Y4iT the 13th : Are You Ready?

1The biggest Information Technology event in the country is ready to soar to greater heights as the Youth Congress on Information Technology (Y4iT), organized by the UP System Information Technology Foundation (UPSITF), returns for its 13th year on September 9-11, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Philippines.

Flocked by over 25,000 college students, professionals, educators, IT experts and enthusiasts from all over the country, the annual event has consistently served as a melting pot of the best minds in the industry. It has helped create a bridge for industry leaders and authorities to connect with and inspire the future of IT.

This year, the 13th Youth Congress on Information Technology (Y4iT 2015) returns with the theme, “Y4iT the 13th: Are You Ready?” as it dares the Filipino youth to brave the unknown. In the dynamic world of IT today, individuals may have the skills and potential needed, but are they confident to take the next step? Y4iT poses this challenge, together with its objective of inspiring the youth and recognizing them as key drivers in the IT industry.

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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!

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!

Virtual Tours via Google Presentations

Virtual tours are great teaching and learning resources especially in the realm of the arts and social sciences. Whilst most virtual tours were made using 3D animation tools, it’s also possible to create these using linked slide presentations. Here’s a Youtube video that will show how to create a simple virtual tour of a museum:

The video shows a step-by-step instruction on how to create the 3D perspective using various shapes and place a hidden or invisible link on each of the walls. So I also tried this on LibreOffice Impress and Google Presentation just to make sure that the effect is the same. Afterwards, I had my EDUC 190 students submit to me a virtual tour as a requirement for the course. To make the virtual tours more realistic, the students shall take snapshots of the different views of each room. The pictures will then be resized and reshaped to create an effect of having a perspective of the room.

You can access their work on the class blogs: EDUC 190 WF and EDUC 190 WF1.

I think it’s time to have a Youtube video as well on how to create virtual tours using Google Presentation. What do you think? 🙂

Training the Trainer

Are you a trainer/teacher or aspiring to be one? If yes, then you’ve chosen a noble profession! However, the more important question is – can you train / teach effectively?

For instance, if a person has installed and has used lots of software, does it follow that he or she knows how to write code? If a person has been to different places and buildings, does that mean that he or she can be an architect? Whilst the answers to these are ridiculously obvious, why do some people believe that just because they’ve taken classes on a particular subject, they can teach the subject effectively? Avengers, we have a problem!

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