GEG in Manila

Last Saturday, November 23, 2013, I attended the Google Teachers' Workshop in Manila. Obviously, majorly sponsored my Google and hosted by De La Salle University Manila.

It's a free seminar given by the Outreach for South East Asia of Google to all teachers in selected areas in the Philippines. It was mentioned that it was a pioneer project by Google anchored in their hopes of building a community of educators who share, inspire and empower each other to meet the needs of students through technology solutions, both in the classroom and beyond.

The workshop talked about the basics of google apps like the Gmail and Google Drive and how it can be utilized. The presentations are freely available on this site:
Click this link to be re-directed to the training website

Although, the seminar didn't really meet my expectations as an attendee, for most of the functionality discussed are mostly applications I am currently using with my colleagues, there were still new things I had learned:

1. The Google Like a Boss way of searching:

2. The research advance settings in searching and filtering in the Google Search Engine, how to narrow it down in terms of language, posting date, sites, usage rights, file type and reading level (this one, I really don't understand yet)

3. The Google Drive. In there, you can make documents (word), spreadsheets (excel), presentation (powerpoint) and forms (surveys, quizzes, etc) The best feature about it, is that files can be worked on simultaneously by users who share files.  They can edit, update, restore files, all together. The users can also do research, and chat all at the same window! The power of collaboration boosted by the internet and google drive! All available to a maximum number of 50 users for one shared file.

When I talked with the VP for Cloud Consultancy as to what I was expecting for the workshop, the applications for tablets and anroid I can use inside the classroom, like educational games, math applications, flashcards, phonics and others, he said that those kind of apps are available at Play Store and Google does not really make those kinds. It is the third party developers who really do it and pilot it.

They introduced Google+, the social network developed by Google, I'm still trying to get the hang of it.

I had started loving Google Hangout more! It had been my way of communication with my older brothers. I had just known yesterday that in the Video party, 10 people can do a video conference all at the same time. Oh my! I can now imagine how our Christmas will be :)

All in all, the seminar workshop had been a great way to let the teachers know that there a lot of things that can make our work lives a lot more easier. THey just have to open up themselves to change and embrace the fact that we are now living in community that is widely dependent on and that the internet, whom they think is a rival for every kids' attention, is a friend and great tool, only if they are aware of those Google apps and other softwares that can be used in the classroom.

Memories of Burot

Sembreak. We deserve a break!

This is an almost a month late post.

For Reinna and me, it had never been hard to decided where to go, what to eat and what to talk about. The decision to choose Burot Beach came with the following things for consideration:

1. Time - we both can't go away from our jobs for long, but we both know that we have to detach ourselves from it, even just for a day.

2. Budget -  we both have a change of job this year.

3. Beach - it just have to be a beach.

4. Safety - my friend is sort of a security freak and obsessed with rules, I remember, on our first trip, she asked if we have tent rules... Lol...

With all these things in consideration, on November 1-2, 2013, our 2nd Getaway trip for the year happened. Off we go to Calatagan, Batangas via passenger van, cost is Php170/head. Instead of riding a tricycle going to the beach, we were able to negotitate with the driver of the same van to drive us all the way to the beach :D

Entrance to the beach costs Php 65/head for daycamping and Php 130/head for overnight stay. There's no electricity in the area however one can rent tents and tables. As for the costs, I had no idea since we brought our own camping stuff.

Bum. Camp. Bum. Eat. Sleep. Swim. Sleep. Shoot. Shoot. Shoot. Sleep. Bum. Eat. Camp. Bum.

How often can we do all those things, all in the same day, especially the BUM part?

Burot Beach is famous for it's breathtaking sunset. True enough, it was really a moment that one would just stop and watch the ball of fire hide down in the ocean. I even had a moment that I forgot that I should be taking pictures!
Hindi ko alam kung bakit, basta ang mga tsinelas namin ang unang may picture tuwing gagala kami.

Hulaan kung kanino at saang parte ng katawan ang nunal na ito....

Lahat ng nakita kong blog tungkol sa Burot, may ganitong shot, nakigaya lang ako :D 

Try try din magpicture ng flowers lalo at pink :D 

San ka pupunta?

Buti na lang hindi kita yung dumi ni Macky my camera :( 

Andami nagpipicture ng mga oras na to. Ang hirap humanap ng bonggang anggulo..

Syempre, kelangan may picture ang tsinelas kong nakuha ko sa bazaar.

Papalubog na sya. Ayan na!!!!

in-effot ko talagang makuhanan yung bilog na bilog. pero hindi kaya ni macky... sa susunod na lang, :P

Feeling ko may lumilipad na mga paniki tapos lalabas na si Dracula. 

Dinala ko lang ang tripod para maging props. Lels.. 

Pag nasa beach, automatic, may picture ng bangkang naka-dock. Hehe

Umaga na to. Malawak pa pala ang Burot Beach. etong part na to, walang nagka-camp out. At sobrang tahimik.

Good morning. Ilang oras na lang, balik trabaho na naman. 

I definitely wanna go back. Hopefully for the summer, I can take my entire family and friends here.

Coins and Kids


Today, the school  administrators were to collect and deliver their donations for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. We had talked about this, they agreed that they will save a few pesos from their baon and buy it with  either a can of sardines which costs 17php or a pack of noodles which costs 9php. Applying multiplication lesson on this, we were able to integrate multiplication and money matters. However, only a few were able to bring goodies for donations.

Let me give you a little background about my kids. We are in a public school. One of the most populated public school in the country, third grade, with most kids are frustrated readers, a few are still non-readers. As to how they got promoted to grade three without the necessary skills, I used to ask myself but then I just stopped. Lingering on this won’t make them instant readers with comprehension.

Going back, I noticed that one of their classmates has been holding a bunch of 1-peso coins and a 20-peso paper bill. I asked what was that for, at first they were shy to tell about it. I asked about it one more time, what was it for. The girl handling the money then said, "Ibibigay po namin sa mga nasalanta," Then I asked, "Pano nyo ibibigay?" Silence. The girl with the long hair and ponytails shook her head. Obviously, they don't know what to do with it. "How much do you have now?"   "28php po." "Kanino galing yang mga yan? Taas ang kamay?" Three shy hands raised. Then I said, "Sige, kolektahin mo yan, tapos kung magkano man yang maipon nyo, dadagdagan ko na lang tapos itetext natin sa Red Cross para derechong makatulong dun sa mga nangangailangan.” Then, their other classmates who didn't care at first started gathering around her and giving their share, "Ako magbibigay ng lima" I heard one, "Ako din…." and so on and so forth.

Today, November 13, 2013, most of them probably sacrificed a portion of their meager baon to be given to the victims of Yolanda. Five pesos which was supposed to be for one cup of soup, for most of them, serves as their breakfast meal already. At the end of the day, we gathered Php109.00 in total. For some it may look small, but for this kids it had meant a day’s baon or meal or money they had been saving up for something.

I sat beside their Filipino teacher, teary-eyed and proud of these kids. I dont have a camera! "Cher, papicture naman sila, wala kong dalang kamera," I knew I had to keep a souvenir of this fleeting memory of love, sharing and compassion.

I had been working on their grades. The mastery level had been up but not so significantly. I should be sad, right? I mean, I should question my teaching capacity since the results of the tests given to them were very low. But no, I am proud of my kids. No numbers can ever tell what kind of persons they are going to be. As early as now, I know that they will grow as responsible citizens. More than being diligent, they had learned the art of being compassionate and generous. I am proud because they are my students. Every day, they teach me more than I teach them.

I had stopped battling with my excel files computing their grades and started documenting this story. This is something I dont want to forget. I want to keep on remembering. This is learning beyond the four walls of the classroom and I am not the teacher. The pupils are my teacher.

Everyday, we pray. We pray for ourselves. We pray for the victims of Yolanda and the volunteers. Today, we include that the amount we had gathered, we pray that it may go a long way.