Humble beginnings: launching #BIT15Reads

The first steps of #BIT15Reads Book Club

In 2014, a bold man took on the daunting task of discussing a book at an educational technology conference.  That session catapulted our quest for deeper meaning and so we bring to you the Bring IT Together book club (#BIT15Reads)

The aim of the book club is to

  • deepen the conference
  • build longevity in the learning that happens during the conference
  • to encourage the community of ECOO/OASBO-ICT members .

The 2014 conference session that inspired our current book club had about 80 attendees with a panel of educational speakers.  This year, conference participants will have

a) choice of up to 20 books to read as suits their own professional development and

b) the opportunity to engage with pre-conference discussion and events.

We’re going to blog, discuss, tweet and videoconference with club members, and….the authors!!  Many of them are already on board.

As the book club develops you can stay tuned here or join us in Goodreads. I will announce any new items here, on Twitter and in Goodreads in the book club.  The only rule of #BITReads15 book club is to talk about books, a lot, anywhere, anytime.

Launching a book club with a riddle

My White Pine book club is growing stale. The same few students join every year (which is awesome) but I’m not reaching as far as I’d like to in my secondary school of 1200 students. So I’m trying an additional book club this year in a different format. The book I’ve chosen is “This Dark Endeavour” by Kenneth Oppel and if you haven’t read it you should!

So each week we’ll run a seminar on an interesting topic within the book in hopes of engaging new students!  I hope it will also promote inquiry-based thinking and lead to new possibilities.

This week’s seminar will be lead by Adam Wallace, and he’s going to talk all about Switzerland and cover many of the places the characters visit in the book.  Here’s our promo: