BTS na ulit sa October 5. Back-To-School, remember?
After much delay and anticipation (or hesitation?) for many students, DepEd’s official opening of school year 2020-2021 is here. And if there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that school will look a lot different this time. Not just because walang traditional face-to-face classes, but also as students will all be experiencing it differently, based on their situation.
Distance learning? Modular? Blended? But what do they all mean?
Whichever learning delivery modality you’ll be taking on (a.k.a. how you will be “going to school”), we’ll break it down for you here so you can physically and mentally prepare for your first day.
Distance learning is just the same social distancing we’ve been doing since the start of the pandemic – only from your teachers and classmates. It’s not yet safe to be going to and from school, and being in close proximity to others for extended periods of time. So in this method of learning, the teachers and the students are geographically apart from each other during the instruction of classes. There are three types:
- Online distance learning is virtual instruction using the internet and various technologies and platforms like DepEd Commons (free access for Globe and Smart subscribers!), Google Classroom, Schoology, etc.
- Modular distance learning allows learners to use self-learning modules (SLMs). With technology and internet connectivity being an issue for many students, DepEd will be providing printed modules. However, to save on costs, DepEd is discouraging students with gadgets from getting learning modules (using online instead), and has mentioned the possibility of sharing printed modules.
- TV or radio-based instruction will be – you guessed it – accessed via local DepEd-partnered cable TV, TV and radio stations. DepEd so far has 2 TV channels available for its learning modality and they’ve even tapped broadcast journalists Jessica Soho, Korina Sanchez, and Karen Davila to train teachers for TV programs.
Bonus round: Synchronous distance learning means the teacher and students are “in class” from different places but all at the same time (requiring them to be logged in on a schedule). Asynchronous means they are doing the class work from different places and during different times.
With all the learning modalities available, blended just means using a mix or combination of those methods, whether face-to-face (once appropriate) with modules, online, DepEd Commons or TV/radio. It’s actually been part of the Philippine education system for decades now, but will be more common while the pandemic remains a threat.
Finally, for some students, home schooling might just be their best option this school year. It’s an alternative delivery mode that gives quality basic education through qualified parents, guardians or tutors who have gone through proper training.
There you have it, a whole new and different school year just like that! Medyo scary, pero kapit lang. We got through the first six months of quarantine, and we’ll get through this. Don’t forget to take care of yourself, stay social (while distancing), and keep coming back to Edukasyon.ph for more helpful information, tips and advice.