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June 18, 2016

Top 10 News Stories for June – Announcing EdTech Summit Keynotes

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Dear Thought Leader,

As I scan this month’s Top 10 news stories, I feel a sense of pride and hope knowing our future leaders are in great hands.

One can’t help but be inspired by our newsmakers for their passion, commitment and leadership to keep Canada at the ‘top of the class’ on the world stage.

We’re thrilled to announce our 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit keynotes:

  • The Honourable Minister of Education (PEI), Doug Currie, Incoming Chair, Council Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC)
  • Dr. Karen Billings, VP Education, SIIA – A Global EdTech Leader who will share her findings of a recent EdTech survey
  • Maya Burhanpurkar, Canadian Student Scientist, Intel Global STEM Award Winner, Inventor, recently accepted entrance to Harvard University

Early bird ends June 30th! Space is limited!

We’re off to ISTE in Denver at the end of the month to host our CanAm Celebration of Excellence VIP Partnering Reception. Drop me a note if you haven’t received your invite! We have a very special announcement to share!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

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

1. 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.

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

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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. Mr. Allen is also a member of the C21 CEO Academy.

3. 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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4. Innovation That Sticks Case Study Report: Ottawa Catholic School Board

This case study report provides concrete guidance and information resources to support other School District leaders faced with the challenge of determining how they can get their own innovations to ‘stick’ and achieve their goals.

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5. Even Apple is acknowledging that the “iPads in education” fad is coming to an end

These were the findings from a survey of high school students and teachers in a district in the US state of Maine on how effective iPads were for learning and teaching. Almost 90% of teachers and 74% of students preferred laptops over tablets, according to the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal.

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

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Professor Susanne Lajoiereceived 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.

7. EDSBY wins SIIA Education Technology Codie Award for Best Classroom Management Solution

The winner announcement was made by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, to an audience of over 300 leaders. 61 awards were given for products and services deployed specifically for B2B software, information and media companies.

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8. FreshGrade announces Series A funding

We are excited and proud to announce the closing of our Series A funding round led by Relay Ventures who are joined by returning investors Reach Capital, Accel Partners, and Emerson Collective.

At FreshGrade, we are part of something bigger than ourselves and are working to address the challenges facing educators in the 21st-century. We are proud to be used by more than one million people in over 70 countries worldwide.

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

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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.

10. Multiple Segments of the Education Technology Market to Witness Significant Growth Through 2020

Currently, cloud-based lecture capture solutions are in vogue. It is fast emerging as the most preferred form of delivering lectures to users and is expected to be widely deployed by organizations involved in online education. With this, the global lecture capture solutions market is slated to reach USD 672.25 billion by 2019.

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