This is the second part Steven’s exciting journey
Change is one of the hardest thing in the world. Not everyone like changes. But as long as you have a growth mindset, you will always want to learn, unlearn, and relearn from reflection of your experiences. Integrating technologies in schools require that mindset as you will not only learn from your students and experiences implementing technology, but you will also learn from your friends who have multiple characters. I always use this pencil metaphor to illustrate peoples’ responses on accepting changes.
If you are the first one to adapt new technologies, you are called as leader. If you have friends who watch you, grab the bits, and learn from mistakes and do great stuff, they are called the sharp ones. If you have friends who would use tech if someone shows them how to and keep it running, they are called the woods. But life won’t always be easy, you will have friends who will be the ferrules who hold tightly unto what they know – Tech has no place in classroom. Then, you will have friends who become The erasers who undo much or all the work you do – They deny the benefits of technology. That’s why you must always cultivate a growth mindset and be open to suggestions.
7. Share Your Inspiration
You will never be alone while implementing new technologies. You always have friends and colleagues who are interested to learn from you. So don’t keep your experiences for yourself. Always share your stories and believe me when you share you will learn more than you can imagine. I started sharing my stories in 2013 by sending my Social Media ideas paper at an International Christian Higher Education Conference at Pelita Harapan University. From that experience, I learnt about confidence and courage to write and present paper at a conference.
In 2014, I was challenged to present my Coursera learning experiences with “Gamification in Education” topic. We engaged in meaningful discussion on how Gamification can bring positive impact to boost students’ motivation. We learned new ideas & implementation from different perspectives. Couple of months later, I connected with Laksmi, EdCamp Indonesia founder who started the chapter in Jakarta. Together with passionate friends in Jakarta, I brought the EdCamp concept to Jakarta and we had simple, spontaneous, and surprising discussion how we can improve our education quality. The discussion inspired me to do and learn more.
8. Let Your Consistency Shine
2 years after writing a blog, surprisingly I got the honor to win at the US Embassy Blogging Competition. When I asked the judges why they chose my blog, they told me simple answer: Your Consistency. From that moment, I challenged myself to be consistent. I applied as the 1st TED Ed Club Facilitator and initiated the 1st TED Ed Club in my school. Another opportunity followed soon. I was selected to apply at the Google Teacher Academy. I never expected that i will be chosen and i will be the only Google Certified Teacher from Indonesia. From that moment, I realised: Consistency is too strong to be hidden.
9. Form/Join A Community of Passion
After everything I learned and got, it was time to do something for your city and community. This is the turning point when I started a community of passion : Google Educator Group West Jakarta to help teachers who have the passion to learn technology but don’t know where, when, and from whom they can learn. It’s officially supported by Google. Inspired and implemented by educators independently. We have managed to organise amazing activities such as Workshop, Photowalk, and Meetups that designed by, from, and for teachers. Our intention is to create the best Professional Development that teachers deserve.
10. Be Divergent
Finally, what i learnt this year is to be a divergent teacher. No matter what subjects you teach, be open to connect and collaborate with the community and organisation. Recently, I worked together with YouTube Indonesia to share what I have experienced by integrating YouTube in my class. Even though I am not a specialist, I challenged myself to learn from other YouTube Creators who created amazing videos. Besides that, I just connect and collaborate with people who create Educational Technology startups at EdTech Indonesia events. Well again I am not EdTech Startup Founder but learning from them is one of the best lifetime experiences. Do not fear learning new things! Do not let your fear shut you down. It should wake you up!
Finally start simple and make a difference. If you want to start making changes, believe me, it doesn’t come from the government/corporation, it comes from a small group of thoughtful & committed citizens just like all of you.
The writer is Steven Sutantro, Apple Teacher. Google Certified Trainer & Google Certified Innovator, Sampoerna Academy.
Steven is passionate & dedicated teacher, trainer, community leader with a strong desire to empower students and educators to use various digital technologies in education. He specializes in managing professional development, curriculum, and community with excellent communication, writing, digital media skills for maximizing collaboration among group of students and teachers.
Steven will be joining us at EduTECH Asia on 8-10 November. He will be speaking on “Making of a Techentrepreneur”. He will also be leading a 2 hour workshop on the same topic.
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