From yesterday’s inbox…
Volume 9, No. 5
A MindShare Moment at ISTE16 with Global EdTech Legend Bruce Dixon from Melbourne Australia
Dear Thought Leader,
Congratulations on a successful year of learning and transformation! Collectively as education and industry leaders we’ve impacted thousands of students who will go on to achieve new heights because of your hard work and dedication to the learning space.
Take the opportunity to savour the moment and re-charge your batteries with our Summer PD Special Edition – Spotlight on ISTE – CanAm Celebration of Excellence.
Be sure to check out our many highlights!
- International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)Conference Denver – CanAm Highlights – Featured podcasts with world renowned educationalist, Bruce Dixon, Ann Flynn, Director, EdTech, National School Boards Association and Jeff Lowe, VP, SMART Technologies on the future of SMART in light of their impending acquisition.
- Dianne Turner appointed as Chief Educator for B.C.
- MindShare Learning is Honoured to Win Chair’s Best International Partnership Award & a MindShare Moment with Alex Blackwood, IPN, highlights the upcoming conference in Olso, Norway
- Top 5 PD Tips for Enhancing your Teaching with Technology courtesy of Tim Gard, Blogger at Large
- B.C. Invests $6 million in Coding & Computers
- Speaking of PD! Take advantage of our $100 Off Coupon Code (MSL100) for our valued subscribers to attend our 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, November 3rd @MaRsDD
- I was honoured recently to be appointed to the ICTC_CTIC Task Force on Driving Change Education and Skills DigitalTalent2020.
This marks our last issue for the summer as we take a breather in preparation for our back to school issue. Please don’t hesitate to drop me a note to share news, or inquire about our other services.
Special thanks to our valued partners, sponsors, contributing writers and members of our team, whose pursuit of excellence inspires each and every issue of the MSL Report to be the best each and every month.
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
“C21 Canada – Canadians for 21st Century Learning & Innovation is a good example of a partnership that brings together national education organizations, private sector companies, educators, and researchers to leverage new learning technologies and build the skills needed in today’s highly competitive, knowledge-based and global economy,” says Dr. Michael Bloom, Vice-President, Industry and Business Strategy, The Conference Board of Canada.“It is through collaborations like C21 Canada that new and effective approaches to teaching and learning take root and find their way into the classroom. Congratulations to Mindshare Learning and 21st Century Learning Associates for their 2016 Global Best Chair’s Award.”
Professional Learning Spotlight
Top 5 PD Tips for Enhancing your Teaching with Technology by Tim Gard
You’ve just finished your year of teaching and your itching for a way to use technology more effectively in your classroom program next year. You’re aware of your need to modify and redefine the teaching and learning tasks you have designed for students so that you can use technology in ways that go beyond your ‘comfort zone’. You have fresh new ideas, an eager attitude and a desire to take some risks. But where do you go to get that PD you need to take your classroom technology program beyond the norm? Where do you go to move your technology integration into a more profound stage of teaching and learning?
Summer Professional Development With MOOCs
ISTE 2016 Retrospective Part 1
Noisy, messy, fun and collaborative are the words that come to mind in experiencing ISTE2016 in Denver. Quite a contrast to the learning environment I experienced as an aging baby boomer. With some 15,000 plus delegates (over 300 Canadians) on hand there was ample opportunity to connect with old and new friends. For a more in-depth Canadian educator perspective, check out Sandra Chow’s blog, Award winning TDSB educator and MindShare advisory board member.
ISTE PRESS RELEASES
Infographic: ISTE 2016 by the numbers
A Canadian Educator’s Perspective of ISTE 2016 Award winning TDSB educator and MindShare advisory board member Sandra Chow
This year, the annual ISTE(International Society for Technology in Education) conference and expo was held in Denver, Colorado to 19500+ attendees and exhibitors. Attendees came from 73 different countries around the world, and Canada was definitely well represented in this year’s conference. Not only did we have many Canadians attending the conference as participants, but many influential Canadian educators were also presenters, including our very own Michelle Cordy…
ISTE 2016 Podcasts
C21 Canada Spotlight
C21 Canada announces the Launch of SHIFTING MINDS 4.0: Shifting Systems for Learning and Innovation Schulich School of Business, York University
Two leading documents are a sequel to Shifting Minds 3.0 Redefining the Learning Landscape in Canada. They are designed to help leaders continue to seek evidence and growth of innovative system cultures that promote competencies needed in a digital economy.
Click to download full documents:
Shifting Minds Imagine A New Generation
C21 Canada would like to extend sincere congradualtions to C21 CEO board member Dianne Turner who has been appointed as Chief Educator for B.C.
The province has hired away the Delta school district’s superintendent for a key role in the Ministry of Education.
Dianne Turner has been with the school district for eight years, helping oversee innovations in teaching in Delta.
K-12 Featured News
$6 million to help connect students with coding, new curriculum and computers
BC Premier’s Office 10.06.16
Ontario Investing $1.1 Billion To Improve School Buildings
Alberta updating curriculum to better prepare students for future success
Alberta Education 15.06.15
B.C. teenager wins top prize at international science fair
Guelph teacher wins big for using technology to inspire students
Guelph Mercury 03.06.16
Post-Secondary Featured News
Premier’s Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel Releases Final Report
Government of Ontario News 06.23.16
IBM PARTNERS WITH UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
Copyright-free material edging out Canadian educational texts –
CBC News 19.07.16
International Featured News
Prime Minister welcomes education cooperation with Mexico
CNW News 28.06.16
Dell launches novel PC for education initiative
Economic Times 07.06.16
Microsoft Acquires Linked in
A MindShare Moment with Alex Blackwood, Chief Executive of the International education business Partnership Network (IPN), highlights the upcoming conference in Olso Norway
Alex is the current Chief Executive of the International education business Partnership Network (IPN). An Engineering graduate, he further qualified with a post graduate qualification in education and taught Physics and Mathematics. He became the first Partnership director in Scotland and went on to establish and be CEO of several EBP’s, including for the city of Glasgow.
Best Buy Canada Grants Elementary Schools with New Technology
CNW News 23.06.16
Follett Partners With 2 Tech Providers to Enhance Products
The Journal 23.06.16
Pearson LearningStudio Customers Switch to D2L’s Brightspace LMS
Market Wired 29.06.16
Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups
Building a Digital Innovation Nation
Chris Damaren: The Next 5 Years @ University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies
Harvard Researchers Probe Student Time Spent Using DreamBox Math Software
Education Week 08.06.16
Knowledgehook named BNN’s Top Disruptor of Season 3
Toronto is poised to become the next great producer of tech startups
There’s a Revolution Underway in Education
Daily Commercial News 14.06.16
Premier’s Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel Releases Final Report
Government of Ontario News 06.23.16
School leaders, new research say technology helps increase engagement and career readiness
The Financial 07.06.16
I was inspired to see my former Mississauga Mayor, Hazel McCallionInstalled as Sheridan’s Inaugural Chancellor recently. She remains an inspiration to all of us. Kudos to Sheridan for having the courage to name McCallion to this high profile post.
Speaking of convocations, I was honoured to be the guest of Dean Ron Owston’s final convocation as he ended his term at the Faculty of Education at my alma mater, York University. Dr. Owston certainly left his mark with his inspired leadership and innovative spirit that permeated throughout the faculty and beyond.I truly enjoyed listening to theNPR TedTAlkRadio show for the first time recently on my way home from sailing. The theme Nudge really hit home. The following is a short summary and link that I encourage you to tune into as summer listening. I think I’m going to be a regular listener.
Speaking of Nudging… OECD Canadian Report Canada is adjusting to the end of the commodities boom, but new policies are needed to boost productivity and reduce financial stability risks.
My good friend and colleague Maxim Jean-Louis, CEO Contact North and his team continue to make bold strides in the online learning space–Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate Dr. Tony Bates’ Textbook Now Available in French. With an English version numbering over 16,000 downloads, this ebook is no doubt a best seller and FREE!
I was honoured recently to be appointed to the ICTC_CTIC Task Force on Driving Change Education and Skills DigitalTalent2020. This is important work in dealing with the HUGE skills gap that is only going to get worse if we don’t address it in the short term! Stay tuned for more updates!
Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep! R.M
Startup EdTech Weekend Montreal, QC | July 15-17
Education Industry Summit – ETIN | July 25-27
4th Annual McMaster Symposium on Education and Cognition, Hamilton, ON | August 11-12
TECHNOLOGY-ENABLED LEARNING AND LEADING INSTITUTE, Toronto, Ontario | Aug 11-12
Canarie National Summit, Ottawa, ON | September 22-23
EdNet | Septemer 25-27
Northern Lights GAFE Summit, Yellowknife, NT| October 1-2
ERDI Fall 2016 | October 12 – 5
Alberta’s Blended and Online Symposium | October 23-25
Microsoft Accessibility Cross Canada Workshop Series | Learn about accessibility features that help empower an inclusive classroom.
7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit 2016, Toronto, ON | November 3
The MindShare Report is grateful of the guidance and support provided by our esteemed advisory board.
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
The MindShare Learning Report team is made up of the following individuals:
Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Chief Digital Curator
Bradley Grant, YorkU Education Student, Digital Learning Intern
Paul Sohor, YorkU Business Student, MindShare Business Intern
Valerie Rusnov, B.A. Hons., B.Ed., Editor
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