 2020

Mga pamamaraan ng distance learning dapat pag-aralan ng bawat LGU

Sa pagpapatupad ng Learning Continuity Plan (LCP), hinihimok natin ang iba’t ibang local government units (LGUs) na tulungan ang Department of Education o DepEd na gawin ito nang naaayon sa sitwasyon o kapasidad ng bawat lungsod, munisipalidad o probinsya. Ito ay para matiyak na magiging mabisa ang mga paraan ng pagtuturo sa mga estudyante, guro at mga magulang at siguradong magagamit nila kapag nagbukas na ang klase......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 4th, 2020

Transparency mahalaga ngayong pandemya

Kabalikat ng patuloy na pagkalap ng donasyon tulad ng mga gadget para sa distance learning, pati na ang paghahanap ng mga partners ng Tanggapan ng Pangalawang Pangulo ay ang puspusan naming paghatid ng malinaw na impormasyon kung saan napupunta ang mga ambag na ito ng ating mga kababayan......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2020

Privacy body sets distance learning guidelines

The National Privacy Commission is working closely with various universities and colleges to draw up a code of conduct that will cultivate privacy consciousness as it is set to implement distance learning upon opening of classes in August......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 29th, 2020

Some private schools cut fees, defer tuition hikes

Despite additional expenses for the shift to blended or distance learning, some private schools have decided to either reduce fees or halt plans to increase tuition next school year......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 26th, 2020

HP to empower 10,000 youths in Southeast Asia with skills of future by end-2020

HP Inc. today announced plans to open 20 Tech Hubs in underserved communities across Southeast Asia by the end of 2020. The program provides technology and entrepreneurship training for students aged 13 and above, and aims to upskill 10,000 youth by year-end – a goal that maps to HP’s commitment to enabling better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025. This is outlined in HP’s 2019 Sustainable Impact Report......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 26th, 2020