The Philippines, despite the pronouncement that the COVID pandemic is flattening has bigger problems as it is prone to several waves of virus spread. Just recently, DOH posted the highest number of positive cases (1,000+) after several week of having an average of 200 cases per day. WHO on the otherhand reported that Philippines has not yet reach is peak and still on early pandemic stage. The worst may be experience during rainy season when incidences of colds, cough and flu become prevalent.
The New Normal is expected to happen and we have to adjust and cope up with this reality. Whether we like it or not, we will go back to work, to school and to some usual activities which are part of our way of life and daily living. It is because, the government cannot feed its people for long and the fall of the economy would result much worst than the pandemic itself.
We will have to adopt to the New Normal way of life, setting up some limits particularly in the movement and gathering of people which will significantly change the way how schools operate.
In the recent survey conducted for college students of Camarines Norte State College, the following have been found;
1. 84%has Android Cell Phone, only 8.7% has laptop/personal computer. Netbook and tablet which are designed primarilly for internet use are not that popular. 3. 64% of the respondents has internet access at home, 11.6% of whom said to have excellent signal they can watch and download movies. Significant number (36.2%) has no internet connection. 5. 87% access the internet thru the use of cell phone.
On Line Learning platforms are available in the internet, mostly being use for webinars and some training courses. For platforms that are used for formal on line classroom, subscription and licensing is required. The good thing of subscribing to existing platform is that, the school will no longer invest for its development – which may require millions of pesos and at least 3 years to develop. For this option, training for its use is required both for teachers and students. Here, the problem with technology becomes evident. Old teachers will find using an unfamiliar system will a a big hassle. Students with little background in the use of computer will also be in a difficult situation. They may be familiar with Facebook but learning to use another platform takes time and interest.
Cost is another concern. Aside from subscription, individual users are also asked to pay for monthly or annual access. This is an added expense on top of data load or internet fee.
So, what do we do?
Every school would already have their strategies in place. Telmos is for those who are not that equip to make a start up especially those that do not have IT unit in their campus/schools.
We have to acknowledge one important fact that we can’t implement a full on line learning system because of inter-connectivity, equipment, technical know how and others. Second,assessment of learning is one of the challenge so with the monitoring of class performance which would require physical presence.
TELMOS: Simplified online teaching. This is a system development project which will run for 4 months.
1. Telmos is a simple Apps and very user friendly. No training is required. 3. The system follows a step by step process from the beginning to the end of the Lesson. 5. It uses the basic archival and retrieval system for files, documents and other digital informations. 7. It does not require high end gadgets to function well. 9. It adheres to quality content than quantity.
Requesting for government funding support takes a lot of time, and we do not have that luxury as Flexible Learning will soon be implemented in full swing even without the proper IT Infrastructure.
We need your help make this project a reality.