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By Juan L. Mercado
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.
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)
By Joey Kiele M. Lumain
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.
By Neni Sta. Romana Cruz
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.
By Butch Hernandez
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.
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.
By Paolo G. Montecillo
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.
By Ambeth R. Ocampo
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.
Let me react to Michael Tan’s column “Pinoy generations” (Opinion, Inquirer, 6/28/13).
By Artemio V. Panganiban
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.
By John Nery
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.
By Michael L. Tan
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.