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

Who do you want to meet?

In two weeks, the biggest Ontario Educational computer conference will kick off in Niagara Falls. Bring IT, Together is the place to be and learn if you’re a technology-using educator.

The conference features three days of keynotes, breakout sessions, workshops, vendor exhibits in the exhibition hall, and social events. It’s not an event to be missed.

But, it’s more than that. The Who’s Who of Ontario computing- using educators will be there.  You don’t have to look far to find a Blogger, Instagrammer, Twitterer, Facebooker, or other leader in the province.

This may be your best chance to connect with someone you might not normally have the opportunity to meet.

How to do it?

When you get there …

Just keep your eyes open. They’re there to learn as well and will be attending the same activities that you are. You might even be sitting next to them. Just introduce yourself.

Don’t take any short cuts. Make sure that you’re hitting the Learning Hall, have a coffee in the lobby, attend the reception and get out to as many social events as you can.

Before you get there …

Let folks know that you’re going. If you’re looking for connections, you’ll find them. There are a lot of others who use the opportunity to renew and make connections themselves. Tweet your intentions using the hashtag #bit16

Use Lanyrd. People who have registered through Lanyrd will be visible if you check out those attending. There is a feature of Lanyrd to express a desire to connect with someone.

Go to your Lanyrd dashboard.

People you want to meet:<YOU>/want-to-meet/

People who want to meet you:<YOU>/want-to-meet-you/

Whatever you do …

Don’t leave with regrets. Introduce yourself; make the connections; connect classrooms; connect yourself professionally.  

You grow when you do.

Doug Peterson

Learning Space and Innovation Stations at #BIT16

If you are looking for something a BIT different in addition to the regular 50-minute sessions, BIT16 is the place to be! The Learning Space and Innovation Stations will be of interest to folks who want to do a bit more talking than listening for a while.

The Learning Space

learningspaceThe Learning Space is a place for conversation. Facilitators are booked in to guide the conversation around some debatable topics. Check out Lanyrd for Learning Space conversations on Thursday and Friday.  You will find the Learning Space in the alcove (with all the comfy chairs) just past the entrance to the Learning Hall.

Innovation Stations

The Innovation Stations grew out of a need for networking, conversation, and informal sharing. These are booths set up around the dining area during the lunch break on Thursday and Friday. Browse the booths, chat with Ontario educators, ask lots of questions and make connections. Check out the schedule on Lanyrd for Innovation Stations over the lunch break on Thursday and Friday!

If you have questions about either of these two opportunities for learning please give Jaclyn Calder a shout at 

Haven’t registered yet, click here

#BIT16 does French


La conférence Bring IT, Together est née d’un besoin de collaboration entre les équipes pédagogiques et les services informatiques des conseils scolaires désirant assurer une utilisation pertinente des technologies dans le milieu scolaire. Cette conférence, parrainée à la fois par ECOO et OASBO-ICT, regroupe ces deux équipes dans un même lieu pendant 3 jours afin de faciliter les conversations, les apprentissages et les collaborations.

Les sessions du mercredi sont interactives! Venez participer aux nombreux ateliers mains-sur-les touches afin d’explorer les possibilités pédagogiques de notions, d’applications et de projets innovants.

Jeudi, la conférencière Shelley Terrell Sanchez (@ShellTerrell) nous propose de relever des défis. Son discours est intitulé Trends, Areas for Growth and Challenges. Vendredi, Jesse Brown (@JesseBrown) va étudier l’avenir du Canada dans son discours: Next Canada.

Des sessions traditionnelles, des stations d’innovation, le Learning Space et le salon des exposants seront disponibles jeudi et vendredi. Venez choisir parmi les 150 différentes sessions qui seront présentées jeudi et vendredi. Les descriptions des sessions de la conférence sont disponibles dans Lanyrd. Vous pouvez accéder à Lanyrd via votre navigateur web, mais, mieux encore, vous pouvez télécharger l’application pour votre appareil mobile et vous aurez l’horaire complet entre vos mains!

N’oubliez pas de participer à la conversation en ligne sur Twitter (@BringIT2016). Partagez vos coups de coeur, ou posez vos questions : la communauté numérique sera là pour échanger avec vous!

Si vous n’êtes pas encore inscrits, c’est le temps de le faire! Utilisez ce lien. Ne manquez pas cette occasion unique. Venez partager des idées, discuter des défis et explorer les pratiques gagnantes partagées par les éducateurs et les professionnels de l’éducation de l’Ontario.

J’ai hâte de vous retrouver à BIT16 en novembre!

Lise Galuga