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Last week I was at the Apple Distinguished Educator Asia-Pacific institute in Bali. It was great to return as an alumni, and being able to meet the 250 outstanding educators from the class of 2013. I am especially proud of our group from Korea (see below). We may have been the smallest group, but we made our presence known.
I was fortunate enough to be asked to present an “ADE Showcase,” which is a TED style talk given to the entire group of over 300 of the best educators in the world. This was my first time giving this type of talk, and the preparation was quite stressful. (Just ask anyone who was around me in the week leading up to my talk.) Joseph Fambro was kind enough to film & post the talk for me. Take a look if you dare. I have yet to watch it.
For those of you who have the common misunderstanding that becoming an Apple Distinguished Educator is an award, or recognition, you will want to read the reflections of my ADE colleagues (Class of 2011, Asia) on the Institute that took place April 8-12, 2011 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.What you’ll find out is that the experience of the Institute is not about the recognition, it is about doing meaningful work in our roles as educators, gives us some tools for growth and a group of passionate peers to grow with. The past week left a deep (& I am guessing ongoing) change in those who participated in it.
I am doing my best to list all the reflections here. I’ll keep this updated. Let me know if there are any I have missed.
WOW! The most incredible professional experience of my life. This was like nothing I have ever participated in before. The Apple Distinguished Educators Institute had the intensity of some of my most emotional and rewarding life experiences, combined; the exhaustion of two-a-day football practices, the professional growth of an exceptional conference, intellectual challenges and thought provoking conversations with great thinkers, the self-examination of a deep therapy session, and the fun and friendships of a very memorable summer camp.
At the beginning it felt like I was joining a cult. But I have wanted to drink this “Kool-ADE” for quite some time.
The people really made this special. They provided great inspiration, guidance, challenges, discoveries, and connections. I’m grateful for all the time and energy the board invested in preparing the Institute for us. The ADEs who went through this experience with me are an elite group of educators and great people.
It is difficult to pick one aspect that was more meaningful than the rest. What really affected me deeply was the reflection time. The Institute was very challenging and provided an opportunity for deep thinking. We reflected formally and informally, in groups, one on one, and I also reflected alone. I learned a lot about myself this week. I’m still reflecting, processing the experience.
I drank the “Kool-ADE” and I’m glad I did. I feel different today. I’m a better person. I’m a better educator. I’m an ADE.
Do I have what it takes to join part of, “a select group of K-12 and Higher Education professionals possessing an identified expertise in educational technology leadership?” I hope so. I have wanted to be an ADE for years. Unfortunately, while I was living in Costa Rica there was no ADE program that covered Latin America. One of the reasons I was so excited to move to Korea was to get the opportunity to apply to be an ADE. I have finished my application and video and wanted to share it with you. Wish me luck, and I hope to see you at the ADE training in Bali.