In response to #covid19's effect on education systems, empowerED Podcast releases a special 5-episode series on online distance learning (ODL). The episodes cover an introduction to ODL, lessening learning loneliness, designing ODL units and assessments, edtech tools for ODL, and learning tips for ODL students. This is our contribution in helping schools and learners transition towards [...]
The COVID-19 outbreak has caused a number of lockdowns and heightened alert levels in a number of cities and countries around the world. This has led to long suspensions of classes which disrupted the learning cycles or academic terms in schools, affecting the youngest learners until to the graduate students in the universities in many [...]
Kids Can! Innovation Camp, education project of Francis Jim Tuscano recognized at the HundrED’s Spotlight on Sustainability as one of the world’s most inspiring innovations to educate youth on how to help save the planet https://youtu.be/3PYEsDIXF5Y Kids Can! Innovation Camp, created by Francis Jim Tuscano, department chair and edtech coach at Xavier School, and first [...]
For the past decades or so, reading, writing, and mathematics (arithmetic), referred to as the 3R’s, have taken a back seat. The basic skills or building blocks that underpin learning have been often equated with traditional school setting where knowing is defined as the ability to read, write, and solve math problems. In understanding the [...]
Registration open: Let your students be agents of change! Join the 1st ever global innovation camp tailored for students! Register at: http://bit.ly/2sLuuv2 For more info visit: http://globalinnovationcamp.com Follow our social media accounts: https://twitter.com/KidsCanInnovate and https://www.facebook.com/globalinnovationcamp/ Why join the Global Innovation Camp? At the heart of “Kids Can! Innovation Camp” is the goal of involving, engaging & providing children the opportunity [...]
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. Klaus Schwab famously announced its advent: “We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another.” In this revolution, humanity builds on the digital marvels of the third industrial revolution and has started to see [...]
In May 2017, I began to work on a project that aimed to involve Grades 5 and 6 students in understanding the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to think about how they could help in addressing the issues and challenges that go with the SDGs. My experience in working with technology tools and in using [...]
In a recent OECD PISA Students’ Well-Being Study (2015) conducted to 540, 000 students in 72 participating countries and economies, student anxiety about school work and tests was seen to be related with how supportive their teachers and schools are to the students and not to how long the students stay in school or prepare [...]
As the end of 2017 draws near, I am taking this time to reflect on and to look back at the wonderful things that have helped me make learning and teaching more fun and engaging, which hopefully led to improved student engagement and learning. Personal Mantra: Student-Centered Pedagogy Over Technology Tools This has been [...]
The world of education has long celebrated those who get the perfect scores and the highest academic awards. We rejoice and wonder in awe when we come across kid geniuses, often telling ourselves, that they will become the future Einstein or any other famous scientist and intellectuals. These kinds of remarks often put on a [...]
According to TeenSafe, in 2016, 87% of today’s youth have witnessed cyberbullying while 34% personally experienced cyberbullying. Among the surveyed students, 15% have admitted to cyberbullying others, while 24% said they did not know what to do if they would be harassed online. Most commonly reported types of cyberbullying includes spreading rumours and experiencing hurtful comments [...]
In the 15th of May 2013, the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 was signed as a law, which made the Philippines as one of the last countries to adopt a K-12 system in the basic education years. This was a game-changer, not just for teachers, students, and parents, but for the whole country. The [...]
Ed Tech integration in education has been a major factor or catalyst in driving 21st century learning forward. When done meaningfully, student learning is propelled into greater heights, adding the needed rocket boost to engage all kinds of learners and to enable learning environments that welcome risk-taking, innovation, and creativity. However, tech integration can also [...]
I am proud to share that the international collaboration among technology integration experts, or more specifically, Apple Distinguished Educators, has been published in the iBook Store. The Pedagogy Toolkit showcases how the use of the iPad supports research and evidence-based pedagogies and opens us for more possibilities in fostering 21st century learning skills in students. [...]
Blended learning refers to the delivery of formal education through a thoughtful combination of online learning and delivery of content and instruction with varied degree of student control over time, place, pace and with face-to-face encounter done in a brick-and-mortar setup, such as the school (Staker and Horn, 2012). There are four main models of [...]
Genius Hour or Time has been a buzzword not just in the workplace, but also in schools or educational institutions. Genius time, according to some, can be traced back to Google. Google allows its engineers to work on projects using 20% of their time. It has been said that some of Google’s products were once [...]
For two weeks, my Grade 6 students and I discussed, grappled with, and analyzed the proliferation of fake news articles in the Internet, especially in various social media platforms. This was not an intended part of the lesson at first. But, since we were learning about the virtue of honesty and universal value of truth, [...]
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.
The last week of July 2016 became the best professional learning yet that I had experienced as an educator. The Worldwide Apple Distinguished Educators Institute 2016 was held in the lovely and magnificent city of Berlin in Germany. It was my first time to attend a worldwide event for ADEs since becoming a member of the [...]
Inquiry-based approach to learning emphasises the importance of developing thinking and problem solving skills in students. As a learner-centered approach, inquiry-based approach leads students to ask questions and to use these questions as their guide in gathering and processing data they find. The gathered data is then used to solve problems and generate conclusions. Inquiry-based [...]
Presenting in front of an audience has gone better and more interactive! Well, this is so if you have been using or planning to use Google Slides the next time you speak up on the stage, in front of your classroom, or in an auditorium. Several weeks ago, Google Apps for Education's Slides has been [...]
Google Forms has a new quiz feature that aims to help educators administer, well, quizzes or formative assessments to check for student’s understandings. The quiz feature is embedded in the app so there’s no need to install add-ons or extensions. The quiz feature has been requested for so long. Now that it is part [...]
Visible thinking aims to make thinking or cognitive processes as overt, conscious, and deliberate acts for learners. Visible Thinking routines help learners to be aware of their thinking processes, what they are thinking, and to make these concrete or tangible. It helps students to articulate their ideas in a more thoughtful and reflective manner.
Professional learning or professional development is an essential aspect of being a 21st century teacher. As students continue to learn in the classroom, teachers must also continue to learn in order to improve their teaching skills. For EdTech integrators or teachers, the integration of technology in the classroom sometimes require constant updating about the new tech [...]
Google Apps for Education (GAfE) is a suite of productivity apps that cater to the needs of educators and learners. Offered free, GAfE provides communication and collaborative tools to users while creating online documents, presentations, or spreadsheets among others. GAfE aims to provide quick solutions to school challenges regarding information management and dissemination, efficient feedback [...]
Hence, in the end, the 5Ds Framework guides the educators to create a connected and meaningful tech-integrated learning process for students. If taken further, it could also lend itself to become a cycle of learning, where the final product of learning becomes a potential source of knowledge that other learners can critically interact with. Moreover, the learning process is transformed from a passive way of learning, which reflects traditional teaching, into a more active, critical, and creative act that successfully transcends the four walls of the classroom.
Everyday, each classroom teacher is expected to manage his or her class and to follow up on students’ behavior and academic performance. The teacher aims to put order into the class and makes sure that everyone is engaged with the various learning tasks at hand. Moreover, the teacher is also expected to encourage and motivate [...]
One big reality today: teachers, school leaders, students, and parents are using various social media platform. Well, a few maybe are not yet using any social media platform, but in the near future, everyone will be creating accounts to post photos, write their thoughts, or just randomly search for information about their favourite topic. While [...]
As an EdTech consultant and trainer, I find inspiration from teachers who show openness and enthusiasm during professional development sessions. Deep, meaningful, and relevant discussion about tech tools and learning devices in teaching and learning are often fuelled by curiosity and the will to learn. Conducting PD sessions with fellow educators and school leaders is also a learning experience [...]
Managing the class, i.e. students’ behavior, during 1:1 iPad or BYOD classes can be challenging. The level of excitement increases as students are given a device that can either help them learn or distract them from learning. As teachers, we are reminded to be aware of the importance of maintaining a class atmosphere conducive for learning and sharing of ideas.
In order for technology integration in the classroom to be successful, the support and participation of the school community are very much needed. School leaders train and support their teachers so that they can better prepare themselves as they aim to accomplish the tasks expected of them. Teachers expect full support from administrators as they [...]
As the new school year begins in the Philippines and as the rest of world relaxes for summer or school break, here are 6 awesome teacher tips for those who are integrating technology for the first time in the classroom. For the rest, these might remind you of your journey and practices in integrating technology. [...]
Updated (January 20, 2015) Last week, Google classroom finally released a mobile app (iOS and Android) for their recent learning and classroom management app. This makes assigning homework and submitting requirements on the go! Download the app from AppStore and PlayStore. I strongly suggest that you couple the Classroom app with the other Google Apps [...]
Looking for a simple app that students can use to demonstrate their learning? SeeSaw app gives you more than that! What is SeeSaw? SeeSaw is a Learning Journal app that enables students to create an online and digital portfolio of their learnings in class. It enables students to reflect on their learnings and even on [...]
This a copy of my presentation to public school teachers of Tayum Central School - Abra, Philippines which focuses on the advantages of letting students (and teachers) publish their original stories or projects using the Book Creator for iPad app. This also includes a hands-on workshop for exploring the Book Creator app. When Students Share [...]
A copy of the presentation for my seminar-workship with the teachers of Tayum Central School, Tayum, Abra, Philippines. This focuses on mixing up QR codes with Visible Thinking Routines in the classroom. Mixing Visible Thinking Routines and QR Codes by Francis Jim Tuscano is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
A presentation on my students' experience in using Google Classroom in class. Short note on GAFE, esp. Google Drive. Given during the Second Xavier School's Frontiers and Innovations in Teaching Conference (April 2015) Going Google Classroom by Francis Jim Tuscano is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
This was my presentation during the Infoteach Summer Workshop with the Department of Education - Bangued, Abra, Philippines. This aimed to introduce education technology integration to the selected elementary public school teachers in Abra province. Introducing Ed Tech Trends and Tools by Francis Jim Tuscano is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International [...]
Below is a copy of my presentation in the AppsEvents' Google in Education Summit 2015 in Taichung, Taiwan. Check the event's site here: http://taiwan.appsevents.com/ Introduction: The session dwells on how Google Apps For Education (GAFE) can become effective tools in checking for students' understanding. A review on the importance of checking for understanding and the importance [...]
I am so happy to finally share my reflection on ADE2015. My summer break was a very busy one - enjoying life with my family and diving into professional development/ ed tech seminar workshops for teachers. Last month, amidst the scorching heat of summer sun in Manila, I received the greatest and most exciting email [...]
The Home Base - Google Classroom and the Control Room - the Google Drive. Watch the video to know a little bit more.
Last week, amidst the crazy graduation practices of our Grade 6 students, I accomplished something that I am truly proud of - to have Apple iBookstore include the eBook projects of my students in their great online bookstore. The eBooks were part of their project in our CLE or religious education class when they were [...]
I was accepted to be a presenter to the first Taiwan Summit featuring Google in Education organized by AppsEvent. I will be presenting the fruit of my Google experience in the classroom, with regards to designing and creating formative assessments using Google Apps for Education. The link to the summit is here. A part of my [...]
It's almost the end of the school year in Xavier School. The Grade 6 batch will be graduating from the Grade School. This also marks the end of my initial use (experiment) with Google Classroom in Grade 6. My CLE Team in Grade 6 started to use Google Classroom at the end of the second [...]
Ignatian education strives to develop men and women of competence, conscience, and compassion. It is a collaborative process between and among faculty and students which fosters personal and cooperative study, discovery, creativity, and reflection to promote life-long learning and action in service to others. The Ignatian pedagogical paradigm is a practical teaching framework which is [...]
The SAMR framework in integrating technology in learning activities is a helpful guide in planning learning activities or designing assessment methods. Developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, the SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition) offers principles that can help teachers assess the level at which the technology tools they are integrating in class can support or modify [...]
Tables, charts, or infographics showing how mobile educational apps fit into the Bloom's Taxonomy are now popular in the Internet thanks to technology educational thinkers and advocates. In these graphic organizers, certains apps are fitted into the 6 levels of thinking according to the education expert Benjamin Bloom. As a 1:1 iPad teacher, these have helped [...]