Taguig pilots Education Hour amid extended enhanced community quarantine
It’s not just “work from home” in Taguig. There’s “learn from home,” too.
The local government has partnered with Taguig City Education Office and Department of Education-Taguig City to launch a program through which the classroom reaches students amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ): “Education Hour.”
Learners can catch the program on Facebook page I Love Taguig every 1 pm.
Each day will feature different teachers tackling interesting topics prepared by DepEd-Taguig City.
The unique addition to the city’s COVID-19 response will provide students with an online home study program where Taguig’s very own teachers will be discussing various topics.
“This platform fully takes advantage of a technology,” said City Education head Dr. George P. Tizon. “We’re giving them an opportunity to see the Internet as a resource for meaningful knowledge, not just for behaviors that are sometimes addictive and unproductive.”
In the lineup are some subject matters relevant to COVID-19: Past Pandemic Case in History (Social Studies); Bayanihan at Pagtutulungan sa Panahon Ng Kalamidad (Values Education); Personal Hygiene to Prevent the Spread of Diseases (Health); and even Destressing through the Use of Music (Music).
The daily topics are structured like a standard classroom lecture of DepEd-Taguig City. Teachers would introduce a specific subject matter and discuss application, strategies and verification, among others.
The class wraps up with a summary and a homework, which would serve as the teachers’ interaction with the viewers. It also encourages parents to participate in the audiences’ learning process through post-lecture activities.
To make sure that the teachers are not exposed to COVID-19, they may conduct their lectures in the comfort of their own home, provided they have the equipment and presentation tools. If not, they may use the MacLab or Cyberlab, which is available in all Taguig City public schools.
“We see a lot of potential in ‘Education Hour.’ This introduces students to a new era in learning. We want to maximize the Web because we want learning to happen everywhere, for anyone who wants to learn,” said Mayor Lino Cayetano. “We really see online lectures in the post-COVID-19 scenario.”
In fact, Taguig has several programs in the pipeline that highlight the power of the Internet. It plans to launch an On-Line Teaching and Learning from Home and a pioneering Cyber Home Schooling program. ###
Sample Education Hour video