AIs and Robots in School are the Next Big Stuff because, Why Not?

By: BTC Admin

Keeping students engaged have always been a struggle for educators in any classroom set-up, but 2017 is seeing a consistent shift in the path of education. The focus of learning today is not inasmuch as what we learn but HOW we learn. This, in turn, calls for more hands-on, pragmatic methods of teaching.

The tools today that are available in educating students of virtually any age have better interaction with the learners, allowing space for individuality and, of course, creativity. Where the past focused on memorizing theories and formulas, as important as that act is, now that we live in an information age where data is at your fingertips, educators now capitalize on this through application to realistic problems that occur in our world today. The approach is much more pragmatic, thus giving students the chance to see the bigger picture of why they are learning.

For instance, technology is in no way slowing down. Virtual Reality technology is becoming mainstream and transcending the world of gaming and making its way to education. VR hardware sales will cross $5 billion and VR software market will grow to $24.5 billion by 2020, according to Statista. And due to advances in the technology, a large share of that could go to various sectors. 2017 itself could see the expansion of VR use to many other industries and education is but one of them. Diversification in teaching approaches has been known to help, and the use of VR to create an immersive classroom experience is one way to do it.

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Schools in the United Kingdom have started using VR to create an experience where students are allowed to explore subject-related matter in a virtual environment, aimed at providing them with a better understanding and an engaging experience.

Another trend taking on the global stage of education is Personalization. This could mean differentiated learning activities, customized course offerings, or goal-setting. Invariably, students are given agency over their learning, customizing it according to their interests and how they get the most of the education experience. This has begun through online courses, especially through MOOC or the Massive Open Online Course where courses and specializations are offered by prestigious universities and colleges, some for minimal fee and others even free of charge.

What has began because of distant learning, educators have seen the results in this approach that it has been adopted for students that do not quite fit in with what their current system has to offer. Plus, the communities built within this type of learning is immensely culture-diversified, making the students more aware and agile in the differences and sameness of humans the world over. The curriculum and the whole learning experience is defined by real-life skill sets that students deem as essential.

Although not everybody is ready for this open-ended approach, the scales are weighing in to the benefit of all the participating stakeholders like the students themselves, their teachers, and their parents. A deeper sense of relationship among these stakeholders have developed, creating better harmony and not stiff hierarchism.

Finally, all eyes are on the complex Artificial Intelligence education that is set to redefine methods of teaching. In Asia, successful education solutions are increasingly including AI-led personalization technologies that prepare future-ready, digital learners and schools with the right tools and skills. The adoption of sophisticated AI has further been accelerated by the increased investment and M&A trends seen across the EdTech industry in Asia, predominantly in China.

Co-Founder of EdTechXGlobal, Charles McIntyre explains, “Conversations about AI should not be singularly defined by the prediction that it is taking over the world. The global education industry should instead be debating and discussing ways of how best to integrate AI with humans to create blended solutions within education and training.”

As AI-integrated technologies continue to emerge, researchers and developers need to harness the unique strengths associated with humans and technology. Humans have the creativity, empathy and ‘grit’ that form the basis of a necessary emotional intelligence. Conversely, machines possess efficiency, vast access to knowledge, personalization capabilities and rapid data analysis. As a result of this technological proficiency, what humans accomplish in 50 years, machines can complete in a matter of seconds.

“A key trend in 2017 will be the exploration of ‘cyborg learning’ – how to couple emotional intelligence with the vast computational abilities of AI. In order to better prepare a ‘future-ready’ generation, we need to leverage the full potential of AI to focus on how we learn, opposed to what we learn,” McIntyre elaborated.

10 years from now, an exponential growth in education and learning is inevitable, with both industry leaders and fast-growing education companies investing and are in it for the long-haul. Learners and their parents and educators will have a smorgasbord of tools and methods to suit their preferences. Stakeholders are increasingly becoming more aware that students must be treated as people who, inherently, have to be trained to think for themselves.

In the near and distant future, solutions to the educational woes of today will be answered by open-mindedness and the correlative depth of continually changing our minds on how to be better. It will be a whole experience and not fragmented or too focused on selected areas, allowing growth in every aspect of being a human, on being a learner.

Resources:

http://www.ibtimes.com/vr-trends-2017-education-fitness-entertainment-healthcare-food-beverage-other-2482647

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/what-is-personalization-really-mike-martin-adam-bunting

http://www.networksasia.net/article/3-trends-will-redefine-education-2017.1487293500

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BTC proud with its roll of Second Quarter Achievers

By: BTC Admin

Accolades are nearly not enough to equate what teachers and students feel at the second quarter of this academic year as BTC students once again brazenly make their marks as achievers in their respective schools.

Brimming with BTC pride, the list is out for the second quarter achievers:

Ardy De Leon, Colegio San Jose de Alaminos – Grade 1

Winbelle Rapatalo, Colegio San Jose de Alaminos – Grade 1

Jan Michael Nieto, Colegio San Jose de Alaminos – Grade 2

Lyca Mae Castillo, Great Plebeian College – Grade 5

Mary Joyce Manzano, Great Plebeian College – Grade 5

Denisse Maeve Ramos, Shekinah Grace School – Nursery

Jirald Lance Pobletin, Ednas School of Alaminos – Grade 1

Kenna Pardillo, Ednas School of Alaminos – Grade 4

Karl Angelo Sison, Ednas School of Alaminos – Grade 4

Louise Santos, Ednas School of Alaminos – Grade 7

Kyla Sison, Ednas School of Alaminos – Grade 7

Manuel Ong, Ednas School of Alaminos – Grade 7

Theabelle Cabading, Ednas School of Alaminos – Grade 7

John Matthew Briones, Ednas School of Alaminos – Grade 9

Nicole Ong, Ednas School of Alaminos – Grade 9

Red Aquino, Ednas School of Alaminos – Grade 11

Charlene Ong, Ednas School of Alaminos – Grade 11

Congratulations from your Bethlehem Tutorial Center family! 

What Makes Working in BTC Exceptional?

by:  Jovie Marie A. Jimenez

“A teacher is more inspired to answer a question that is hard-to-find rather than many questions that can easily be delivered.”

 

The Bethlehem Tutorial Center (BTC) is an educational institution offering top-notch tutoring services to young children and adolescents from pre-elementary to university level. BTC provides a very personal approach to tutoring, following a program especially designed from years of experience as an institution. Students are guided to think logically and mastering the material.

Teachers wanted

 

Another division of BTC offers Special Education and Occupational Therapy services to those  persons with disabilities (PWDs).

One of the aims of BTC is to produce high caliber professionals who can teach all subjects from non-readers to college using innovative methods. It also provides a rich training ground for professionals to learn the newest and most effective teaching methods and learn other skills that you can only learn in top universities of the country.

The good news is, we’re expanding! If you want to experience working in an institution above the rest, this is your chance to grow with us.

 

Bethlehem Tutorial Center is in need of the following:

  1. Teachers
  2. Special Education Teachers
  3. Occupational Therapists
  4. Physical Therapists
  5. Speech Therapist
  6. Anyone who has passion for teaching

 

If you are hardworking and enthusiastic professional with the right attitude, and you have a keen interest in encouraging or inspiring students to love learning and excel in their subjects and understand their needs,  you are welcome for an interview.

Visit us at Bethlehem Tutorial Center Main Office at Sadsaran St, Alaminos City Pangasinan with comprehensive resume and look for our career representative. You may also log on at and send your application at our careers.bethlehem@gmail.com.

 

Make a difference in your life. Make BTC your family.

BTC “Online Examination”, Inilunsad

By: Jovie Marie Jimenez

Noong ika-10 ng Hulyo sa taong kasalukuyan ay inilunsad ang pagsusulit na isinagawa sa internet o tinatawag na online examination dito sa Bethlehem Tutorial Center. Ito ay pinasinayaan ng mga mag-aaral buhat sa EDNAS school of Alaminos, Colegio San Jose de Alaminos, ELR, Great Plebeian College, Alaminos Central School at Shekinah Grace. Ito ang kauna-unahang paglulunsad ng pagsusulit na isinagawa ng isang tutorial center dito sa kabuuang Pangasinan.

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Ang mga guro at pamunuan ng BTC ay sumailalim sa pagsasanay sa paggamit ng Google, isa sa pinakasikat na search engine sa buong mundo. Ito ay masusing pinag-aralan ng bawat guro upang mas mapalawak pa ang kanilang kaalaman sa pagsasagawa ng pagsusulit sa mga mag-aaral. Kabilang dito ang paggawa ng mga Gmail accounts at online examination.

Bawa’t mag-aaral ay binigyan ng kani-kanilang Gmail account sa kanilang pag-enroll dito sa BTC. Gamit ang makabagong teknolohiya mula sa Google, ang sinumang kumuha ng pagsusulit ay agad ding mabibigyan ng karampatang marka dahil ito ay awtomatikong inilalagay sa kanilang Gmail account.

Sa ganitong paraan, mas mapapadali ang pagsasagawa ng pagsusulit at pagwawasto sa mga sagot ng mga ito. Sa araw ng pagsusulit, ang mga mag-aaral ay nagdala ng laptop at IPad upang magamit sa paglalog-in sa Google. Gamit ang kanilang account ay kanilang sasagutin ang mga pagsusulit sa bawat asignatura na inihanda ng guro.

Pagkatapos nito ay agad ring malalaman ang markang nakuha ng bawat mag-aaral.

Sa kabuuan, ang naturang paglulunsad ay nagtamo ng positibong resulta. Ang mga mag-aaral ay natutong sumunod sa mga panuto at magsagot sa mga katanungan na isinasaad dito. Bukod pa rito, mas nagiging interesante ang bawat asignatura para sa kanila, isang bagay na ikinasisiya ng BTC.

First BTC TEAM BUILDING, Held

By: Sharamae L. Rabina and Jovie A. Jimenez

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

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Last October 12, 2015, the Bethlehem Tutorial Center held its first ever Team Building Activity at the Bamboo Paraiso, Bolo Beach, Pandan, Alaminos City. Organized by Mr. James Ryan Nomus with Ms. Jovie Marie JImenez as the co-organizer, it was participated by the BTC administration and teachers. The purpose of this activity is for enjoyment, camaraderie and synergy.

In this activity, the teachers were grouped into two and were given tasks to accomplish at a given time.

The two groups were named – Team A “Janzelli” with Mr. Jan Mark Paulino as the team captain, and groupmates Hanzel Gallardo and Rejoiceli Vida Raguin as teammates, and Team B “Stunner” with Ms. Sharamae Rabina as the team captain, with Nick Caiga and Jefrey Paleb under her team.

The two teams performed their composed yell to fuel the fun. Competent as they were, the challenges that were given to the two teams were remarkably pulled off. The highlight of the event was the “Bottle Relay”. In this activity, they were able to display the importance of teamwork, notwithstanding the heat of the sun and the obstacles along their way.

In the end, one team stood up, the “Stunner”.