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June 3, 2016

June MindShare Report – The Digital Transformation in Canada: Evolution or Revolution? – Cross Canada Spotlight on Quebec

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May 2016

Volume 9, No. 5

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Featured Podcast with Dr. John Malloy, Director of Education, TDSB on a New Vision for Learning 

John Malloy, Director of Education joined the Toronto District School Board on January 4, 2016. Prior to this position, he served as an Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Student Achievement Officer with the Ontario Ministry of Education and as Director of Education for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.His priority is to provide equitable access and opportunity to learning environments that promote well-being and allow Ontario’s learners to achieve success.


Dear Thought Leader,

The Canadian digital learning evolution or revolution? That is the question we ponder in our June MindShare Report – Cross Canada spotlight on Quebec.

All too often we see examples of new shiny tech tools entering a classroom without real planning or purpose. Innovation is also rediscovering what worked in the past. Is Dr. Papert finally coming of age?

This issue is packed with insights and significant developments in the learning & technology space across Canada and beyond.

Be sure to check out the following highlights in this issue:

  1. Governor General David Johnston talks innovation with Cantech Letter at C2MTL
  3. Innovation That Sticks Case Study Report: Ottawa Catholic School Board–Leading and Learning for Innovation, A Framework for District-Wide Change
  4. Exclusive Podcast with Dr. Susanne Lajoie, McGill University on EdTech Trends Across the Disciplines
  5. Exclusive Podcast with Rod Allen, Superintendent Cowichan Valley School District on Change Leadership and Innovation
  6. 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit Nov 3 @MaRSDD Early Bird Special Available. Global EdTech Expert, Dr. Karen Billings, VP Education, SIIA Announced as Keynote. Ralph Benmergui, former CBC TV Host, Journalist and Producer
  7. EdTech Blogger at Large Tim Gard Weighs in on the Digital Learning Evolution vs Revolution Debate.

With University and College classes wrapped up and K12 near a conclusion, we express our gratitude for the inspiration and passion that emanates from the many stories that we garnered and shared throughout the academic year.

Special thanks to you our much valued members of our MindShare Learning Community, our sponsors, advisory board and team for making this past year our best ever!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S. We’re pleased to be hosting our 7th CanAm Celebration of Excellence Partnering Reception at ISTE16 June 27th in Denver. Drop me a note if you’re going and would like to attend!

Robert Martellacci
M.A. EdTech
Chief Digital Curator, The MindShare Learning Report™
President, MindShare Learning Technology™

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Quote of the Month

C21 Canada 21st Century Leader Spotlight

Exclusive Podcast with Rod Allen, Superintendent Cowichan Valley School District on Change Leadership and Innovation


Rod Allen, Superintendent for the Cowichan Valley School District and formerly the Assistant Deputy Minister / Chief Superintendent with the BC Ministry of Education was the architect of British Columbia’s transformation to personalized learning.  Under Allen’s leadership, BC became a major contributor to global transformation efforts and within BC he set a clear path for education transformation

Featured Blog by Tim Gard

The 21st Century Movement – Evolution or Revolution?

I’m going to come right out and state it. There’s no revolution in education at the moment. No, not 21st Century Learning – or whatever you want to term this focus – or in the use of technology, or even in the grand scale of the working out of Constructivism in it’s various incarnations. Revolution is radical and it permeates all facets of it’s relative context whereas an evolution is simply a change which can be measured or observed over a period of time. There are reasons for this; some of these reasons are obvious – I think – and some are not. Let me categorize – broadly – why I think that the 21st Century focus is simply evolutionary.

What do 21st Century Skills really mean anyway?

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Cross Canada Spotlight on Quebec

Exclusive Podcast with Dr. Susanne Lajoie, McGill University on EdTech Trends Across the Disciplines


Professor Susanne Lajoie received her Doctorate from Stanford University in 1986. She is a Canadian Research Chair Tier 1 in Advanced Technologies for Learning in Authentic Settings in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, appointed for her outstanding contributions to the field of Psychology as well as an Inaugural Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

U Quebec 10.05.2016

MetaMoJi Classroom Enables Language Students at Anglais sur Demande to Learn and Communicate using Mobile Devices | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Open Learning Limitations
Learn Quebec 19.05.16

Reflections from Past Classroom of the Future Contest WinnerWinning the Mindshare contest created great excitement here at Roslyn School, in Montreal Quebec! Being winners validated that thanks to the media literacy and computer programming that our public school offers, Roslyn students are well-equipped for the 21st century.

I’d like to think that teaching practices don’t change with technological equipment (the equipment merely helps the teacher make learning differentiated and relevant), but if precious teaching time is not spent having students waiting for machines to load, then that in itself is a major advantage!

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K-12 Featured News

Post-Secondary Featured News

International Featured News

Conference Corner

Sir Adam Beck launches first Annual Tech Expo Showcase

You are no doubt familiar with Small is beautiful. So too was the recent Tech Showcase at Sir Adam Beck School in the TDSB where Canada’s Classroom of the Future partners gathered with some 22 schools to share and explore the latest tech to create Learning Commons/Maker Spaces. The mindsharing was powerful with students, teachers, parents, school admin with vendor partners in exploring the future learning and innovation. Kudos to principal Michael Kranalec and Tim Gard to invited us into their school for this highly engaging afternoon of deep learning, innovation and inspiration for all!


Tech Showcase host principal, Michael Kranalec, Sir Adam Beck Junior School Welcomes Guests to their first annual showcase event that attracted over 20 neighboring schools


A student from Humbercrest shows off her robics skills as part of the school’s STEM Initiative

MindShare Proudly Sponsored EdCamp905 this past month

If you’ve never been to an EdCamp, I highly recommend you attend one to explore new ideas and make new friends and colleagues. My BIG takeaway that inspired our theme for this issue came from a Flipped Classroom session. One of the presenting teachers shared that they’d like to move to digital content, however, the pricing model by a publisher was leaving them no options but to buy textbooks. What I came to realize is that it’s not always the ‘education system’ that is holding back innovation, vendors need to take responsibility and not go down the path of least resistance. Hence, the question, are we in a digital learning evolution, or revolution? I like to say it takes a digital village to raise a child in the 21st century. Let’s take on this challenge to make resources affordable and not stifle innovation unnecessarily. Stay tuned for more to come! Special thanks to the EdCamp905 organizers for allowing me to participate in an excellent event and for choosing a location less than 2 kms from my house! R.M.


EdCamp905 Collaborators Karen Yates and Stephen Hurley are thrilled with the many discussion topics to choose from. As the sign above says, “Be Not Afraid” to take on the EdCamp challenge!


The OCE Discovery Conference Enlightened Leaders to the Sharing Economy with keynote by Robin Chase, Co-founder and former CEO, Zipcar.

Industry Leader Spotlight

Exclusive Podcast with DJ Cunningham – How his Learning Disability Inspired his EdTech Startup


DJ is co-founder of LEARNstyle Ltd, an education technology and training company based out of Toronto Canada.  LEARNstyle is the largest serves provider of direct to student and teacher technology training in Ontario.  Additionally LEARNstyle has launched an app development side of their business.  Their goal is to revitalize education with interactive multimedia learning opportunities for anyone anywhere, anytime.

Industry News

Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups

MindShare Musings

I love the spring season. We leverage this time of year as a source for inspiration, celebration and renewal in bringing together our valued MindShare Learning advisory board team.  Thanks to Steelcase Education Canada, we gathered recently at their offices to envision our future roadmap as we strive to raise the bar in delivering the best value and services possible to our national community of  MindShare supporters.

image07Team MindShare: Gathered at the Steelcase WorkLife Centre for its annual board meeting, followed by a Blue Jays baseball outing!

image04 (2)MindShare Board meeting included a virtual learning adventure (pictured Brad Grant, MindShare team and Ron Sedran, board member) thanks to Sandra Chow and Google!

image02Dr. Camille Rutherford

Special thanks to Dr. Camille Rutherford, Brock University for her valued contribution to the MindShare Advisory Board, who recently stepped down.

Very cool to see past MindShare EdTech Summit keynoter,  Nolan Bushnell is making video games again! Check out his story via the following link. 

Hot off the press! First-Ever LEGO® Imagine Nation Tour Travels to Five Cities Across Canada

Congratulations Prof. David Hutchison Brock University, who receives an international teaching award  for his innovative practices.

EdTech Firms Take note of this Poll! While I’m not surprised, I do see the disconnect between education and industry leaders. If you ask our industry friends, we tend to hear more about the revolution, or sense of urgency. The bottom line is if you hope to offer your wares to a school, district or post-secondary institution, you need to find a happy middle ground and form a true partnership. There’s a reason why my old boss Kevin O’Leary was not fond of the education biz. He is a BIG fan of the classic hockey stick curved sales growth which is rarely seen in education.


As always, we enjoy hearing from you! Until next time, walk the digital talk! Best! R.M.

Featured Conferences

CAUCE-CNIE Waterloo | May 30 – June 2

Social Media Week Toronto | June 6-9

CANHEIT 2016 Edmonton, Alberta | June 19-22

ISTE 2016 Denver | June 26 – 29

Virtual & Augmented Reality – World Co nference & Expo | June 26 – 27th

Education Industry Summit – ETIN | July 25-27

Northern Lights GAFE Summit, Yellowknife, NT| October 1-2

Alberta’s Blended and Online Symposium | October 23-25

Microsoft Accessibility Cross Canada Workshop Series | Learn about accessibility features that help empower an inclusive classroom.

Career Opportunities

Dean, Information & Communications Technologies

Professor, Mobile Technologies

Director of Velocity
University of Waterloo – Velocity

Advisory Board

The MindShare Report is grateful of the guidance and support provided by our esteemed advisory board.
Members include:

Lauren Burman, M.B.A., Chief Client Officer, POSSIBLE
Kevin Custer, Founding Principal, Arc Capital Development
Chip Fesko, Sr. Director of Advertising & Strategic Alliances, George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia Magazine
Ian Fogarty, Educator, Riverview High School | MindShare National Video Challenge Award Winner
Michael Furdyk, Co-Founder, TakingItGlobal
Dr. Eric Hamilton, Associate Dean of Education, Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Maxim Jean-Louis, CEO, Contact North/Contact Nord,
Gary Kern, Director of Learning, St. George’s School
Dr. Susanne Lajoie, Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University
David Marsi, Senior Manager Training Initiatives, ScotiaMcLeod
Jamie McNamara, Executive Director, Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta
Cheryl Paige, Consultant in Digital Technology Education, Former Principal, Joyce Public School, Toronto District School Board
Sandra Chow, Award Winning Teacher, Toronto District School Board
Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams

About Us

The MindShare Learning Report team is made up of the following individuals:
Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Chief Digital Curator
Bradley Grant, YorkU Education Student, Digital Learning Intern
Paul Sohor, YorkU Business Student, MindShare Business Intern
Valerie Ruston, B.A. Hons., B.Ed., Editor

About The MindShare Learning Report™
Canada’s Leadership, Learning & Technology eMagazine
Our mission is to transform education by sharing knowledge of 21st Century innovative best practices and success stories in the Canadian education market space and beyond. We harness the power of Web 2.0 technologies to feature engaging Vodcasts, podcasts, polling, Canadian educational technology news headlines & upcoming strategic industry events in the K-12, Higher Ed and corporate eLearning market segments. Other elements of the MSL Report eMagazine include: successful practices, ask an educator, ask a professor, research & tech tools, GreenIT and career listings, to support educators and educational technology providers in maintaining a pulse for emerging trends in Canada.

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