What’s going on with ICT education in the Philippines?

There must be something in the food I ate the other night that hypnotized me to clean my office desk yesterday afternoon. If there is such a thing as a love potion, there must be some kind of cleaning potion mixed in that food.

Like most IT professionals, my desk is usually as cluttered as a fragmented hard drive. Don’t get me wrong. I’m actually good at organizing. It’s just that I want important things to be within my reach even if it compromises aesthetics.

While weeding out a stack of documents turned over to me by a resigned colleague, I ended up spending time reading a number of job applications and resumes mostly coming from individuals with computer-related degrees. I wondered why those resumes were set aside by my colleague instead of being forwarded to HR.

I don’t usually read cover letters since most of them are written anyway by persons other than the applicants themselves. I always consider a resume as a marketing brochure of a person. As such, I’d rather go through a resume than read a cover letter. So, I spent about an hour yesterday going through a bunch of them.
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7 things you should know about…

Technology is really fast changing and I find it challenging to cope 😀 but I enjoy every bit of stuff I learn from you guys! Now, my turn…here are some quick references to vlogs, wikis, podcasting, clickers, etc. This is very informative. I learned a lot of new infos from this link.

http://www.educause.edu/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAboutSeries/7495

When you get to the web site, click on MORE, then when you get to the abstract, click on the pdf button — that should give you a 2-page pdf file on the technology identified. Hope you find these helpful.

7 Things You Should Know About…

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative’s (ELI’s) “7 Things You Should Know About…” series provides concise information on emerging learning practices and technologies. Each brief focuses on a single practice or technology and describes what it is, how it works, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use ELI’s “7 Things You Should Know About…” briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview, either for yourself or for colleagues who are pressed for time.

Video Blogging

A videoblog, or vlog, is a Web log (blog) that primarily utilizes video rather than text or audio. Videoblogging offers a richer experience than text blogging by combining movies, sound, still images, and text. New technologies make images and video easy to produce, so anyone with a digital camera or camera-equipped cell phone and Internet access can create a vlog. Based on the popularity of blogs and podcasts, and growing access to video tools, videoblogging is likely to increase in popularity among faculty and students. The ability to easily create video segments and quickly post them online makes videoblogs a potential tool for recording lectures, special events, and so forth. Videoblogs can also be used for personal _expression and reflection. As a result, they are being incorporated into e-portfolios and presentations. The use of videoblogs for digital storytelling may be one way to encourage strong student participation in e-portfolio projects. More>>
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Blog and be Search Engine Friendly

In my first Blog Chronicles post, I made a brief introduction to the world of blogging, and promised to write more about its intricacies and the different concepts that motivate people to blog.

And so I’m back! Here I am to impart some more of the little I know of this vast blogosphere.

Let’s talk about one of the W’s: the why. Why blog? What would motivate an individual to blog? What would motivate an entrepreneur or businessman to blog ? What would motivate a corporation to blog?

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Weblogging can assist students with disabilities

Each day, members of Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams support students with disabilities who have trouble writing. Many students with mild disabilities know that they want to write but have difficulty with the mechanics of translating those thoughts to paper. They often disregard language skills such as spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Some students’ thoughts move so quickly that their writing seems to jump haphazardly from one topic to the next. Other students spell and construct sentences but have problems generalizing and synthesizing ideas. (CEC Technology in Action Vol 1, Issue 6, May 2005, page 1)

My students are struggling writers, hesitant writers, in short, they abhor writing. They are the students whose score in SAT 9 range from below basic to below basic. They are diagnosed with either Learning Disability and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Every teacher in every school in every district leaves their profession because of these kinds of students. I was thinking of joining the band wagon.

But since the start of the school year, I was able to miraculously make my students with disabilities write meaningful poems about themselves, about social problems and current events. They were able to create beautiful illustrations for their wonderful poems too. Thanks to the DC Area Writing Project for giving me strategies in engaging students to write, and to Beth Olshansky for the Art-Literature based curriculum.

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Sun.Star blogs page

After going over so many themes, I’ve finally selected one that I’m happy with for the Sun.Star Blog Chronicles, a Sun.Star Network Online section intended to cover the blogging community. Thanks to Max, Sun.Star Cebu online editor, who suggested this theme and who took care of the necessary improvements.

The Sun.Star Blog Chronicles is not even halfway ready. In the process of putting it out, other tasks came up delaying the launch of the section. I am, however, forced to hasten its completion because contributor J. Angelo Racoma already wrote about it in his blog. I guess thanks to him, too, for speeding things up.

We’re still accepting bloggers into our pool and coming up with publication rules and guidelines. Some of the submissions will see print in Sun.Star newspapers.

Other things lined up involve sections with reader-generated content and contributors from outside mainstream media.