As the country continuously battles the pandemic, the reopening of classes has been the subject of many debates. While many are pushing for the education sector for an academic freeze, the Department of Education has opted to craft ways to ensure learning is continued and no one is left behind.
However, remote learning has been a challenge for many students—laptops, smartphones, and stable internet connections are just some of the things that are difficult to acquire as many Filipinos have lost their livelihood. (Read: Heart Evangelista Starts Initiative to Help Students in Distance Learning)
In this regard, the Department of Education has introduced a delivery modality that can tailor-fit every learner’s needs, regardless of the limitations to remote learning in their area. Nepomuceno Malaluan, DepEd Undersecretary, says the modality has three types:
- Modular Distance Learning, wherein written modules will be distributed to students who do not have access to devices and the internet.
- DepEd Commons, an online learning network designed to promote alternative learning delivery methods, can be used by students with internet access.
- TV and radio-based teaching, wherein educational materials and instructions will be broadcasted.
For TV and radio-based teaching, the education department has launched DepEd TV—a program that converts self-learning modules into video lessons that can be accessed through IBC13 and Solar Learning Outlets. It features “teacher-broadcasters” who underwent training on how to effectively deliver lessons via pre-recorded videos. (Read: LOOK: New TV Program Teaches K-12 Subjects to Children at Home)
To give us a better understanding of this revolutionary approach to distance learning, My Pope talks to one of DepEdTV’s teacher-broadcasters, Pamela Amor Villanueva.
How is DepEd TV revolutionizing distance learning?
Perhaps one thing that separates DepEdTV from other modes of distance learning is that it mirrors the school curriculum using broader, convincing, and engaging content. The team of teacher-broadcasters also makes sure every episode can cater to the target audience and beyond. Which is why, the episodes we produce can be used even after this school year ends.
Contrary to what many people believe, the different learning modalities can actually be blended—it’s not online learning alone. DepEd TV, for one, is here to supplement the modular approach and online classes. Parents and students, especially those in the public school, just need to understand how the system works. (Read: Limited Face-To-Face Classes to Be Allowed in Low-Risk Areas)
Tell us more about your experience with DepEd TV.
I am directly involved with DepEd TV as one of the teacher-broadcasters from Batch 1. I have seen how it grows from a simple video lesson format to having a more commercialized appeal—we want the episodes to have the “hook” factor on the audience.
It is not an easy task. Some might say that teacher-broadcasters are lucky to be experiencing the limelight. But there is more to that. The training is very rigid. Scriptwriting is also highly rigorous. We must adhere to the requirements set by the Curriculum and Implementation Division and ensure that our programs are both educational and engaging (fun and entertaining). (Read: We Asked Teachers: How Are You Adapting to Online Learning?)
Like other teacher-broadcasters, I also had to learn to be more comfortable with the camera. Days (and nights) of shooting were tiring days. Apart from that, we also need to be prepared for reshoots or rejected scripts—this is of course to ensure that the instructional videos are professional.
How will it help students and educators adjust to the current situation?
The test broadcast still has room for improvement. DepEd TV is trying to fill a huge gap in education and it’s not an easy feat for those in the production and the teachers and learners as well. (Read: Students Start Own Initiatives to Boost Transition to Distance Learning)
For this to be effective, we have to bear in mind that these programs are designed as supplementary tools for all. Teachers may or may not use them in their lectures or discussions at the classes. On the other hand, parents may also allow their children to tune in to the channels on particular time slots for enrichment activities or for better comprehension of the concepts.