Here’s good news for students who have no access to the Internet.
The Department of Education (DepEd) announced Wednesday that printed materials or modules for blended learning will be ready before the classes formally start on August 24.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones, in an online press conference, said that DepEd has prepared printed learning materials for learners who do not have access to technology. To allay concerns on lack of gadgets, she also reiterated that education in the “new normal” is not only online.
Through Blended/Distance Learning Modalities, Briones explained that lessons will be delivered to the students in the comfort and safety of their homes through printed or digital modules which will be picked up students, or picked up by their parents at designated places, within coordinated schedules.
“Printed modules are prepared for learners who have limited access or have absolutely no access to Internet and digital services,” Briones added.
Currently, DepEd’s units are busy preparing the self-learning modules for all subjects and grade levels. “Our commitment is for all the required self-learning modules for the first quarter of SY 2020-2021 to be ready by the beginning of August,” DepEd said.
Briones explained that DepEd’s regional offices are currently “refining their contextualized” Learning Continuity Plans (LCPs) and conducting their localized dry-runs or simulations.
Meanwhile, Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said that a Learning Resources and Platforms Committee has been created wherein all concerned strands are represented to ensure the availability of learning resources and engagement of required delivery platforms or technologies.
During the online press conference, the Schools Division Office (SDO) of Navotas City presented its simulation for distance learning applicable to various grades levels.
Bagumbayan Elementary School teacher Fatie Robles explained how the dry-run of kindergarten classes is being conducted with the support of her principal Melinda Davadilla.
Dagat-Dagatan Elementary School also carried out simulation of Grade 6 classes under the supervision of Dr. Floretta Quijano while Navotas National High School presented how it will carry out blended learning using modules and online classes under the guidance of Dr. Maria Cristina Robles.
DepEd said it is also preparing for a dry-run by the first week of August to “demonstrate how blended learning will actually proceed.”