Academic panda to serve students

The Department of Education (DepEd) Dumaguete City Division is preparing to use a cellphone application in the opening of classes on August 24, 2020.

Dr. Gregorio Cyrus Elejorde, DepEd Dumaguete City Division Superintendent said they have yet to finalize the mobile application that they initially dubbed as “academic panda.”

Elejorde said the academic panda will speed up the distribution of online and offline learning materials that teachers have been working on for the past weeks.

Teachers and students alike can access the application anywhere, once connected to the internet.

Elejorde said students can comply with the requirements through the application for those who have internet connectivity, while those who don’t, can opt for the materials to be delivered at their home, as part of the offline or distance learning approach of the department.

He said they have been tirelessly developing various learning modalities or approaches which can address all possible concerns their learners in the city would face when the school year starts amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The department has also planned for the possible resumption of several faceto- face or traditional teaching approach inside classrooms, with strict adherence to the health security measures such as physical distancing, hand washing, wearing of face masks, among others.

Elejorde said parents and teachers can easily monitor their students’ academic performances by accessing the application. The division office can also generate real-time data from the application, which can be used as bases for future improvements on the delivery of the learning method.

DepEd is set to start online enrollment on June 1, as teachers are directed to return to their schools to prepare for the opening of classes. – Ryan Christopher J. Sorote