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Sun.Star Chronicles

OCTOBER 25, 2005 is a big day for Sun.Star Chronicles as we launch our own Sun.Star Blog at SM Cebu. Yep, I am a blogger contributor to this prestigious blogging community. I am now a writer-contributor to a major newspaper in the country (most especially to the Visayan Community).

It all started with a tagboard invitation from Marlen Limpag to join the Sun.Star family of writers. A tagboard invitation? Usually I do not take invitations there seriously until I followed her link. Alas, it wasn’t a spammer afterall who left the message!

The Sun.Star Blog Chronicles is handled by Marlen del Mar-Limpag, online editor of the Sun.Star website. The section is devoted to the Sun.Star website’s coverage of the blogging community. The Sun.Star website is managed by the Sun.Star Network Exchange, a department under Sun.Star Publishing Inc.

I already published my first article with them, “WEBLOGGING can assist students with disabilities”. Feel free to let us know your feedback regarding my entries.

I will be working with a very diverse group of writers here, including a tech priest Fr. Stephen Cuyos and a Pinoy Teachers Network Core group member J.Angelo Racoma.

Sige na nga, pangangatawanan ko na ang pagiging writer ko…

VIDEOCAST (click my photo here): Teacher Sol, blogging from Washington DC

More power to Sun.Star Blog Chronicles; CHEERS TO US!!!

Teacher Sol is a proactive blogger. Working with exceptional children made her realize that, just like the regular children, they need attention and someone to make them feel important. She’s now blogging at www.teachersol.blogspot.com.

If Jesus Were a Blogger

While He was on earth Christ revealed Himself as the Perfect Communicator. He spoke from within, that is to say, from out of the press of His people. He preached the Divine message without fear or compromise. He adjusted to His people’s way of talking and to their patterns of thought. And He spoke out of the predicament of their time. (The Pastoral Instruction Communio et Progressio, no. 11)

Jesus Christ, the Perfect Communicator, used every available means to communicate the Good News. He was so creative and ingenious in communicating with the people of his time, that if he were around today, Jesus would have a blog. But what and how would he blog?

If Jesus were a blogger he would talk about the daily experiences and concerns of people. He would use stories from everyday life like the uninvited wedding guests or a determined woman looking for her lost coin. He would talk about a Samaritan who helped an injured person and in the process teach people what it means to be a compassionate neighbor. He would most likely describe the kingdom of heaven “like treasure hidden in blogosphere” or “like an eBay bidder looking for fine pearls”. Or he would surprise and startle his readers by making a most unexpected person a “hero”, like the unrighteous steward in Lk. 16:1-13. Maybe he would also write down the story of an unjust judge to explain to his online visitor’s their need to pray always and never to lose heart. In short, Jesus’ blog would be aimed at helping people understand who God is and what his reign is like.

If Jesus were a blogger he would ask questions and address the issues of social justice and poverty. He would challenge the prevailing social and political structures of our time and speak against religious bigotry, racial prejudice, and economic selfishness. Forgiveness, compassion, peace, and putting others first would be some of the common themes of his blogposts. He would side with the poor and the marginalized and call them blessed. He would call for an end to war and all forms of violence. And he would insist good over evil, grace over vengeance, love over hatred.

If Jesus were a blogger he would have a shoutbox on his sidebar so he could chat in real time with online friends like Nicodemus, Mary, Peter, Martha, John, and the woman at the well. Aside from the twelve disciples, his blogroll would contain links to tax collectors, prostitutes, lepers, sinners and other outcasts. To protect himself from spammers like those irreverent Pharisees and Sadducees, he’d install an anti-spam plug-in. I am sure Jesus would use open-source content management systems and he would release his blog articles under the Creative Commons License. He may well have a “make poverty history” whiteband on his website. He’d also probably enable a plug-in that allows guests to make donations to victims of natural disasters. This is in line with his challenge for everyone to make a positive difference in this world.

If Jesus were a blogger he would post from his mobile phone or through a wifi-enabled Linux laptop. This is important because, being always on-the-go, he would need to blog from every place where there is a wireless hotspot – in the synagogues and marketplaces, on the mountain and at the sea, or while by his lonesome in the desert.

If Jesus were a blogger he wouldn’t be simply transmitting information or entertaining people through well-crafted stories. While his web-based publication would be true to life, written for the purpose of teaching spiritual and moral truth, he wouldn’t stop there. He would go far beyond just blogging. As a good shepherd, he would be where his flocks are – healing the sick, conversing with outcasts, preaching to the masses, praying with his disciples, teaching by example – all for the glory of the Father.

After all, man does not live by blog alone.

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Fr. Stephen Cuyos, is a Cebuano Missionary of the Sacred Heart presently based in Rome, Italy. He manages two websites, two blogs and two podcasts, namely, MSC Philippines, MSC Capitulum Generale, The Pinoy Migrants’ Voices, Cuying Blog, Europinoy Perspective and Cuying Podcast. You can contact him at stephencuyos@gmail.com.

High-tech Cheating Comes to High Schools

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —

Cheating on tests has come a long way from writing notes on the back of your hand — and it’s getting harder for schools to police as technology advances.

Instead of sneaking in a scrap of paper with answers scribbled on it, some students snap a picture of the paper with their camera phones. During the test, some students are so adept at text messaging that they can keep the phone in their pocket or under their desk, secretly sending answers to a friend.

Some educators believe the problem is changing too rapidly to be quelled by conventional methods, and it’s time that teaching methods evolved with technology.

(High-tech cheating comes to high schools)

I was a prophet; I had a futuristic insight of this five years ago when I got my first camera phone. I was already a teacher then of course, and I was jokingly telling my husband how easy it would be for friends to take a picture of the exams and share them with each other.

Now I found this news…wow! I am so impressed at how the students are becoming so brilliant and more sophisticated in cheating, using technology to solve problems such as in the exams *smile*. I wish I had a phone camera when I was graduating from highschool, it would make it easier for me to overtake my academic rival.

Now what do you think, is technology a good thing or a bad thing?

Teacher Sol is a proactive blogger. Working with exceptional children made her realize that, just like the regular children, they need attention and someone to make them feel important. She’s now blogging at www.teachersol.blogspot.com.

What’s going on with ICT education in the Philippines?

There must be something in the food I ate the other night that hypnotized me to clean my office desk yesterday afternoon. If there is such a thing as a love potion, there must be some kind of cleaning potion mixed in that food.

Like most IT professionals, my desk is usually as cluttered as a fragmented hard drive. Don’t get me wrong. I’m actually good at organizing. It’s just that I want important things to be within my reach even if it compromises aesthetics.

While weeding out a stack of documents turned over to me by a resigned colleague, I ended up spending time reading a number of job applications and resumes mostly coming from individuals with computer-related degrees. I wondered why those resumes were set aside by my colleague instead of being forwarded to HR.

I don’t usually read cover letters since most of them are written anyway by persons other than the applicants themselves. I always consider a resume as a marketing brochure of a person. As such, I’d rather go through a resume than read a cover letter. So, I spent about an hour yesterday going through a bunch of them.
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My First PODCAST Is Now Up!

“Podcasting” refers to any software and hardware combination that permits automatic downloading of audio files to an MP3 player for listening at the user’s convenience. Podcasting allows education to become more portable than ever before, giving educators another way to meet today’s students where they live and learn—on the Internet and on audio players. (SOURCE: EduCause)

I couldn’t contain my happiness, so pardon me if I appear to be excited about this, haha. I experimented with podcast last night; and guess what…my first PODCASTING is now up in our Filipino Teachers’ community blog (which I started too). Maybe one of these days I should also try it in my own educator’s blog. I am also trying to experiment on how to integrate inside my classroom this new tech revolution that’s sweeping the internet at the moment.

Watch it here: http://pinoyteachersnetwork.blog-city.com .

Teacher Sol is a proactive blogger. Working with exceptional children made her realize that, just like the regular children, they need attention and someone to make them feel important. She’s now blogging at www.teachersol.blogspot.com.

7 things you should know about…

Technology is really fast changing and I find it challenging to cope 😀 but I enjoy every bit of stuff I learn from you guys! Now, my turn…here are some quick references to vlogs, wikis, podcasting, clickers, etc. This is very informative. I learned a lot of new infos from this link.

http://www.educause.edu/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAboutSeries/7495

When you get to the web site, click on MORE, then when you get to the abstract, click on the pdf button — that should give you a 2-page pdf file on the technology identified. Hope you find these helpful.

7 Things You Should Know About…

The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative’s (ELI’s) “7 Things You Should Know About…” series provides concise information on emerging learning practices and technologies. Each brief focuses on a single practice or technology and describes what it is, how it works, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use ELI’s “7 Things You Should Know About…” briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview, either for yourself or for colleagues who are pressed for time.

Video Blogging

A videoblog, or vlog, is a Web log (blog) that primarily utilizes video rather than text or audio. Videoblogging offers a richer experience than text blogging by combining movies, sound, still images, and text. New technologies make images and video easy to produce, so anyone with a digital camera or camera-equipped cell phone and Internet access can create a vlog. Based on the popularity of blogs and podcasts, and growing access to video tools, videoblogging is likely to increase in popularity among faculty and students. The ability to easily create video segments and quickly post them online makes videoblogs a potential tool for recording lectures, special events, and so forth. Videoblogs can also be used for personal _expression and reflection. As a result, they are being incorporated into e-portfolios and presentations. The use of videoblogs for digital storytelling may be one way to encourage strong student participation in e-portfolio projects. More>>
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Pinoy Teachers Network, one month and still growing

Pinoy Teachers Network Bulletin Board

OUR HOME: http://pinoyteachersnetwork.blog-city.com

“Any new endeavour is always tough in the beginning”.

I gave us just two weeks to plan this out and prepare for the launching. Ready or not, the website of the Pinoy Teachers Network went officially up in cyberspace on July 12, 2005. We took the challenge. We learned from our own experiences and then finding our own way out of the obstacles we encountered. For most of us, quitting or not trying isn’t an option.

It’s been a month, can you believe it? What happened during that span of time, aside from my being so busy and missing my blog hopping routine?

We have more than 50 members now, and still growing. Teachers from the University of the Philippines (Visayas), Mindanao State University, De la Salle University, Claret School of QC, Xavier School of Greenhills… are proving themselves worthy of the title “Teacher” by being leaders themselves in their own schools.

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When you need more than just More

In WordPress, you can determine which part of your post gets displayed in the home page as teaser to the full article. You can either do this using excerpts or the more tag.

I suggest you use the More tag: <!–more–> . It’s an easier way to customize the length of the article’s teaser in the home page. You can do this with excerpts but you have to edit the main page to replace the_content with the_excerpt to display the excerpts of the blogpost. There’s a plugin available in this site (external link) if you want to use excerpts.

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Why Church Leaders Should Blog

What do Archbishop Oscar Cruz, Bishop Leonardo Medroso, and Monsignor Jose Manguiran have in common? They are all diocesan bishops, you say. Well, that’s quite obvious, isn’t it. But did you know that the three of them are also bloggers?

Yes, you’ve read it right. These bishops blog too. And their respective weblogs are Viewpoints, Tidbits, and The Meaning.

The blogosphere is a new place and opportunity for leaders of faith communities to dialogue with the online world. Aside from being inexpensive to develop and maintain, blogs are inherently global in reach and two-way in approach. And to think that there are more than 14 million of them all over the world. In order to be effective in their task of teaching, sanctifying and shepherding the people of God, church leaders (bishops, pastors, parish priests and other religious leaders) should blog and maintain an active, listening presence in the blogosphere. Why? Let me give you three reasons:

1. To reach and enrich
Blogging is perhaps the cheapest publishing tool, be it online or offline. Most blogwares, blogspaces and bandwidths are free. Visit Blogger, Friendster, Yahoo 360, MSN Spaces, Blogsome, MyBlogSite and you’ll know what I mean. At the minimum, all you need to pay is rent for a computer unit and a cup of cappuccino in an internet cafe. Compare that with, say, a printed parish newsletter, and you’ll realize how much time and money you’ll save (just imagine the number of trips you need to make to the publishing house and the amount of coffee you need to drink to cope with the stress). But the real power of blogging lies in its ability to reach people on a global scale in real time. Precisely because of this, blogging has created an enormous possibility in which online people worldwide can be reached and enriched.

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