12th Youth Congress on Information Technology (Y4iT 2014)

Join us and be a part of the most anticipated information technology (IT) event of the year in the Philippines – the 12th Youth Congress on Information Technology or Y4iT 2014! Y4iT 2014 shall be held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on September 10-12, 2014.

Y4iT, the biggest IT congress for the Filipino youth, is tapping into the limitless potential of the individual. The Youth Congress on Information Technology’s theme for 2014 is “Harnessing the Power of Me”. The theme revolves on the insightful use of IT with the goal of giving back to society. In the fast-paced and ever-changing world, IT plays a critical role in enabling individuals to realize their aspirations and commitments. As such, these individuals inspire their communities to be ever vigilant in the midst of environmental and developmental issues.

Established in 2003, the Youth Congress on Information Technology (formerly known as the Philippine Youth Congress on Information Technology) – commonly known as Y4iT – is an annual information technology event in the Philippines, organized by the UP System Information Technology Foundation (UP SITF) in cooperation with the University of the Philippines Information Technology Development Center (UP ITDC). Since its launching, Y4iT has gone on to be at the forefront of information technology gathering events in the Philippines. Various relevant and exciting IT topics are presented and discussed.

Now on its twelfth year, Y4IT has continuously been the largest gathering of IT enthusiasts from all over the country. Y4IT aims to introduce students, faculty, professionals, and enthusiasts alike to current trends in information and communications technology, providing knowledge sources and opening for them learning and career opportunities in ICT.

Featured in the three-day congress are timely and relevant topics like Building a Digital Business, Big Data and Analytics, Business Development, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source Cloud Computing, Architecting Games in Unity, Freedom and Accountability Through the Internet, IT Virtualization and Security, Apple Technologies, Online Identity Branding and Protection, Java and The Internet of Things, Linux Professional Institute, Music Marketing, eLearning Technologies, Open Data, Technology for Disaster Assessment, Open Web, and many more. Aside from these, there will also be a number of side event activities which include student paper presentations, exhibits, and job fairs.

Y4iT is endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education & the Department of Education. You can view the endorsement letters on http://bit.ly/Y4iT_CHED_Endorsement and http://bit.ly/Y4iT_DEPED_Endorsement.

Y4iT registration guidelines, list of speakers, congress badge rates (regular and bulk), and the program can be viewed on http://www.y4it.org. For other details, please call the Y4iT Secretariat at +63.920.2080. or +63.436.2217, or send an email to info.y4it@upsitf.org.

Remember to follow our social media accounts on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Y4iT), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ilove.Y4iT), Instagram (http://instagram.com/y4it) and Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/user/iloveY4iT), and use the hashtag #Y4iT on your posts before, during, or even after the event!

For a teaser of the event, check out this video on the Y4iT Youtube account:

See you there at Y4iT 2014!

4th EDUC 190 International Webinar Series 2013-2014

Hello 2014!

The EDUC 190 (Computers in Education) classes of the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Education will be holding the 4th EDUC 190 International Webinar Series this 2nd semester 2013-2014! The webinars (or online seminars) are FREE and these will run from March 9 to March 22, 2014. The webinars will be organized by undergraduates mostly composed of education students. This online event is FREE for everyone but slots are limited and there are no reservations due to the limitation of the webinar platform.

4th EDUC 190 International Webinar Series

The topics range from the following: Technology Integration in Different Fields, Desktop and Mobile Apps for Education, or simply, topics in the realm of Educational Technology.

Presenters will be coming primarily from the classes along with possible guest speakers from different local and international academic institutions. The schedule of the webinars will be provided through a publicly viewable Google Spreadsheet. The webinar details (e.g. presenters’ names, webinar links) are posted on the spreadsheets.

The organizers will mostly be using the Blackboard Collaborate (formerly known as Elluminate Live!). If you plan to join and participate in the event, kindly check if your computer meets the following recommended Elluminate Live! System Requirements. It is recommended that you click the webinar link 15-30 minutes before the specific webinar so that you will have time to troubleshoot if ever you get to encounter technical problems. When you click a webinar link, a small Java file (JNLP) download will be sent to your computer. Just accept it, open it using your Java Runtime Environment and then a new window will appear for the presentation room. It is also recommended that you are using a stable Internet connection that does not make use of filters and proxy servers. You can also test your computer setup using the Support Page for Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate Live!).

Check out this link for the Webinar Schedule:

http://bit.ly/educ190webinars1314b

And here are the links of the EDUC190 class blogs:

http://educ190wf1314b.wordpress.com (EDUC190 WF)
http://educ190wf11314b.wordpress.com (EDUC190 WF1)

So join us in our 4th EDUC190 Free International Webinar Series this week! These live webinars are 100% online and you are invited to join for FREE! The webinars shall use the hashtags #edPH and #EDUC190 so remember to tweet using these to participate in the Twitter backchannel.

See you there! :)

10+ Techniques for Empowering Students to Becoming Globally Connected Educators and Content Creators

Last year, I was invited to present in 2 global webinar events, the 2013 Reform Symposium E-Conference (RSCON) and The Global Education Conference. My presentation contains snapshots of how I integrate ICT in education for empowering undergraduate education students of the UP College of Education to become globally connected and to be content creators as well. The course I’m handling in the college is EDUC 190 (Computers in Education), a 7-hour per week class.

The methods and/or techniques that I use for instruction are flipped model classroom, blended learning, discovery learning, and gamification of learning. The course applies the Gagne’s Instructional Events framework with Bloom’s Taxonomy as the umbrella for skill development. Students are expected to create teaching and learning materials for each technology learned in class and they will be collate everything in the form of e-portfolios. Every section has a class blog and all class blogs are listed on a sidebar widget on this blog. Students get to host webinars and even invite foreign educator speakers from all over the world.

Most materials used for the course range from Apple technologies (being an Apple Distinguished Educator), Free/Open Source Software, Google Apps, and a lot more.

Finally, here’s the slideshare of my presentation.

Enjoy! :)

2013 Reform Symposium E-Conference (RSCON)

In a few days, thousands of educators from various different countries are expected to attend a free 3 day virtual conference, The Reform Symposium, #RSCON4.  RSCON will be held October 11th to 13th in conjunction with Connected Educator Month. The entire conference will be held online using the Blackboard Collaborate webinar platform. Participants can attend this online conference from the comfort of their homes or anywhere that has Internet access. This amazing conference provides educators new or currently active on social networks the opportunity to connect with educators and professionals in the field of education worldwide.

Useful links (click on any item for more information):

We would like to thank the incredible organizers- Shelly Sanchez Terrell, Steve Hargadon, Clive Elsmore, Chiew Pang, Kelly Tenkely, Chris Rogers, Paula White, Bruno Andrade, Cecilia Lemos, Greta Sandler, Peggy George, Marcia Lima, Jo Hart, Phil Hart, Dinah Hunt, Marisa Constantinides, Nancy Blair, Mark Barnes and Sara Hunter

We hope you can join us for this incredible professional development experience!