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5 Misconceptions About Online Learning

Online education has been the subject of debate for months now as the country shifts to integrating this form of learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From questions about its effectivity to how classes will be conducted, much of the opinion stems from perceived notions about online study as not being the norm. OEd, a […].....»»

Category: newsSource: metrocebu metrocebuOct 18th, 2020

Addressing mental health amid a pandemic

BETTER DAYS Senator Sonny Angara Mental health has historically been a difficult subject to talk about in Philippine society. Many of us, no doubt, have our own stories, personal or otherwise, of how difficult it is to seek help. In fact, in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, an August, 2020, analysis of many studies on the matter confirmed that the low utilization of mental health services among Filipinos could be attributed in part to the stigma associated with mental health issues, with resilience and self-reliance becoming possible alternate coping strategies. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has made mental health an even bigger issue. The quarantine, the economic effects of the pandemic, and the anxieties brought about by the virus’ unpredictability have had a negative effect on the mental health of many Filipinos. Although we as a country are consistently rated to be in the Top 5 of a global optimism index, according to the DOH, the calls for help have been increasing. According to the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH), their helpline received about 400 calls monthly from May, 2019, to February, 2020. That’s an average of 13 to 15 calls daily. By March, 672 calls were serviced, and this grew steadily in the following months, until there were 1,034 calls in July – and 440 for the half of August. These double the monthly average from March to August to 876 calls, or 32 to 37 calls daily. Many government and private mental health services are available for people who are seeking help or just someone to talk to. Aside from the NCMH crisis hotline, the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation has confidential crisis lines and a referral system to partnered psychologists. The foundation is also a hub for prevention, recognition, and treatment of depression. The Philippine Mental Health Association also offers similar services, and universities like UST, UP Diliman, and Ateneo de Manila have their own mental health service organizations. Some, like Ateneo’s Center for Family Ministries have affordable or negotiable fees. Online resources like the Silakbo.Ph website have listings for many other mental health service providers outside of the NCR. In fact, many organizations have already partnered with the Department of Health (DOH); perhaps more of them should be invited to the table to plan new policies, projects, and initiatives that will address the growing number of mental health cases. The DOH is also encouraging people to learn more about general mental health through free e-learning courses translated into Filipino.  The source material is from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) QualityRights initiative, which is a global project that aims to help participants improve their own mental health, learn how to support their loved ones and communities, and gain knowledge and skills to tackle mental health issues. Clearly, we need to reassess and adapt to the fact that more Filipinos are now looking for mental health services and treatments. This is why I am seeking to amend Republic Act 11036, the Mental Health Act, particularly its existing chapter on “Rights of Service Users and Other Stakeholders.” Our proposed amendment seek to give health service users the right to immediately receive compensation benefits and special financial assistance they are entitled to under law, should they sustain temporary or permanent mental disability in the line of duty or by reason of a person’s office or position. This is an important amendment, as the Mental Health Act requires that PhilHealth provide insurance packages to patients with mental health conditions, and that access to medicines is ensured. With the observation of World Mental Health Day last October 10, it is important to remember the DOH’s theme for this year, “Mental Health for All: Unifying Voices for Greater Investment and Access.”  This theme encourages that we open conversations on the various challenges that our mental health care system faces every day, such as social stigma and limited funding. In fact, the simple act of marking the day itself is important. It shows those who are suffering that we see them, and care for them. It tells others who are hiding their issues that it is perfectly normal to seek help. And most of all, it encourages the whole world to stand in solidarity in recognition of the need for all of society to help those with mental health issues. E-mail: sensonnyangara@yahoo.com| Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @sonnyangara Senator Sonny Angara has been in public service for 16 years—9 years as Representative of the Lone District of Aurora, and 7 as Senator. He has authored and sponsored more than 200 laws.  He is currently serving his second term in the Senate. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

Ensure support to education

As the country continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, our educational system strives to carry on providing education to students through various learning modalities. The Department of Education provided alternative modes of education—the modular learning which involves the distribution of printed copies of self-learning modules, and the blended/online learning where students will be able to attend classes except that classes are done via radio, television, or online platforms......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

Does Online Tuition Work?

While the demand for private tuition has always been there, thanks to the advancement of technology, remote learning has made tuition easily accessible to more remote and wider audience. The motives behind why parents seek tutoring vary; some are looking for some remedial support, others want to consolidate the child’s learning with one-to-one teaching, some […] The post Does Online Tuition Work? appeared first on Kagay An......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 14th, 2020

Rules on tax-free imports of medical, learning kits OKd

The importation of medical supplies and online learning equipment for donation to public schools are now exempted from import duties and taxes, the Department of Finance said yesterday......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

The Huawei MateBook 14 wants to be your new work buddy

Huawei leaps to the stage with this year’s MateBook 14 Notebook, fired up with AMD’s 4600-H processor. With a 307.5mm width and a height of 15.9mm, the MateBook 14 is one of the thinnest laptops you can get your hands on. It’s sleek and stands out with a premium look and feel. At only 1.49kg, the MateBook 14 is lightweight and easy to tag along where you can work comfortably. The trackpad is big and spacious, making it easier to navigate around. The 14-inch screen is incredible. It features 2160×1440 resolution, bright, and excellent viewing angles. The bezels are also razor-thin, giving more screen space. It also happens to be a touch screen, armed with buttery response of today’s smartphones. No need to navigate the trackpad or mouse for simple tasks, like scrolling pages up or down. The hinges are solid and sturdy. You’d need two hands to pry open this laptop and for me, that’s good. You can punch the keys at a rapid pace without experiencing any wobbling. One of the most important things I personally look into for choosing laptops, is the keyboard. Besides having sufficient and comfortable travel between keystrokes, it’s a personal preference to have that “snappy” feel to it. I’m sure I’m not alone in the world with that keyboard preference. And it’s a delight to report the MateBook 14 has that “snappy” feel in its keyboards, making typing an enjoyable experience. When working at night with the lights off, the MateBook 14 features a backlit keyboard. The MateBook 14 is only a new component in Huawei’s entire ecosystem. To bridge mobility and workflow, the Huawei Share allows you to transfer files between the laptop and Huawei smartphone seamlessly. So, if you need to hurry off, just tap your Huawei phone into the MateBook 14 and you can keep on working while outside. The MateBook 14 is a strong addition to Huawei’s laptop lineup. If you’re looking to get a solid laptop for work or for online learning, the MateBook 14 is worth checking out......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

Internet speed in the time of COVID-19 is everything

Time flies by so fast, and yet, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought our lives to a screeching halt. Nearly seven months into the quarantined life, we have experienced a day that already feels like a week, a week that feels like a month, and with quarantine guidelines restricting us from being with our loved ones, the only way for us to really connect is through the internet. The question now is, how connected are we to be virtually together? In these trying times with everyone cooped up at home, Internet speed has become indispensable. Apart from speed, having a backup is a necessity, what with every family member hogging the bandwidth for Google Hangouts and/or Zoom calls used for either school or work. This is where PLDT Home comes in, thanks to their newly-launched device: the PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance modem. Internet speed is king — even for a backup modem I got to experience firsthand the newest device that PLDT Home recently launched. Having had my fair share of experience with the PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid, the newly improved Advance modem is a definite game-changer. How was it? It was not bad — at all. The LTE-Advance experience The PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance modem is a plug-and-play device, so installing it is very easy. To put it to the test, I used the device for an entire day, not just as backup, but as my main source of Internet connection. I put it near the window, which is always the advice given for modems to get better Internet connection. The PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance modem features carrier aggregation that is a combination of frequency channels to power LTE to deliver at faster speeds. This enabled me to connect three devices all at once, without having to sacrifice the quality of my Wifi connectivity. The PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance is powered by Smart LTE, the fastest mobile network in the Philippines as certified by Ookla. There are also two LAN ports found at the back that allow users to have wired connection for two devices. This is perfect for families with parents working from home and children taking online classes. The verdict Absolutely no jokes were meant when I mentioned above that the PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance modem is a game-changer. This is the device that families need at home to better equip them while working from and/or studying at home while also being practical with their internet spending. Because it’s prepaid, families need not worry about adding up to their monthly bills and they can easily load the device when they need it. The modem is a powerful device because of the reliable and stronger Internet connection it can provide to the entire family. PLDT Home really did step up their game with this device, and I repeat — it’s a necessity in households today. Be it for virtual conference calls for work, online classes, or catch up sessions with your loved ones, the PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid modem is a device anyone can depend on. Prepaid packages for the family To match the much improved PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance modem, PLDT Home provided new and affordable FamLoad packages that cater to the Internet needs of families at home. For students, the FamLoad Study 599 comes with 57 GB with 3 GB/day for learning tools like Canvas, Schoology, Gabay Guro, Microsoft 365, and NEO. Those who are film and TV series geeks will also enjoy using the PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance modem, with its FamLoad Video 599 equipped with 40 GB for open access data and 15 GB of YouTube, or the FamLoad Video Plus 599 with 45 GB for all sites and apps or 3 GB of videos daily for 15 days. The new PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid Advance modem is now available via the PLDT Home website and can be delivered fast via Grab delivery. The unit also comes with free 10GB data that’s ready for use and it’s convenient to reload through GrabApp using the GrabPay wallet, Paymaya, myPLDT Smart app, or PLDT Home and Smart’s retailers nationwide. In these trying times, the need to stay online as we opt to do things virtually is at an all-time high, and PLDT Home may just have provided the very device that is now a truly relevant and essential part of the modern new normal home......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

As COVID-19 ravages the Philippines, a bible thumper insults our intelligence

RJ Nieto We have been made too aware of the speakership catfight in the House of Representatives. On one side is Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano who, last year, agreed to a term sharing deal that entails his voluntary resignation this month. On the other side, the PDP-Laban Lord Allan Velasco, head of the House’s biggest political party. If Cayetano just complied with the term-sharing agreement that he himself insisted on having, then the nation could have moved on and returned its focus on the COVID-19 pandemic that has been ravaging the erstwhile flourishing Philippine economy. But that was not the case: after getting a taste of his lucrative position for 15 months, Cayetano didn’t want to let go. In mid-September, Cayetano said he should remain as the speaker as he claims to enjoy majority support. Days later, his camp even went a step further when Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte accused Velasco of planning to delay the passage of the crucial 2021 National Budget. President Rodrigo Duterte, acting as head of the Kilusang Pagbabago Coalition, mediated the rift when he called for a meeting with Cayetano and Velasco. There are various versions of what happened during the meeting, but what’s clear is that both sides agreed to a vote on the speakership on October 14th. At this point, minus the speakership drama, pretty much everything else in the House, especially the 2021 budget deliberations, was going quite smoothly . At this point, the Cayetano-Velasco catfight was still a purely political skirmish. But things took a turn for the worse during the October 7 House session. While the budget debates were still ongoing, Cayetano abruptly declared the end of debates. He then moved to suspend House sessions until mid-November, effectively cancelling the October 14th vote for speaker. Cayetano’s move squarely violated Section 16(5), Article VI, of the Constitution, which forbids the House from adjourning for more than three days without the Senate’s nod. The term he used — “suspension” — is just semantic acrobatics for adjournment. Cayetano’s move effectively delayed the transmission to the Senate of the budget’s House version from October 14 to mid-November at the earliest. For the sake of holding onto power, he escalated the purely political skirmish into a full-blown national crisis. If Cayetano and his allies did not want a speakership change because his replacement will just delay the budget, then why did he delay the budget himself? The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a New Normal, and we need a national budget that takes this New Normal into account. However, the speaker’s latest political stunt risks the reenactment of the previous national budget, a budget that was written before COVID-19 ravaged us. How can the nation address the rampaging pandemic without a national budget that recognizes COVID-19 as a national disaster? We need more IT infrastructure funding as more Filipinos engage in e-commerce and as schools shift to online learning. We need more healthcare funding as Filipinos continue to get infected with this virus. We need more fiscal support for ailing businesses as thousands have gone bankrupt after the economy ground to a halt. But all of these may not happen because of what Cayetano did. He can bicker with anyone as much as he wants, but he should not sacrifice the welfare of this nation for the sake of his ambitions. Cayetano loves to quote the Bible every chance he gets, but it appears that the Bible he reads excludes all the verses that mention greed. I know for a fact that politicians want power. Running for office, after all, is inherently a quest to gain power. But power is sought not for power’s sake. Power is just a means to towards an end, and that end should be public welfare. Too bad for us earthlings, Cayetano may not share the same view of power. And even if he does, his notion of power is a warped, twisted version that serves his aspirations more than those of the Filipino people. And despite what he’s done, he has the gall to insult our intelligence by claiming that he has the nation’s best interests in mind. If there’s anything we can learn from Cayetano, that would be new and more creative ways to cringe. Alan Peter Cayetano’s latest stunt suggests that while Alan Peter Cayetano may still love this country, Alan Peter Cayetano happens to love Alan Peter Cayetano more. For comments and reactions, please email TP@ThinkingPinoy.net or visit Facebook.com/TheThinkingPinoy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

MGA MAGULANG ‘FRONTLINERS’ SA BLENDED LEARNING

MAHINA man o walang masagap na signal ng internet, sabik na sinimulan ang “blended learning” ng 24.4 milyong mag-aaral sa kani-kanilang mga tahanan. Sa kabila ng ultimatum ni Pangulong Duterte, bigo ang mga balasubas na telecommunications companies na pagbutihin ang internet at telephone services para sa komunikasyon ng mga teacher at estudyante. Para makapag-online, kinailangang […] The post MGA MAGULANG ‘FRONTLINERS’ SA BLENDED LEARNING appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

Department of Education gets jump ropes from MILO, PJRA

As classes for online learning begins, leading beverage brand MILO Philippines, and partner sports organization Philippine Jump Rope Association, announced that it will turn over 600 jump ropes to the Department of Education. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 7th, 2020

On World Teachers’ Day, groups call for higher education budget

It is the Duterte administration's responsibility to provide these basic demands for enough learning modules per student, available gadgets and laptops for both student and teachers for online classes, adequate health measures are in place to ensure health safety for both teacher and student, and sufficient teaching expenses allowances for our teachers in this new normal for education." The post On World Teachers’ Day, groups call for higher education budget appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsOct 6th, 2020

PNP seeks barangay noise ban during online classes

Barangays nationwide will be asked to pass local ordinances or resolutions banning activities that create unnecessary noise that could disrupt the online distance learning of millions of public school students who resumed classes yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 5th, 2020

Coca-Cola enables online learning with desktop donation

In light of the pandemic, and in order to ease how COVID-19 has been reshaping our way of life, Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI) has intensified its People First policy—extending continuous support to its associates and to the communities it serves. Most recently, the Company donated 200 desktop units to its rank-and-file employees, which will serve as valuable tools for families struggling to facilitate distance learning for their children, as face-to-face classroom sessions remain on hold......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 30th, 2020

Klase sa internet café puwede – Malakanyang

Ipapaubaya na ng Malacañang sa mga local government unit (LGU) kung papayagan ang mga estudyante na gawin sa mga internet cafe' ang kanilang online learning kasabay ng pagbubukas klase sa Lunes, October 5. The post Klase sa internet café puwede - Malakanyang first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsSep 30th, 2020

Learning is Trending on 'TikTokU - 18B Views and Counting!

In recent months, TikTok has been flooded with amazing educational posts. This content revolution, known as #TikTokU, focuses on teaching and learning, and has transformed the app into an alternative and accessible means of discovering new ideas online. Through #TikTokU, creators have been able to share practical knowledge and life-changing advice with millions of followers on the platform......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 30th, 2020

How to make online learning effective?

The rush to put education online amid the pandemic is unprecedented. Academic Institutions that have little to no experience with it are forced, within a couple of months, to throw together online programs for its students......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 28th, 2020

DepEd probes learning module with dirty names

The Department of Education is investigating the use by an unnamed private school in Zambales of lewd terms in its learning modules, which went viral online......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 26th, 2020

‘Learners support aides’ sa ‘di delikadong lugar ng DepEd, suportado ni Win

Manila, Philippines – Sinuportahan ni Senador Win Gatchalian ang balak ng Department of Education (DepEd) na tumanggap ng serbisyo ng  ‘learner support aides’  sa pagpapatupad ng distance learning sa mga low-risk area.   Sa pahayag, sinabi ni Gatchalian na pwedeng nang ipatupad ang pagpapadala ng learner support aides sa mga estudyanteng nasa ‘low-risk areas’ sa […] The post ‘Learners support aides’ sa ‘di delikadong lugar ng DepEd, suportado ni Win appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsSep 26th, 2020

Hisense Smart TV for online learning in 3 easy steps

Face-to-face classes remain suspended due to the ongoing pandemic. To address this, many have opted to shift to homeschooling or online distance learning......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 26th, 2020

Dizon to education officials: Study impact of distance learning on mental health of students

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Councilor Alvin Dizon is asking the education department and the Local School Board (LSB) to conduct a study that will look into the mental health of the students undergoing distance learning. Dizon said that the shift from the traditional mode of learning to distance learning using online platforms, modules, […] The post Dizon to education officials: Study impact of distance learning on mental health of students appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2020

A tale of two teachers handling online and modular distance learning classes in Cebu

  CEBU CITY, Philippines— In today’s educational system, huge adjustments are made to make ends meet. Schools are now offering distant learning or those with modules and online classes. Modular distance learning is when students prefer using printed modules for class discussions and activities. This best fits those, who do not have easy access to […] The post A tale of two teachers handling online and modular distance learning classes in Cebu appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2020