How Online Classes are Done the Georgia Way?

  • Jul. 29, 2021
How Online Classes are Done the Georgia Way?

For more than a year now, a pandemic has changed the whole country. A new way of life has begun for all Filipinos. Also, the new normal education has started all over the country. 

In this regard, to adapt to the country’s pandemic situation, the Department of Education (DepEd) released the Most Essential Learning Competencies (MELCs) that shall serve as the guideline for the implementation of the revised K to 12 curriculum (Gonzales, 2020).

The MELCs further narrow down all the possible essential lessons, concepts, and skill-sets that a student must know, acquire, and understand -- even if the classes are conducted through different modalities, such as face-to-face physical classroom interactions.

This new way of learning, brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, can be an additional challenge during this difficult time. Parents’ participation and cooperation are very important, to ensure that their kids are complying and learning well. As parents, staying on top of things is very important. That is because, as mentioned, different learning modalities are being practiced by different schools in the Philippines, in public or private schools. 

This modality has three types: Modular Distance Learning, Online Distance Learning, and Television/Radio-Based Instruction. Public schools have used Modular Distance Learning, as most of the students enrolled in public schools do not have access to the internet, or gadgets, to use for an online class. While most private schools have used online and blended learning. 

Georgia International Academy is one of the best online schools in the Philippines has adapted the online education setup during the pandemic, veering away from the traditional landscape of education. It launches the Georgia Online Learning. It is an international school that offers programs from preschool to senior high school. The school’s curriculum is also enriched by its Singapore Math and Science program, which follows the 5-Step Experiential Learning Method, where concepts are taught through hands-on experimentation followed by Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) driven learning. The school has more than 500 students from Preschool to Grade 12. 

The teachers are well-trained and are very passionate about their job to teach children.

Georgian International Academy’s Preparation for Online Learning

Most private schools all over the country have offered online classes and blended learning, for the safety and convenience of everyone. So, how are online classes done the Georgia way? What makes it different from other schools?

Georgia International Academy is one of the few schools in Iloilo which offers purely online classes. Months before the class, Georgian teachers were expertly trained in the use of the visual and platforms to be used in an online class. After the teachers' training, weeks before the classes started, teachers had an orientation with the parents. The teachers taught the parents, as well as their students, how to use the platforms for the class. The following platforms are used: Google Classroom, Zoom, and Google meet. Each Georgian student also has their own Georgia mail account, to receive announcements and important information from their subject teachers. 

How are Online Classes done?

This year might be tough for all of us, and everyone is struggling to adjust to new normal education. Georgia International Academy gives its learners the most convenient time, and preparation, they need every day for their classes. Classes usually begin at 7:30 and end at 11:30 AM, then continue their offline activities from 1-5 PM. In Georgia International Academy, classes are done in two ways. These are the Synchronous classes and Asynchronous classes. 

What is a Synchronous Class?

Synchronous learning happens in real-time. This means that Georgians, and their classmates, and teachers interact in a specific virtual place, at a set time. In these courses, teachers commonly take attendance, as they would in a lecture hall.

Common methods of synchronous online learning include video conferencing, teleconferencing, live chatting, and live-streamed lectures which must be viewed in real-time. Classes last 40 minutes per subject and there is break time in between classes, promoting healthy screen time for each levels. Students' attention span in online classes is far different than in a traditional classroom. So synchronous classes are mostly done in the morning, from 7:30 to 11:30 AM. Students are given a 10-minute break between classes, to enter the next  Google classroom and prepare the materials before the next class. Their teachers do the same. You might wonder if there is also recess time or snack time -- as we know that classes are done virtually, and everyone has access to the food at home. Yes, there is snack time! It is one of the ground rules in an online classroom that nobody is going to eat their snacks, except during recess! Georgians are not just well-behaved students, but also well-disciplined. After their classes in the morning, teachers prepare follow-up activities to assess students' learning on that day. Teachers would upload materials or homework, to be answered on Google Classroom after their lessons. 

What is Asynchronous learning?

Asynchronous learning happens on your own schedule. While the teachers will provide materials for reading, lectures for viewing, assignments for completing, and exams for evaluation, students can access and satisfy these requirements on their own time -- as long as they meet the expected deadlines. Common methods of asynchronous online learning include self-guided lesson modules, pre-recorded video content, virtual libraries, lecture notes, and online discussion boards or social media platforms. The moment that teachers upload or post an assignment on Google Classroom, teachers also set a deadline for the student's completion of that activity, so students need to comply before the deadline.

Georgia International Academy is located in Savannah, Oton, Iloilo. The school has catered to students from other countries since it started its online programs. Georgia International Academy has received many compliments from parents, as teachers and staff of the school are very responsive to their concerns. This year, the school has a lot more to offer its students. Despite the difficult situations of new normal education, Georgia International Academy will continue to provide its learners with the highest standard of education!