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March 7, 2017

10th Anniversary Special Edition of the MindShare Learning Report

From the inbox late last week…

March 2017 Volume 10, Issue 1
10th Anniversary – Featured Exclusive Podcasts

Dear Thought Leader,

I’m elated to share our “New look” official 10th anniversary issue of the MindShare Learning Report.

As I reflect back on 10 years I feel fortunate to have had the honour and pleasure of collaborating with so many smart, passionate education and technology leaders from across Canada and beyond. The notion of “mindsharing” is really what inspired this vision. I was challenged to change the world upon completing my graduate work in educational technology at Pepperdine University. We decided to begin with Canada!

While we remain focused on Canada, the MindShare Report reach has grown beyond 20 countries around the world. As Canadians, we have a reputation for being humble and low key. However, it’s our commitment to excellence in learning and innovation that places Canada in an enviable position on the global stage.

Special thanks to you, our newsmakers, readership and sponsors, who help make this report possible. I would be remiss if I didn’t especially thank Tim Gard, our Chief Digital Learning Strategist, who’s been with us since the beginning; our founding sponsors, who shared a vision for transforming learning and our much valued advisory board members.

Finally, special thanks to my family who would painfully be behind the scenes during my videotaping sessions.

Until the next next 10 years, keep the digital learning curve steep!

All the best!

P.S. As part of our anniversary celebration we’re introducing our annual reader short survey of 10 questions. Qualify to WIN two (2) VIP passes to the 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit in Toronto, Monday, November 6, 2017

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

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Quotes of the Month

“Congratulations Robert on ten years of commitment to 21st century innovation in the classroom. Thank you for your leadership and keeping us informed as together we celebrate the endless possibilities of EdTech in student learning.”

— Honourable Doug Currie, Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture PEI; Chair, Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)

“Ten years ago the idea of a Canadian e-learning report seemed quite radical. In the meantime, the Mindshare Report has evolved into a “must read” for educators and those involved in the ed tech industry who want to keep abreast of the latest developments in the field. Congratulations to Robert and his team!”

–Dr. Ron Owston, Dean emeritus, York University, Faculty of Education

“Robert has created a masterpiece in the MindShare Report. I have received and read every issue that he has produced. Just think he created the report from nothing and now it is a must read for the Ed Tech community. Canada has to be proud of the information and activities he provides for the ED Tech community. I look forward to reading the 10th anniversary edition.”

–Dr. Gary Bitter is a Professor of Educational Technology in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University and Executive Director of Technology Based Learning & Research (TBLR). Found board member and first elected president of ISTE

10th Anniversary Podcast Reflections with Tim Gard & Robert Martellacci

A special 10th Anniversy Podcast with Tim Gard, Chief Digital Learning Strategist and Robert Martellacci, Chief Digital Curator – Reflecting on 10 Years at MindShare Learning and the evolution of Educational technology

Canada 150 Classroom of the Future Challenge Launch Event
Hosted by past Winner McMurrich Public School Toronto District School Board

MindShare Learning officially launched their 9th Annual Canada 150 Classroom of the Future Challenge last week at McMurrich P.S. Teachers, students and technology partners came together to share the secrets to a successful contest submission and the impact technology prizing has made on their students.

“This year’s theme is focused on exploring what the future ready classroom means to students and teachers,” said Robert Martellacci, President and Publisher of MindShare Learning. “Engaging both teachers and students to create awesome canada 150 projects is the challenge that we’ve presented this year. We want to inspire excellence in innovation across Canada.”

C21 Canada Spotlight

Lester B. Pearson School Board Presented with C21 Canada’s Shifting Minds Learning and Innovation Systems Award

Montreal, QC, February 15th 2017 – It is with great pride that C21 Canada presents itsShifting Minds Learning and Innovation System Award to the Lester B. Pearson School Board.

(L-R) Robert Martellacci, President, C21 Canada; Karen Yamada, Vice-President, C21 Canada; Michael Chechile, Director General, Lester B Pearson School Board, Noel Burke, Commissioner, LBPSB.

The Lester B. Pearson Board of Commissioners in partnership with Director General, Michael Chechile had a vision that began with an idea for Digital Citizenship that has paved the way for global competencies that support a powerful culture of “Student Voice” through empowered learning.

Read Full Press Release

K-12 Featured News
Post Secondary Featured News
International Featured News
Industry News
Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups
The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Designing Technology for Effective and Efficient Schools

When you think broadly of technology, what does it look like for your school system? How are you maximizing student safety, data security, and learning? How are you planning for ever-increasing technology needs?

This month in the Education Transformation Corner, we’re focusing on designing technology for effective and efficient schools. We want to help you maximize the potential of every student in your system. It doesn’t have to be complicated, and can still be accomplished even in an environment of limited resources. In fact, it can be as simple as 1…2…3!

Read More

Conference Corner

MindShare’s Robert Martellacci Invited to Guest Speak at GradeSlam’s EdTech Meetup in Montreal

Photo by Michael Maw

Lester B. Pearson School Board Hosts Inaugural C21 CEO Academy Institute

Michael Chechile, Director General, Lester B. Pearson School Board recently hosted the C21 CEO Academy Institute

The C21 CEO Academy Institute at Lester B. Pearson included a number of school visits. Great collaboration space at Forest Hills Senior via Chris Smeaton

OLA Super Conference in Toronto Recently Showcased the Future of Libraries

MindShare Musings
10 Things I learned through publishing the MindShare Learning Report EdTech this past decade by Robert Martellacci
  1. Innovation doesn’t happen in isolation. Be a team player in your school, or organization.

  2. Technology infused pedagogy is the best approach to integrating tech

  3. Teachers are leaders and have a strong voice, thanks in part to social media. Never underestimate how much you inspire students in their life-long dreams too!

  4. Twitter is one of the best FREE collaboration tools available to teachers to engage with their professional learning community (PLC)

  5. Successful tech pilots in schools require a commitment by both parties (education & tech leaders) to put skin in the game, otherwise it’s a waste of time. The notion of FREE rarely works.

  6. The boldest way to accelerate the digital evolution in schools>> Declare you’re going paperless!

  7. Education & Learning technology solution leaders share the same passion to make a difference in the lives of teachers and students as social entrepreneurs

  8. Be kind! Have fun! Let learning get messy. Encourage your students to fail and learn from it.

  9. Take time out for yourself to expend your energy through fitness related activities. As passionate education and technology leaders we tend forget the importance of work-life balance.

  10. Change leadership is about “passion and a call to action!”

This Week In EdTech With MindShare Learning Feburary 28 2017

Career Opportunities

Educational Technology Specialist
University of Guelph-Humber

Director of Information Technology
Collingwood School, BC

Chief Executive Officer
Education Quality and Accountability Office, Toronto, ON

Featured Conferences
MindShare 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
Tim Gard, B.Ed., OCT, M.A, Chief Digital Blogger
Bradley Grant, B.A Hons., B.Ed., OCT, 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.

Editorial content for the monthly issue is due the third week of each month.
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Annual subscriptions to the MindShare Learning Report can be purchased at $99 CDN

About MindShare Learning

MindShare Learning is Canada’s leading EdTech strategy, news and events media company. We counsel education and technology leaders in understanding the emerging needs of learners to succeed in the 21st Century global knowledge-based digital economy.

MindShare Learning’s partial client list includes: Adobe, Blackboard Inc., Bosch Dremel, C21 Canada, Cisco Canada, Epson America, Follett, Global Scholar, Intel Canada, Microsoft Canada, Ontario Ministry of Education, Research Machines (RM) PLC UK, SMART Technologies, Steelcase.

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