Educ Forum highlights innovations in blended learning

Internal and external assessment of the framework, implementation of checklists, contextualized curriculum, use of social media and adoption of multimedia kits – these are some of the innovative blended learning strategies cited by the leaders of the education to address the challenges posed by the pandemic.

School Division Offices (SDOs) of Navotas, Isabela, Bacolod, Mandaluyong and Negros Occidental showcased their innovative practices in teaching blended learning during the second episode of the Philippine Forum for Quality Basic Education series ( Forum Educ) on September 16. , 2021.

Comprised of various international organizations, non-governmental organizations, private sectors and other education stakeholders, Educ Forum provides a platform for consultation, collaborative research and analysis, and high-level advice on basic education policy, planning and strategic programming.

In the second round, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said: “I am sure there are many pockets of excellence in blended learning practices in the field, and we are confident that the second distance learning year will be much better. “

SDO Navotas, led by the school division officer, Superintendent Alejandro Ibañez, said “flexible and personalized” assessment models are a possible solution to the challenges of blended learning.

“The operationalization of distance learning allows us to continue to explore possible solutions to our challenges and to think about processes that are truly effective in our context. One-size-fits-all assessment does not also apply to distance education; therefore, flexible and personalized models are suitable. Said Ibañez.

At the Educ Forum, Ibañez explained the internal and external evaluation framework for distance education carried out by the schools in the NCR division and DepEd, respectively.

He also cited the use of the Philippine Early Childhood Development (ECD) Checklist to monitor the development of Filipino learners in terms of gross motor skills, fine motor skills, self-help, receptive language. and expressive and socio-emotional areas.

SDO Isabela and Bacolod, meanwhile, presented their curriculum contextualized in their regions as well as their good practices in radio teaching and quality assurance.

Meanwhile, SDO Mandaluyong said they used Facebook Messenger for class discussions and consultations with parents.

To strengthen blended distance learning for the 2021-2022 school year, the division is preparing to implement Mandunong TV Pilipinas, Gabay à Guro, Frontlearners Training for Teachers, Data Analytics and E-commerce Pilot classes, and Frontlearners LMS for certain grade levels.

In Negros Occidental, Rebonie Emboltorio, SDO’s senior education program specialist, said she has the “Abanse MMK” program, a multimedia kit for grade 1 to 3 reading refresher courses that contains a tablet. , rapid literacy assessment tools, worksheets and timetable guides to improve their reading skills.

“We thank our teachers and all staff for braving the challenge of the pandemic, thank them for allowing our learners to continue the steps towards achieving their dreams,” said Briones.

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