“Digital access may be a challenge, but it is never a limitation.” – Lea Lilibeth B. Emata, Philippines
Lea Lilibeth B. Emata
Instructional Technology Specialist
Xavier University Junior High School
Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines
Inspiration came in many forms at the recent BETT Asia – including each student we met and each educator we were fortunate to speak with.
For Lea Emata, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and instructional technology specialist, taking part in BETT Asia 2016 was transformative.
“Microsoft Philippines made it possible for me to join this enriching experience,” says Emata. “[I grew as an educator] through collaboration with other tech enthusiasts, learning various tools for instruction, learning about the Hour of Code from the students, and most especially, learning about effective school transformation. I am honored to be a part of this global movement that envisions bringing 21st century transformation in schools, and this helps me as a leader in our school.”
Emata has seen first-hand the power that technology, especially Minecraft, has had on her students.
“The integration of Minecraft, such as the Loss of Biodiversity lesson, has resulted in more meaningful insights and a deeper hands-on experience leading,” says Emata. “My grade 9 students developed sensibilities which cut across and go beyond mere Science concepts in the classroom. Through Minecraft, I have realized that when students are given the right tools and motivation to be able to create, they will outdo your expectations.”
And while access to technology continues to be a big challenge for educators like Emata, she doesn’t let that stop her.
“It is a challenge to meaningfully develop the best classroom instruction, and the best digitally-enhanced instruction, given that internet access, infrastructure, tools and equipment have to be considered,” she notes. “I bring students to the laboratory for physical interaction with tools and equipment. There, they can collaborate through Skype in the Classroom, do Hour of Code or Minecraft in groups, save do-it-yourself videos, take part in 3D or virtual laboratory experiences on tablets, or save lessons in OneNote. Digital access may be a challenge, but it is never a limitation.”
About Lea Lilibeth B. Emata
- Educational background: AB/BSEd Major in Biology; graduated in 2004. Currently enrolled in Masters in Biology, Xavier University, CdO, Philippines.
- Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: Minecraft
- What is the best advice you have ever received? The journey matters more than what you get in the end.
- Website I check every day: Microsoft Educator Community