Beneficaries of the AquaPonics solar - powered system in a photo opt with Mayor Benjamin Magalong (backrow second from right) and BFAR - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Lilibeth Signey ( frontrow left). (CCD/PIA CAR)

Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas, La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda and personnel at the TTMF led by Dr. Nora Ruiz leads simple send-off ceremony for six recovered patients discharged from the Provincial Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility in Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet.(photos from Benguet Governor’s Office)

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong commends the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for its Urban Aquaponics project with vegetable and fish production as he assures the city government's support to this project that helps ensure food sufficency and availability. (CCD/PIA CAR)

DA-CAR OIC Regional Director Cameron Odsey with ACT-CIS Representative anf Benguet Legislative Caretaker Eric Go Yap and Governor Melchor Diclas turn over assiatnce to farmer beneficiaries in the province of Benguet , and to DSWD-CAR for the implementation of the Gulayan sa Barangay for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and rge Department of Education Benguet for the Gulayan sa Paaralan programon at the Benguet Capitol on August 27, 2020. (RMC-PIA-CAR)

DepEd explores strategies to ease learning in blended modalities

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Oct.14 (PIA) - - The Department of Education (DepEd) is continuously exploring approaches to make blended learning modalities accessible and easier understood by learners in this time of COVID-19 pandemic where  face to face learning is not allowed.

DepEd Undersecretary Alain del Pascua in his recent visit in the Cordillera region said DepEd employs different learning modalities to keep up with the delivery of accessible and better learning options such as utilization of printed materials, production of TV/radio episodes, through online and social media platforms.

Del Pascua explained that even if modular learning is the option adopted, learners can still access the self-learning modules (SLMs) and episodes through the DepEd TV, DepEd Commons or through Youtube channel.

The SLMs can be accessed in the various platforms to reinforce learning.   Sooner the learning materials may also be available through facebook, he said.

Del Pascua said learning episodes for Kinder to Grade 12 are shown in DepEd TV over IBC 13, a government-owned television station, from 7:00AM   to 7:00PM   from Monday to Saturday at 30 minutes each.  

“Kaya ‘yung mga bata na may modular meron siyang printed material. Manuod lang sila ng TV kung ano’ng oras lalabas ‘yung lesson nila. Kasi kung ano ‘yung nasa printed material iyon din ‘yung lalabas sa TV,” (Students who are into modular learning have printed materials. But they can watch over television on a scheduled time showing the same lesson as in the printed material), del Pascua said.

 Learning can be reinforced by watching the lessons on TV because it can be easier   understood if somebody is explaining what is in the printed material, he added.

DepEd Commons is an option for those who have access to equipment such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktop computers and internet.

DepEd through the Department of Information and Communication Technology has partnered with the giant telecommunication networks to forego charges in accessing the site, so using   DepEd Commons does not incur data charges, he said.

Learners and teacher even without cellphone load can go to DepEd Commons and download all the materials, he assured.

“So anytime of the day if you miss the TV episode, it can be downloaded from the DepEd Commons or from youtube channel. This is what we call as blended learning,” del Pascua expounded.

Del Pascua   bared that in the pipeline to improve and strengthen teaching is through the Public Education Network or PEN which give access to connectivity in all of the DepEd system that will make available all learning materials, internet connectivity for the last mile schools program through the installation of solar energy and satellite and provision of internet connectivity by tapping local power utilities. 

The DepEd’s Last Mile Schools Program  is also being pursued  to address the gaps in resources and facilities of schools that are located in geographically isolated and disadvantaged and conflict-affected areas (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR)

By Susan Aro


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