Updated: Sep 21, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the delivery of education from the traditional face to face learning to online distance learning (ODL). The Rotaract Club of San Pedro East (RAC SPE) implemented a timely project that helped learners adjust to the new mode of education delivery - through Project E-levate.
Project E-levate involves the propagation of e-learning via Alternate Teaching and Educating, a free online tutorial program on enhancing English language skills of incoming Grade 7 students.
Launched in social media on July 15, E-levate attracted 35 students who signed up and completed the program. Before the classes started, a virtual orientation was conducted and was attended by the parents and students. A pre-assessment was given to students to determine their strengths and level of knowledge and familiarity on topics covered.
The lessons - subject-verb agreement; sentence patterns; voices of verbs; past perfect; direct and indirect speech - were aligned with the Department of Education’s Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELC). After the five-week program, a post-assessment was undertaken by the students to determine the academic improvement of the learners.
Volunteer Rotarian teacher PP Zenia Zamora guiding the beneficiary pupils on how to use the Google Classroom to access the learning materials, answer assessments and submit their assignments
The e-class meets thrice a week having synchronous sessions where teachers and e-learners are engaged in learning through live virtual conferences. Asynchronous sessions or self-paced learning of learners at home through assignments were also conducted. The tutorial classes were also made interactive through the use of various digital apps such as Google Classroom, Kahoot, Quizziz, Mentimeter, Zoom and other third-party applications.
Project poster showing the digital tools used for the virtual tutorial program.
“As parents, we were very happy to see that our daughter is interested and engaged in this learning experience which helped in the development of my child’s communication skills. The project is also timely since my child and her e-classmates have already experienced what online learning is even though the academic year has not yet started, thus making them elevated and advanced,” said Albert Escuvania, a parent of one e-learner.
Last August 22, RAC SPE held a virtual recognition ceremony for the students at which the completers and the top 5 outstanding performers of the class were recognized.
Class Valedictorian Johanna Jayde Atas articulated her classmates sentiments aptly when she said, “Today marks a new milestone as we break through to come up wiser, more resilient, and elevated. This opportunity has been opened to us, students, and this allowed us to grow with new knowledge and skills that enabled us to face the new normal of education. Project E-levate is truly elevating because it encouraged us to stand in the midst of the pandemic."
Rotarian Zenia Zamora of Rotary Club of San Pedro Magic and Rotaractors Catherine Mariquina, John Paul Espiritu, Antonette Maree Flandez and Khristine Karole Gañgan of the Rotaract Club of San Pedro East served as volunteer teachers for the virtual tutorial program
This article was also featured in the Philippine Rotary Magazine as seen below as well as in their website.
The article was contributed by Past President of the Rotary Club of San Pedro Magic Zennia Zamora and Treasurer of the Rotaract Club of San Pedro East Khristine Karole Gañgan.