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September 23, 2016

Top 10 News Stories for September – Global Best IPN Award Announcement

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Dear Thought Leader,

It’s great to be back from Oslo, Norway where we were honoured to receive the Global Chair’s Best Partnership Award at theInternational Partnership Conference (IPN).

As I review the stellar Top 10 news stories this month, it reminds me of the high regard for Canada and our education systems that my global conference colleagues probed me about while in Oslo. I was humbled and responded with great pride!

Please do plan to join us as we “Redefine Schools of the Future Today,” at our 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit,November 3rd at MaRsDD in Toronto. We have a special $50 off discount code for our valued readers: mslsummit50.

It’s truly an honour to be a part of such an highly connected professional learning community as we educate our global leaders oftomorrow today.

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P. S. Don’t forget to cast your vote for the Inaugural Canadian EdTech Leader Awards

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


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


Mitzie 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.

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2. Ten Tips to Create a School of the Future Today

Created by Sylvia Duckworth

3. Remembering EdTech Legend Dr. Seymour Papert

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


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

Five Ontario elementary schools are being profiled by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) in 2016 for their success in developing mathematics programs that have helped their students meet the provincial standard.

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5. Dremel 3D Printer Product Review by Tim Gard

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.

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6. How parents monitor their teen’s digital behavior by Pew Research

Much like their children, parents of teenagers now live in a world that is heavily influenced by digital devices and online platforms. Among parents of 13- to 17-year-olds, 94% own a desktop or laptop computer; 76% own a smartphone; 72% use Facebook; and 84% go online at least occasionally using a smartphone, tablet or other mobile handheld device…

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7. 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.

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8. 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.

9. 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]

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10. D2L Introduces Virtual Classroom — Collaborative Video Tool Now Available in Brightspace

D2L just improved teaching and learning – again. D2L, the global learning technology leader and creator of Brightspace – which has changed the way organizations, schools and universities educate in more than 50 countries – has added integrated virtual classroom capabilities to its Brightspace Learning Environment.

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