National Conference on Technology in Education





Educating for the Creative Workplace of the Future


This interactive session is designed for educators and school leaders who are excited with the idea of redesigning how they teach to improve how their students learn. It describes the disconnect between the education that students are currently getting, and the skills and competencies that the 21st century workplace demands from them. It then presents models and conducts innovation workshops that address the gap.

About the Speaker:

Brian Vincent L. Belen, PhD, is President of First Asia Venture Capital (FAVC), a direct investment and venture capital company founded in 1983. Currently, FAVC’s investment portfolio includes interests in property development and management (Asset Growth Inc), freight forwarding (the AFreight Group), electronics (Fastech Synergy Ltd.,) aviation (Omni Aviation Corporation), hotel management (Lima Park Hotel), education (First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities) and educational publishing (the Diwa Asia Publishing Group).
He also serves as President of Diwa Learning Systems Inc (Diwa), the Philippines leading provider of print and digital educational resources for basic education. Among Diwa’s products include K-12 textbooks aligned with the Philippines curriculum; supplemental educational magazines such as Bato Balani for Science and Technology; and Genyo, the Philippines’ first and only fully-integrated learning management system for basic education.


Microsoft Accessibility: Making Learning Inclusive in Every Classroom


In the era of personalized learning, the focus has shifted from what is being taught to what is being learned. A student’s individual needs and style are now the critical focus. Discover different tools that will ensure students of all abilities have opportunities to learn 21st-century skills. They support personalized learning by providing technology that is accessible to every student, regardless of ability.

About the speaker:

Clarissa is the Education Programs Lead for Microsoft Philippines

Opening your classroom to the world with Skype


Learn how to connect with experts across the globe, converse with individuals speaking a different language or visit another country on a “virtual tour”. This 2-hour session will allow educators to experience how they can explore beyond the limits of their “classroom” and provide their students unlimited and relevant learning opportunities using Skype.

About the speaker:
Adelina Calub is a Training Manager and Research Head in Asia Pacific College. She is also a Microsoft Education Ambassador and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.

Using Children-Helping-Children Model with Technology to promote Academic Performance


Child-to-child inquiry generates different data from adult-to-adult research (Skelton, 2008). This research and demonstration aims to discuss (1) the benefits of making children as research collaborators, (2) the process of conducting action research with children as co-researchers who craft the problem, make the methodology, and conduct the study, (3) the sample research conducted by the University of the Philippines High School Cebu students on using technologies, i.e. designing website and app for children to learn the Mother tongue and Filipino language and using free apps for mathematics and science remediation program.

About the speaker:
Dr. Aurelio P. Vilbar, Associate Professor in UP Cebu, finished Ph.D. Language Education at UP Diliman, Quezon City. One of the authors in the Media and Information Literacy Curriculum Guide for Senior High School, Dr. Vilbar has conducted research on Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Mobile Language Learning with Intercultural Communicative Competence and has published his work in international journals. He received the 2017 United States Scholarship Program “American English e-Teacher Spring on Using Technology in Teaching” and the 2012 Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages International Participation Award in Philadelphia, USA for his research on production of local software in learning English for sustainable development and intercultural communicative competence.

Technology-powered collaboration for 21st century Learning


Flipped Instruction and the Changing Role of the Teacher

Dr. Eric Carbaugh

A flipped instructional model embraces the use of technology to create a more flexible, student-centered classroom. However, to maximize the potential impact this model might have on student learning requires teachers to rethink their role within the classroom. This session will examine how technology can be employed to meet the diverse needs of students, as well as some essential shifts to a traditional teaching approach in order to fully realize the potential a flipped classroom offers.

About the speaker:

Eric Carbaugh is a skilled educator with primary and secondary experience, an award-winning, tenured university professor, and an effective and seasoned member of ASCD’s Differentiated Instruction Cadre and Understanding by Design® (UbD™) Cadre. Carbaugh began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher before moving to an elementary school to teach 6th grade language arts and social studies. He served as a classroom differentiation and curriculum coach, where he worked with middle and high school teachers to help them implement best educational practices in their classrooms. In this role, he also regularly co-taught courses, facilitated peer observations and feedback, led school-based professional development, and met with administrators and school board members to share results and inform future planning. Carbaugh’s work in higher education started when he was a teaching assistant for Carol Tomlinson at the University of Virginia.

Currently, he serves as an associate professor of middle, secondary, and math education at James Madison University in Virginia. He also regularly works as a consultant for schools and districts throughout the country as an ASCD Faculty member for the differentiated instruction and UbD cadres, where he engages with central office administrators, school administrators, coaches, and teachers of all levels. Internationally, he has worked extensively with educators from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on curriculum design. Recently, Carbaugh’s work has focused on the synergy between differentiation and flipped learning, as well as developing authentic and engaging performance tasks as part of high quality curriculum. On behalf of ASCD, he spent three years working with Moffat County Schools in Colorado, and the school district is now on the verge of transforming their entire curriculum. What began as three-day workshop in August 2012 has grown to the point of realizing the vision of powerful learning experiences for all students in the district. Carbaugh also regularly presents at both international and national conferences on school improvement and professional development topics related to differentiated instruction, UbD, and other best educational practices. Carbaugh’s major area of research focuses on the characteristics of successful, low-income, “beat-the-odds” schools compared with schools that fail to achieve the same level of success. Areas of Expertise: Differentiated Instruction Understanding by Design Assessment Flipped Instruction Common Core State Standards: ELA and Math Professional Learning 2 He is the co-author of The Differentiated Flipped Classroom: A Practical Guide to Digital Learning (Corwin, 2016), as well as authoring several articles, book chapters, policy briefs, and reviews. He wrote two ASCD Express articles, “Differentiating Instruction Using Mobile Technology Tools” (co-authored) and “Designing Reliable and Valid Math CCSS Aligned Assessments.” Carbaugh was also the co-author, with Tomlinson, of “Social Studies Curriculum for Middle Grades” and “The Parallel Curriculum Model: Key Elements and Implications for Giftedness” in The Encyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent. He designed an ASCD PD Online course in formative assessment and both math and English/Language Arts CCSS. He is a board member and journal editor for Virginia ASCD. Carbaugh received his doctorate in educational psychology, with a concentration in curriculum and instruction, from the University of Virginia, his master’s degree in education from Mary Washington College, and his bachelor’s degree in government and economics from the University of Virginia.

An Invitation to Innovation

Brian Lewis

Innovation and change are, perhaps, overused words in today’s world. But at their core, they represent opportunity … for us and the learners we serve. Brian will connect the dots between this conference’s theme, “Learn, Unlearn, Relearn,” and the very real power we all have to innovate in big and small ways. He’ll share a practical framework for you to use as you create your own plans for change and empower yourself, your colleagues and your students to innovate.

About the speaker: 
Brian Lewis is the change agent organizations rely on when they want to look at themselves through a new lens … with an eye on how to meet the future successfully. Brian formed his unique vision about the relationship between how you view your work, and how your audience views your brand, over three decades of leadership in the public and private sectors.

Brian is the former CEO of ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education), and is often referred to as the guy who has a keen ability to look into an organization and “connect the dots.” His consulting firm, Associan (, helps organizations in taking a fresh look at their strengths and opportunities, and creating a path to an invigorated, successful future. A key part of that new path is the ability of organizations and individuals within those organizations to embrace strategic change, building on the past, welcoming new ways of doing things, and learning to let go of the fear that often keeps us from moving forward.

Emphasizing the need to focus on the human aspect of organizational change, Brian’s honest, revealing presentations show audiences by example that while we strive to be and do our best, we all stumble along the way, and that’s part of what moves us forward, individually and collectively.

Projects that Are “For Real”: Powerful 21st Century Learning Experiences


There is much talk about the development of 21st Century Skills (or the 4 Cs – critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication) as key to preparing students for a complex, largely unknown future. Yet it is challenging to implement because this means striking a balance between developing these soft skills and achieving the Kto12 curriculum standards. Project-Based Learning (PBL) may provide just the answer! In this session, you will explore how PBL provides teachers with a valuable entry point to engaging, relevant, and effective instruction that addresses both types of goals.

About the speaker:

Rita Atienza is a faculty member of the Education Department, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. She is currently Curriculum Consultant to Xavier School and Assumption College, San Lorenzo. She conducts professional development workshops on various topics to help teachers and administrators teach for deeper understanding and make informed decisions about curriculum, instruction, and assessment that best prepares students for an uncertain future.

She was a consultant, trainer, and curriculum writer of Authentic Education, a company founded by UBD co-proponent Grant Wiggins. In this capacity, she participated in curriculum writing projects in Math for counties in Mississippi, Maryland, and Georgia, and conducted training workshops in Asia and the US.

Implementing a school-wide learning management system


In this session, the De La Salle CSB EdTech team shares about their experience of rolling out a school-wide e-learning initiative, beginning with getting everyone on board a common learning management system. How can schools manage changes of this scale? What are key strategies that can help make implementation smoother?

About the speaker:

Mr. Dela Cruz is a Digital Learning Specialist, Instructional Designer, and a Social Science Professor. He manages the school’s Learning Management System (BigSkyBenilde powered by Brightspace) and other related applications and Facilitates the Faculty Development program for ONLINE/MOBILE LEARNING.

Robotics as the Future


What is a Robot? Learn how Robotics can be an enjoyable learning experience for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). What are the current Robotics programs in the Philippines to elevate our country in the field of Technology? iCreate Café Manila will conduct easy and fun LEGO Education activities for the participants.

About the speaker:

Mylene Abiva , is currently the President/ CEO, FELTA Multi-Media Inc., a 50 year old company engaged in introducing innovative instructional materials and educational devices for school technology. FELTA is the Education Solution Provider of INTEL Education since 2012. She occupies a throne in the Seat of Knowledge. Being a Past President, Philippine Marketing Association (2009), Certified Professional Marketer, Organizer of the Philippine Robotics Olympiad , Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines (Women Entrepreneur) (2009), ASEAN Business Leader (Woman Category) (2014) , ASEAN Woman Entrepreneur (2015),100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Awardee (2016). She is a mother, a model entrepreneur, a mountain climber, a Master in Multi-tasking. She is Powerful, Relevant, Graceful, Instinctive and Compassionate.

Google Apps for Education Bootcamp


You’ve seen how others use it, why not do it yourself! In this session, participants undergo an intensive 3-hour workshop where they will learn how to set-up and implement essential GSuite Apps such as Google Sites, Google Drive, Google Docs and Google Forms to make teaching and learning from K-12 to Higher Ed more efficient and effective.

About the speaker:

Mark is an assistant professor of the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology. He teaches Principles of Design, ICT and Culture, Information Users in the Society and Educational Technology.

Mr. Plaza is a graduate of De La Salle University Manila, Philippines. Aside from his full-time teaching job, he is also a freelance graphic designer and has contributed works for global brands and institutions such as GlobalLead, UNESCO Bangkok and Google. Also, he was a writer for the teaching guides used in the Media and Information Literacy course of the K+12 program under the Commission on Higher Education K+12 Transition Program. Lastly, he is is the community leader for Google Educator Group Iligan and a Google Certified Innovator in Southeast Asia.

Power searching for 21st Century Learning


As educators harness the potential of the internet in teaching, there is often an assumption that our students know how to maximize search with accuracy and intentionality. However, there is more to search than passing the question on to the query box – there are subset skills like understanding operators, how a search engine works, and reading through and evaluating search results. As the dependence on search grows, not just for our students, but in work and society, there is a growing need to gain this crucial skill, so that we can harness the power of search and make the most of it.

About the speaker:

With over 10 years of experience in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing, she has built and honed her marketing and technical expertise in handling websites for various clients locally and globally. She has leveraged the power of search to build brands online, helping them grow their clientele by being easily found online through search engines.

Finding Way to Student Success: Blended Learning as Your GPS


Getting to your destination is made easier through the use of GPS. Imagine experiencing similar handy tool that will guide you to succeed in the teaching- learning process in the classroom. Gear up from having a traditional classroom setup and hit the fast lane in addressing the needs of 21st Century learners by using a transformative blend of instruction.

About the speaker:

WINONA A. YAPIT-DIOLA graduated from St. Michael’s College of Laguna with a degree of Bachelor in Elementary Education. She completed her master’s degree, Master of Education major in General Science at De La Salle University- Manila in 2000. She also obtained 27 units in Master of Education major in Child Study at the Philippine Normal University. She joined De La Salle- Zobel School (DLSZ) in 1994 and handled diverse Science classes in Junior Prep, Grades 1, 2, 3 and 4 levels.

Ms. Winnie has written several books, namely Understanding Life through Science- Grades 4,5 and 6 for Phoenix Publishing House, Inc., Lasallian textbooks for Lasallian Schools: Science Book for Junior Prep for De La Salle Press and Penmanship for Grade 4 for ICON Publishing House, Inc. She also attended leadership trainings under the DLSZ Growth in Organizational Leadership Development (GOLD) Program where she received the title Distinguished Lasallian Leader.

She has received several faculty performance incentive awards including Outstanding Instructional Leader, and Outstanding Portfolio and Instructional Materials. Ms. Winnie is an Apple Distinguished Educator (Class 2015), Apple Professional Learning Consultant and a certified Apple Teacher and Google Educator Level 1. Recently, she was named one of the Ten Most Outstanding Teachers 2016 of the Metrobank Foundation Inc.

She has significant experiences in academic leadership by playing a lead role in a number of instructional materials/ curriculum development projects and has produced a number of exemplary instructional materials (iBooks, emodules and manuals). Ms. Winnie has a consistent exemplary evaluation of teaching for continued implementation of innovative programs. She has been constantly active and taken a lead role in voluntary school and community activities. At present, Ms. Winnie is assigned as a Science teacher and one of the lead teachers of the DLSZ’s Next Generation Blended Learning Program for the implementation of the use of mobile learning device (iPad) as a tool for classroom instruction and student learning.

Authentic learning through Interdisciplinary projects


Real life is not divided into subject areas. More often than not, in the work we do and in making decisions in our careers and life, it involves a mix of various disciplines, called for by needs of particular situations. What if we can make this happen in the classroom? What if authentic projects can become the impetus for learning in various subject areas. This session features an economics class.

About the speaker:
Mier Beja is a licensed professional teacher for 16 years, currently employed in a co-educational IB World School, The Beacon International School in Manila, Philippines. She was trained with a degree in education for secondary school with a major in Biology, magna cum laude. She has always loved facilitating young learners in and out of the classroom and is passionate in the field of design thinking and is a lifelong learner.

Unbreakable Internet: Cost-effective Strategies to Enable Innovations in Technology


One of the foundations of any edtech initiative is getting IT infrastructure right – choosing the right devices, setting up connectivity, making wireless connectivity available, etc. How can we strategically plan IT infrastructure to support innovations in the classrooms? Beyond the technical, what are ways by which we can make IT support more responsive to user’s needs.

About the speaker:
Mr. Lester B. Gastala is a sophisticated IT Project Management Professional with pioneering career built on “hands-on” experience of 25+ years particularly on infrastructure design, implementation and management.

He has a wealth of experience in a diverse industry, having worked with the Government, Military, BPO, Advertising/PR and Marketing Industry, International School and Higher Education either as support or lead roles, focusing on Strategic Planning / Systems Integration / Project Management / Team Leadership / Vendor Relations / Training and Development

Design Thinking for Action Research


Design Thinking is a messy but directed approach to problem finding and solving. It champions empathy for people, collaborative ideas, rapid prototyping, and openness to feedback. If you want to get your hands dirty and pick up tips and actionable steps in incorporating this mindset in teaching and learning, come join us! We’ll demo specific methods that you can use to make your action research learner-centered and delightful.

About the speaker:
Gerson is an educator & designer focused on applying design research to teacher professional development, technology, and product design.

Opening Doors through E-Learning


In this talk, participants will learn about what it takes to implement effective distance learning and massive open online courses in a higher education and professional education setting. What are key teaching principles and considerations that need to be considered in designing for e-learning? What have we learned about how students learn online? What will it take for professors and universities to embark on a similar journey in their respective classrooms and institutions?

About the speaker:
Grace Javier Alfonso, PhD, is the former Chancellor of the UP Open University, Professor Emeritus of Film and Mass Communication at the UP College of Mass Communication, Professor of Communication of UPOU Faculty of Information and Communication Studies and Executive Director of UPTV.

She is an artist-painter, sculptor and director for film and television. She is an advocate of lifelong learning and Technology Mediated Education through partnerships and networking. Her research and extension interests include open and distance e-learning, Philippine film and television, and cultural studies. She earned her PhD in Communication, her MA in the Humanities (Art History), and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from the University of the Philippines.

Using Tech to Reach and Teach Special Learners

Jonellie Reynes-Santos, M.A. Ed.

This is the age when gadgets have become the new pacifier/playmate of children and this might have brought about more problems in the process. Using Tech to Reach and Teach Special Learners lecture/workshop aims to help parents, teachers, and other allied professionals make informed decision in the choice of gadgets and their applications and in their strategic and disciplined use in order to maximize a child’s learning and development.

About the speaker:
Jonellie Reynes-Santos, M.A. Ed., has been a special education teacher since the early 90s and has taught a diverse group of special learners. She constantly innovates and integrates the old ways with use of technology in her effort to reach and teach learners with varied learning challenges.

She is a consultant for literacy and special education programs for several schools and learning centers. For the past two years, she has been working closely with Basa Pilipinas, a USAID funded project that aims to improve literacy of Filipino children through intensive teacher training and provision of quality reading materials.

She has written textbooks and stories for children. Her first young adult novel about a boy with autism will soon come out under Adarna Publishing House.

Creating Relevant and Meaningful Instruction for All Learners: Unpacking the SAMR Model’s Innovative Promise for the 21st Century Pedagogy and Andragogy

Jude Bautista, Ph.D.

Meaning and relevance have always been the drivers of intrinsic motivation and learning engagement. In today’s classrooms, meaning and relevance are articulated when lessons reflect the learners’ physical and social realities. As regards physical realities, the world is dominated with computers, ICTs, mobile technologies, among others. With regard to social realities, the world now values active collaboration and knowledge sharing rather than passive and solitary learning. How can educators respond to the challenge of bridging the learners’ realities and the content and skills they need to know and have being the outcomes of instruction? This topic offers a discussion on the opportunities of using Puentedura’s SAMR Model in teaching and learning across levels in the 21st century and provides some learning activities that reflect the model.

About the speaker:
Jude is a fulltime faculty member of the Philippine Normal University, Manila, College of Teacher Development, Faculty of Education Sciences. He currently holds the position as Head of the Center for Reading and Literacy in PNU. He is a professional lecturer, researcher, and a specialist in the field of literacy and language education, educational technology, teaching methodologies, curriculum development in English language arts, and in other fields related to pedagogy and instruction. He earned his graduate degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Reading Education and Master of Arts in Teaching Reading from the Philippine Normal University, Manila, where he also obtained his Bachelor of Elementary Education with concentration in English and his Certificate of Specialization in Reading.

Authentic learning through Interdisciplinary projects

Jemmry Velasquez

Real life is not divided into subject areas. More often than not, in the work we do and in making decisions in our careers and life, it involves a mix of various disciplines, called for by needs of particular situations. What if we can make this happen in the classroom? What if authentic projects can become the impetus for learning in various subject areas. This session features an economics class.

About the speaker:
Jemmry is the Academic Supervisor in Hope Christian High School

iCapture: Making the most of mobile technologies for learning

Jessica Demegillo

One of the recent trends across schools is the adoption of BYOD (Bring your own device) or Tablet Programs, wherein students are allowed to bring a mobile device to school, and use them in the classroom. For a lot of educational institutions, this came along with the shift from printed to digital books. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg. How can we maximize the presence of these devices in the classroom – beyond reading, watching and internet research? What are ways by which we can tap into the potential of mobile technologies to capture the interest of each learner, and to capture learning in the process as well? In this session, participants will learn about teaching strategies and simple but powerful tools that can be easily used in your next class session.

About the speaker:

Jessica is currently the coordinator of the NExT(New Experiences with Technology) Team at Xavier School, where she leads the school’s technology integration initiatives, Computer Education Department and IT Support. She has also served as the conference coordinator for Xavier School’s Annual Frontiers and Innovations in Teaching (FIT Conference) for 3 years. She is also an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Innovator.

Empower learners, connect families, and elevate teaching in early childhood education

Joe Sibayan

This session is designed to immerse the teachers in how to use technology to empower learners, connect families and elevate teaching in early childhood. The participants will gain insights into best practices around technology in early childhood settings. They will explore apps and workflows that will enable young learners to create and express themselves through technology. They will gain ideas on how to create digital resources for children and their families.

About the Speaker

Joe Sibayan is National Development Executive for Apple in the Philippines

Empowering 21st Century skills with Minecraft: Education Edition and Game Based Learning


Our imperative as educators is to prepare children for a lifetime of success and career growth. The jobs of today will not be the same as the jobs of tomorrow and we need students who can remain competitive with 21st century skills as they reach the workforce. It is, therefore, more important than ever to prepare our students for success in the future job market. In this session participants will see how Game Based Learning and Project Based Learning with Minecraft: Education Edition is promoting and driving 21st Century career valued skills like Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication while soundly supporting curriculum delivery and standard skills. We will explore the success of students and educators from around the globe using this groundbreaking educational tool. Participants will further learn this tool and game to immediately begin impacting their students, classrooms and schools with effective implementation.

About the Speaker:

A thought leader in Game Based Learning within education, working closely with researchers to support best practice use of Game Based Learning and technology that maximizes impact for the entire educational ecosystem.

Learn more about Garrett in his LinkedIn page.


Media in the Time of Social Media : Necessary skills in navigating the multimedia landscape


About the speaker:
Zarah Gagatiga is a blogger, librarian, award winning author, storyteller, teacher and trainer. She designs, writes and conducts training modules for teachers, librarians and educators on instructional technology, media and information literacy, reading and literacy development and creative writing. She has designed training programs for the Ayala Foundation, Child Fund Japan and the BPI-YGOAL Training Program. Zarah’s IG and Twitter handles are @zarah815 and @thecoffeegoddes. She blogs at

Relearning your Classroom Toolbox


This session will introduce participants to at least 30 free tools and strategies that can be used in various classroom learning activities and how they can be maximized through careful selection and implementation with fitting pedagogies.

About the speaker:
Mary Sieras is an Educational Technology Specialist and the 1st Microsoft Certified Educator in the Philippines. Previously, she was an instructional technology specialist for Xavier University, Cagayan De Oro, where she led the first STEP (Society for Technology in Education Philippines) Conference. She spends most of her time training teachers on how to effectively integrate technology in the instruction. She is an advocate of Digital Citizenship in schools.

Media-based learning in the Philippines: The Knowledge Channel Learning Interventions and Philosophy


In this talk, a study will be presented on curriculum-based multimedia triggers for critical thinking and enhanced and evidenced-based teaching strategies. The talk will also focus on what could be the most appropriate philosophy in teaching and learning for the Filipino teachers and learners.

About the speaker:
Rina is an innovator with a noble cause, Rina disrupted the education landscape in the Philippines when she harnessed resources accessible to her family, using media to educate millions of Filipino children and giving them a better chance to uplift their lives from poverty through education.

She is the co-founder, president, and executive director of Knowledge Channel Foundation (KCFI), a non-profit which implements educational programs that support public schools nationwide such as connecting schools, learning centers and homes to Knowledge Channel, producing multimedia resources, conducting trainings for principals and teachers, and awarding schools and educational leaders in various categories.

Her passion to democratize education has given her the opportunity to speak in various international fora like the UN NGO Conference and the 1 st Clinton Global Initiative in Asia where she was personally cited by President Bill Clinton. She has been a recipient of numerous prestigious awards including an Achievement Award for Distance Learning from the De La Salle Alumni Association.

She is a learner too, having completed the Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders at Stanford University, a Masters of Arts degree in Learning Technologies at Pepperdine University, and is currently enrolled at a course in Stanford University on How To Learn Math.

Gamification in an Outcomes Based Higher Education Learning Environment


The merits of simulation games have been an area of interest among scholars in the field. Unfortunately, few studies dealt with gamification as a pedagogical tool and its impact on the affective skills among pre-service health professionals. The present study explored the possible benefits of integrating gamification as a teaching strategy in health education. A quasi-experimental study involving forty-five (45) purposively selected allied health students grouped into lecture, gamification and eclectic was carried out. Pre-test and post tests were administered using a standardized questionnaire. Results show that the integration of gamification in traditional lecture posits the most significant scores (p=0.028) compared to the other two (2) groups. Findings of the study may provide a better portrait on the use of gamification in an outcomes-based setting that will eventually inform academe-based policy makers and curriculum developers on the potential benefits of simulation gaming in the holistic formation of learners.

About the speaker:
Dr. Dino is currently the research director of Our Lady of Fatima University. He is a nurse, researcher, informaticist, author, advocate, adviser and an ambassador of learning. He finished his BS Nursing in 2005 and Master of Arts in Nursing as Meritissimus with Highest Distinction (Summa Cum Laude) in 2007. He recently earned his PhD degree in Development Studies at the Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas and graduated Summa Cum Laude.

His expertise has been well-known in the fields of health, education, research and informatics. He is a consultant for Health/Medical Informatics in higher education in the Philippines. He has been active in several research activities and conferences locally and globally which includes Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Luxembourg and the United States. His research and scholarly works have been presented and published in several platforms, including Thompson Reuters certified publications. Through his multi-awarded research work, he discovered numerous effective teaching approaches, models of technology adoption among elderly, and the ideal electronic health record interface for healthcare providers. He was also invited by the Department of Education to train multigrade teachers throughout the country for project-based learning pedagogy in 2013. In 2013, he was recognized as one of the Global Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE), and was recently invited in Malaysia to train higher education faculty and instructors for Project Plato and Outcomes-based Education with Apple technologies. He is appointed by Apple Inc. as a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator Advisory Board for Asia Pacific Region for Health and Medicine.

“Teach with Tech” : Educational tools for the 21st Century Classroom

Laricile T. Ganiron

In the past, education administrators viewed technology as a distraction, or even a competition, to learning. In recent years, however, it has proved itself a valuable educational tool. Laricile Ganiron, a teacher of over 15 years at the Center of Excellence (CENTEX) School in Tondo, Manila, has explored and successfully integrated various technological tools and strategies in her classroom.
In this session, Teacher Laricile will demonstrate how technology can be used a as a tool for teaching (using PowerPoint and Kahoot) as well as a tool for learning (Today’s Meet and Video Maker). Participants in the session will experience firsthand the impact of technology in the classroom by playing the role of grade 4 students in Social Studies class.

About the speaker:
Laricile Ganiron is a Master Teacher I at the Center of Excellence (CENTEX) school in Tondo, Manila. Since 2001, she has taught various grade levels (kindergarten to grade 5) She also serves as School-Based Management Over-All Chairman, Seal of Governance School Reform Coordinator, LRMDS Coordinator, Gender and Development Coordinator, and Focal Person for School-to-School Partnerships. Recognized by the Department of Education, she was selected as the Araling Panlipunan Division Demonstrator Teacher from 2010–2012 and Regional Demonstration Teacher in 2014.

Through Ayala Foundation, Laricile has cascaded her knowledge and experience as a co-facilitator for “Teaching with Technology and Developing Thinking Skills” sessions in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental; Pandacan, Manila; and Ligao City, Albay. She is currently teaching Grade 5 students and is serving as the Guidance Teacher, Enhanced Basic Education Information Systems (EBEIS) / Learner Information Systems (LIS) Coordinator.

Going further with Tech tools: Differentiating Formative and Summative Assessments


About the speaker:
As an education technology specialist, consultant, and trainer, Jim is passionate about designing transformative learning experiences in the classroom. He has shared his experiences and expertise in integrating tech tools in class to teachers and school leaders in various professional development sessions, and in local and international conferences. He created the 5Ds Framework for Tech Integration in the classroom, an instructional planning framework that seeks to guide educators to design and execute learning experiences that purposefully integrate tech tools.

In 2017, Jim became the first teacher to represent the Philippines as a finalist for the Global Teacher Prize, considered as the Nobel Prize for Teachers, due to his work on elevating the standards of education in the Philippines through a meaningful use of technology in learning, emphasis on values educations to young learners, and providing better access to professional development trainings to the public school system in his home province.

He is an Accredited Professional Development Consultant, an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Trainer, and Book Creator and SeeSaw apps ambassador. He is currently the chairperson for the Grade School Christian Life Education department and the Head Ed Tech Coach of Xavier School.

He continues to share his ideas on technology integration in his website: “Edtech, Go!” at and via his Twitter PLN @jimtuscano

Jobs of the Future Panel Facilitator


About the facilitator:
Lia is a television presenter and news anchor for the Kapatid Network, TV5, currently anchoring late night newscast Aksyon Tonite. She graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University, taking up AB Communication, and has since worked with ABS CBN, Studio 23, Basketball TV, Solar Sports, MTV, among others. She has reported courtside for the PBA, has covered major sports leagues and sporting events such as the NBA, the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 2012 London Olympics, the 2011 Southeast Asian Games, the 2014 Fiba World Cup, and many more. She has also worked on radio with 103.5 FM and NU107, as a voice talent for Myx, and as a host for the digital platform of TV5, D5 Studio.

Educational Technology Leadership for the K-12 Program


About the speaker:
Dr. Pitagan is a Professor at De La Salle University. He was a Monbukagusho (Japanese Government Scholarship) scholar under which he graduated with the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Education from the International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan . He is also a graduate of the the University of the Philippines – Diliman with the degree of Masters of Arts in Education major in Educational Technology.

He was a research fellow at Tokyo Gakugei University and at the Institute for Educational Research and Service of the International Christian University; computer science teacher at Philippine Science High School – Main Campus; professional trainer for the Cisco Networking Academy; project coordinator of the Asian Graduate School Forum; and consultant of the UP Information Technology Training Center (UP-ITTC)] and Philippine Science High School System. Most recently, he was an assistant professor at the University of the Philippines – Diliman, College of Education, teaching educational technology and research courses.

Moreover, Dr. Pitagan is an educational technology consultant of the Department of Education (DepEd) as the main author of the Media and Information Literacy and co-author of the Empowerment Technology Curriculum Guides for Senior High under the K-12 Basic Curriculum Program. He is also the lead author / team leader of the Media and Information Literacy Teaching Guide, a project of Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) under the K-12 Transition Program.

Teaching and Learning the K-12 Standards with 21st Century Technologies


This session provides a practical walkthrough of a standards-based technology integration process involving the design of blended learning plans that revolve around K12 content and performance standards and integrate computer and Web-based applications and learning systems. Sample learning plans illustrating the process will be analyzed in the way curriculum standards are unpacked and utilized as the basis for the selection of multimedia materials and the design of blended learning activities and assessments. Web 2.0, mobile and immersive reality applications will also be examined.

About the speaker:
Dr. Miguel Q. Rapatan finished his AB Communication-Arts degree (magna cum laude) at De La Salle University-Manila. He then obtained his MA Communication (Documentary Film) on a Fulbright grant from Stanford University. Through a second Fulbright award, he finished his second Masters and a Doctorate in Education major in Communication, Computing, and Technology in Education from Teachers’ College, Columbia University (New York).

Dr. Rapatan was a former Director-Principal of St. Joseph’s High School in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City and was also president of the Negros Occidental Private Schools and Colleges Educational Association or NOPSCEA. Today, Dr. Rapatan as Associate Professor teaches at the Department of Communication (DLSU-Manila) where he handles graduate courses in the Department’s MA in Applied Media Studies and the MA in Learning and Teaching and the PhD Executive Management (Educational Leadership and Management Department) programs of the College of Education. He is currently the Director for ASIST or Academic Support for Instructional Services and Technology, a center in DLSU which takes care of training the faculty in pedagogy and technology. He has lectured in numerous national and international conferences on topics dealing with pedagogy, curriculum, technology integration, multimedia design, film studies, new media and media literacy.

He is currently a member of the Subcommittee for Continuing Professional Education for the Commission on Higher Education. With regards to his professional media practice, he has worked as editor, writer, producer-director for a number of documentary and educational videos and programs and interface designer for interactive multimedia programs and Web-based courses. Among the programs he has designed are the following: online courses for the ASEAN University Network; training courses for environmental auditors working with the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change in Bonn, Germany; ASEAN Quest (an adventure game for the ASEAN Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia); and LEVEL UP!, an online program component of the FAPE Open High School Program.

He is a member and past two-term Chairperson of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino. He is also the past chairperson of the Cinema Committee of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) having served for two terms from 2007-2013. He also served from 2007-2013 as Board member of the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

Design Thinking and the 21st Century Learner


How does design thinking produce innovative solutions? How does it engage students’ creativity and foster collaboration and independence? Find out through this workshop involving junior high students from the Raya School, a progressive school that has adopted design thinking in its curriculum.

About the speaker:
Eds Querubin teaches Math and Design Thinking at the Raya School. She is a Google Certified Innovator and is a facilitator of Habi Education Lab.

Design Thinking and the 21st Century Learner


How does design thinking produce innovative solutions? How does it engage students’ creativity and foster collaboration and independence? Find out through this workshop involving junior high students from the Raya School, a progressive school that has adopted design thinking in its curriculum.

About the speaker:
Dr. Ani Rosa Almario is the Vice President of Adarna House, Philippines’ first and largest children’s book publishing house. She is the Co-Founder and Director of The Raya School, a progressive school that aims to instill a sense of national pride and a love for science among young children. She obtained her Master’s degree in Learning, Design, and Technology from Stanford University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate at UP Diliman.

Cultivating a culture of WHAT IF

Fr. Johnny Go S.J., Ed.D.

About the speaker:

Fr. Johnny Go, SJ is the Secretary for Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific. He is also member of the faculty of education of the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, currently serving as the Assistant to the President for Education Development. Prior to his present assignments, Fr. Go was for twelve years the President of Xavier School, a Jesuit K-12 school for the Chinese-Filipino community in the Philippines, adopted the Fr. Pierre Tritz ERDA Technical Vocational High School, and founded Xavier School Nuvali in Canlubang, Laguna. He was also concurrently the Chairman of the Jesuit Basic Education Commission (JBEC) in the country. Before that, he had served as the Executive Director of Jesuit Communications Philippines. Fr. Go holds a doctorate from the UCL Institute of Education of the University of London, as well as from the Singapore National Institute of Education of the Nanyang Technological University.

Implementing and evaluating innovations to increase student DQ across the school

Carol Loi

This session will give participants a deep dive into DQ or Digital Quotient, and how students’ DQ can be improved and assessed throughout a school.

About the speaker:

Carol is a Certified DQ Ambassador for the DQ Institute in Singapore.

The DQ Institute is an international think tank that is committed to improving digital education, culture and innovation. They establish global metrics and standards of digital intelligence (DQ). Starting with children through – a self learning platform for children 8-12 to develop Digital Citizenship skills.

Prior to DQ, Carol was the Deputy Director (Digital Literacy) in the Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore, where she worked with the Public, Private and People sectors to engage various segments of society – youth, parents, educators to seniors.

Carol also spent over a decade in the Ministry of Education in Singapore, covering various portfolios such as corporate communications, media relations and parent engagement. Carol has a Master in Business Administration from the Nanyang Technological University, with specialization in technology and human capital management.

Jobs of the Future Panelist: Anna Maria Gonzales

The panel discussion will feature an exchange of ideas between experts in the fields of sustainability, digital citizenship, business and society, and government, about the dynamic role of educators in preparing students for a fast-changing future.

About the panel member:

Anna Maria M. Gonzales is an architect, environmental planner (EnP) and Certified BERDE (Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence) Professional. She is the Sustainability Manager of Ayala Land Inc., the country’s most diversified property developer of large-scale mixed use estates. She leads initiatives in ensuring that the various business units and subsidiaries of Ayala Land integrate policies, practices and programs to deliver products and services that will uphold environmental integrity, community cohesion and create long-term value.

Early in her career, Anna established and headed a technical service non-profit called Alterplan, which served various planning, design and empowerment needs of rural indigenous and urban poor communities. She became one of the youngest executive directors of the nascent movement of technical service NGOs serving poor communities for their legal, planning and community participation needs. She continues to serve on the board of the NGO.

Since then, she worked on various policy advocacy and community infrastructure projects with cooperatives, indigenous peoples, NGO networks, LGUs and ODA (official development aid) organizations as an independent consultant or as part of ODA funded projects. She was on the Project Management team of two World Bank and Japan Social Development Fund projects for community infrastructure in 8 cities in the Philippines.

She also served as a project administrator of the National Government Housing Project at the Batasan area and Deputy Secretary General of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), which oversees the work of the various housing agencies – namely NHA, HLURB, HGC, NHMFC and Pag-IBIG fund.

She is a product of the University of the Philippines College of Architecture, and the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies in Rotterdam, where she obtained a postgraduate degree in Neighborhood Development Planning. She is a Hubert Humphrey Fellow for urban and regional planning at Rutgers University in 2001-2002.

Using her experience in facilitating planning and implementation at different levels of organization, Anna continuously works with different teams in ALI to innovate on planning, design and development approaches to create sustainable communities for the Philippine setting. Anna was Hubert Humphrey Fellow for urban and regional planning at Rutgers University in 2001-2002.


Jobs of Future Panelist: Usec. Rosemarie Edillon

Rosemarie Edillon, Ph.D.

The panel discussion will feature an exchange of ideas between experts in the fields of sustainability, digital citizenship, business and society, and government, about the dynamic role of educators in preparing students for a fast-changing future.

About the panel member:
Rosemarie Edillon is presently the Undersecretary for National Development Policy and Planning at the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). She holds a PhD in Economics from La Trobe University in Australia, an MA degree in Economics from the University of the Philippines (UP) School of Economics and an MS degree in Statistics from the UP School of Statistics.

Among her major responsibilities is shepherding the formulation of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP). The PDP is an elaboration of the country’s priorities over the medium-term and is the blueprint of government policies, programs and projects. She also oversees the monitoring of the PDP implementation. In addition, she is in charge of providing technical advice on policy issues to both the legislative and executive branches of government, especially the committees of the NEDA Board.

Before joining NEDA in late 2012, she taught Economics at La Trobe University and Economics and Statistics at UP. Before this, she was Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific Policy Center, a research firm that focuses on development policy research.

Her first exposure to Economics was the development of the Philippines annual macroeconometric model and then the ASEAN macro-model. She has since then worked in various fields of specialisation in Economics – agriculture, agrarian reform, poverty, labor, migration, project development, impact evaluation, health, social capital, growth theory and global business.

She is also currently the immediate past President of the Philippine Economic Society and the Vice-Chair of the Economic Committee of the APEC.

Jobs of the Future Panelist: Reynaldo Laguda

Reynaldo Laguda

The panel discussion will feature an exchange of ideas between experts in the fields of sustainability, digital citizenship, business and society, and government, about the dynamic role of educators in preparing students for a fast-changing future.

About the panel member:
Mr. Reynaldo Laguda is the Executive Director of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), one of the largest non-government organizations (NGOs) in the Philippines.  He brings with him more than two decades of professional experience in the NGO, corporate and government sectors. Prior to working in PBSP, he served as Undersecretary for Finance and Administration for the Department of Education. He led the development of the ICT in Education framework that guided investments in technology in education as well as the rollout of information systems for the Department.

He holds a Master in Business Management (major in Finance) from the Asian Institute of Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University.

No Sacred Cows: Challenging the theoretical foundations of teaching and learning


Ma. Mercedes T. Rodrigo is a full professor at the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science of the Ateneo de Manila University. She heads of the Ateneo Laboratory for the Learning Sciences (ALLS), a research group that investigates how students learn best and builds or contributes to technology interventions that can enrich or enhance the teaching-learning process. Dr. Rodrigo regularly publishes in national and international conferences and journals, usually on the topics of technology in education, affective computing, intelligent educational data mining, and artificial intelligence in education.


The National Conference on Technology in Education will bring together school leaders, classroom teachers, professors, librarians and IT professionals in a venue to LEARN, UNLEARN AND RELEARN paradigms and practices to innovate teaching and enable powerful learning for students.



7:00          Registration

8:45         Opening Activity

Opening Remarks: Dir. Aida Yuvienco, DepEd ICT Service

9:20         Panel: Future-proofing Education
                   Facilitator: Lia Cruz

                   Carol Loi
                   Reynaldo Laguda
                   Usec. Rosemarie G. Edillon
                   Anna Maria Gonzales

10:35       Brian Lewis
                   An Invitation to Innovation


1:00         Dr. Didith Rodrigo
                  No Sacred Cows: Challenging the theoretical foundations of teaching and learning

2:45          LEARN SESSIONS 1
                   What is it like to be a 21st century learner?

Led by in-service educators and innovators. In these breakout sessions, participants will put on the hat of a learner to consider new tools, technologies, pedagogies, that can be adapted to their own contexts.

4:25          LEARN SESSIONS 2


8:00         RELEARN SESSIONS 1
                   What does it take to be a 21st century educator?

Led by teacher trainers, school leaders/administrators and recognized in-service professional teachers. In these masterclasses, participants will be asked to take a deep-dive into the shifting demands and changing roles of educators in specific areas of focus such as curriculum development, IT planning, research, pedagogical tools, media literacy, digital citizenship, and inclusive education.


11:00         STUDIO SESSIONS 1


12:30         STUDIO SESSIONS 2

Led by EdTech Practitioners, these sessions feature particular technologies that can enhance classroom teaching and student learning. In these sessions, participants get a first-hand experience of playing around and experimenting with these technologies to generate ideas where they may intersect with content, learning outcomes and pedagogy.

1:15          RELEARN SESSIONS 2


9:00         Opening Activity

9:30         Fr. Johnny Go, S.J. 
                   What does it take to be a 21st century educator?

10:30      Dr. Eric Carbaugh
                   Flipped Teaching

11:30       Closing Remarks


12:00         Lunch and Socials

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