In the news, As preparation for the Department of Education’s (DepEd) blended learning in August, public school teachers will be trained as broadcasters and editors, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said on Friday.
Andanar said the Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC-13) and the Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS) will lead the training for prospective teacher-broadcasters who will deliver lessons and relevant content for learners that will be aired on television nationwide.
“DepEd teachers will be trained by IBC-13 and PBS as broadcasters/actors, and editors in this proposed endeavor,” Andanar said in a press statement.
DepEd was forced to shift the modality of teaching from the traditional face-to-face classes to blended learning due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
Blended learning is a combination of online distance learning and in-person delivery of educational materials to the homes of learners.
Andanar acknowledged that the use of television and radio, apart from social media and the Internet, would benefit learners, especially those who belong to the indigent and remote communities.
“Following the closure of schools, physical access to education was halted as a response to the threats by the pandemic. Therefore, harnessing and maximizing available technologies, such as the television, radio, and internet as viable platforms for lesson delivery for independent- and parental-supervised learners has been considered,” he said.
352 learning videos monthly
In adopting a blended learning approach, the PCOO has committed to DepEd’s cause on producing at least 352 video materials every month for students, Andanar said.
Andanar said the videos, moderated and taught by DepEd teachers, would be aired for 30 minutes to an hour long.
He added that 12 to 48 videos will be distributed to different regions to assist DepEd in the shift to the “new normal.”
“This recommended participation is aimed at converting the K-12 program and curriculum lessons of DepEd into materials, which will be managed, produced, covered, and distributed by the Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC-13) and Philippine Broadcasting Services (PBS), for the consumption of our students throughout the Covid-19 pandemic,” Andanar said.
Partnering with cable operators
Andanar said it was also proposed that IBC-13 and PBS undertake the production management, post-production, network rebranding, and the distribution of programs to other TV and radio stations.
He said the government would also partner with cable operators nationwide to boost the frequencies of PBS and IBC-13.
“To further optimize the PBS and IBC-13’s frequencies, we are partnering with cable operators nationwide and utilizing the power of the internet, by maximizing our official websites, social media accounts, and YouTube channels, to reach at least 18 million of our public school learners,” Andanar said.
DepEd has scheduled the school opening on Aug. 24, 2020 and the end of the school year on April 30, 2021 but private schools may start earlier upon the approval of regional directors.
Andanar said the government would continue to ensure that the quality of education in the country would further improve despite the threat posed by Covid-19.
“While this proposed assistance remains a pending recommendation to DepEd, our overall commitment to contribute to our nation’s collective development, especially to that of our youth and our students, in this time of pandemic remains resolute and unwavering as we continue to fight Covid-19 and to heal as one nation,” he said.
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