I was a delegate at ACEC2010 in Melbourne just over two years ago, during the Easter school holidays if my memory serves me right. I had heard about the conference through a Twitter buddy and I put my hand up asking my school if they would help me with some of the costs, if I was to attend. I am forever grateful that my principal had the foresight and dare I say the wisdom to say yes. I went to ACEC2010 (my first large conference ever) as a teacher of year 5 and a class as well as a personal blogger.
It was at ACEC2010 that I first met amazing Australian educators like Adrian Bruce and Steve Collis. There that I first heard key note speakers like Gary Stager and Silvia Martinez.. I came away from that conference invigorated and inspired. Inspired to learn and to grow as a teacher. So much has happened over the past two and a half years that as I reflect on the ways I have changed, it seems hard to believe that I have fitted everything in.
Over dinner at the conference one night I told the story of how I had discovered Twitter and the world of a PLN to Steve Collis and he encouraged me to join his next presentation. My knees shook and my voice wobbled as I took to the stage. As I left the conference though I realised that most of the presenters there were just teachers, teachers like me who were trying their best to effect change in their students. So I thought if they could do it so could I.
Two and a half years later I return to ACEC2012, this time as a presenter as well as a delegate. As a member of the board of ICTENSW. And as an Adobe Education Leader. I also return to ACEC2012 as a teacher of year 6 and a class and personal blogger.
If you are going to ACEC2012 whether for your first conference visit or one of many come by and say hello. I will be at the Adobe stand during my lunch breaks and I will be presenting the following. I look forward to seeing you there.
Some of the posts I wrote during ACEC2010