Revolutionizing Education through Offline Resources

By: EVA DAY B. VALENTINO, San Roque NHS        

        The advancement of modern technologies has enormous potential to improve education. With the seems to be impossible, ideas of revolutionizing and upscaling of Philippine educators' technological knowledge and  the  lack of fundings are challenges that  led Mark Anthony C. Sy, now the Ed Tech Unit head,  to train  ten (10) teachers based on the ideals and aspirations to bridge the digital divide and empower the perceptions, and practices among the IT and subject area experts in DepEd.        

         With the help of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) who collaborated with Department of Education, a nationwide training workshop was held in May, 2019 to empower not only the ICT teachers but also the subject experts in the use and curation of OER interactive offline e-learning materials ending up with capacitated 1,900 teachers. In 2020, still with no funds available, EdTech Unit trained more than 500,000 teachers in ICT and digital learning, this number raised up to seven hundred thousand (700,000) teachers nationwide recognized by international NGO gained awards and recognition according to Mark Anthony C. Sy, number of teachers who have been trained is still growing exponentially.     

       Now, teachers and learners  may be able to reuse, remix, collaborate, and contextualize educational needs using Open Educational Resources  without having to worry about plagiarism. Various components of materials have been introduced as OER by  the Department of Education evolves. Kiwix, an offline version of Wikipedia 2016; Wikivoyage - Wikispecies, Wikitionary, Wiki for schools and businesses; KA Lite, an offline version of Khan Academy that supports subjects in English, Arts and Humanities, Sciences, and Mathematics; FTP Version, an offline version of Raspberry Pi - Rachel that includes numerous OER materials to support different learners of all ages. Kolibri and Moodle, which complement one other, are currently being utilized in open source projects such as the Learning Management System, which allows for offline assessment evaluation via a host server.     

       Wondershare Quiz Creator,  is a fun and stimulating piece of software that makes quizzing dynamic, responsive, and teacher-friendly. Last but not least, OER released CourseLab 2.4, an open source e-learning creation program that allows users to develop flat learning resources that are responsive in real time and can be used in any learning environment.     

        Apparently, the use of Open Educational Resources (OERs)  solved challenges faced by public schools, particularly Last Mile Schools, in terms of access to learning with the help of materials and enhanced skills to create or reuse content. OER created a new path of use in connecting disconnected schools. Furthermore, OER materials allow teachers to take extensive notes, allowing them to develop their own materials and see how they could expand in ways they never envisioned.