How teachers can provide blended and flexible learning using technology

An elementary school teacher records her voice, reading a storybook as the education department grapples with distance learning amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Navotas, Metro Manila, Philippines, September 16, 2020. (Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)

As more schools begin to offer in-person and blended learning options, more teachers are now exploring technologies that meet the needs of all students through hybrid and flexible learning.

Blended learning combines traditional face-to-face classroom interaction with online lessons to allow students to participate in class through the most convenient option. The learning objectives remain the same, but teachers are using more tools to achieve them, such as video conferencing, learning management systems, online exercises, etc.

Japanese education technology company Quip stepped up to provide teachers with a wealth of online learning tools including teacher guides, a customizable dashboard, content management tools and other resources to support schools’ transition to learning hybrid and flexible.

“Educational institutions today need to provide their students with more engaged learning experiences while ensuring their well-being and meaningful connection,” Yusuke Takagi, CEO of Quipper Philippines, said in a statement. “Using the right technology and platform can help educators transition to all types of learning setups.”

Takagi said their company works closely with schools, educators and students nationwide to create their courses.

“When the pandemic started, we made sure we could help our partner schools implement and transition to the new dynamic of remote learning,” Takagi added.

Some of the other features of edtech’s learning management system include an Essay app to improve student writing and a user-friendly platform to receive submissions and evaluate their students’ work.

Teachers and students can also benefit from Quipper’s content packages which they can download in the form of video lectures and/or study guides.

The educational technology company recently expanded its course offerings in the K content package to 3, which now includes subjects for Math, English, Science, Filipino and Araling Panlipunan for Kinder, Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3.

They added specialized subjects in high school for the accounting, business, and management stream, such as business math and marketing principles.

The edtech company has also revised the content of its course offerings for Grades 4-10 in Mathematics, English, Filipino, Science, Araling Panlipunan, and Core Subjects in Grades 11-12 to meet the Department of Education Most essential learning skills.

Students can access Quipper on their smartphones through Android or iOS apps with an option to download content for offline reading. Parents can also track their child’s learning progress through the edtech parent portal by monitoring their activities and deadlines.

DepEd Undersecretary for Operations Jesus Lorenzo Mateo said that the government should channel more funds to hire more staff and provide teachers with the necessary equipment and training to adapt to new technologies.

Former Secretary DepEd Leonor Briones said that the department aims to return to in-person classes by the next school year, 2022 to 2023, with the blended learning option still available for students.

Norma A. Roth