It’s conference season, folks! And a lot of you are tasked by your colleagues to make the most of your time spent on the Exhibit Hall floor by engaging in conversations that can impact your jobs, learn what other educators are doing, and create relationships with vendors. If you want to up the ante this year and connect with even more people at conferences like BbWorld, we have some tips for you!

1.)   Download the BbWorld mobile app to stay up-to-date on breaking news, must see sessions, conference photos, and more. This year’s app connects you to your favorite social media channels and even has a scavenger hunt!

Download Android App

Download iPhone App

2.)    Follow @Blackboard on Twitter to get quick updates and the buzz on what’s happening at the event.

3.)    Search for the conference hash tag and use it in your tweets to follow the latest conversations and join in with other attendees.

  • BbWorld’s hash tag is #BbW12
  • DevCon’s hash tag is #DevCon12
  • The Connections Summit is #BbCollab

4.)    Be sure to “Like” Blackboard on Facebook before BbWorld!

5.)    Learn how to engage and connect with the ed tech community via social media during the conference in the *NEW* The Social Lounge, which is located at the entrance of the Exhibit Hall. Talk to social media experts and ask questions such as “why is social media important?” or “how do I get started?”

Stop by the Social Lounge on Wednesday afternoon for one or all of our Social Media work-shops to learn more about getting social!

2:00-2:15PM – Let’s Get Social! Kevin Alansky, VP of Social Media at Blackboard gets you pumped up and ready to “Get Social” at BbWorld and beyond!

2:30-2:45PM – The Social Media Landscape Why social media has relevance in the world of education.

3:00-3:15PM – Sociology for Social Media Discover ways to hook up with your peers – including what education blogs, tweeters and evangelists to follow.

3:30-3:45PMContent Worth Sharing Learn what sorts of subject matter you should share once you get connected.

4:30 – 5PM Blog with the Best of Them Meet the VIP Bloggers and see why creating your own personal brand via blogging

5:00-5:30PM Tweet up with Curtis Bonk Chat in-person with the instructor of Blackboard CourseSites’ first MOOC for Professional Development

6.) Use a Social Media curation platform:, is new this year and is a real-time Twitter curation platform, supported by Hashcaster. Through, you can easily keep up with the social conversation shared with the hashtag #BbW12, including tweets, links, photos, and videos generated by the crowd in NOLA – all in one page. You can even interact within to connect with the top influencers and contributors from the show by replying, retweeting, following and favoriting  fellow Tweeters.

See you at #BbW12!

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