BIT16 – Live Feedback Hangout

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. You can view the archive of the twitter chat and Google Hangout On Air here.

Original (now modified) message:
The following questions will be discussed in the Hangout and twitter chat:

  1. Does having a keynote continue to make sense?  What are the benefits? What are the pitfalls?
  2. For the past few years BIT has had hands-on workshops and Minds on Media on Wednesday, sessions, innovation stations and the learning space on Thursday and Friday. How does the current structure meet your professional learning needs?  Suggestions for improvement?
  3. Over the past few years BIT has coordinated a variety of social events such as karaoke, jam sessions, magic shows, receptions and break-out EDU activities. Does coordinating large social events make sense for the people attending?
  4. Vendor support significantly helps offset conference costs. How does the vendor hall impact the experience for participants?
  5. Other – do you have any other productive suggestions to improve the BIT conference (examples: facility, registration and other logistical things)?

If you have any questions please email Jaclyn at .

Thank you for helping us make BIT an amazing conference!

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