Monday, February 29, 2016

TMA Parents Conference 2016: Minding the Bytes

“We no longer go online, we live online.”

Last February 13, I was able to attend the TMA Parents Conference entitled Minding the Bytes.

Here’s the rundown of the program proper:

             8:00am              Registration
             8:30am              Philippines National Anthem
             8:35am              Opening Prayer & Welcoming Remarks
             9:00am              Keynote Message
             9:45am              Break
             10:00am            Workshops
                                                    -Preschool-Grade 3
                                                    -Grades 4-6
                                                    -Grades 7-10
            11:00am            Break
            11:15am            2016 Updates
            11:45am            Special Citations

            11:55am            Closing of Conference

Peter Tan-Chi Jr is the Keynote Speaker for this conference. He shares his knowledge on the status of the digital age today…

What technology does?

Make things better….
     Accelerate: easier, faster, now
     Increases things: more, farther, higher, better
     Better tools for education
     Faster and more connections
     Improve health
Make things worst…
      Early exposure to predators, bullying
      Accelerate access to pornography and sex
      Accelerate focus on oneself
      Accelerates and increase addiction

He also shares a list of Guidelines for Technology at Home….
  1. Model Discipline
  2. Train social interaction
  3. Creation > Consumption
  4. Proper Self-worth help them find good friends/mentor
  5. Internet = facts; internet <> wisdom
  6. Equip to use technology for solving problems, not just pleasure
  7. Know what is happening
  8. Take a family break from tech together
  9. Encourage activities outside of tech (sports, outdoors)
  10. Use rating systems and parental controls
  11. For older kids, challenge them to set the boundaries
What is my life purpose? What is life about?

If LIFE is about (ME), then use everything (including technology) to pursue...

If LIFE = GOD, then use all the unique talents and resources (including technology) that i have to...

He ends his message by giving tips on how to MOTIVATE your child....

O-Open Communication

The second part of the conference is the workshop per grade level. I joined the Preschool to 3rd Grade entitled, Facing the Digital Giant with Nono Felipe.

He shares...
Not everything you read online is correct.
Not everything you read online is accurate.
Not everything you read online is true.
…….Diligence is the key.

Technology is portrayed as an enemy, but it doesn’t have to be. Technology should be an ENABLER to learning ~ Nono.

Photo credits to TMA facebook page
So what's my greatest take-out from this? Parents should lay down the framework of self-regulation when it comes to technology. Technology isn't bad at all, we can use it to our advantage but we need to draw where the red line is. 

"Technology transforms the way students learn and communicate with the world. Kids "plug-in" to mobile phones, tablets, laptops, portable music players and computers and use the internet as their virtual platform to socialize and explore. A sub-set of students use emerging technologies to expand their learning experiences well beyond the classroom and increase their productivity in school and out." 

~ Project Tomorrow (2011), The New 3 E’s of Education: Enabled, Engaged, Empowered How Today’s Educators are Advancing a New Vision for Teaching and Learning

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Labor of Love

My hubby became interested with editing and layout lately. He learned merely by self-study with no formal education. Thanks to YouTube for the free learning coming from different tutorials. 

When he is engage, it can eat up almost an entire day. Yes, it's very time consuming and requires a lot of patience too! But he is passionate with what he is doing and he can endure sitting in front of the computer for hours.

At first, he started it for family use, then he began doing it for others as well. This is his way of blessing others with his acquired skills and abilities at no cost.. pure labor of love.

Aristotle said, ”With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.” 

Here are some of his outputs.

Sofia's 1st Birthday

Jaden Gael's Dedication and 1st Birthday

Sean and Simone's Dedication and Birthday + Kyle's Birthday

Katniss Hailey's Dedication and 1st Birthday

Disclaimer: Designs are not original.

As a proud wifey, i'm excited to see him excel in things that he really loves whether its photography or graphics design. As long as it is to be used to serve others. 

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10 NIV

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Blog Site Revisited

After roughly two years, I decided to revisit my blog site. Since I started this in 2014, I wasn't able to write that much. But now that I'm resigning from work to look for a home-based job, I knew I have to write and commit to it. My husband would often make a comment, "Don't find a time, make time", makes sense to me.