Bridging the Gaps in Remote Learning


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Much has been said about the educational inequalities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic — but what can be done to alleviate the situation? Apart from online platforms, can schools use other forms of technology to reach students? In this practitioner-focused series, we explore the spectrum of educational technologies from virtual classrooms to radio lessons, show how communities play a part in education, and how we can create inclusive and engaging lessons in a remote setting.

Join us and learn more best practices and relevant, actionable strategies and tips from our panel of inspiring, transformative educators.

Series Moderator

Dr Carmela C. Oracion is currently the Director of the Ateneo Center for Educational Development, The Philippines. She completed her Doctorate degree in Education, a dual award programme, from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and University of London. In her present post, she is deeply involved in the development of public schools in the Philippines, most of which face very challenging circumstances. The majority of students enrolled in Philippine public schools come from disadvantaged backgrounds and she believes that a good education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty. Her interests include school leadership, teacher development and school improvement.

In this series

PART 1 | 17 June

Working With Your Community

PART 2 | 24 June

Using Digital Tools

PART 3 | 1 July

Rehashing Older Technology

Part 1 | Working with Your Community

It takes a village to raise a child — schools, businesses, non-profit organisations and entire communities have the shared responsibility of educating and nurturing children, especially in trying times. In the first session, we explore how schools can build and nurture partnerships with their wider community, and rally these partners to help bridge gaps in digital access to education.

Meet the Panellists for Part 1

Dr Nguyen Thi Thu Trang is Director of the STEM Education Center of Ho Chi Minh City University of Education (HCMUE), Vietnam. She has achieved a PhD Degree in Material Chemistry at University of Birmingham (UK). She is in charge of designing and conducting teacher training courses in STEM Education. Trang is also working as a lecturer at the Department of Chemistry, HCMUE.

Mr Eddie A. Alarte is currently Principal IV of Polo National High School, The Philippines and the President of Principals’ Association in DepEd-Valenzuela. As a school head for 10 years, his pursuit for good leadership has always been a priority. He steadfastly believes that passion, commitment, and hard work are the main ingredients that creates a good leader.

Mr Oscar Carascalao is a teacher who values integrity, service, and excellence. He has experience with several international teaching programmes in Australia and Malaysia. He is currently teaching English at SMA Pradita Dirgantara, a world-class boarding high school in Indonesia. The school incorporates Project-Based Service which allows the school to strengthen the relationships with the wider community and stakeholders.

Part 2 | Using Digital Tools

Blended and hybrid learning may be here to stay; while technology cannot replace teachers, teacher and school capabilities and competencies need to be updated and strengthened to provide quality instruction to students. In this session, we share how educators can use free and readily available tools to complement their online teaching.

Meet the Panellists for Part 2

Prof Yeap Ban Har was with National Institute of Education, Singapore for a decade until 2010. He is currently Director of Curriculum and Teacher Development at two schools, one in Pathlight School, Singapore and the other in Anglo Singapore International School, Thailand. His area of expertise is mathematics education. Prior to the pandemic, he travelled globally to help mathematics teachers rethink their classroom practices to cultivate deep learning and learner independence.

Ms Aury R. Atienza-Santos is a project manager at SEAMEO INNOTECH’s Educational Research and Innovation Office. She handles projects related to the use of mobile devices for education and cultivating digital citizenship among learners in Southeast Asia. She is currently in charge of programme delivery for the Philippines’ Alternative Learning System implementers, using Mobile Technology for Teachers (MT4T 2.0), a teacher resource kit, as the main resource material.

Ms Sabrina Ongkiko is an award-winning public school teacher at Culiat Elementary School, The Philippines. Among other awards, she was given the Best Teacher award by the Department of Education – NCR Congressional District VI. Passionate about education, she has spoken in different venues including the UNESCO conferences in Bangkok and Paris. Sabrina advocates for teacher empowerment through telling stories – encouraging and opening doors for other teachers to reflect on, articulate, and share their own stories.

Part 3 | Rehashing Older Technology

Across countries, within countries, and within schools, teachers and students have varying access to newer technology. In this final session, we delve into how schools can use alternative forms of technology, such as radio and television, and government-provided resources, to ensure that no child is left behind in remote learning.

Meet the Panellists for Part 3

Dr Yolanda Marin-Gonzales is Principal IV of Capas National High School, The Philippines. An epitome of servant leadership, she has been recognised as an Outstanding Principal from 2014 to 2021 in the division up to the national level of the Department of Education because of her exemplary and unselfish works for the agency. She is an achiever graduate from Tarlac State University, a premier University in Central Luzon, Philippines.

Mr Teerawat Luanrit is currently Director, Buddhajakwittaya School (OBEC), Thailand. Prior to this role, he was a teacher, and then Deputy Director, at Rajadamri School, Bangkok. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, a Masters in Educational Research and is currently pursuing his PhD in Educational Administration.

Mr Jaton Zulueta is the executive director and founder of AHA Learning Center, a non-profit that’s helped thousands of parents, teachers, and students in the Philippines during the pandemic. Jaton is a multi-awarded teacher, community organiser, and broadcaster.  For his work, Jaton was recently awarded Obama Foundation Leader. He works with education groups in the Philippines and abroad. 

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Disclaimer: The views expressed by the speakers in this webinar series are their own and do not represent the opinions of The HEAD Foundation.

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Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.