Our initiative was aimed at creating educational material for primary school children in the area of Reading and Mathematics in order to offer direct teaching to compensate, as far as possible, for the lack of schooling caused by COVID-19.
This initiative was part of a series of actions led by the Department of Education in Values of the University of Deusto,
Our partners were public and private schools, mainly in Vizcaya, although since the material was free, any school in the world could use it, as well as childcare centers run by religious congregations, and families with children in infant and primary education.
For this purpose, groups of undergraduate students were formed to created the script, the materials and the final videos for teaching components of reading such as vocabulario, fluid reading, and reading comprehension. Thus we created 50 tasks with basic vocabulary concepts (e.g., up, down, center, in a row, half, etc.), ten texts (five narrative and five expository) to practice repeated readings with a reading model, a children’s literature story read aloud and with questions and answers. In mathematics, videos were recorded that modeled counting from 1 to 30 (forward, backward and in steps of two and five), numbering exercises teaching principles of abstraction, cardinality, etc., and the resolution of mathematical problems of addition and subtraction.
All the videos were made in Spanish and Basque, the two official languages of the Basque Country.
The groups of undergraduates who participated were 3rd year Education program from the University of Deusto who voluntarily decided to work for this objective.
The evaluation of the experience was carried out remotely by asking the schools for feedback on the use of the material and its usefulness. Out of 25 schools surveyed, 6 schools responded positively valuing the material, as well as a shelter for children whose parents were hospitalized by COVID-19.
The undergraduated students considered that they had fulfilled “their duty” to collaborate with the material created to guarantee the right to education, given the emergency in which schools and families found themselves with hardly any digital educational materials.
You can see at this link some of the materials created by this Service-Learning experience.