SMART Communications recently partnered with Christian development organization World Vision to bring Smart TechnoCarts to 10 public schools all over the country.
In the photo are the Smart team led by Community Partnerships head Darwin Flores (second from right), representatives of a beneficiary school, and World Vision representatives led by OIC-Executive Director Rommel Fuerte (fourth from left).
World Vision -- which has years of experience helping Filipino children get access to quality education -- helped Smart identify the school recipients of the Smart TechnoCart. This is a 2x2 ft. mobile laboratory which contains 20 tablets for students, as well as a laptop, projector, and mobile WiFi for the teacher. Each tablet is preloaded with Batibot, the first mobile application in Filipino that is aligned with the kindergarten curriculum of the Department of Education.
The TechnoCarts were donated to Catmon Integrated School in Malabon; Herminigildo Atienza Elementary School and Ninoy Aquino Elementary School in Tondo, Manila; Patoc Elementary School in Leyte; Salazar Elementary School in Antique; Liloan Central School in Cebu City; Compostela Central School in Cebu; Tudela Central School in West Misamis; Silayan Central School in Zamboanga del Norte; and Maningcol Central School in Ozamis City.
World Vision will also monitor the effects of the donated digital tools and content on students’ learning.
The TechnoCart is among Smart’s many initiatives to use technology to enhance learning. Since the program was launched in June 2015, Smart has distributed TechnoCarts to 30 public schools from as far as Pangasinan in the North and Tawi-Tawi in the South. Seventeen of these units were donated by Smart, while the rest were sponsored by its employees, other individuals, and organizations wanting to help spread the benefits of digital learning to more public schools.
To get more Smart TechnoCarts rolling, prospective sponsors may email TechnoCart@smart.com.ph.
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