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Vibe Technologies Inc. is the technology arm of Vibal, the Philippines’ leading educational publisher of textbooks and supplementary materials used by thousands of private and public schools.

In response to the rapid worldwide shift to digital publishing, Vibal published and sold the first e-books in the Philippines under Vee Press, its e-book imprint, at the 2010 Manila International Book Fair. In 2012 Vibal sold and distributed more than 18,000 e-textbooks to schools all over the country and installed Vibe Reader on more than 7,000 tablets.

Today, the company has evolved into a market leader in the technology space with its own diverse portfolio of digital products including interactive e-books, a multi-platform reading app, an integrated e-bookstore, customized tablet devices ranging from 7” to 10” form factors, portable cloud-based servers, and other enterprise technology solutions for government, private firms, educational institutions, and consumer segments.

Vibe in Digital Education
The future of education is now rapidly unfolding. National and local school systems all over the world are dumping exclusively paper-based educational resources and expensive PCs in favor of cheaper and more personal computing devices.

By 2015 the South Korean government intends to replace paper textbooks with tablets and PCs in all public schools, spending a staggering 98 billion pesos (US$2B) on the project. This implies that South Korea will be re-defining basic education within three years and creating a massive market for Samsung and other home-grown electronics makers, according to the MIT Technology Review.

In February 2012 the Turkish government launched the most ambitious tablet education project. Costing over 215 billion pesos (US$5B), the project will provide one tablet for each of 17 million Turkish students. The Japanese government has equipped 12 pilot schools with interactive whiteboards and given 3,000 tablet PCs to elementary students for its Future Schools initiative. Launched in May 2012, Thailand’s ambitious One Tablet PC per Child project aims to equip 900,000 grade one pupils with 7” tablets.

Strangely enough, the US is lagging behind. Digital textbooks comprise only 3 percent of annual textbook sales. But Hal Plotkin, a senior education policy advisor to the US government, predicts that tablet textbooks paired with “affordable technologies are coming together with ubiquitously available, high quality teaching and learning resources to create a real revolution.” This provides a giant opportunity for countries considered as technology laggards, such as the Philippines and India, to take a giant leap into digital education.

Locally, Hope Christian High School of Santa Cruz, Manila was the first private school to equip a classroom with iPad 2s on 6 June 2011. On 19 June 2011, on the occasion of José Rizal’s 150th birthday, the Laguna government rolled out the Philippine-engineered eRizal tablet to 1,000 public school students. The tablet contained a library of Rizaliana classics and interactive lessons on Rizal’s life and works provided by Vibal’s philanthropic arm Vibal Foundation.

On 15 July 2011, Foundation University of Dumaguete purchased the first e-textbooks in the country running on the iPad 2 platform. Working with Vibe Technologies, Vibal Publishing House produced these in less than two weeks’ time.

In September 2011, De La Salle Green Hills became the first school to roll out an entire digital curriculum in its elementary to high school honors classes with digital books provided by publishers Vibal Publishing House. Samsung Galaxy 8.9” tablets powered the all-digital curricular materials. In the second phase which started in June 2012, La Salle Green Hills’ parents opted to purchase an additional 3,500 tablets to cover almost all of their classrooms, a stunningly swift implementation of LSGH’s digital education vision.

On 29 December 2011, Vibal together with its technology partner Unison Computer Systems, a leading Tier 1 reseller of major brands HP, Dell and Lenovo, were awarded the first public tender for a national educational tablet specified by the Department of Science and Technology. Six hundred Grade 1 students piloted the tablets, which were preloaded with interactive games and exercises for math and science which were specially designed by the DOST Science Education Institute under Dr. Leticia Catris. A similar project is underway for high school science students.

On 7-11 May 2012, Vibal partnered with Philippine Normal University, the national center for teacher excellence, and conducted the first national educational tablet conference-workshop for school administrators and ICT supervisors sent by the Department of Education and leading schools nationwide. Acer Philippines provided 58 Acer Iconic A200 Tablets for the tablet workshop.

From being a mere provider of instructional materials, Vibal has quickly partnered with these educational and government institutions to deliver custom content and technology solutions that address Philippine schools’ curricular and classroom management needs.