Isn't it about time we use technology to teach our kids?
We conducted a seminar a few years back for a group of public school teachers. We discussed how to use technology for assigning homework to their students and creating/checking quizzes online. We also spent a few hours training them on the quizzing tool that we were using. It was all good; but the biggest concerns of the teachers back then was not all of their students have access to the internet and a computer...
Let's now fast forward to the present. Whenever I meet teachers, I make it a point to discuss edutech and its advantages with them. Take for example a few weeks back - I brought up the topic with my daughters' tutor. She agreed about all the benefits; but as expected - she said that not everyone has access to a computer or internet.
While it may be true - especially for the farthest rural areas; there is still a very big chunk of the Filipino public that have access - and are very much active on the web. If you need some facts about how connected we are as a nation - you can read a previous blog post here.
44% (roughly 44 million) of us Filipinos are active and connected to the internet (and take note this number means that more Filipinos are connected than the ENTIRE populations of Canada and Greece combined). What's more is that almost each household under this 44% either has a mobile device, a tablet, or a computer to use.
You know what I think? It's time to stop the excuses.
There may still be a long way to go, but I'm sure that our situation will improve in the future. What we need to do is to start from somewhere, start with what we have, and start NOW.
If our children (or ourselves) can play Minecraft, DOTA (Defense of the Ancients), COC (Clash of Clans), or Candy Crush - there will always be room to use technology for learning. If we can go online to check our social media accounts for hours and hours in a day - there will always be time to use our devices for learning.
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