In a recent study done across 13 markets in Asia, 87% of business leaders from the education sector agreed that every organization, including educational institutions, needs to transform into a digital business to enable future growth. This study done in Asia is applicable to the Philippines, as the country has 25.4 million K-12 learners and a fast growing economy.
To engage learners, the Department of Education (DepEd) has a continuing thrust to engage learners, even those with special needs. In line with this, Microsoft Philippines launched a video last September 5, 2017 that shows the company’s commitment to inclusive learning for all. The video shows students from the Adaptive Technology for Rehabilitation, Integration and Empowerment of the Visually Impaired (ATRIEV), and shows how visually impaired learners can gain important computer science skills that will help increase their employability opportunities. Accessibility tools and assistive technology tools such as audio Narrator were utilized in order for the students to use basic office productivity tools and even computer programing and coding.
Bertrand Launay, Managing Director, Microsoft Philippines, reiterates Microsoft’s firm commitment to the digital transformation of education in the Philippines. “We at Microsoft create technology that recognizes the diversity in learning and we have created tools that empower all students,” he said.
During the video’s launch, various classroom tools were also announced, such as the Learning Tools for Microsoft OneNote. The said software, described as “one of the most disruptive education technologies yet” by Forbes, was demoed during the event. These Learning Tools are a toolbar add-in that improves the reading and writing experience, especially for those with dyslexia.
With these, Microsoft remains hopeful in making sure digital transformation in education is inclusive for all learners in the country.
As Launay adds, “This video launched today is but ONE example of the many Microsoft learning tools created for learners with special needs. As evident in our programs and accessibility features that are present in all our software solutions, we remain steadfast in being the technology behind quality and inclusive education for all.”
Watch, Microsoft’s video here.