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April 7, 2017

April MindShare Learning Report – Global EdTech Edition

A Canadian newsletter from Wednesday’s inbox.

April 2017 Volume 10, Issue 2
Lord Jim Knight former Minister of Education, UK Government, Shares his Insights on Global Learning & Innovation at CoSN17

Jim Knight is the Chief Education Adviser at TES Global Ltd, a member of the House of Lords and a visiting Professor at the Knowledge Lab of the UCL Institute of Education.

Dear Thought Leader,

I was honoured to meet Governor General His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston at his talk and book launch for Ingenious just last week. It wasn’t my first encounter with the Governor General; we previously battled for a puck in the corner of a hockey rink in Montreal. Off the ice Mr. Johnston is an engaging, deep thinker and innovator.

Johnston, who at the time was President of McGill University, hosted a faculty hockey tourney where I represented York University. While he was tough with BIG elbows on the ice I found him to be a kind and caring individual off the ice. From that time on, I followed David Jonston’s rising career path to the University of Waterloo as president where he further transformed UofW and the Region of Waterloo on it’s journey to become the Silicon Valley of the north.

Since being appointed Governor General, David Johnston shared a vision of a kinder, smarter and more innovative Canada. He reiterated his vision of curiosity, passion, innovation and courage at the book launch last week. He also emphasized that we must, “cherish our teachers.” I was just as inspired during his talk as I was when I ran into his elbow in the corner of the rink. I reminded him of our encounter and he had a twinkle in his eye. I was humbled to have shared these experiences with such an inspirational leader.

One of his closing thoughts he shared, “ Canada performs top 5 in OECD PISA rankings, we cannot become complacent.” Thank you Governor General Johnston for your dedication to Canada and helping elevate our country to World Class Status.

A fitting anecdote for our special Global edition of the MindShare Report.

I hope you enjoy it!

Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!

P.S. As a follow-up to myblog in last week’s Top10, we’ve declared this Friday#GoPaperlessDay. Please join in and pass it on!

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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Quote of the Month

Cherish our TeachersIngenious book launch @MaRSDD

–Governor General His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston

(L-R) His Excellency David Johnston, Governor General Canada; Robert Martellacci, MindShare Learning; Tom Jenkins, Co-author
Top Ten Ways to Create and Sustain a Global Classroom & School

by Timothy Gard, Chief Digital Strategist

Creating and sustaining a Global Classroom or School is much easier today than ever before. We have the technology, the infrastructure, and I think in many cases, the resolve to connect our classrooms and schools with different learning experiences across the globe. In fact, I would argue that every classroom and school should begin to create – if you haven’t already! – a mindset where each teacher and student thinks about the global community and the amazing collaborative experiences that are only a digital connection away!

So how do you create and sustain a Global Classroom and School? The list below is certainly not definitive, but it’s certainly a great place to start! Read through it and start to think about ways in which you might involve your classroom or school in a global adventure!

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Featured Books
C21 Canada Spotlight
Tim Monds, CEO Academy Member Receives Excellence in School System Leadership Award
March 10, 2017 -(EDMONTON) – Tim Monds, Superintendent for Parkland School Division, received the provincial EXL Award for Excellence in School System Leadership at the Annual General Meeting of the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS), held March 9 in Edmonton.Read More

Congratulations to C21 CEO Academy Member Douglas Prescott for winning the NSI Award for “Top 10 Most Influential Headmasters in International Schools”

Mr. Prescott has worked in the education field for almost 34 years—in schools in Canada, Bangladesh and China. He has worked at all levels –as a teacher, athletic director, counselor, coach/tutor, vice-principal, district wide supervisor and Principal/Head of School.

C21 Canada Connects with Dr. Avis Glaze at COSN 2017
Canada making its mark at COSN Symposium on Global Competencies (L-R) Dr. Avis Glaze, President, Ed-quest International Inc.; Karen Yamada, Vice President, C21 Canada; Gioncarllo Brotto, SMART Technologies; Robert Martellacci, President, C21 Canada
Celebrating Global Edtech Excellence
Exclusive Podcast discussing this Year’s International Edtech Award Winners with Victor Rivero, Editor-in-Chief, EdTech Digest

Victor Rivero tells the story of 21st-century education transformation. He has toured the country with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; he has written for, edited or contributed to American School Board Journal, Edutopia, Converge (Center for Digital Education), Internet@Schools and various other publications.

He has provided consulting and editorial support to the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and oversees the annual EdTech Digest Awards Recognition Program (aka the “EdTech Awards”) featuring Cool Tool, Leadership and Trendsetter awards. Write

EdTech Digest Awards Program 2017
EdTech Digest 21.03.2017

National School Boards Association Names “20 to Watch” Education Technology Leaders
NSBA 04.03.2017

K-12 Featured News
Post Secondary Featured News
MindShare Learning to Partner with Sheridan College Mississauga Campus
MindShare Learning 30.03.2017
(L-R) Hayder Sultan, Outreach Campaign Strategist, Sheridan College; Bradley Grant, Digital Learning Specialist, MindShare Learning; Robert Martellacci, President, MindShare Learning; Michael Cassidy, Associate dean of Continuing and Professional Studies, Sheridan College; Abdulla Salim, Project Manager, Sheridan College
International Featured News
Industry News
Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups
The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Building Leader and Educator Capacity for Transformation

What makes a great teacher great? They are continually innovating and assessing how their work can further improve student success and outcomes. This leads policy makers to ponder – how do we build the capacity of educators and leaders to continuously learn, innovate, and improve on what they do?

Building up your teachers is so important – and there are so many ways to do so! Teachers require practical experience and an ability to innovate a range of techniques to meet the needs of every student presented before them. Many teachers receive little preparation for the practical realities of classroom management. That’s why it is critical for systems to invest in initial teacher education, just as the top performing education systems do.

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Conference Corner
Exclusive Podcast on Gobal Education Trends at Education Exchange 2017 (E2) with Anthony Salcito, Microsoft VP World Eduaction

Mr. Anthony Salcito serves as the Vice President of Education for Microsoft Corporation’s Worldwide Public Sector organization a role that allows him to work with education institutions and partners globally to embrace technology to optimize learning environments and student achievement.

A Fascinating Poster Session Showcasing Global Educator Projects
MindShare Musings

As I write this blog, I’m in Chicago at the Symposium on Global Competencies hosted by our valued partners at CoSN. Conference season is definitely upon us with ERDI, CanLearn, Digifest, EdCampHalton, to name a few. While we cannot attend all of them, we do make an effort to cover the majority to stay on to of the latest EdTech trends.

Thrilled to connect with my PLN colleagues and friends at CoSN2017 (L-R) Charlene Blohm, Dr. Kecia Ray, Stephen Morse, Anne Wujcik, Dr. Rita Oates, Robert Martellacci

We’re planning a very unique and special day this Friday which we hope you’ll help us get trending on twitter via #GoPaperlessDay, Friday, April 7th. We’re challenging all educators across Canada to avoid the photocopier and go digital for the day. Did you know the next largest budget after teacher salaries is the photocopy budget? Imagine the resources that could be redirected to migrating from print to digital! Let’s accelerate the digital revolution by going green and paperless! PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!

Speaking of revolutions! I’m so impressed with the “New”Nelson Education, led by Steve Brown, CEO, who have been quietly re-tooling and embracing digital in a BIG way. Watch for exciting things to come from Canada’s oldest publisher!

In late breaking news…. Kudos to Computers for Schools Ontario who distributed to 3093 free laptops to Syrian refugee families.

We’re honoured to once again partner with our friends at ISTE17 in San Antonio, Texas. Watch for details of our CanAm Celebration of Excellence Partnering reception.

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep! R.M

Career Opportunities

E-learning Technology Specialist
Learnkit – Toronto, ON

Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Professor, Civil Engineering Technology

Canada Education Enterprise Account Manager
Amazon, Toronto, CA

Featured Conferences

2017 CANeLearn Symposium & BC Digital Learning Conference, Vancouver, BC | April 5 – 7

ERDI Spring 2017, Halifax | April 5 – 8

7th Annual Summit on Education Technology Strategies, Toronto | April 11 – 12

The Second World Conference on Blended Learning 2017, Toronto ON | April 26 – 28

Digifest 2017, Toronto ON | April 27 – 29

8th Annual Edtech Leadership Summit, Toronto ON | November 6th

View More Events Here

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
Timothy Gard, B.Ed., OCT, M.A, Chief Digital Strategist
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™
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