Access Wikipedia information on your mobile without the hassles of acquiring data charges. In the Philippines this is now possible through Wikipedia Zero, a project in cooperation with SMART Communications. Imagine having access to Wikipedia on your mobile without the data charge, giving you knowledge on the go. By downloading the Wikipedia app users can enjoy browsing through a large resource of knowledge database for free from September 5, 2014 to February 3, 2015. To know more about this offer, please read the official Press release Below.
Â Manila] â [4 September 2014] â Wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) announced a new partnership today with theÂ WikimediaÂ Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia and its sister projects.
Part of the global Wikipedia Zero program, the collaboration will give Smart, Talk âN Text, and Sun Cellularâs 68.9 million customers unlimited access to Wikipedia, free of data charges from their mobile device.
âWe have always looked for and promoted ways to use technology and mobile communications to drive learning and consequently, development. Wikipedia Zero is relevant in a country where access to both computer terminals and Internet connectivity is still relatively low, but where almost everyone owns a cellphone. We are excited to bring Wikipedia Zero to the country and help create a way to make learning more accessible to millions of Filipinos,â said Ramon R. Isberto, head of Public Affairs at Smart.
Wikipedia is the worldâs largest online encyclopedia, visited by 500 million people each month, according to Comscore. Wikipedia contains more than 30 million articles in 287 languages, contributed by a global community of 80,000 volunteers.
Under Wikipedia Zero, startingÂ September 5, 2014 until February 3, 2015, all Smart, Talk âN Text, and Sun Cellular subscribers who will accessÂ m.wikipedia.org<http://m.wikipedia.org/>,zero.wikipedia.org<http://zero.wikipedia.org/>, the Wikipedia apps (available for iOS and Android devices), or any otherÂ WikimediaÂ sites on their cellphone, can do so without incurring data charges.
âSmart has been a terrific supporter ofÂ Wikimedia, and now weâre very happy to formalize our relationship with Wikipedia Zero,â said Carolynne Schloeder, head of global mobile partnerships at theÂ WikimediaÂ Foundation. âSmartâs emphasis on education is aligned withÂ Wikimediaâs global mission, driven locally byÂ WikimediaÂ Philippines.â
In addition to the free use of Wikipedia by Smart subscribers, Filipino Wikipedia editors are also participating in Smartâs Tap&Learn: Tablets for Education<http://www1.smart.com.ph/About/newsroom/press-releases/2014/08/14/cyber-wellness-in-the-digital-age-smart-trains-educators-on-use-of-tablets-as-learning-tool>, the telco leaderâs latest initiative in the mobile education (mEducation) space, where mobile technologies are utilized to enhance the learning experience of partner communities.
Through Smartâs Tap&Learn, Wikipedia Philippines representatives are helping train educators from public elementary and secondary schools across the country on how to use Wikipedia to enhance the learning experience of their students, and for their own professional development.
“With the Tap&Learn program,Â WikimediaÂ Philippines is very excited to partner with Smart in training teachers in using Wikipedia as one of the tools they can use in their profession,â according to Eugene Alvin Villar, Chairman of the Board of Trustees,Â WikimediaÂ Philippines.
âWhile we all know that students should not simply copy from Wikipedia when doing assignments, we hope that through Wikipedia, teachers can impart to their students the value of using reliable sources, adding proper citations, and using critical thinking when reading anything on the Internet. It would also be great if they can encourage their students to contribute to Wikipedia as well,” added Villar. [END]
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