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September 9, 2016

September MindShare Report – Back2School Edition – Cross Canada Ontario Spotlight

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September 2016

Volume 9, No. 6

Quick Links

Quote of the Month

Cross Canada Spotlight on Ontario

Dremel 3D Printer Product Review

The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Featured Infographic of the Month

ISTE Reflections Part 2 Canada on the World Stage

C21 Canada Spotlight

K-12 Featured News

Post-Secondary Featured News

International Featured News

Industry News

Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups

MindShare Musings

Remembering EdTech Legend Dr. Seymour Papert

Featured Conferences

Career Opportunities

Advisory Board

About Us


An Insightful Podcast with the 21st Century Minded Honourable Mitzie Hunter, Ontario Minister of Education

PodcastMitzie Hunter was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2013 as the MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood. She was re-elected in 2014. Mitzie currently serves as Minister of Education. She was previously Associate Minister of Finance, responsible for the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.

She has worked as CEO of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. She champions unlocking the GTA’s potential by ensuring fair and inclusive access to employment and prosperity.

Dear Thought Leader,

Welcome to our back2school edition of the MindShare Report! The 2016-2017 academic year promises to have more innovation and opportunities for teachers and leaders to connect in partnership with industry to transform learning and ultimately student success.

It was a pleasure to connect with the Honourable Mitzie Hunter, Ontario’s newest Minister of Education. She brings a refreshing outlook to her portfolio and really embraces the notion of preparing students for the global knowledge based economy.

Be sure to check out some of the highlights in this issue!

  1. Remembering EdTech Legend Dr. Seymour Papert
  2. Exclusive sneak peak podcast with student keynote National science Award Winner, Top 20 under 20, Maya Burhanpurkar from the Simcoe County School Board
  3. ISTE Conference Reflections Part 2
  4. 57 Days to Go! 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summitpresented by MindShare. We’re offering our valued readership a special $50 off coupon code: mslsummit50. This week only!
  5. Top 10 Tips to Create a School of the Future by MindShare in collaboration with the amazing Sylvia Duckworth
  6. How parents monitor their teen’s digital behavior by Pew Research
  7. Our Blogger at Large Tim Gard reviews the Bosch Dremel 3D Printer.

As I prepare for our trip to Oslo, Norway to attend the International Education Partnership Summit to present and receive our Chair’s Best Award next week, I want to thank our many valued partners, advisory board members and education leaders in our network, who inspired the excellence that we strive to achieve on a daily basis.

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Curator, The MindShare Learning Report™
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™

Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn

Quote of the Month

“I’m very aware of the need to invest in technology and in new ways of learning. It is reflective of the fact that our students will confront a knowledge economy and a world that is rapidly changing. It is important that Ontario students are prepared and equipped for that.”

— The Honourable Mitzie Hunter, Ontario Education Minister

Cross Canada Spotlight on Ontario

Sneak Peak Podcast with World Renowned, Award Winning STEM Student Maya Burhanpurkar who will be Keynoting at the 7th Canadian EdTech Summit


Maya is a 17 year old student, award winning scientist, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and volunteer.

She has been a keynote speaker at TEDx, and featured on several national news programs including Global’s Morning Show, CBC’s The National, and the Huffington Post, and is the subject of an upcoming book by BBC presenter and author Johny Pitts on eight of the most influential youths in the world.

TVO’s mPower is Rolling Out to Ontario’s Schools!

As the school year begins, TVO is proud to share its latest digital resource to support student learning in Ontario. mPower is a fun, innovative, online game-based resource that engages students in problem-solving and critical thinking through math.

Read More

Ontario Investing $1.1 Billion To Improve School Buildings
Ontario Gov. 27.07.2016

EQAO Celebrates Five Ontario Elementary Schools for Their Math Strategies That Work

ContactNorth Lands Global Online Learning Conference
ContactNorth 25.08.16

Half of Ontario’s Grade 6 students failed to meet math standard
The Star 31.08.16

Why teachers need to think like entrepreneurs
The Star 06.09.2016

Dremel 3D Printer Product Review

You always get an interesting reaction when you talk about 3D printers. You either get a response that indicates awe, wonderment, and appreciation, or one of indifference. Why exactly does my school need a 3D printer? Isn’t it just another tool that can get in the way of real learning, or expense we simply don’t need? Is a 3D printer going to make that much of a difference in teaching and learning? Or, I like the idea however we don’t have the teachers with the skill sets to implement such a device in our school program, or we just can’t afford this kind of luxury.

Why then should you consider 3D printer? Part of the answer boils down to your teaching and learning context and philosophy that your school has adopted.


The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Welcome to Your First Step to Transformation…

Societies in the new millennium are increasingly distinct from those of the 20th century. The rate of change is accelerating, with new discoveries being made at a pace never seen before. A global economy has emerged in which skills in using information and communications technology (ICT) are key drivers of economic competitiveness.[1]

Education Transformation Framework
As they head back to school this year, school leaders are being faced with both a challenge and an extraordinary opportunity: the chance to rethink and reinvent education to reflect this broader societal transformation. Students need to be prepared with knowledge and skills that will enable them to succeed in this new digital economy. The required skill set now includes not only foundational knowledge in the traditional disciplines but also skills in problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration and communication…

Read More

Featured Infographic of the Month

Created by Sylvia Duckworth

ISTE Reflections Part 2 Canada on the World Stage

image00 (2)It’s hard to describe ISTE if you’ve never been. Hopefully this retrospective inspires you to attend next year! Some 20,000 ed leaders from around the world converged on ISTE late June along with 300 Canadian ed and industry leaders. Canada is without a doubt one of the leaders of the pack each year with keynoters and presenters. The reality is that much of the learning happens outside of the formal program in the hallways, lounge areas, makerspaces and pubs! The International aspect creates for a unique synergy unlike most conferences you’ll attend. Feel free to drop me a note if you’d like to learning more! R.M.
P.S. Of course you can always enter our annual Classroom of the Future Challenge and Qualify to WIN a Trip to ISTE!


ISTE is really about the people and making connections. Honoured to have had join us at our CanAm Celebration of Excellent (L-R) Michael Furdyk, Robert Martellacci, Angela Maiers, Terry Godwaldt. Truly inspirational leaders in my PLN.



Congrats to Canada’s Copernicus who we awarded Best of Show at ISTE for their Innovative New Product (Tech Tub) and Booth Presence with the cool VW van! They will be receiving two (2) comp tickets to our 7th Canadian EdTech Canadian EdTech Summit


Team Canada at Edutopia’s 25th Anniversary Celebration at ISTE. Name the most Canadian’s possible in the pic and WIN a pair of Passes to the 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit Nov. 3 at MaRSDD Toronto. Email in your answers.

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WIN A Pair of Comp Passes to the 7th Canadian EdTech Summit! Name these Toronto Born twins below who now reside in Boston. They have become World Renowned for their Children’s Books and host A Global “ ? “  Day!  Another hint! Paul on the left is a fellow Pepperdine Alum! Email me your answer!

C21 Canada Spotlight


The OCED’s active work on the assessment of global competencies in PISA 2018 is described in Global Competency in an Inclusive World. Click to view.  


Anne Bernard-Bourgeois, Jordan Tinney and Laura Elliott representing C21 Canada during their presentation at the CMEC meeting

CMECgrouppic.jpg-large(Left to Right) David Roberts, Past President & Co-founder, C21 Canada; Jordan Tinney, Superintendent, Surrey School District; Chantal Beaulieu, Executive Director, Council of Ministers of Education, Canada; Anne Bernard-Bourgeois, Superintendent, La Commission Scolaire de Langue Française; Karen Yamada, Vice President, C21 Canada;Laura Elliott, Director of Education, Thames Valley District School Board; Robert Martellacci, President & Co-founder, C21 Canada

The CEO Academy was well-represented from coast-to-coast by Jordan Tinney, Laura Elliott and Anne Bernard-Bourgeois who provided authentic perspectives and a shared national voice.  It was an historic occasion for an external group to be invited inside meetings and it was clear that a forging of relationships occurred.

Perspectives on learning competencies – C21 Canada 7Cs and the role and impact of assessment will be gathered to inform CMEC in their Global Competency initiative.


K-12 Featured News

Post-Secondary Featured News

International Featured News

Industry News

Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups

MindShare Musings

It’s been a great but busy summer as we’ve been hard at work planning a very special 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit—Redefining Schools of the Future is the chosen theme. We’re appealing to a broader audience to include; district and school administrators, edtech solution providers, STEM leaders, trustees, parents, students, architects and furniture providers. I like to say it takes a digital village to raise a child in the 21st century! With that I challenge you to join us for this one-day think tank!

I’m a BIG fan of twitter. With back2school upon us check out thisBeginner’s Guide to Twitter (the crib sheet)

Kudos to OISE Prof Carol Campbell appointed to the Scottish Government International Council of Education Advisers 

Congratulations to MSL Classroom of the Future contest winners St. Thomas More of the OCDSB for their continued leadership!


Tammy Doyle, a teacher at St. Thomas More School in Ottawa, sits in her classroom equipped with a smart board, Chromebooks and iPads, on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. After spending 25 years in the classroom, Ontario schoolteacher Tammy Doyle no longer considers herself an educator. She calls herself a “learning partner.” It’s all supported at St. Thomas More elementary school by plenty of technology, with laptops for every teacher, an open and robust Wi-Fi network, a bring-your-own-device policy for students, and plenty of Chromebooks and tablets for those who need to borrow one at school.

Read More

Watch for major shakeups in the Canadian education print publishing space in the coming year. Nelson is leading the way with more disruption to follow. Where there’s chaos there’s opportunity! The publishers have yet to truly figure out how to bridge that gap from print to digital. May I make a suggestion, listen to your customers. To be fair, free is not an option.

In the strange but true category. We’ll do some digging on this one! Brock cancels planned appointment of first female president Wendy Cukier. She was four days away from starting her new job as president.

I felt compelled to share this awesome graphic from twitter that really serves as a reminder of how to engage and motivate colleagues and students. Powerful stuff!

In closing, I was honoured to be invited to serve on the advisory board of award winning start-up GradeSlam


Picture (L-R) Phil Cutler, CEO GradeSlam; Robert Martellacci, MIndShare Learning; Roberto Cipriani, founder and CTO, GradeSlam

Remembering EdTech Legend Dr. Seymour Papert

MindShare Learning was honoured to record one of the final podcasts with Dr. Seymour Papert.


Papert’s work inspired generations of educators and researchers around the world. He received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship in 1980, a Marconi International fellowship in 1981, and the Smithsonian Award from Computerworld in 1997. In 2001, Newsweek named him “one of the nation’s 10 top innovators in education.”

Featured Conferences

Canarie National Summit, Ottawa, ON | September 22-23

EdNet | Septemer 25-27

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

ERDI Fall 2016 | October 12 – 5

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.

7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit 2016, Toronto, ON | November 3

BIT 16, Niagara Falls | November 9-11

Learning Forward: 2016 Annual Conference: Connecting Landscapes for Learning Vancouver | Dec 3-7

Career Opportunities

Dean, Faculty of Science

Academic Technology Specialist
University of Alberta – Edmonton, Alberta

Director, Information & Communication Technology
Sheridan College

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, B.A Hons., B.Ed., Digital Learning Specialist
Paul Sohor, YorkU Business Student, MindShare Business Intern
Valerie Rusnov, 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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Learning is a privately held company based in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada. Its hallmark is providing strategic marketing solutions to learning & technology solution providers in the K-12, HED and corporate learning markets, to support new market expansion and revenue growth. MindShare Learning’s partial client list includes: Adobe, Blackboard Inc., EPSON, GlobalScholar,, RM PLC UK, Softease Ltd. UK, netTrekker, IMSI (, CERC (Canadian Education Resources Council), Tech4Learning, Xoolon, NECTAR Foundation and ERDI Canada.

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