The Ititser is a web diary that aims to help teachers, students, parents, principals and other stakeholders of education system by providing information about the Internet, free and open source software (FOSS) programs, and how to use them to improve classroom activities, school projects and other methods of instructions. The articles were written such that the target audience are the teachers, but students and other stakeholders will also find the articles here useful.
This web diary will record only those that you can obtain or you can use for free. These include FOSS and freeware programs (free to use, copy and distribute but not to modify) that you can easily download from the internet and use to aid in your lessons as well as websites that provide free content and tools about different academic subjects.
History of Ititser
The Ititser initially aims to promote the use of FOSS programs, freewares, internet, and free content websites, but later expanded to an e-learning blog with focus on learning tools and theories.
I started Ititser at around January 2012 to catalog what I learned during my tenure as E-Learning Specialist for Science and Mathematics in one of the largest textbook publishing house in the Philippines. I get to know how technologies like interactive games and tablet computer applications can aid in the learning experience of students. During this time, I have long list of topics that I would like to cover including the used of iPad and Flash games.
I had Ubuntu OS installed in my computer as I'm foreseeing that it would be best to use FOSS programs in the future but I had it dual-boot with Windows XP because most of the programs that I use on regular basis run only in Windows. I was still using Windows XP most of the time but I would gradually increase the frequency that I use Ubuntu to get used to it.
I noticed that the application menu of Ubuntu includes categories like "Education" and "Science". So I decided to use the Ubuntu Software Center and found KAlgebra, Step Physics and Stellarium. I installed them in my computer. With enough free software that can be used for educational purposes, I decided to focus on FOSS and web-based applications that can be used in education.
Subsequent progress in my career has allowed me access to proprietary e-learning software and online courses that would allow me to expand my knowledge. Hence, I decided to expand the scope of Ititser to cover what I learn.
The name Ititser
The word titser is a Filipino word which means "teacher". If you notice the similarity in pronounciation, it is because the word titser is actually a direct loanword from English. It's simply the word "teacher" being forced to spell using the spelling rules of Filipino language. The Filipino language contains many loanwords from Sanskrit, Malay, Chinese, Spanish, Arab and English languages, and titser happens to be one of those words borrowed from the English language.
The "i" part was actually taken from the common trend of adding "i" in new products or concepts to imply timeliness or being technology-related. Combining the two, we can think of the term as referring to a teacher that is updated with the flow of technology and its use in education, a.k.a. an Ititser.
The name was initially spelled as iTitser, but I do not like the idea of big corporations bending the rules of grammar for marketing purpose and then have everyone else follow their bended rules. Hence, I opted to use the traditional capitalization rule: proper nouns BEGIN with uppercase letters.
Who's the person behind Ititser
The author and webmaster of Ititser is yours truly, Greten Vicke S. Estella. I'm a graduate of De La Salle University with Bachelor's Degree in Physics. Even though I didn't really practice teaching in actual school setup, I've been working in education-related industry for more than five years.
- one year in conducting classes and one-on-one tutorial session in a tutorial center with branches in cities of Manila and San Juan
- two years in developing courseware materials for science and mathematics in a well-known IT school with several branches the Philippines
- more than two years in developing e-learning modules and interactive games as supplement to textbooks being published by one of the largest textbook publishing companies in the Philippines
- more than three years experience in elearning development for industrial and corporate training
I did not mention the companies where I work because I want this web diary to stand in its own merit instead of name-dropping, but information about where I work is not really a secret. I might have mentioned their names in few of my articles.
I took-up 18 units of education subjects and passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers or LET last 2015. I also work as freelance website developer/designer from time-to-time.
My hobbies include making websites, blogging, programming, reading stuff from the Internet, and looking for ways to make money. Yup! Total nerdness I know, but I suppose such stereotypical set of traits are common to those whose livelihood include web programming and science education.