A free online tutoring platform facilitated by expert educators to support students and parents navigating distance learning from home has been launched by the Department of Education (DepEd).
Dubbed “ETULay,” the initiative is designed to bridge gaps and improve the quality of education in the remote learning setup amid the new normal of schooling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have to come up with creative ways in modernizing our education system and it will require the upgrade of learning delivery through the full and creative use of technology in the digital age,” Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said in a statement released on February 13, 2021.
“This ETULay initiative is one of the many steps being taken by DepEd to ensure that this transformation happens for the benefit of our learners,” Secretary Briones adds.
“ETULay” is spearheaded by the Department’s Information and Communications Technology Service – Educational Technology Unit (ICTS-ETU).
It was derived from the wordplay of ETU, and itulay (Filipino for to bridge).
“Not strict in the structure of classroom format kasi tutoring lang talaga siya. [Ang] concept [na ito ay] ginawa lang online ang pagtututor. We use StreamYard and broadcast it via Facebook and Youtube para mabalikan ulit ng mga late viewers,” ICTS-EdTech Unit Head Mark Anthony Sy explained.
The lessons are delivered in an online tutoring format to guide students in answering the exercises. “ETULay” also gives teachers a chance to explain the details of the lesson.
DepEd said “ETULay” is based on the weekly Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELCs). This is to provide parents and learners an easier way to answer Self-Learning Modules, which were modeled from the PIVOT 4A QuBE program of Region IV-A.
While the said initiative encourages learning of the topic and mastery, it also focused on having remediation programs on Reading and Mathematics.
The DepEd program includes sessions on Storytelling, Wellness, Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE), English, Filipino, Mathematics, Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao (EsP), and Health for a comprehensive learning experience for all Filipinos.
The livestream of the sessions are available on the official Facebook pages of DepEd Philippines, DepEd Tayo, and DepEd EdTech Unit.
You can also catch “ETULay” on DepEd Edtech Unit and DepEd TV’s YouTube channels.
The Philippines’ Department of Education (DepEd) is airing educational episodes translated into various major Filipino languages as part of their televised distance learning program for students all over the country.
Top broadcast journalists are training selected Teacher-Broadcasters for the Department of Education (DepEd) TV productions that serve as the “new normal” learning tool for students without an internet connection.
Initiatives by local government units are making sure no learner is left behind in the new normal of schooling.
The local government of Taguig rolled out Tele-Aral Program hotlines for students without having them leave their homes while Makati City distributed On The Go (OTG) flash drives designed to support blended learning for public school students under the new normal of education.
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