This is the theme of a conference happening today (August 28) at the SMX Convention Center in the Mall of Asia complex, Pasay City. The conference which is scheduled from 7:30 am to 3 p.m. will discuss the present state and future directions of Philippine education at the height of global innovations in learning. It is also a ground-breaking venue for Filipino educators to cull insights, experiences, and issues relevant to coping with dramatic digital transitions in education around the world.
Locally, the latest manifestation pertaining to the digital shift is the adoption of tablet education and e-textbooks by different major schools all over the Philippines. Starting out as a pilot class or experimental program in pioneering schools like Foundation University in Dumaguete and La Salle Green Hills in Mandaluyong, the practice has now expanded to full implementation across different learning institutions, not only within Manila but also in the provinces.
One of the purveyors of digital learning is Vibal Publishing House, which has, to date, deployed 18,000 e-textbooks at the start of the 2012-2013 schoolyear. As an innovator in the industry, Vibal has produced the latest version of the etextbook called ePub 3.0, which makes it possible for e-books to come embedded with audio and video clips and enables true user interactivity. Students can answer self-scoring quizzes and generally benefit from the enhanced user experience for more effective learning.
This conference was organized by Vibal Foundation, the non-profit arm of Vibal Publishing House, Inc., and the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP). The conference will be facilitated by a prestigious roster of speakers including Department of Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC; CEAP President Fr. Greg Bañaga, LitWorld Executive Director Dr. Pam Allyn, who will talk about “Universalizing the US Common Core State Standards”, Philippine Normal University President Dr. Ester Ogena who will discuss “A New Culture of Teaching” and Vibal Publishing House President Mr. Gaspar A. Vibal who will give a presentation on “Life-long Learning”.
The Future of Education conference is also a fitting prelude to the CEAP National Convention to be held from August 29 to 31, 2012 also at the SMX Convention Center.
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