Update – Session Selection / Registration

IMG_1111Nine members of the BIT Organization Committee meet in London (8 in person, one via Skype) to select the 122 50-minute sessions that will be offered Thursday and Friday at this year’s conference.  Not an easy task given the large number of excellent session proposals submitted.

Each proposal was reviewed, using the results from the full committee evaluation process.  The vast majority of the sessions selected for Thursday and Friday demonstrate the pedagogically-driven integration of technology in education.

This coming week, emails will be sent to everyone who submitted a session proposal.  For those who have had a session accepted, a prompt response would be appreciated.  When the acceptance emails have been received, the session information will be loaded into Lanyrd and everyone will be able to review the outstanding lineup of session available this year.

For those interested in extensive hands-on experience, plan to attend Wednesday.  A blog post in the very near future will outline what has been planned.

A number of people have asked when registration will open.  The answer is, soon.  Very soon.  We realize that some of you need to register prior to the end of this school year.  We assure you that this will be possible.

Keep checking here, and our social media feeds for conference updates.

Presentations Committee:  Jeff, Doug, Peter

Bring IT, Together 2016 – Keynote Speakers

Thursday, November 10 – Shelly Sanchez Terrell

ShellyTerrellShelly Sanchez Terrell 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.”

Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via TeacherRebootCamp.com and on Twitter @ShellTerrell.

Friday, November 11 – Jesse Brown

JesseBrownEducators in Ontario will know Jesse Brown as one of the founders of Bitstrips for Schools, and more recently Bitmoji.  

Jesse is also known as a Digital Media Expert, a Disruptive Journalist and a Futurist.  His reflections focus upon questions such as:  What does the future hold for Canada? Are our institutions and economy at odds with rapid technological and cultural change? Are we keeping up? From business to government to media, disruption is here. Technology and media expert Jesse Brown explains the challenging shifts ahead, and how to stay on top of them.

Update – Session Proposal Selection

It was exactly one month ago (April 10) when we posted about the process for Session Proposal Selection.

All the sessions have been reviewed by multiple members of the Conference Committee.  This is a month-long process as each member had over 40 proposals to review and all the committee members are volunteers with other commitments.

The review process data is being analysed.  Various spreadsheets capturing different aspects of the review have been created and are being analysed.

The final step in the process will be a face-to-face meeting to make the final selections.  The first available date for the required committee members to meet is May 28.  As a result, email notifications will be sent in early June.

Prompt responses to the emails in early June will allow us to populate Lanyrd with this year’s conference program and open registration.

Bring IT, Together is “the” #edtech conference to attend for a variety of reasons.  The quality of the sessions is second to none for Ontario Educators.  Many initiatives have started or sustained themselves as a result of attendance at this conference.  The common thread running through presentations, presenters, and attendees is alignment with the Ontario Curriculum.  That makes this conference the authoritative voice for the best demonstration of technology and classroom pedagogy using that technology in the province.

Stay tuned for information about keynotes, volunteer opportunities, social events, and much more!

Presentations Committee:  Jeff, Doug, Peter