Something for Everyone

The BringIT,Together 2016 conference offers a variety of presentation opportunities to meet the various learning styles of attendees and presenters alike. If you are considering submitting a proposal for a session at this year’s conference (#BIT16), take a look at the session types listed below to see what best suits your topic or presentation style. Every year we are looking for new presenters: if you have never presented before, we encourage you to take the plunge and submit a proposal.

Wednesday, the opening day of the conference, is intended as a hands-on workshop day where attendees learn by doing. For several years, the largest session on Wednesday has been the day-long “Minds on Media” organized by Brenda Sherry and Peter Skillen, who assemble a team of expert presenters on a range of topics. Attendees have the opportunity to spend as much time as they like with any or all of the presenters. Here is how the hosts described it last year: “Imagine a room full of teachers who are skilled in using new technologies for learning and teaching. Visit one of the centres or visit them all! You might be an absolute beginner or a whiz with technology—but this is about using new technologies with students through a ‘tinkering’ lens. You choose your ‘entry point’. Build your own plan for the day or be led by one of our facilitators or pedagogistas.” (A list of the topics at last year’s Minds on Media can be found at .)

Brenda and Peter are once again hosting Minds on Media but we are aiming to make this an even bigger session, a Mega Minds on Media, with a new wrinkle. In the past, Brenda and Peter have assembled the team of presenters themselves: this year, they have graciously agreed to extend the opportunity through the Call for Proposals. So, if you have a topic that lends itself to this style of workshop and would like to be a part of this mega session, we invite you to submit a proposal for a Wednesday session and then answer yes to the question on proposal form that asks if you would be interested in the Minds on Media format.

Not all hands-on topics lend themselves to the learning stations approach and so we will also offer the traditional half  and full-day sessions on Wednesday. These are intended for topics that delve into a topic in depth or take attendees on a step by step learning experience. But we do want to emphasize that these should be active and interactive sessions for the attendees in keeping with our workshop theme.

On Thursday and Friday, in addition to outstanding keynote presentations, BIT16 will offer a variety of 50-minute presentation opportunities. These typically take a variety of forms: formal presentations, panel discussions, presentation of research studies, guided conversations, demonstrations of technologies and teaching/learning strategies, and more. The choice is up to you, the presenter, to pick the style that works the best. For an idea of what these are like, you can see descriptions of all of last year’s sessions .

Each year we reserve a number of the 50-minute blocks for French language sessions and we are always looking for new French language presenters. So if you have experience or expertise you would like to share en français, please submit a proposal.

Last year we added a new type of presentation that we called Innovation Stations. This is a less formal presentation in a trade show style of setting during the lunch hour on Thursdayand Friday. Presenters are set up at a table in the Learning Hall with a screen and data projector and they share or demonstrate their learning with attendees informally. In the past these have been called poster sessions and they encourage a less formal, more conversational style of interaction.

Throughout the conference venue there are seating areas, nooks and corners for quiet conversation where presenters and attendees can meet to extend conversations that may have started or been prompted in a session. These are great opportunities for both learning and networking, a great way to expand your PLN.

As I mentioned earlier, we are always looking for new topics and especially new presenters. If you have expertise or a learning experience to share, please consider submitting a proposal for BIT16. Click on the Call for Proposals link on the left to read the Call for Proposals message and get access to the proposal form. We are confident there is a presentation opportunity that will work for you.

Jeff Reaburn
Presentations Committee