Seoul Accord Annual General Meeting

The Seoul Accord’s Annual General Meeting (SAGM2016) was held last June 3-5, 2016 at the Royale Chulan, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Read more

PSITE National Board (AY 2016-17)

Due to the recent developments with the PSITE National Board, the board met and reconvened in Manila on 15-March-2016 and held another election. Congratulations to the new set of officers listed below, they will bring PSITE into even greater heights! Soar high, PSITE! Mabuhay!!! Read more

Thailand Educational Benchmarking

Last May 23-28, 2015, I joined the Benchmarking Educational Tour of the PSITE National Board in Bangkok, Thailand. Read more

(ACTIS 2014, Japan) Asian Conference on Technology, Information and Socity

Last November 20-23, 2014, I attended and presented a paper entitled “Best Practices and Challenges of Information Technology Education in the Philippines. Read more

SEOUL ACCORD General Membership Meeting

The Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea (ABEEK) invited me to attend the Seoul Accord General Meeting (SAGM2013(Seoul)), Millennium Seoul Hiiton, Seoul, Korea last June 21 to 23, 2013. Read more

Indonesia Educational Benchmarking

Last May 18-25, 2014, I joined the Benchmarking Educational Tour in Jakarta, Indonesia. Read more

PICAB MOA Signing

Philippine Information and Computing Accreditation Board -- MOA signing Read more

2013 NESRC

Pix taken during the 2013 National Engineering and Science Research Conference (2013 NESRC) held at the Heritage Hotel, Roxas Blvd, Pasay City last March 7, 2013 Read more

PSITE NATCON 2013

PSITE NatCon 2013 Opening Remarks; Read more

SMART SWEEP 2013

A team of four students from the Institute of Computing of the University of Southeastern Philippines clinched the Ideaspace Award and a PhP 100,000 cash prize; Read more

Hongkong Benchmarking Educational Tour

I joined the PSITE National Board Hongkong Benchmarking Educational Tour last January 03-06, 2013; Read more

eGOV Awards 2012

From a shortlist recommended by DOST-ICTO, i was invited to be one of the judges of the eGOV awards final judging last November 8, 2012 at Oxford Hotel, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga; Read more

10th National Conference on Information Technology Education

Delivered by Dr. Randy S. Gamboa, PSITE President, during the NCITE 2012 October 19, 2012 in Laoag City; Read more

Top 10 Finalists for the 9th SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards!

Two entries from the Institute of Computing had been shortlisted as top 10 finalists for the 9th SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards!; Read more

10th Philippine Youth Congress on Information Technology(Y4IT)

The Philippine Youth Congress on Information Technology or "Y4iT" (Youth for IT) is an annual event hosted by UP ITTC and UP SITF in cooperation with the UP ITTC Student Volunteer Corps, JICA, PSITE, CSP, PCS, PSIA, GDAP, EITSC, HSF, and Cyberpress. … Read more

Board Meeting

pix taken during the national board meeting last August 17-19, 2012 at Club Balai Isabel, Barangay Banga, Talisay Batangas.; Read more

Certificate of Recognition: Best Paper

The University of Southeastern Philippines held its 25th University Wide In-House Review; Read more

IBM Web Application Development Training

The Institute of Computing through its extension office with IBM and the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators-Region X1 … Read more

ARIGATO GOZAIMAS

Konnichiwa , On behalf of the participants both from the Philippines and from other countries, I would like to thank the Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship or ….Read more

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Case Study 1

Google is a highly successful Internet business. Recently they have broadened their scope with a multitude of new tools. Research Google’s business model and answer the following questions below. You may add additional information not included in these questions.

Instruction :
    1. Answer the following questions found below,
minimum of 350 words per question.
2. Visit my blog -> rsgamboa.blogspot.com and
post your answer using the Thread on or
before January 01, 2008.
3. Submit your hardcopy during our first
meeting next year (2008). Use the attach
template for your answers.
4. Check your MBOX from time to time… new
case(s) study might be uploaded
Explain Google’s business model.

    1. Who are their competitors?
2. How have they used information technology
to their advantage?
3. How competitive are they in the market?
4. What new services do they offer?
5. What makes them so unique?
6. How competitive are they in the
international market?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Mindanao-Wide ITE Programming-Team Standing

email from: Edwin M.

Find below a summary of the programming competition last Saturday, December 8, 2007, as generated by PC^2, the online system used in the ACM-based competition. I also attached the HTML file just in case it does not appear legibly in this email.

Most of the team names can be associated with the schools except for a few, namely: Three All and Two One are from ADDU, Alibangbang Decepticons and Sitsiritsit Autobots are from UIC. I could not recall what schools Dark Angel, Remix Drama, and Terran represent but the three schools not in the summary are Brokenshire College, Jose Maria College, and Saint Mary's College-Tagum. I presume that these teams belong to these schools.


Rank Name Solved Time A B C D E F Total att/solv

1 Three All 5 638 0/-- 1/30 1/96 1/136 1/212 1/164 5/5
2 Alibangbang Decepticons 3 313 0/-- 1/35 1/183 1/95 0/-- 2/-- 5/3
3 UPMin Team 1 3 457 0/-- 1/28 0/-- 0/-- 4/189 1/180 6/3
4 NDMU Team 3 475 0/-- 1/151 1/109 1/215 0/-- 0/-- 3/3
5 Two One 2 248 0/-- 1/58 6/-- 1/190 0/-- 0/-- 8/2
6 Sitsiritsit Autobots 2 266 0/-- 1/72 0/-- 3/154 4/-- 0/-- 8/2
7 DCSP1 1 100 0/-- 1/100 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 1/1
8 UPMin Team 2 1 123 0/-- 1/123 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 1/1
9 USEP Team 2 1 159 0/-- 1/159 1/-- 1/-- 0/-- 0/-- 3/1
10 USEP Team 1 1 184 0/-- 1/184 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 1/1
11 NDKC Team 1 1 231 0/-- 1/231 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 1/1
12 CdK 0 0 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/0
12 Corjesu 0 0 0/-- 1/-- 1/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 2/0
12 Dark Angel 0 0 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/0
12 DCSP2 0 0 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/0
12 DDC-CS 0 0 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/0
12 DNSC Team 0 0 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/0
12 DOSCST Team 0 0 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/0
12 Holy Child Team 1 0 0 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/0
12 Holy Child Team 2 0 0 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/0
12 ICC Team 0 0 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/0
12 NDKC Team 2 0 0 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/0
12 Remix Drama 0 0 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/0
12 STI-Davao Team 1 0 0 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/0
12 STI-Davao Team 2 0 0 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/0
12 team23 0 0 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/0
12 Terran 0 0 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/0
12 UM Davao 1 0 0 0/-- 3/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 3/0
12 UM Davao 2 0 0 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/0
12 UMTC 0 0 0/-- 1/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 1/0
12 USM 0 0 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/-- 0/0

Submitted/1st Yes/Total Yes 0/--/0 16/28/11 11/96/3 8/95/5 9/189/2 4/164/2 48/23

Just in case some of you are still confused about the total time reflected in the summary table, here is the explanation:

The total time is the accumulated time of all submitted problems with correct answers from the start of the contest. Upon the submission of a solved problem, the system timestamps it with the elapsed time (in minutes) from the start of the contest. There is a penalty of 20 minutes per wrong attempt of a problem that was eventually solved. For example, if there were four attempts registered by the system to a particular problem when the answer was finally judged as correct, the penalty is 60 minutes (20 minutes x 3 wrong attempts). The total penalty is added to the accumulated time of all problems with correct answers. The penalty is not added if the team fails to solve the problem correctly in several attempts.

Of course, the first criterion for ranking the teams is the number of problems correctly solved. The more problems correctly solved, the higher the rank (obviously). The accumulated time is used when there is a tie in the number of problems correctly solved. The team with less accumulated time ranks higher.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Mindanao-Wide ITE Programming Competition Results



Thirty (30) teams competed in the Mindanao-Wide IT Olympiad Programming Competition held last December 8, 2007 at the Ateneo de Davao University Jacinto Campus, Davao City. The event was jointly organized by the Council of Deans for IT Education in Region XI (CDITE-XI) and the Philippine Society of IT Educators-Region XI (PSITE-XI) with the support of the Commission on Higher Education-Region XI (CHED-XI). The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) format was followed during the competition.

Six (6) problems were given to the teams to be solved in four (4) hours. The school ranking below is based on the output of the school's best performing team.


      1st - Ateneo de Davao University







2nd - University of the Immaculate Conception







3rd - University of the Philippines in







Mindanao







4th - Notre Dame of Marbel University







5th - DMMA College of Southern Philipines







6th - University of Southeastern Philippines







7th - Notre Dame of Kidapawan College

SPECIAL MENTION (in alphabetical order)
      Brokenshire College







Colegio de Kidapawan







Cor Jesu College-Digos







Davao Doctors College







Davao del Norte State College







Davao Oriental State College for Science







and Technology







Holy Child School of Davao







Interface Computer College







Jose Maria College







Saint Mary's College-Tagum







STI Davao College







University of Mindanao-Main







University of Mindanao Tagum College







University of Southern Mindanao-Kabacan

Congratulations to the winners!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Public Forum on the ITE Practicum Manual




Public Forum on the ITE Practicum Manual
Attended by IT Educators from Mindanao
December 07, 2007, , Conference Room, 2nd Flr, NCCC Mall Davao
02:00-05:00pm

Resource Person:
Dr. Maricar R. Casquejo
CHED-ROXI Education Supervisor II

PRACTICUM MANUAL
A Reference Guide for ITE Schools, Practicum Coordinators of the Schools,
Host Establishments, Practicum Supervisors of the Host Establishments
and Student Trainees : Effective AY 2008-2009

Initiated by CHED RO XI
Funded by PSITE-XI and CDITE-XI

MSITE'07 pix



(L-R)

RSGamboa
CHED-ROXI supervisor II-Dr. Casquejo
City Councilor - Hon. Tessie Mata Maranon
Vic Calag
Edwin Maranaon
Wit Holganza

List of Participating Schools
    ACES Tagum
AMA Computer College- Davao
Andres Soriano College
ASSCAT
Ateneo de Davao University
Cotabato Foundation College of Science and
Technology
Colegio de Kidapawan
Cor Jesu College
Davao Doctors College
Davao del Norte State College
Davao Oriental State College of Science
and Technology
DMMA-College of Southern Philippines
Holy Child School of Davao
Jose Maria College
Interface College of Davao
Mindanao State University – Maguindanao Campus
Notre Dame of Kidapawan College
Notre Dame of Marbel University
Notre Dame of Midsayap College
Philippine College of Technology
Read Data Access Computer College
Shepherd My Lambs Christian Academy
South Philippines Adventist College
SMYL Inc.
STI – Davao
STI - Digos
University of the Immaculate Conception
University of Mindanao – Main Campus
University of Mindanao – Tagum Campus
University of the Philippines-Mindanao Campus
University of Southeastern Philippines
University of Southern Mindanao

Friday, December 7, 2007

Mindanao-Wide ITE Quiz Bowl Results




Congratulations to the winners of the Mindanao Wide Information Technology Quiz Bowl during the Mindanao IT Olympiad held at the NCCC Mall, Activity Center, Mc Arthur Highway, Davao City on December 6, 2007.


The winners are as follows:
      1st  -  University of Immaculate Conception,







2nd - University of the Philippines –







Mindanao Campus







3rd - Holy Child School of Davao

The contest was participated by 22 schools.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

MSITE'07 INGRESS-EGRESS

TO OUR DEAR SPONSORS/SCHOOLS :MSITE'07 INGRESS(dec. 06, 2007, 6pm-EGRESS-immediately after the event)
1.All exhibits goods, personal and other office
properties, construction materials and other
items brought inside the exhibition center
premises must be presented to the guard on
duty at the RDU for inspection together with
a signed pass slip upon entry.
2.Wearing of slippers, sleeveless shirts and
short pants shall not be allowed entry into
the exhibition center.
3.All exhibitors are requested to provide net,
string, or cloth to safeguard respective
booths.
4.There should be no obstruction created in
common areas during ingress and throughout
the course of the exhibit.
5.Exhibitors or their personnel shall not use
entries, passages, mall hallways and corridors
of the building for any other purpose other
than ingress or egress.
6.Upon egress, a signed pass slip shall be filled
up for withdrawal of goods and items from the
exhibition center, the same items shall be
presented to the guard on duty.
7.Upon egress, the exhibit are should be in the
same order and condition as it was prior to
the lease/ingress. Non-compliance would mean
a penalty on the organizer.
8.All exhibitors must bring their goods during the
scheduled dates of egress. Beyond the allotted
time, the organizers will remove all goods left
behind without liability for damage or loss.
All goods or items left behind the exhibition
center or storage area shall be considered
considered ABANDONED, unless advised in
writing by the organizer/exhibitor concerned and
approved by the management, in which case,
storage fees shall be charged. ABANDONED goods
shall become the property of the NCCC Mall Davao
Management
9.Organizer shall be held liable for actions done
by its contractors, exhibitors and suppliers.
10.Damages incurred by delivery crew/supplier/
contractor will be charged to the organizer and
the organizer may charge the exhibitor
accordingly.
11.All exhibitors are required wear respective
company ID’s at all times when inside the
exhibition centre.
DELIVERY AND WITHDRWAL OF ITEMS
1.Delivery and pull-out of items shall be done at
the Receiving and Dispatching (RDU) Entrance 3,
Surico side of NCCC Mall Davao, after Jolibbee
restaurant
2.Exhibitors shall secure a Pass Slip from the Mall
Administration Office at least 1 week (7days)
prior to the delivery for any materials and
supplies needed for the exhibit. Two copies of
pass slip shall be distributed as follows;
original copy to be left with the Mall
administration office; yellow copy will serve as
organizer’s /exhibitors copy to be presented and
claimed by the security guard on duty upon
ingress and egress. In cases where space on
Pass slip will not be enough, organizers/
exhibitors are advised to attach two signed
copies of items/personnel list together with
the form.
3.Unloading of merchandize, stocks or supplies
must be supervised by a representative of the
organizer/exhibitor. The mall/security guard
assigned at the RDU will not be held liable for
any loss or damage items.
4.Freight elevators should be used for
transporting large merchandise,stocks and
fixtures
5.Deliveries that could contain stain and mess the
hallways are not allowed. Ice and wet deliveries
must be placed in a tightly sealed container to
avoid drippings.
6.Delivery cart must be provide by the organizer/
exhibitor and must have rubber rollers/wheels.
Items are not allowed to be dragged.
For more information, contact:

MS. ABIGAIL WAVE A. TABILE
NCCC Events Assistant
Tel No. (082) 298-0888 local 220

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

MSITE '07 Payment

For MSITE’07 Conference payment, please deposit to:

Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators – XI
RCBC Savings Bank
Bolton Branch, Davao City
Bank Account No. : 1078011103

Please make deposit in triplicate, for proof of payment, have your copy of the deposit slip validated by the teller, scan and send an email to the undersigned ASAP. Official receipts by school will be issued during the MSITE’07 conference. Only confirmed participants are assured of 1 lunch, 2 snacks, ID and certificate. We are extending the deadline of payment till 1:00pm of December 03, 2007(Monday). For Davao City participants please pay directly to the PSITE-XI Treasurer (Ms. Sharon Ordoyo) or the undersigned.

Should you have some queries, please contact the undersigned (0917-7197238)

RANDY S. GAMBOA, PhD

CITY RESOLUTION Declaring Nov.30-Dec.08 as IT Education Week



15th City Council
17th regular Session
Series of 2007

RESOLUTION NO. 0460-07
Series of 2007

DECLARING NOVEMBER 30 TO DECEMBER 8, 2007 AS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION WEEK

Motion of Councilor Teresita Mata Maranon, duly and jointly seconded by Councilors Rachel P. Zozobrado, Conrado C. Baluran, Jose Louie P. Villafuerte, Samuel B. Bangoy, Amilbangsa T. Manding, Louie John J. Bonguyan, Angelo Librado-Trinidad, Edgar r. Ibuyan, Karlo S. Bello, Nilo G. Abellera, and Pilar C. Braga.

IT Education Week (Nov. 29-Dec.08, 2007) - Sked of Activties

IT Education Week
Schedule of Activities


November 30-December 01, 2007
PSITS Sportsfest
University of Mindanao-
Matina Campus
December 03-05, 2007 PSITE/CDITE Roadshow
December 06, 2007 - Mindanao-Wide IT Quiz Bowl
NCCC Mall of Davao, Activity
Center
(01:00pm – 03:00pm)
********************
PSITS ITE Night
NCCC Mall of Davao, Activity
Center
(03:00pm – 08:00pm)
December 07, 2007 - Mindanao Students Information
Technology Education
MSITE’07) Conference
NCCC Mall of Davao, Exhibition
Center
(08:00am – 07:00pm)
December 08, 2007 Mindanao-Wide IT Programming
Competition
Computer Labs F613c, F613I
6th Flr, Ateneo de Davao
University,
(08:00am - 05:00pm)

MSITE'07 sponsors


CHED Memo-Caraga Region - MSITE'07



Thanks to Ramil Sanchez of CHED-Caraga

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

RQAT s/w



CHED-Regional Quality Assessment Team of Mindanao (ITE sector)
with Dr. Albacea, Dr. Caro and Engr. Cepe

Monday, November 26, 2007

MINDANAO-Wide IT OLYMPIAD - Tentative List

MINDANAO-WIDE ITE OLYMPIAD

IT Programming Competition (Partial List of Participants as Nov. 29, 2007, 7:00pm)
Computer Labs. F-613c and F-613i, 6th flr., Finster Bldg, Ateneo de Davao University (08:00am-05:00pm)

     1.  Colegio de Kidapawan - * 
2. University of Southeastern
Philippinesn - **
3. Notre Dame of Kidapawan College - **
4. University of the Immaculate
Conception - **
5. UP Mindanao - **
6. STI College Davao - **
7. St. Mary's College, Tagum - *
8. Interface Computer College - *
9. Brokenshire College - *
10. Notre Dame of Marbel University - *
11. UM Tagum - *
12. Holy Child School of Davao - **
13. DMMA College of Southern Philippines -**
14. Jose Maria College - *
15. Davao Doctors College - *
16. Ateneo de Davao University - **
17. Davao Oriental College of Science and
Technology - *
18. Cor Jesu College
19. University of Mindanao - **
20. Davao del Norte State College - *
21. Jose Maria College - *
22. Univesity of Southern Mindanao- *
-----
* - 1 Team
** - 2 Teams
Total of 28 Teams

IT Quiz-Bowl (Partial List of Participants as Nov. 29, 2007, 7:00pm)
NCCC Mall Activity Center(01:00 - 03:00 p.m.)
     1.  Colegio de Kidapawan
2. University of Southeastern Philippinesn
3. Notre Dame of Kidapawan College
4. University of the Immaculate Conception
5. UP Mindanao
6. South Philippine Adventist College
7. STI College Davao
8. STI Digos
9. Interface Computer College
10. Brokenshire College
11. Notre Dame of Marbel University
12. San Pedro College
13. Holy Child School of Davao
14. DMMA College of Southern Philippines
15. Jose Maria College
16. Davao Doctors College
17. Ateneo de Davao University
18. Notre Dame of Midsayap College
19. Davao Oriental College of Science and
Technology
20. University of Mindanao
21. Davao del Norte State College
22. Cor Jesu College
23. University of Southern Mindanao
   

MSITE'07 Program of Activities - Tentative

5th Mindanao Students Information Technology Education (MSITE ’07) Conference
December 07, 2007
NCCC Exhibition Center, MacArthur Highway cor. Maa Road, Davao City

Theme : “Gearing Up Towards a Sustainable IT Culture in Mindanao"

PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES”


08:00 – 08:30 - Registration
08:30 – 09:15 - Opening Ceremony
    Invocation .....................PSITS rep.1
National Anthem ................PSITS rep.2
Roll Call of Participants ......PSITS rep.3
PSITS Sec.
Welcome Remarks ..... HON. TESSIE MATA MARANON
Davao City Councilor
Committee Chair on ICT
Opening Remarks ......RANDY S. GAMBOA, PhD
PSITE-XI President
Intermission .........Winner PSITS ITE Nyt cnt.
Keynote Speaker ......LEONIDA S. CALAGUI, PhD
Director IV, CHED RO-XI
Inspirational Talk 1..MS.LIZABEL "WIT" HOLGANZA
CEO, MTC Academy
VP-Ext., ICT-Davao Inc.
09:15 – 09:30 – Student Presentation 1
          “Developing a Virtual Technical Support
Agent using VoiceXML and AIML”
MR. CRIS RENE T. DENOPOL
Ateneo de Davao University
09:30 – 09:45 – Student Presentation 2
          "Barangay Information System with Online
Wanted Control Center"
ROY B. MANSERAS/
LAURIE AMOR V. MIGUEL
University of the Immaculate
Conception
09:45 – 10:00 – Student Presentation 3
          “Genetic Algorithm Based Examination
Timetabling System”
MS. KRISHNA HERNANDEZ
University of the Philippines-Mindanao Campus
10:00 – 10:15 – Student Presentation 4
          “Implementing Sales and Inventory System
Using Smart Client Technology”
MR. PATRIC RYAN LEE
STI-Davao
10:15 – 10:30 – A.M. Break

10:30 – 11:00 – Sponsor Time 1 (Advanced Contact Solutions)

11:00 – 11:15 – Student Presentation 5
          "E-Library System with Short Messaging
Service (SMS) for Holy Child
School of Davao-College Library"
MR. ENOLUENO BARONA
Holy Child School of Davao
11:15 – 11:30 – Student Presentation 6
          UNIVERSITY OF MINDANAO
11:30 – 11:45 – Student Presentation 7
          UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHEASTERN PHILIPPINES
11:45 – 12:00 – Sponsor Time 2 (NG KHAI)
12:00 – 01:00 – Lunch Break (Video Presentation by school)

01:00 – 01:30 – Plenary Speaker 1
            Experience Real World Software
Development in the Classroom
Rodel Dagumampan, MVP
01:30 – 02:00 – Plenary Speaker 2
            Visual Studio 2008 - What'New?
Paul Domag, MVP
02:00 – 02:30 – Plenary Speaker 3
            Gutsy Linux (Ubuntu Desktop)
Holden Hao
02:30 – 03:00 – Plenary Speaker 4
            Browser Apps without the Browser
(Xulrunner)
Nathaniel Jayme
03:00 – 03:15 – PM Break
03:00 – 03:15 – Sponsor 3 CISCO Systems
03:15 – 03:45 – Plenary Speaker 5
            Adobe Acrobat – What IT Professionals
in the Philippines NEED to know
Ted Padova – Adobe Evangelist
03:45 – 04:15 – Plenary Speaker 6
            3D with Blender
Marlo Simon Noval

04:15 – 04:30 – Sponsor 4 Fasttrack Solutions Inc.
04:30 – 05:00 – Plenary Speaker 7
            Mobile Robots
Rex Rodriguez, UP-ITTC
05:00 – 05:30 – Plenary Speaker 8
            Ruby on Rails
Charles Pino/Mark Maglana
05:30 – 06:00 – Plenary Speaker 9
            Geogragraphic Information Systems
Rey Chavez
06:00 – 06:30 – Plenary Speaker 10
            Google Apps for Education
Aileen Apolo
Country Consultant, Google Philippines

06:30 – 07:00 – Closing Ceremony
      Closing Remarks …....... BRYAN INNO WONG
PSITS-XI President
RAFFLE TIME … RAFFLE TIME…. RAFFLE TIME
Distribution of Certificates


EMCEEs:

VIC CALAG and CHRYS IBARRA

Thursday, November 22, 2007

MSITE'07 Final Announcement

FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Greetings!

This is the final announcement for your participation to the 5th Mindanao Student’s IT Education Conference (MSITE ’07) on December 7, 2007(Fri.) at the NCCC Exhibition Center, MacArthur Highway corner Maa Road, Davao City. This is organized by the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators Foundation Inc. (PSITE- XI), in cooperation with the Council of Deans in IT Education (CDITE-XI), Philippine Society of Information Technology Students (PSITS) and supported by the Commission on Higher Education XI (CHED XI). On December 6, 2007(Thurs), there will be a Mindanao-Wide IT Quiz Bowl at the NCCC Mall Activity area from 01:00 p.m. to 03:00 p.m. The Mindanao-Wide IT Programming Competition will be held on December 8, 2007(Sat.) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Computer Labs. F-613c and F-613i, 6th flr., Finster Bldg, Ateneo de Davao University

To make the conference more affordable, we lowered the registration fee from P 500.00 to P 400.00 (inclusive of lunch, 2 snacks, ID and certificate), excluding dinner, plus prizes to be raffled . Should you be interested, please confirm on or before November 28, 2007(Wed.) to Ms. Chimie R. Gamot (email address : ariane43981@yahoo.com) or to the undersigned. Again, to facilitate easy registration, we suggest that the submission of list of participants and payment be done by school/university.

For more details, attached are a copy of the poster, letter of invitation to participants, CHED memorandum and invitation to the president for exhibit and program of activities.
We are encouraging you to register early.

Sincerely yours,


RANDY S. GAMBOA, PhD
PSITE- XI President
rsgamboa@gmail.com
rsgamboa.blogspot.com

Monday, November 12, 2007

MSITE' 07 Poster/ID






Wednesday, November 7, 2007

PSITE Minutes (Oct. 27, 2007)

M i n u t e s o f t h e P S I T E X I M E E T I N G
Lispher Inn, Juna Subdivision, Matina, Davao City
October 27, 2007

Present:

    Trasporto
Dimacali
Gamot
Calag
Cenita
Casquejo
Maranon
Gamboa
Ibarra
Garde
Bohol
Malig-on
Flores


I. Call To Order. The meeting was called to order at 12:00 nn

II. Approval of the Agenda. The following agenda were approved:
A. Proposed change of IT Programming date
B. IT Quiz Bowl
C. IT Conference
D. Other Matters

III. Discussion of the Agenda

A. On the proposed change of IT Programming date.

Dr Gamboa proposed to increase the number of teams per participating school from one to two. The increase in the number of participants requires additional computer facilities, thus Dr Gamboa further proposed to change the date of the IT Programming Contest from December 5, 2007 to December 8, 2007 to avail of another computer laboratory in Ateneo de Davao Universiy The body approved of the proposal. The body allowed the students of University of Immaculate Conception and Ateneo de Davao University who joined in the national computer programming contest to join the IT Programming Contest on December 8, 2007. All teams must be reminded to attend the morning practice session on December 8, 2007 at the same venue.

B. On IT Quiz Bowl.

The IT Quiz Bowl will be on December 6, 2007, 1pm-3pm at the NCCC Mall Activity Area. The emcees/quizmasters for the quiz bowl are Norlan and Belle. All participating schools must submit questions for the competition. Each school must submit 10 easy type questions, 10 average type questions and 10 difficult type questions.

The deadline for the submission of the list of participants per school and the registration fee payment for the IT Programming Contest and IT Quiz Bowl is on or before November 26, 2007.

C. On IT Conference.

The body changed the term “Congress” in IT Congress to “Conference” to conform to the type of gathering. The IT Congress will be on December 7, 2007, 8am-7pm at the NCCC Convention Hall. The registration fee for the conference is P500 which includes 2 meals and 2 snacks. The conference is open to all 1st to 4th year college IT students. A school may send an undergraduate student or a student who has already graduated to present at least one research output for presentation to the conference.

The body questioned the registration fee which may be too large for a student to pay. Dr Gamboa responded that he received no comments regarding the amount of the registration fee from PSITS during their meeting.

PSITE / CDITE will be paying NCCC P120,000 for the use of their facilities but the group will be able to raise at least P300,000 if there will be at 3,000 participants paying at P500 each. Belle proposed that booths can be set up to allow colleges and universities to showcase their schools high school students. Booths can also be offered to interested sponsors like Cybercity, Link 2 Support and other call center groups with bases in Davao City. To generate fund, the booth rental will be at P3000-P4000 day which is normally priced at P1200-P2000 per day. The booth exhibition will be open with a payment of P5 to all 4th year high school students. The schools may showcase not only IT programs but all programs of the schools. Powerpoint presentations and distribution of school brochures are also encouraged. PSITE and CDITE will also have a booth exhibiting the difference between CS, IT, IS and IM programs. Dr Gamboa will coordinate with Midtown Printing for the possible sponsorship on printing of ID, certificates and posters. Chimie and Riza will provide Dr Gamboa, on or before November 10, 2007, with the PSITE and CDITE information to be printed on the posters for the exhibition.

Maureen and Tonton will take care of information dissemination to highschools. They are also tasked to make the necessary follow-up.

The next PSITE meeting will be after November 10, 2007. Time and venue to be announced.


D. Other Matters.

ITE Night will be on December 6, 2007 at the NCCC Activity Area. The IT Sports Fest will be on November 30 and December 1, 2007. Details of the event is yet to be finalized/announced.

IV. Adjournment.

There being no other matters to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 1:10pm.


Prepared by:

Prof. Ritchie Mae T. Gamot

PSITE – XI Secretary

Noted by:
Dr. Randy S. Gamboa
PSITE – XI President

Thursday, October 25, 2007

CHED MEMO: MSITE'07 (Mindanao Students Information Technology Education '07) Conference


Dec 06, 2007 - Mindanao Wide IT Olympiad ‘07 Quiz Bowl
NCCC Activity Area, MacArthur Highway corner Maa Road, Davao City, 1:00 to 05:00pm

Dec 07, 2007 - Mindanao Student Information Technology Education '07 Conference
NCCC Convention Hall, MacArthur Highway corner Maa Road, Davao City, 08:00am-07:00pm


Dec 08, 2007 - Mindanao Wide IT Olympiad ‘07 Computer Programming Contest
Ateneo de Davao University, Roxas Avenue, Davao City, 8:00 to 5:00pm
Computer Laboratories F600 and F601, 6th Floor, Finster Hall.




Wednesday, October 17, 2007

IT Olympiad '07

Mindanao Wide IT Olympiad ‘07
Computer Programming Contest General Guidelines

Date and Venue

The date of the Programming Contest will be on December 8, 2007, Saturday, at the Ateneo de Davao University, Roxas Avenue, Davao City, 8:00 to 5:00pm, Computer Laboratories F600 and F601, 6th Floor, Finster Hall.


The participants of the Programming Contest are required to attend the Practice Session in the morning of December 8, 9:00 to 11:30am, to familiarize themselves with the computing resources and networked operations of the contest. It will also be held at the Computer Laboratories F600 and F601, 6th Floor, Finster Hall. It will be part of the Mindanao Student IT Education (MSITE’07) Conference slated on December 7, 2007 at the NCCC Activity Area, MacArthur Highway corner Maa Road, Davao City

Team Composition

Each school is allowed to send a maximum of two teams, composed of three (3) IT undergraduate students, for the Programming Contest. The members of the team should be currently enrolled and certified by the ITE Dean. A participant of the Programming Contest cannot join the Quiz Bowl.

RegistrationDeadline of registration will be on or before November 23, 2007, 5:00pm. Register the contestants and coach to Ms. Trixie Dimacali, DMMA-CSP Tigatto, Davao City through telefax (082-241-2270) or email mailto:trixiemd2003@yahoo.com%20and Riza Garde (553-2433), email (arizdedgard2004@yahoo.com). Late registrants and changes in the names of the contestants after the set deadline will not be entertained. A registration fee of P500/team will be collected during the Practice Session in the morning together with the certification from the ITE Dean.

Snacks

The registration fee will cover the afternoon snacks for the contestants and coach.
Programming Contest Details

Programming Contest Computing Environment

The programming languages of the contest include C, C++, and Java. Each team will use a single workstation with a Windows XP operating system. The PC^2 (Programming Contest Control) system, available at http://www.ecs.csus.edu/pc2/, will be used to support programming contest operations. The Head of the contest committee is responsible for determining that teams have reasonably equivalent and functional computing resources. To avoid complaints on defective computing resources, each team will sign a waiver after ensuring that the assigned computer, software and the network are functional prior to the contest.

Note: All programs must read their inputs from a text file and display their outputs on the screen.

Conduct Each team is provided with one (1) PC where the programming languages to be used were installed. If a team wishes to submit their solution, the members of the team should call the attention of the contest facilitators/judges. After which, they can proceed in solving the next problem (granting there is still time), or wait for the judges’ decision on the recently submitted program. Only correct (running) programs will earn points.

A team may submit a claim of ambiguity or error in a problem statement by calling the attention of the contest facilitators/judges. If the judges agree that an ambiguity or error exists, a clarification will be issued to all contestants. Contestants are not allowed to talk with anyone other than the members of their team and personnel designated by the contest committee. Systems support staff may advise contestants on system-related problems such as explaining system error messages.

While the contest is scheduled for a particular time length (4 hours), the contest committee has the authority to alter the length of the contest in the event of unforeseen difficulties. Should the contest duration be altered, every attempt will be made to notify contestants in a timely and uniform manner. There will be 10 problems.
A team may be disqualified by the contest committee for any activity that jeopardizes the contest such as dislodging extension cords, unauthorized modification of contest materials, or distracting behavior.

Scoring of the Contest

A problem is solved when it is accepted by the judges. The judges are responsible for accepting or rejecting submitted programs. The contest committee head determines the winners of the contest. The head of the programming contest committee and the judges are empowered to adjust for or adjudicate unforeseen events and conditions. Their decisions are final.

Teams who solve the same number of problems are ranked by least total time. The total time is the sum of the time consumed for each problem solved. The time consumed for a solved problem is the time elapsed from the beginning of the contest to submission time of the accepted run plus 20 minutes as penalty for every rejected run for that problem regardless of submission time. There is no time consumed for a problem that is not solved.

It is the responsibility of the contest committee to specify any additional tie-breaker. Tie-breaker policies are announced to contestants before the contest begins.

Prizes

First Prize - P 4,000.00 + certificate + trophy (for the school)
Second Prize - P 3,000.00 + certificate + trophy (for the school)
Third Prize - P 2,000.00 + certificate + trophy (for the school)

References and Materials

Teams may be allowed to bring reference books or other materials as long as they are not electronic in nature. Teams can bring pens. Blank papers will be provided.

Mindanao Wide IT Olympiad ‘07
Quiz Bowl General Guidelines

Date and Venue

The date of the Quiz Bowl will be on December 6, 2007, Thursday, at the NCCC Activity Area, MacArthur Highway corner Maa Road, Davao City, at around 01:00pm to 5:00pm. It will be part of the Mindanao Student IT Education (MSITE’07) Conference slated on December 7, 2007 at the same venue.

Team Composition

Each school is allowed to send only one team, composed of two (2) IT undergraduate students, for the Quiz Bowl. The members of the team should be currently enrolled and certified by the ITE Dean. A participant of the Quiz Bowl cannot join the Programming Contest.
RegistrationDeadline of registration will be on or before November 23, 2007, 5:00pm. Register the contestants and coach to Ms. Trixie Dimacali, DMMA-CSP Tigatto, Davao City through telefax (082-241-2270) or email mailto:trixiemd2003@yahoo.com%20andand Riza Garde (553-2433), email (arizdedgard2004@yahoo.com). Late registrants and changes in the names of the contestants after the set deadline will not be entertained. A registration fee of P250/team will be collected before the start of the event together with the certification from the ITE Dean.

Conduct

Each team will be provided with blank papers and pentel pens to write their answers. There are 10 questions for easy category, 10 questions for average and another 5 questions for difficult.
Scoring of the Contest
Easy questions entail 1 point each, average questions will have 2 points each and difficult questions will have 3 points each. Tie-breaking questions will be used in case of ties. The judges are empowered to adjust for unforeseen events and conditions. Their decisions are final.

What to Bring on the Contest Proper

Teams are required to bring blank papers and ballpens for their solutions.

Prizes
First Prize - P 2,000.00 + certificate + trophy (for the school)
Second Prize - P 1,500.00 + certificate + trophy (for the school)
Third Prize - P 1,000.00 + certificate + trophy (for the school)

MSITE '07



The Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators Foundation, Inc. (PSITE-XI), in cooperation with the Council of Deans in IT Education (CDITE), Philippine Society of Information Technology Students (PSITS) supported by the Commission on Higher Education XI (CHED XI), is holding the 5th Mindanao Student Information Technology Education Conference (MSITE ’07) on December 7, 2007 at the NCCC Convention Hall, MacArthur Highway corner Maa Road, Davao City. The theme of the Congress is “Gearing Up Towards a Sustainable IT Culture in Mindanao”

Expected to attend the conference are about 3,000 students, faculty members, researchers, practitioners and IT enthusiasts from all over Mindanao. Prelude to the congress is a Mindanao-Wide IT Programming Competition and Quiz Bowl which will be held on December 5 and 6, 2007 respectively.

Registration fee is P500.00 which covers for the lunch and certificate of participation. Should you be interested, please confirm on or before November 26, 2007, to Ms. Chimie R. Gamot (email address: ariane43981@yahoo.com) or to the undersigned. To facilitate easy registration, we suggest that the submission of list of participants and payment be done by school/university.

We look forward to your participation.

RANDY S. GAMBOA, PhD
PSITE- XI President

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

CASE STUDY 9

Case Study 9 : Is Music downloading illegal?

Monday, October 1, 2007

CASE STUDY 8

CASE STUDY No.8

Why we hate e-mail
Once a time-saver, the inbox has become a burden. That's why bold entrepreneurs stand to get rich fixing it, writes Business 2.0 columnist Om Malik.
By Om Malik, Business 2.0 Magazine columnist
July 2 2007: 1:10 PM EDT

Business 2.0 Magazine) -- E-mail, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing! But it wasn't always so. A lifetime ago, I signed up for CompuServe and received my first exposure to electronic messaging. My reaction: Cool. Now I don't have to call people and leave voice-mail. Zapping information back and forth at the speed of light will be a big productivity boost.

How naive I was. E-mail became the Internet's first killer app -- and therein lies the problem. As software goes, e-mail is almost socialist: From each according to his ability, to each whether or not he needs it.

-mail ought to be reinvented to meet the needs of our always-connected lives. Startups like Xobni are trying to make e-mail inboxes easier to handle, but they just don't go far enough. What they're doing is akin to giving a New York tenement building a makeover by putting on a new facade but not getting rid of the termites and roaches.

10 ways to get a grip on your e-mail

That means there's still a mega-opportunity to reinvent the entire medium. How big? According to the Radicati Group, a market research firm, there are about 1.2 billion e-mail users and 1.8 billion active e-mail accounts worldwide. And in much of Asia and Latin America, Internet usage is still low. When those people show up in full force, e-mail traffic is going to increase exponentially.

And yet, e-mail sucks. If you're like me, you spend hours of your valuable time separating the wheat from the chaff. My first cup of coffee is cold by the time I've even scanned my inbox. Some people, like venture capitalist Fred Wilson, have declared "e-mail bankruptcy": the complete inability to keep up with messages, followed by mass deletion and a plea for legitimate correspondents to send new ones.

That even the most tech-savvy among us are unable to cope indicates an underlying problem: E-mail has become a crutch, a way of passing the buck. Want to make an appointment? That's 10 messages back and forth. Then there are corporate updates, birthday announcements, forwarded jokes, and (if you're me) the occasional amorous ditty.

How David Allen mastered getting things done

Here's where e-mail's socialism turns from strength to weakness: It doesn't matter if the message comes from a spammer hawking Viagra, your wife asking you to pick up some wine, your boss telling the company that Monday is a holiday, or a client asking for a meeting at his office at 11 a.m. In today's inboxes, all e-mail messages are equal.

In reality, of course, some are more equal than others. Spam, alerts, and calendar items all need to be treated separately. A smart inbox would -- all in one interface -- catch spam in junk filters, display the wine reminder in an IM, move company news to an RSS feed, and intelligently negotiate appointment requests with your calendar in the background.

All these technologies exist -- it's just a matter of pulling them together. The payoff could be huge. If Google (Charts, Fortune 500), Microsoft (Charts, Fortune 500), and Yahoo (Charts, Fortune 500) aren't up to the challenge, I'm sure one of you is brave enough to try. I'll gladly be among the first to sign up for the beta test. Just don't send me an e-mail about it.


Instruction :

1. Please make your comment/s on the article above in no less than 500
words.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

MCITE '07 (Day 2, September 21, 2007)


Michelle Casio of Microsoft

Cenie Malabanan-MSU-IIT                                                    Vic Calag - UP Mindanao

Inspirational Message
by Dr. Leonida Calagui, CHED-ROXI Director

A pleasant morning to all of today’s participants who are here mainly for this gathering. Allow me to convey my sincere appreciation to all, particularly the officials and members of the Philippine Society of Information Technology Education – Region XI Chapter and the Council of Deans for Information Technology Education in Region XI (CDITE-XI) for the continued support willingly shared to the CHED. May we also acknowledge the vital role of these two organizations in their contribution towards helping shape an appropriate paradigm for information technology education in Region XI.

It is my honor that this activity is being initiated in Region XI and is participated in by all regions in Mindanao. It is also my pride that four (4) HEIs in Region XI, namely: ADDU, our host for today’s activity, UIC, UM and UP-Mindanao are identified as Center of Development for Information Technology Education. These are manifestations, indeed, that we are gearing up towards a sustainable IT Culture in Mindanao, as what the theme of this congress conveys.

Bill Gates of Microsoft puts this well when he said that “Information Technology can make many things possible but it is only education that can make things happen”. It is in this perspective that I am going to anchor my inspirational message in relation to your theme: “Gearing Up Towards a Sustainable IT Culture in Mindanao”. Today, in the era of the Knowledge-Based Economy, educational institutions have to respond to the challenges ushered in by technology advancement to achieve relevance and development. Information technology is not a choice but a necessity. Being in the academe, information technology is an integral part of our strategy to survive and, hopefully, to prosper in a complicated world.

As administrators and educators, what then are our roles or contributions and strategies in sustaining information technology culture in Mindanao? What education has to offer in sustaining the IT Culture in Mindanao?

Our contributions in sustaining the information technology culture is narrowed down to the crucial role of higher education institutions to develop human resource with competence in information and communication technology. As such, the training and development of the teaching and non-teaching staff in ICT must come as first priority or in tandem with the procurement and installation of the infrastructure equipment.

According to the survey by Global Index / Meta Group Research of 47 countries, the Filipinos are the top knowledge workers of the world, followed by the Australians, Americans, Canadians, and French. The Filipino IT professional is the man of the hour. Undergoing only perhaps a week-long software / hardware training course, IT companies in any part of the world are willing to immediately hire and relocate him and give him US$ 10,000 or Ph P 400,000 basic monthly salary.

In a changing world, the winners are those who adopt, those who see opportunities that emerge as the world changes, and turn those opportunities to their advantage. New world power centers have emerged-- Silicon Valley for entrepreneural environment, India for software development, Finland for wireless adoption, Singapore for high bandwidth penetration. Ireland is the European e-commerce headquarter, Washington DC has the highest US Internet penetration, Utah is the digital signature capital, what about the Philippines? Are we ready to join the cyber economy? The answer is a resounding "yes!." We are already a part of the cyber economy although we still are at the toddler stage. We are still a "little boy" in the world of the "big boys" key players. This therefore poses a challenge to all of us educators, because we could not forever remain as “little boy”. We are already aware that human resources is our vast capital. It is just imperative that efforts and initiatives should be enjoined to enhance our strengths. This congress is a step in updating ourselves as educators so that in turn we can also give something worthwhile to our students.

A person who seriously wants to get to office or work driving his own car but does not know yet how to drive must first decide to enroll in a driving school before he actually buys a car. For the same reason, school administrators prior or hand in hand with building the ICT educational infrastructure have to plan for and put in place the training program of the users and integrators of ICT in the teaching and learning process.

Let me give you some insights on how we, people in the academe can further geared-up towards a sustainable IT culture in Mindanao.

First, build, understand, sell, sustain, evaluate a mission. It has been said that “…without vision, a people perish.” No doubt, this statement is true as it applies to information technology! Perhaps, though, for greater impact, the statement could be expanded to say, “Without vision, a people elect to perish!” Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of times, we have been admonished to create a statement of vision so we could formulate a written testament to the dreams we hold for a particular pursuit. When technology planners and leaders ignore this suggestion, a multitude of beneficial opportunities will go uncaptured. The saddest reality, though, is that the big losers in such a scenario are the children, the learners, the ones we have vowed to help educate. It is as though we are allowing the metaphorical sand slip right through our fingers. Failure to give this generation of youth all the best we can bring them will impact not only their individual lives, but the collective lives of the offsprings they bring onto this planet.

Second, define the use of Information Technology. Three areas were determined as fundamental and essential to the use of information technology – need, scope, and efficacy. The most important indicator may be one of need. Is the technology really meeting the needs of its entire, and intended, audience? Barriers may include proximity of the learners to the providers, schedule constraints, physical handicaps, cost/affordability, learning style, among others. Another important indicator is scope. There is a need to see what, exactly, the current use of information technology is. Is there support for such systems? To what extent do the learners of interest actually rely on the use of computers, video, and telecommunications, not only in the classroom, but in their everyday lives. Is information technology used at the level of a “luxury,” a “tool,” or a “necessary resource”? Efficacy is another important indicator in defining the use of information technology. Consider, and be willing to adapt or revise, paradigms in teaching and learning. Different approaches to education are possible, and we must consider at what point the tools of one approach become the foundation of another.

Third, promote faculty development. In order for all faculty at all types of institutions to adopt and broadly utilize information technology, it is necessary for faculty (as well as graduate students, teaching aides, and other complimentary instructors) to be recognized for their efforts in learning and implementing such technologies. How? By providing recognition and rewards wherein an emphasis on using information technology (and teaching in general) should be viewed not as an additional requirement, but as a shift in attitude in the most professionally rewarding use of the available time. All attempts to utilize more engaging teaching methods should be recognized, and the most effective of these should be rewarded on par with comparable gains in research. Faculty development projects should have improvements to pedagogy as their primary consideration, and focus on teaching/learning processes unique to the use of information technology, rather than creating high-tech versions of the self-same ineffective practices. Another is do not require users to reinvent the wheel. The use of tested and reliable components can simultaneously lower the development costs and increase the quality of new curriculum material and resources. Authoring and development tools need to be more user-friendly and better supported.

Fourth, encourage dissemination through recognition of extra avenues for dissemination. While several mechanisms for disseminating these ideas currently exist (e.g., journals, conferences), the contributions of research in the use of information technology is not widely taken-up. Professional societies should develop the high quality journals (multimedia), conferences, and awards in information technology applications to education. Quality standards need to be developed so that each contribution can be judged consistently.

Information technologies present challenges. School administrators and eductaors grow in their abilities to deal with challenge. Educational systems at all levels are immersed in a metaphorical sea of change. Strong, clear, articulated, and sustained vision is a crucial element that serves as a “pivot point” for all of technology-enhanced instructional designs. We can neither deny the existence of dynamic change in either technologies or in contemporary educational practice, nor can we simply stop the progress. What we can do is to educate ourselves, prioritize what is important, prepare our students, engage all our resources, identify our strengths, and sustain all the things we are doing “the right way.” Certainly, then, the challenge to nurture the information technology culture will be met, overcome, and transformed into a mighty, positive force that improves thousands of lives well into the next millennium.

At this juncture allow me to extend once again my sincere thanks to all of you for considering our Office as one of the major participants and myself to give the inspirational message in today’s activity.

My best wishes to all of you…Good day!


Friday, September 21, 2007

MCITE'07 (Day1, September 20, 2007


RSG with Dr. Calagui, CHED-ROXI Director

OPENING REMARKS
by Randy S. Gamboa

Director Leonida Calagui of CHED-ROXI, President Fr. Antonio Samson, Dr. Jimmy Caro – CSP President, Mr. Edwin Maranon – PSITE-VP Mindanao, Deans, Administrators, Faculty members from different schools and universities, our sponsors, ladies and gentlemen, good morning.

An English writer, Samuel Johnson, once wrote that “Knowledge is on two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know we can find information upon it.” When we inquire into any subject, the first thing we have to do is to know what books have treated of it. This leads us to look at catalogues, and at the backs of books in libraries."

Ladies and gentlemen, we at PSITE XI are aware that IT educators in Mindanao are always searching for avenues where they can gain more knowledge. This is the reason why this MCITE is being held for five years now. Our theme is “Gearing up Towards a Sustainable IT Culture in Mindanao”. We have carefully selected papers for presentation and also invited great speakers who are unselfishly willing to share their knowledge and expertise. Our resource speakers and paper presenters came not only from Mindanao but also from all over the country. As what have done before, the speakers are given a slot of 45 minutes for their presentation, including open forum. I hope that you will actively participate in the discussions.

In addition, new technologies and products will be promoted by our sponsors. Let me thank Microsoft, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company or PLDT, Globe Telecom/Innove, 3M, JEDI-SunMicrosystems, Hive All Visual & Lights Systems and UP-ITTC.

The Ateneo de Davao University, under the leadership of its President, Fr. Antonio Samson, through the endorsement of Mr. Edwin Maranon-CS division chair, has always been receptive and supportive to the activities and endeavors of PSITE XI. As a sign of gratitude, let’s give them a warm applause. The CHED, under the direction of Director Calagui, through the endorsement of its Education Supervisor II, Dr Maricar R. Casquejo, has also been with us and encouraging us to pursue the IT activities in Mindanao for the IT educators. They also deserve a round of applause. And to all of you who are here today, to take part in the conference, may this partly be what is listed in your catalogues where you can gain knowledge and find answers to your questions. May you also renew acquaintances and find new ones.

Have an educational and enjoyable two-day conference and may we be prepared for a sustainable IT culture in Mindanao.

Good morning.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

MCITE Program of Activities

5th Mindanao Conference on Information Technology Education (MCITE’07)
Theme : “Gearing Up Towards a Sustainable IT Culture in Mindanao”
September 20-21, 2007
Rm. F-213, Finster Bldg., Ateneo de Davao University
Jacinto Campus, Davao City

Program of Activities

September 20, 2007 (Thursday)
AM (OD: MAUREEN MAMILIC)

08:00 – 08:30 – Registration
08:30 – 09:15 – Opening Ceremony
Invocation Ateneo Carillon Glee
Club
National Anthem Ateneo Carillon Glee
Club
Roll Call of Participants RITCHIE MAE GAMOT
PSITE-XI Secretary
Welcome Address EDWIN V. MARAŇON
PSITE- VP Mindanao
Chairperson, CS
Division, ADDU

Opening Remarks RANDY S. GAMBOA, PhD
PSITE-XI President
Intermission Ateneo Carillon Glee
Club
Inspirational Talk LEONIDA S. CALAGUI, PhD
Director IV, CHED RO-XI
09:15 – 10:00 – Paper Presentation 1
IT Governance for the Local Government of Davao
MICHELLE P. BANAWAN
Faculty, Computer Studies Division
Ateneo de Davao University
10:00 – 10:15 – BREAK
10:15 – 11:00 – Paper Presentation 2
Software Development for Objective Types of
Classroom Test
DESIDERIO R. APAG
Director, Registry and Students Information
Services, Mindanao Polytechnic State College
11:00 – 11:45 – Paper Presentation 3
Deployment, Implementation and Management of a
Japanese Language Virtual Learning Environment
ANTOINETTE MARCELO
UP-ITTC
11:45 – 12:00 – Sponsor Time (PLDT)
PM (OD: JOY CENITA)
01:00 – 01:45 – Paper Presentation 4
Implementation of VoiceXML in a Speech-Driven
Online Learning Module for Oral Communication
MYLENE E. SEREŇO
Faculty, IT Department, Mindanao State
University-GSC
01:45 – 02:30 – Paper Presentation 5
Developing a Database Resource Utilization
Monitoring System in an Oracle Client-Server
Environment
BREN EDWARD C. CHUA
Associate Database Administrator,
Davao Light and Power Company
02:30 – 03:15 – Paper Presentation 6
Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)
PAUL JUNE A. DOMAG
Microsoft MVP, Mynd Consulting
03:15 – 03:30 – BREAK
03:30 – 04:15 – Paper Presentation 7
Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights
on R & D Projects
JAIME DL CARO, PhD
President, Computing Society of the
Philippines
AVP for Development, University of the
Philippines-Dilliman
04:15 – 04:45 – Paper Presentation 8
Automated Customer Inquiry Service Through
Global System for Mobile Communication
REUBEN C. DIUYAN
IT Systems Administrator
Skycable-Suncable
04:45 – 05:00 – Sponsor Time (INNOVE)
September 21, 2007 (Friday)
AM (OD: SHARON ORDOYO)
08:00 – 08:30 – Registration
08:30 – 09:15 – Paper Presentation 9
Situated Cognition, Learning, and Video Games
HOLDEN HAO
Trustee, DabaweGNU, Inc
09:15 – 10:00 – Paper Presentation 10
Review of the Embedded Systems Specialization
Track in UP-ITTC
HILARION BENJAMIN GABUD
UP-ITTC
10:00 – 10:15 – BREAK
10:15 – 11:00 – Paper Presentation 11
Information Technology Architecture for Student
Academic Profile Delivery System
JERRY R. FLORES
Dean, ITE Program
University of the Immaculate Conception
11:00 – 11:45 – Paper Presentation 12
Integrating an Online Employee Evaluation
Module in a Content Management System
JOSE T. TRILLO II
Faculty, IT Department, Mindanao State
University-GSC
11:45 – 12:00 – Sponsor Time (3M)
PM (OD: RIZA GARDE)
01:15 – 02:00 – Paper Presentation 13
Quality Management System: An approach to
quality eLearning
DANILO C. GALARION
Professor, University of Mindanao
02:00 – 02:45 – Paper Presentation 14
Role of G.I.S. and Remote Sensing for Development
VICENTE B. CALAG
VP-PSITE-XI
University of the Philippines - Mindanao
02:45 – 03:00 – BREAK
03:00 – 03:45 – Paper Presentation 15
Artificial Intelligence-Sensory and Knowledge
Based Approach
MELQUIADES R. HAYAG, JR.
Faculty, University of the Immaculate Conception
03:45 – 04:30 – Paper Presentation 16
IT Security Analytics
JOHN PETER ABRAHAM Q. RUERO
Country IT Manager
Misys International Banking Systems
04:30 – 05:30 – Sponsor Time (MICROSOFT)
05:30 – 05:45 – Closing Ceremony
   Distribution of Certificates
Closing Remarks CHRYSTELLA B. IBARRA
CDITE-XI President

Monday, September 17, 2007

PSITE Minutes (sept., 13, 2007)


Minutes of the PSITE XI MEETING
University of the Philippines Mindanao
Anda Campus
September 13, 2007

Present:

Dr. Gamboa
Prof. Gamot
Prof. Calag
Ms. Ibarra
Ms Ordoyo
Mr Maranon
Ms Bohol

Call To Order. The meeting was called to order at 6:15pm.
Approval of the Agenda. The following agenda were approved:
A. Registration Fee of MCITE '07 Working Committee
B. MCITE '07 Registration Station.
C. MCITE '07 Details
D. Other Matters

Discussion of the Agenda

A. On Registration Fee of MCITE '07 Working Committee. The body decided that the MCITE '07 working committee be free of charge from the registration fee of the conference. The following working committee members were identified : Dr Gamboa, Ms Ordoyo, Mr Masangkay, Mr Maranon, Mr Flores, Mr. Barrios, Dr. Casquejo, Ms Dimacali, Ms Bohol, Ms Ibarra, Ms Garde, Prof Calag and Prof Gamot.

B. On MCITE '07 Registration Station. The MCITE '07 registration station will be manned by Prof Gamot, Ms Ordoyo, Ms Dimacali and Ms Bohol. The registration attendance sheet will be grouped by region. ADDU (c/o Mr Maranon) will provide 2 desktop computers and 1 printer for the registration area. The registration procedure will go as follows :
1. Station I : The participant will proceed to the PSITE XI Treasurer and pay his/her conference registration fee. The treasurer will collect P1,300.00 if the participant is an active PSITE member, P1,800.00 otherwise. The participant must be able to show a proof that he/she is an active PSITE member if he/she is to pay only P1,300.00. The participant then proceeds to station II.
2. Station II : The participant must show their receipt to the station II personnel. Upon positive validation of their receipt, the participant will provide their signature, contact number, email address, and school in the registration attendance sheet. The participant then proceeds to station III.
3. Station III : The participant must show their receipt to the station III personnel. Upon positive validation of their receipt, the participant will be given the conference ID, kit and meal stub. The participant may now proceed to the conference area.

C. On MCITE '07. The number of confirmed participants as of September 13, 2007, 630pm is 59. Dr Gamboa reported that majority of the registrants who confirmed for the conference are from outside Region XI.

Dr Gamboa further reported that he has canvassed a sling bag worth P60 to be included in the conference kit. He will be ordering 120 bags for the conference.

Dr Gamboa informed the body that Mr Flores has submitted a tshirt design and has canvassed for its printing. The minimum price per tshirt with the design on it is P120. According to Dr Gamboa, the price was too expensive. The tshirt printing expense must not exceed P100 (tshirt and printing). He has canvassed a P50 worth JBL tshirt and a P25 rubberized printing fee for a simple text design. The tshirt printing is yet to be finalized.

The body identified two officers-of-the day for each day on sept 20 and 21, 2007. The OD in the morning of September 20 will be Ms Maureen Mamilic while Ms Joy Cenita will be the OD in the afternoon. The OD in the morning September 21 will be Ms Sharon Ordoyo while Ms Riza Garde will be the OD in the afternoon.

Mr Diuyan declined the slot to present during the MCITE '07. Mr Jayag will replace him instead.

PLDT has already confirmed their sponsorship for the event. They will give samsonite bags and some freebies for the event. 3M, on the other hand, will give P5000.00 in cash and P5,000.00 worth of items for raffle. Microsoft has already confirmed their sponsorship of P30,000 in cash for the event. They only need 1 hour of presentation during the conference proper. Dr Gamboa will follow up with the Globe sponsorship.

Microsoft will be conducting a one-day event for K12 faculty members on September 22, 2007. The event requires no registration fee. It will be held at Ateneo de Davao University, F711 and F712.

Ms Ibarra questioned that the conference programme did not include CDITE in its cover page as one of the organizing groups. She further added that the programme did not also include the names of the CDITE officers. Dr Gamboa responded that the necessary addition will be incorporated in the final printing of the programme.

Dr Gamboa informed the body that certificates of institutional and individual membership will be distributed as a part of the programme of activities during the conference.

Tarpaulin will be used as backdrop design for the stage/front area of the conference venue. Screens will be put up on each side of the stage/front area. Mr Maranon informed Ms Ordoyo that plants may be provided for the venue. Ms Ordoyo will just have to inform Mr Maranon of the needed number of plants.

The body suggested that fruits be served to the participants. Dr Gamboa responded that fruits will be provided subject to the availability of funds.

Prof Gamot informed Dr Gamboa that the registration personnel will need ballpens and pentel pens. Ms Ibarra offered to give the ballpens and pentel pens of CDITE XI for MCITE '07.
Dr Gamboa sought the help of the working committee in the burning of the CDs to be distributed during the event.

D. Other Matters.
1. On MICT Job Fair. MICT will conduct a job fair at the NCCC Mall of Davao. MICT is soliciting PSITE and CDITE support for the event.
2. On PSITE's financial obiligation to CDITE. PSITE is yet to pay CDITE a borrowed amount of P12, 000.00.
3. On PSITE's Next Meeting. The MCITE '07 working committee will meet at Ateneo de Davao University, F213 on September 19, 2007, 3pm.
4. On IT Week. IT week will be on December 6-7, 2007. The programming contest and IT Quiz bowl will be on the December 6 and 7, respectively. JMC will tentatively house the student congress during the IT week.

Adjournment. There being no other matters to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 8:00pm.


Prepared by:

Prof. Ritchie Mae T. Gamot
PSITE – XI Secretary

Noted by:

Dr. Randy S. Gamboa
PSITE – XI President

Friday, September 14, 2007

Research Proposal 4 - My Studz

Factors Affecting the Health of Students in Relation to Ergonomics Computer Workstation Design

by : Calma, Larry , Guino-o, Angelo Carlo, Mejares, Jason
Tentative Defense Schedule: September 26, 2007, 10:00am
Panelist : Ms. Novie Joy Pelobello, MSIS and Mr. Exander Barrios, MIM

Background of the Study

Today, changes in technology, changes in the way we perform work and where and how we work are occurring at a rapid pace. Nowhere is the change more evident than in the use of computers. This new technology has brought on new demands for information as well as new and more sophisticated computing systems. Today, almost every one of us interacts with computers on a daily basis to create new things and ideas, to produce documents, to correspond with friends and associates, and to retrieve information. Along with the expanding use of technology have come reports about adverse health changes for computer users.

Ergonomics (or human factors) as defined in website is the application of scientific information concerning humans to the design of objects, systems and environment for human use (definition adopted by the International Ergonomics Association in 2007). Ergonomics is commonly thought of as how companies design tasks and work areas to maximize the efficiency and quality of their employees’ work. It came from the Greek words ergon meaning work and nomos natural laws, in which first entered the modern lexicon when Wojciech Jastrzębowski used the word in his 1857 article. In other words, ergonomics is the field of study that deals with relationship between people and their working environment.

According to U.S. Department of Labor, the application of computer technology and the accompanying use of video display terminals (VDTs) are revolutionizing the workplaces of America. In 1984, only 25 percent of the US population used computers at work; in 1993, this increase to 45 percent and the number continues to grow. Along with this expanding use of VDTs have come reports of adverse health effects to VDT operators.

There’s a lot of informations gathered that show the proper computer workstation and proper posture is very important to avoid such injuries. In De La Salle University website gave us the idea of using the topic as an object for a social research since studies with computer ergonomics usually focuses on workstations and its users. We might as well make use of the students of the Institute of Computing of the University Southeastern Philippines, Obrero Campus as the target for this study. In relation with our study a certain website in Davao City specifically the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation gives us information about the IT Health Practices and Standards. The site also defines the meaning of ergonomics and the proper use of monitor, mouse, computer table and chair.

With the number of computers in classrooms increasing every day, many schools are beginning to institute ergonomics programs to show students, teachers, and parents how to reduce the risks of computer-related injuries. Many who use computer workstations may be unaware of situations that can make them vulnerable to injury. Poor typing posture can cause pain and other symptoms in your back, neck, shoulders, hands, wrists, and eyes. As we spend increasing amounts of time at our computer workstation, we need to be aware of how the design and arrangement of our equipment can affect our comfort, health, and productivity.

The researchers aim to achieve the primary objective of this study with its main topic beneficiary, the students from Institute of Computing. This study also wants to prove the different factors that will affect the health related problems of the students while working with the computer if ergonomics will not follow. The study focuses on the parameters within the Institute of Computing of the University of Southeastern Philippines-Obrero Campus, Davao City which is situated around the central business and residential district of Davao City. The period of the study shall cover one academic year 2007-2008; prescribe under the supervision of the University of Southeastern Philippines and the Commission on Higher Education memorandum and calendar of activities.

Statement of the Problem

The purpose of this study is to assess the workstation design of the computer laboratories of Institute of Computing and also to assess the health problems that may be acquired by the students related to the workstation design.
Specifically, the researchers attempted to answer the following questions:

    1. What is the level of conformity of

workstation design of the two computer

laboratories of Institute of Computing

in this university with regards to the

principles of ergonomics related to human

and machine interface in terms of:

1.1 Chair;

1.2 Desk;

1.3 Screen;

1.4 Keyboard;

1.5 Mouse;

1.6 Lighting;

1.7 Work Posture?



2. What are the health problems related to

workstation design of two computer

laboratories of the Institute of Computing

in the University of Southeastern

Philippines?

Objective of the Study

This study will examine the factors that may affect the health of computer users of the two computer laboratories while using the computer. It will also show the possible health problems that may be acquired by the students related to workstation design.
Specifically, the following are the objectives of the study.


   1. To assess the workstation design of the

computer laboratories of Institute of

Computing in this university with regards

to the principles of ergonomics related to

human and machine interface in terms of:

1.1 Chair;

1.2 Desk;

1.3 Screen;

1.4 Keyboard;

1.5 Mouse;

1.6 Ligting;

1.7 Work Posture.

2. To assess the health problems of the students

related to workstation design of two

computer laboratories of Institute of

Computing in the University of Southeastern

Philippines.

Hypotheses of the Study
    1. The workstation design of the two computer

laboratories of Institute of Computing in

this university do not follow the principles

of ergonomics related to human and machine

interface.

2. There is no health problems related to

workstation design of the two computer

laboratories of Institute of Computing in

the University of Southeastern Philippines.

Significance of the Study

This study is intended for the computer users, for the students of the University of Southeastern Philippines. In computer tasks there are certain conditions or risk factors that can contribute to the development of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) when computer uses are exposed frequently to these risk factors, or so for so long period of time. Thus, this study will benefit the students as well as the faculty in observing proper positioning and adjusting of computer workstation and appropriate posture in doing computer tasks and also the school administration who acts as the policy makers of the university since they are the ones to decide what is best for their subordinates.

1.School Admin/ Policy makers- These several group of people would take benefit on the study since if would be aware of the proper workstation ergonomics and if proven that the two IC laboratories does not abide these ergonomics principle. They can do something to diminish the improper practice of workstation setting. Through this, they are going to be a good example of excellent policy makers. Moreover, the rest could forestall further injuries and physical damage of the persons involve.

2.Faculty- the faculty members are also prone to the MSDs since they are also the one of the users of the computer lab. It is most likely useful for them to get some knowledge about the risk factors of incorrect computer ergonomics and some course of action to elude such jeopardy.

3.Students- the most common and the major beneficiary of this study are the Institute of Computing students. They are the ones who use the computer lab almost everyday. Through this study, we may find out whether they have and still experiencing some MSDs. In addition, with this study, we could give some inputs about this disorders and how to prevent or avoid it.

Theoretical/ Conceptual Framework

The conceptual framework of the study exemplifies the inputs, process, and outputs of the variables being used in this study. As shown in the figure:

Indicators

Managing and working with technology carries a greater impact in contributing health problems on people especially to the students of Institute of Computing. But what are the factors that contribute in acquiring health related problems of the students? And is there a method that we may apply to avoid this problem to the students?

Workstation Design of IC Laboratories is the main factor to have a result in our study. We will assess the two IC laboratories and see if there’s any factor that might caused for the health problems of the students.

Health Problem Factors is the reason why the students suffer from the weaknesses/illnesses while working with computer. If the workstation design is not properly follow the ergonomics principle, it carries a big impact to produced a big health related problems to the students who are frequently using computer.