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The Philippines Rolls Out e-Learning Solutions in Public Schools
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2013/aug/14/philippines-rolls-out-e-learning-solutions-public-/
Source Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Philippines
Created: Sep 11, 2013

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), together with the The Department of Education (DepEd) and the National Engineering Centre (NEC)of the University of the Philippines – Diliman, led the distribution and installation of thin client solutions and e-learning content to Tambubong Elementary School as part the Government’s “Cloud Top” project.

The “Cloud Top” project aims to reduce the acquisition costs of computer hardware and software by promoting the use of thin client PCs to facilitate an innovative blended learning approach. Additionally, it also seeks leverage the government’s cloud applications make quality educational content easier to access.

The school received 16 thin clients and a server from both DOST and the NEC. Meanwhile, DepEd will be providing the content covering all the subjects in the elementary level, particularly those for Grades 5 upto7. This will guide teachers on the conduct of their lectures and exercises.

“I believe that students would be more encouraged and inspired to study their lessons because as devices like computers offers more exciting ways of learning compared to traditional learning materials like textbooks and workbooks.” said Gerardo Olchondra, principal of Tambubong Elementary School.

Apart from producing and installing the thin clients and servers, the project also includes the development of long-range Wi-Fi communication equipment for the schools and other target areas.

DOST also revealed that there are plans to leverage TV White Spaces Technology for stronger internet connectivity and to help project proponents create innovative e-learning solutions.
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