The Internet Cafes as Tools for ICT4E Integration in the Philippine Educational Setting.
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The Internet Café as a tool for ICT4E Integration? <ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Up dated Hardware facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Numerous Hardware is already available </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Cafe Owners are ICT practitioners that posses sufficient knowledge and training in ICT applications </li></ul>
<ul><li>Internet café operators could provide the best possible service to educational institutions in the following areas: </li></ul><ul><li>Determination of the computer hardware and software needs of a particular educational institution based upon their needs and use. </li></ul><ul><li>The professional maintenance of computer resources of the schools </li></ul><ul><li>Providing internet access to teachers and students in order to fully integrate ICT in their day to day activities in schools. </li></ul><ul><li>Setting up of self sustaining ICT learning centers in school campuses in order to provide adequate ICT resources for ICT integration. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Imus Model of ICT Integration for Educational Institutions </li></ul><ul><li>The Imus model of ICT integration for educational institution is based upon the following premise: </li></ul><ul><li>Schools and government institutions are able to come up with a sound ICT integration programs that would incorporate the use of technology in the school curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>Schools and government institutions lacks the necessary ICT infrastructure needed to be used in the implementation of the said program in the grassroots level. </li></ul><ul><li>There is willingness and acceptance on the part of the different players in the community to use the facilities of the internet cafes that is located in the vicinity of the schools and their community. </li></ul><ul><li>There is an existing internet café organization that already exists in the community that would assist in the implementation of the said program. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The Imus model is actually composed of two parts: </li></ul><ul><li>The accreditation of existing internet cafes around schools and the community that would serve as the access points of school teachers and students for their day to day activities in school </li></ul><ul><li>The creation of a self sustaining elearning centers in schools which would be managed privately by the internet café owners or operators in a particular community. </li></ul>
Both of this requires the active participation of an internet café organization in a particular municipality or city. They will be part of a much bigger body which is mainly composed of the local government unit, the representative of the Department of Education, School administrators and internet café organization.
<ul><li>It is preferable that a cooperative type of internet café organization should be organized instead of the regular non stock non profit internet café association. This form is preferred due to the following reasons: </li></ul><ul><li>The cooperative form is much more flexible than a non stock non profit organization. It would be able to conduct business transactions that are needed in terms of purchasing the much needed computer hardware and set ups that would be needed to implement the said program. </li></ul><ul><li>A more professional management team could be formed in a cooperative setting since it is a self sustaining organization that would be able to afford to pay for the salaries and benefits of its officers. Furthermore the internet café operators would be more inclined to join in the various programs since they would be able to derive benefits from the operations of the said cooperative. </li></ul>