LAwS Academy

Bring your own wi-fi enabled laptop.

The LAwS Academy is a subsidiary of LAwS Communications. The Academy provides media training in traditional media and new media. At the SMILE Conference, the LAwS Academy is offering early morning sessions each day of the conference. For more information on how to host your own two-day event in Fundamentals or Intermediate Networking in exchange for a generous free tuition package, click here.

These sessions assume a working knowledge of online networking. We will move fast through each topic.

Instruction is intended to be hands-on. Participants should come with wi-fi enabled laptop and be online ready to go by 7:30.


Tuesday, September 24th, 7:30 am – 8:45 am

Twitter: the Basics and Beyond with Lauri Stevens

Please have your Twitter account created before this session. From sending/receiving/responding to tweets; to hashtags, building a following, getting the conversation moving and all about DM’s and lists. This session will not cover setting up for mobile or account customization and design.

Wednesday, September 25th, 7:30 am – 8:45 am

Facebook Fundamentals and Officer Safety Settings with Lauri Stevens

Profile vs Page vs Group. We’ll cover basic how-to, admin settings and settings for officer safety.

Thursday, September 26th, 7:30 am – 8:45 am

A Google+ HangOut On Air How-To with Constable Scott Mills, Toronto Police and Alex Vass, RCMP

Learn how to use Google+ HOA to stream press conferences and other events directly to your YouTube account. This session will feature a live broadcast with Canadian journalists and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in an effort to put out a worldwide search for a wanted pedophile.