Pushing The Boundaries Of Education Through Digital Transformation

Microsoft celebrates 1,000 Microsoft ambassadors, new showcase schools, and Minecraft in classroom.

Digital transformation is here, and it’s changing all industries, including education. Microsoft, in its constant push for innovation to empower every person and every organization to achieve more, is leading the charge in the digital transformation of education in the Philippines.

“At Microsoft, we believe that technology alone cannot develop the future-ready skills students require. Technology is an accelerator, but alone it does not enable change. We believe in the power of schools and the impact school leadership can have when they work towards a common goal,” said Clarissa Segismundo, Microsoft Philippines Education Programs Lead.

In the last few months, Microsoft has launched several efforts to bridge educational gaps in the Philippines. This includes empowering the visually impaired through a more inclusive SPED with ATRIEV. Microsoft also launched the Microsoft Experience Hub at Asia Pacific College (APC), a classroom of the future where students are prepared with 21st century skills.

Today, Microsoft is celebrating key milestones in the Education Summit. The summit aims to deliver impactful sessions on the digital transformation journey that involve school leaders, administrators, students, and institutions.

Empowering educators

Microsoft is empowering educators in the country by conducting scalable training programs on teaching with technology through partner institutions like the Department of Education (DepEd) and its various Microsoft Showcase Schools. Educators are equipped with modern tools to transform teaching and learning in the classroom.

Today, Microsoft celebrates a key milestone, reaching 1,000 Microsoft Education Ambassadors in the country, the highest number in the entire Asia Pacific region. In addition, there are now also 100 MCEs (Microsoft Certified Educators) in the Philippines.

Engaging students

In its thrust to transform education, Microsoft provides tools such as Power BI & Azure Machine Learning for data analysis and coding, collaboration on O365, Teams, OneNote, Skype in the Classroom, and Kaizala messaging app. Students are also engaged through Minecraft in the classroom. Minecraft: Education Edition is an open world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination.

According to top educators, Minecraft supports social and emotional learning (SEL) as well as promotes the 5Cs: Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Critical thinking and Computational thinking.

Educators cited “problem solving” as the top SEL skill that their students learn from classroom Minecraft lessons. Other top skills cultivated include creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.

In addition, teachers also felt that their students’ decision-making and communication abilities were positively impacted by the time they spent playing Minecraft, whether working in small groups or individually.

Minecraft can also be a used as a learning platform to advocate empathy. In the same study, educators believe that Minecraft also enables students to build empathy skills due to interactions with classmates, as well as with characters within the game.

Optimizing institutions

Through the Microsoft Showcase Schools, Microsoft continues to optimize institutions to transform education. These schools are part of a global network of schools who exemplify innovation in the campus through technology – and that covers the institution, educators, and their students.

The 2017 Microsoft Showcase Schools promote digital transformation through their leadership in personalized learning, amplified by 1:1 deployments effectively using Microsoft solutions such as Windows 10, Office 365, Office Sway, OneNote, Skype, to enable anywhere, anytime education for all. Microsoft Showcase Schools in the Philippines include Asia Pacific College, ,De La Salle Santiago Zobel, and De La Salle University Dasmariňas , Lyceum of the Philippines Manila, National University, Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan, Silliman University.

To promote productivity and collaboration, these schools also use Kaizala — a mobile app and service for communicating and coordinating work. It makes it easy for both teachers and students to manage their work and connect with large numbers of people inside and outside the classroom.

Another example of the power of technology in transforming education is the EGG classroom. It is an example of how learners in off-grid locations can be educated through cloud technology.

These are just a few milestones in Microsoft’s digital transformation journey as it continues its mission to empower each and every individual to achieve more.

“At Microsoft, we are deeply committed to the digital transformation in education. This is why we work closely with key educational institutions in the Philippines like the DepEd and our Showcase Schools. Through strategic partnerships, we can transform the way students learn and educators teach,” said Segismundo.

About Microsoft

Microsoft is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Microsoft Philippines, the local subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, has been constantly bringing innovation and making its technology available to Filipino businesses and individuals since 1995. As a committed and trusted partner in nation-building, Microsoft Philippines has made it its mission to fuel growth and healthy communities, as well as transform locally-based businesses and empower them to compete in the global economy.

Senti Feels Idaan Sa Kanta Ang Drama Concert

The management of StarirayBlest Entertainment Production are happy to announce the first SENTI FEELS Idaan sa Kanta ang Drama Concert this December 15, 2017 at the Music Museum, Greenhills with the amazing talents of Mark Carpio, Leera, Kithara, Jinho Bae, RJ Agustin, Deanne, Tim Sawyer, Lance Edward and VJosh Tribe.

Did you know that this will be Mark Carpio’s first time to perform in Music Musem with his hit songs Hiling and Kay Tagal which featured in the movie “Imagine you and me” by ALDUB? The songs were also used as theme songs in Pinoy Big Brother and have reached over 25 million views online.

Mark Carpio
Deanne

Leera is an emerging Artist with great talent and has released her 2nd original song Again and Again which is currently on itunes and Spotify. She looks forward to inspire and entertain with her new material.

Leera

Aside from that, Kithara brings their unique renditions and interpretations which have gained them a wider audience and recently signed by Warner Music. The band plays different genres and is a group to look out for during the concert with their latest single Hindi Para Sa’yo.

Kithara
Tim Sawyer

Another artist to perform is Jinho Bae, a Korean artist who has lived in the Philippines for over 15 years and is a rising star with hit classic single Nanghihinayang. His mesmerizing vocals and modern take on popular song be ready to fall in love all over again.

Jinho Bae

Lance Edward performs his new single with Ngayong Wala and more with this smooth sound.

 

Lance Edward
VJosh Tribe

 

This is a show not to be missed so be quick to reserve your tickets as the show is expected to be a full capacity event.

Tickets will be available through Ticketnet: P2550 VIP / P1750 Gold / P1,500 Silver.

Senti Feels

SENTI FEELS – LIVE IN CONCERT at 8:00pm on the 15th (Friday) day of December 2017 at Music Museum. Online: www.ticketnet.com.ph and Over the Counter: All Ticketnet Outlets or Music Museum Box Office / Call: 911-5555