Digital transformation in Philippine schools
For the longest time, the education system in the Philippines has been mainly traditional. Before the recent global health crisis, a large majority of students – both in public and private schools – were required to physically go to schools to learn. It was only when the pandemic hit when the majority were compelled to finally embrace remote virtual learning due to lockdowns. Sadly, not all students have access to online learning tools. This reality should be enough to be an eye-opener on how the Philippines should accelerate adapting digital transformation in schools.
Even the teachers and the school management had to do major adjustments on their end. And with hybrid learning seemingly the long-term plan for schooling in the country, there has to be a shift in how important school assets – like student records, learning resources, faculty files, teaching modules, and others – are stored and accessed. The obvious answer lies in digitization.
Here are three key benefits of digital transformation in the education setting:
1. A virtual learning management system can provide access to essential learning resources 24/7
It’s usual for teachers to keep a written lesson plan with contents they have to transfer manually to a large piece of paper as visual aid or to a digital presentation. While this has been the practice, it will be more efficient to implement a virtual learning management system or a cloud storage like Google Drive. This can be a platform where teachers can input lessons which can be accessed by students, faculty members, and even parents. It will lessen another layer of transferring lessons and paperwork, as teachers can prepare a virtual mother file made available for all.
2. Teachers and educators get the chance to be upskilled
With the implementation of remote learning in the Philippines, different agencies, including the Department of Education, conducted a series of training for teachers to be able to utilize and maximize digital learning tools well. These include Zoom, Google Meet, Google Classroom, e-mail, and school website portals. In turn, educators gain new knowledge and they are empowered to teach students. Training is fundamental in the shift to remote digital learning as there’s always something to discover and new technology and software to get familiar with.
3. Cloud-based learning opportunities
The most important goal of adapting digitization in schools is future-proof learning. When the time comes that Philippine schools have reached a certain level of maturity and competence in terms of digitization, cloud-based learning opportunities will be more maximized. With the use of the cloud, students and teachers can connect virtually from anywhere. This can also support a hybrid classroom setup where some students are physically in a classroom while others are at home. For instance, students can access school files remotely using any internet-connected device. Cloud-based learning will allow students to learn together and collaborate no matter their location so that no one gets left behind.
Needless to say, the Philippines still has a long way to go in terms of digitization in the education sector. Fortunately, there are groups and organizations – both in the public and private scene – that can help the country as it takes small but sure steps towards the future of learning.
Attaché Docs, one of the flagship software products of Monstarlab Philippines (formerly Ideyatech), is among the tools schools can utilize to embrace digitization in their institutions. Attaché Docs offers an easy way of virtualizing important assets, like forms, through its state-of-the art features. It can also help in expediting tasks for the school management, as Attaché Docs is also designed for dynamic workflows.
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