When the first day was finished, I felt more nervous then ever. I couldn’t sleep.
My scheduled talk was on Day 2 and as I observed the participants, most of them came from International School who already had a one2one program in place.
Who would listen to my talk? Why would they listen to my talk and what relevant and useful information could I share to them that they could take back to their schools. My thoughts were all over the place.
I was glad to received another dinner invite from 2 former students ( Sean and Raymund) so I could get my mind off from it all. I have always loved talking to them because I felt comfortable being myself.
After dinner, I started planning and revising my talk until maybe 1 am. I had to stop because my mind and body couldn’t take it anymore.
The second day started with Rushton Hurley Keynote. He showed us what google can do and how we can make a difference in this world.
Similar to the first day, I had to rush to my assigned classroom for my breakout session.
My emotions were so mixed up I couldn’t recognize what they were.
I introduced myself to the small group of participants in the room and asked them to introduce themselves as well.
It was nice to share with them Xavier’s journey not only with google but with One2One learning.
I added 2 things in my talk which I thought would be helpful to them – the first one was the game PINOY HENYO.
I related it with google search skills wherein asking the right questions would result to the correct answer.
This part was fun to watch, I knew it would be a hit to them as well.
The second part was the circle discussion wherein we talked about what worked in our schools and what problems and concerns we had when it comes to technology.
Here are the things that came out in our discussions:
- Some of the public schools in Singapore didn’t have the same facilities like the ones in IB schools.
- Computers are not enough for the students to use.
- The internet connection in Bangkok is not that stable or is similar to the Philippines that is why we have the same tech problems
It was a humbling experience. I took the challenge and I did it. 🙂
I was more relaxed when I went to the next session by Patrick Green. His talked was entitled Gettin’ Flippy with it: Using YouTube to support reverse instruction. He taught us how we could enrich our lessons through YouTube videos. How to make them creative and interactive. He has created a lot of videos that taught students how to do a certain task and how to learn at their own pace and on their own time.
This is one of the things I want to try in our school. We have started teaching our students to be independent learners and this one of the best ways for them.
The last session I attended was given by Jeff Utecht which focused on Gmail and Google Calendars. He described it as a powerful productive team.
He taught us what things we could do with the calendar like setting up appointments.
He also taught us how to archive our mail so we can have a zero inbox.
Everyone repeated the term “inbox zero” with such conviction and horror. It was so funny. I guess we all felt that this could not be done.
I had more than 2 thousand mails on my inbox and I don’t know if I ever will make it zero. I will just have to take it one mail at a time.
There are a lot of things I learned from this summit and it has made me more confident, braver and a more dedicated technology integrator.
I thank Xavier for the opportunity to share and learn more.
I hope I can fulfill my dream of organizing our very own Google Apps for Education Summit in Xavier.