These are the words I try to repeat myself now and then since I started bloging and using web 2.0 technologies few months ago. I 'm not saying I haven't been Internet aware, but I was blind by the posibbilities it was offering. Thanks to Webheads and Bawers I discovered the world of PLN, but wasn't really aware of it until I started using my Twitter profile more often and entered the world of #RSCON3.
I found out about the conference on Webhead Evo Yahoo group posted by Vance Stevens, but wasn't sure if I would attend it. And then, I "bumped into" my friend Marcia Lima on Skype. She asked me if I was coming since she was also having a presentation, and I thought "why not".
The three days of the conference were the most active days of my "newbie's personal digital learning life"! I really don't know what kind of a sentance have I just written, but I know that at first I tried to catch up with my collegues from all around the world who were obviously more familiar with so many things we'd heard about technologies, and websites, and tools than I was. And, of course since not being a native speaker I really learned some new vocabulary.
I was thrilled to be there and had bookmarked so many webpages that my laptop "went crazy". It ended up broken by the last day of the conference and I had to "kidnap" my son's computer to be able to attend the #RSCON3 like I was addicted to it and to "tweeting" too. I don't know how many tweets or reetweets have I posted in 3 days, but I know that I only had about 40 tweets before #RSCON3 and 3 days later the number was 140. So, the conclusion was a "Twiter addict" also.
Maybe you will find this to be very funny and it is but, I am glad to have been a part of it, I am glad to have shared several feedbacks, I am glad I have been moving my laptop (until it had given up on me) "from kitchen to living room, from living room to bedroom", because you must be aware that the conference and presentations were happening every half and hour, with only few hours of a rest for a new day to begin. It was a real marathon, and I know my husband and my sons thought "mum has gone crazy".
I don't even know how many presentations I have attended, but for now I remember my three favourite: Marcia Lima's presentation"Unplugged"- fun activities for ESL studenets, Dave Dodgson's "Written feedback and error correction in the language classroom" and Bruno Andrade's "Use of Skype in the class with native speakers".
I personally loved all of them since I have a lot in common with the teachers/presenters. First of all, I love fun in the class, secondly I have just recently started using Skype in the class and finally, I always try to do more to help my students in their writing.
These were just first impressions. I can't wait to hear the recordings of other great presentations that I coudn't attend.
Well done and a bear hug to all of the organizers, moderators, presenters, participants and great collegues I have met. It's a pleasure to learn from you and to share the knowledge and experience with you.
#RSCON3 was a real inspiration!
You can find the Elluminate recordings on RSCON3 presentations here