Partners in Learning
Partners in Learning (PiL) is a project of the Department of Education (DepEd) in partnership with Microsoft Philippines. This is Microsoft's global initiative for education, with localized programs that seek to improve student performance through the integration of information and communications technology (ICT) in the teaching and learning process. PiL programs are implemented in coordination with DepEd.
Through PiL, Microsoft Philippines and DepEd offers Filipino educators a chance to empower themselves and their students through right tools, programs and practices and make technology a part of learning.
- The Learning Grants program (through which US$250 million will be made available for grants)
- The Microsoft IT Academy Centers The Microsoft IT Academy Centers will use a variety of training methodologies to provide training and development support for school leaders, technology-focused teachers and non technology-focused teachers
- The Fresh Start for Donated PCs program. Partners in Learning’s Fresh Start for Donated PCs program will help primary and secondary schools make the most of donated computers by providing a licensed copy of the Windows 98 or Windows 2000 operating system for PCs (Pentium II or older) at no charge.
According to Rafael Rollan, managing director of Microsoft Philippines, “The first five years of Partners in Learning have given us the amazing opportunity to work together with schools and teachers in changing the way students learn and ensuring an improvement in student performance.”
DepEd and Microsoft Philippines strengthened their partnership to further improve the education system of the Philippines through ICT-enabled teaching and learning. According to Education secretary, Jesli Lapus, "We want to make sure that Filipino students receive 21st century education anytime, anywhere, we wish to equip them with skills that will make them leaders in the 21st century world. To accomplish this, we must improve our basic education and utilize ICT to transform it.”
The next five years, PiL is focused on identifying, sharing and scaling practices and behaviors that improve learning outcomes through the following programs:
- Innovative Schools - helps schools to be more flexible and to be able to move beyond the limits of traditional learning models. It aims to create models that any school, any system can use in the future to prepare students for success in an evolving global economy.
- Innovative Teachers - enables educators to learn from one another and work collaboratively on new approaches to learning through national or region-wide portals. The Innovative Teachers Forums are a set of national, regional, and worldwide events that identify and reward exceptional practices on the use of technology in the classroom.
- Innovative Students - aims to provide students with access to programs and curriculum that help fully integrate technology into the learning process, both in school and at home. It also enables qualified governments to increase technology access and provide an affordable and reliable software to primary and secondary students.
No Teacher Left Behind
Partners in Learning involves more than 140 colleges and universities in the Philippines working with Microsoft and DepEd to train public school teachers on basic ICT literacy, desktop productivity (MS Office) and software development (VB and C#.Net). Each of the colleges and universities have pledged, through a signed letter of commitment, to train 100 public school teachers in their technology laboratories with the Partners in Learning curriculum within six months. The following are the universities and colleges participating in the project:
- UP-VCTI-IT Training Center
- Roosevelt College Cainta
- Roosevelt College Marikina
- STI System
- EXCEED Learning Institute (NIIT)
- University of Makati
- Philippine Normal University
- San Beda College
- San Sebastian College
- University of the East
- Colegio de San Juan de Letran
- AMA Education System
- Mapua Institute of Technology
- Polytechnic University of the Philippines
- More than 20,000 educators have been trained on Digital Literacy and ICT Integration, 21st Century Leadership, and advanced ICT courses.
- PiL teachers were trained abroad on curriculum delivery.
- 28 educators graduated from a masteral program in Instructional Design Technology on March 2008.
- Development of portal to enable teachers to share lesson plans and teaching practices. The PiL online community has over 40,000 members comprised of teachers, school administrators, principals, ICT coordinators and other education stakeholders.
- PiL provided Microsoft Windows licenses to public schools through the Fresh Start program and offered special discounts on Microsoft Office applications through the Partners in Learning School Agreement as well as free upgrades to Windows XP Professional for both new and existing computers.
- Initiated a platform of services for all DepEd schools nationwide called Microsoft Windows Live@edu initiative. It provided access to free services which include e-mail hosting, database integration, data repository, and learning resources.
- Department of Education (accessed on July 07, 2009)