Over a thousand educational e-books appropriate for K-12 learning will be made available to over 15 million public elementary and high school students and some 500,000 public school teachers nationwide beginning September 30 as part of the Global Filipino School (GFS) program of leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom.
The GFS Library launch coincides with the National Teachers Day celebration of the Department of Education (DepEd) at Ateneo de Manila University in Davao City where Globe is one of the participants.
“With the expansion of the Global Filipino Schools Program and increased awareness of the GFS Library throughout the country, public schools can more effectively utilize reading resources and promote digital learning to more students and teachers nationwide, especially in schools with limited access to quality books and underutilized technology for learning,” said Fernando Esguerra, Globe Director for Citizenship.
GFSLibrary.com is a web-based platform that provides free and quick access to digital story books for children and young adults as well as textbooks on core subjects such as Math, Science, English, Filipino, Music, Arts, among others. You can open the ebooks on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device using any basic ebook reader.
The website is a component of the GFS program, a long-term Globe educational initiative that seeks to transform public schools into centers of Information and Communications Technology excellence and innovative teaching methods in order to set the stage for 21st Century Learning.
At the same time, Globe announces its partnership with schools in three Davao schools which will carry the GFS program. They are Catalunan Paqueno National High School in Davao City, Davao del Sur; Carmen National High School in Carmen, Davao del Norte; and Matti National High School in Digos City, Davao del Sur.
This is in line with Globe Telecom’s ongoing activity to expand GFS to all 221 school divisions of the Department of Education (DepEd) nationwide within a five-year period.
Under GFS, schools are provided with unparalleled online connectivity to give homeroom teachers access to limitless teaching and learning engagements available on the internet that will help further improve their craft and make learning fun and interesting for the students.
GFS also provides the schools with a Globe Digital Laboratory package containing netbooks/tablets, wifi devices, and a mobile cart with a built-in projector screen and workstation, while GFS Master Teachers Workshop and Online Coaching Course train teachers on ICT education and project-based learning.
GFS intends for all schools to become teacher training hubs and training partners of the DepEd Division Offices in conducting teaching workshops for neighboring schools in each division. The workshops include lessons on Digital Thumbprint Program cyberwellness advocacy.
DTP offers three exciting modules designed to increase students’ knowledge of digital citizenship and cyber safety by taking a critical look at their online behavior and helping them develop insights into the influences of the online world and the choices they are making.
The one-day workshop emphasizes the essential role of student participation, especially through experiments in teaching science. The teachers have a chance to practice performing hands-on science demonstrations using readily available materials.
The Mind Museum mobile app aids the activities, containing guides to all experiments in the workshop as well as daily cool science thoughts to encourage curiosity. The app, which is open to all education technology platform, also gives teachers, students, and anyone interested in learning, access to over 250 museum exhibits anytime and anywhere.
It deals with a wide array of topics and questions especially relevant to those who do not have the time, means, or opportunity to visit the museum. It is the first educational museum app in the country and promises a rich multimedia experience to anyone who downloads it.