And —- we’re off!

The #ecoo13 committee is happy to announce that registration is now open for the 2013 Conference, “Bring IT, Together”, Wednesday-Friday, October 23-25.  When you’re ready to register, visit the website and click on the orange button to get started.

If you know the ECOO Conference from the past, you’re going to love it going forward.

  • NEW Venue – Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, ON;
  • NEW Partnerships – ECOO and OASBO ICT join efforts to create a better conference;
  • NEW Social Events – Lots of opportunities to make new friends;
  • NEW Presenters – Many new faces will be on the program!

I am very excited as I watch all of the pieces fall into place.

I’m looking forward to hearing Amber MacArthur and Jaime Casap bring their messages through their keynote addresses.

I’m excited to learn about:

  • 3D printers;
  • Minecraft in the Classroom;
  • Early Years computer activities;
  • Where MOOCs fit into Ontario Education;
  • The principles behind Maker Spaces;
  • How classrooms can go paperless;
  • How to run an Internet radio station;
  • oh, the list goes on.  I can’t list them all.

There were so many Ontario Educators that were unable to attend the recent Google Summit in Kitchener.  The conference will rectify that with a full featured Google SPOT Custom Google Apps for Education series of workshops on Wednesday.  I think that it will be really exciting that there is a French or FSL session in every timeslot for our francophone and FSL colleagues.

There’s so much more and a simple blog post just can’t cover it all.

The entire conference is available for preview here.  While you’re at the Lanyrd website, download the app for handy access to all of the conference information.  And, look around.  As people express an interest in attending, they’ll be noted.  You’ll recognize many names and faces and Lanyrd has a feature that lets you indicate that you want to actually meet that person at the conference.

There will be many opportunities to make those connections.  Of course, there are the sessions!  But don’t forget the band/dance and Open Mic on Wednesday, the banquet on Thursday, the photowalk Thursday evening, the fun run on Friday morning, and just the opportunity to sit down and chat/learn with other attendees.

If you’re a Twitter user, make sure you’re following @pmcash and @ecooWeb.  These accounts will be a great source of information between now and October.

#ecoo13 is going to be a great conference.  Make sure that you’re there and please help spread the word about this self-directed professional learning event.

Filling a Dance Card

If you’ve been monitoring the Twitter stream since Sunday evening, you’ll notice that there have been many happy posts from people whose presentation proposals have been accepted for the #ecoo13 conference, BringIT,Together.  Indeed, part of the ECOO 13 Dance Card has been filled.  Here’s how…

Potential presenters were asked to submit their sessions online.  All of the information was collected in a database and there was an overwhelming total of entries exceeding 300.  These needed to all be independently reviewed and such was the task assigned to each member of the committee of 14.  In fact, each submission had at least three reviewers.  That meant that each committee member had 60-65 proposals to review.

All of these reviews were collated and a smaller group of 6 got together in Milton on a Friday night/Saturday morning to revisit each of the proposals, consider the evaluations already submitted, make suggestions and ultimately arrive at the portion of the proposals that would receive an invitation.  At this time, this included English language presentations.  Still to be decided will be the French language presentations and the presentation given by exhibitors.  The committee is excited by the selection of offerings to be delivered in French.

Sadly, not all of the proposals could be accepted.  There’s just so many rooms and timeslots!  The committee is working on a schedule designed to maximize the number of sessions offered.

For program purposes, each of the sessions were tagged by the committee and one of our members created a Wordle to give a sense of the content.


So, invitations have been extended and, as they’ve been confirmed, they’re added to the #ecoo13 Lanyrd site.  You’re certainly welcome to visit the site and watch as it fills with confirmation from presenters.  While there, if you’re going to join us in Niagara Falls on October 23-25, please indicate so.

If you can’t get enough of this, make sure that you install the Lanyrd  app or follow the site on your smart phone.  (It’s HTML5 enabled)

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Now you’re hopefully excited!

After all, keynote speakers Amber MacArthur and Jaime Casap plus all of these great sessions offered by Ontario educators (and beyond!) promise that #ecoo13 will be a great conference.

The registration process is being tuned and will be available for use by registrants in June.  Stay tuned to social media experts @pmcash and @aforgrave as they provide the latest details via their Twitter accounts, in the Facebook group and the Google Plus Community.  Make friends online now and plan to meet them face to face at the conference.  Got a colleague who needs a little prompting to get a Twitter account?  Perhaps this is the opportunity to sit at their side and get them signed up!

If you’re reading this post and presenting, why not add a comment and let folks know your area of expertise.

Mobile for ECOO 2012


Yesterday was a great planning day.  Those of us on the ECOO 2012 Planning Committee got together to continue the process of making sure that everything is all set for this year’s conference on October 25, 26.  The preconference on the 24th adds even more value to the conference attendees.

As I blogged earlier, the conference promises to be the most social ever – we’ve even got a Facebook page where we’re sharing some of the exciting sessions, one day at a time, highlighting the awesome sessions that will be offered by Ontario educators.  The hashtag is in place – #ECOO12 and folks are already discussing in anticipation.

What would a good technology conference be without an app?  We’ve got you covered there as well.  We’re using the Lanyrd service to assemble and schedule all the component pieces.  With an audience using such diverse technologies, it only makes sense to push the web application for those who like to plan ahead and explore everything!

So, check it out on your mobile at or on your desktop at

Here you’ll be able to explore the event, plan your conference, see who’s attending, and read speaker biographies.

From top to bottom, there are great events with content designed to appeal to everyone.  Nora Young is but one of the keynote speakers and she’s going to host a panel discussion of the other keynote speakers:  Jaime Casap, John Seely Brown, and Michael Fullan.

The Committee is excited to see how all the pieces are starting to fall into place.  Please take the time to bookmark the web application so that you can join in on the excitement and I hope to see you there.