Apple Distinguished Educator Global Institute

It’s been a year since  I was given the chance to experience a ADE Global Institute in San Diego, USA.This was the 20th anniversary of the ADE program and I didn’t want to miss it.I took all my courage and applied for it. I was glad be one of the 3 Pinoy ADEs that were accepted.

It was also my first time in the US, I was both afraid and excited 🙂

A few weeks before I was supposed to leave, I had a foot fracture. This was because of a “running” ice breaker game in school. Will it heal before the said event? Will I be able to walk and will the US embassy grant me with a VISA?

The US Visa application was a breeze, done in 30 minutes. Thanks to my fractured foot. Service was superb, simple and fast. 10 years multiple entry. Thank you Lord!

The experience was wonderful. I met a lot of ADEs and learned a lot from them. It was also the first time I attended an experiential institute wherein we had the chance to go to places where we could personally experience how it is to use the iPads and the apps – authentic learning indeed.

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Design Thinking

We have been searching for ways to teach our students how they can solve problems.

We began with the Design Process wherein students need to undergo certain steps to reach a goal or solve a problem.

We stumbled upon another process which is Design Thinking. This came from Standford University.

What I really like about this process was the insertion of a whole new step that deals with Human emotions – Empathy.

Because of this step, problem solvers are able to understand the problem more and find better solutions.

Sharing with you the prototypes created by my students.

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Mac Mini Lab for ERDA Tech

Last Summer, we had a very successful 3 day conference on teaching and learning entitled FIT 2014.

The theme of the conference was “Learning at your finger tips”.

This was a venue for educators to explore, experiment and have conversations among fellow educators.

It was good with this conference was that it was was a fund raising activity for ERDA tech, an adopted school of Xavier School. The proceed will provide them with a computer laboratory.

On Saturday, we will be using the laboratory to provide training for the educators and staff members of ERDA Tech.

It is really a wonderful feeling to be able to help. Thank you to the participants and sponsors of FIT 2014.


One2One Day

Each summer, the NExT team (New Experiences with Technology) whips up a day of workshops for teachers to inspire them to use and learn more about technology.

Last June 5 we had the One2Oneday. It was attended by Grade 5 to 4th year high school teachers. The response was so positive and overwhelming. The teachers had fun going through the different sessions. Here are the details of the event


  • There is a growing need to have common practices and to encourage not just more, but deeper use of technology.

  • This school year, we want to increase the One2One teaching/learning experiences of the Grade 5 and 6 teachers, as well as teachers from the lower grades who would want to explore and experiment more.


  • Share the general direction of One2One in XS for the school year (More FUN)

    • Future-proof: More common practices, improve documentation and evaluation-encourage self-evaluation of One2One strategies used in the classroom

    • United: More collaboration and venues to exchange best practices among One2One teachers

    • New and exciting: Continue to seek more ways to engage students through technology

  • Update technology skills of teachers through learning new applications or One2One strategies

They had to attend 2 skill sessions and 2 idea sessions of their choice. We used for the ticketing system. We also used an app to check in the participants..

Here are the sessions that were offered:

Skill Sessions

  • venue to experience specific examples of using various tools and applications in the classroom, and to learn new technology skills as well
  • learn and discover new tools


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Possible Speaker/s



A crash course on vlogging (video blogging) and basic video editing. Learn the basics of iMovie and how to put together your own potentially you tube sensation video.


Participants will be asked to create a video based on a topic

Basic iMovie


Eva Gorres



It’s like magic! Learn how some advanced video editing techniques like picture in picture and green screen keying can make some projects extra special.



Mac book

Melvin Gallardo


Kuya Bodjie Goes Digital

How can you tell a story? Let me count the ways…Discover how digital storytelling can be both engaging and collaborative for your students as you  read, learn and create together with them.

Digital Storytelling

Reagan Austria


Mock APPs with Keynote

In 60 minutes, learn how you can make interactive presentations using keynote and how this can be an awesome addition to your digital classroom.

Keynote: Basics and beyond – interactive



Gavin Go


Keynote Ninja Moves

Like a ninja, learn how some sneaky tips and tricks can help keep your students glued to your presentations and hooked on your lessons.

Keynote Masterclass



Daryl Buemio


What they see is what they get

See how basic design principles can come into play when creating materials for class, and experience how you can communicate best to the visual learners of today through applications like iWork’s Pages.

Graphic Design for Teachers



Mark Esquibel



Nowadays, anyone can be an author. Learn how you can create your own digital, multimedia, interactive ebook and see how this can allow you to truly direct your students’ learning experience.

Creating interactive books

Basic Books Author


Mike Cuepo


Learning to Drive

Challenge, refashion and improve the functionality and artistry afforded by the pen and paper. Learn how to scaffold learning experiences with the various apps of Google drive.

Google apps for education

using google apps inside the classroom and how it can help you manage data


Cheska Cruz



Improving your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Instagram Photos

Almost everyday, most of us bring cameras in our pockets. In this express mobile photography crash course, learn how you can best capture moments as they happen, adding to the collection of images you can share with your colleagues and students.

Mobile Photography


James Nicolay


Inspirational sessions

  • venue to learn and discuss about various One2One strategies that closely work with pedagogy


Session Title





Much ado about iPads

They say the best way to learn about someone is to put yourself in their shoes. Get in your leather shoes, slacks and XS Polo as this session takes you on a day in the life of a One2One student. Learn about the one2one digital workflow and gain a clearer picture of how students will engage in the One2One program. Basic iPad how to’s included.

How to manage a one2one class

iPad basics

Note taking using an iPad

Teaching using an iPad

Sending and submission of files


Larry De Las Peñas


Connected Educator

A well known lyrics of a Michael Jackson song goes, “You are not alone, I am here with you…”. In this frontier of One2One learning, discover how to get connected with teachers and learners all over the world. There are more people in the same boat than you think.

What is a connected educator

Some web 2.0 tools

Making a twitter account

Joining a social media network

Making a blog



Alan Beraquit


IPP 2.0

Experience, reflection, action! You’ve heard about it, now here’s your chance to see it live in the classroom, through the design of various learning experiences that will make your students discover, think and do.

Will discuss a variety of apps that can be used in the classroom based on bloom’s taxonomy


Jim Tuscano


Beyond the walls

See how mobile technology can allow you to take your class outdoors and make the world (or at least the xs campus) your real world classroom.

Jojo Ng


Social networking for studies

Go virtual! Explore how educational social networking sites can keep your students (and even their parents) active even after the bell rings.

Franco Addun


Show and Tell

What makes a presentation stick? How do you keep your students excited and involved in what is usually a challenging lecture? See how applying some basic design principles and some personal touches can do the trick!

Kenneth Gan & Exxon Yu


Shifting to One2One

Afraid, are you? First time One2One teachers and others who need a quick boost will find this dose of top 10 One2One tips an essential take away for the coming school year.

Ms. Elsa Santos

Mr. Christian Bumatayo


Basic sessions required for new teachers


Session Title




IT’s Okay!

hey newbie, dontcha worry! Here’s your quick guide to the school’s IT equipment.

Online reservation

Classroom equipment

Basic Troubleshooting

Basic Mac operations

Gani Marcorde

and Nico Ocampo


What’s APP???!

A must have set of skills for every Xavier teacher. Google docs, cal, presentation, spreadsheet, forms…The term “Pa-share naman!” will take on a whole new level of meaning.

Basic Email, Google docs and


Tess Torralba

Design Thinking at a glance

This year, our department decided to include Design Thinking in our Curriculum. This is from the Stanford D Lab. I was lucky enough to be able to finish the Design Thinking online class before I taught it to my students. I really inspired me to find ways to be able to let my students understand Design Thinking.

The Design Thinking stages are Empathise – Define – Ideate – Prototype – Test

The students started with interviewing their classmates. Empathy was not a popular term to the students. Initially they had a hard time revealing feelings and needs. But eventually, they were able to construct a problem based on the interview results. The Ideate stage was challenging. Their ideas were limited and not that care free. They needed to be reminded to be more open and develop more ideas based on the problem.

The prototype stage was really entertaining to watch. I couldn’t believe they were able to create such products. I am happy with the results.

Some classes were not able to do the final stage which is testing. This is due to time limitations.

In general, I think this is the best process for the students in solving a problem

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Apple Distinguished Educator 2013

It’s funny how an event can change your life forever. Ever since I became a technology integrator, I have been stalking ADEs on twitter. They always seem so passionate in everything they do. I secretly wanted to be one of them.

Who would have thought that I would end up on a plane at 4 in the morning, without any sleep – bound for Bali to attend the Apple Distinguished Educator Institute 2013.



Even as a first timer, the moment I saw Bali I felt instantly at home. It was like the Philippines – with its warm weather,nice places and friendly people. But I couldn’t still shake off the nervousness out of me. Would I survive it? I knew I would be meeting a lot of people from different countries. And when things are uncertain, my insecurities kick in.

I was glad to have met 2 ADEs from the Philippines during the flight and 5 more during the entire event which made everything less scarier and gave me the boost I needed.

Lesson 1: “We all start off as strangers but we have to choose to move on to friends”


Image taken from Noel Feria’s fb – a fellow ADE

What was more challenging for me was to get to know ADEs from other countries. The improv activities from Ms. Rebecca Stockely paved the way. Pairing up with other ADEs broke the ice and I got to shake my nervousness away. I liked the 1,2,3 wohoo! activity the most. We needed to pair up, count alternately from 1 to 3 and if any of us made a mistake we needed to raise both our hands and shout “wohoo!”. This activity made me realize that

Lesson 2: “Accept your mistakes and let go!”

Meeting Rebbeca Stockely was really fascinating. Her presence was so commanding and her activities were so inspiring.  My favorite was when she made us pair up and alternately count from 1 to 3. For every mistake each of us made, we were to raise our hand and shout. We had to move to other partners, alternately count again – each round, we had to exchange the number into another action (number 2 into a clap and the number 3 into a stomp).

Each round became easier for us because our brains were getting used to the activity. But what I really loved about it was the raising of the hand and shouting part. Initially, it was really hard to raise your hand and shout and let everyone know that you made a mistake – but what happens next was really great – my hands raised higher – my shout – louder. I learned to accept my mistakes and I began to open up – I was starting to let go of my insecurities.

Lesson 3: “with technology comes great responsibility”

At the end of each day, Selected ADEs from Asia Pacific had a chance to showcase what they have been doing. This for me is the most inspiring part of the institute. A lot of them touched my heart and motivated me to help my country more.

Sometimes people think technology is only for the privilege, people who can afford it,who think they have the skill to learn and use it. This institute but my perspective of technology back to basics. Technology has always been a tool that makes life easier – day 2 day work easier – for everyone especially those who need it best.

I loved how the iPad was used for kids with special needs. And how a book made through an iPad by a kid from a particular tribe has reach schools across the planet.

Lucky are we who are able to buy technology as often as we want whenever we want too, but I also hope we will be able to share them with others who need them to live a better life.

Thank you ADE 2013 and Xavier School ! It was a blast! My heart is full of gratitude and love – am so ready for the years to come. 🙂

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Google Apps for Education Singapore Summit Day 2

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.