DepEd’s Digital Rise program a key player in addressing education quality challenges – Manila Bulletin
The Department of Education (DepEd) has reiterated its commitment to addressing the challenges of digital learning and education technology through its Digital Rise programme.
“We’ve come a long way and we’ve learned a lot from the pandemic, but the biggest lesson of the past year is that we need to be willful, flexible and embrace technology,” Education Secretary Leonor said. Magtolis Briones.
The Digital Rise program, led by Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua under the guidance of Briones, is an educational framework that anchors infrastructure, software, and capacity building for learners and teachers in technology.
DepEd Information and Communications Technology Service (ICTS) Abram YC Abanil explained that the Digital Rise program has three main components.
The first of these components is digital literacy, where the K-12 curriculum is updated to include productivity tools like word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations for grades 4-6.
Learners in grade 7 will have basic programming skills while students in grades 8-10 will have multimedia concepts as a subject focused on video editing and graphic design.
Finally, vocational skills such as computer maintenance, technical writing and broadband installation are assigned to high school students.
Through its second component, ICT-assisted teaching, DepEd aims to provide teachers with equipment, software content and skills for their daily classroom teaching.
The program also plans to provide laptops, smart TVs and lapel speakers to every teacher and every class.
Finally, the ICT-assisted learning component for learners of the program aims to ensure access and adaptability through the DepEd learning management system (DLMS) and synchronous blended learning.
DepEd also provided laptops and tablets to learners and teachers and the continuation of the public education network through the DepEd computerization program.
Similarly, DepEd has also partnered with Microsoft and Google to continuously deliver software to its stakeholders.
DepEd Commons, Learning Resources Portal and DLMS are some of the platforms where learners and teachers can access DepEd content like self-study modules, DepEd TV and DepEd Radio episodes.
Meanwhile, DepEd Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio expressed hope that teachers and other learning education leaders will know “how we can provide better educational experiences for young people in the Philippines.” who need to become capable citizens of the 21st century”.
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