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Culture trap?

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The Internet carried this week a riveting article titled “Trapped Between Cultures—Neither Filipino Nor American.” The author is Dr. Eugenio Amparo, who has lived in the United States since 1974 when he started residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Useful inventions need financial backing

The story on Ann Makosinski, a young Filipino-Canadian who invented a flashlight with no batteries so a friend in Mindanao would be able to read after sunset, really made me smile: A most clever invention using Peltier tiles, generating electricity from a hotter to a cooler area, and with few or no moving parts, is staggering in its utter simplicity! (“Fil-Canadian invents body-heated flashlight,” Front Page, 3/24/14)

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Technology and jobs

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Technological innovation has fulfilled its promise of a less stressful life for humankind. Machines are capable of mass production that no human labor can compete with.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Is pushing a button learning?

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Perhaps I will be a more credible speaker at literacy workshops with this experience I am going through with my grandson Diego, who is in the throes of the Terrible Threes. How everyone in the family laughed when I threw up my arms in exasperation, saying that all my literacy beliefs were being put to a test. For Diego had just dealt me a cruel blow—rejecting my offer of a book to read, and preferring to do so on his parents’ hand-me-down iPad.

Posted: January 17th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Dealing with digital distractions in the classroom

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I came across this excellent essay for teachers by Dr. Maryellen Weimer on the Faculty Focus website. Titled “The Age of Distraction: Getting Students to Put Away Their Phones and Focus on Learning,” the essay discusses the impact of mobile content in today’s classrooms.

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What are big data?

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s revelations of the US government’s “Prism” program has sparked debates on several fronts, but mainly over citizens’ rights to the privacy of their online data.

Posted: July 20th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Big data: Opportunities, threats

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In the 1990S, it was the personal computer. In the 2000s, it was the Internet. And over the past few years, it was social media. Today, however, the tech industry seems to have found its new buzzwords: big data.

Posted: July 20th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Feeling like a dinosaur

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One of the assignments my students appreciate is having to go to the library to dig up the newspaper on the day they were born and to tell me, based on their research, what the Philippines or the world was like on that day. In the course of their writing, the students compare and contrast the past with the present and conclude that not much has changed.

Posted: July 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Today’s ‘I’ generation

Let me react to Michael Tan’s column “Pinoy generations” (Opinion, Inquirer, 6/28/13).

Posted: July 8th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Automating the judiciary

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The Supreme Court launched recently in the Regional and Metropolitan Trial Courts of Quezon City a new pilot program, called “eCourt,” to automate the trial courts. The aim is to speed up the delivery of justice by reducing case processing time, eliminate sources of graft, and improve public access to performance information in the lower courts.

Posted: June 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

150 times a day

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Allow me to run something I posted on my blog last week—on June 5, in the middle of the World Newspaper Congress in Bangkok. Having heard yet another resource speaker repeat the newly popular research finding that smartphone users “check their phones 150 times a day,” I was moved to check the basis of the research for myself.

Posted: June 10th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Post-op

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In Wednesday’s column I wrote about preparing for a surgery of a family member or friend, drawing from my own experience with my daughter, who had her second open heart operation last week.

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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