Monthly Archives: May 2016

2 Ways of Integrating Technology in the Classroom

I have read quite a number of articles on guidelines when integrating technology in teaching and learning, but I think the initial mental process in tech integration has been given little attention. Presenting my 2 ways of integrating technology in teaching and learning courtesy of #thoughtsonthetreadmill.

1. Lesson 2 App (Pedagogical Approach)

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As educators, we are hardwired to first think of our lessons. After being confronted by the thought of this lesson, we scavenge through our idea box for amazing ways to present this idea – in education terms, pedagogy. In our idea box, we discover apps we have stumbled upon and see how these apps can be a medium for delivering our lessons to our students to make teaching and learning more engaging.

In this pedagogical approach, we develop the philosophy that technology is not the end. It reminds us that it is just a means to our end: learning. We are not at the beck and call of a new app that came out on the app store.

2. App 2 Lesson (Engagement Approach)

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Another way to build a personal curation of apps for teaching and learning is when we stumble upon amazing apps. These apps excite us because we realize that we could use this for a specific lesson and make our it more engaging. The important thing here is that we are able to connect the app with a lesson.

We need to be wary that upon becoming excited over an app, we end up veering away from our intended lesson standards just to accommodate this hip new app we discovered.

However, apps can be real game changers. App 2 Lesson can modify (Puentedura, 2013) lessons not in the way it changes the curriculum, but it changes the way we assess our students. Students are not anymore assessed by how well they memorize and explain concepts, but they are able to translate these theories into more tangible results thanks to technology. We don’t just anymore teach film theories, but we can now teach them basic film making.

General philosophy in tech integration: Apps are just a means, not ends.

Happy integrating! 🙂



Adobe and Education

Adobe seems to have taken the education route as well in promoting its products through their Adobe Spark apps. As a teacher in a 1:1 school, this support from Adobe is very welcome.

Let me first admit that I am not an avid user of Adobe mobile apps. I am familiar with Adobe Voice (now labeled as Adobe Spark Video), I love it, but have not integrated it in my classes as of yet. I do have some ideas on how to use these Adobe Spark apps in school.

Adobe Spark Apps

I think Adobe aptly names these apps “Spark” apps because their amazing templates are perfect to “spark” the creative fire in its users.

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Adobe Spark Post allows you to create amazing posters that promote a product, inspire, or even educate in a single image. The templates are diverse, but generally contemporary, that it is attractive to any viewer. It is similar to other amazing photo editing apps like Studio (Free) or Retype (Paid), but what Spark Post has that the other doesn’t it is its integration with Adobe Lightroom mobile app and animating your picture with built-in amazing transitions. You can then save your creation as a picture (without animation), as a Live Photo (for iOS devices), or as a video, and share it to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

For school, you can ask your students to use this app to create a poster promoting the importance of learning a specific lesson. They will then have to be able to send the message in a brief, but witty statement, and choose an image that matches the message. Of course you can do other things.

Adobe Spark Video (formerly known as Adobe Voice)

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Adobe Spark Video enables everyone to become an educator, a storyteller, and an inspirational speaker. It has amazing storyboard templates for inspirational videos, educational how-to videos, and narrative videos. The app itself already has a pool of rights-free icons, images, and music that you can already use without worrying about copyright issues.

As an educational tool, this is a no-brainer. You can easily use this app in the following subjects:

  • Social Science/History Classes: You can ask students to create an advocacy video, an informational video on a specific period in history, or a how-to video on economics.
  • English/Language Classes: Easily integrate with Social Science for their videos and assess their script writing abilities. You can also use this for creative writing where they turn their stories in videos.
  • Math Classes: Ask students to create a how-to video in solving word problems.
  • Science Classes: Ask students to summarize their understanding of a theory or concept using a how-to video, or even advocacy video.

There are tons of outputs our students can create using this app. What limits its use is our own lack of imagination as teachers.

Think outside the box, because the world outside it is infinite.



I’m Not A Car Girl

I read an article published by Top Gear PH on their website about 10 things only girls who love cars understand. I guess I’m not a “car girl” after all. What I am is a girl who at least tries to know her car, and knows how to drive like a real good driver should.

1) Change two tires every two years (Each pair lasts 4 years.) I get my tires from Minerva Tyre Gallery along Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road. Reasonably priced tires, great promo (20 minutes or else you get P500 off), and great service.

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2) Make sure everything works. If something is broken, I’d have it fixed as soon as I can.
3) Tune-up once a year at our neighborhood mechanic.
4) Scratches and dents (from car doors banging on mine while parked, and squeezing motorcycles) irk me. I will try to use a compound, but if I can’t, I know when to give up.
5) Personally wax my car when I’m in the mood (at least quarterly).
6) I wash my car weekly (not unless I prefer to run instead).
7) I spend time admiring my shiny black car after washing–and post it online.

8) I drive like a taxi driver in the city (survival skills) and a true Southern driver along expressways.
9) I know what “Overtaking Lane” means. APPARENTLY, SOME MALE DRIVERS DON’T.
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11) I dream of buying my own power hose to wash my car with.
12) I also dream of buying my own buffer for DIY auto detailing.
13) I know how to replace a flat tire. Done it twice—alone.

14) I have an air pump in my trunk for emergency.
15) I can reverse- and parallel-park with ease. Have no fear of inclined planes.


16) I use an app to monitor my fuel consumption and service done on my car. (Pardon the currency. I have been figuring out how to change that to PHP. Trust me, I’m a tech geek. The discrepancy is caused by neglect in syncing data.)


I guess I’m not much of a “car girl”, but I’m awesome driving in the city.

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