The Best Bits of #BIT16Reads

Trying to grow and sustain a book club over 5 months has been a real experiment.  It all culminates in the biggest and best conference on educational technology in Ontario (maybe Canada!) which is the Bring IT Together conference.  If you’ve never been before, you’ll find a whole bunch of people who want to enable you to go to your next level.  My favourite day is the first one where we get to play in Minds on Media or work deeply in a 1/2 day workshop.  That’s where I’ll be on day 1…learning!

On Thursday November 10th we will finally meet face-to-face at the #BIT16Reads Book Club Breakfast →7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. in the Peller Estates Ballroom A. Our Thursday morning begins with our #BIT16 Reads book club breakfast, right before the conference’s opening keynote speaker, provided through a partnership with TeachOntario and the Ontario School Library Association and facilitated by moi.  Looking forward to seeing you for breakfast and a byte!  We will have discussions through Twitter so make sure to use and follow the hashtag #BIT16Reads.  We will reveal one of the books for next year’s book club and there will be giveaways for everyone who attends.

On Friday November 11th at 10 a.m. in Peller Estates Ballroom D I will present

#BIT16Reads: Cultures that support tech integration in education

I encourage you to spend some time with me and open up some of the issues we encountered in our reading this year. I began this year’s book club asking the question: How can schools develop cultures that facilitate the integration of educational technology? Each of the 5 books we read this year offer insights into these answers.  Through research and leadership, critical thinking, learning strategies and education reform I think we have the power to begin and sustain this transformation.

Please drop me a line here or on Twitter where I’m @banana29 and let me know when we’ll meet up at #BIT16.  Personally, I can’t wait.

 

#BIT15Reads: Face-to-Face

What a ride!  Yes all the rumours were true that teacher job action had affected the attendance at the #BIT15 conference but when I last heard, 1000 people had still registered by Thursday morning.  Not knowing what to expect we leapt forward anyway!

What you might not know is that I’ve been working on developing the book club since the spring and contacted the publishers of all the books on our list to have review copies sent….so I brought 22 books with me to the #BIT15 conference on Thursday morning!  These were all free to give away.  The most asked question of the morning was simply….”Free?”  Yes!  That’s what librarians do!  Peter McAsh and Leslie Boerkamp really made the event possible through reserving the space, helping me set it up, bringing the coffee and breakfast right next to our location, reserving tables and of course, spreading the word.  Leslie even made #BIT15Reads clues inside the social scavenger hunt so all day people were finding me to get answers and hints for points.

Here is a Storify of our tweets over the conference time: https://storify.com/banana29/bit15reads-meets-face-to-face

Here are the glorious photos taken by Tim King during our breakfast and by lunchtime all the books were taken by devoted readers…with 1 catch: they had to make their reading process or responses visible to all of us.  It’s never too late to join #BIT15Reads!  Just login to Goodreads and invite yourself to our group: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/170190-bit15reads  One of our many moderators can add you to our growing list (68 members across Canada and in 4 countries…and counting!)

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