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July 6, 2017

MindShare Learning Report Special Summer ISTE 2017 Edition >> Cross Canada PEI Spotlight >> EdTech Summit Keynotes Announced Early Bird Reg Now Open!

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July/August 2017 Volume 10, Issue 5
Intro Letter I Quote of the Month I ISTE2017 I C21 Canada Spotlight I Featured News
Microsoft Education Corner I MindShare Musings
Exclusive MindShare Podcast with ISTE Closing Keynote Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code
Closing the Gender Gap in STEM Related Fields

Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code.

She began her career as an attorney and activist. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S.. Congress. During the race, Reshma visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code. Reshma has also served as Deputy Public Advocate for New York City and ran a spirited campaign for Public Advocate in 2013.

Dear Thought Leader,

Welcome to our special ISTE2017 Summer edition of the MindShare Learning Report Cross Canada Spotlight on Prince Edward Island, the site of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) Annual meetings and C21 Canada Summit later this month.

We’re just recently back from ISTE17 in San Antonio where we hosted a memorable CanAm Commonwealth Celebration of Excellence reception with over 110 leaders from North America, UK and Australia. One thing is for sure, education and technology partners attending ISTE are passionate about learning, innovation and community.

Some of the highlights in this issue include:

  1. Exclusive podcast with ISTE’s closing Keynote Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code
  2. 8th Annual MindShare Canadian EdTech Summit – ‘Designing Next Generation Schools for Today’s Student’ – Announces Featured Speakers! Early Bird Registration is Now Open!
  3. ISTE 2017 by the Numbers & Highlights
  4. C21 Canada PEI Summit Spotlight
  5. The Canadian government’s CanCode program will invest $50 million over two years to development Coding in Canadian youth from kindergarten to grade 12
  6. Global education survey: Canadian students most likely to fund their own post-secondary, take advantage of education savings plans
  7. ISTE Releases new Standards for Educators to maximize learning for all students using technology

Congratulations! We made it! Another memorable school year of sharing, growing, leading, learning, struggling, inspiring and celebrating student successes through our vast Canadian landscape.

Special thanks to our valued readership, technology partners, sponsors and MindShare Learning team for making our 10th anniversary year of publishing an extra special one! You collectively inspire me to reach new heights on a daily basis!

Until next time, have a safe and enjoyable summer!

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
“We need to learn about the world, with the world”
— Curran Dee, ISTE17 Student Ignite Presenter,
4th grader, CKO of @digcitkids
Featured Books
Featured MindShare Blog
21st Century Learning Environments

by Timothy Gard, Chief Learning Strategist

In a foundation document for discussion produced by the Ministry of Education in Ontario, entitled Towards Defining 21st Century Competencies for Ontario (Phase 1) one of the key areas identified for some innovative thinking and action to move forward the 21st-century competencies framework are physical spaces. If you’ve tuned into this space in the past, I’ve already written several pieces about the importance of transforming physical spaces that are more conducive to the kind of teaching and learning that supports modified or renewed physical space.
Latest in Classroom Innovations courtesy of Steelcase at ISTE17

We’ve referred to the learning commons model, with further areas delineated as makerspaces. As the document states, “Research supports the notion that where we learn affects the quality of how we learn.” In effect, we need to produce 21st-century learning environments to meet the needs of 21st-century learners.

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ISTE 2017 Spotlight
Exclusive MindShare Podcast at ISTE17, San Antonio withSophie Chen, Partner JMDedu
An International Perspective on EdTech

Sophie Chen
 is a partner at JMDedu where she is responsible for international partnerships, discovering promising edtech start-ups worldwide, collaborating with global edtech hubs, and introducing education resources into Chinese market. JMDedu is a leading ed-tech media and community in China, focusing on the latest innovations and trends in the education industry and running the community that supports investors and companies of all sizes across China.
ISTE 2017 Reflections

Canada definitely made its mark once again at ISTE with many familiar faces presenting and attending among over 20,000 delegates North America’s largest EdTech conference in San Antonio, Texas last week. The amazing Sylvia Duckworth known for her highly popular Sketchnotes presented at the Ignite event, along with Jen Giffen from YRDSB. George Couros was also in the building! Other notable Canadians, Patricia Gartland, Superintendent & CEO, Coquitlam S.D. in B.C. On the tech side of the equation, Logics AcademyAdvanced PresentationFreshGrade, and SMART Technologies.

Over 110 education and technology leaders attended our 8th CanAm Celebration of Excellence Leadership Summit that included the Commonwealth this year. We had some 30 Australian and UK delegates. MindShare is certainly putting the “I” for International in ISTE!

Special thanks to ISTE for their fabulous support as well as BrightBytesForward ThinkingEduRTG and EdTechTeam Canada for their generous support in helping making our CanAm our best ever! R.M.

ISTE 2017 Q&A with Richard Culatta, CEO of ISTE

Culatta is former director of the Office of Educational Technology at the Department of Education and has worked in education for his entire career. He said in an ISTE news release that as CEO, he wants to increase the value of ISTE membership and highlight “the importance of the ISTE voice on key education topics.”

One gets a strong sense of community walking through the ISTE2017 convention hall. Amazing spaces enabling informal learning 
Microsoft Hacking STEM exhibit at ISTE17 Showcases a blend of old and new tech integrating Hot Wheels race track set and sensors
ISTE Ignite Sketch Notes
The media room brochures at ISTE paint a very different future for education in the 21st century & You never know who you’re going to meet at the #ISTE17 media Room (L-R) Kevin Custer, Tom Whitby, Robert Martellacci
Robert Martellacci, MindShare Learning, gives greetings at the 8th Annual ISTE Can/Am Reception in San Antonio – over 110 international delegates attended this year!
Special thanks to our Generous Sponsors at the Can/Am Commonwealth Reception
Celebrating young Talent from Highschool Band & Keynote Jennie Magiera presents a strong message to teachers.
Backstage view of ISTE’s four inspiring K12 student presenters
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Cross Canada C21 Spotlight on PEI
C21 Canada Summit in Partnership with the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) – Prince Edward Island
As president and co-founder of C21 Canada, we are elated to be hosting our C21 Canada Summit in Charlottetown, PEI later this month.

Why PEI? We’ll be partnering with the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), where our C21 Canada CEO Academy members will be presenting the latest trends in technology and learning across their respective districts in Canada. It’s especially fitting given Canada’s 150th birthday and the significance of Charlottetown in the founding of our great country.

Special thanks to CMEC and the Honourable Minister, Doug Currie, PEI for their support in hosting C21 Canada. Incidentally, CMEC will also be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Congratulations!

C21 Canada Welcomes Compugen Inc. to its Board

(L-R) Harry Zarek, President & CEO Compugen, Inc. and Terry Mirza, Vice President Sales, Western Canada proudly sport their C21 Canada gifts during a welcome lunch yesterday with Robert Martellacci, C21 Canada president

K-12 Featured News
Ontario Science Centre awards 2017 Weston Youth Innovation Award to Markham, ON teen innovator Anmol Tukrel
CNW 13.06.2017

Norah Marsh Appointed New CEO of EQAO
EQAO 28.06.2017

Assembly of First Nations Launches Digital Resource for Teachers’ It’s Our Time First Nations Education Toolkit on iTunes U
CNW 28.06.2017

The CanCode program will invest $50 million over two years to development Coding in Canadian youth from kindergarten to grade 12
Canada Government 16.06.2017

Best Buy Canada School Tech Grant program awards elementary schools with funding for new tech
CNW 13.06.2017

Post Secondary Featured News
Global education survey: Canadian students most likely to fund their own post-secondary, take advantage of education savings plans
CNW 29.06.2017

Many So-Called Innovators Don’t Understand the Community They Need to Serve
The Chronicle of Higher Education 26.05.17

MUN introduces new, primarily online PharmD program
Memorial University 28.06.17

How to Prepare the Next Generation for Jobs in the AI Economy
Harvard Business Review 05.06.17

Canada and P.E.I. invest in infrastructure at Holland College
CNW 26.06.2017

International Featured News
ISTE releases new Standards for Educators to maximize learning for all students using technology
ISTE 25.6.2017
Industry News
GradeSlam Celebrates Canada’s 150th Birthday Launching Their Personalized Learning In Both Official Languages!
GradeSlam 01.07.2017

Google launching “Libraries Ready to Code” initiative
Google 25.06.2017

Pai Technology Introduces Coding Robot at ISTE 2017
PRweb 27.06.2017

Micro:bit Small-board Computer Launches in U.S. & Canada to Inspire Next Generation of Students
Business Wire 20.06.2017

BrightBytes Acquires Trusted IPaaS Provider Authentica Solutions
BrightBytes 29.06.2017

Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups
What District Tech Coaches Want From K-12 Companies and Their Products
EdWeek Market Brief 30.05.17

NELSON Acquires Technology Assets of Edusight, Continuing to Transform Education in Canada
CNW 28.06.2017

CANARIE Introduces New, Free DAIR Cloud Resources to Accelerate Canadian Startups’ Time to Market
Canarie 14.06.2017

BrightBytes Acquires Trusted IPaaS Provider Authentica Solutions

Epson Showcases Laser Displays for K-12 Classrooms at ISTE 2017
Epson 22.06.2017

The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner
Set yourself up for success this summer!

It’s finally that time of year! School is out for the summer! It’s an exciting time for all, and a chance for a much-needed and deserved break. It’s a time to relax, slow the pace, and spend valuable time with friends and family.

But we know the work doesn’t stop, and here at Microsoft Canada we’ve been gearing up to provide you with the resources you need to sharpen your skills over the summer months, so come the end of summer, you can start the new year off with your best foot forward.

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MindShare Musings
In late breaking news we’re honoured to welcome Prof. Sidneyeve Matrix, Associate Professor teaching design thinking, digital communication, & creative entrepreneurship, Queen’s University will be our closing keynote at the 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit. It’s extremely fitting given our new theme, “Designing Next Generation Schools for Today’s Student.” Prof. Matrix offers tremendous insight in the world of social media, design thinking as we prepare our future leaders for jobs that don’t exist.
A fitting segway to the tweet I’m sharing above from the OECD who have been releasing a flurry of amazing research and reports. I’m particularly interested in sharing the image below as it provides excellent insight to the essential skills future leaders require in a digital world. Coincidentally, many of these skills are highlighted in C21 Canada’s 7 C’s! As you can see, it’s really not about technology and more about prepare students to be well rounded problem solvers. I welcome your thoughts as to how you see the world unfolding with respect to this image.
I would be remiss if I didn’t congratulate and thank Angela Gauthier, Director of Education from the Toronto Catholic School Board who retired recently for her support of C21 Canada as a member of the CEO Academy. I’m a proud alumni from TCDSB where Angela left an indelible mark as well as a balanced budget!

I’m sure she’s looking forward to a well deserved break. I anticipate we’ll see Angela back to support education organizations in some mentorship or advisory capacity.

So pleased to see the proliferation of Canadian authors in education. The latest I ran into at ISTE is Tanya Avrith formerly of Lester B. Pearson School District in Montreal. She actually took delivery of her book while at ISTE. Hence the excitement in the pic captured below! Coincidentally, Tanya’s former district is led by friend and colleague, Michael Chechile, Director General and C21 CEO Academy board member.
I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight another friend of MindShare with a new book, educator extraordinaire, Jennifer Casa-Todd, from the York Catholic District School Board. Congratulations!

Next time you have an event, or book release, please tell us about it! We love hearing from you! Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep! R.M

Career Opportunities

Dean, School of Applied Science, Skills and Technology
Loyalist College, Belleville, ON

Vice-President, Student Success
George Brown College, ON

Software Engineer 2 – Office Education
Microsoft, Vancouver Canada

Featured Conferences
EduTeach Toronto | July 29th – 31st

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

Alberta’s Online & Blended Symposium , Edmonton | October 25th – 27th

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

Social Media Week, Toronto ON | November 13th – 17th

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

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