Friday, October 11 2013 – Monday October 14 2013. The best weekend ever!!
That was the time when I joined 2013 Reform Symposium E-Conference (RSCON 4). In just 3 days, I met, connected, and shared knowledge with great educators all over the world. The world seemed to shrink and I could get in touch with friends in Brazil, Japan, Korea, France, Nepal and more. Most of all, just like its slogan “Are You Ready to be Inspired?”, this conference really DID inspired me! I was inspired and WOW-ed by those awesome presentations, keynotes, and performances. From Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto’s keynote about The Iceberg and The Whale: WOW Moments in Teacher Growth, Chuck Sandy’s keynote about Working Miracles, the 13 years old Mallory Fundora’s Project Yesu, Salome Thomas-EL (Principal EL)’s keynote about The Immortality of Influence: Believing Every Child Can Achieve Their Dreams, Vicky Loras who won the EduInspire Award, all presenters sessions that I cannot mention one by one and oh! Jason R. Levine the FluencyMC’s fantastic rap performance which stunned me.
How do I know RSCON? Well, actually I was there to replace Yitzha Sheilla Sarwono, my fellow iTDi associate who couldn’t make it to RSCON, she offered me if I want to join and present there, and I said, “Yes, I want to try!” that was before I know how great and different RSCON is, different than another workshop I attended before. Then I got the invitation from Chiew Pang and confirmed that I want to try joining. But then I got confuse as I checked the Future of Education website and found out that most presenters submitted topics related to technology in education, meanwhile I am totally still “green” in this area. I have just started my PLN and network, I am still in the beginning of learning all these things. However, I didn’t give up, my friends in iTDi supported me to move on.
Until a week before the D-Day, doubts, stage fever, fright surrounded me. But as the conference started, I got addicted and enjoyed it a lot. Although my presentation was messed up due to the sound problem, but I feel relieved, proud and grateful as I got so many people on my back: Chuck Sandy, Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto, Ika Chieka Wibowo, Trika Simanjuntak, Malu Sciamarelli, Chiew Pang, Lisa Durff and more. I even became curious and joined more sessions than I planned before. In addition that I met lots of new friends, got more connections and amazingly, we became closer one another. It felt like I was really there meeting this people for real, while the fact was that we were just sitting in front of our computer in different countries with different timezones.
This event really gave a tremendous contribution in my personal development. Lots of inspirations, life-lessons, practical-lessons and impressions I got from this event. As Rose Bard shared a motivational word to me this morning, “Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.” And yes, I truly and 100 % agree with this. I tried and I accomplished it!
Anyway, should you (still) unable to listen to my recording, you can still find my presentation slides on SlideShare : http://www.slideshare.net/pravitaindriati/developing-creative-thinking-in-eyl?fb_action_ids=10201783032438157&fb_action_types=slideshare%3Aupload&fb_source=og_snowlift_photo_robotext
So, see you on next year’s #RSCON, everyone!