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June 8, 2017

June MindShare Learning Report – Celebration of Excellence – Special Buyers Guide Edition

A newsletter from yesterday.

June 2017 Volume 10, Issue 4
A MindShare Moment with Tanreet Dhaliwal, Peel High School Student & Team Lead of 1325 Inverse Paradox, FIRST Championship Robotics Winners

Mississauga school group captures top marks at FIRST
ETP 05.05.2017

Learn more about Gordon Gradon’s Robitics Team 1325

Dear Thought Leader,

Welcome to our June Celebration of Excellence, special Buyer’s Guide Edition of the MindShare Learning Report.

Across Canada Coding is King! Today marks the final day of Canada Coding Week!

In this issue:

  1. 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit Keynotes Announced, Monday, November 6, MaRsDD former UK Education Minister, Lord Jim Knight and world renowned school design architect Randal Fielding

  2. Special MindShare Report Buyer’s Guide Top 10 Tips

  3. Dr. Ron Canuel named new CEO The Learning Partnership

  4. Dr. Steve Joordens, UofT, Director of the Advanced Learning TechnologiesPodcast on Innovation and his own startup Peer Scholar

  5. Celebrating 10 years of the MindShare Report Blog reflection

  6. Canada’s Classroom of the Future Challenge ‘Spirit’ Award Winners announced

  7. NELSON Acquires McGraw-Hill Ryerson’s K-12 Business Becoming the Largest Canadian-Operated Publisher

As the academic year has come to a close for those in post secondary, we celebrate excellence of our future leaders, thanks to our valued education partners. To those in the K12 space, here’s to finishing strong with your students!

Finally, we celebrate and thank our technology partners who, like me, are passionate about providing the best tools and digital resources to support education leaders in providing a world class education for all students across Canada. They are very much a part of the success equation and deserve a BIG thank you.

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank our team; Bradley, Tim, Paul and Valerie for their passion and making each MSL Report our best ever!

Special thanks to our stellar advisory board for their thought leadership throughout the year.

Thank you for being part of the MindShare Learning community this past academic year. Watch for our summer lifelong learning edition!

Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!

P.S. We are pleased to be hosting our 8th CanAm Celebration of Excellence Reception at ISTE17 in San Antonio, Tuesday, June 27th. Click here to register as a valued community member.

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

Fostering the entrepreneurial spirit amongst students is critical in the 21st century

Dr. Avis Glaze, Champions of Ed Award Recipient Speech,
The Learning Partnership Gala Dinner

Featured Books
Special Buyers Guide Top 10 Tips

Five ‘Extra’ Considerations when Purchasing Technology
by Timothy Gard, Chief Learning Strategist

Caveat Emptor. You can’t be too careful in this day and age when you purchase technology for your classroom, school or district. Some products, whether software or hardware, do not always perform as expected. And more often than not, the purveyors of technology products will always put their products in the best light. It’s always a good idea to ‘kick the tires’ before making that next technology purchase. And it’s an even better idea to get a trial run of the product before you commit any of your budget to a more significant purchase.

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C21 Canada New Board Member Spotlight

An Exclusive MindShare Learning Podcast with Lee Taal, Founder, ChatterHigh

On Student Engagement, Success & Future Readiness in K12 Education

Lee Taal is the Founder of ChatterHigh, a web application used in high schools that gamifies exploration of post-seconadary, career and labour market information, plus health and financial literacy resources. It is a free activity used by career educators across North America.

Canada 150 Classroom of the Future Spirit Award Winners
K-12 Featured News

The Innovative Practicioner: Changing Practice for a New Year

by Timothy Gard, Chief Learning Strategist

In the book, Intentional Interruption, the authors note that new learning only happens when there’s cognitive discomfort. And cognitive discomfort occurs when we are faced with one or more ideas that challenge a belief that we readily accept as true, or at least, we hold as a cornerstone of our current professional practice. If we move from year to year without challenging our beliefs and making an effort to change our practice, then we will never face cognitive discomfort. That’s the easy road. We can continue down the path to professional oblivion making only slightly measurable changes in our teaching, and presumably, in students’ learning.

Post Secondary Featured News

A MindShare Learning Moment with Dr. Steve Joordans, Director, Advanced Learning Technologies Lab, University of Toronto

Developing Critical Thinking & 21st Century Skills in Post Secondary Environments

Dr. Steve Joordens is Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where he has taught since 1995. He earned a doctorate in cognitive psychology from the University of Waterloo.

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

Curriculum and Assessment as Powerful Tools to Improve Learning Outcomes

It’s that time of year…the final month before summer vacation! And that means crunch time – exams, final assessments, assignments, and reflecting on the past year to ensure continuous improvement for those to come. With this comes a heavy spotlight on curriculum and assessment – two very hot topics in education today. So what is it you want to achieve around curriculum and assessment for your school system?

As always, we must begin by asking ourselves, what does success look like and how do we get there? School leaders and teachers take an active role in this reflection, by standing as the visionaries to ensure a better future for their students and school communities.

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Conference Corner

MindShare Learning recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with an expert panel discussion at the Steelcase WorkLife Centre (Toronto).

Colleagues, Education Partners, Friends and Family gather for the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the MSL Report

MindShare at Camp905

MindShare was honoured to once again sponsor EdCamp905 in our very own backyard of Mississauga. I really enjoy the grassroots approach to the EdCamp model and the authentic informal learning that it nutures. One of the highlights for me was connecting with the amazing Jen Giffen, educator extraordinaire with YRDSB who only began her sketchnoting journing this past year. See pic below that captures a nice summary of the day’s activities. You can connect with Jen on twitter via @virtualGiff

EdCamp905 Exclusive Podcast With Stephen Hurley, VoiceEd Radio

Deepening and Broadening Conversations on Education Through Online Mediums

Stephen Hurley has worked in the Canadian education space for over three decades. After a long and exciting career (exciting for him!) as a teacher and consultant in Ontario, Stephen continues to work to open up public spaces for vibrant conversations about transformation of education systems across Canada.
MindShare Musings

It’s never been a more exciting time to be in education. Change leadership is definitely a part of the success equation and it’s happening a rapid pace across the Canadian education landscape. On that note, kudos to our friend and colleague, Ron Canuel, CEO, who was recently lured away from the CEA by The Learning Partnership to take over the helm.

So impressed that our former C21 CEO Academy member Kathi Wallace has taken on the challenge of interim YRDSB Director of Education. She will help bring stability and focus back to organization.

Congratulations to my friend and colleague, Mamdouh Shoukri, President and Vice-Chancellor, who concludes his decade long tenure this month. I hope to connect for a podcast reflection with Dr. Shoukri later this month. Stay tuned!

Congratulations to the 2017 ORION Leadership Award Winners

Did you know? In the next 5 years 75% of people in management positions (baby boomers) will be at retirement age. That’s good news for the many educators who have been patiently waiting in the wings to climb the corporate education ladder! And provide further opportunities for new teachers too!

It was super cool to attend the recent ADOBE CREATIVE JAM AT OCADU. I was so impressed with the talent level of students demonstrating their digital skills. Below is an example of an animated giff by one of the winning teams.

TVO is on a Roll! Kudos to our friends at TVO’s Educational Children’s Programming Wins Three Daytime Emmy® Awards!

Odd Squad received awards for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s, Pre-School Children’s or Family Viewing Program (Isaac Kragten) and Outstanding Writing Special Class for Odd Squad: The Movie (Tim McKeon, Mark De Angelis and Adam Peltzman).

We enjoy hearing from you, our valued MindShare community member. Please keep the news coming!

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

Career Opportunities

Pearson, VP, Academic Partnerships

School Messenger, Vice President Of Software Development
SchoolMessenger, Toronto

MaRsDD Senior Advisor, Work & Learning (Education & Training)
MaRS Discovery District, Toronto

Please contact us to submit your career opportunities

Featured Conferences

Classroom of the Future Tech Showcase Celebration, Toronto ON | June 14th

CANHEIT 2017, Kingston ON | June 13th – 15th

ISTE 2017, Toronto ON | June 25th – 29th

EduTeach Toronto | July 29th – 31st

Education Industry Summit – ETIN, San Fransico CA | July 25th – 27th

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 Learning 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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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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