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March 17, 2017

10th Anniversary March Top 10 News Stories

From Wednesday’s inbox…


Dear Thought Leader,

I’m pleased to share this month’s Top 10 news stories on the eve of our 10th anniversary of the MindShare Report.

Thanks to all for your kind and inspirational words of congratulations. We truly value our mindshare community of readers. Please take a moment to complete a short survey to help us innovate and provide you deeper insights in the world of educational technology through a Canadian lens.

As I look forward to the next 10 years, I share this tweet I sent just this week, “The promise of #EdTech hasn’t been fully realized. I have yet to see a fully #digital district where learning is seamless.”

The tech is there; digital books, assessment tools, PD, bandwidth, tablets, tech savvy teachers (for the most part). Funding has long been argued as the main barrier to full integration. Yet we continue to see pockets of excellence, or innovation. What’s holding us back? I welcome your thoughts.
Hence, my hypothesis leads me to believe that education is ripe for massive disruption leading up to 2020. The proliferation of startups popping up in the EdTech space appears to be a strong indicator.

What if we started a bold movement and declared, “#GoPaperlessDay” across Canada? It’s been argued that the millions of dollars spent annually by school districts and post-secondary institutions on printing could be redirected toward EdTech to radically transform education where every student truly experiences tech infused pedagogy. Are you in?

I issue you a challenge to join me in going paperless. I declare Friday, April 7th#GoPaperlessDay! I promise to do my part to support you in our collective mission to enable all students to experience a true 21st century education.

Before I close off. An important note to share. We’re pleased to partner with CoSN Invent the Future Conference April 3-6. Join us in Chicago! It’s not too late to register!

Until next time, keep the ‘digital’ learning curve steep!


P.S. 17 Days to Go! Enter your Canada 150 Classroom of the Future video to qualify to WIN a Makerspace for your school!
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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Reader Comments
“Congratulations on 10 years of pushing the conversation forward to ensure education is continuously revamping to serve the needs of our students. I look forward to many more years ahead!”
George Couros, Learner, educator, and Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership consultant.
1. 10th Anniversary – Featured
Exclusive Podcasts

2. Provincial Education Funding Announcement earns every Public Student in B.C. $50

The B.C. government has announced some one-time funding for the province’s education system to be used by schools for supplies.

The Student Learning Grant will provide $29.4 million dollars to both public and private schools in the coming weeks.

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3. Top Hat Raises $22.5 Million to Go After Pearson, McGraw-Hill
The $22.5 million round is Top Hat’s biggest yet and brings its total funding to about $40 million, the Toronto-based company said in a statement Wednesday. New York-based Union Square Ventures participated, as well as previous investors iNovia Capital and Georgian Partners, among others. The funding values Top Hat at $185 million, according to people familiar with the deal.

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4. 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

5. Microsoft launches Intune for Education to counter Google’s Chromebooks in schools

Microsoft announced Intune for Education, a new tier of its existing enterprise application and device management service that’s specifically meant for school.

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

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

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7. Government of Canada launches campaign to encourage young women to choose science

Science Minister Kirsty Duncan marked the International Day of Women and Girls in Science by announcing the launch of an engaging national campaign to encourage young women to enter science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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8. 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!

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9. Best Buy Canada awards secondary schools across Canada with funding for new tech

From more than 220 applicants, 16 secondary schools across Canada have been awarded cash grants of up to $10,000 each

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10. This Week In EdTech With MindShare Learning February 28 2017

Listen in as we bring you the best education-related content from across the country and around the world.

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

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