The Schools Division Office (SDO) of the Department of Education (DepEd) is rolling out hands-on training on utilizing teleconferencing platforms and similar applications for its teaching and non-teaching personnel, to equip them with teaching skills under a “new normal” environment.

The division office said it will be promoting applications such as Google Meet to hold online meetings, training events, and other official activities.

“To cope with this new normal, all DepEd Palawan teaching and non-teaching personnel shall utilize web-based telecommunicating. An orientation on the use of web-based platforms such as Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and other applications is being conducted (May 8-12, 2020),” Grace Estefano, division information officer of the SDO, said.

She added that they are now encouraging virtual meetings and discouraging mass gatherings for training activities and for preparations for the upcoming school year.

“Remote meetings are the new normal. With COVID-19, physical distancing and wearing of the mask are basic precautionary measures to minimize virus transmission. People who once met face-to-face must now meet virtually. No mass gatherings to conduct training and other preparations for the opening of classes for SY 2020-2021,” she added.

Included in the web-based telecommuting are the webinar sessions and capacity building of teachers for the new normal.

DepEd technology unit head Mark Anthony Sy said that “the webinar session is purely a hands-on activity and not theoretical”.

The webinar includes proficiency on OER (Open Education Resources) program, Autodesk for beginners, Photoshop, capacity building of teachers for the new normal classroom, graphic designs, Microsoft 0367, G-Suite for education, advanced OER program, parenting tips for the new normal classroom, among others.

El Nido National High School (ENHS) principal Anson Paredes said it is important for all teachers to have this webinar online training in order to prepare them for online learnings before official classes begin in August.

“We really need to adopt the current trends because education is a continuous learning process. Kailangan din talaga,” Paredes said.

“Malaki ang kakailanganing adjustments. Dapat sa ngayon, focus muna sa scenario ng home study,” added Christina Morada, ENHS Grade 7 adviser.

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