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Malayan Science strengthens online learning with the latest in educational technology

Friday, October 16, 2020

Malayan High School of Science stays true to its commitment of educating young minds to have exemplary foundation in natural sciences, mathematics, technology, and the arts, even in times of the pandemic crisis, by utilizing the latest in educational technology to effectively deliver its specialized curricula in the remote learning environment.

The school currently provides students with access to the latest licensed online educational tools and subscription-based resources, making remote learning effective and easy for learners. These tools can be accessed anytime and anywhere by the students and faculty for both synchronous and asynchronous classes through Malayan Science’s online learning platform Cardinal EDGE.

Mathematics subjects at Malayan Science are complemented with MATLAB, a software that combines the desktop environment with a programming language that expresses matrix and array mathematics directly.

Mathematics subjects at Malayan Science are complemented with the licensed tool MATLAB, a software that combines the desktop environment with programming language that expresses matrix and array mathematics directly.

For robotics classes, through its long-time partnership with First Eduspec Inc. (FEI), the school conducts robotics classes using OPACAD, FEI’s learning management system, and RobotC. Meanwhile, real-time collaboration is facilitated through Microsoft Teams.

Malayan Science’s Blackboard and MATLAB coordinator Shallom Fajardo said that the school uses RobotC this school year to help students in the simulations of their robotics and laboratory works.

With long-time robotics program partner First Eduspec Inc., Malayan Science conducts robotics classes using OPACAD and RobotC. Real-time collaboration is facilitated through Microsoft Teams.

“We are using a lot of applications for just the junior high school level. Here at Malayan Science, our promise is to prepare junior high school learners for the challenges and opportunities of the digital age,” Fajardo said.

Apart from these licensed tools, Malayan Science employs other open-source applications to support the online delivery of learning in all of its subjects.

Malayan Science has subscriptions to 13 e-Book and e-Journal databases and to a digital newspaper and magazine library.

Students are also provided with remote access to the school’s rich and powerful digital resources that can be used for research and reading activities. Currently, Malayan Science has subscriptions to 13 e-Book and e-Journal databases and to a digital newspaper and magazine library.

While students can still accomplish their school works in the traditional way, Malayan Science encourages students to use the online tools for them to master the digital skills necessary in college and in their future careers.

“Online learning is a method of delivering and transferring knowledge as well as passing and honing the skills of our students through the use of online applications and software, which can either be through synchronous and asynchronous learning,” Fajardo added.

Malayan High School of Science is not new to online learning, as it has already implemented the remote learning mode even before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The school further pointed out that remote learning does not necessarily mean the use of the synchronous mode of learning alone, but it also enables the students to learn at their own pace offline through the asynchronous mode.

Synchronous learning entails live online sessions of student’s classes, while asynchronous learning is the provision of learning materials to students that they must accomplish at their own pace.