We discussed our experiences as attendees of RSCON3 on ELTChat.

After the very successful Reform Symposium RSCON3, I was very happy to see (and I am sure there were lots out there on ELTChat) that the topic of discussion for ELTChat would be this great event.

The topic was how we will all follow up on RSCON3. The Twitter timeline was absolutely full of recommendations (I got the failwhale three times!). First of all, there were those of us who had seen a lot of sessions but would like to catch up on those we did not manage to watch and there were some people (and that was absolutely great) who did not manage to catch the conference at all.

Some of the recommendations were:

  • Blogging. Some of us mentioned that we had either already blogged about the event or will do so in the future, so there will be quite a collection in the end! (Last night, during ELTChat, there were already 58 blog posts on RSCON3!) In particular, Neil McMahon, an educator based in Argentina, mentioned that he would extend his blogging after attending Steve Wheeler‘s final keynote. Professor Wheeler blogs almost on a daily basis!  Tyson Seburn suggested incorporating ideas from RSCON3 and then blogging about how it went in class.
  • Watching or re-watching the sessions. The great thing about RSCON3 is that all of the sessions and keynotes have been recorded and the videos will all be up very soon, for all of us to watch (or watch again, again, again…). The videos will soon be on the RSCON website: http://reformsymposium.com.
  • Training sessions in our schools. Sue Annan, a great educator and wonderful person from the Jersey Islands (with her own blog), mentioned that she had already organised a training session for her colleagues based on the RSCON3 sessions. Some mentioned they would also be using the videos with their colleagues and will encourage them to participate in the future (as there will surely be a RSCON4!).
Time flew by on ELTChat - as always! (Photo: Three extra minutes by Sue Annan, from http://www.flickr.com/eltpics)

When asked what ELTChat participants would come away with from RSCON3, there was a variety of responses.

  • There was a general consensus that there was a great variety of sessions and the learning that took place was great. Tyson Seburn mentioned that the educators were a very diverse crowd, culturally and education sector-wise. James Taylor also mentioned that he liked the fact that the educators were also from outside ELT.
  • We all liked being able to watch from home or our offices or schools – there were no tech issues worth mentioning whatsoever, so we could all watch the sessions comfortably and everything ran smoothly! It is not called Professional Development in Pyjamas for nothing! The fact that it is a free event was also mentioned by everyone.
  • We all managed to connect with a great number of educators we did not know before on Twitter, Facebook and now Google+.
  • There was a large number of people on the chat who mentioned that they liked the fact that there were a lot of interactive sessions.

Some useful links were mentioned:

The time just flew by, as every time and the chat was great! Once again, many thanks to everyone who organised RSCON3 and to the ELTChat educators for such a great chat.