With the ongoing pandemic, schools have opted to adopt a distance learning approach. As classes opened early this month, problems with regard to online learning have been hounding both teachers and students alike.
To address these issues to online learning, Makati City has thought of a solution—giving the learning materials offline through flash drives! (Read: CamSur Rep Proposes Use of ABS-CBN Frequencies for Distance Learning)
Public school students in Makati City will be receiving flash drives that contain the learning materials needed to start distance learning. The devices, called On-The-Go (OTG) flash drives, have learning modules in digital format along with educational videos that students can access with their gadgets.
Blended Learning for Students
According to Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay, schools in the city will blend online learning with the use of modules to deliver lessons to the students. As such, textbooks and school uniforms were also given away along with printed modules, washable face masks, and other school supplies. (Read: What is TV and Radio-Based Teaching? We Asked a Teacher-Broadcaster!)
Moreover, in order to assist students without gadgets or internet connection, the Makati government has also deployed 27 mobile learning hubs around the city. Free internet load will also be available to students and teachers while 2,500 laptops will be distributed to local school teachers.
Mobile Learning Hub
In addition to free gadgets and internet, Makati City has also provided mobile learning hubs for students and parents.
“Dyipni Maki,” which are jeepneys repurposed as learning hubs, will be strategically placed in different barangays in Makati City. The learning hubs have laptops, tablets, printers, books, an internet connection, and other learning materials that students can use and borrow.
The hubs will also serve as venues for learning activities for students in kinder to grade 12. Displaced jeepney drivers and teachers were hired for the project—helping more people affected by the pandemic get back on their feet.