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!

3rd EDUC 190 Webinar Series 2013-2014

The EDUC 190 (Computers in Education) classes of the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Education will be holding the 3rd EDUC190 Webinar Series this 1st semester 2013-2014! The webinar (or online seminars) are FREE and these will run from September 1 to October 1, 2013 depending on the schedule. 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.

The topics range from the following: Technology in Mother Tongue-Based Learning (MTB-MLE or MLE) in Philippine Education, Using Twitter and Tumblr in the Classroom, Gamification of Education, Must-Have Apps for Teachers, Websites for Fast-Paced Students, Digital Storytelling Apps and Sites, 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 organizations. The schedules of the webinars will be provided through 2 publicly viewable Google Spreadsheets (one for the EDUC190 WF class and another for the EDUC190 WF1 class). 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.

Check out these links for the Webinar Schedules:

http://bit.ly/educ190webinars1314a (EDUC190 WF)
http://bit.ly/educ190webinars11314a (EDUC190 WF1)

And here are the links of the EDUC190 class blogs:

http://educ190wf1314a.wordpress.com (EDUC190 WF)
http://educ190wf11314a.wordpress.com (EDUC190 WF1)

So join us in our 3rd EDUC190 Free 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! 🙂

Designed by Apple

“If everyone is busy making everything, how can anyone perfect anything? We start to confuse convenience with joy, abundance with choice. Designing something requires focus. The first thing we ask is what do we want people to feel? Delight, surprise, love, connection. Then we begin to craft around our intention. It takes time… There are a thousand no’s for every yes. We simplify. We perfect. We start over until everything we touch enhances each life it touches. Only then do we sign our work.. “Designed by Apple” .” – Apple WWDC June 10, 2013

Summer 2013 Aftermath: ADE Institute, Android, iOS, Google Sites and Alice

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.

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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? 🙂

2nd EDUC 190 Webinar Series 2012-2013

The EDUC 190 (Computers in Education) classes of the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Education will be holding the 2nd EDUC190 Webinar Series this 2nd semester 2012-2013! The webinar (or online seminars) are FREE and these will run from March 10 to April 5, 2013 depending on the schedule. The webinars will be organized by undergraduates mostly composed of education students and sports science 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.

The topics range from the following: Flipped Classroom, Online Games for Learning, Parenting Techie Kids, Mobile Apps for Learning, Technology in Special Education, Cyberspace Laws, Teaching Tumblr for Classroom Use, Digital Storytelling, Educating 21st Century Learners, 5+ Free Web Tools for Teacher Organization, 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 foreign organizations. The schedules of the webinars will be provided through 2 publicly viewable Google Spreadsheets (one for the EDUC190 WF class and another for the EDUC190 WF1 class). 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 particiate 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.

Check out these links for the Webinar Schedules:

http://bit.ly/educ190webinars1213b (EDUC190 WF)
http://bit.ly/educ190webinars11213b (EDUC190 WF1)

And here are the links of the EDUC190 class blogs:

http://educ190wf1213b.wordpress.com (EDUC190 WF)
http://educ190wf11213b.wordpress.com (EDUC190 WF1)

So join us in our 2nd EDUC190 Free 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! 🙂