Introducing teachers to Google Apps


Last week, Mr. Francisco, assistant lifestyle editor of Mindanao Daily asked me to guest post on his column. He wanted it to be about Google Apps for Teachers. So, here’s what I wrote for his column published last Thursday entitled “Introducing Teachers to Google Apps“.


What is Google Apps for Education (GAFE)? What makes Google Apps special for schools?

Google Apps for Education has all of the same basic Google Apps like Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, etc. which fosters creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, online collaboration and innovative learning among stakeholders in educational institutions. It basically provides a venue wherein people connect, discover and learn.

Collaborative Teaching and Learning

GAFE brings a unified collaboration platform wherein teachers and students share and edit documents, check outputs, create websites, schedule activities and chat together in real time. Teachers can also work collaboratively in creating lessons, activities and materials which they can use in their classroom teaching. Students can also know exactly when their teachers are available and vice versa for consultations and feedbacks through Google+, Hangouts and Calendar.

Making Work Faster and Easier

Through GAFE’s collaborative platform, students and teachers simply log into their Gmail account to gain access to the all the Google apps, extensions and add-ons.  Working on academic tasks now becomes faster, easier and paperless. For example, a group of students can work together on a project in Google docs and the teacher can see changes in real time, discover the students who contributed and who did not, score the output and provide feedback right away. All of these can happen in just a few clicks.


All documents and files created through Google apps are stored in the cloud, which means these documents can be accessed even on mobile devices and tablets — anytime and anywhere.

Safe and Secure Environment

Since the documents are stored in the cloud, GAFE also includes security features to keep the data safe, secure and that can only be controlled by the owner. The apps enable owners have control to their own file, including to whom  it is shared with and how it is  shared. For example, teachers can allow students to edit, comment or just view a document.

Saving Money

What’s good thing about GAFE is that it is free. With GAFE, schools can replace IT support and infrastructure and office application suites which are costly by nature. Teachers, students and administrators can access latest softwares and features without spending a great deal of money.


All of these boils down to improve student motivation and performance. There are thousands of apps available and teachers can identify which are best for their classes and that would meet their students’ learning needs.

To get to know more about GAFE, the Google Educators Group- Cagayan de Oro conducts trainings for schools. You may reach them through or 09362063831.

Erratum: I am no longer teaching in a private school.


Event: Cine Europa 17




The Europian Union, together with Liceo de Cagayan University, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Film Cultural Exchange Program and the Philippine Star, is presenting CINE EUROPA 17, an annual event wherein various european films will be shown to the Filipino audience. They started touring the Philippines last September and the films have been screened in Metro Manila, Baguio, Iloilo, Cebu, Leyte, Tacloban and Davao.

On November 13-16, 2014, they will come to Cagayan de Oro and the films will be shown at the Rodelsa Hall. Everyone is invited and admission is free. Schedule of activities are posted below.


November 13

  • 9am – SWEDEN: IsDraken (The Ice Dragon) (Adventure; PG)
  • 11am – THE NETHERLANDS: Mees Kees (Mister Twister – Class of Fun) (Family/Comedy; PG)
  • 1pm – DENMARK: Jagten (The Hunt) (Drama; R-13)
  • 3:30pm – ROMANIA: Nasa (The Godmother) (Action/Comedy; PG)
  • 7pm – BULGARIA: Patuvane kam Yerusalim (Journey to Jerusalem) (War/Drama; PG)

November 14

  • 9am – SWITZERLAND & FRANCE : Planet Ocean (Documentary; PG)
  • 11am – BELGIUM: Ledereen Beroemd! (Everybody Famous!) (Comedy/Music; R-13)
  • 1pm – ITALY: Scialla (Easy!) (Family/Romance; R-13)
  • 3pm – SPAIN: El lince perdido (The Missing Lynx) (Animation; PG)
  • 7pm – GERMANY (Opening Film): Scherbenpark (Broken Glass Park) (Drama; R-13)
  • 9pm – ROMANIA: Pozitia Copilului (Child’s Pose) (Drama; R-13)

November 15

  • 9am – AUSTRIA: Zweisitzrakete(Two-Seater-Rocket) (Comedy/Romance; R-13)
  • 11am – SPAIN: Una Pistola en cada mano (A Gun in Each Hand) (Comedy; R-13)
  • 1pm – THE UK: Metro Manila (Action/Crime/Drama; R-13)
  • 4pm – THE NETHERLANDS: Bon Voyage (Family; R-13)
  • 6pm – ITALY: Una sconfinata giovinezza (A Second Childhood) (Drama; R-13)
  • 8pm – NORWAY: Vegas (Drama/Youth; R-13)

November 16

  • 9am – GERMANY: Die andere Heimat (Home from Home) (Drama/History; R-13) – Four hours long
  • 2pm – HUNGARY: Tuskevar (Thorn Castle) (Family/Romance; PG)
  • 4pm – SLOVAKIA: Love (Drama; R-13)
  • 6pm – CZECH REPUBLIC: Obcansky prukaz (Identity Card) (Comedy/Drama; R-13)

All films are subtitled in English.

For more information about the films and the screening schedule (which is subject to change without prior notice), check out the Liceo de Cagayan University Facebook page or visit


Photo courtesy: Liceo de Cagayan University

Google Teachers Workshop at XUGS

Yesterday, October 28, 2014, the Google Educators Group of Cagayan de Oro held the 1st Google Teachers Workshop at Xavier University Grade School. The workshop covered Google Apps for Education: Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Forms. The participants were also able to use and explore Google Classroom because fortunately, they have edu accounts on Gmail. The workshop went well because the internet connection at their computer laboratory was very fast.


Geg Cdo workshop for teachers At Xu Grade School - 3

Some of the teachers  asked for notes/handouts/resources specifically on using Flubaroo with Google Forms and Sheets and I’m happy to have found this very simple and quick tutorial on Youtube by Steven Reid.

GEG CDO Teacher Appreciation Day: Going Beyond the Classroom

It’s the Teacher’s month! What better way to celebrate it than to gather teachers in an afternoon of fun and learning?!

The Google Educators Group of Cagayan de Oro paid tribute to the awesome teachers in the city through the Teacher Appreciation Day: Going Beyond the Classroom  last Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Primavera Residences.

There were 4 sessions that gave way for teachers to explore things that they can use to improve their crafts, even on things that they do which are beyond their work as classroom teachers.



Of course, the afternoon started with a session on GOOGLE APPS FOR EDUCATION (GAFE) facilitated by Jessie Andallasa, a Google Certified Teacher in Cagayan de Oro.


The teachers were so enthusiastic and interested in learning these different apps provided for free by Google.



The second session was to introduce Blogging for teachers. This was introduced by former CDObloggers President and an award-winning Mindanao blogger, Vic Marion MadriagaAfter the event, many teachers were already inquiring about further information on Blogging.

The third session was something that all teachers loved and it was about Basic Fashion for Teachers given by no less than, Mr. Benjie S. Manuel, President of the Oro Fashion Designers Guild.



The last session was on Artistry for Teachers: Creativity Unleashed. It was a very “Physical” session wherein teachers used their Voice, Body, and Mind in doing the activities. The teachers had fun! This was facilitated by Owen Jaen, chairman of the Actors’ Quarters Educational Movement Inc.



Of course, there were ice breakers in between where volunteers received prizes and goodies from GEG and our sponsors.


The last part of the program was the surprise Teachers Tribute. A very talented student from Marymount Academy serenaded the teachers as Teachers’ Day Cupcakes were distributed.  The teachers enjoyed the personalized cupcakes.20141025_162731

The afternoon ended with a raffle where teachers won gift certificates from Vanity Works Salon and Spa and premium items from GEG and a tour of Primaver Residences, the eco-friendly condominium in Cagayan de Oro.






Photo credits: Vic Madriaga, Maia Poblete, Jessie Andallasa, Elena Buhay, Janey Montebon



Cut and Paste: J is for Jellyfish

J is for Jellyfish.

My students create their versions of jellyfishes while they learn the sound of the letter J.

Below are 2 of my students’ artwork and it was easier for them to learn the lesson. When I review, I would only remind them of this activity and they would instantly remember the sound of the letter.

Teachers, how did you teach this lesson? Care to share your activities too? Feel free to leave a comment and let’s exchange ideas!



Things I learned from the Google Teacher Academy #gtasea #gtasea2014




It has been a week since I attended the Google Teacher Academy and became one of the Google Certified Teachers across the globe. It was a”heavy-duty” 2-day training on Google Apps for Education. I’ve learned so many things and I would like to share to you the 3 things that I value the most during the intensive two-day Academy for champion teachers. Hopefully, this will inspire you to aspire to become one too.


1. Collaboration. There is really power in collaboration. It’s awesome to know that there are a lot of teachers in this world that embody the value of collaboration especially in the profession that they are in. I’m happy that I’ve met these champion teachers, especially the #TeamKwekKwek, who came  from different countries and learned a lot from their experiences and expertise. In the activities that we did in those two days became easy and successful because everybody worked collaboratively with each other to finish target goals. This value of collaboration must be emulated in our institutions and schools. There are so many things that can be done with a number of great minds and passionate individuals working together.

2. Technology. For the two-day training that we went through, it gave me a different perspective in terms of technology. We don’t want technology to become outputs but as tools for us to be more productive as teachers and individuals. There is so much we can do with technology now than before. The internet can provide us almost everything that we need and Google is there to make sure that information is organized and accessible by us. Schools and academic institutions will benefit a lot if they would embrace technology, especially the Google products and services which are mostly FREE.

3. Passion. I have attended a lot of seminars and training before but it was in Google Teacher Academy that I met teachers who are just so passionate in what they do, that even if they are the only ones who do it in their schools, they just continue to do it because they believe that it is the best. The teachers were all burning with passion in making positive changes in their educational communities. I am inspired to be as passionate as they are as I continue my work as an educator.


There are a lot of amazing things in Google Teacher Academy and I just hope that we will be meeting more Google Certified Teachers in the future. Thank you Google for the amazing opportunity!

Reflection: When Parents Send Letters

As a teacher, I really appreciate it when parents of my students make an effort to communicate with me  about their children, especially when their kids have been absent for so many days.

I value these letters and notices sent to me. Whenever I conduct parent-teacher conferences, parents would always ask me if it’s ok if they send letters using the Mother Tongue. It’s alright. No need for perfect English. I just need to know how their children are.

Isn’t it nice when parents and teacher communicate together to give the best of education to the students?




Worksheet: Over and Under

This is a nice activity to reinforce learning on the concept of Over and Under. The worksheet would make students to identify objects that has to be placed under the boat/sea and the ones that has to be above it. It encourages creativity too. Take a look at the outputs of my students. This can also be used to teach the same concept in Sinugbuanong Bisaya.


If you wish to have a copy of the worksheet, feel free to leave your email on the comments section below and I can send it to you ASAP.

Disclaimer: I did not create the worksheet. I found it using Google Search. If you are the owner of this worksheet, thank you! This helped me and my students a lot.