“With OfficeMix I was able to give voice to my students.” – Emie Baylon, Philippines

Emie C. Baylon
Education Technology Coordinator, Economics and Political Science Teacher
De La Salle Santiago Zobel School
Philippines
@eminion6

 

When Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Emie Baylon and I spoke recently at BETT Asia, she enthusiastically shared how technology has converted students who were once “bored” into engaged, life-long learners.

“With OfficeMix and with Sway, I was able to make my class into an engaging one,” says Baylon.

And while technology is one part of Baylon’s teaching toolkit, it’s not the only reason her classroom is successful. “The Flipped Classroom has also been an effective way to reach out to students,” she notes. “Students feel that they don’t miss a lot when they see that everything they need to do is found in the Sway file, or when they see that their lessons are screen captured. [Students] can access information anytime and in any place with an internet connection.”

What keeps Baylon energized about her teaching career?

“Having a simple yet meaningful conversation with students, especially when they reach the ‘a ha moment,’ gives me the rush to continue teaching,” she shares. “This motivates me to continue acting as a mentor to both teachers and students. I collaborate more with people from the community so we can showcase how students can be creative in [solving] real-life situations. With this, I have learned that seeing the best in others is indeed a gift. If we see them trying their best to provide the best solutions in an innovative way, then they are becoming the best version of who they are. This is what defines me as a mentor.”

Baylon has shared some of her favorite Sways here and here, and some of her favorite classroom videos here and here.

Emie C. BaylonAbout Emie C. Baylon

  • Educational background: Masters in Asian Studies from the University of the Philippines – Diliman and Korean Language, Culture and Society from Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea
  • Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology:  Sway, O365, OneNote and Office Form
  • What is the best advice you have ever received? Be humble and you will never go wrong!
  • Website I check every day: I like checking news articles from www.inquirer.net and watching vlogs from www.youtube.com
  • Favorite childhood memory:  When I sang in front of a lot of people and my father screamed “I’m her biggest fan!”
  • Favorite book:  The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

 

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