Due to the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation in the country, the Department of Education (DepEd) continued to implement blended learning when it officially opened the school year ( SY) 2021-2022.
Blended learning, as defined by DepEd, refers to “face-to-face with all or a combination of online distance learning, modular distance learning and radio / TV teaching”.
It is designed to enable schools to “limit face-to-face learning, ensure social distancing and reduce the number of people outside the home at any given time.”
While there are challenges in implementing this modality of large-scale learning delivery, three school division offices (SDOs) of DepEd have proven that blended learning can work.
DepEd praised SDOs Navotas, Isabela, Bacolod, Mandaluyong and Negros Occidental after showcasing innovative practices in teaching blended learning in the second installment of the Educ Forum series earlier this month.
“I am sure there are many pockets of excellence in blended learning practices in the field and we are confident that the second year of distance education will be much better,” said the Education Secretary. , Leonor Briones.
The OEN Navotas team, led by the Superintendent of the OIC Schools Division, Alejandro Ibañez, explained the internal and external evaluation framework for distance education carried out by the schools in the division and of the National Capital Region (NCR) DepEd, respectively.
Said division also implemented 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 and expressive language and socio-emotional domains.
“The operationalization of distance learning allows us to continue to explore possible solutions to our challenges and to think about processes that are really effective in our context,” said Ibañez.
“One-size-fits-all assessment does not also apply to distance education; therefore, flexible and personalized models are suitable, ”he added.
SDO Isabela and Bacolod also presented their contextualized curriculum in the region as well as their good practices in radio teaching (RBI) and quality assurance.
SDO Mandaluyong, meanwhile, revealed how they use Facebook Messenger for class discussions and consultations with parents.
To strengthen blended distance learning for SY 2021-2022, SDO Mandaluyong is about to implement Mandunong TV Pilipinas, Gabay at Guro, Frontlearners Training for Teachers, Data Analytics and E-commerce Pilot, and Frontlearners LMS courses. for certain school levels.
In addition, Rebonie Emboltorio, Senior Education Program Specialist at SDO Negros Occidental, shared her “Abanse MMK” program, which is a multimedia kit for reading refresher grades 1 to 3 that contains a tablet, tools for reading. ‘Rapid and Comprehensive Literacy Assessment (CRLA), worksheets and timetable guides to improve their reading level.
Make it work
Meanwhile, Briones also thanked the teachers and all staff for “braving the challenge of the pandemic, thanking them for allowing our learners to continue the steps towards achieving their dreams”. Under Secretary for Programs and Education Diosdado San Antonio also thanked stakeholders for making blended learning work in these difficult times.
“Maraming salamat po sa patuloy na pakikipag-ugnayan, pakikipaghawak kamay sa Kagawaran ng Edukasyon upang buhayin an bayanihan anang an bawat batang Pilipino a be bigyan ngkakataon na maghanda sa mga Kinabukasyon and bay a sa biga batang anang Pilakyan mga Kinabukasyon and bay a sa biga batang anang nawan bawyan and bay a sa biga batang nawnawyan mga Kinabukasyon and bay a sa biga bat anang nawan bawyan and bay a sa biga bat anang nawan bawyan and bay a sa biga batang nawang nawyan bawat bawat kinabukasyon you continued the interaction, with the Ministry of Education to revive the bayanihan so that every Filipino child has the opportunity to prepare for the future of their dreams) ”, he said.
Comprised of various international organizations, NGOs, private sectors and other education stakeholders, the Philippine Forum for Quality Basic Education (Educ Forum) provides a platform for collaborative consultation, research and analysis, and high-level advice on basic education strategic policy, planning, and programming.
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