(MINT College, Philippines) -- Sleeker, faster, and more robust than its predecessor, the iPad2 is on every gadget lover’s must-have list. Meridian International (MINT) College sees the iPad2 not only as a cool, high-tech device for entertainment, but also as a revolutionary educational tool. MINT College is the only school in the country to equip each and every student with his/her own iPad2 device at no charge.
The iPad2 tablets were distributed to all first year MINT students on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Students anxiously waited that morning for the scheduled release of the devices at 12 Noon. When the moment arrived, the school was abuzz with every student eagerly checking out their new educational devices along with a free Paqrat slingbag provided by MINT.
So why is MINT College doing this you may ask? According to Bal Endriga, MINT College President and CEO, “The iPad2 will allow students direct access to the lesson plans for all their coursework at MINT. They will be able to view teacher presentations and required ebook readings, submit assignments, collaborate with their classmates and teachers, do online research, blog reports and even take exams all from the convenience of this breakthrough device.”
Mr. Endriga further mentions that the MINT educational system not only benefits the students, but the faculty as well. “Our teachers at MINT will have the ability to provide their entire lesson plan online, substantially reducing the amount of administrative work, which means more time to focus on each student’s educational needs. Not having to spend too much time with printing, distributing and even grading is a huge benefit to the teacher and student.” He also stated that less paperwork, means less waste bolstering MINT College’s commitment to social responsibility and the environment.
Providing the iPad2 for all students at MINT is really part of an overall school philosophy of transforming the educational experience to fit the needs of the 21st Century. The youth of today have grown up in an age where information is delivered in nanoseconds. They need to be engaged in student centered learning that is collaborative, compelling and relevant and goes beyond just theories and textbooks.
As demonstrated with the iPad2, MINT College embraces the use of technology as an integral part of its educational system with cellular and tablet devices, and cloud computing for its distance learning initiatives.
Technology will also play a key role in the delivery of quality education to the underprivileged. MINT has recently formed a strategic alliance with Gawad Kalinga (GK), a leading organization that looks to alleviate poverty through the building of sustainable communities. Soon they will be piloting distance education to the GK Enchanted Farm in Bulacan as well as another site in Iloilo. MINT stresses to its students to be responsible and strive for the greater good.
MINT also develops its students to be critical thinkers who can qualify and quantify goals, validate assumptions, evaluate facts, implement plans and assess conclusions. Through project based work, individual and group study, and flexible working environments including industry exposure through actual commercial projects, MINT College has created an environment that sets the new standard for education in the Philippines and the rest of the world.