Reflection

Technology is the future of our generation. We need to empower technology to empower our future. And education is the best way to do it. As a senior high school students we are taught about technology through our subject Empowerment Technology.

As a learner I have learned a lot about this subject and I can also use them in my everyday life as a part of millennials. Empowerment technology showcases the important factors of technology that we need to learn. We should not use it technology for just in entertainment purposes. We should also use it as an instrument in learning. Some of the things that I have learned in empowerment technology were about how to manage online safety and security. We are taught about the risk on the internet that might affect your own safety, but we are also taught on how to avoid them by being responsible and aware.

In our generation and as a 21st century learner I also encountered  an internet security threats. Before, I don’t know what do about it and i just let my files to be corrupted and infected with some types of malicious software, but when I encountered these subject it became ny eye opener and it makes my brain more interested about it. When our teacher taught us about the internet threats and how to avoid and get rid of them it makes me feel safer using the internet right now.

Empowerment technology was such an interesting subject in school because it was so timely and it really suits to my generation. As a learner I still hope that the teachers in empowerment technology will teach us some hands on job on the internet and less discussion because in my observation the empowerment technology was a a kind of subject were you don’t have to listen to each discussion. It only needs to be a hands on activities. Even though discussion was the usual ways of teacher in teaching it can still cope up with the lessons that she taught. But we also had some hands on activities.just like creating a PowerPoint presentation about our self and also creating a blog sites about our chosen articles. I know its hard but it is a part of being a student. I am also thankful that I was given given a chance to create this kind of things on the internet because it helps me discover some features of the internet that I don’t know. Right now I was keeping this knowledge because I know that kin the future there will be another activities in school just like that or even better and harder than that. Based on my experience I realize that empowerment technology not just help us learn about the present technology but it also teaches us how to discover new things in this new world. It makes us more responsible, hardworking, patient, creative, and aware about our action on the internet and even on our personal lives.

Humanities and Social Sciences

History has two interrelated strands, Historical Knowledge and Understanding; and Historical Skills. Historical Knowledge and Understanding begins at a more realistic personal and local level and extends to including wider Australia and eventually the world. Historical Skills promotes skills used in the process of historical enquiry.

Economics and Business is organised into two related strands, Economics and Business Knowledge and Understanding; and Economics and Business Skills. There is no formal Economics and Business curriculum from Foundation to Year 4. They will none the less have the opportunity to develop relevant knowledge, understanding and skills through other learning areas.

EDSA(People Power Revolution)

Technology has played a crucial role in EDSA (people power revolution) the mobile phone served as the symbol of People Power II Evolution in the Philippines. Also, the most lasting image of Ms. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s new presidency has, was when she was asked in a news conference, if Lt. Gen. Espinosa was planing a coup, and not knowing the answer, she directly called him using her mobile phone. After the brief conversation they had, she knew that Lt. Gen Espinosa isn’t planning a coup.

The use of mobile phones for texting rather than calling was intriguing at that time. It akso served as the reason of People Power II evolution’s success. But even if technology played a crucial role at that time, people haven’t drawn a lot of attention to it. People Power II was arguably the world’s first EDSA-Revolution’s change of government, brought by new form of ICTs (Information and Communications Technology).

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President Estrada’s corruption was widely spreaded through texting. It helped to facilitate the protests at the EDSA Shrine, wherein it took only 88 hours to remove Estrada. The use of mobile phones was the reason why mobilization was large and rapid, and thus, so decisive. After what happened, Estrada blamed his ouster on the “text messaging generation.”

Mobile phone technology was not just critical on People Power II; it was also important over a number of months. Estrada ordered key goverment agencies to do something about alleged text-messages that are abusing him. The same week, texters started passing around messages using an exclamation mark (!) as a symbol to call for an end to the corruption, cronyism and incompetence of Estrada’s government.

Such great revolution is believed to be only possible in the Philippines. Manila is even said to be the texting capital of the world. Philippines, considered a poor country, prefer texting more than calling, because of the cost. Texting can be done by both hands, or one, while doing other stuffs, making Filipinos comfortable by doing so.

Modern ICTs facilitated and helped in ensuring that our country, the Philippines was the first location of political revolution. In the week of People Power II itself, there were 70 million text messages handled by Philippine Mobile. It was then reported by Reuters that technology is literally putting the power in Filipino peoples’ hand. We are given power to state feedbacks.

The Philippines’ case raised lots of big questions about the broader implications of technological advances on political action around the world. It was then possible to predict the exact outcomes, but evidences pointed in interesting directions.

The adaption of different technologies, particulary internet and mobile phones is staggering. At the same time, the technologies continue to upgrage. This continuous advances are spreading widely, making it possible to share informations and organize political action easily. The challenge now is to ensure that ICT is for the better, and not for the worse, and to be used by everyone, and not by few.

ICTs are unlikely to change the main principles of politics. But, it is unlikely to be the last time that stunning and sudden advances in ICTs played a crucial role in helping the people remove a corrupt leading. The people of the Philippines will have shown one way and for that we should thank “Text Brigade”.

EDSA dos

Information and Communication Technology(ICT) is an umbrella term that includes any communication device or application, encompassing: radio, television, cellular phones, computer and network hardware and software, satellite systems and so on, as well as the various services and applications associated with them, such as videoconferencing and distance learning. ICTs are often spoken of in a particular context, such as ICTs in education, health care, or libraries.

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In l986 millions of unarmed Filipinos surprised the world by nonviolently overthrowing the brutal dictator Ferdinand Marcos, known at the time as “the Hitler of Southeast Asia.” They called their movement “people power,” demonstrating in an amazing way the power of active nonviolence, the power of truth and love, similar to what was seen in the Gandhian freedom struggle in India and the civil rights movement in the United States. Beginning with the assassination in l983 of the popular opposition leader Senator Benigno (Ninoy) Aquino, the movement against Marcos grew rapidly. Imprisoned for seven years by Marcos, Aquino had experienced a deep conversion in his concentrated study of the Bible and Gandhi. This led him to begin advocating a nonviolent revolution against dictatorship. His subsequent martyrdom fueled the determination of many Filipinos to continue in his radical nonviolent path. In 1984, the Little Sisters of Jesus, a community of nuns who worked among the poorest of the poor in metropolitan Manila, took it upon themselves to contact Jean and Hildegard Goss-Mayr, nonviolence lecturers and trainers in Europe who had worked for many years for the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR) in situations of revolution and war. The nuns asked the Goss-Mayrs, a French-Austrian couple, to come to the Philippines to help assess the situation. Having lived under Nazism in World War II, they were acquainted with struggling against tyranny. They came and met with church leaders (the country is over ninety percent Christian), peasants, labor and student leaders and community organizers. Out of these meetings came the decision to build a nonviolent movement that would oppose the dictatorship.

In order for Cory Aquino to mobilize a popular democratic movement, she needed Radio Veritas, a 24-hour AM radio station operated by the Roman Catholic Church, because it served as the primary communication platform for the democratic opposition. With all other non-government media shut down, Aquino and her cadres used Radio Veritas to inform Filipinos of political developments and organize them for nonviolent protests. After Ninoy Aquino was assassinated, Marcos prevented local media from broadcasting news of his death, and Radio Veritas, the only station in the Philippines to carry news of Senator Aquino’s assassination, galvanized the two million supporters to come to his funeral.According to former President of the University of the Philippines Francisco Nemenzo, “Without Radio Veritas it would have been difficult, if not impossible, to mobilize millions of people in a matter of hours.”

Million People March

The Million People March or the so-called “Pork Barrel Scam” was the first ever on-going series of protest in the Philippines held at the Luneta Park on the 26th day of August 2013, about the total abolition of the Pork Barrel or the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam which triggered the anger of the people through social medias such as Facebook and Twitter. Many Filipinos expressed their anger through creating blogs, pages, advertisements and even memes to show that they agree to the idea of stopping the Pork Barrel Fund.

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For an instance, a Facebook event was entitled: “MILLION PEOPLE MARCH TO LUNETA AUGUST 26: SA ARAW NG MGA BAYANI, PROTESTA NG MGA BAYANI!!!” was created by Arnold Pedrigal and Bernardo Bernardo using the power of the social media to invite the people to join the protest for the pork barrel fund mess to be stopped. Their Facebook status says ” what we need is a  MILLION PEOPLE MARCH by struggling Filipino taxpayers- a day of protest by the silent majority that would demand all politicians and government officials to stop pocketing our taxes borne out from our hard works by means of this pork barrel scams and other creative criminal acts.”

Another is a group of people called hacktivist or the PrivateX repaired at least 30 government websites early on August 26,2013, hours before the main protests. These includes the websites of the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Embassy in Rome.

ICT has almost become the platform of change because the protest is mostly organized through social media channels. Through this millennial tool, Filipinos, once again showed their love for their country and for the people who works hard for their living that pays their taxes veraciously yet some government officials or NGO’s won’t do the same thing and pockets the money of their countrymen. As time goes by, social medial will always be a part of our great history because no matter what the situation is, Filipinos will surely fight for what is right, cry for what is just and tussle for what is best for our country by the means of everything.

SOURCE/S:

https://www.google.com.ph/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=million%20people%20march

https://globalvoices.org/2013/08/27/million-people-march-against-corruption-in-the-philippines/

Yolanda People Finder

Through online platforms, people posted calls for help, survivors let the world know they were safe, and photos and videos were posted to describe the situation on the ground, and help plan relief efforts. Maybe you even donated money online to one of the many emergency relief funds set up in the wake of the disaster. The role of social media in the Haiyan response highlighted the role of information and communications technology (ICT), communication, and civic participation in promoting social change indeed, the world has become hyper-connected.

The team presented data that showed thahomes-collage1t technologies are not often taken up by Yolanda-affected communities to give feedback to NGOs or fundraise for themselves. Low-income people relocated to tent cities and bunkhouses lack media access, social capital, and even personal confidence to voice their concerns in social media or in proprietary platforms such as humanitarian radio or Frontline SMS. The team observes that mostly middle-class people, with existing resources and strong social networks, have been able to use new technologies in community mobilizing and problem-solving.

Why we should give great honor and importance to ICT or in our technology when the time that we are suffering to the most destructive typhoon in Philippines history ?

Technology helps the yolanda victims to deliver their messages to the government through different social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and many other useful apps. As we all know Philippines is one of the most many user in facebook. Websites, blogs, videos, tweets , can also used to broadcast and accessed across the country and even internationally.

BENEFITS :

>It helps to spread the information about the  current situation of the victims.

>It  helps to locate where the  victims are.

>It helps to connect with people, and to inform them about important issues affecting their lives and their communities.

>It helps to know what are the different needs of the yolanda victims.

The role of it is when your family or relatives are missing on the situation of typhoon.You can easily find them by helping technology. How ? it is easy, you can find them by any technology gadgets. For example, someone in your family members are missing and you need to find them you can visit the government page  and search your missing relative if their alive or not.

REFERENCE:

http://www.admu.edu.ph/ls/soss/news/research/workshop-icts-disaster-recovery-one-y

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https://blogs.adb.org/blog/yolanda-response-shows-power-virtual-citizen

How to Conserve and Save the Environment?

  1. Pay attention to how you use water. The little things can make a big difference. Every time you turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth, you’re doing something good. Try drinking tap water instead of bottled water, so you aren’t wasting all that packaging as well.

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    2. Leave your car at home. If you can stay off the road just two days a week, you’ll reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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    3. Walk or ride your bike to work, school and anywhere you can. You can reduce greenhouse gases while burning some calories and improving your health. If you can’t walk or bike, use mass transit. Every car not on the road makes a difference.

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    4. Compost. Think about how much trash you make in a year. Reducing the amount of solid waste you produce in a year means taking up less space in landfills, so your tax peso can work somewhere else.

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Actions for the Environment

1. ASSISTING CITIES’ LEADERSHIP ON CLIMATE CHALLENGES

Cities contribute more than two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70 percent of global CO2 emissions. The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), in partnership with the C40 Climate Leadership Group, helps the world’s largest cities implement projects that dramatically reduce carbon emissions — while also saving on energy costs and creating local jobs.

2. IMPROVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN CITY ICONS

New York City’s Empire State Building is proving that city buildings, no matter how large or how old, can significantly and affordably reduce their energy consumption. The retrofit of this iconic building includes high-efficiency window glass replacement, redesigned heating and cooling systems and controls, and lighting improvements are reducing the building’s energy use by 38 percent and energy bills by $4.4 million annually. CCI has assisted with retrofit plans for several Chicago landmarks, including the Merchandise Mart and the Daley Center.

3. INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE

Energy consumed by buildings accounts for more than 15 percent of global carbon emissions. We work to address how buildings at both the local and national levels are using energy. In Little Rock, Arkansas, we are facilitating commercial retrofits for local employers, and home energy audits to their employees, through the Home Energy Affordability Loan (HEAL) program. In 2011, we were invited by the White House to assist in the development of the Better Buildings Challenge, which was launched by President Obama in February 2011 with the goal of making American buildings 30 percent more energy efficient by 2020. Additionally, we have helped advance the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations’ commitment – announced at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting – to mobilize pension funds to invest in making U.S. infrastructure more energy efficient.

4. GREENING TRANSPORTATION

Cars, trucks, buses, and trains represent nearly 12 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, but the solutions needed to improve transportation systems can sometimes appear costly and difficult to manage. President Clinton is helping change the market for clean transportation technologies and make them more affordable — and helping cities, including Johannesburg, South Africa, and Rio de Janerio, Brazil, design and implement large-scale public transit systems that reduce emissions.

5. HELPING LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO PROTECT SOME OF THE LARGEST FORESTS IN THE WORLD

In addition to being a major contributor to climate change, deforestation is both a driver and a result of poverty in developing countries. We are working with governments and local partners in Cambodia, Guyana, Indonesia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, and Rwanda to help make it more profitable for countries to preserve forests than to cut them down; to create robust systems to measure the carbon of forests; and to actively involve local communities in the preservation of their forests. Currently, we are working on 10 sustainable forest management projects, encompassing 644,000 hectares of land, that will benefit more than 353,000 people in forest-dependent communities.

6. POWERING HAITI WITH CLEAN ENERGY

The Clinton Foundation and affiliates have been working to invest in green energy to help boost economic recovery and energy infrastructure in Haiti. The Foundation has been working with Haitians to reduce energy costs and dependency on fossil fuels by implementing projects such as solar farms, clean energy stores, solar flashlights, and clean-burning briquettes.

7. HELPING UNIVERSITIES ACHIEVE SUSTAINABILITY

Our Building Retrofit Program has helped the University of Central Missouri and the Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México — one of Mexico’s largest private universities — to implement campus-wide energy savings measures. As part of their programs, these universities are engaging students and faculty, both in and outside of the classroom, on sustainability initiatives around campus in order to create a living learning environment.

8. IMPROVING URBAN LIGHTING

We’re working with Los Angeles on the largest streetlight retrofit undertaken by a city to date, replacing 140,000 traditional streetlights with LEDs. The project will reduce CO2 emissions by 40,500 tons and save $10 million annually — proving that what’s good for the environment is also good for the economy.

9. TRANSFORMING WASTE MANAGEMENT

Waste in landfills is the third largest source of anthropogenic methane, a greenhouse gas that is 23 times more potent than CO2. We’re working with cities around the world — including Delhi, Houston, Cairo, and Mexico City — to reduce reliance on landfills, to compost organic waste, and to convert waste to energy.

10. COMMITTING TO TAKE ACTION

Members of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and CGI America have committed to implement projects and build partnerships that develop the clean energy industry and support economic recovery by creating green jobs. Because of commitments made by CGI’s members, more than 400 million metric tons of CO2 have been cut or abated, and enough clean energy has been generated to power more than 400,000 homes. Through CGI America commitments, when fully funded and implemented, more than $84 million of new capital will be invested in green initiatives, nearly 760 million kilowatt hours of energy will be saved, and 6,600 green jobs will be created in the U.S.