Last year was a huge year full of growth and development both personally and professionally. I won’t bore you with the details of my personal growth here but I will share my professional highlights and projects from 2013.
In 2013, I became an Apple Distinguished Educator and was invited to attended the ADE Asia Pacific Institute in Bali. This was hands down the single most profound and powerful professional development experience of my teaching career to date. Being surrounded by so many like minded educators was inspiring. The passion, knowledge and collective talent from the participants at that event was incredible.
As part of the ADE Asia Pacific Institute, ADEs were introduced to the One Best Thing project. The One Best Thing collection highlights a specific use of Apple products, apps, and other content to transform teaching and learning.
My One Best Thing is empowering students to become technology leaders by providing them with opportunities to create and deliver professional learning workshops and tutorials. As an educator I have transformed my learning environment by facilitating and coordinating a program called iLearn uLearn. The program promotes an open learning community where the learning process between students and teachers has been redefined. Students have been empowered by contributing and sharing their skills to enhance our learning community. The program offers students the opportunity to share their knowledge with teachers and students by planning and delivering their own ICT workshops.
Do yourself a favour and explore the One Best Thing collection as a source of professional reading that include some truly inspirational stories.