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October 12, 2018

Dear Thought Leader,

A memorable week for sure, having hosted our 9th Canadian EdTech SummitIgnite Talks and EdTech Industry Boot Camp. Checkout twitter social media highlights via #CDNEdTech18.

Our challenge for next year’s special 10th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit will be to top the excellent keynotes and the level of collaborative engagement that captivated our delegates. If you missed this year’s Summit, no worries, we’ve got keynote podcastscourtesy of our partner, VoideEd Radio.

Congratulations to the  3rd Annual Canadian EdTech Award Winners announced at the Summit:

Special thanks to presenters, delegates, sponsors, volunteers, University of Toronto (Mississauga) and our team for making this year’s Summit a most memorable one!

I hope you enjoy this week’s Top 10  news stories! Please keep your success stories and comments coming!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

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Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
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“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”

– Albert Einstein

1. This Week in Canadian EdTech is our Pre-EdTech Summit Discussion
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2. How do we teach students to identify fake news?
EdCan Network – October 5, 2018

In a “post-truth” era where people are increasingly influenced by their emotions and beliefs over factual information, fact and fiction can be difficult to distinguish, and fake news can spread rapidly through mainstream media sources and social networks. Moreover, fake news is often meant to do harm, by tricking us into believing a lie or unfairly discrediting a person or political movement.

3. Sidewalk Toronto has only one beneficiary and it is not Toronto
The Globe and Mail – October 5, 2018
With politicians rushing to show Canada’s innovation chops, “smart cities” have emerged as their new frontier. Most consequential of these is a high-profile agreement between Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet. A year ago, Canadians were treated to an announcement involving the leaders of all three levels of government gushing and fawning about an enlightened urban partnership with a foreign company whose business model is built exclusively on the principle of mass surveillance.
4. The Government of Canada invests in protecting nature with Engaging Canadian Kids in Wildlife Conservation
CISION – October 5, 2018

Canada is protecting its natural heritage, wildlife, and biodiversity by engaging the next generation of environmental stewards across the country in species at risk. This initiative will inspire and enable Canadian children to take an active role in the protection of wildlife—including species at risk—and their habitat.

5. Why Generation Z learners Prefer Youtube Lessons Over Printed Books
Education Week – September 11, 2018

In a survey released last month of people ages 14 to 23—the so-called Generation Z group— YouTube ranked the highest as a preferred learning tool. Fifty-nine percent picked YouTube as a learning preference, 57 percent chose in-person group activities, 47 percent picked learning apps or games, and 47 percent chose printed books. The study—conducted by a global market research firm, The Harris Poll, on behalf of education company Pearson—examines the differences between Generation Z and Millennials—defined as ages 24-40—when it comes to their outlooks, values, and experiences in education and the use of technology.

6. More work-integrated learning, research funding among the major themes of pre-budget submissions
University Affairs – October 9, 2018

Several groups call for increased support for Canadian students wishing to study abroad. Universities Canada is one of several groups to support a new national initiative, Go Global Canada, to support 15,000 Canadian postsecondary students per year to go abroad within five years, rising to 30,000 per year within 10 years. The Canadian Bureau for International Education also strongly endorses efforts to boost the number of students going abroad both as a way to nurture future “global leaders” and to boost Canada’s international competitiveness.

7. Taking the lead in tech
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology – October 11, 2018

We’re poised to become a Western Canadian leader in robotics training.

SAIT and automation powerhouse ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB) recently signed a memorandum of understanding – officially announced Wednesday, Oct. 10 – naming SAIT as the Alberta training provider for ABB robot operator and programmer courses. “Being able to bring this technology to students shows ABB’s commitment to education, the advancement of automation and the preparation of a highly skilled workforce,” says Brent Matthews, Business Unit Manager, ABB.

8. Education Technology Serves Equity when used with Purpose
EdSurge – September 12, 2018
In my time as a classroom teacher, principal and superintendent, I became professionally and emotionally vested in leading and supporting a vision for educational equity, which is shared by many of my colleagues. That vision is to create the best conditions that can lead to equitable learning outcomes and to provide all students with the right resources they need to learn, regardless of race, gender, income and other factors.
9. Great schools give great opportunities to a variety of students
The Globe and Mail – September 27, 2018

Ali Poonja had a chance to travel internationally in high school to compete in speech and debate competitions. He tried telemark skiing, mountain biking and camping while doing the international baccalaureate program at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School between 2009 and 2012.

10. Canada 2067 Learning Roadmap: Key Recommendations
Let’s Talk Science – October 11, 2018

In a time when most Canadian youth disengage from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) studies before high school graduation, we need to better prepare them for a future where disruptive technologies and changes in the labour market will reward highly skilled workers. Thousands of Canadians contributed to the development of the Canada 2067 Learning Roadmap – a set of key recommendations to ensure Canadian youth will be prepared to contribute and thrive in an ever more complex and technologically intensive world.

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October 7, 2018

October MindShare Learning Report >> Canada’s Learning & Technology eMag >> 6 Days To Go! Our 9th Canadian EdTech Innovation Summit!

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October 2018, Volume 11 Issue 7

Dear Thought Leader,

What does design thinking, STEM, FutureReady Schools, sustainability, blended learning and global competencies all have in common? These topics and more will be explored at Canada’s 9th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit–Re-Imagining Sustainable Learning Environments, Thursday, October 11, University of Toronto Mississauga. Limited spaces are still available!

Our Summit is growing!  Below are some highlights of our expanded Pre-EdTech Conference activities!

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Bonus! EdTech Bootcamp for Industry Leaders Location: MindShare Workspace, Erin Mills Town Centre, 5100 Erin Mills Pkwy, MississaugaPLEASE RSVP!

VIP Sponsor/Presenter Reception, 5:30 pm by invitation.

Ignite The Night Talks, 7pm – 9pm Featuring Passionate Educators and Summit Presenters! Location: MindShare Workspace, 5100 Erin Mills Pkwy Open to delegates and friends. $5 fee to charity for non-conference registered guests. PLEASE RSVP!

Thursday, October 11, 9th Canadian EdTech Innovation Summit Conference–
Re-Imagining Sustainable Learning Environments, 7:30am – 6pm, University of Toronto, Mississauga

*Limited Tickets are still available. Click here to register.  

Apologies for the laser focus on our EdTech Summit. It’s never been more exciting to be in education, yet we run the risk of falling behind as a global leaders as we grapple with the digital revolution upon us. Through our Summit connections and collaborations, we’ll explore deeper thinking around nagging issues of equity, skills gap, sustainability and digital citizenship, to name a few challenges!

I hope you enjoy our October issue of the MindShare Learning Report that truly offers something for all education stakeholder leaders who are interested and engaged in the future of learning and work.

From our team to yours, wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

Best,

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
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Dr. Ron Owston – A long-time Moodle user  takes a first look at Canvas

Having been a long-time Moodle user and occasional user of Blackboard and D2L’s Brightspace, I was excited to have the opportunity to review Canvas. Instructure, the developers of Canvas, began hosting their learning management system (LMS) in the cloud in Canada for the first time last spring. This created the opportunity for smaller school districts, colleges, universities, and other learning organization that do not have the capacity in-house to host Canvas, to have their data stored domestically and subject to only Canadian laws. Instructure provided me with access to the basic version of Canvas and gave me a comprehensive tour that highlighted many of the unique features of the LMS.

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Canadian Business Crowns Prodigy Game as Country’s Fastest-Growing Software Company
Cision – October 4, 2018
RBC and Wilfrid Laurier University partner in support of innovative student entrepreneurship programming
Education News Canada – October 3, 2018
SMART Technologies Partners with Conrad Foundation, Turns to Students to Help Shape the Future of Education through Technology
SMART – September 26, 2018
UW opens first virtual reality optometry lab in Canada
The Record – October 1, 2018
Waterloo Professor wins Nobel Prize in Physics
University of Waterloo – October 2, 2018
Alexa, can you help kids to code?
The Globe and Mail – September 27, 2018
Cégeps Tap Mobile Technology to Tackle Student Communication Gaps
Cision – September 26, 2018
Around the world in 120 days: One student’s quest to bring renewable energy technology back home
Folio – October 2, 2018

‘We want to be relevant’: Dalhousie, NFB launch new ocean VR learning tool

Global News – October 4, 2018

York District School Board launches
Bill Hogarth Secondary School 
It was an honour to tour the newly built Bill Hogarth School in York Region recently with the man himself, Dr. Bill Hogarth and Deans emeritus York University faculty of Education, Dr. Ron Owston & Dr. Stan Shapson. I must say the design thinking was extremely well thought through! Congrats to the leadership team at Bill Hogarth S.S. for creating a most welcoming and engaging culture at the school!

Kudos to EdTech startup Prodigy Game!Canadian Business Crowns Prodigy Game as Country’s Fastest-Growing company of the year. Congrats to co-founder Rohan and his team for achieving a rare feat! The last time I witnessed this occurrence, or anything remotely close was from my days at The Learning Company and our huge growth in 18 months under the leadership of Kevin O’Leary (Sharks Tank), where our company culminated with a sale to Mattel at $3.6B. Could be a sign of great things to come for Prodigy Game! They have figured out the success model as being one that is not 100% entrenched in education. I leave it to you to figure out the rest!

This was really a rare week for me to venture out on two consecutive high school visits. The other being Peel SB’s highest performing John Fraser H.S. under the leadership of principal, Mary Nanavati is emerging for us as a great partner in the local community of Erin Mills/Streetstville in Mississauga. What’s evident from both my visits is that the two principal leaders care about people and are extremely driven to nurture success in their students and teachers. Additionally, I felt a strong welcoming culture and happy students! The one contrast was that one school was 30 years of age vs brand new which really says a lot about people and leadership. I encourage you if you ever get a chance to visit the Bill Hogarth S.S. or, John Fraser S.S. It will make for an inspiring day and gives hope to our future in our youth in Canada!

Canadian professor Donna Strickland wins the Nobel Prize for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics. She is the first woman to win the physics prize since 1963. I suspect this associate professor will earn a full professorship sooner than later at U of Waterloo!

In late breaking news…..a Must Read blog:

How do we teach students to identify #fakenews? Courtesy of EdCan, written by Dr. Alec Couros&  Katia Hildebrandt.

We always enjoy hearing from you! Drop me a note with your great news and upcoming events! I hope to see you at our EdTech Summit next week! Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep! R.M.

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September 30, 2018

MindShare Learning Report >> Top 10 Canadian EdTech News Stories Of The Week >> September 28 >> Only 12 Days to go for the 9th Canadian EdTech Summit

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Dear Thought Leader,

I’m pleased to share our MindShare Report Top 10 News stories of the Week! The saga continues in the mainstream media around banning mobile devices in classrooms, both in K12 schools and post-secondary institutions.

Have your say! Please take our poll to give us a pulse for what our MindShare community is thinking across Canada. Do you support the ban of mobile devices in the classroom or lecture hall?

Personally, I can think of a number of go to apps that I use throughout my work day and while I was a “mature’ grad student that would cause me to slow down considerably without my mobile devices.  I look forward to sharing the results of the poll next week!

The bigger question is what are we doing to educate our youth around digital citizenship and self regulation? There is no question we are on a slippery slope in our society. The enormous fines being levied for driving while texting, or being on your phone are a testament to the crisis facing us today in our society. This further ties into the growing concern over the state of mental health amongst our students. We need to figure this out. This is in large part what inspired, C21 Canada and the 7C’s as one of the co-founders we felt a need to take action. Our work is far from done yet!

Be sure to check out our  This Week in Canadian EdTEch chat with Stephen Hurley of VoicEd Radio as we banter around the mobile device issue and other topics of interest.

This has to be the fastest September for me on record as it went by in a flash! Perhaps it has to do with our fast approaching 9th Canadian EdTech Innovation Summit October 11th ! Only 12 Days to go! It’s not too late to register, however, spaces are limited. We hope to see you there.

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

Best,

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Founder, MindShare Workspace
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™

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1. Why Teachers Should Embrace Digital Devices in Classrooms
Folio – September 21, 2018

France’s recent decision to pass a law banning the use of cellphones, tablets and smart watches at school for children under 15 is just the latest example of moral panic around new digital technologies, according to a University of Alberta education researcher.

2. Carleton’s Immersive Media Studio Wins 2 Prestigious Industry Awards
TLDSB – September 18, 2018

Carleton University’s Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) has won two  Canada BIM Innovation Spotlight Awards.

The fourth annual awards ceremony, held in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, bestowed the honour on the  Library of Parliament project in recognition of excellence in the field of building information modelling (BIM).

3. Cisco Unveils Education Room talks future technology in learning spaces.
TLDSB – September 18, 2018

From Wi-Fi technology that can collect student behaviour patterns to security cameras that keep schools safe, Cisco’s latest installment of the Education Room in its Innovation Centre focuses on the possibilities of emerging technology that can be used in universities and colleges.

4. Schools are Banning Smart Phones
Washington Post – September 21, 2018

This fall, when French students returned to school for the 2018-2019 academic year, many could not take their smartphones to class. The French Parliament over the summer passed legislation that banned students up to age 15 from taking the devices to school — or, at the very least, requiring that they be turned off in class. The goal, according to the  Agence France-Presse, was to try to break phone addiction and ensure that students were focusing on their schoolwork in class.

5. How Stand-out STEM Teachers Inspire the Next Generation
The Globe and Mail – September 27, 2018

These days, no subjects carry quite the same weight, at least with some parents and policy makers, as STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math.

Not only is it an incentive for many to consider well-endowed private schools for their children, but there’s all the language surrounding STEM: the bedrock of Canadian economic health, the key to Canadian security, the gauge of gender equality in education.

6. Universities collaborate to create Alberta’s first clinical-education facility
Edmonton Journal – September 27, 2018

A primary care clinic focused on training future doctors and medical staff has a shiny new home in downtown Edmonton.

MacEwan University officially unveiled a $4-million clinical-education facility Thursday that is now home to physicians who previously worked out of the Royal Alexandra Family Medicine Centre.

7. Education Technology Serves Equity when used with Purpose
EdSurge – September 12, 2018
In my time as a classroom teacher, principal and superintendent, I became professionally and emotionally vested in leading and supporting a vision for educational equity, which is shared by many of my colleagues. That vision is to create the best conditions that can lead to equitable learning outcomes and to provide all students with the right resources they need to learn, regardless of race, gender, income and other factors.
8. Great schools give great opportunities to a variety of students
The Globe and Mail – September 27, 2018

Ali Poonja had a chance to travel internationally in high school to compete in speech and debate competitions. He tried telemark skiing, mountain biking and camping while doing the international baccalaureate program at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School between 2009 and 2012.

9. Tech companies lead the pack in LinkedIn’s top Canadian startups of 2018
itBusiness – September 6, 2018

LinkedIn’s 2018 list of Canada’s most sought-after startups is out, and it’s no surprise that technology is leading the pack.

Each of the top five startups on the list is tech related, and of the top 25 companies only four are not directly utilizing tech in their products or services.

Wealthsimple Inc. claimed the number one spot for Canadian startups this year, with Coinsquare, Element AI, League Inc. and Kira Systems rounding out the top five.

10. 5G Set to Open New Doors for Education Technology in Higher Ed
EdTech – September 26, 2018

Integration of 5G, the fifth generation of wireless networks, is on its way and is poised to have an impact on the way higher education institutions interact with connected devices and new classroom technology on campus.

Experts working to develop the new technology have noted three key areas where 5G will improve on the current 4G LTE networks that are used right now: increased device capacity, faster network speed and lower latency.

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September 23, 2018

MindShare Learning Report >> Top 10 Canadian EdTech News Stories Of The Week >> September 21st

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September 21, 2018

Dear Thought Leader,

I’m pleased to share our most popular MindShare Top 10 News stories of the Week for the 2018-2019 academic year! As we kickoff with this week’s edition, there is no shortage of BIG news hitting the digital education airwaves! I hope you enjoy this week’s Top 10! And, please do keep the news coming our way!

However, before we get to the Top 10, I would be remissed if I didn’t share a bit about a very important event coming your way in less than a month!

20 Days to go! The excitement is building as we prepare to host MindShare’s 9th Canadian EdTech Innovation Summit in partnership with our highly valued host, Dr. Shashi Kant, Director, Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM) program, Institute for Management & Innovation, University of Toronto Mississauga.

I hope you can join us at the Summit as we “Re-Imagine Sustainable Learning Environments.” Our ‘New’ location at UTM will no doubt inspire you with their state-of-the-art educational facilities that will be sure to inspire you!

I’m honoured and truly inspired by the World-Class leaders that will be presenting at the summit. Make no mistake, this conference is really about you! What’s really changed since we launched 9 years ago, is the shift from education to learning. The “smartest person in the room is the room”, as the saying now goes. We have built an agenda to challenge your thinking and connect with education and technology partners from across the spectrum. And yes, we will have students in attendance and presenting too!

I hope to see you on October 11th!

Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
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Co-founder & President C21 Canada™Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn

“After spending the afternoon speaking with some of our youngest scientists, I can tell you that the future of innovation in Canada is bright.”

– Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 
at the PM Science Fair

1. Outdated Education and Workplace Training Put at Risk $154 Billion in Canadian Growth Promised by Intelligent Technologies, Find Accenture
Cision – September 20, 2018
The economic promise of digital technologies is being put at risk by inadequate education and corporate training systems, according to  Accenture (NYSE:  ACN). Unless radically new learning approaches are adopted, the failure to close the skills gap could result in Canada forgoing as much as CAD$154 billion(US$119 billion) in GDP growth promised by investment in intelligent technologies over the next ten years.
2. How tecnology is enabling new ways of writing
OECD – September 17, 2018

We could be on the brink of a fundamental change in how we produce and use written material.
Changes and improvements in writing technologies have occurred at several points in human history. Our instruments of handwriting have evolved from imprints in clay to brushes and ink, to the now-ubiquitous ballpoint pen (a  surprisingly difficult device to perfect). Print and digital reproduction have allowed texts to be mass produced and distributed to audiences numbering in the billions; and smartphones have given us new ways to express ourselves in writing, as evidenced by the widespread use of emoji.

3. TLDSB Launches Free Mobile App for School Communities
TLDSB – September 18, 2018

Trillium Lakelands District School Board has launched a free mobile app designed to keep students, parents, staff, and community members informed about their schools and the district.

Through the app, users will be able to choose which schools they want to follow and may choose to receive push notifications directly to their phone. News, transportation updates, calendars, school contact details, and community information is all available through the app and can be downloaded for iOS through the Apple Store and for Android devices from Google Play.

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5. Gain New Skills>>Humans Wanted: How Canadian youth can thrive in the age of disruption
RBC News – July 3, 2018

Canada is facing a quiet crisis.

In the coming decade, half of all jobs will be disrupted by technology and automation. Some will change dramatically. Others will disappear completely, replaced by jobs that are yet to be invented.

6. Facebook expanding its Montreal AI Lab to double the number of researchers
Financial Post – September 20, 2018

Facebook doesn’t make magnetic resonance imaging machines and has no plans to start.

But that hasn’t stopped researchers at the social networking giant’s Montreal artificial intelligence lab from working with NYU School of Medicine to make MRI scans faster and more accurate.

7. Minister Duncan Marks Completion of a new Science Facility at the University of Ottawa
Government of Canada – September 20, 2018

Building state-of-the-art facilities, labs and modern learning spaces is essential for skills and innovation. They ensure students and researchers at post-secondary institutions are prepared for future careers that will help them join a strong, healthy middle class.

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, was at the University of Ottawa today on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, to mark the completion of the  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Complex at the University of Ottawa.

8. When your ‘A’ becomes a ‘C’ – Ontario University downgrades marks from some highschools
CBC – September 18, 2018

At the University of Waterloo’s engineering program, sometimes an “A” on a high school transcript isn’t really an “A.”

The university downgrades marks from schools where students historically have performed poorly in the first year of their program. So, an “A” from the wrong high school might not be better than a “C” from the right one.

9. New tool developed at UBC screens online health ads for description
VoiceOnline – September 12, 2018

THE internet is rife with ads for health products, from weight-loss systems to arthritis cures—but whether they actually work can be difficult to discern. Now, experts at the University of British Columbia have devised a simple screening tool to evaluate if the products popping up on your newsfeed are likely to be scams.

10. Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology
IBM – 2018
Employers are always on the lookout for the brightest talent from colleges and universities—and graduates who have data science and analytics skills are currently at the top of the most-wanted list. Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology uses IBM® Watson Analytics™ to provide business students with the experience they need to turn data into insight—and get ahead in today’s job market.

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September 21, 2018

21 Days To Go! Canada’s 9th Canadian EdTech Innovation Summit — MindShare Community Final Special Offer

An item from yesterday about this Canadian event.

As a valued member of the MindShare Learning Community, I wanted to share that it’s not too late to register for our  9th Canadian EdTech Innovation SummitThursday, October 11, University of Toronto (Mississauga).  Re-Imagining Sustainable Learning Environments, is our theme for this year’s summit. We are proud this year to partner with the University of Toronto, (Master of Science in Sustainability Management Program), Mississauga our new host location.

I believe it’s never been a more exciting time to be in the Canadian education space given OECD’s recent accolades about our #1 position as the most education country in the World. However we cannot rest on our laurels!  Hence, it’s critical for stakeholders to engage with education and technology leaders to make sense of how to best design sustainable technology implementations to support student success. We proudly have an amazing lineup of world-class presenters as well as our highly popular Cross Canada Checkup panel.

Here are just 5 ways for your to engage in our Summit below! New this year! New this year we’re hosting an EdTech Industry Bootcamp on October 10th, noon – 4pm which is FREE to registered technology partners to gain valuable insights on trends and how to best meet the needs of the education community across Canada and beyond.

Top 5 Ways to Engage!

1. Explore the Makerspace Showcase! As you enter the conference area you will enter an innovative classroom environment, featuring 3D printing, augmented reality, robotics, and other cool hands on learning technologies.

2.  Vote for your favorite Tech Teacher (K12/Post-Secondary), or EdTech industry partner!

3. Enter the Dragon’s Den Style EdTech Startup Pitch Session! Drop me a note if you’re interested! 

4.Participate in the afternoon round table sessions that will be sure to challenge your innovative thinking on schools of the future!

5.Stick around for our post-summit VIP networking reception!

Back by popular demand! Join us at our Ignite Talks, Wednesday, Octoer 10th, 7pm at the MindShare Workspace!

Because of your continuing valued support we are offering technology leaders one last chance to receive $50 discount (use coupon code:mslpc50). Inquire about special group pricing ($149) for five or more people.

We have special NEW teacher education pricing at $99 to make the conference more affordable.

Thanks to our valued sponsors and partners who make this conference extra special with their support!

Please don’t hesitate to drop me a note if you have any further questions! Or, feel free to call me at  416-569-2106. Hope to see you at the Summit!

Best,

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn

P.S. Limited Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available!

Master of Ceremonies
Robert Martellacci

Founder and Conference
Co-Chair

Robert Martellacci (MA EdTech) is president of MindShare Learning Technology, Canada’s leading EdTech strategy, news & events company he founded in 2001. Mr. Martellacci is also president & co-founder of C21 Canada—Canadians for 21st Century Learning & Innovation.

Conference Co-Chair
Dr. Shashi Kant

Master of Science in sustainability Management Program Director

Shashi Kant is a professor of forest resource economics and management at the University of Toronto. He is the founding director of the University’s groundbreaking Master of Science in Sustainability Management Program at University of Toronto Mississauga. He has been promoting a unique approach for global sustainability that integrates the concepts of love and sustainability.

Keynote Speakers
Andreas Schleicher

Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy (OECD)

As a key member of the OECD Senior Management team, Mr. Schleicher supports the Secretary-General’s strategy to produce analysis and policy advice that advances economic growth and social progress. He promotes the work of the Directorate for Education and Skills on a global stage and fosters co-operation both within and outside the OECD.

Thomas C. Murray

Director of Innovation at Future Ready Schools

Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, appeared on various television and radio shows such as Real Money (TV) and NPR, and has been featured in such publications as Principal Leadership Magazine, EdTech K-12 Magazine, Tech & Learning Magazine, Center for Digital Education, Edweek, EdSurge, Edutopia, eSchoolNews, THE Journal, Smartbrief, GettingSmart, among others. Connect with him on Twitter  @thomascmurray.

Brian Aspinall

Teacher, Coder, Developer, Speaker, Best Selling Author

Brian Aspinall is a teacher, learner, thinker, author, problem solver and question asker. He speaks professionally on the topics of 21st century education, assessment and evaluation and have given three TEDx talks on education reform. He has had a life-long fascination with innovative people and strives to be one. In high school Brian began writing software for local businesses and was featured in the media as someone to watch. His research in coding and computational thinking inspired colleagues to nominate him for the Prime Minister’s Award For Teaching Excellence.

Patricia Gartland

CEO/Superintendent of Schools, School District 43

Ms. Patricia Gartland has been Superintendent of Schools for School District No. 43 (Coquitlam) since 2014 and is responsible for overseeing B.C.’s third largest school district with over 32,000 students and 4,000 employees in over 70 schools and facilities.

Cross Canada Checkup Panel
Armand Doucet

Educator, Visionary, Leader, Inspirational Speaker and Co-Author

Peter Singh

Executive Officer – IT Services Toronto District School Board

Doug Currie

VP Government Relations, Nelson

Dr. Gina Cherkowski

Founder and CEO of STEM Learning Lab

Dr. Shashi Kant

MScSM Program Director, University of Toronto

EdTech Startup Challenge – Dragons’ Den Style

Applications are now being accepted for the ‘Dragons’ Den Startup Challenge’ & Nominations for the ‘Canadian EdTech Awards’

Rules & Guidelines here

This year we are accepting FIVE startup’s to compete – Each EdTech startup company entered in this contest will be given five minutes to pitch their companies platform/approach/achievements during the 9th EdTech Innovation Summit to a panel of judges, made up of esteemed industry leaders and past winners, in a bid to win top prize.

For more information on entry guidelines and eligibility  please go to this link for more information. Please send all applications to  robert@mindsharelearning.com.

This year’s prize for the Top Startup company is  FREE booth space at the startup pavilion at FETC 2019!

3rd Annual Canadian EdTech Awards

We are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Canadian Edtech Awards – Celebrating Excellence in Canadian Innovation & Education.

Voting will take place in the following four categories:

  1. K12 Educator of the Year
  2. K12 Administrator of the Year
  3. Post Secondary Professor of the Year
  4. EdTech Partner of the Year

Click here to submit you vote!

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