Monday, August 8, 2016

Educating 21st century learners

With a new breed of learners comes new challenges to educate and engage them through new methods and tools of instruction.

Robert J. Marzano Ph.D., one of the leading education researchers of the world, believes that “blended learning’’ is the right way to engage 21st century learners, including millennials. Dr. Marzano will be the keynote speaker at the first ever Philippine International Conference on Teacher Education 2016 (PICTE), slated on Sept. 13-15 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City. PICTE will bring together noted international and local experts in education, who will share theories, trends, and best practices in engaging 21st century learners. A University of Washington alumnus, Dr. Marzano specializes in standards-based assessment, classroom interactions and its impact on learning, and outcomes-based assessment. His researches primarily revolve around classroom interaction, and how observational evidence of the classroom should be put into education policy-making and instruction.

“The problems that we have with the current system are that we are still using strategies and structures that go back a hundred years—the classroom where students are sitting, sometimes very passively. The 21st century learner, if anything, is very averse to that,” said Dr. Marzano. An advocate and expert in evidence-based education, a proactive methodology aimed at creating newer teaching methods and systems based on evidence and observation, Dr. Marzano said that the traditional “brick-and-mortar” schools may have to change dramatically over the next 10 years because of new educational reforms and trends. With the amount of available online resources, the blended learning approach has become ideal as a direct method of instruction, said Dr. Marzano who has authored more than 30 books and 120 scholarly articles on education and classroom instruction, including his most notable work The Art and Science of Teaching and Effective Supervision.

“Blended learning is the biggest innovation happening in the field of education,’’ he added. The blended learning approach entails student learning through digital and online media. The method can also realize the 21st century digital literacies of the Illinois-based National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

“21st century education will certainly still focus on important content, but there will be much more efficient ways to provide that to students that don’t demand as much from the classroom teacher, especially in areas that can be better exemplified and introduced using internet-based tools. 21st century education focuses heavily on cognitive skills,” said Dr. Marzano, who also founded Colorado-based education research center Marzano Research. Dr. Marzano said changes and trends have just been felt and that the education community is slowly embracing it.

“It’s a critical time right now and a very disruptive time in that we’re only becoming aware now of how schooling has to change—the structure, the scheduling, and maybe the whole physical environment. But it’s a very exciting time, too, as a function of those changes that are just starting but are absolutely necessary.” said Marzano.

Dr. Marzano will discuss Evaluating 21st Century School Effectiveness: Teachers’ Roles and Instructional Practices, Strategies for Cultivating Teacher Effectiveness, and Highly Engaged Classroom at PICTE 2016, and will be joined by other leading experts in the field of education: Marc Helgesen, renowned education researcher; Vincent Ribiere, Ph.D., leading expert in Knowledge Management; Allan Bernardo, Ph.D., professor of psychology and a leading researcher on the various psychological and mental aspects of learning; Ester B. Ogena, Ph.D., President of Philippine Normal University, the country’s premiere institution for teacher education; education technology specialists Galvin Ngo and Mark Anthony C. Sy, Joey Javier Reyes, Senior Professional Lecturer, College of Liberal Arts, De La Salle University, and Alan Davis, Curriculum Consultant of McGraw-Hill Education, Singapore.

The education conference is made possible through the efforts of Abiva Publishing House, Inc. and is supported by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of Education (DepEd). For registration and more information regarding PICTE, log on to, or contact Primetrade Asia at 897-0139.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Brother unveils its all-new mono laser series in Manila

Last August 4, 2014, Brother International Philippines Corp. has launched its all-new mono laser series designed to deliver high reliability, value and productivity for businesses. The four models in the new range comprise two mono laser printers, the HL-L5100DN and HL-L6400DW, and two Multi-Function Centres (MFCs), the MFC-L5900DW and MFC-L6900DW, which serve high print volume office environments.

“The new mono laser series offers reliable performance that Brother is known for, coupled with significant innovations to meet the expectations of a modern workplace,” Brother Philippines President Glenn Hocson said. “Businesses are looking for user-friendly, cost-efficient solutions with outstanding high-volume, quality output that can scale as they grow. These Brother laser printers and Multi-Function Centres provide an excellent combination of dependability, versatility and security to meet office needs.”

Brother has enhanced the new series significantly based on customer feedback, achieving several firsts in the process. This family is the first mono laser range by Brother to print up to 50 pages per minute (ppm)¹. This is also the first Brother mono laser series to feature a new heavy duty Automatic Document Feeder with an 80-sheet capacity, a 60 percent improvement over the previous series². Maximum input capacity has improved by 150 percent to a maximum paper input of 2,650 pages¹, another ‘first’, while the dual CIS supports 100 images per minute (ipm) scanner², another new introduction.

Improved total cost of ownership (TCO)

Brother’s latest mono laser family is built for high efficiency and cost effectiveness. The laser printers and MFCs support monthly print cycles of up to 150,000 pages per month¹, while an ultra high-yield toner¹ enables up to 20,000^ printed pages with cost savings in mind. Compared to the previous mono laser range, the new family has raised maximum paper output capacity by 600 percent, and expanded toner yield by 66 percent for vastly improved TCO.

Superior productivity and ease of use

Productivity is a key feature of the new series. High volume print jobs are easily managed, without the need for frequent paper reloads. The default paper tray can hold up to 520 sheets¹, and optional upgrades of either two additional paper trays or a tower tray provide businesses with a total input capacity of as many as 2,080 sheets¹. A 4-bin Mailbox³ with stacker and sorter makes even easier to share a printer as bins can be assigned to individual users or groups. Simplified business operations

The new models are easily managed over the network with Brother’s BRAdmin Professional Software. This software includes a suite of security solutions to ensure that documents remain confidential. It is also a network management tool that supports remote configurations and the monitoring of useful information such as page count, toner and drum status. Print costs can be more controlled with the option of setting print quotas for users, while instant notification of printer downtime lets customers attend to the problem quickly.

Customized workflow solutions

As each business is unique and may operate under unpredictable conditions, Brother has developed flexible workflow solutions that can be customized if required. Brother Special Solutions Customization (SSC) enables Brother to collaborate with a business on modifying Brother products for specific business needs. The Brother Solutions Interface (BSI¹), a web-based service platform, aims to improve customers’ productivity and efficiency by allowing software developers to create custom solutions easily.

The new Brother mono laser series is now available in the Philippines. For more information, visit or call (02) 581-9819.

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