E-learning reaches Cordillera

IN A LANDLOCKED region like the Cordillera, technology, especially internet is hard to get by because of its topography.

But despite the connectivity problem, teachers in the region are finding new ways to improve learning and performance of students.

Just recently, the Department of Education in Mountain Province signed a partnership with Quipper, a pioneering e-learning platform school which provides free content covering six subjects for Grades 4 to 10 and is being used by roughly 1,400 schools nationwide.

“Our Division Office is resolute in implementing the ICT Framework of the Department of Education (DepEd), and we are working with various groups to accomplish this. I am hopeful that this innovation in the teaching and learning processes may help break down barriers in education. Quipper School provides many benefits to teachers and students alike,” Mountain Province Schools Division Superintendent Gloria Buya-ao said.

Buya-ao added Quipper has helped teachers in their division in managing their classes even if they are out of town because lessons can be accessed on-line.

And in preparation for the implementation of senior high school in school year 2016 to 2017, Quipper also announced it is preparing content for Grade 11 via its pioneering e-learning platform Quipper School free of charge for schools nationwide.

The courses will be available for Math, English, Science, and Filipino subjects come June this

year. The platform currently provides free content covering six subjects for Grades 4 to 10 and is being used by roughly 1,400 schools nationwide.

Quipper will be making content available online consisting of lessons and assessments for Oral Communication; Reading and Writing; 21st Century Literature from the Philippines and the World; Komunikasyon at Pananaliksik sa Wika at Kulturang Filipino; Pagbasa at Pagsusuri ng Iba’t Ibang Teksto Tungo sa Pananaliksik; General Mathematics, Statistics and Probability; Earth and Life Science; and Understanding Culture, Society, and Politics.

“DepEd estimates around 1.2 million to 1.6 million students will begin Grade 11 in June, making this year pivotal for Philippine education. Our goal is to help ensure a smooth transition to senior high in North Luzon as well as those in the entire Philippines by equipping them with excellent content and tools aligned with their curriculum and their objectives of developing 21st century learners,” Quipper Country Manager Yuki Naotori.

To access the content, teachers need to sign up on Quipper School at www.quipperschool.com, register their school, then invite their students to create accounts and join their class.

Once students have signed in, teachers can send assignments or exams and communicate with students via the platform’s messaging system. Educators are also able to upload their own content and access analytics on their students’ performance.

The platform is gamified, so students get instant feedback upon answering, and earn ‘coins’ for correct answers, which they can use to ‘buy’ desktop wallpaper for their Quipper account.

To date, Quipper has forged official partnerships with 31 DepEd divisions and 310 schools nationwide, including the Division of Mountain Province, where the company recently conducted a division-wide training for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Coordinators.

Partner schools and divisions are entitled to free training and workshops and dedicated customer support.

As part of its preparations for senior high school, Quipper also disclosed that it is planning to launch a premium video service at the beginning of next school year to provide more comprehensive content and an improved learning experience for Grade 10 and 11 students. (RO)
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