Bring IT Together 2: Reminder Call for Proposals


We hope you had a great March Break and have come back well rested. If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to submit your proposal for a breakout session at the BringIT, Together 2 conference, which is taking place November 5-7, 2014 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls. The call for proposals is still open but the deadline for submissions is approaching: so don’t miss out on this great opportunity to share your learning and learn from colleagues from across the province and beyond.

The Conference Committee, which includes representatives from ECOO and OASBO ICT, are hoping you will bring your experience and expertise and help us Bring IT Together again this year. We are Ontario’s showcase for innovation and excellence in education and we look forward to seeing the diversity of learning approaches involving technology that educators like you can offer to the educational community. Technology in the classroom is a hot topic and so the time has never been better to share the great things that are happening in our classrooms. We invite you to participate in this wonderful learning opportunity.

The BringITtogether website contains a link to the Call for Proposals form where you can provide us with a description of your proposal and submit it to the conference committee for consideration. More detailed information about your session will be requested if your proposal is selected for inclusion in the conference.

The Call for Proposals will close in a few weeks, after which the BringITtogether Committee will review the submissions and meet to discuss the proposals, confirm the accepted sessions and develop the schedule. Those who have submitted proposals will then be notified.

We encourage you to submit a proposal now.

Cyndie Jacobs, Doug Peterson Co-Chairs

In the News – Literacy

There is nothing quite like a big event to bring the world together.  We’re exposed to at least two big ones right now – Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 and the referendum in Crimea.  You can’t turn on a television, radio, open a newspaper or go to your favourite online news site without seeing these stories near or at the top of the news.

It’s bound to raise questions from students in class and discussions at an age-appropriate level are helpful.

For the older students, it’s also a good opportunity to do some investigation into Literacy and the editorial slant of news providers.

One of the very best resources is the Newseum.  In particular, the link that lets you take a look at the front pages of newspapers from around the world.

The Anchorage Daily News and the Toronto Star features the stories prominently on their Sunday newspapers.


Click on the thumbnails above to link to the actual newspaper image.

  • How are the stories treated from different locations about the world?
  • Are the stories written by staff reporters or are they syndicated from other sources?
  • What are the dangers of getting your news from one source?
  • How do the various newspapers arrange their articles for maximum exposure?
  • Can you read the newspaper from a different language source?

There are lots of good questions that can be generated.

Perhaps even a comparison of how your local newspaper stacks up with others around the world is in order.  What kind of slant on the news is your community getting?

In addition to an awareness of current world issues, a nice benefit would be an ongoing appreciation for the news.

OTR Links 03/18/2014

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.