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Edusuite platform keeps schools running amid pandemic

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As I’ve previously mentioned in this column, education is very dear to my heart. That’s why I was happy to learn that Philippine startup Edusuite aims to help improve the educational system here with its artificial intelligence (AI)-powered school management system for
K-12 to college. This allows schools to focus less on administration and more on education.

Now, I’m a techno-optimist and a big believer in AI. I love Edusuite’s vision of having AI co-manage the school together with human administrators. Otherwise, as Edusuite Co-founder and President Niel Dagondon pointed out at the press briefing on July 29, you are using software but still just manually administering the school. But how challenging is it to get school officials to adopt this mindset and allow AI to co-manage?

“I have to admit that it’s not going to be a fast process. Sometimes we launch Edusuite with a school and it takes them sometimes as much as two years to enable all the features that Edusuite has. And what we did is to make it in a way that we can turn off the AI-specific features one by one. So if a school does not trust the system to do the AI at the start, they’ll be able to do the planning their way. For example, if they don’t want the student advising module to automatically advise the student, they can just turn it off and have someone on the backend manually approve each time a student would take a certain number of subjects. So it’s not going to be automatic, that as soon as they implement Edusuite, all the AI features are turned on,” Dagondon said.


Learn new skills at home while having fun with TikTok

Learn new skills with TikTok.
Learn a new language.

Hands down one of the world’s most popular apps, TikTok now wants to showcase its potential as a highly engaging platform that helps users learn new skills. Dubbed as the #TikTokU Program, this learning-centric campaign will be launched on May 25. TikTok is also looking for content creators in the Philippines who will become part of its #TikTokU Program, giving away a total of Php2M for their educational videos.

With most people staying home, this could be the perfect time to learn new skills through the short-form video platform’s extensive library of educational videos, which can be consumed in a minute or less. So why not learn a new language? Watch a quick art and crafts tutorial? Or enjoy trivia?

“These days, education is no longer confined to classrooms, and the ways of learning are changing, too. TikTok is giving alternative and accessible ways for the thirsty creative minds of Filipinos open to discovering new ideas. We believe that everybody deserves access to various forms of education. That is why we are launching #TikTokU. We hope users will join us in celebrating knowledge and sharing their creativity for the benefit of the wider community,” said John Castro, TikTok User, Community and Operations Manager, in a press statement.