BIT 2014 Day One

As educators, we need to be constantly enriched by new experiences and new learning.  Our  first day at the 2014 ECOO Conference certainly did this for all of us.  We started before 7:00am at the registration desk and were soon into the first keynote and then the half and full-day sessions.

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I love the Minds on Media full day session – I really think it is one of the highlights of the entire conference.

I was able to take in four sessions throughout the day.  I find you really need to sit and talk with the presenters to get a good sense of what they are presenting.  Unlike the next two days where we will be running from workshop to workshop, today there was time to sit and talk to the presenters, try out some new tools and pick up some incredibly valuable resources.

I probably spent the most time in the Mindcraft session.  I am certainly no good at playing the game, but I am starting to get the concept.  Like makerspaces, one of the ideas is to give students a creative outlet to express their ideas in a new and innovative format.  I am starting to see all sorts of applications back at school.  I now have a great set of resources and a wonderful contact person to go to when I get bogged down.

I also learned about Ubuntu and how this operating system can be used to breathe life into old, slow laptops.  I can’t wait to try this out with some of the old machines we have kicking around our house.

 

Loading screen from Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10.
Loading screen from Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s lots to learn talking to the vendors as well. I had some great talks with vendors from Northern Micro, Copernicus, Antidote, SmartpenCentral and Read & Write. I already have resources that I want to purchase for our school that I hope will benefit students and teachers.

The networking possibilities are endless.  Tonight, the learning will continue with a dance back in the main convention center.

 

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BIT 2014 has started!

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Standing room only at first keynote of the day

 

We  have started with our first keynote speaker and the regular schedule is just about to start.  You can see all the events planned today on Lanyard at http://bit.ly/1x7J2k2

Very exciting to be back here.  We started registering delegates last night and closed up at 10:00PM.  This morning we started again at 7:15 and are still registering people now.

Wednesday is the only day where you sign up for sessions.  Some are the morning only some go the entire day.  The wonderful vendor room opens at 10:00am.

I love the Minds on Media session.  It starts now and will go nonstop until 3:30pm.  It is a great opportunity to sit with presenters and try out the programs and products they are featuring.  But, don’t take my word.  Just follow the #bit14 hashtag today.

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ECOO2013 Wednesday am

The conference starts in just under an hour.  Struggling with lousy hotel wifi, but persisting.
I am hoping to take in Minds On Media today.  Here is the line-up:

What Minds On Media Centres are at ECOO this year? \

– Create More, Consume Less: Creation apps and effective use. Angie Harrison,York Region DSB: @TechieAng

– Tune In To Learn: Broadcasting with your Students – Aviva Dunsiger, Hamilton-Wentworth DSB: @avivaloca

– Rock Your World: Creating in Garageband for iOS – Royan Lee , York Region DSB: @royanlee

– Inquiry Science: Tinker. Play. Think. – Colin Jagoe, Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB: @colinjagoe

– ArcGIS – online & mobile: Mapping & Geography Peter McAsh, Avon Maitland DSB: @pmcash

– The Sum of the Parts: Constructing and Capturing Conceptual Understanding in Mathematics – MaryKay Goindi, Upper Grand DSB: @MKGoindi

– Playing with Media Literacy – Michelle Solomon, Neil Andersen, Carol Arcus, The Association for Media Literacy: @msolomonteacher

– Introducing Kids to Computer Programming. It might be easier than you think … David Scott Upper Grand DSB

– Building a PLN (Personal Learning Network) – Tim King, Upper Grand DSB: @tk1ng

– N00bing it up in Minecraft: And how it relates to school- Liam O’Donnell, Toronto DSB: @liamodonnell

I met one of the presenters, Peter McAsh last night at registration.  Right now, I am on the waiting list – really hope to get there early and get a spot!  Doug Peterson wrote about this session last week and it really sounds like the place to start.

today's presenters Minds on Media
today’s presenters Minds on Media