empowerED Podcast by Francis Jim Tuscano

empowerED Podcast by Francis Jim Tuscano

By Francis Jim Tuscano
Interviews, discussions, and sometimes, chill talks with insightful thought leaders, inspiring educators, and courageous change-makers who help transform, elevate, and celebrate teachers around the globe. EmpowerED Podcast is specially dedicated to amplifying the voice of the Filipino teacher towards a dialogue with teachers around the world and the global community!
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S04E10 with Khairul Rusydi: Entrepreneurship Education that Empowers Students
Khairul Rusydi, co-founder and CEO of Reactor School in Singapore, discusses how entrepreneurship education can help students turn their passion projects into real-world startups and businesses. Rusydi also reflects on how entrepreneurship education promote real-world learning and development of essential skills needed for lifelong learning. 
20:51
March 25, 2020
S04E09 with Estella Church: Theater Education and Social Justice
2017 Global Teacher Prize finalist and award-winning theater education teacher, Estella Church, welcomes us into the world of theater education back in her school at California. Estella shares how her theater class has evolved into a safe place for her students to know themselves and practice social justice for their community. Follow her: @eochurch 
26:15
March 25, 2020
S04E08 with Dr. Venus Alboruto: Innovative Science Teaching with AR and Tech Tools
From Surigao City, Philippines, Dr. Venus Alboruto, multi-awarded Filipino teacher and 2019 Global Teacher Prize finalist opens up on the challenges of teaching in a Philippine public school and how she overcame these challenges through constant innovations that elevate her students' academic performance. 
18:01
March 25, 2020
S04E07 with Joyce Zerda on Music, Creativity, and Technology Integration
Apple Distinguished Educator and school leader, Joyce Zerda welcomes us to her music class that takes advantage of the apps in the iPad. She also gives us a glimpse of how she further deepen creativity in her classes through coding. Follow her: @joycezerDUH
19:41
March 25, 2020
S04E06 with Stephanie Kriewaldt: Innovation in Primary Years
From Adelaide, Australia, Stephanie Kriewaldt, Apple Distinguished Educator, talks about how she infuses project-based learning and technology tools to promote student voice and choice that lead to higher learner agency and innovation in the young learners of her school. Follow her: @stephkrie
20:12
March 25, 2020
S04E05 with Mio Horio: Teaching Global Citizenship via Skype in the Classroom
Mio Horio, Global Teacher Prize 2018 Finalist from Japan, talks about how teaching English has become a way to introduce and develop global citizenship skills among her students  in a rural town in Japan. She connects her students to students from other countries, breaking boundaries and creating virtual bridges to learn about their culture, empathy, and loving the world. Follow her: @mibra_mio
21:12
March 25, 2020
S04E04 with Jakob Esben Hansen: Designing Learning Spaces for Effective Learning
All the way from Denmark, Apple Distinguished Educator and Consultant, Jakob Esben Hansen shares the importance of thoughtful and purposeful design in building learning spaces. Plus, he shares how technology tools can help elevate the bar of learning in the classroom. Follow him: @jakobesben
26:58
March 25, 2020
S04E03 with Alexandra Harper: Nature Pedagogy and Play-Based Learning for Early Ed
Alexandra Harper, former head of school in Sydney, Australia, opens to us the wonderful world of nature pedagogy and play-based learning in early education. In this episode, she discusses how outdoor activities and play, when integrated in early education years, can help develop essential social-emotional learning and 21st century skills in young learners. Follow her: @Alex_Harper1
21:50
March 25, 2020
S04E02 with Dr. Nadia Lopez: Teacher Well-Being is a Must!
In her second episode with empowerED Podcast, Dr. Nadia Lopez discusses the importance of teacher well-being in sustaining an innovative, empowered, and caring community of educators in a school. She draws from her rich experience of self-care and self-love. Follow her: @thelopezeffect
26:53
March 25, 2020
S04E01 with Dr. Nadia Lopez: Why student empowerment and visionary leadership matter
Dr. Nadia Lopez graces empowerED Season 4 with her story of overturning the community in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York through empowering her students and practicing visionary leadership that touches not just the lives of her students, but her teachers, staff, parents, and everyone in her community. It's about making all students and teachers feel that they matter. Follow Dr. Nadia Lopez: @thelopezeffect 
34:46
March 25, 2020
S03E05: Tips for Students Undergoing Online Distance Learning
Learners can survive and thrive in an online distance learning environment. Here are some worthwhile and essential tips for students enrolled in an online distance learning class. This is part 5 of the 5-episode series in response to the #Covid19 pandemic effect on education.
15:52
March 13, 2020
S03E04: EdTech Tools that Support Online Distance Learning
In this episode, edtech tools that can help and support ODL are discussed. This is part 4 of the 5-episode series in response to the #Covid19 pandemic effect on education.
13:40
March 13, 2020
S03E03: Designing Online Distance Learning Unit and Assessment
Understand what needs to be considered to increase and sustain interaction among learners and teachers in an online learning unit and how to integrate assessments strategically in order to help students learn deeper and better. This is part 3 of the 5-episode series in response to the #Covid19 pandemic effect on education.
18:01
March 13, 2020
S0302: Lessening Learner "Loneliness" in ODL
In online distance learning, an important reality to be considered is transactional distance between the learner and teacher. Learn how teachers can lessen its effect on the learner. This is part 2 of the 5-episode series in response to the #Covid19 pandemic effect on education.
08:31
March 13, 2020
S0301: What is Online Distance Learning
Understand what online distance learning is and how it is different from face-to-face learning in the classroom. This is part 1 of the 5-episode series in response to the #Covid19 pandemic effect on education.
12:52
March 13, 2020
S02E12: Frederick Sotto Perez - The State of Literacy in the Philippines and How Educators Can Help Learners Become Better Readers
Reading Association of the Philippines (RAP) President, Frederick Sotto Perez explains how the PISA 2018 results could be better understood and analyzed in relation to the dismal performance of the Philippines. He also discusses possible actions that can be done to help the young learners become better readers. Questions on literacy? Send a message to Frederick via Twitter: @fredericksottoperez or email him at: rap.president1970@gmail.com. Check RAP’s website for more info about Asian Literacy Conference: rap.org.ph.
25:27
January 23, 2020
S02E11 with Dominic Sales on Teaching and Coaching in Robotics
Dominic Sales shares how he empowers his students in his robotics classes through giving them challenges that push his students to explore and apply what they have learned in his class. Moreover, in this episode, Dominic reflects on how robotics competitions are beyond the prize or trophy that any student can win. He guides us to understand that learning robotics, whether in the classroom or in competitions, is about developing lifelong learning skills that can help students thrive in the future.
26:00
December 31, 2019
S02E10 with Edgar Tolentino Elago on Culture-Based Learning
2017 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teacher, Edgar Elago introduces us to his advocacy that promotes culture-based learning as an approach that helps students learn and celebrate the identity of the indigenous people group. Edgar also walks us through his passion projects, especially Cooltura Couture, a social enterprise that produces Manobo and Mamanwa costumes, which helps in the preservation of its unique culture and the rich history of their locality.
23:06
December 31, 2019
S02E09 with Nico Fos on Teaching Literacy with Technology
EdTech and literacy coach and trainer, Nico Fos discusses the challenges of teaching Filipino language and literature to the young generation of Filipino learners and how this context has helped him to explore technology tools and design-thinking to engage his students and make them realize the importance of learning one’s national language. He also shares his favorite apps that promote development of literacy skills in students.
26:14
December 31, 2019
S02E08 with Selene Estaris on Game-Based Learning
A self-confessed gamer, Selene Estaris discusses how game-based learning or gamification can engage learners and promote deeper learning that can make a long-lasting impact among students. As a tech integrator and Social Studies teacher, she also shares her favorite apps in class that can help teachers gamify the learning experience of students in the classroom.
27:35
December 31, 2019
S02E07 with Sarah Viana on Teaching Coding in the Primary Grades
In this episode, Sarah Viana, EdTech Coach and Computer Teacher, talks about her firsthand experiences, both successes and challenges, in introducing and teaching coding in the primary grades. She also stresses the importance of integrating coding and robotics with other subjects-in an interdisciplinary approach so that students can apply their skills in building something that are anchored in the lessons that they have learned in the different subjects.
25:41
December 31, 2019
S02E6 with Lea Abarentos: Why Teach Coding to the Differently-Abled Learners?
On her second episode on empowerED Podcast, Lea Abarentos shares about her passion project, iLEAD, which focuses on inclusive learning through coding. Her passion project is deeply-rooted in her experiences as a trainer for the teachers and students in Benilde Deaf School as well as in her vision for a more inclusive and kind society. This is one of the most honest and raw episodes on empowerED Podcast.
28:27
December 23, 2019
S02E5 with Lea Abarentos on Teaching Programming and Multimedia Arts in Higher Ed
Lea Abarentos, Apple Distinguished Educator, celebrates her proud moments as a teacher to college students who are passionate about creating multimedia and digital products that are rooted in real-life challenges. She also bares challenges that her students face as they deal with real people behind real brands and companies.
25:50
December 23, 2019
S02E4 with Winnie Diola on Meaningful Tech Integration via Blended Learning
Winona Diola comes back with helpful and insightful thoughts on enabling a learning environment that allows students to explore and learn deeper through the blended learning approach. She also lists her favorite learning apps and how she integrates them to elevate learning and student engagement.
21:12
December 23, 2019
S02E3 with Winnie Diola on Teaching Science through Tech and Real-World Learning
Winona Diola, 2016 Metrobank Outstanding Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator, reflects on her vocation as a Science teacher, from bringing her students outside her classroom to deepen their learning experiences in Science to stretching herself to learn Scratch coding app so that she can empower her students to become innovative creators of new knowledge.
18:59
December 23, 2019
S0202 with Paul Roland Maiquez on Technology Leadership
On his second episode with empowerED Podcast, Dr. Paul Roland Maiquez walks us through the opportunities and challenges of leading a technology program in a school or district. He also gives us a glimpse of his role and experience as technology director of a new international school in Bangkok, Thailand.
25:45
December 20, 2019
S02E01 with Dr Paul Roland Maiquez on Robotics
Dr. Paul Roland Maiquez, an international robotics coach, technology leader, and Apple Distinguished Educator, shares his experience of starting his first robotics class and competition team, as well as his vision of a robotics program in a school. This episode features his wealth of experience, giving us a deep insight into the what, how, and why of an impactful robotics program, i.e. girls/women in STEM/Robotics, in a school.
27:51
December 19, 2019
S01E12 with GTP Philippines on World Teacher's Day in CDO!
A quick and chill episode with Jim Tuscano and fellow Global Teacher Prize finalists from the Philippine - Jesus Insilada, Ryan Homan, and finally, Venus Alburoto! We talk about our experience in the National Celebration of Teacher's Day as well as our wishes for the Philippine education system. Bonus! Tips on nominating or applying for the Global Teacher Prize: http://globalteacherprize.org/
21:01
October 8, 2019
S01E11 with Agno Almario on Buribooks for Building Literacy Skills and Appreciating Filipino Literature
Agno Almario, Head of Adarna Digital, joins empowerED podcast for a discussion on how technology tools, such as Buribooks, one of the best literacy apps in the Philippines, can help engage learners and develop appreciation of the Philippine literature. In this exclusive interview, Agno shares how the Buribooks platform came about and how it continues to be shaped by educators in the classroom to better answer the needs of the teachers and learners.
32:50
September 12, 2019
S01E10 with Jesus Insilada, Ryan Homan, and Mark Reid on the Global Teacher Prize Experience
A special episode recorded by Jim Tuscano and his fellow Global Teacher Prize Finalists, Jesus Insilada, Ryan Homan, and Mark Reid, in Naga City, Philippines! This episode highlights reflections and the amazing experiences of the four award-winning educators as they finished the Global Teacher Prize Caravan organized by the Department of Education in the Philippines to honor and celebrate the Filipino teacher.
18:27
September 12, 2019
S01E09 with Mark Reid on Teaching the SDGs and Fostering Global Collaboration
Second part of an exclusive podcast interview and discussion with 2015 Global Teacher Prize Finalist, Mark Reid, from Canada. In this episode, Mark and Jim talk about their involvement in the global movement to teach SDGs and make everyone, especially the youth, be aware about the importance of committing to the achievement of the SDGs. Mark and Ryan Homan’s collaboration is also highlighted in this episode.
26:28
September 12, 2019
S01E08 with Mark Reid on the Importance and Role of Arts Education Today
First part of an exclusive podcast interview and discussion with 2015 Global Teacher Prize Finalist, Mark Reid, from Canada. Mark gives us an in-depth look into the essential role of Arts Education today and why he strongly believes in an education system that does not only promote STEM or other acronyms of disciplines, but a holistic education program that develops the potential of the whole learner.
34:49
September 12, 2019
S01E07 with Jesus Insilada on Culture-Based Learning, Inclusivity, and Global Teacher Prize Experience
2018 Top 10 Global Teacher Prize Finalist and multi-awarded educator, Jesus Insilada dives into culture-based learning and shares how this approach promotes inclusivity and relevant real-world learning through one’s immediate culture and reality. Jim and Jesus also discuss aspects of Jesus’ Panay Bukidnon culture and his source of motivation in making a difference in his community.
27:10
September 12, 2019
S01E06 with Ryan Homan on the Balsa Basa Advocacy
Multi-awarded literacy advocate, 2018 Global Teacher Prize Finalist and school leader, Ryan Homan, shares his personal story of success and challenges - from being the first college graduate in his community to scaling up his Balsa Basa literacy program initiative that aims to eradicate illiteracy in his hometown.
16:07
September 12, 2019
S01E05 with Jessica Demegillo on Why Digital Citizenship Matters
Jessica Demegillo, Apple Distinguished Educator and coordinator of the NEXT Department, Xavier School’s digital learning and innovations department, shares her reflection on the importance of digital citizenship for the youth, especially in today’s digital technology-driven world. Jessica and Jim share tips and guidelines for educators and schools on how to better integrate digital citizenship in one’s school curriculum.
40:00
September 11, 2019
S01E04 with Jane Cacacho on Visionary Leadership
Jane Cacacho, Apple Distinguished Educator and current principal of Xavier School-San Juan grade school unit, provides an in-depth and thoughtful exploration on visionary leadership as a crucial element in the goal to let students and teachers thrive in school. Jane and Jim also discuss the importance of giving teachers enough space and trust to take risks, especially in terms of ICT integration and exploring different paths to innovation in the classroom.
30:41
September 11, 2019
S01E03 with John Paul Viernes on Opportunities and Challenges in Reaching Educators and Learners through ICT in the Public School Setting
John Paul Viernes, Master Teacher I from the Department of Education in Batac City, Philippines and Edu Tech Asia Coach of the Year in 2017, discusses how he makes use of ICT tools such as Scratch and Minecraft in his class. John Paul and Jim also touches on professional development for teachers and how iLAC, John Paul’s PD project successfully delivers training to teachers via the power of blending professional learning.
28:48
September 11, 2019
S01E02 with Alfonso Mangubat on Best Apps and the Cycle of Inquiry (Kath Murdoch) for Deeper Learning
Alfonso Mangubat, Apple Distinguished Educator from the Philippines and IB Coordinator, shares his favorite apps that help him develop 21st century skills in his students. Highlighting deeper and meaningful learning, we dig deep into the Cycle of Inquiry (Kath Murdoch) that Alfonso employs in his IB Social Science classes, which let his students to ask questions, explore possible answers, and even apply their learning to real-world situations or challenges. Bonus! Watch his #1minutePL videos on Cycle of Inquiry at the empowerED YouTube Channel HERE.
30:33
September 11, 2019
S01E01 with Peter Esperanza on Number Bender and Teaching Math with Technology
In the first episode for the first series of podcasts featuring Filipino Teacher Excellence, Francis Jim Tuscano spoke with Peter Esperanza, a US-based Filipino teacher whose innovation in using the YouTube platform via his channel, Number Bender, has gone viral and has been featured in the Philippine local media stations. Peter shares his motivations behind using technology to engage high school Math students and why he comes back regularly to the Philippines to train teachers.  Watch his GMA News TV Feature in YouTube. 
26:59
September 7, 2019