Back to School – #BIT16 To Do List

As you head back to school, here are a few things that should be on your “#BIT16 To Do” List:

  1. Apply NOW for funding / release time to attend #BIT16 – request all three days!  November 9, 10, and 11
  2. Register for #BIT16 – will you be one of the 100 to participate in the BreakOutEDU social event?
  3. Book your accommodations
  4. Work with Lanyrd to start planning which sessions you want to attend – the full conference schedule is online NOW
  5. Follow @BringIT2016 on Twitter for a daily stream of information related to #edtech  and updates on #BIT16

See you in November!

Peter McAsh
socialmedia@bringittogether.ca

 

The Learning Space – Please Suggest Topics for Conversation

Over the past three years The Learning Space at Bring IT Together has developed into a place for deep conversation. Topics and facilitators are organized ahead of time and then anyone interested comes for a conversation. These conversations differ from sessions in that they are not structured. The facilitator has experience in the area and helps keep the conversation going, but everyone present can join in, share and debate.

We are looking for topic suggestions for this year’s Learning Space. Please use this form to make recommendations: http://goo.gl/forms/db4H3AWQGAoqZNzY2  

If you have questions about The Learning Space please contact Jaclyn Calder at learning@bringittogether.ca .

Summertime and the livin’ is easy…

…according to George Gershwin.

The traditional school year has come to a close.

The professional learning for most of you continues through the summer.  There are workshops, AQ courses, conferences, online courses….

For those who are involved with the IT side of education, the summer is very busy as it’s the best time to work on networks and equipment.  And, there’s always additional training and courses to be completed.

The BIT Organizing Committee will meet again (online) at the end of August.  Everything’s coming together nicely with expectations high for another successful conference in November.

Registration for BIT16 is now OPEN! Presenters are reminded that they do need to register as attendees using the registration code that was previously sent to them.

If you haven’t heard, our keynote speakers this year are Shelley Sanchez Terrell and Jesse Brown. Shelley is a teacher trainer, elearning specialist, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. You can learn more about her by visiting her website: http://www.shellyterrell.com/ .

Educators in Ontario would know Jesse as one of the founders of Bitstrips for Schools, and more recently Bitmoji. However, he is also a well-known media critic who has worked for CBC radio, hosted his own podcast and written for newspapers and magazines. As a “disruptive journalist” he is now host and publisher of Canadaland a crowd-funded news site focused on media.

If you would like to do some reading this summer, the BIT16Reads Book Club will be of interest to you.

Sylvia Duckworth is leading a team that will be creating a customized BreakoutEDU event.  It is being held as a social event on Thursday evening.  It is limited to the first 100 people who select the event when they register.  Sylvia is also presenting a session on BreakoutEDU on Friday – details are in Lanyrd.

Lanyrd, your electronic conference planner, is a work in progress.  All the confirmed sessions have been entered and you can see the draft schedule: http://lanyrd.com/2016/bit16/   There may be a few minor changes and updates over the summer but the current schedule provides an excellent overview of the learning offered this year.  Session leaders will shortly be receiving instructions on how to use Lanyrd so that they can update their sessions throughout the summer and as the conference approaches.  

Our Wednesday sessions will again be half and full day workshop style sessions but we have expanded the Minds on Media session to include approximately 30 stations. It will truly be a “Mega” Minds On Media event this year. For more information on Mega Minds On Media and the other Wednesday workshops, please check out http://lanyrd.com/2016/bit16/nov-09/

In the meantime, stay true to George Gershwin…
Relax.  Enjoy time with your family and friends.  Get registered for BIT2016. Keep learning!

Peter McAsh
socialmedia@bringittogether.ca