In hopes to address the inadequacy of instruments and equipment for science-based lessons through science video lessons directed towards experiments and simulations, DepEd Quezon through the Curriculum Implementation Division (CID) conducted a webinar introducing the Project Digital Resource for Effective and Accessible Materials for Science (DREAMS) on Thursday, April 15.
Carmela Ezcel Orogo, Education Program Supervisor in Science, spearheading the Project DREAMS for Grades 3 to 10 teachers, said that learning science is one of the most important aspects of scientific literacy, that students must be actively involved in doing science hands-on activities in learning the concepts. However, there are times when science laboratory equipment are not available or limited. Thus, teachers resort to simply draw and explain activities to learners, which requires less active learning and gives poor motivation resulting to non-mastery of the needed science process skills.
“I even followed and subscribed to some of our teachers’ YouTube Channels on Science lessons, so I told myself, ‘why not provide and asssist teachers to enhance their creativity and innovativeness through creation, editing and production of Science video lessons?’,” shared Orogo.
Project DREAMS is implemented under CID’s Project SHINE [Strengthening Holistic Instructions to Nurture Teaching Empowerment] to develop and enhance the abilities of teachers and school heads through varied activities espoused by the different learning area supervisors.
“This time that we really need to give support to our learners, [we must provide] other supplementary materials [besides] the self-learning modules and LeaP materials that we have in the learning resource portal. [It is] important especially dito sa ating public schools na almost 3% lang ang nakakapag-conduct ng synchronous or online lessons. We really need to give these asynchronous materials to our learners to be able for them to understand [learning area] concepts, especially those in Science,” said the Curriculum Chief.
Furthermore, OIC-ASDS Gregorio T. Mueco said in his message that the project is very timely and relevant. He mentioned two important things taught by COVID-19 pandemic, i.e. pedagogical adaptation, and competence in designing appropriate teaching and learning situation. “Kasi syempre nag-shift tayo from face-to-face to modular and online teaching. And because of that, we have to translate whatever resource material we can use in order to make our teaching and learning in the modular approach very effective and very efficient,” Mueco said.
OIC-SDS Elias Alicaya Jr. added that said training is really relevant because in times of pandemic, it is necessary to explore on different online methods to facilitate instruction. He further encouraged the teacher-participants to continue with graduate schooling, and develop research projects and innovations.
In the webinar proper, Mr. Reniel Emerson Quisao discussed video production, analyzing and identifying its process, and creating a simple video script and plan of a story board. Mr. Raphael Joshua Rigos introduced the importance of videos in teaching; basic editing skills, principles, jargons, tools, and techniques; different editing software and hardware specifications; ethics in video production; and basic video editing skills application. Finally, Mr. Edgar G. Yabut shared about the steps in integrating Science video lessons in the preparation of lesson exemplars (LE).
Orogo emphasized earlier that video lessons must be incorporated in the IDEA LE, citing Regional Memorandum No. 296, s. 2021, which also allows teachers to be creative in designing lessons founded on the basic principles of varied learning modalities.
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