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July 27, 2017

MindShare Learning Report — July Top 10 News Stories in Canadian EdTech ISTE2017 — 8th Canadian EdTech Summit Early Bird Ends Aug 31st

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Dear Thought Leader,

I’m pleased to share our Top 10 news stories from our recent Summer ISTE2017Special Edition.

As the EdTech space continues to evolve and mature, I’m reminded from our time at ISTE17 and the recent CMEC50 and C21 Canada Summit150 event in PEI, that we are in the people business, NOT the technology business.

The conversations were rich and our learning communities continue to grow and evolve our expertise and practice as education and technology leaders. I look forward to sharing more insights in my blog that I’m writing in celebration of our C21 Canada and the CEO Academy successful and memorable meetings in PEI.

I’m thrilled to announce our featured presenters at our 8 th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit—‘Designing Next Generation Schools for Today’s Student.’

Please note that our special early bird registration ends Thursday, August 31!

Be sure to checkout our Summer Top 10 news stories below inspired by you, our valued readership!

As always, I welcome your comments, news and blogs!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

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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1. 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.

2. ISTE releases new Standards for Educators to maximize learning for all students using technology. 
Technology in classrooms across the country looks very different than it did almost a decade ago when ISTE last released standards aimed at teachers.

Today the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) released an updated version of the ISTE Standards for Educators, which supports educators by providing a framework for learning, teaching and leading that is amplified by technology.

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3. 21st Century Learning Environmentsby 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.

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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4. The Canadian government’s CanCode program will invest $50 million over two years to develop Coding in K12 Students
The CanCode program will invest $50 million over two years, starting in 2017-18, to support initiatives providing educational opportunities for coding and digital skills development to Canadian youth from kindergarten to grade 12 (K-12).

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5. 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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6. Global education survey: Canadian students most likely to fund their own post-secondary

While the majority of parents in Canadacontribute towards their child’s post-secondary education (76% vs. global average of 87%), students in Canada are the most likely across all markets surveyed to also help fund their own educational goals (42% vs. global average: 15%).

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7. Exclusive MindShare Podcast at ISTE17, San Antonio with Sophie 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.

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

The Assembly of First Nations’ digital education resource It’s Our Time First Nations Education Toolkit is now on iTunes U. The free, downloadable package for iPad is a resource for teachers, providing culturally relevant, accessible, hands-on educational tools on First Nation culture and history.

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9. NELSON Acquires Technology Assets of Edusight, Continuing to Transform Education in Canada

Today NELSON, Canada’s leading educational publisher, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the technology assets of Edusight, an innovative digital portfolio developed to empower students and educators to take charge of their own educational journey.

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10. GradeSlam Celebrates Canada’s 150th Birthday Launching their Personalized Learning in Both Offical Languges

GradeSlam, the educational software company known for powering personalized learning through their online one-to-one tutoring platform, is now officially offering all of their subjects in both English and French, 24/7.

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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 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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