As the summer season comes to an end, tomorrow marks the 1st back-to-school/week day. I am writing this post just to avert my blog from experiencing the repercussions of a quarterly blogger’s block and of course, to give you a glimpse of what transpired last summer. 🙂
Last Holy Week, I was fortunate enough that I was able to participate in the Apple Distinguished Educators Institute 2013 in Bali, Indonesia. The 5-day event was overwhelming – there were lots of opportunities to meet around 300 educators from the Asia Pacific Region who teach and innovate using Apple technologies!
Each day was different because you get to meet a new face, exchange QR code stickers (as a form of business card), and share experiences about using Apple in education.
It is like developing your personal learning network online as well as offline. Of course, the challenge then is to echo what was learned from the institute and be an advocate, advisor, author and ambassador to the academe. Lastly, all of the ADEs get to have a plaque and a shirt shipped to their mailbox!
When I returned to work, I delivered a Summer Short Course in UP ITDC. I was assigned to teach computer programming for teens using the Alice environment. It was a learning experience for me because I get to teach kids again while the last time that I did this was when I was still an undergraduate student teaching computer literacy as a summer outreach program for a Computer Science organization. I realized then that Alice can be used for digital storytelling as well through its 3D environment while teaching the basics of computer programming to kids. I really recommend that every teacher or trainer gets to experience handling different types of learners because this shall challenge your knowledge, skills, and techniques in teaching. The challenge for me in this activity is the ability to adjust with the learners’ skills – they were fast on picking up every lesson that I taught them (which is good btw) and add to that the time constraint that I was only given a day or two to study how the platform works.
After teaching kids, I was then assigned to deliver an eUP workshop on ICT integration in the K-12 curriculum to teachers and school administrators. Primarily, it was an event wherein Android tablets will be given to a class and my task was to teach the participants how to integrate this device not only for teaching and learning but also for productivity as well. This experience was also challenging because I’m more exposed to iOS devices and that I no longer have an Android device. However, I still managed to gather resources and learn the platform despite of the platform difference and time constraints. If you think about it, this is one of the challenges of being a 21st century educator – to be able to adjust openly to new environments and learn new tips and tricks.
And so it came to pass, the year 2012 has already ended. My blog has survived blogger’s block because I was still able to post at least once a month. 2012 was indeed nice to me; it seemed that one step at a time is really effective.
2013 is a yet another new year – a new set of challenges to overcome. I should be able to finish my masters thesis by the end of the semester while juggling it with my full-time work as a supervising course and content developer and a part-time teacher of educational technology.
In addition, I also got accepted at the Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Class of 2013 after applying a day before the deadline of application. This means I need to move very fast to put everything into place while looking for someone that can sponsor my funds for the ADE Program.
Challenge-Based Learning. This is where I will focus more by applying it in my classroom teaching and imparting it to my students to challenge themselves as well. I only came across this concept after browsing some videos related to the ADE Program.
Obviously, I was challenged after understanding the big deal about it.
I just hope that everything will turn out just fine. So wish me luck! 🙂
I had a hard time thinking what to blog about for the month of July so I decided to just share this message:
Before you start reading my entire blog post, try to think and answer first this question: Are you happy right now? If yes, then that’s awesome. If no, you might want to rethink about it.
I am a Filipino educator in the University of the Philippines. I teach undergraduate students in the College of Education and the School of Library and Information Studies. My interests are in the realm of education, Open Source, Linux, Mac, Java, web science and mobile technologies. So if you want advice regarding any of these, just post a comment on this page along with your e-mail address and I’ll be glad to try and help you out as long as time permits. 🙂
Surprisingly, it’s been almost a year since I last published a blog post so I decided to create this new blog instead. Also, I am taking a research course in my graduate studies which I means I really need to relearn my technical writing skills. I believe that having this blog as some form of vent will help me get rid of my blogger’s or writer’s block. Optimistically it gets to mature enough and that I will continue to write positive happy posts.
Lastly, this is the beginning of a journal of the adventures of a Filipino educator as he traverses the diverse pathways of technology and education.
I hope you enjoyed my first post and I’ll be looking forward to your constructive comments and suggestions. Feel free to type it on the comment box of this post. 🙂