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Toyota launches first digital school

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A significant phase in our public school system was marked last week by the digital transformation of Pulong Santa Cruz Elementary School in Santa Rosa, Laguna.
The digital transformation of the school is the completion of Toyota Motor Philippines’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) project implemented by the auto company’s humanitarian arm – the Toyota Motor Philippines Foundation.
Toyota had adopted Pulong Santa Cruz Elementary School two decades ago as part of DepEd’s   Adopt-A-School program.
Today, each of the 53 classrooms of PSCES has a 55-inch smart TV and Wi-Fi access to the Internet. Each teacher delivers a clearer lecture through a wireless speaker, and there is a laptop where students can search for topics related to the subject matter.
At the library, there are six computers, advanced learning kits for reading, math and science, and Lego robotic kits for all grade levels which the students can manipulate from the computers.
The 93 teachers in the school have gone through IT skills training and have access to digital instructional resources.
The school-wide Internet connection allows each classroom access to useful educational resources available online, such as step-by-step exercises and student engagement activities. Teachers were given exclusive Internet access so they can download multimedia content to enhance their teaching methodology.
For the third phase of the project, Toyota provided a content-oriented teaching and learning environment. Teachers accessed a ready source of E-learning modules for practice exercises and interactive tutorials in one online portal.
“Through this project, both PSCES and its students shall be better equipped in coping with the highly-transformative learning world of today.  Hence, enabling both the school and its students to have greater opportunity for a better future,” Dr. David Go, TMPF president, said during the launching ceremonies held at the school.
Mr. Satoru Suzuki, Toyota Motor Philippines president, said the company “saw it fitting that it partners with its adopted school, PSCES, in helping facilitate the enhancement of quality education in its host community.”
“TMP believes that by becoming a Digital School, PSCES will be in a better position to help provide better opportunities for further learning for its students, thereby allowing a better chance for them to have a brighter future,” Mr. Suzuki said.
 Mr. Suzuki and Dr. Go both expressed their appreciation to the DepEd, the key officials from the local government unit, and the congressional district for allowing TMP and TMPF to be part of the “very significant partnership.”
Dr. Go said: “May our firm bond generate more firm collaborations towards the continuous improvement of the educational capabilities of PSCES towards the delivery of high quality education.”
 “Indeed, with PSCES now becoming a Digital School, we are all able to realize the Department of Education’s vision to provide all schools with 21st century education anytime, anywhere and at the same time, fulfill Toyota’s motto of making our Impossible, Possible,” Mr. Suzuki said.
 PSCES, led by Mrs. Nelia Tabuyo, principal, has a student population of 3,500. It was adjudged as the best Performing Elementary School in Santa Rosa City for 2018, and given the Best Principal Award, among many awards.
Also at the launching ceremony were Santa Rosa City Mayor Danilo Fernandez, Vice Mayor Arnold Arcillas, Laguna First District Representative Arlene Arcillas, and TMPF treasurer Blesilda Rodriguez.
By Pinky Concha Colmenares

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