Almost as soon at BringITTogether 2013 was over, contracts were signed, a planning committee struck, and work begun on BringITTogether 2014. The official hashtag will be #BIT14 and the official Twitter account is @bit2014. Please start following now! The conference will be held November 5-7, 2014 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. Last year’s conference was incredibly received with a huge turnout and plans are under way to make this year’s event bigger, better, and even more social. Plan now to join us.
You can look for a Call for Presenters shortly; I’ll announce it on here on my blog and it will be announced on the BringITTogether website as well.
To date, your Conference Committee has engaged two speakers to keynote the conference. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Thursday morning keynote, Richard Byrne. I’ve known Richard for a few years, typically catching up at ISTE Conferences. We attended a baseball game in Baltimore and were part of a Professional Learning team that presented at the Teacher2Teacher Conference in Bow Island.
If you do any sort of research for educational resources, you will have run across Richard’s efforts.
Richard Byrne is a former high school social studies teacher best known for developing the award-winning blog Free Technology for Teachers. He has been invited to speak at events all over North America, Europe, Australia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Richard’s work is focused on sharing free web-based resources that educators can use to enhance their students’ learning experiences.
Richard is a five time winner of the Edublogs Award for Best Resource Sharing Blog. Richard became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009. 2012 saw Richard receive a Merlot Classics award from chancellor’s office of California State University. In 2010 he was a finalist for ACTEM’s (Association of Computer Teachers and Educators in Maine) educator of the year award. Tech & Learning Magazine named Richard one of their “people to watch” in their 100@30 30th Anniversary celebration (http://techlearning.com/article/26660).
On a daily basis Richard’s blog Free Technology for Teachers reaches a subscriber base of more than 60,000 educators. In addition to writing Free Technology for Teachers, Richard also maintains iPadApps4School.com, Android4Schools.com, and PracticalEdTech.com. Richard’s print work includes a monthly column for School Library Journal, contributing author to What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media, and contributions to Teacher Librarian. Richard lives in Woodstock, Maine with his loyal dogs Max and Morrison.
Plan now to meet Richard and join other Ontario Educators in Niagara Falls this November.