What is DIWA Innovation Lab? 

In celebration for our 35th year in the industry of providing quality educational resources in the Philippines, we have started this week our nationwide implementation of the Diwa Innovation Lab.

 

What is DIWA Innovation Lab? 

It is a pop up science showcase implemented by Diwa Learning Systems that features the use of new technologies to encourage the love for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).

 

Why is Diwa conducting the Innovation Lab? 

Diwa upholds its battlecry: Innovation in Education. We wanted the students to elevate the student’s learning experiences and enhance their creativity and critical thinking skills. We wanted to make innovation our way of life and do things differently so that in one way or another, we can make an impact to the lives of our teachers and students and make teaching better.

 

Where are you implementing Diwa Innovation Lab? 

We are going around the Philippines — North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao! We wanted to share these new technologies and how to use it inside the classroom with the teachers and students as our immediate audience.

 
How do teachers and students benefit from participating in the Diwa Innovation Lab?

Both the teachers and students will learn about how to use the new technologies showcased in the Innovation Lab. Also, they are encouraged to share what they learn to their classmates once they go back to their schools.

 

So now, I’m sharing to you our photos for the day:

Design Thinking in the Classroom

We just started our nationwide Innovator’s Congress (ICon)  here in Metro Manila. We have gathered educators from different subject areas to train them with new skills and techniques for their teaching strategies. This year, our theme focused on design thinking.

You may be asking, what is design thinking, especially once applied in education?

Design Thinking is a dynamic problem-solving approach to help educators become creators, innovators and emphatic beings. Imagine you have a problem you want to solve. Let’s say you have a problem of frequently forgetting things. Your initial approach is to immediately brainstorm for a solution. In design thinking, however, you look deeper into the problem first. You think of the root causes, the context and the people involved. In this case, if you always forget things, you will look into the whole picture — the why, the how, and the who would benefit when a solution is delivered for a problem.

 

How can design thinking be applied in education? Abesamis & Robles (2017) shares three key points:

  • As a teaching strategy

You can engage students with design thinking projects. With this, students can go beyond the “learning by doing” approach in doing their final projects.

  • As a mindset or solving problems in school

As educators, you are in a unique position to solve school problems being in constant contact with your students. Because of this, you can create a team and address school issues using the design thinking approach and engage a community in the decision-making process.

  • As a process for lesson planning and designing materials

In preparing school materials, you can use a logbook to create a student profile, that in effect, can be used as a primary resource while drafting your lesson plans. With each student profile, you can log any feedback gathered after an activity; thus, it will be easier for you to gain ownership of your student’s learning progress and become a better teacher.

 

As an educator, you can also be a designer. As a designer,  you start with the people and focus on their needs, understanding the context of their problem. Armed with insights, you then start designing ideas and solutions. You iteratively refine these solutions by gathering high-quality feedback before finalizing your output. With this process, a teacher and school leader like you can create an authentic learning experience for your students.

 

How to let your students experience the design thinking process? Here’s how:

Emphatize

  • Encourage your students to look, listen and learn. Let them ask questions about the people, or about the circumstance. Let them explore all possible scenarios.

Define

  • Here, the students will generate and narrow down the data they’ve gathered based on their questions. They can now create their design challenge statement. A design challenge statement is the similar to the problem you want to address.

Ideation

  • The students here “go all out” with their solutions. They can just down all the ideas for their solution as many as they can.

Prototype

  • Once they have a chosen feasible solution, your students can start building tangible prototypes. It can be a mini-version of the product they want to build using scrap materials, or if it is a process or strategy, students can document their prototype through role-playing and videos.

Testing

  • If students have built a prototype, it is now necessary to show it to their target audience for feedback. This feedback will serve as a springboard for improving their work and building a better solution to the problem. The final work can then be their reference once they decided to implement these prototypes into bigger and better solution to the problem they wanted to address.

 

In our ICon event, our teacher-participants became students for a day and used design thinking in their activities:

 

By using design thinking, both Filipino teachers and the students can create better and feasible solutions to problems at hand. Not only that, using this approach can make inventors and effective problem-solvers in no time. In a world where innovation is the new norm, you have to constantly be curious and update your skillset so you can always have something exciting to share inside the classroom. 🙂

 

Reference:

Abesamis, G. & Robles, K. (2017). Design Thinking. Quality Teacher Magazine Vol. 14 No. 2, Diwa Learning Systems and Bato Balani Foundation Inc.

 

Pangalangan, A. (2017). Prepare Learners to Become Effective Problem Solvers. Quality Teacher Magazine Vol. 14 No. 2, Diwa Learning Systems and Bato Balani Foundation Inc.

What I Like About Genyo eLearning

Recently, we had product display during the CEAP convention in Davao, and I had the chance to interact with some school coordinator, administrators and some teachers. I got the chance to explain about our books, magazines and our e-Learning product. What’s more, I got the chance to appreciate fully our products because it is one in the market that offers much more than our competitors.

 

So, as an e-Learning advocate and a Genyo supporter since 2010, what do I like about Genyo e-Learning?

 

  1. Training and Technology Integration

    • With Genyo, teachers are trained to use the e-Learning platform at the start of the school year and at other dates as needed all year round. The teachers and the students not only gets trained about the system, but really, how to integrate its use inside the classroom, and during school events. There are schools who used Genyo for their quizzes, and others for their online quarterly examinations. There are also who used the platform for school-wide election, and others who use it for survey, or any other subject-related event such as Buwan ng Wika, English Month, or any even the World Teacher’s day.
    • Technology Integration is one standard required in the Philippine K-12 curriculum of the Department of Education, so with Genyo, it would be seamless to apply this standard for schools. There are also several schools who use Genyo for their PAASCU accreditation.
    • Malate Catholic School who has implemented their hybrid program with integrating technology in their curriculum is already a testament to how the training and technology integration can be successful for e-Learning implementation. Also, forums for training the administrators are provided so these schools can be at par in their e-Learning implementation with the global standards. You can read more on this article.
    • Lastly, the help of Learning Integration Specialists assigned in schools all-year-round makes it a better opportunity for the schools to move forward with e-Learning.
  2. Curriculum-Aligned Content

    • Genyo already has content housed inside its platform — with topics for English, Math, Science, Araling Panlipunan and Filipino. These content are animated, and ready-made. What’s more, our team already developed contents that are aligned with the learning competencies of the Philippine K-12 curriculum guide. One thing you just need to do is search the thousand contents that we have for your topic.
    • What if the contents are not aligned in your school curriculum? Don’t worry. There are options for the contents in Genyo to be mapped out to your curriculum, just ask the Learning Integration Specialist how to do it.
    • Last but not the least, aside from the lessons, there are also quizzes, games and interactive activities inside the platform that both teachers and students can take advantage of. These quizzes are either aligned with the lessons, or stand-alone. If you opt to customize a game that you can do for your lesson, no problem! That is possible too with our platform.
  3. Customizable Modules

    • Suppose you are a teacher, do you have less time for yourself because you need to do several administrative tasks as add-on for your lessons? With Genyo, you can just customize and create your own lesson packages from our own content, your own PowerPoint file, or just a link from your references list. You can also create quizzes and allow these to be assigned to your students as reviewer for an exam, or just a quiz included in your lesson. These lessons and quizzes also give you immediate feedback (if you opt it), so on your end, you can immediately analyze if your students did well for the quiz you’ve assigned. So, if you’re a teacher, tracking your student’s progress is very very important.
    • Announcements are also important especially if the school don’t have classes (maybe because of class suspension) yet teachers want the students to work on their homework. Instead of having the students just check social media, why not take advantage of technology to shout out those school requirements? For the past years, Genyo has been used as an announcement platform during on-the-spot suspension of classes because of provincial events, or even natural disasters coming their way.

 

So there. For the past years, I have worked as a Genyo advocate so I have an idea of how Genyo works and how it helps students, teachers and schools in integrating technology into their lessons and their school curriculum. I think these are also the reasons our partner schools have taken advantage since they have started their e-Learning journey with us. 🙂

DIWA Innovation Lab

For this week, we have been tapped as one of the sponsor exhibitor for the annual Convention of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP). Since we wanted to also promote Diwa’s 35th year in the publishing industry, we have come up with a showcase of the DIWA products, ranging from books, magazines and e-learning. Also, in line with our tagline “Innovation in Education” in the 21st century, we are promoting an all-in-one classroom experience for Philippine educators with the use of not only our existing products but also new technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). We call this our very own Diwa Innovation Lab

For this week, we are showcasing these technologies and you can see here how these educators are exploring these new tech. Bringing these tech to Philippine educators and really, inside the classroom where Filipino students are playing around and learning from it is something we can look forward to in the next few years. 🙂 
Booth Exhibit

Boosting e-classroom in Quantum: GENYO Activities

 One step ahead in e-Learning. This is what Quantum students from General Santos City experienced as they take part in several school activities for the month of July.

            The Quantum Academy Inc., now on its second year subscription of using GENYO e-learning, is maximizing the use of technology as some of its activities kicked off when the month of July started.

            GENYO class. From chalk and chalkboard to whiteboard and marker; now, computers and internet. These are the new tools of learning for students as they read and listen to their lessons online inside the classroom and answer their interactive activities in the computer room. As the school moved a notch higher in upgrading their facilities by adding up computers and internet in each classroom, the students not only benefit from the eye-popping visuals and its accompanying audio but at the same they enjoy learning their lessons.

 

          As what Reginald Falgui III, a grade six student said, “GENYO is helpful especially in Science because when our teacher can’t fully explain or draw properly our lesson like cells, she uses GENYO and we easily learn. It is much easier with GENYO.”

            Online Teacher Diagnostic Test.  To measure the student’s capabilities at the start of the school year, Quantum teachers conduct an exam in their specified subject area and this time, the school decided to make it online. Using the test builder feature of GENYO, teachers had converted their own tests and let the students answer the questions. Results were then easily tracked to check on the student’s competence.

 

 

 

           Online Student Election.  Teachers don’t need to print several copies of paper for an event done only once. This time around, high school students voted their choice for the student government (SG) leaders online with just a click of a button. Within minutes, SG adviser Virgil Faderogao was able to trace the winners from the election using the Survey feature of GENYO and declare the new set of winners during the weekly assembly of students. As he had mentioned, “With GENYO, we get fast and accurate results in a matter of few minutes. After the election, we already knew the winners for the student government officers this school year.”

 

 

         Homepage Development and PowerPoint Presentation. In celebration of the Nutrition month, Quantum students also created their own homepage and PowerPoint presentation with themes on Cottage Industry and Livelihood. Given a time limit, students designed their own homepage and powerpoint in which they uploaded in GENYO via the offline homework feature.

 “GENYO paved the way for easy transmission of file. With the aid of its offline homework, access for Homepage Development final presentation became a breeze as we just download all their entries in just a few clicks in a different computer,” Dealson Bagorio said as he facilitated the event during the HELE/TLE week.

             Using the offline homework feature of GENYO, students are able to upload their final work online and teachers download it in another computer for checking. With this, students also have a back up copy of their work when technical difficulties were encountered during the event.

           Other activities that helped Quantum boost e-classroom include teacher trainings wherein the on-site learning integration specialist conduct trainings on several features of the GENYO e-learning system. Also, students went through the online elimination of Battle of the Brains, an intra-school quiz bee competition to measure the students’ academic capabilities. Truly, these activities make Quantum one step ahead in integrating technology in the classroom. For further information, you can check out http://www.genyo.com.ph.#

7 tips when you’re away from home (For my co-LIS and Batch 4)

Hi guys!

 

I know we’re on the same boat now – adjusting to a new environment, new people and especially new situation.

 

Trust me, I’ve been there before — a year ago. It’s not that easy to adjust ( I know coz’ I’ve been there!) but take heart! I know you’ll make it.

  

Kung ako nga, nakaya ko nang isang taon, kayo pa kaya???

 

This is my 2nd year here in General Santos City and at The Quantum Academy, Inc. 

During my first year, I didn’t know anybody except for Al and my relatives living here.

Wala akong masyadong kakilala, wala akong permanenteng bahay, malayo ang bahay ng tita ko at isa pa, hindi ako marunong magbisaya.

Take note: Bisaya ang salita dito kaya naman halos maubos ang dugo ko sa pakikipag-usap sa mga tao.

 

  

One week passed. Nakahanap na ako ng boarding house malapit sa school. Malayo kasi ang bahay ng mga relatives ko.

Mahirap kasi wala akong gamit. Damit lang. Kelangan ko ng kama kaya naman naubos ang extra money ko para makabili lang ng bed.

Naho-homesick na rin ako kaya naman naghanap na ako ng church na pwede kong puntahan every weeked.

  

Two weeks passed. First salary as LIS. Compared to my previous salary, I need to budget my money for my personal belongings.

Nagwork na ako sa call center before and malaki ang difference. Pero iba pa rin pag gusto mo ang ginagawa mo, pina-practice mo ang course mo

at nag-eenjoy ka sa trabaho mo. This is my choice and I think this new experience will help me a lot in my life’s journey.

  

Three weeks passed. Naiiyak na ako sa sobrang boredom pag nasa dorm. Wala akong communication sa mama ko kundi ang cellphone with a Sun simcard.

Smart ang gamit nina mama kaya di ako makatawag. Buti na lang nagdala ako ng libro para di ako mabore. Nagpupunta rin ako dito sa plaza para di mabore.

But after the incident when someone talked to me in straight Visayan accent and we CLEARLY have miscommunication, I rarely go there; well, unless I’m with someone. 🙂

 

 

Four weeks passed. Medyo ka-close ko na ang mga teachers. Lagi na rin ako binabati ng mga students dito. Pag may activities, isinasama na rin ako dito sa school.

Medyo masaya na kaso andon pa rin ang pagiging homesick ko, lalo na’t mag-isa lang ako.

Kaya naman nung magsweldo, bumili kaagad ako ng phone para makausap ko sina Mama. Nakaconference ko rin ang ibang co-LIS ko using globe (nag-endorse?!)

kaya di na ako masyadong nalulungkot. Sila na kasi ang iniistorbo ko. You know who you are.

 

Months after months.  Busy na sa school kaya di na ako masyadong nalulungkot. Plus, I have friends na nakakakwentuhan ko pag gabi.

 

 

See. I have my own story. Pero nakaya ko. After some contemplations, I think these tips can practically help you if you’re away from home for a long time:

 

1.) Dream big.

Just like Peter Pan, you need to think happy thoughts to soar high. Have a long term goal. Dream and achieve. If we have dreams, we have life.

 

2.) Find a church.

 I know we have different beliefs. But mind you, when I’m down, I’ll go to church and pray. It’ll ease the feeling of loneliness.

In my case, I’m a Christian so I looked for a church here. During weekends, I spend my time not only in the boarding house but also with my churchmates.

 

3.) Explore.

During your free time, explore the place. You have lots of weekends to do that. ^_^

Being assigned in a far place can be an advantage because you get the chance to explore the natives and the beauty of nature.

You can have a “me” time or you can find friends you can hang out with.

 

4.) Befriend the teachers and students.

They will be your constant companion for the whole school year so better be friendly and flash your sweetest smile every time you go to school to school.

They will appreciate it and in the long run, it will be an advantage coz in times of need and loneliness, they can be your constant companion and friend.

Kaya ako nahilig manood ng movie dito dahil sa mga co-teachers ko. haha.

 

5.) Share your experiences with friends.

Just because you don’t have a bestfriend on that place whom you can completely trust, you’ll just sulk in one corner and accept the fact that the situation is very hard and you want to give up.

 

Well, if that’s the case, you’re one of those who don’t have a dream. As I said earlier, dream big. If obstacles come, accept it, share it with a friend and move on.

Life is much happier if you share your life with another person near you.

  

6.) Learn to know who to trust.

According to Wikipedia, trust means relying on another person or entity.

You may have a hard situation to adjust to, but if you trust God and you learn to trust HIM that your current situation is just temporary, then, you’ll have a hope that it will eventually become better.

Lastly,

7. ) Happiness is a choice.

Human emotions come and go. Situations in life are temporary. However, it will always be your decision whether to be happy or not. Life is short to live a life on what ifs.

Whatever your situation maybe, be thankful and be happy. Look at the opportunities in difficulties instead of difficulties in opportunities. Every moment is precious. Learn to appreaciate.

O di ba, ako na ang may mahabang note. Ngayon lang uli ako nagblog ng ganito.

 

Well, I’ve learned all these the hard way. I hope that you can also use this to survive.

 

 

GENYO team, kaya natin ‘to. Tayo pa, eh magagaling tayo. DI BA???!!!! ^_^