Now What?

Another successful Bring IT, Together Conference is “in the books.”  So, now what?

The learning continues.  Keep in contact with those people you meet at the conference.  Work together.  Collaborate.  Exchange ideas.

Many presenters will have posted resources and materials on the page for their session in Lanyrd.  The Lanyrd page contains the contact information for the presenter(s).

A volunteer used Facebook to Live Stream various sessions.  These videos are available on our BIT Facebook Page.

Tweets of interest to educators and IT professionals will be posted to @BringIT2016 regularly.

We will continue to use #bit16 hashtag and will gradually migrate to #bit17.  The name of our Twitter account will change to reflect the new year but you don’t have to do anything.  If you follow us now, you will follow us with our new name.

Save the Dates:
November 8, 9, and 10, 2017 for #BIT17

Peter McAsh

ECOO Annual General Meeting

All ECOO members are invited to attend the 2016 AGM, scheduled for Thursday Nov. 10th at noon in the Peller Estates ballroom A. The AGM meeting is a required formal process for ECOO which covers:
– the approval of the 2015 AGM minutes
– reports from 15/16 board members regarding ECOO business,
– BIT16 conference report,
– a presentation of the ECOO financial statements
– and the results from the ECOO election campaign from the fall.
It is noted that not all positions on the ECOO Board were filled through the fall election process so an important part of this meeting will be to accept nominations for open positions for the 16/17 Board of Directors. New voices and energy are in integral part of keeping ECOO a vibrant and forward thinking association that will continue to play a key role in shaping education in Ontario, growing capacity in technology enabled learning, sharing our collective learning and raising the profile of effective use of technology across the classrooms in the province.
On behalf of the current board of directors, we look forward to your participation at the AGM.
Mark Carbone
ECOO President

Social Media – #BIT16 and #NotAtBIT16

We realize that not everyone can attend #BIT16.  Some of you might want to come for all 3 days, but that is not possible either.  

Those of you who are at #BIT16 realize that you can’t do / see everything.

We’ve got you covered with Bring IT, Together social media.

Step 1: Connect with Bring IT, Together

Pick your preferred social media streams and make sure you add / follow / like us:


Twitter:  @BringIT2016

Instagram:  bring_it_together

Step 2:  Monitor social media

During the conference, we will use the hashtags #BIT16 and #NotAtBIT16 for all our social media posts.  You are all tech savvy – use your favorite app / software to monitor the social media streams.

Step 3:  Share / Learn

Post to social media, using #BIT16 and #NotATBIT16, to share your experiences.  Interact and learn from the information posted.

What Bring IT, Together will share during the conference:

Timely Twitter posts:  We will keep you informed about changes / updates / upcoming events.  These posts will use only #BIT16 hashtag as those who cannot attend will just be upset to see what they are missing!

Facebook Live Stream:  On Wednesday we will experiment with using Facebook Live Streaming to show you what’s happening.  Thursday and Friday we will live stream one session from each time slot.   A BIT Volunteer will stream the session that he/she is attending.   Keep in mind that this is the first time we’ve tried this.  BIT followers, of all people, should understand that something will likely go wrong and we will deal with it (no pun intended).

Thursday Keynote Live Stream:  Thursday at 8:30 am we will Live Stream Shelly Sanchez Terrell’s keynote.  Details will be posted to Twitter and Facebook.

Wandering Instagram:  Volunteers will be wandering the venue and be taking pictures that will be posted to Instagram and Twitter.  Who will you recognize?

Peter McAsh

Creating Your Own Personal Schedule in Lanyrd

As you may know, for the past few years the Bring IT, Together Conference has used Lanyrd as an organizing tool for the many sessions we offer at the conference. Lanyrd is available as both a website and as an app for Android and iPad. The URL for this year’s conference is:

One of the useful features of Lanyrd is that it allows attendees to create their own digital schedule of the sessions they want to attend. To do this, you need to have a Lanyrd account, which you can easily create using your email address, Twitter or Linkedin account. To create your account you may go to or choose “Sign in” on the web page or app and you will see an option to register an account.

You will find the “Sign In” in the top right corner of the page if you are using the web version or on the opening page of the app. If you are using the app, you can find the conference schedule by entering “BIT16” in the search window.

Once you have signed in to BIT16 on Lanyrd, the next step in creating your own schedule is to pick your sessions. In the web version ( the schedule appears by day as Day 1 (Wed.), Day 2 (Thurs.) and Day 3 (Fri.) Clicking on any one of these days will bring up a list of the sessions offered. The app version provides a list of the sessions in order by day and time.

When you click on a session to view it, you will see two buttons “Attend” and “Track,” which are used to make your own schedule. If you find a session you want to attend, click the Attend button. If you’re not sure but want to keep it in mind, click the Track button.

In the web version of Lanyrd, you have the option to view the schedule in Grid View and then in Full Page. When you do so, you will see that the sessions you have chosen to Attend or Track are now colour-coded so that you can easily see which sessions you had in mind for each time slot.

In the app version of Lanyrd, the sessions you select to Attend or Track show up in “Your Schedule,” your own personal schedule for the conference.

In either version, you may choose to Stop Attending or Stop Tracking whenever you like and make new selections. One word of caution though: sometimes the changes don’t appear immediately and you may have to close the web page or app, and then re-open it in order for the changes to appear.

Sadly, Lanyrd has been down more often than we would like this year. For that reason, we recommend using the app version because it gives you the option to save the event offline. Then, even when the Lanyrd site is down, you can still view the schedule.

Jeff Reaburn


Social Events!

It’s almost go time for all things #BIT16, and as a member of the conference committee, I’m bursting with anticipation and excitement for all things social related to the Bring IT, Together conference.

If you have never participated in any of our FREE social events before, I challenge you to come out and play with us!  #BIT16 didn’t become the BEST ed-tech conference in Ontario over night and with little to no planning!  No way!  Instead, we’ve purposefully planned ways to bring you and your peers together throughout the conference to mix, mingle, make connections, laugh, and grow together!  

Tell me that there’s not something below from our slew of social events that doesn’t have you intrigued or wanting to participate!  I bet, rather, that you’ll find two or three that you’re curious about!  We want to see you there!  Come, stop by, say, “hello!” We would LOVE to meet you in the flesh!

So, here’s the list, and it’s lengthy, but we’ll guarantee there is something for everyone!

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016:

  1. MEGA-MINGLE → At 7-11 p.m. on Wednesday evening, our welcome reception and Mega-Mingle will take place in the lobby of the SCCN.  Stop by to pick up your registration package or chat about the day’s learnings from the Mega Minds On Media event held earlier in the day.  Regardless, we can’t wait to welcome you with a FREE beverage to start your #BIT16 conference!
  2. HyperJam Open Mic Session → From 7-11 p.m. on Wednesday evening, join us at the mega-mingle welcome reception for our first annual HypeJam!  All singers and players are welcome to join; a sign-up sheet will be on site, so no need to pre-register! Sing or play, on your own, or with the house band, the fabulous Niagara #BIT Players. Every participant will have a chance to perform 3 songs, and be eligible for participation prizes, courtesy of Long and McQuade, at the end of the session.  How cool is that?

Thursday, November 10th, 2016:

  1. #BIT16 Reads Book Club Breakfast7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.  Our Thursday morning begins with our #BIT16 Reads book club breakfast, provided through a partnership with TeachOntario and the Ontario School Library Association and facilitated by Alanna King (@aking).  Looking forward to seeing you for breakfast and a byte!
    (Provided for participants of the #BIT16 Reads Book Club only)
  2. Thursday ‘AfterSLAM’ Reception → After a full day of learning and listening to all those awesome SLAM sessions, it’s time to unwind with a FREE drink, a FREE appetiser or two, and join new friends or old to mix and mingle.  All of this excitement will happen in the Learning Hall, where you will join the #BIT16 Conference Committee for prizes and a social time.  Be sure to take advantage of the free beverage ticket (given at the ‘AfterSLAM’ reception in the Learning Hall) and prize ticket for your chance to win some pretty cool prizes!  5 – 7 p.m.
  3. BIT’s Got Talent Contest → Do you sing or play an instrument? Then register for FREE for BIT’s Got Talent, your chance to show off your talent and win valuable prizes (gift certificates valued at up to a $100) courtesy of Long and McQuade! You can perform alone, or have the Niagara #BIT Players back you up. Just register using the link below, and let us know which 3 songs you would like to perform. Winners will be selected by the audience, so bring your friends! Contestants must register online to be eligible for the contest prizes. Thursday, November 10th from 5-7pm in the Learning Hall at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.
  4. Breakout EDU  Join Sylvia Ducksworth, Kim Pollishuke, Sandra Chow, and Leslie Boerkamp at 7:30 p.m. in the Peller Estates Ballroom C for a social evening that will be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before!  These ladies will have you completing a series of challenges, revealing clues, and unlocking mysteries in order to win the Breakout EDU game. This unique, fun, and creative game is only available to the first 100 registrants.  Don’t delay and register in CVENT today!  (Or if you haven’t registered yet, go back into CVENT and edit your conference details!)
  5. BIT Minecraft Party → Starts at 8:30 p.m. and runs until midnight!  Gumby and other members of the GamingEDUs community will host their fourth annual Minecraft LAN Party in Niagara Falls on the evening of Thursday, November 10th, 2016.  Stop by Peller Estates Ballroom B at the Scotiabank Convention Centre for some crazy Minecraft fun! Details in Lanyrd
  6. Social time at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville → 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.  Join us for a condensed discounted menu of appetisers and house favourites while #BIT16’s EdTech Karaoke Party is taking place.  Perhaps you sing or can carry a tune?  Whether you’re an avid singer or someone who simply likes to toe-tap along to favourites of the past or present, the #BIT16 EdTech Karaoke Party is for you!  Prizes available to be won for those who participate and are in attendance.  This party brings conference attendees together to continue to network outside the convention centre!

Friday, November 11th, 2016:

  1. Rise and shine it’s exercise time!  Run, walk, and be active with Alanna and Leslie!  Join us at 7a.m. at the Marriott Gateway on the Falls.  We will strut our stuff through the streets of Niagara Falls and venture down to the falls on our fun run/walk.  You don’t need to be an olympian to join us, but if you are, we’ll look forward to your company anyway!  We promise to have you back in time for your last day of the #BIT16 conference.

And that my dear #BIT16 friends are the planned and posted social events for this year’s conference.  Plus, we have two more opportunities to play and win that we’ll surprise you with on Thursday and Friday mornings before our keynotes!  Oh, what could it be?

Leaving you guessing,

Leslie Boerkamp