Beyond Words: Being a Top 50 Finalist for the 2017 Global Teacher Prize

So, a month ago, I received one of the most wonderful news I ever had before 2016 ended. Varkey Foundation and the Global Teacher Prize notified me that I am one of the Top 50 Finalists of the 2016 Global Teacher Prize. This was huge as I am the first Philippine-based educator to become a finalist.
About the Prize:

The Global Teacher Prize is a US $1 million award presented annually to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession.

The prize serves to underline the importance of educators and the fact that, throughout the world, their efforts deserve to be recognised and celebrated. It seeks to acknowledge the impacts of the very best teachers – not only on their students but on the communities around them.

 

About my work:

Francis comes from a remote island of the Philippines called Luzon, and was inspired to become a teacher by the fact that his own public school teachers had been inspirational for him. Despite not attending an expensive private school, Francis was able to work hard in his youth and win academic competitions. Originally he intended to attend law school, but in the end found himself motivated to try and help young people as he himself had been helped. Teaching today, Francis understands that amongst other things this means integrating and using technology in order to deepen learning. After his first year of using iPads and other tools, 94% of his students said that it had helped their learning.

More about my bio here: http://www.globalteacherprize.org/finalist/francis-jim-tuscano/

I want to share a glimpse of how I use tech tools in class, not just to deepen learning, but also to make learning meaningful and relevant to my students, especially in their daily lives. This is about harnessing the power of tech tools to foster appreciation and living of values in life.
As promised, I thank my 6H students, their parents, and Miss Jane Cacacho for allowing the video to happen. Thank you for the help, Jane and the NEXT Team (Sirs Gelo and Jessie). Owe you guys big time!
Last, a huge congratulations to my fellow 2017 Global Teacher Prize finalists. We are all doing great works. Let us continue changing the world to a better place of our students and for all teachers.
Source:
  • Global Teacher Prize: http://www.globalteacherprize.org/about/
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