In times of the Coronavirus Pandemic, education is one of the many sectors that is badly affected. With the safety regulations we are implementing in the Philippines such as wearing masks, washing your hands, and most of all the physical distancing, it makes it impossible for students to come to school and do the usual face to face type of learning. So the option is to go DISTANCE LEARNING.
Classes in the Philippines normally start in June but this year (2020), they have been postponed to August 24. There is so much positive and negative feedback on this, but education must continue and I totally agree with that. So to carry on with the education, the Department of Education (DepEd) has proposed 3 learning alternatives that students and parents can choose from, depending on the availability of resources and other limitations.
3 DISTANCE LEARNING MODALITIES
Modular Distance Learning
A printed copy of modules will be sent to the houses of the students. In some areas, they will have to coordinate with their respective Barangay Centers where they could pick up the printed modules. If technology is present such as computers, tablet and smartphones, students could get a copy of module in a digital format such as CD, flash drive or PDF copies via email.
Blended learning is basically a combination of online distance learning, modular distance learning or even with the use of TV/Radio based instruction.
With blended learning option, there is Synchronous and Asynchronous learning models.
Synchronous learning happens in real time. That is when students get to interact with their teachers using video conferencing tools such as Zoom and Google Meet.
Asynchronous learning is the opposite. Teachers and students are not online at the same time. Teachers give instructions, reading materials, or have students watch a video by using different Learning Management Solutions (LMS) such as Google Classroom, Edmodo, Schoology, ClassDojo, etc... And students could work at their own pace without real-time interactions. But teachers will be there to help students at any time if they have any queries.
Even before the Coronavirus pandemic, homeschooling has been in existence for so many years already. Some parents prefer homeschooling so they could focus on their child and teach at them at their own pace at home. As a parent, you need to be at least a college graduate to be able to qualify. If not, you can hire a tutor who is at least a college graduate as well before you can enroll for a home school. Modules will also be given to the parents by the school before homeschooling starts.
With all these modalities, let it also be clear that teachers will be there to monitor the progress of the students by whatever means such chat messenger, phone calls, or video chat if students have some concerns – with the exception of home-schooling. To know more about these modalities, it is better that you contact the school for more information or on the approach that they are going to use.
We also need to understand that there are still so many challenges that come along with these whether you are a teacher, student, a parent, guardian, administrator and so forth. This has never happened before and it’s not just the Philippines that is adapting to the new normal in Education. But, let’s give it a chance and see how it goes.
And let us not forget to wash our hands, wear our mask, and observe physical distancing. Stay safe!