Powerful Addresses at #ECOO13

Now that we’re into October, it’s just a few short weeks until #ECOO13 where ECOO and OASBO ICT will BringITTogether in Niagara Falls.  I’ve shared a number of posts about the conference already – “Who Do You Want to Meet at #ECOO13?“, “An #ECOO13 Walkthrough“, and more here.  Can you tell that I’m interested in seeing this event come together?

A good friend of mine told me once that the reason why you get involved with these things is something he called “enlightened self-interest”.  My not-so-subtle interests are to learn and to do my best to help connect Ontario Educators.  I’m hoping that the entire program helps to make all of this happen.

There are over 200 awesome sessions led by Ontario educators offered over the three days.  When you put together a conference like this, you hope that you have enough to appeal to everyone.  I know that the committee is particularly proud and impressed with the collection of proposals that were submitted for all K-12.

For our French language folks, there’s a big collection of offerings specifically chosen for you.

For everyone, there will be five keynote addresses spread out over the event.

D.J. Cunningham – The Google SPOT keynote will showcase the power that Google Apps for Education has to support your teaching, through the innovative use of collaboration, cloud computing and apps.

Robert Baker – Robert Baker has been instrumental in developing technology programs both locally and internationally with a focus on the use of tablet PCs. At Cincinnati Country Day School, Rob is dedicated to creating the most powerful teaching and learning environment anywhere. CCDS is a Microsoft World Tour School, which is a group of the top 30 Schools in the World in terms of technology integration. Rob is an educator first, and this allows him to look at everything through the eyes of pedagogy, not technology.

Amber MacArthur – Amber Mac is an entrepreneur, television host, professional speaker, and bestselling author. She co-hosts a TV show on CTV/BNN called AppCentral, which airs nationally in Canada, Australia, and South Korea. Amber is a regular contributor on CTV News Channel and has appeared on various other networks, such as CNN. She writes weekly for Fast Company, where she discusses social business, digital productivity, and how to work smarter.  Amber has also hosted a number of online video shows for Fast Company, which her digital marketing company produces.

Jaime Casap – Jaime Casap is the Global Education Evangelist at Google, Inc. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools in education. He helps educational organizations across the world find ways to utilize these tools in support of new learning models. His team is responsible for bringing Google tools to millions of administrators, teachers, and students across the globe. Jaime was named one of Tech & Learning’s Top 10 Most Influential in Education, and is a SXSWedu (South by Southwest) Distinguished Speaker.

Kevin Honeycutt – Kevin Honeycutt is a technology integrationist and a staff developer from Central Kansas. He spent 13 years teaching K-12 art and 17 summers leading creative adventure camps for kids of all ages. Kevin now travels the country and the world sharing ideas with educators. His website kevinhoneycutt.org is a valued treasure house of resources for educators.

Please note that each of the keynote speakers will follow their address with breakout sessions to further develop the message they’ve delivered in their keynote.  (Except for Kevin Honeycutt – as the closing keynote speaker, his “follow up” sessions will actually precede his keynote!)

The official website for the conference is located at: http://bringittogether.ca/

The complete conference program is posted to Lanyrd at: http://lanyrd.com/2013/ecoo13/

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