• Google gives Manila Times College a big hi-tech boost

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    New technology has made teaching and communicating easier and faster at The Manila Times College (TMTC), which is now a Google-powered educational institution.

    Formerly known as The Manila Times School of Journalism, TMTC, which is owned by the country’s oldest newspaper, The Manila Times, is one of the first education institutions to adopt the newest instructional technology, Google Apps for Education. The University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, and De La Salle University have already adopted the Google system.

    TMTC President Dr. Isagani Cruz said Google Apps for Education provides a new learning experience for TMTC students and teachers and help expand interactive and faster communication.

    “With Google Apps for Education, communication becomes faster and easier for the students, faculty and alumni,” Cruz said. He explained that students and teachers can send and receive e-mail, hold web-based video conferences and discussions, store data and share documents.

    “With this, we can now connect to our Subic campus so we can video conference discussions and lectures,” he said.

    The college has its main campus in Intramuros, Manila and provincial campuses in Olongapo City and Pampanga province. It offers Journalism and Mass Communication courses as well as short courses such as Film Production and Acting for Film and Television.

    Last year, Google Singapore, through a verbal agreement with the TMTC, vowed to provide the college at least 10,000 free emails.

    Cruz said the software is also perfect for students who are sent to Thailand and Germany with which the college have exchange study programs.

    Nigel Maranan, a TMTC graduate who is now an Online Reporter and Social Media officer for The Manila Times, said Google Apps for Education helps students finish their normal school work faster and more efficiently.

    Maranan was one of the TMTC student who participated in the Google Apps for Education seminar held at the Ateneo De Manila University on February 26, 2013.

    “We were introduced to many Google products such as Mail, Drive, and Calendar. We were also taught some useful tips such as un-sending a sent email or creating forms that can be used for surveys and census reports,” Maranan said.

    “With Google Apps for Education, students and teachers can maximize the use of technology to increase the knowledge being shared. Teachers can have more interaction with their students by using Google products such as the Drive for editing articles and school work with each other simultaneously using a laptop, desktop computer or even a tablet,” he said.

    Maranan said applications offered by Google can help boost students’ knowledge on various topics.

    “With these applications, students will become more resourceful and updated, and they have access to the latest information on their fingertips. They can also make use of the applications to help improve the quality of their work and also make sure that they send their work on time,” he said.

    “In a classroom setup, the teacher normally shares her presentation using a projector, but with a Google Drive, a teacher can share a presentation using the Internet. They can also edit class work simultaneously,” Maranan explained.

    He noted that Google Apps can also be used in the office.

    “Office staff can now make use of the Google Calendar in planning and announcing school events. With the integrated chat feature, staff can chat with each other instead of on the local telephone,” he said.

    Dr. Cruz thanked Google Singapore “for helping the college modernize its learning system by adopting Google Apps for Education. Hopefully, Google Philippines will also extend their help to us.”

    Just recently, other colleges and universities have adopted Google Apps for Education.

    Other schools that have adopted the software include Adamson University, Asian Institute of Maritime Studies, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Berkeley School, Eastern Visayas State University, Educational Systems Technological Institute, Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology, Immaculate Conception Academy, La Salle University- Ozamiz, Miriam College, Rizal Technological University, Silliman, University, St. Paul University, St. Scholastica’s College and University of San Jose Recoletos.

    Even the Commission on Higher Education, Department of Education and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority have adopted the system.

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