I was invited as one of the speakers for the Google for Education Innovation Tour at Seda Hotel, Davao City last May 19, 2015. This month-long tour was held in six venues, namely, Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Cavite, Davao and Cagayan de Oro. The event is composed of lectures and lightning talks, group work and product demo.
The first part of the event was an overview on Google Apps for Education by Jerome Locson and Aileen Apolo-de Jesus of Google Philippines. This was followed by a situationer of the use of ICT Integration in the classroom by Prof. Amy Buan of MSU-IIT. I am really proud of Ma’am Amy for setting the tone of the event by presenting her experiences in training teachers in ICT Integration and explaining the 21st Century Skills. Over the years, she has seen how much ICT has transformed (or not transformed) creativity in the classroom. I have worked with Ma’am Amy since 2007 on educational technology training through Intel Education and I can also attest that we have gone this far with regards to ICT integration in the classroom. The other side of the coin is there are still a lot of things to be done for this efforts.
The second part of the talks was given by Herald Uy of Kollab who talked about a guide to activating technology in schools, a 5-step approach to deploying a digital education solution. This talk was followed by Gabriel Alonzo, also from Kollab, who talked about the use of YouTube in the classroom. An open forum was conducted with the speakers as panel members afterwards.
In the afternoon, Honey de Peralta of Rex Digital, discussed the theories and concepts on Blended Learning. I followed her discussion as I shared about how I used blended learning, through rotation station, in my Grade 9 classroom.
The last part of the event was a workshop for the participants. Divided into 7 teams, the participants created ideas or plans for ICT-integrated activities in the classroom. They presented their output and the three speakers, Amy Buan, Honey de Peralta and I were the judges for the presentations.
All in all, the experience has been very memorable to me because Google has constantly been working with MSU-IIT faculty members like Ma’am Amy and me. During the presentation of schools who have Gone Google, MSU-IIT has always been part of the success stories.