Education is changing in different ways, but the future is bright because of the innovations EdTech and AI can offer
The existence of AI and EdTech platforms is something that learners and educators cannot question anymore. They have changed how education runs, and it will continue to be adapted to the growing innovation in learning. But why does it matter?
While there is skepticism towards using AI and technology in education, 21st-century learners and educators won’t deny how it assisted them to become better performers in the classroom. It helped drive growth by streamlining innovative methods that a traditional classroom cannot do alone. The support it can give to schools is needed to create future-ready learners. However, even with the existence of AI, it will never replace teachers, but it will complement and extend their expertise for every learner.
Quipper and ELSA Speak wanted to highlight this when they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last year.
“Our collaboration aims to support the education sector in elevating the quality of education in the Philippines by integrating the power of EdTech and AI. ELSA Speak, an AI-driven English-speaking coach, together with Quipper, the leading EdTech and LMS platforms in the Philippines, aims to revolutionize education beyond the current means that we have,” said Yusuke Takagi, CEO of Quipper Philippines
Here’s how AI and EdTech can help elevate learning in classrooms, as shared by Quipper and ELSA Speak:
Increases efficiency in a classroom. Most of the time, teachers must spend hours evaluating a student’s homework and activities. It takes away the time to create, update, and deliver lessons to students. Without an ample amount of time, teachers will sacrifice the quality of education that they can give to students.
With AI and an EdTech platform, it can help manage the teachers’ workload by intervening with their operational activities. For example, on ELSA’s speech recognition platform, AI evaluates students’ spoken English and provides detailed feedback on pronunciation, grammar, and fluency with accuracy rate of 95 percent. Grading English lessons will now be easier for teachers. Moreover, an EdTech platform like Quipper offers automated checking of students’ activities and an item analysis feature to monitor students’ performance in class easier.
Learning is more personalized for students. Nothing beats a learning environment where students can excel while elevating their individuality. But due to the number of students a teacher handles, most of the time, educators need to offer their attention to fully assist them in their growth.
That is why AI supports teachers by giving them data that can be used for proper assessments, like how ELSA’s adaptive system uses a student’s behavior and performance to create a personalized learning path. Whereas with Quipper, teachers can access over 4000+ downloadable study guides as alternatives to textbooks and 1000+ video lessons to enhance their students’ learning.
To develop their teaching profession. Teachers must adapt to the changing tides of education, so professional development is vital to improving an educator’s effectiveness in delivering quality learning.
For example, ELSA Speak, as an AI-driven English-speaking coach, can help deliver excellent lessons for learners and educators to improve their English communication skills. It will enhance their competitiveness as a teacher. On the other hand, Quipper, as an EdTech and LMS platform, can help offer comprehensive guides and other teaching resources to support the learning environment they will provide for their students.
Indeed, there is much to gain when innovation is prioritized in education. The collaboration of teachers and students while integrating technology—AI and EdTech—will develop a conducive education for all.
“Our move to collaborate with Quipper aims to bridge the gap between teachers and EdTech plus AI. We want to demonstrate how vital it is to adopt this pairing to improve the education we can offer our students. This is a change for the better, and we hope to see this even more in the future,” said Vu Van, Founder and CEO of ELSA Speak.
To learn more about Quipper Philippines and its other programs and initiatives, visit https://www.quipper.com/ph/.
#Stratpoint Reinforces Ability to Deliver Modern Software Architectures through Partnership with #MongoDB
Stratpoint Technologies, accelerator of digital transformation through software, managed QA, cloud, data, and AI, is now a value-added reseller and consulting services partner of MongoDB. The partnership allows Stratpoint to offer more companies a comprehensively modern software architecture and, in turn, increases MongoDB’s footprint in the Philippines.
MongoDB is the developer data platform that provides the services and tools necessary to build distributed applications fast, at the performance and scale users demand. At the heart of the platform is MongoDB’s document database that stores data in flexible, JSON-like documents, making it the best way to work with data. MongoDB’s distributed architecture also makes high availability, horizontal scaling, and geographic distribution simple and seamless.
“We chose to partner with MongoDB because of its ability to support modern software architectures such as microservices — a perfect fit in the technology portfolio of Stratpoint. Using MongoDB as part of the solution architecture modernizes the migration of customers to the cloud. With MongoDB as part of our portfolio, we will provide more value to our clients, as we help them respond to the increasing demands of the digital economy,“ said Sonny Carlos, Cloud and Data business head of Stratpoint.
“The Philippines is a hugely exciting market for MongoDB, with a large and talented population of developers and thousands of innovative companies.We look forward to working with Stratpoint to help these organizations harness the full power of MongoDB by equipping their technical teams with the tools, training, and certifications they need to succeed,” said Stewart Garrett, Regional Vice President ASEAN at MongoDB.
With Agile software development, MongoDB, and AWS services, Stratpoint delivers a truly modern and future-ready approach to digital transformation.
Companies who want to leverage the power of MongoDB may acquire it from the AWS Marketplace, MongoDB’s cloud service Atlas, or directly from Stratpoint. For more information, visit www.stratpoint.com.
About Stratpoint Technologies
Stratpoint accelerates digital transformation of businesses, delivering enterprise-grade solutions globally for more than 20 years. We specialize in agile software development, managed QA, cloud, data, and AI. Visit www.stratpoint.com.
MongoDB is the developer data platform company empowering innovators to create,
transform, and disrupt industries by unleashing the power of software and data.
Headquartered in New York, MongoDB has more than 40,800 customers in over 100 countries. The MongoDB database platform has been downloaded over 365 million times and there have been more than 1.8 million registrations for MongoDB University courses.
TPV Leads the Philippines as #1 in Unbundled Market for 2021 – International Data Center
TPV Technology Limited, the global manufacturer of leading PC Monitor brands AOC and Philips Monitors, is #1 in the Philippines in the Unbundled Market in 2021, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker, 2021 Q4.
In its Fourth Quarter report, the International Data Corporation revealed market figures capturing the performance of different monitor brands in the Philippines. The data shows that for the entire 2021, TPV leads the market as the #1 monitor manufacturer in unbundled sales in the Philippine Market.
TPV, which manufactures AOC and Philips Monitors, sold over 155,000 units in 2021, representing 18.46% of all unbundled units sold in the Philippine market for the year. This large market share is a testament to the continued trust that consumers put into monitors made by TPV – showing how many users still prefer AOC and Philips Monitors over other brands, especially coming from a very unprecedented time in global events these past few years.
Many users continue to trust TPV-manufactured monitors because of the consistent high-quality products that TPV produces. Both AOC and Philips Monitors offer products that showcase innovation on different use cases. AOC and Philips Monitors are known for innovative features that make their products more productive for work like the SmoothTouch-enabled Philips Monitors 242B9T, and give a better entertainment experience for gaming and movies, like the entire line of AOC AGON Gaming Monitors.
With this recognition, TPV will not be resting with its laurels. Being #1 inspires TPV to continue bringing to market innovative monitors designed with the users’ experience in mind as the first and primary consideration.
Unpacking Cybersecurity: Examining Its Gears With Today’s CISOs
As breaking news of the latest online scams and security breaches continue to make the rounds, so do heated conversations about cybersecurity such as large companies being hacked, customer data leaks, and the all too common email phishing, among others.
“Millions of people are going online for their everyday transactions,” says Peter Maquera, Senior Vice President for Globe Business, Enterprise Group. “But whether it’s personal or for business, it seems that, for many, cybersecurity is still quite an abstract concept—until, of course, you become the victim.”
While cybersecurity has become a strategic priority for enterprises in this time of widespread digitalization, challenges still abound. Cyber threats and cyber attacks continue to rise, and threat actors are finding more sophisticated ways to put organizations at risk. Coupled with existing gaps in cybersecurity skills and infrastructure, as well as regulatory and compliance issues, it makes for the perfect storm of cyber vulnerabilities.
“There’s a lot of benefits to digitalization, of course. But it does tend to heighten your exposure to cyber attacks. So, you need to have a cybersecurity strategy along with your digitalization journey,” adds Maquera.
So, how does cybersecurity affect businesses? And how can businesses have a better handle on cybersecurity? These are the questions that punctuated the latest episode of CLOCKWORK, a podcast from Globe Business that provides meaningful, genuine, and humanized conversations about business, technology, and industry insights.
Maquera hosts CLOCKWORK and is joined by two of today’s leading Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs): Anton Bonifacio of Globe Telecom, and Ken Dietz of Secureworks. In this conversation, Maquera, Bonifacio, and Dietz took a deep dive into the technologies and trends that can help businesses secure their digital transformation journey.
Proactive approach to cybersecurity
“There’s no denying the reality of cybersecurity—you can’t do anything digital without anything that is related to cybersecurity,” says Bonifacio. As such, businesses must be proactive when it comes to cybersecurity, instead of just reacting to security breaches as they happen.
Cybersecurity is the practice of deploying people, policies, processes, and technologies to protect organizations, their critical systems, and sensitive information from digital attacks. As cyber threats run rampant amid advancements in digitalization, cybersecurity must become a strategic business priority.
Indeed, cybersecurity has become a board-level issue for organizations. Given the nature of the cyber attacks, and how sophisticated cybercriminals have become, businesses must be able to anticipate possible threats. Fortunately, cybersecurity and improved legislation to better protect consumers are now at the forefront of business decisions.
Gartner predicts more decentralization, regulation, and safety implications over the next few years, and encourages organizations to build these strategic planning assumptions into their cybersecurity roadmap for the years ahead.
“The best forms of communication I’ve seen with boards are those that have conversations around, how much risk is the company willing to take?” says Dietz. “How much risk does the cybersecurity area actually pose to the business, and how can we quantify that? And how can we put in place programs that will keep that risk in the area where we think it’s acceptable?” adds Dietz.
Communicating to external stakeholders, such as partners and customers, is an often overlooked part of cybersecurity, says Maquera. Therefore, it must be integrated into an organization’s cybersecurity strategy, rather than become an after-thought once an incident happens.
“At Globe Telecom, we have a degree of customer obsession that we ensure that we can communicate immediately, and this actually solves a lot of things,” shares Bonifacio. When an incident happens, such as a security breach or a cyber attack, the organization must communicate immediately to reassure their customers and regain their trust.
“But swift communication doesn’t just happen—it’s something that you need to practice,” reminds Dietz. As such, make sure you have a communications plan in place and that you actually practice it. Make sure that you’ve thought about what you’re going to do to make your customers restore their trust in your company after a major incident. “This should be top of mind and should be well-rehearsed before you actually have to use it,” adds Dietz.
Address gaps in skills and infrastructure
“You can kind of tell the level of maturity [of an organization] just based on how much of the technology spend is going to cybersecurity,” says Bonifacio.
Indeed, cybersecurity is now a top priority for new spending across organizations. According to Gartner, worldwide spending on information security and risk management technology and services reached USD 150.4 billion in 2021, a 12.4% growth compared to the 6.4% growth in 2020. And this number will continue to grow beyond 2022.
Part of this investment is training and developing a pipeline of cybersecurity professionals. “Talent is not easy to find as a security provider,” shares Dietz. As such, Secureworks prefers to train their own fresh out of school, and then put these graduates through their pipeline to build their cybersecurity expertise.
“We’re going to have that level of expertise because we built it and we have a program to foster it. It’s something that a lot of other companies whose focus isn’t cybersecurity are going to have a hard time competing with,” adds Dietz.
Businesses can also benefit from a Security Operations Center (SOC) to support their digitalization plans and implementations, says Bonifacio. Not only does it help operationalize cybersecurity, but having an SOC gives round-the-clock visibility that enables teams to resolve cybersecurity issues in real-time.
Having an SOC also gives teams an end-to-end view of their cybersecurity operations—from defining policies and governance to threat intelligence, incident response, and security awareness, all of which contribute to an organization’s effectiveness at fending off cyber threats and cyber attacks.
Cybersecurity as part of company DNA
At Globe Telecom, tying in the cybersecurity strategy with the company culture was really the key, shares Bonifacio.
“This cybersecurity strategy, this transformation journey, is to be able to secure our customers. It’s to be able to ensure that we can give them a great and wonderful customer experience, and that’s the cost of doing business now. It’s not an investment, and there’s no ROI to it per se—it’s really just tied into the overall customer experience,” explains Bonifacio.
“It’s crucial to educate all employees on safety measures, from the executive-level to the rank-and-file,” adds Maquera. “Cybersecurity awareness has to be part of the company’s DNA.”
Globe strongly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UN SDG No. 9, which highlights the roles of infrastructure and innovation as crucial drivers of economic growth and development. Globe is committed to upholding the UN Global Compact principles and contributes to 10 UN SDGs.
For more business insights from industry experts and enterprise executives, listen to Globe Business’ CLOCKWORK podcast— streaming on Spotify. You may also visit our Cybersecurity page to know more about our threat defense solutions.
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