As part of our effort to initiate dialogue in the educational and Filipino American community, we have created iJeepney.com, an online community forum for teachers and students. iJeepney.com stems from our partnership with the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American program which sponsored the development of the Smithsonian’s Centennial online Filipino American curriculum found at www.filam.si.edu/curriculum.
Refurbished from World War II military jeeps, the jeepney emerged as the most popular means of transportation in the Philippines. These colorful vehicles have become a symbol of the vibrant history and culture of Filipinos. In naming our site, iJeepney.com, we are making a conscious attempt to "re-claim" and "make our own" a vestige of our colonial past, which is indicative of the Filipino and Filipino American spirit. iJeepney.com is your online vehicle for Filipino American curriculum; it is your "Filipino school bus" that everyone can ride and access.
Click on the teacher button to "gossip" about curricula and to develop a professional learning community with other educators in our "Tsismis.edu" forum. Teachers can find, upload, and comment on Filipino American curricular resources. Click on the student button to explore activities in "My Balangay Journal" that connects learning to the past, to the present, and to one another.