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Smart Schools Program

Program Description

The Smart Schools Program (SSP) and Smart Schools Program Jr. (SSP Jr.) are community service initiatives of Smart Communications Inc. (SMART) that promotes Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in basic education through partnerships with public schools, its officials and parents-teachers-community associations (PTCAs). Specifically, it aims to provide public school teachers with Internet access through the PLDT group's wide range of communications solutions, access to online content and teacher training on ICT. It is implemented through the Philippine Business for Social Progress, with the support of the Department of Education, and a team of individuals, recognized in the their respective fields in the academe and business, comprising the Smart Schools Program Advisory Board.

Program Components

The Smart Schools Program is anchored three components: Access, Content, and Training (A.C.T.)

Access

The Program offers additional computers and peripherals to augment the school’s computer laborartory as well as networking of the computers in the lab. Previously, the Program offered one year, free of charge, unlimited Internet access and connectivity through the PLDT group's wide range of connectivity solutions, depending on the school's requirements.

Content

The Program provides access to relevant, educational content through the Smart Schools Program website. The Program also offers free web hosting to all its partners schools and online associates to help them promote their online presence. And to encourage students and teachers to become more active on the Web, the Program developed an incentive program called “School Mo, Panalo!” points and rewards system, where the most active contributors, contest participants, and schools are recognized.

The Program also provides training on web and content in preparation for the Doon Po Sa Amin (DPSA) Learning Challenge. Doon Po Sa Amin is a project where teachers and students of Smart Schools Program partner schools will be encouraged to use computer and Internet technologies to generate web-based information and educational materials about their respective communities. This project is in line with the Program’s thrust to promote ICT integration in basic education.

Training

The Program offers teacher training on Basic Computer Literacy, ICT Integration in the Classroom, Basic Troubleshooting and Maintenance, Leadership for School Heads, and Content Generation and Web Development.

The Program also supported 50 public school teachers from member schools of the Smart Schools Program through a masteral program on Instructional Media and Design. This advanced training and development program dubbed “Smart Mentors” aims to equip teacher-champions with the tools necessary to empower them to mentor other teachers in the science of Instructional Design. During the 11-month action-research course, the scholars are tasked to mentor at least 15 other teachers in Instructional Design.

Program Launch

The Smart Schools Program was launched in a series of activities from December 5 to 7, 2004. A press briefing was held in Cebu City to officially announce the Program. The second activity was through the PLDT Group's participation at the 1st ICTs in Basic Education organized by the Foundation for Information Technology in Education (FIT-ED) at the Waterfront Convention Center in Cebu City from December 6 to 7, 2004.

Pilot Schools

The Smart Schools Program has three pilot schools: Malabon National High School (MNHS) in Malabon City for Luzon, Science and Technology Education Center (STEC) in Lapu-Lapu City for the Visayas, and Jolo National High School in Jolo, Sulu for Mindanao.

Online Associate Membership

The Smart Schools Program invites all secondary and elementary schools to be an Online Associate and avail of the Program’s free website hosting service. Online Associates may also be included in SSP’s training programs and may join various SSP online promos/activities.