BTS on the 5th of October. Back to school, remember?
After great delays and expectations (or hesitation?) for many students, the official opening of the 2020-2021 academic year of the DepEd is here. And if there's one thing we know for sure, this time the school will look very different. And not just because the school will have traditional face-to-face classes, but also because all students will experience it differently, depending on their situation.
Distance learning? Modular? Blended? But what do they all mean?
Whatever learning method you adopt (for example, how to "go to school"), we will explain it to you here so that you can prepare yourself physically and mentally for your first day.
Distance education is the same social distance we have had since the pandemic began - only from teachers and classmates. It is still not safe to go to and from school and be around other people for a long time. Therefore, in this method of teaching, teachers and students are geographically distant from each other during classes. There are three types:
Online distance education is virtual learning using the Internet and various technologies and platforms such as DepEd Commons (free access for Globe and Smart! subscribers), Google Classroom, Schoology and others.
Modular distance learning allows students to use self-learning modules (SLM). Because technology and Internet connection is a problem for many students, DepEd will provide printed modules. However, in order to save costs, the DepEd is discouraging students with gadgets from receiving training modules (using the Internet instead), and mentioned the possibility of sharing print modules.
TV- or radio-based instructions will be available - as he guessed - through the DepEd's local partner cable, TV, and radio stations. So far, the DepEd has 2 TV channels for its training methodology, and they have even used journalists Jessica Soho, Corina Sanchez, and Karen Davila to train teachers for the TV programs.
Bonus Round: Synchronized distance learning means that the teacher and students are "in the classroom" from different locations, but all at the same time (requires registration on the schedule). Asynchronous learning means that they are in the classroom from different places and at different times.
For all available forms of learning, blending only means using a combination or set of these methods, whether it is face-to-face (when appropriate) with modules, online, DepEd Commons or TV/radio. In fact, it has been part of the Philippine education system for decades, but will become more common as long as the pandemic remains a threat.
Finally, for some students, home schooling may be the best option for this school year. It is an alternative way to obtain a quality basic education through trained parents, guardians, or trustees.
There you have a whole new and different school year! Medyo is scary, but kapit lang. We're past the first six months of quarantine, and we'll get through it. Remember to take care of yourself, stay sociable (at a distance) and keep coming back to Netifriends.com for more useful information, tips and tricks.