Philippines DOST to distribute Tablets for education

DOST Tablet

The Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology intends to distribute tablets to school kids across the country. Target cost per tablet is around 3,000 pesos. That’s about US$70 per tablet.

The goal according to the DOST is to replace books and notebooks. The DOST also intends that the design is robust enough for rugged use. The Philippines is an archipelago and many places in the country remain without electricity or clean water.

Source: gov.ph

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  • GabbyD

    i agree with all of your issues. 3000 pesos, if this is the real price, X number of school children is a big number. is this really cheaper than an actual book? i dunno.

    also the reader wont solve our problems with content of the books…

    i’m in favor of exposing people to technologies. but why consumer tech? give them more basic tech, and let them learn circuits, electricity, programming, OSs… dapat nilang matutunan ang basics, open up the black box, and re-engineer tech before handling a device that is DESIGNED to hide its innards as much as possible!

  • GabbyD

    @cocoy

    ano ang mga capabilities nitong chinese tablet na to? what do we expect this tool to do for the kids?

    • @GabbyD, as far as my understanding of what the DOST wants with this proposed tablet— it will just be an e-reader.

      again, it opens up the question of how the government plans to start this. one big hoop or roll it out through the various districts to test the design.

      These are kids who— pardon me— I *will* sound elitist— who haven’t seen a computer in their life. They’ll be naturally afraid of the thing. They’ll fear they’ll break it and all that. On the flip side, this device needs to be robust and I think DOST knows that kids using this will drop it. Will run around with it and natural instinct of kids— anywhere is that it will bound to to get scraps.

      Again, I’ve been pointing out that the question is how the govt plans to roll this out is important. I’ve been saying that because there are parts of the country without power and without water. I’ve been to places where kids are brought to their grade school via a boat. yes. that’s their mode of transportation.

      All our kids should have ereaders and should be exposed to new technologies. There is no doubt that it should happen. The question is how is government going to execute it tells us how it will be effective.

      In a talk, I recently gave on e-readers, I quoted Brewster Khale, computer engineer, Internet entrepreneur, activist and digital librarian remarked in a TED speech on Digital Libraries. This is pre-iPad game changing world, but it is important what he said. That “we really need to put the best we have to offer within the reach of children.  If we don’t do that, we’re going to get the generation we deserve.  They’re going to learn from what’s around them.”

  • UP nn grad

    With over three million Pinoy-in-Pinas students, good for Pilipinas if these tablets are –manufactured– assembled in Pilipinas.

  • @Lester, there is a chinese one being sold in the Philippines at around that price range. I don’t know how “robust,” “robust” would be in the case of DOST. And yes, it would be interesting to actually see where DOST is going and hopefully— they succeed.

    @jhay: probably.

  • Tablets at 3,000 pesos, huh. I wonder how they can possibly pull that off. Also, I wonder why they include a photo of the iPad, when there’s absolutely no WAY they can get those at that price. This whole plan seems very hypothetical and hopeful.

  • Pretty interesting. They’d probably use FOSS for this. Android, Chrome OS or some flavor of Linux to stay within the 3k price level.