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August 11, 2018

Special Summer Edition, MindShare Learning Report >> Canada’s Learning & Technology eMag >> Featuring Top 10 News Stories, and More!

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Summer 2018, Volume 11 Issue 5
Robert Martellacci, Chief Digital Publisher, the MindShare Learning Report, recently caught up with Dr. Peter Balyta for an exclusive podcast on what’s new at Texas Instruments Education and how they are innovating in the education space. As president of Texas Instruments Education Technology, Peter’s goal is to provide the best technology and resources to help students develop a strong foundation in math and science, setting them up for success in the classroom, college and into their careers.

Dear Thought Leader,

At opposite ends of our country within the same week in early July, two innovative groups gathered (C21 Canada CEO Academy and Sackville 2020 Summits to explore innovative teaching & learning practices and the impact on student and the broader community at large.

It’s never been a more transformative time and exciting time to be a member of the Canadian education community. The new normal is constant change.

I was fortunate to be part of the C21 Canada CEO Summit in Vancouver. What I can share with you in this report is that despite our vast geography and provincial boundaries, Canadian education and stakeholder leaders are sharing innovative teaching & learning best practices. Be sure to check out the highlights in this issue.

Speaking of Summits, this is your last chance as a member of our MindShare Learning community to take advantage of the $100 savings to register for our 9th Canadian EdTech Innovation Summit, October 11 at the University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus. Please use discount code: MSL100 to get $100 off your summit ticket.

Click here to register.

Be sure to check out the many highlights from this past months activities as you enjoy some leisure reading and unwind from the rigors of the school year.

As this marks the summer mid-point I hope you take full advantage of some of the fabulous weather in the remaining month ahead!

Thank you for your continued support and inspiration in pushing the innovation envelope in Canadian education.

Please keep us in the loop with your news, events and comments. We love to hear from you!

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™
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn

 
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“STEM skills are survival skills for kids today and an incomplete understanding of STEM is an incomplete understanding of the world we live in…STEM skills are important for all kinds of careers.”

Dr. Peter Balyta
President of Texas Instruments, Education Technology

We’re pleased to announce our partnership with OSMO in Canada. The award winning retail product is now available to schools in the way of a Classroom Kit. To learn more about the exclusive offer, email us at osmo@mindsharelearning.com

Chief Digital Publisher Robert Martellacci has an exclusive interview with Course Compare Founder and CEO Robert Furtado about his startup. Robert Furtado founded Course Compare to empower Canadians to become lifelong learners and develop the skills needed to lead fulfilling careers in a fast-changing digital economy.

New global study launches at ISTE 2018 revealing the top edTech capabilities schools need to improve learning outcomes like test scores and career readiness

A new global study from SMART Technologies , the world leader in classroom technology, gives insight into how schools’ approach to planning, implementing and using technology can impact teaching and learning outcomes. The study, released today, identifies 22 EdTech capabilities that, when well-developed, correlate to higher reported learning outcomes. In addition to the research, SMART is providing a configurator for schools to assess individual EdTech capabilities providing a personalized profile and recommendations for improvement.
C21 Canada CEO Academy Summit Retrospective

As president of C21 Canada, it was an honour to host our annual C21 CEO Summit along with my colleague, Karen Yamada, VP & CFO in Vancouver this past July. C21 Board members, CEO Academy members and invited guests gathered for the annual C21CEO Academy Summit thanks to site hosts SD43 and Microsoft Canada. The two-day event explored scaling system innovation to transforming inquiry-based pedagogy.

Highlights included a tour of the Microsoft Makerspace Garage and SD43 latest trends in school design. Check out the the c21canada.org website later this week for a complete retrospective as well access to a host of FREE resources to advance global competencies and school district system-wide innovation.

Nicole Morgan deputy minister Yukon Government joins the 2018 C21 Summit and Academy reflecting on Day 1 Council of Minister’s of Education Ministers’ Summit. 

Pleased to officially welcome John Malloy, Director and CEO TDSB, to C21 Canada and CEO academy team! 

That’s a wrap! Thank you to Patricia Gartland, Director of SD43 and her team for hosting us!
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Canada’s SmartARM Wins Microsoft’s 2018 Imagine Cup
Techvibes – July 25, 2018
VIU Receives International Attention for Teacher and Learning Excellence
Vancouver Island University – July 12, 2018
10 Big Findings About EdTech Privacy
eSchool News – July 13th, 2018
University’s IT Services Earns National Recognition for Innovation
UoIT – July 13, 2018
25 Things to Try in your Classroom Next Year
eSchool News – June 28, 2018
Educators Share How to Integrate Pedagogy + Space
Steelcase – 2018
Five Questions with Club Penguin co-founder Lane Merrifield
BCBusiness – July 23, 2018
Minister Pillai announces Yukon Fur Real Winner of the 2018 Yukon Innovation Prize
Yukon College – June 29, 2018
John Kao: Edge Makers in Innovation, Education
StartEd Up – June, 2018
This Week in Canadian EdTech with Robert Martellacci and Stephen Hurley VoicEd Radio

Back to School season gets easier with live tips and hands-on help from #MicrosoftEDU

The Back to School season is a hectic period of behind-the-scenes work for educators, school leaders and IT leaders who want their students to walk into a seamless, appropriately set up classroom. Hectic doesn’t have to mean hard, though, and the Microsoft Education Team wants to be there for you while you set up your digital classroom, save time and improve learning outcomes for the coming school year.

We hope you’ll join our Back to School prep session, available online and globally, on August 4th for a variety of tips, tutorials and great resources from our hosts. This year, we’re joined by our Flipgrid friend and student voice enthusiast, Adam Short Shorts. We’ll also offer hands-on support for those visiting in-person at Microsoft Stores.

On a sad note, I recently learned of the passing of education industry colleague — and icon — Charles Blaschke. I’ve known Charles for some 20 years as his wife Kathy Hurley and I were friends and colleagues at The Learning Company. I was fortunate to connect with Charles while at the recent ISTE conference in Chicago and always appreciated his friendship, collegiality and insight. RIP.

Thanks again Zelia for the opportunity to share our startup  story with your campers and live tour Mindshare Workspace! We appreciate the thumbs up!

As we’re in summer planning mode for Back2School, it is a crucial time for EdTech solution providers and for those who work behind the scenes in schools, colleges & universities to get systems in place for September. It’s also a great time to focus on professional learning as I embrace the notion of lifelong learning.

Speaking of which we were thrilled to host a summer robotics camp at the MindShare Workspace in partnership with Logics Academy and the Peel District School Board. What was very cool about the program is that students were taking it as part of the Camp Ignite course experiencing a variety of excursions, including a Robotics Camp and will receive a credit for the course. That’s what you call innovation!

In late breaking news….

Edmonton-based Showbie, which has developed a classroom workflow app, has acquired Salt Lake City-based Socrative from MasteryConnect, an assessment and curriculum platform for teachers.

Our friends at Sackville 2020 continue their innovation journey and held a summer retreat to crystalize the future vision of the community, identifying education as a key drivers to social and economic development. They are leading the way from a SMART community development perspective by take a grassroots approach and engaging all community stakeholder groups. Kudos!

OECD Education 2030
The Future of Education and Skills 2030 project aims to help countries find answers to what knowledge, skills, attitudes and values are needed for today’s students to thrive and shape their world, as well as how instructional systems can effectively develop them.
I’m honoured to be on the ICTC Education and Skills Task Force which will soon be releasing a comprehensive website to support the continued innovation of ICT and Digital Skills  amongst Canada’s leaders and learners in the technology space. Here’s a link to the new portal.

Excellent hosting Yves Belliveau CanadianTrade commissioner OntarioRegion MindShare WorkSpace. Thank you for advising startups in our MindShare Work space. Best of luck with your new posting in Spain! It’s been great teaming up with you!

We love to hear from members of our MindShare community! Drop me a note when you have news to share about people on the move, success stories and upcoming events!

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

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July 4, 2018

MindShare Learning Report >> Top 10 Canadian EdTech News Stories of the Week >> June 29th

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Dear Thought Leader,

What an inspiring, busy and fun final week it’s been for K12 educators. Thanks for sharing the excitement on social media as we’re still settling back in from ISTE18 Chicago and processing our learning, news and new product insights! Watch for more highlights in our July/August Summer issue!

With some 25,000 education & technology leaders converging into one conference, ISTE18 can officially lay claim to North America’s largest EdTech conference. However, it’s a double edged sword when it comes to access to sessions and services with long lineups. Patience paid off with amazing presenters and plenty of informal learning chats and connecting with new friends and twitter colleagues. Check out my twitter handle@mindsharelearn to see highlights from ISTE18.

Our 14th CanAm Celebration of Excellence meetup was one of ISTE’s highlights attracting the largest Canadian contingent ever in attendance with almost half of the 400 Canadian education and technology partners in attendance. One of the highlights of the night was a surprise appearance by Grammy award winning Buddy Guy, who belted out a few legendary blues tunes. Special thanks to our sponsors and guests for helping make our ISTE CanAm our best ever!

Don’t miss your chance to save $100 on your registration to the 9th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit–Reimaging Sustainable Learning Environments , which endsFriday, July 13th We’re thrilled to announce our 3rd Annual Canadian EdTech Awards. Voting is now open!

I hope you enjoy this week’s Top 10 new stories. We’ll be resuming our Top10 in September. In the meantime, you can follow our latest updates on twitter and instagram.

Have a fantastic summer! Until next time keep the 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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“We’re proud to sponsor the @mindsharelearn  #ISTE18  #CanAm Celebration of Excellence! It’s one of our favorite events at the @ISTE conference each year. We love connecting with our friends from Canada.”

1. ISTE Launches ISTE U to Help Teachers, Leaders Build Essential Digital Competencies
ISTE – June 25, 2018
Chicago – June 25, 2018 – The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is beginning enrollment today for  ISTE U, an online professional learning hub for teachers and leaders to build critical skills for teaching and learning in a digital world.
2. How to attract continuous learners and keep them engaged
The Globe and Mail – June 21, 2018

When it comes to recruiting talent, the most progressive and high-growth companies today place their highest premium on hiring continuous learners: the kind of people who are adept at picking up new skills and new technologies, can think strategically as well as tactically, and make a habit of adding to their knowledge base.

3. Top Hat Co-founder and CEO Named One of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40
BusinessWire – June 27, 2018
Top Hat, provider of the leading cloud-based teaching platform for higher education, today announced that Mike Silagadze, co-founder and CEO, has been named a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40® for 2018.
4. This Week in Canadian EdTech with Robert Martellacci
Robert Martellacci has a MindShare Learning Moment with Kevin Hogan, Director of Content at Tech&Learning Magazine, at the annual ISTE Conference in Chicago.
5. It’s time to improve post-secondary education in Canada
Toronto Sun – June 22, 2018

Hundreds of thousands of Canadian students will graduate high school this month and embark on a hopeful and exciting, yet uncertain future.

The world of work is changing rapidly; jobs that promised steady incomes for people with little education beyond high school are vanishing due to automation, and even for many with more advanced degrees, the transition to full-time, well-paid and stable work is getting more difficult, and progression into adulthood more elusive.

6. 4 Key Takeaways from “What School Could be”
teacherthought – June 25, 2018
I first met Ted Dintersmith a few years ago in a meeting in downtown Louisville, KY (TeachThought is located in Louisville) to which I was invited to discuss innovation in Kentucky’s schools. I don’t think I’d yet seen his documentary, Most Likely To Succeed, but I was struck by his approachable but focused demeanor and later became impressed by the work he had done and would go on to do. Fast forward to the present and I think even Ted has been surprised at his trajectory and remarkable journey since then.
7. 50 students awarded Canada’s largest undergraduate scholarship for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
Education News Canada – June 21, 2018

We are pleased to announce the seventh cohort of  Schulich Leader Scholarship recipients.

Out of a pool of 350,000 potential candidates, 1,400 students were nominated, of which 50 received this celebrated award.

Of the 50 recipients, 25 are pursuing an engineering degree and 25 are pursuing a science, technology or mathematics degree at our 20 Canadian partner universities.

8. Principals spending too much time as managers, new report on Ontario education finds
CBC – June 25, 2018

Principals are spending too much time doing menial managerial tasks and school boards are struggling to adequately support students’ mental health, according to a sweeping new report on education in Ontario released Monday.

9. Mark Wagner announces the releases his new book “More Now: A message from the Future for the Educators of Today”
June 26, 2018
10. Government of Canada supports innovative practices in early learning and child care
CNW – June 28, 2018
Every child deserves to get the best start in life and a real and fair chance to succeed. The Government of Canada is making significant investments in early learning and child care so that each and every child can reach their full potential.

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July 2, 2018

MindShare Learning Report >> Top 10 Canadian EdTech News Stories Of The Week >> June 29th

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June 29th, 2018

Dear Thought Leader,

What an inspiring, busy and fun final week it’s been for K12 educators. Thanks for sharing the excitement on social media as we’re still settling back in from ISTE18 Chicago and processing our learning, news and new product insights! Watch for more highlights in our July/August Summer issue!

With some 25,000 education & technology leaders converging into one conference, ISTE18 can officially lay claim to North America’s largest EdTech conference. However, it’s a double edged sword when it comes to access to sessions and services with long lineups. Patience paid off with amazing presenters and plenty of informal learning chats and connecting with new friends and twitter colleagues. Check out my twitter handle@mindsharelearn to see highlights from ISTE18.

Our 14th CanAm Celebration of Excellence meetup was one of ISTE’s highlights attracting the largest Canadian contingent ever in attendance with almost half of the 400 Canadian education and technology partners in attendance. One of the highlights of the night was a surprise appearance by Grammy award winning Buddy Guy, who belted out a few legendary blues tunes. Special thanks to our sponsors and guests for helping make our ISTE CanAm our best ever!

Don’t miss your chance to save $100 on your registration to the 9th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit–Reimaging Sustainable Learning Environments , which endsFriday, July 13th We’re thrilled to announce our 3rd Annual Canadian EdTech Awards. Voting is now open!

I hope you enjoy this week’s Top 10 new stories. We’ll be resuming our Top10 in September. In the meantime, you can follow our latest updates on twitter and instagram.

Have a fantastic summer! Until next time keep the 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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“We’re proud to sponsor the @mindsharelearn  #ISTE18  #CanAm Celebration of Excellence! It’s one of our favorite events at the @ISTE conference each year. We love connecting with our friends from Canada.”

1. ISTE Launches ISTE U to Help Teachers, Leaders Build Essential Digital Competencies
ISTE – June 25, 2018
Chicago – June 25, 2018 – The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is beginning enrollment today for  ISTE U, an online professional learning hub for teachers and leaders to build critical skills for teaching and learning in a digital world.
2. How to attract continuous learners and keep them engaged
The Globe and Mail – June 21, 2018

When it comes to recruiting talent, the most progressive and high-growth companies today place their highest premium on hiring continuous learners: the kind of people who are adept at picking up new skills and new technologies, can think strategically as well as tactically, and make a habit of adding to their knowledge base.

3. Top Hat Co-founder and CEO Named One of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40
BusinessWire – June 27, 2018
Top Hat, provider of the leading cloud-based teaching platform for higher education, today announced that Mike Silagadze, co-founder and CEO, has been named a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40® for 2018.
4. This Week in Canadian EdTech with Robert Martellacci
Robert Martellacci has a MindShare Learning Moment with Kevin Hogan, Director of Content at Tech&Learning Magazine, at the annual ISTE Conference in Chicago.
5. It’s time to improve post-secondary education in Canada
Toronto Sun – June 22, 2018

Hundreds of thousands of Canadian students will graduate high school this month and embark on a hopeful and exciting, yet uncertain future.

The world of work is changing rapidly; jobs that promised steady incomes for people with little education beyond high school are vanishing due to automation, and even for many with more advanced degrees, the transition to full-time, well-paid and stable work is getting more difficult, and progression into adulthood more elusive.

6. 4 Key Takeaways from “What School Could be”
teacherthought – June 25, 2018
I first met Ted Dintersmith a few years ago in a meeting in downtown Louisville, KY (TeachThought is located in Louisville) to which I was invited to discuss innovation in Kentucky’s schools. I don’t think I’d yet seen his documentary, Most Likely To Succeed, but I was struck by his approachable but focused demeanor and later became impressed by the work he had done and would go on to do. Fast forward to the present and I think even Ted has been surprised at his trajectory and remarkable journey since then.
7. 50 students awarded Canada’s largest undergraduate scholarship for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
Education News Canada – June 21, 2018

We are pleased to announce the seventh cohort of  Schulich Leader Scholarship recipients.

Out of a pool of 350,000 potential candidates, 1,400 students were nominated, of which 50 received this celebrated award.

Of the 50 recipients, 25 are pursuing an engineering degree and 25 are pursuing a science, technology or mathematics degree at our 20 Canadian partner universities.

8. Principals spending too much time as managers, new report on Ontario education finds
CBC – June 25, 2018

Principals are spending too much time doing menial managerial tasks and school boards are struggling to adequately support students’ mental health, according to a sweeping new report on education in Ontario released Monday.

9. Mark Wagner announces the releases his new book “More Now: A message from the Future for the Educators of Today”
June 26, 2018
10. Government of Canada supports innovative practices in early learning and child care
CNW – June 28, 2018
Every child deserves to get the best start in life and a real and fair chance to succeed. The Government of Canada is making significant investments in early learning and child care so that each and every child can reach their full potential.

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June 23, 2018

MindShare Learning Report >> Top 10 Canadian EdTech News Stories Of The Week >> June 22nd

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June 22nd, 2018

Dear Thought Leader,

One week to go for many Canadian K12 schools across the country as they prepare for summer holidays!  As we countdown the days, we’ll be cheering you on from the International Society for Technology in Education Conference, ISTE18 in Chicago, where some 300 plus Canadian education and technology partners will be converging with some 20,000 delegates for world class professional learning opportunities. As proud media partners, watch for our regular updates via @mindsharelearn on twitter and instagram.

Excellent news! Our 14th CanAm Celebration of Excellence Meetup this Monday at ISTE18 is now full with over 120 attendees. Special thanks to our sponsors: Government of Canada, ISTE18, EdTechTeam Canada, DellEMC, Forward Thinking EDU, Sprig Learning, Padcaster, Canvas and Fresh Grade.

On Tuesday while at ISTE18 we’ll be coming to you live via periscope (twitter) for This Week in Canadian EdTech and VoicEd radio at 10 am est.

I hope you enjoy this week’s Top 10 new stories. One news item that caught my attention is a startling report from Participaction on the declining state of physical activity among Canadian students that is impacting their physical, emotional and intellectual potential. I welcome your thoughts on how we can strike a better balance in the lives of students interfacing with tech to get outdoors and engage in healthy active living.

Register now to get the early bird discount for our 9th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit–October 11— ‘Reimagining Sustainable Learning Environments, ‘ University of Toronto, Mississauga campus. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate as spaces are limited!

Here’s to finishing strong for 2018! 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™
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn

“Canadian kids need active bodies to build their best brains. All kids deserve to thrive in mind and body. But in order for them to reach their full mental, emotional and intellectual potential, their bodies have to move to get the wheels in their brains turning.”

1. Mexico’s Former President joins Knowledgehook’s Board
TheRecord – June 19, 2018

If you’re having breakfast in San Diego with a larger-than-life character like former Mexican president Vicente Fox, that’s what you eat.

You follow the lead of the six-foot-four political heavyweight who takes regular roundhouse swings in the social media ring.

2. 2018 Participaction Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth
Participaction – June 22, 2018
The science is in. All kids deserve to thrive in mind and body. But in order for them to reach their full mental, emotional and intellectual potential, we have to foster the important connection between the health of the body and of the brain.
3. This Week in EdTech with Robert Martellacci and Stephen Hurley
4. Finland has one of the Best Education Systems in the World

The walls are coming down in Finland’s schools – but not just the physical barriers between classrooms. Also going are divisions between subjects and age ranges, and students have more of a say over what will be learnt than children in many other countries.

5. Community Celebrates Opening of New Centennial Secondary School
Coquitlam SD – May 31, 2018
Centennial Secondary School students, school and district employees, parents, alumni, and community members gathered on Thursday, May 31, 2018 to celebrate the opening of the new school, 51 years after the original school first opened. Centennial Principal Anthony Ciolfitto presided over the event attended by SD43 Board Chair Kerri Palmer Isaak, Vice-Chair Michael Thomas, Trustees Carol Cahoon, Chuck Denison, Barb Hobson, Lisa Park, Judy Shirra, Diane Sowden, Keith Watkins, Superintendent Patricia Gartland, Secretary Treasurer Chris Nicolls, and other dignitaries and guests.
6. How one Innovative College uses Technology to Energize Active Learning
Nureva – April 25, 2018

Physics professor and pedagogical researcher Chris Whittaker is a firm believer in the power of active learning. He’s read and contributed to the academic research, weighed the evidence and seen the results in his own classroom. “Students are getting to much deeper levels of conversation in my classes, asking me much more profound questions and engaging with the material in a way that I’ve never seen before,” says Chris, who teaches at  Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

7. How to Create a School Where Teachers Lead Innovation
EdSurge – June 14, 2018

Teachers have awesome ideas but it can be challenging for school systems to surface them and turn them into reality.

In  my previous column, I looked at two school systems that created structures that did just that.

8. Advanced Education Partners with Veative to Bring Complete Virtual Reality Solutions to Canadian Schools
SVC – June 5, 2018
“Veative is a VR-focused education company that creates innovative VR curriculums, at an affordable price point, to transform how students are learning,” said Advanced Executive Vice President Mark McPherson.
9. Blenheim Bus Lines One of 14 School Transportation Operators in Ontario to Pilot Electric Bus
Class – June 14, 2018
Blenheim Bus Lines has been selected as one of just 14 student transportation operators across the province to participate in the Ministry of Transportation’s Electric School Bus Pilot Program (ESB Pilot). “We are very excited to be part of this important study, which could pave the way for a greener future in student transportation,” says Kent Orr, General Manager of CLASS (Chatham-Kent Lambton Administrative School Services), which provides transportation services for the St. Clair Catholic and Lambton Kent district school boards.
10. 10 Lessons on Innovation Leadership
LinkedIn – June 16, 2018

Thirty miles west of downtown Milwaukee, a suburban community is well served by the  Kettle Moraine (KM) School District. Even a quick encounter with Superintendent Patricia DeKlotz and her capable team will make evident 10 leadership lessons relevant for any organization.

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June 17, 2018

MindShare Learning Report >> Top 10 Canadian EdTech News Stories of the Week >> June 15th

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June 15th, 2018

Dear Thought Leader,

It’s been another amazing and inspiring week in the world of Canadian educational technology, leaderhship and innovation! And one not without controversy!

We are thrilled to announce Adreas Schleicher, Global Education thought leader with the OECD Education and recent author: World Class>>How to Build a 21st Century School System, will be keynoting at our  9th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit–October 11— ‘Reimagining Sustainable Learning Environments,  University of Toronto, Mississauga campus. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate as spaces are limited!   Early Bird pricing is now available!

Be sure to chekcout our this Week in Canadian EdTech Episode as Stephen Hurley of VoidEd Radio and I discuss the recent CBC Radio article: As Google for Education tools enter classrooms across Canada, some parents are asking to opt-out.  We welcome your further thoughts!

There’s something to be said about Canadian education not resting on its laurels. Here’s a recent article for your interest:
  Canadian Universities Slide In Global Rankings. 

 We’re always looking for content contributors in the way of blogs, podcasts, events and news stories! Please drop me a note to share!

Kudos to Phil Cutler, Co-founder of GradeSlam, past winner of the MindShare Startup Challenge, who Adds ex-Google Machine Learning Expert, Luis Serrano, to his Advisory Board.

Be sure to take some time to enjoy the nice weather and take a pause away from tech! I’m hitting the golf course! Have a great weekend!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

Best,

P.S. I’m going to let us go a bit over capacity at  ISTE 18 CanAm Celebration of Excellence Meetup Drop me a note if you’re going to ISTE and would like to attend our meetup. 

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

“ Canada’s universities are falling behind in a ranking of global institutions, and one key reason may be the country’s focus on increasing the population of international students, leading to larger class sizes.”

 

How Canada’s Universities Rank Globally
(Hint: Not As Well As They Used To)
Huffington Post

 

1. GradeSlam Adds ex-Google Machine Learning Expert, Luis Serrano, to Advisory Board
GradeSlam – April 11th, 2018
GradeSlam today announced it has added ex-Google machine learning engineer and education leader Luis Serrano to its advisory board. Serrano, a Silicon Valley star known for developing Udacity’s world renowned Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence nanodegrees, will work closely with the GradeSlam Labs department as they use data science and artificial intelligence to truly personalize the learning experience for students.
2. Four Winning Schools named in 2018 Samsung Solve forTomorrow Challenge
Education News Canada – June 13th, 2018
On June 12, Samsung Canada announced the final four regional winners in its annual Solve for Tomorrow Challenge, a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-based education initiative that seeks to ignite student passion in these subjects. This year, Bernice MacNaughton High School (Moncton, NB), Thornlea Secondary School (Thornhill, ON), Meadows West School (Winnipeg, MB) and Westwood Community High School (Fort McMurray, AB) will each receive $20,000 in Samsung technology as a result of their creative and collaborative STEM solutions to real-world issues facing their communities.
3. This Week in EdTech with Robert Martellacci and Stephen Hurley
4. First Year Computing Students impress at app Showcase
BCIT News – June 1, 2018
It was a busy term for first-year BCIT Computing Systems Technology (CST) Diploma students, who impressed the audience with their final projects at the app showcase last week.
5. Transforming Ontario’s colleges in pace with employer demand
George Brown College – June 11, 2018

By Anne Sado,

As our workforce faces an increasingly uncertain future, one of our economy’s engines needs a power boost. Little has been said to address the evolving and essential role of colleges in the development of future talent.

Chronically underfunded but persistently scrappy, colleges ensure current and future generations are ready to face an economy undergoing a revolution by automation, artificial intelligence and big data. And while we’ve evolved consistently for five decades, the next will see changes to employment coming much more quickly and dramatically.

6. Elementary and U of L students combine forces to design educational apps
University of Lethbridge – June 11, 2018

Developing a mobile app that’s educational, fun and free of ads is the goal of a unique collaboration between the Faculty of Education and the Department of New Media at the University of Lethbridge.

7. Slower and lower funding leaves Canadian startups trailing U.S.
A University of Toronto study found that the Canadian innovation sector is lagging behind the U.S. because of the amount of money being invested into the space, and at what rate startup companies get that money.
8. Waterloo joins world’s research leaders to advance blockchain and cryptocurrency
University of Waterloo – June 4, 2018
The University of Waterloo will join top universities across the globe on an initiative designed to advance research and innovation in blockchain, cryptography and digital payment systems.
As the only Canadian participant in Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative, Waterloo will help contribute to the world’s research capacity in cryptocurrency and blockchain. The program will support the Ripple Chair, named to Anwar Hasan a professor of computer engineering who is an expert in cryptography, graduate studies scholarships designed to attract new talent, and a new research fund.
9. As Google for Education tools enter classrooms across Canada, some parents are asking to opt-out
CBC Radio – June 11, 2018
Last October, Riaz Bassari’s daughter came home from her elementary school class with a permission form for G Suite for Education: a set of cloud-based digital learning tools Google offers to schools for free.
10. Why grease can be great: Chemical engineering graduate helps put waste oil to good use
University of British Colombia – May 28th, 2018

Whether it’s French fries on the menu or an entire deep-fried turkey, disposing of used cooking oil can be a headache. Only a small amount of it can be composted, and dumping the rest down the drain can result in blocked pipes. For university food services departments tasked with preparing food for thousands of students, the challenge of disposing used cooking oil is exponential.

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