The Technology Package for Student Learning Empowerment: Mathematics Courseware for Tablet PC is nominated at the ISIF Asia Award (http://isif.asia/projects/projects/view/346) for 2013. Along with 21 other contenders in the Asian region, the courseware project will compete for AUD 3000 prize money plus a travel grant to attend the awards ceremony at a regional or global event chosen by the ISIF Asia secretariat. The said entry was entered under the Innovation on Learning and Localization category, of which the winner is to be decided by the ISIF Asia committee. Aside from the major awards, the Community Choice Award will be given to the project who will get the most number of online votes using social media campaign. All the approved nominations are listed at http://isif.asia/projects/projects/index, and the online poll is still ongoing as of press time.
The Technology Package for Student Learning Empowerment: Mathematics Courseware for Tablet PC is a project of the Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) and Advanced Science Technology (DOST-ASTI) in cooperation with the Department of Education (DepEd), National Institute of Science and Mathematics Education (UP-NISMED), DOST Undersecretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña, Dr. Queena Lee-Chua of Ateneo de Manila University, and Dr. Rowena Cristina Guevarra of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) which seeks to contribute to the improved delivery of educational content especially in the primary education, and consequently to the improvement of the quality of Philippine education.
The provision of grants and awards of the ISIF Asia Program was developed to help advance local and regional projects aimed at introducing, improving, and applying Internet technology for the benefit of Asia Pacific users and communities. The ISIF Asia Award seeks to acknowledge the important contributions ICT innovators have made with creative solutions to the social and economic development of the Asia Pacific region. The ISIF Asia Awards are granted to initiatives on the last stages of implementation that have finalized activities already and are aligned with the funding categories and eligibility criteria. Innovation and development focus should be an integral part of all award nominations. The funding categories are:
Innovation on access provision: Access to Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) is a prevalent issue in the Asia Pacific region, especially for services that require broadband connectivity. Innovative solutions offering low cost deployment, low power consumption and low maintenance that expanded fixed and mobile access to the internet through new forms of technical and organizational arrangements as well as improved the quality of access based on issues of accessibility, disability and linguistic diversity.
Innovation on learning and localization: Capacity building and localization efforts have been key to develop the skills needed to design, maintain, and manage ICT infrastructure and services in local languages, supporting local talent and creating job opportunities in rural or urban marginalized areas. Innovative, open, inclusive and sustainable approaches to learning and localization are key elements to guarantee the quality of access to knowledge needed to offer reliable services and applications.
Code for the common good: High mobile penetration in the AP region has been a catalyst in the development of mobile-based services, applications and software solutions. These solutions have been used to support timely and relevant information dissemination on a large scale using a range of network infrastructures through a variety of devices, even where literacy rates are lower. Mobile technologies have enabled communities to increase participation in political processes, coordinate efforts during emergency situations, receive extreme weather alerts, communicate with remote health services, and receive specialized patient referrals, among many other applications.
Rights: Strategic use of Internet tools and services to promote freedom of expression, freedom of association, privacy, security, consumers’ rights, gender equality, new forms of intellectual property in the digital environment, and a wider range of issues related to the Internet and human rights.