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Education Trailblazers collaborate at Inaugural Philippines Canvas LMS User Group

Recently, Canvas held its first community user group in the Philippines at the De La Salle University Henry Sy, Sr. Hall. The meeting connected the first Canvas customers in the Philippines to discuss their use of education technology to transform education provision in their institutions. Principals and senior leadership from Baliuag University, University of the East, Jose Rizal University, De La Salle Lipa, Centro Escolar University and other schools were present, such as the host College of Computer Studies department at De La Salle University and EdTech leadership from Far Eastern University.

Technology has allowed other industries to compete globally and education is no different, with each institution sharing their strategic visions of how they can and will use education technology to enhance teaching and learning as well as compete for students in the region.  Through their use of the Learning Management System Canvas, each of these Philippine institutions are deepening their adoption of the latest innovations in teaching and learning, such as blended and flipped classrooms, which allows for greater focus on student engagement and personalized learning.

Roselle Basa, Program Coordinator for ICT at UE, was among the attendees who were new to Canvas. UE faculty have been training with the LMS since March, and the system will be deployed in full this year. “Canvas allows us to develop courses that are geared to student-centered strategies. It pushes the envelope of teaching strategies development and helps us avoid being confined to the classroom in a very enjoyable and engaging manner,” Basa said.

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Canvas from Instructure was created in response to poor user experience of legacy LMS software by its founders as graduate students. They wanted a more flexible and personalized learning experience, one that was mobile and easy to use and extend with a wide variety of learning resources.

As an open, mobile and native cloud-based platform, Canvas allows students to easily access learning materials, take online tests, collaborate on the move, and drive their own learning journey. Teachers are able to deliver more personalized learning, choose from a wealth of learning resources to deliver a richer learning experience, grade tests more quickly, as well as use data in real time to give feedback on student progress.   This approach puts teachers and students at the center of the learning environment rather than the technology.

Regional Director Julian Yballe also took to the podium to explain Canvas’ view on openness and equity of experience. Instructure envisioned Canvas as endlessly extendable open APIs and the ability to add apps via the LTI standard.  This allows teachers to use the vast global resources that exist, exposing students to a huge variety of learning materials in a simple and easy way.

Along with this growing partner ecosystem, the Canvas community of global institutions, helps educators from around the world share ideas and experiences both online and at community events such as this user group session.  These leading institutions in the Philippines are now contributing to the community with their founding of the first user group in South East Asia.

Yballe underlined this specific focus on student-centeredness. “The feedback for Canvas from every stakeholder in this teacher and learning environment has been positive. And a lot of it is a combination of timing and how student-centered learning is becoming more of a focus due to two reasons, workforce preparedness, so graduates can contribute immediately, and a more competitive environment for a limited number of students, both locally and globally,” Yballe said.

What’s next on the roadmap for Canvas? APAC VP Troy Martin spoke of the company’s expansion plans in a post-conference interview. “We’re excited with the customers that have emerged over the last two years in the Philippines, particularly here in Manila, but we are excited to welcome some new institutions from Cebu City and we look forward to hearing from new institutions contacting Instructure about working with Canvas.”

 

 

 

 

 

#GerifiedPH: Beauty for a Better Life

If you would have to choose, is it beauty over brains? Or vice versa? Some smarty pants which definitely includes yours truly would question and argue, why not have both?

Beauty is good. Beauty with brains? Even better! I mean, every girl has her own unique beauty that we shouldn’t compare to others in the first place, but let’s face it, we ourselves can become more confident when wearing our natural crowns adorned; and by brains, I’m referring more to the possibility of being streetwise in making decisions and earning financial freedom with independence albeit I’m confidence as well that there’re ladies out there who are both brainy genius and pleasant to the eyes!

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Beauty is good. Beauty with brains? Even better! And you can’t put a girl with spectacles down without an argument and by argument, I meant defending the possibility, the chances of having both the beauty and the brains, with social media nowadays, these occurrences are not that rare anymore.

One of the things I look up to are companies that put their social responsibility on their sleeves, and there are those who are genuine in empowering the women, those who believe that giving the women power meant strengthening the community, and in the long run, fortifying the nation!

What company make beautification of the local communities inside and out their business? Click read more to know more! Continue reading “#GerifiedPH: Beauty for a Better Life”

#GerifiedPH: BDJ Women’s Summit 2018

 

From an effective planner to an online all-female positive community, Belle de Jour Power Planner surely has come a long way! And the eye-catching beautifully illustrated girls in the front cover is always a plus!

Belle de Jour has been empowering more and more Filipinas while reaching out to help children, foundations, charities and causes that they know will surely help in improving the current states of our local communities!

To live life deliberately while finding balance in life – living life to the fullest.

This year’s BDJ Women’s Summit is all about the Millennial Movement.

Millennials are those who are in a sense, the generation experiencing the quarter-life crisis; and Filipinas from all walks of life, specifically the millennials, need proper guidance to look ahead of their future and be reminded of examples of the past generations who have faced and conquered such issues, to also realize that what they are going through (crisis, predicament, problems) is normal.

If you feel like you’re stuck on your current situation right now, then you are not alone. And you definitely have a Bella Tribe that will help you out via the Belle De Jour Power Planner online community! While we are all trying to find our unique place in this world, we need to be a part of a community that is supportive and can be our leaning shoulder, sister to cry on, teammate to cheer us up as we tackle on the mountain of life.

Trotting unknown water is dangerous – discovering one’s true self, role in society – and the anxiety that comes with the fear of knowing that it might be dangerous can keep someone in place, stuck in the status quo. Unwanted to leave the comfort zone can keep one’s light bulb buzzing until it flickered without knowing how bright it could be when forced to light the darkness. Belle de Jour Power Planner wants you to shine!

What’s more? We are stereotyped by the previous entitled generation of our parents, and just like how sons need to prove something to their fathers, our generation could prove that we too can provide groundbreaking and revolutionary contributions to the society!

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Hosted by Ms. Janeena Chan, last March 11, Belle de Jour Power Planner held its 3rd BDJ Women Summit, Women Redefined in SM Aura’s Samsung Hall. Their mission, to inspire, empower and equip millennials in trotting the unknown water of the future. With empowering messages from strong women who are role models for the millennials of today, shedding light, helping them reveal their true self, encouraging them to lead an authentic life of their own.

Every woman has a story to tell. This year’s BDJ Women Summit focused on the inner voice of a millennial woman.

The talks are packed and meaningful. From the Opening Remarks of the brain child of Belle de Jour Power Planner, Ms. Dar to Transformative Females: Finding One’s Identity by Ms. Abby Asistio, Discovering One’s Passion with Blu Pingoy, Extraordinary Females: Overcoming One’s Circumstances and Maximizing One’s Blessings by Jover Laurio and Rachel de Villa and Resourceful Females: Paving One’s Path and Sustaining One’s Success with Kathleen Yu and Audrey Tangonan.

 

To be fair for us Millennials, we are dealing with a new kind of stress that the past generations didn’t experience – the blessing and curse of the internet.

“Our society has constantly bombarded today’s women – especially the millennials – with unrealistic standards regarding beauty and career, making it hard for them to find themselves and lead an authentic life. Through the Women’s Summit, Viviamo! Inc. hopes to empower them as they pursue fulfillment while being true to their identity,” shared BDJ founder Darlyn Ty-Nilo.

The event in whole is designed to tap and bring out potential as positive difference-makes especially to others – the underprivileged women, children and far-flung communities. Some of the booths that caught my attentions were:

Foundation Foundation

One of the booths is a venue for helping others have confidence on their selves through the help of makeup. Belle de Jour Power Planner set up a donation place for new and lightly used cosmetics such as lipstick, eyeliners, eyeshadows, blushes and stains, foundations, toiletries, feminine products and nail polishes and more to be given away.

Likhaan Center for Women’s Health

This organization responds to womens expressed need for sexual and reproductive rights and health services. They offered intercourse advises to the young wives and gaveaway contraceptives while emphasizing the need for protection.

Trek Itogon

A group of volunteer mountaineers helping children from hard-to-reach communities accepted school supply materials such as pencils and papers during the event. They are also selling bags wherein each purchase guarantee one bag to be donated to the children in suburb communities they are supporting.

The Pahina Project

Yours truly had the priviledge to help in working towards quality education just by buying a Pahina Project Notebook – for every purchase, one will be given away.

Attending a BDJ Women’s Summit is over top win as always. We get to support local organizations that strive for the betterment of our community, we learned from inspirational talks of living success, we get to meet other women who we share the same vision with, and lastly, and no one go homes empty handed!

As for me, I won the Sun Life Financial prosperity card giveaway and I’ll be sharing with you my latest financial goal unlock through the help of BDJ on a separate post! Make sure to keep an eye on that!

The 3rd BDJ Women’s Summit was co-presented by Chinoy TV, Lipault and Sun Life Financial. Major sponsors include Food Panda, Modess, Wacoal, GCash, Style Genie, Biore, Caronia, Celeteque, Cinnabon, Fitness Gourmet, Jergens, Jollibee, Kipling, Liese, MegRhythm, Parisian Shoes and Bags, Serenitea, Zenutrients, Features and Shades, and Award Extremes Inc., Ace Water Spa, Chef Tony, Frankie’s, Goldilocks, and McDonald’s provided loot bags and raffle prizes, while Adobo Magazine, Rappler, and When in Manila served as media partners.

Thank you so much BDJ for having me. I can’t wait for next year’s BDJ Women’s Summit!

#GerifiedPH: Great Things Start from Small Beginnings

On the court or in the classroom, champions are out to win. But you can’t just be a champion overnight. You need determination, discipline, and the gut to win among others. The path will be hard, but Milo is ready to back you up!

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#Kulayot trying out for Futsal with Coach Jhen.
Success is never about entitlement. You cannot tip-toe to success. You cannot sneak up behind it. You need to own it. You need to put in the work through discipline and consistency. –  Mr. Lester Castillo, Sports Executive, MILO Philippines
To help school children maximize summer vacation and further the importance of sports among kids, MILO® created its Summer Sports Clinic. Starting with only 5 sports clinics, it now has 18 that teaches your children both champion sports skills and values. Read on to know more!

Continue reading “#GerifiedPH: Great Things Start from Small Beginnings”

#GerifiedPH: Grow Happy with NestoKid!

What everyone really wants in life?

Happiness. If you’re going to ask a loving mom, it’s all tied to the happiness of her child.

Am I  happy?

I’m the happiest whenever I see my children sleeping soundly while I continue my work late at night. I’m the happiest whenever I saw clean simut plates during meal times. Whenever they drink they’re vitamins without a fuss. Whenever they met a milestone. Whenever I receive gestures of appreciation. Sticky hands around my neck. Wet pecks on the cheeks. Tickles, crazy laughter. Hide and seek. Peek-a-boo.

These are some of the mundane things that makes me happy as a mother.

Happiness. It is the state of being happy. But alas, state has a lot of aspect. Physical. Mental. Emotional. Material. This state of well-being can be defined only by those who experience it. It is after-all a positive, or, better yet, a pleasant fusion of emotions ranging from small curving up of the timid lips of contentment to warm tears immensely due to the intense joy, a happy cry as they say.

Happiness is a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful and worthwhile.

Today, we have so many pressures in our lives, but let’s look closer on our children. Nowadays, our children also experience pressure compared to older generations’ childhood.  Knowing this really well, Nestle, driven to their purpose – to help grow a healthier and happier generation, launched NestoKid Grow Happy Exposition at the Bellevue Hotel, and yours truly experienced the how to #growhappy the NestoKid way! Read more to find out! Continue reading “#GerifiedPH: Grow Happy with NestoKid!”

#GerifiedPH: Ready, Set, Blog 2.0

It was a breezy afternoon, winds swaying the branches of the trees nearby, making leaves dance and relieving us from the sun’s heat.

That was how we arrived at The Selah Garden Hotel in Pasay where the Ready, Set, Blog 2.0 was held. It’s a greenery in the midst of the concrete jungle.

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I like how laid back the setting of this event was, it’s as if we were on the beach. We’ve failed to come to our jungle costumes because I couldn’t  make time to draw whiskers as making payroll in the morning required me of using both of my hands. Ha! Nevertheless,  cats, leopards, jungle women and even an explorer arrived!

The event was held last February 10, and has a line-up talks from long-time bloggers and friends – Mr. Ross of Wazzup Philippines and Ms. Adae of Adae To Remember to name a few, and in-between those informative talks were, of course, games and raffles!

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It rained prizes and stuff, hard! All thanks to Ready, Set, Blog 2.0 sponsored:

Olive Nail and Body Spa

Bravo Food Supplement for Men

Estiara Philippines

Hyds Customized Cake and Catering

Music Museum Philippines

Romulo Cafe Philippines

The Thinking Cap Marketing

Jrams Coffee Bistro and Pastries

Gangnam Wings Philippines

Jung Monis Salon

Hop Inn Philippines

Social Media Intelligence and Publications

Allianz PNB Life Insurance

Tanduay Athletics

Herbalife Philippines

Gaius Pension Inn

The Selah Garden Hotel

We have the option to stay the night, but since duties at work and responsibilities at home, like taking the kid to school, we had to leave early, but nevertheless, we took home trinkets and prizes and learnings from the event. It has impacted my view when it comes to creating articles.

Key points that inspired me to be better in blogging are from Sir Ross of @wazzup_pilipinas – that

Content is King and Photographs are queen.

Another favorite talk of mine is the Positive Attitude by Madam Adae Ang of @adae2remember! I learned that we need to be like a Bee.

Be like a Bee.

Bee a reader.

Bee a good listener.

Bee a good conversationalist.

Bee positive.

Bee a mingler.

Bee humorous.

Bee supportive to others.

Bee kind.

And most of all, Bee a person of integrity.

I decided to blog because I like to write down my thoughts, this space was created as an output to release some toxic brain cells. I learned to like my profession as an engineer but sometimes, numbers are tiring and I love how words when formed  and lined up consciously to form a phrase could create enigmatic feelings and effects – it could persuade you, make you believe, make you passionate.

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The best part, all attendees got a Certificate of Participation for the Ready, Set, Blog 2.0. Such a well-organized, yet full-of-fun and surprise event! Thank you so much to the powerful duo of Ms. Anne of Annesheyday and Sir Maiko of ConnectManila in partnership with Selah Garden Hotel for making Ready, Set, Blog 2.0 a success!

Can’t wait for the next year round of Ready, Set, Blog!