Diwa innovates through blended learning

Simply enabling. This sums up what “blended learning” is all about. That is why it’s a way of teaching and learning that Diwa Learning Systems Inc (Diwa) has been committed to enhancing for the past 10 years.

The leading provider of print and digital educational resources in the Philippines, Diwa continues to help schools upgrade education strategies because it saw how adding technology in the mix would change the education landscape.

Diwa’s solutions include Genyo e-Learning, Textbooks, and Supplemental Educational Magazines (SEMs), whose combination may be customized to create blended learning.

Genyo e-Learning is the first and only fully-integrated online management system for basic education in the Philippines. It provides students and teachers with an exclusive online subscription 24/7 to a wide array of multimedia, curriculum-based teaching and learning resources.

Diwa Textbooks promote holistic learning for basic education students in all core subject areas. Available in both print and digital formats, these K-to-12 aligned textbooks are multi-disciplinary in approach and develop important skills to help students survive the challenges of the 21st century.

SEMs are K-to-12 aligned classroom magazines for Science, Math, Social Studies, English, Filipino, Music, Arts, Health, Physical Education and Computer. They augment the learning experience with their casual and practical take on the minimum learning competences.

Innovation is the Key

Although blended learning is the combination of traditional classroom instruction and online learning, Diwa stressed that “technology isn’t the driver but innovation.”

Diwa considers customization as king in blended learning, and that its array of products can help meet the needs of students in a personalized, meaningful, and relevant manner.

In fact, many teachers, students, and leaders from schools attest to Diwa’s effective customizable educational solutions that make 21st century teaching and learning possible for every Philippine school.

Miriam College President Ma. Rosario O. Lapus, PhD., and the school’s high school Principal Edizon A. Fermin, PhD, attest that Diwa’s Genyo e-Learning helps students become fully engaged and active in their learning.

“Genyo helps the teachers in enriching the delivery of their subject matter with multi-media and with what is current and real,” Lapus said. “Innovation is adding something new or different to what already exists. This difference has to be significantly related to the changes and to the current of the educational landscape.”

As for Fermin, teaching and learning must really adjust to continue to be interesting to today’s students.

“Our learners are of a different generation and they want the things that they’re learning right now to be true and relevant to their own consciousness and context,” Fermin said.

He added that Diwa helped Miriam College in the transition towards e-learning integration and that in the new learningenvironment there are now opportunities for them to demonstrate responsibility in using technologies so that they could connect better and manifest meaningful learning in ways never seen before.

As Genyo e-Learning breaks down the walls of the classroom to allow teaching and learning to happen anytime, anywhere, Diwa’s printed and digital textbooks and magazines continue to make traditional instruction relevant by creating more opportunities for discovery and exploration.

“Despite the emergence of technology innovation, textbooks still play a vital purpose in education. Textbooks provide organized unit of work. We use textbooks for quick formative assessments like drills and exercises. Sometimes, I take some story selections as a springboard for my lesson”, says Jobelle Villacorta, grade school English teacher from St. Paul College Pasig.

Ninna Rivera, a grade V student of St. Paul College Pasig, says that “the use of textbook encourages me to ask more questions as when I read on paper, it creates a tactile experience and I can navigate long texts in an intuitive and satisfying way.”

Ninna’s mother, Mary Bernadette V. Rivera, fully supports the blended learning approach. “With the concept of blended learning, Ninna makes use of digital resources and her textbooks. Diwa textbooks continue to be an integral part of her pursuit for academic excellence.”

Diwa’s SEMs make the implementation of blended learning more interesting. Available in all the core subject areas, SEMs also follow the minimum learning competencies for basic education.

Mr. Laurence Baltazar, vice principal of Integrated Montessori Center, says, “SEMs are integrated in lessons and implementations of programs.  SEMs provide content and projects that require to be carried outside the classroom inspiring them to go and observe, investigate, and gather data.”

“These (SEMs) help in forming the practice and value of critical thinking in our young learners. Infusing SEMs has proven to be dynamic, responsive, and relevant to the needs of students,” adds Marianne Cadungog Rivera, assistant school director of Integrated Montessori Center.

With Diwa’s formidable line-up of textbooks, magazines, and learning management system, they continue to lead the way for blended learning in the Philippines.  They change the way teachers teach and students learn. Teachers become more relevant and attune with the times, while students are given a wide range of learning opportunities that prepare them for the 21st century.

For more information about diwa, log on to www.diwa.ph.

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