Google makes communication easier for tech-voc students, Tesda employees



Internet search engine Google has forged an agreement with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) to increase collaboration and improve communication for all Tesda employees.

Joel Villanueva, Tesda director general, said technical vocational (tech-voc) students, trainers and personnel will now have an access to a collaborative suite of free online apps through Google Apps for Education, also used by many educational institutions.

With Google Apps for Education, they will be able to send and receive e-mail with a domain name, store data and share documents with Drive, hold web-based video conferences with Google+ Hangouts and easily build websites with Sites.

“Technology is increasingly playing a starring role in schools and educational institutions in helping students learn. Our adoption of the Google Apps is a testament to this,” Villanueva said.

For her part, Janet Suzie Yoon, country lead for Google Apps Supporting Program, said she hopes the use of the apps would provide a new learning experience to both the students and educators, and help expand the reach of technical vocational education among Filipinos in the country and abroad.

Villanueva said the project will first be implemented in the Tesda central office and will be expanded into the regional and provincial Tesda offices. It will also later on be used in Tesda Technology Institutes.

“The hope is that as students leave the classroom, they take the technology with them, not just the enhanced skills, so that jobs would come easy,” he added.

The state skills training agency earlier launched the Tesda App to make information on tech-voc education and training easily accessible to its clients and partners. The free application is initially available for devices running Google’s Android Operating System and can be downloaded through Google Play.

Tesda App provides information on the agency’s programs and services, as well as training institutions with Tesda-approved programs, their locations, and contact details. It also has the latest news updates on Tesda programs, scholarships, and other services.


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  1. Assessing Impact for TESDA and the particular key result area of job absorption is a gigantic task and costly. Traditional methods in survey and research can only provide general statistics and superficial assumptions. Accuracy and reliability of findings can only be expected upon infusion of massive resources by a much wider scope of gathering baseline data. As such, a social media application by a Facebook Fan Page is being endorsed for CBC Integration.

    We call this as “STALL Competency Program” – a routine operation of 5 commonly-used Applications, namely: Share, Tag, Add, Link and Like. Its mission is to create a social networking site for the TESDA Fans Club (TFC) and thus establish a functional resource base for the TESDA Tracer or Impact Study.

    In a Facebook platform, a monthly quota of 25 itemized “shares, tags, adds, links and likes” done by each TESDA Trainee nationwide will make thousand upon thousands TESDA feeds streaming the social network daily. This massive activity is practically shooting cumulative viral reach over the internet by the speed of light generating access and resources to unlimited time-stamped data and information. Behind the Facebook walls a dynamic profile connection is building the gigantic database in a virtual network of TFC composed of TESDA stakeholders, Alumni and friends.

    In making STALL, a trainee will highlight the conduct from Course Orientation where the presence of a TESDA Provincial Director is recognized; the workshop sessions and group dynamics; and, the Culmination event where a trainee shall complete the course requirements in a graduation rite. STALLinput will bombard the internet with pictures, video and all sorts of newsfeeds sharing classroom stories and highlights from the local and national TESDA scenes. The whole system is systematically structured as: Application x Operation x Content = Sustainable Site over a social network used by almost everyone on the net will make TESDA a household talk.

    STALL is a simple functional activity to be added to the Common Competency requirements of a TESDA training course. All that a trainee needs is to follow a 1-2-3 procedure and accomplish the itemized quota in a self-pacing convenience within the duration of a training course. The STALL competency is basically rated by the posts being done followed by the proper skills validation upon taking the NC Assessment.

    Its competency program is a practical mechanism to institute site “homing” and network presence of a member from the period of training and towards post-training. A TESDA Trainee shall registering the STALL competency program acquires the Membership status in the TFC as TESDA Trainee. At the end of a training course, a member shall become TESDA Alumnus. At this stage, a member is expected to continue doing the STALL not as a competency requirement but as a voluntary advocacy, a tradition that has become instituted in the heart and mind of a TFC member.

    Founded by the STALL Competency Program, the TFC social networking site can also serve compliance for the MONET. In a participatory manner, reporting by a TVI can use data entry from the trainees or their workshop leaders. A real-time audit of Scholarship delivery can also be performed out of the STALL reports accessible from the TFC site or its online archives. TFC site can be the most accurate and reliable information resource for TVET. It is publicly accessible and published both for accountability and convenience of parties concerned.

    TFC is a self-sustaining site owned and operated voluntarily by TESDA stakeholders, alumni and friends. The site will be administered by qualified members of the TFC Editorial Board which shall subscribe to online publishing standard. TFC leadership shall be installed in a democratic process like any other organization. Its mandate is to promote and advance the democratic rights and welfare of its members. TFC is a private organization cognizant to the goals of TESDA Tracer and the purpose of Impact studies. It exists for the interest of TVET stakeholders in the country.