It was Christmas Eve 2012 and I had waited for over a month to find out …. Would I be selected as Apple Distinguished Educator? I had so much self-doubt having seen the caliber of some of the videos that others had posted online.
I opened the email with much anticipation and wasn’t let down. I had been selected! Hooray! But actually what did that mean?
After joining the online community and filling in paperwork, etc, the date for the Bali ADE 2013 arrived. I flew into Denpasar airport; blindly followed a man shouting, ‘Ade, Ade!’; hopped on a bus filled with friendly Japanese ADE colleagues, bound for the Nirwana Pan Pacific. We were not disappointed.
The first time we came together in the ballroom was a moment of complete acknowledgement of the diversity and energy of the educators around me. There were educators from all over Asia and translators creating a hum of background noise making each of the sessions accessible and inclusive for all. Truly walking the walk as well as talking the talk.
There were so many moment of complete inspiration and insightfulness. More than I could possibly have realised at any other conference I have attended. @janeinjava was one of the highlights of the conference for me in the simplicity of what she brought to the children from the children. It was both innovative and inspiring but humbling at the same time.
The twitter feed and the connections made throughout the conference were what I will take away with me as I continue on my own journey of self-reflection, up-skilling and renewal of focus. I am inspired and hope to continue to be with my new network of unbelievably gifted, talented and innovative educators.
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