Digital Education as a New Normal – How prepared are we as parents, teachers, students?

Reshaping Philippine education AGAIN considering that were just beginning to adapt K-12 is definitely a big question, seeking possible answers and effective solutions.

Not just both public and private institutions itself, but of course everyone involved is greatly affected – administration, principals, subject coordinators, teachers, students, and even parents are forced to adjust to the new normal, the fast-paced changes that the global pandemic brought to the planet.

But before we dig into digital education, here’s a quote from Mr. Arvin G. Derecho on his talk on Vibal’s ‘Teach at Home Webinar Series’ saying, “Ignorance of your own resources and what you could possibly do are not an excuse to stop and wait”. The context explains that coping up with the fall of the global economy is not a good reason to delay education, for there are various choices we could have to get through education (would be discussed later on in this article).

Homeschooling, unschooling, deschooling already existed globally, even in our country; but not everyone is welcome to adapt this kind of education. Thus, leading us to ignore and promote the existing practices – the reason why it tends to surprise us of the new paradigm shift of education.

To help us better understand those education practices, here are some studies and journals:

Parents who plan and teach without being asked to by the child are homeschoolers. Not only do parents learn from teaching their kids, the kids gradually build upon basic knowledge while learning how to learn independently.

Parents who teach only if the child asks to be taught something, to “teach herself” are unschoolers. Unschooling is trusting that your children are at least as clever and capable as you are.

SOURCE: (Unschooling or Homeschooling: What’s the Difference? By Gail S. Withrow)
[see: http://www.mhea.com/features/unschool.
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Deschooling does not simply move the school to home—it rejects the school and its authoritarian nature completely. It aims at the full development of human beings who ‘own’ themselves… Many homeschooling families reject the school system yet maintain authoritarian family structures and in fact implement authoritarian pedagogical techniques with the home.

SOURCE: (Holding Tight to the Tail of a Shooting Star: An Autoethnography of Unschooling as Just Education. Purcell, William H. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2019. 27547537.)
[see: https://search.proquest.com/openview/59b95777d4097ad0243fd23148462449/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=18750&diss=y ]

Here are some of the unschooling blogs, websites, and influencers in 2020 that might help you be guided:

More of the concept of learning digitally at home, the advantages of having these education practices are as follows:

  1. Observing distance learning would provide safety and security against the global pandemic that would benefit students, parents, and teachers.
  2. Students would enjoy self-paced and student-centered learning comfortably at home, guided by parents and regulated by teachers.
  3. Exposure to new teaching-learning strategies and approaches, and new digital instructional materials that are an opportunity to timely cope up with the global advancements of education.                    

Facing reality, learning digitally at home also have disadvantages:

  1. Teachers and students who have limited gadgets, computers as well as internet connection is to be expected, especially around rural and provincial areas.
  2. Working parents would have a hard time monitoring their child’s progress.
  3. Irresponsibility upon usage of gadgets and internet would tempt students; such as searching answers on Google or through social media groups, long hours exposure to gadgets, and the like scenarios.

Addressing these conflicts, here are some of the solutions that educational institutions look forward to:

  • Aside from online education and online platforms, students and teachers can also rely on modular activities which include downloadable videos, images and pdf for lecture, and printable answer sheets.
  • It would be a great help to invite parents to lend some time to monitor the progress of their children, once in a while.
  • Organizing weekly and daily plans for tasks and realistic deadlines.
  • Firming teachers and parent partnership in educating learners.

Ahead of the coming school year, the Department of Education and other private educational system spearheads online courses and trainings through webinars and online workshops. Crafted especially for educators and parents, these platforms serve as a guide to arm our upcoming new normal of education in the Philippines.

Now, to enclose our thoughts about preparedness, let’s try to think about these:

  • What can you do as a teacher/coordinator?         
    Hone your teaching skills through training courses and webinars offered online for free.
    Apply your learnings and collaborate with your ideas that could be helpful and effective.  
    Start investing for gadgets and the internet that you could use for your online class.
  • What can you do as parents?     
    Engage in free webinars online which discusses about your child’s online learning.
    Guided by the information acquired, you would be able to know reliable educational systems you could trust for your child’s online class.
    Start investing for gadgets and the internet that your child could use.
    Make sure you lend time to monitor your child’s progress.
  • What can you do as a student? 
    Stay updated with educational trends.
    Familiarize yourself with reliable educational tools that might be of use for your online class.
    Communicate with your parents about deciding what educational system would be the most convenient and effective for your online class.

54 thoughts on “Digital Education as a New Normal – How prepared are we as parents, teachers, students?”

  1. Mercy Gonzales Siduguen

    On-line or digital schooling is the best and I guess the only way to provide education to our children during this covid pandemic. However, in third world countries like the Philippines homeschooling digital schooling or however you call them has more disadvantages than advantages. In addition to the disadvantages you mentioned above,most parents lack or have limited education themselves to be able to properly or effectively supervise their children with school work. Furthermore,large percentage of children attending public schools come from poor families whose meager income could hardly meet the basic needs of the family. How do you suppose will they be able to afford electronic gadgets like cell phones, computers or I pads? Power outages are very common occurrence and can easily interrupt teaching process. Children can easily be distracted and will have the tendency to switch to video games or Facebook mode in their cell phones if not closely supervised because parents are too busy working outside the home to feed these children. Isolating children from friends and peers can lead to depression and other psychological problem.

    In my opinion, your country is not quite ready for online schooling at least not for now. This will need an aweful lot of strategic planning by the Deped and the gov’t.

  2. We need to embrace the new normal in education by learning about the effective teaching approaches like blended learning. We can succeed if we have the passion and compassion to our learners.

  3. Rulimar Ven Sargado

    It’s my pleasure to join deped commons to be guided on how I’m going to teach in a new normal.

  4. Rosemarie P Sierra

    Teaching and parenting needs patience and extra time but I’m curious with the outcome of homeschooling

    1. Rosemarie D. Paligutan

      Sir/Ma’am

      Please send me a copy of of grade1 Im’s. It’s a big help for us to embrace new normal in teaching. Salamat po. 💕

  5. Evelyn Labastida

    Sir/ Maam:

    I ry appreciate it a lot if you will send me a copy of learner materials/ IMs please..
    Thank u very much

  6. Thanks for accommodating me. It is really a big held for me as parent and teacher.May I ask for a copy of Grade 9-10 lessons..Thank you in advance

  7. Rosemarie D. Paligutan

    Please send me a copy of grade1 Im’s. It is a big help for me to embrace the new normal in education. God bless po.

  8. Armie a. Garibay

    We have to accept the reality.
    We need to face the new normal style including the new way of educating our children. Hoping that the new program of deped for new normal education will be effective to our learners!Thank you and God bless us!

  9. Maria Cristina Pansacola

    Thank you for the information you are sharing to us as parents. I need my children to continue their education even it is through homeschooling. They need to be busy with their school works otherwise they will become busy in gaming and just chatting to their friends.
    please can you send me learning materials for incoming grade 7 and grade 11(STEM) Thank you very much . GOD BLESS US ALL!

  10. Christina Frayalde

    Hello. Since e-learning has become the medium of teaching we as parents like to help our kids and support them in whatever way we could. I have incoming grade 3? Please send me reading materials and would be grateful. Thanks a lot 😀

  11. princess harley santillan

    good day po. pwede po makahingi ng copy for kinder 2 and grade 1 po pasend na lang po. MARAMING SALAMAT and GOD BLESS PO.

  12. Maria Nichole D. Ramirez / Marc Nathaniel D. Ramirez

    Please send me a module for Grade 6 and Grade 3 Students.

    Thanks You.

    God Bless…

  13. Indeed, this is really a blessing for us as we truly want our kids continue learning through an exciting way. Can I also request po learning materials for grades 1, 4, 6 and 7?
    Thank you so much for your sacrifice and selfless goal for the continuance of quality education despite the pandemic we are facing. God bless you.

  14. Dalmin Faith Revilla

    Good day! Can I ask for a learning materials/modules for my Grade 2 student. I would really appreciate it. Thank you!

  15. Good day po! Thank you very much for coming up with this very helpful platform.
    May I request po to kindly send me learning materials for incoming grade 1 and grade 6 students.
    Thank you and more power!
    Godbless!

  16. hi sir/ma’am. May I request for any educational/learning materials for grade 4 please? I have an incoming grade 4 daughter. Thank you so much.

  17. Ma. Afryl P. Cruz

    Hi po. Baka pede po makahingi ng copy ng mga learning sheets para po sa kinder grade 2 at grade 6.thanks po

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