Making Ideas ‘Passionable’

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“Never underestimate the power of passion.” Here’s my passionable journey at TED Ed, New York.

TED Ed Innovative Educator

In the beginning of June, TED sent me a personal invitation to apply as the first cohort of TED Ed Innovative Educator program. Even though I have started TED Ed Club and used TED Ed resources and curriculum in my school since last year, I was quite surprised that TED accepted me my application and I became family of 28 innovative educators from 11 countries around the world.

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The TED-Ed Innovative Educator program is a year-long professional development programfor dynamic educators who are dedicated to celebrating the ideas of students and teachers around the world.  TED-Ed Innovative Educators lead by example by helping people most of TED’s free tools for teachers and students — including TED-Ed Animated Lessons, TED-Ed Clubs and the TED-Ed Platform.

Online Training

As part of the program, I joined two months of online training that discuss digital learning, power of video, passion and ideas, animation, and so on. The training includes exciting activities such as live video chat discussion, ideas brainstorming, post event survey and project pitching. Then, I also have leadership week in which educators are challenged to think of an practical innovation project which they can do in January-June 2016. Surprisingly, they also invited all innovative educator to join Professional Development at TED Headquarter and TEDYouth event in New York. We got full scholarship which covers the accommodation and transportation during the event (Nov 12-15).

Visa Application

Since this is my first time I went to U.S, I need to apply for VISA. At first, I am quite nervous as many people said it was difficult to get the visa. Thank God, I often joined U.S Embassy program at AtAmerica which helped me to get referral letter from U.S Embassy. I prepared everything for the visa application such as photo, invitation letter, bank account, online application, and interview schedule. It was quite complicated at first but definitely it require strong preparation. I was interviewed in U.S Embassy Jakarta office in September and I was super thankful as I got 5 years visa right away !

Professional Development

20 hours flight from Indonesia is nothing compared to the excellent PD program. We started the PD with discussion and brainstorming what innovation looks like in education. What I love the most about the discussion is we could learn from each other how we started innovation in our area. One educators started TEDx event and TED Ed Clubs and other used TED Ed Lesson to empower students learning. It was very enriching and inspiring! The spirit of learning and sharing is so strong and I could feel the atmosphere of growth mindset among us.

After that, we also get a special chance to meet and talk with the founder of TED, Chris Anderson. He talked about his passion to bring TED into school and transform educators and students mindset about passion, ideas, innovation.TED-Ed - TED Innovative Educator presentations, November 13, 2015, New York, NY. Photo: Dian Lofton/TED

Animation Workshop

Then, we went to TED HQ to get animation workshop directly from TED Ed Animator. We learned how  to designed simple animation using iPad and simple tools. Here’s some of the result of our animation.

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This is teacher’s designed animation! Guess which animation I created!

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Passionable Station

In the same day, I was asked to present my innovation project to spread passion and ideas worth spreading spirit named Passionable station. The project inspired by my TED Ed Club students’ passion which moves me to believe that their passion should go beyond classroom. That’s why I want to start a station where my students can post and exhibit their passion and ideas in online format (website) and face to face interaction in Passionable Station. I plan to collaborate together with TEDx events and relevant educational events to start the booth where students can get the opportunity to present their passion and ideas and challenge the visitor to think about their passion and ideas. I hope throughout this platform, I could amplify, inspire, and support students passion and ideas around the world.  I was amazed at positive response from my fellow innovative educators who supported my ideas. Here’s my slide & presentation about the project.

TED-Ed - TED Innovative Educator presentations, November 13, 2015, New York, NY. Photo: Dian Lofton/TED

TED-Ed – TED Innovative Educator presentations, November 13, 2015, New York, NY. Photo: Dian Lofton/TED

TED-Ed - TED Innovative Educator presentations, November 13, 2015, New York, NY. Photo: Dian Lofton/TED
TED-Ed – TED Innovative Educator presentations, November 13, 2015, New York, NY. Photo: Dian Lofton/TED
TED-Ed - TED Innovative Educator presentations, November 13, 2015, New York, NY. Photo: Dian Lofton/TED
TED-Ed – TED Innovative Educator presentations, November 13, 2015, New York, NY. Photo: Dian Lofton/TED

Then, the PD session was closed with teachers pizza party at a famous restaurant in New York which full of meaningful and relevant conversation that challenged us to learn and grow.

Adobe Workshop

Beside doing ideas brainstorming, we also learned useful apps for helping students presenting their ideas. I learned three powerful apps that helped my students to draw simple sketch, present their voice, and design dynamic newsletter. Here are the tools:

TEDYouth 2015

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The next day, we are heading to Brooklyn Museum to participate in TEDYouth. What I love the most about this conference is you can interact directly with the innovation. There are wide range of presentation which covers space archeology,  virtual reality, 3d printing fashion design, beatbox performers, robotic lamps, and NASA Mars exploration project. On the break, you can literally talk to the TED speakers and saw their project presented in a booth. Here’s the summary of TEDYouth presentation which I called as Passion Show:

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I also took a picture of my students’ digital artwork project from Project Malala which exhibited at TED Youth.

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Overall, the programs are very engaging and inspiring, I strongly recommend educators around the world to apply to TED Ed Innovative Educator program which will open next year ! The TEDYouth has inspired me to start TEDx Youth, TEDx ED, and…Passioanable station in Indonesia.

It’s totally the journey of making ideas and passion Passionable!

TED-Ed - TED Innovative Educator presentations, November 13, 2015, New York, NY. Photo: Dian Lofton/TED
TED-Ed – TED Innovative Educator presentations, November 13, 2015, New York, NY. Photo: Dian Lofton/TED
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