Learning Passport Mexico
Recovering Foundational Learning in Secondary School Students
Learning Passport Mexico is a platform for teaching and learning that offers educational content, primarily tailored for secondary school students. The implementation of the Learning Passport unfolds progressively in distinct phases. Each phase is associated with extending coverage to diverse schools and subsystems across Mexico's regions. Throughout each stage, valuable input from students and educators is gathered, informing crucial improvements for subsequent phases, thereby ensuring the ongoing enhancement of the platform's functionalities.
Currently, more than 300,000 students and teachers are registered on Learning Passport México.
How did Learning Passport Mexico start?
In October 2021, UNICEF Mexico, in collaboration with the Undersecretary of Higher Secondary Education and the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV), launched the Learning Passport Mexico platform. This initiative was aimed at addressing the learning loss resulting from widespread school closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The virtual platform was strategically designed to offer remedial courses aligned with the official high school curriculum for grades 10 to 12, with a focus on strengthening foundational skills and knowledge in physics, chemistry, and English.
Courses and content
The courses encompass a wide range of digital content including interactive activities, videos, audio files, games, readings, infographics, exercises, and curricular content. Each Learning Passport course features an initial diagnostic assessment and a concluding evaluation or exam. These tools enable teachers to assess students' progress upon course completion, allowing for differentiated instruction to address specific learning gaps.
Learning Passport Mexico encompasses five subjects, unfolding with sequenced content spanning Mathematics 1 through 6, Chemistry 1 and 2, Communication 1 and 2, English 3 and 4, and Physics 1. The sequential naming of these courses doesn't correspond to semesters, granting teachers the flexibility to adopt an application strategy that best suits their classroom dynamics and their student's unique needs.
Teacher training and ongoing support
The training process aims to enable teachers to effectively incorporate Learning Passport into their classes and track students' progress within the platform. This training also addresses the different steps of the registration process, the creation of individual classroom groups and troubleshooting for technical problems that may arise when using the platform.
The training process motivates teachers to enrich and diversify their classroom activities through the incorporation of readings and infographics available on the platform. This approach aims to stimulate student engagement and foster more effective learning experiences.
Furthermore, the teaching staff benefits from a dedicated web page with valuable resources and online tutorials that provide detailed course guidance, and recommendations for seamlessly integrating the platform with their educational practice.
Modes of Utilizing the Learning Passport
A key aspect of the LP is its versatility, enabling educators to adapt its use to specific classroom contexts and the discrete learning needs of their students. For instance, teachers can select particular courses to support students with weaker academic performance, reinforcing their learning, and provide intensive remedial classes for students at risk of failing the semester. In general, Learning Passport Mexico is used for the following purposes:
Course content and exercises are used to design lesson plans.
Course activities are integrated into classroom teaching.
Students are encouraged to take specific courses to review what they have learned.
It contains resources that help students prepare for mid-term or final exams.
It helps students build upon their earlier learning experiences and link them with their current studies.
It allows students to thoroughly review key concepts, test their understanding, and fine-tune their knowledge in preparation for midterm and final exams.
It tracks students' progress on the platform.
It provides unique insights into individual learning journeys
It facilitates tailored support and guidance from educators
It enables timely learning interventions and adjustments to optimize academic growth
Starting in 2023, Mexico will pioneer the offline implementation of the Learning Passport, making it the first country to do so in the LAC region. This will involve working with official Learning Passport offline devices that establish connectivity in schools across nine Mexican states and expanding the possibilities for children and adolescents to access high-quality content to support their academic performance.