The Call for Proposals is now open to submit proposal ideas to the conference committee for the 2015 edition of Bring IT Together in Niagara Falls from November 4-6, 2015!
Go here to find more info and to submit your proposal!
This is an invitation to join a special live event on February 10. Please share this opportunity with your colleagues.
Dean Shareski: “Teacher as Researcher”
In a world of constant flux and change, waiting for the white paper on “best practice” may not be the best way for teachers to stay innovative and provide the best experience for students. What is the role of teacher as researcher? What does or could it look like to be in a state of perpetual experimentation?
February 10, 2015 8 p.m. EST – 9 p.m. EST
Please use this link to enter the synchronous meeting room any time after 7:30 p.m.:
OSSEMOOC is “Ontario School and System Leaders Educational Technology Massive Open Online Community” – created by OSAPAC to support Ontario leaders in becoming connected. We host open live conversations every Tuesday evening. Watch the website for upcoming topics, guests and links to events.
Established in 1979, the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO) is a non-profit organization that facilitates the integration of new computing technology into the educational curriculum. ECOO works to enhance student learning by supporting technology-using-educators through:
hosting an annual conference;
forming partnerships with other educational organizations and vendors; and
liaising with the Ministry of Education.
Educational technology is common to both the English and French systems in Ontario, and crosses all curriculum areas in the elementary and secondary panels. With the rapid advancements in technology and the ever-increasing use of devices and social media in teaching and learning, there exists a pressing need for professional learning for classroom teachers. Attending the annual ECOO conference, the various edcamps across Ontario, the Google Summit and sharing ideas through social media are just a few of the ways in which ECOO members are acquiring new skills in technology.
In 2013, as a focus for the annual conference, Bring IT, Together (BIT), the co-chairs reached out to their colleagues in the French-language system in an effort to provide a full French-language stream. There were several choices of workshops in French, presented by francophones and applicable to the French-language system and curriculum. LEARNStyle presented a half-day Google workshop in French, which was very well attended. Additionally, the National Film Board (NFB) provided a half-day review of their classroom resources in French. One of the co-chairs communicated with AEFO and information about the conference was distributed to all Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) members. During the plenary sessions, some welcome remarks were made in French for our francophone colleagues.
Some feedback from francophones during and after the conference included suggestions and requests that the ECOO website be translated for French-language teachers and administrators and that resources for francophones be available on the website.
ECOO has entered into an agreement with the French-language branch of the Ministry of Education to create a French ECOO website. The project objectives are to translate, adapt and maintain the ECOO website in French in order to better inform the French-language education community of the programs being offered by ECOO and the resources available.
A French ECOO website will benefit and support all of Ontario’s classroom teachers in the French-language system who are interested in and/or already engaged in the use of technology and social media. The development of this site will ultimately facilitate meeting several educational objectives:
Improve student learning
Enhance teacher professional learning
Provide capacity-building for teachers
Support the use of technology in the classroom
Support 21st Century teaching and learning practices
Mastery of written French
Mastery of: Content Management Systems (CMS); web server management; database management;video editing; social media literacy
Ontario Certified Teacher
Consultations with the ECOO website manager
Translation and adaptation of the website including:
production of French video tutorials
Translation and proofreading of website content and resources
Research to add French resources to the site
Development of promotional material for ECOO, French-language education community and Ministry of Education, French-language branch
On-going maintenance including follow-up with users, regular updates and reporting on usage of the site
On-going translation of the ECOO site
A cover letter
A current résumé
HST Registration number (if applicable)
Breakdown of fees: estimated number of hours, rate per hour, total cost to complete the project
Samples of past project work in this field
Please submit your proposal in English, in PDF format, by Friday, November 14, 2014, 11:59 pm EST to:
Mark Carbone, ECOO President: firstname.lastname@example.org
To get a sneak peak at some of the big ideas from keynote speakers and breakout sessions for November’s upcoming conference, Michelle Cordy @cordym ECOO’s project manager, will be hosting a series of pre-BIT interviews.
Please tune in live or watch the interviews at your own convenience to get inspired for #BIT14. The link to view the interview will be available on the Google+ Event pages or on Twitter just prior to the scheduled interview times.
Pre BIT14 Episode One: Keynote speaker Richard Byrne
Took place Tuesday, October 14: Youtube link
Pre BIT14 Episode Two: Keynote Speaker George Couros @gcouros
Date: Wednesday, October 15 8:00 am
Date: Wednesday, October 15 9:00 pm
October 16th 8:30 pm (still to be confirmed)
Pre BIT14 Episode Four: Artemis Papert and Brian Silverman
Wednesday, Oct 22nd at 8pm.
There will be more to come! Follow the #BIT14 and #ECOO hashtags for other webcasts. See our previous webcasts on our YouTube Channel.
Have you registered for Bring IT Together2 yet?
This exceptional event will Bring IT Together for educators & education professionals from across Ontario and beyond.
Wednesday features a number of full-day Wednesday Workshop options run in parallel to a full-day OASBO-ICT track (keynote and sessions). Thursday and Friday each feature keynotes and a huge selection of Core Conference sessions. Networking and social events, in addition to the expanded Exhibition Hall, are featured on all three days. bit#14 keynote speakers include George Couros, Richard Byrne, Ron Canuel, Artemis Papert, and Brian Silverman.
For more information, please visit our conference website at http://bringittogether.ca/