I was geared up to watch David Crystal's plenary. It was important for me to experience it live, rather than watch the recording later. What I wasn't prepared for, though, was the huge amount of activity in the hour or so before the conference actually started. My wonderful PLN were tweeting and retweeting like crazy. The sense of excitement was palpable, even from all these miles away. I was desperately trying to keep up - I didn't want to miss a single choice nugget - but it was impossible; my Twitter feed has never whizzed by at such a rate in all the years I've been using it!
I did watch the opening plenary live and really enjoyed it, especially when Eric Baber invited delegates to wave down the camera to all those of us tuning in around the world and we all waved back! By the end of David's talk, I had reminded myself of why I was following IATEFL online (for my own PD) and had accepted that there was no way I'd be able to record all the amazing things I was seeing and hearing. Instead, I decided that, for the rest of the week, I'll watch as much as I can live, bookmark everything else I don't want to miss, and then write measured, reflective posts when I have time to do so.
|Chia Suan Chong|