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January 16, 2017

Special New Year Edition Top 10 EdTech Predictions for 2017

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Dear thought leader,

Happy New Year! This issue marks a special Top 10 EdTech Predictions for 2017 as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

As a proud Canadian, we have much to be thankful for, especially our world class education system as is evidenced in the PISA OECD rankings that once again pegged Canada in the Top 10.

At the post-secondary level, many of our colleges & universities and programs rank in the Top 100. Further, the influx of foreign students reinforces Canada offers both a high standard of living and excellent university programming.

Perhaps our successes partly explains the continued increase in our foreign readership of the MindShare Report. Thanks to our analytics system, we have identified some 25 countries across the globe regularly read our report.

I trust you sense a bit of pride, as I do, as I reflect on this past years successes. Thanks in part to your leadership Canada is truly the envy of the world and a great place to educate and raise our families.

I challenge you to think BIG and bold and embrace the notion of continuous innovation in 2017 as our stage is global and highly competitive. With this, I present you the Top 10 EdTech predictions for 2017.

Special thanks to our team and our advisory board for their continued support and insight in helping craft our Top 10  EdTech predictions for 2017.

Wishing you the very best of success as you keep the digital learning curve steep in 2017!

Robert Martellacci M.A. EdTech
Chief Digital Curator, The MindShare Learning Report™
President, MindShare Learning Technology™

P.S. Watch for our Canada 150 Classroom of the Future Challengelaunching February 1st.

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1. Up Close and Personal! Greater student ownership of learning through flipped, personalized and blended Classrooms on the rise in K12 and postsecondary institutions.

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Featured Podcast with Dr. Ron Owston, Dean of the Eduaction at York University, Renowned Blended Learning Expert

MindShare Q&A with Michael Horn on Blended Learning

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2. As the song goes, “I’ve got the power!” A shift with Teachers as leaders and influencers of innovation in schools. Thanks in part to social media tools like twitter, and a global PLN network to draw inspiration from.

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Exclusive MindShare Moment podcast with legendary EdTech Keynoter, Shelley Sanchez Terrell, at BIT16 on transforming her teaching practice by infusing technology

3. A shift from 21st Century Learning to Global Competencies.

4. Schools of the Future today! Schools, classrooms and libraries being transformed into flexible and inspirational learning environments where MakerSpaces replace the old factory model of learning.

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Exploring the MakerSpace Movement in Canada withSylvia Martinez, Co-Author of the Best Seller “Invent to Learn”

Developing a Maker Pedagogy by Tina Ginglo, Instructional Liaison at TVO, Educational Partnerships/Digital Learning.

Considerations on the MakerSpace Movement by Tim Gard, Chief Digital Learning Strategist

5. “I can see clearly now…..” augmented and virtual reality technology becoming a reality in schools — Take your pick to meet different learning styles. We prefer augmented!

6. Coding becomes cool for all student as it goes mainstream in 2017

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A Halloween spirited Interview with Brian Aspinall

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Exclusive Podcast with Rod Allen, Superintendent Cowichan Valley School District on Innovation and Direction for B.C. on Innovation and Introduction of Coding in the Classroom

Coding Resources 101 by Tim Gard

7. Go paperless or go home! As a cost saving measure and a way to accelerate the digital leap, districts and schools will shift from print to digital saving millions of dollars that can be redistributed for the acquisition of digital resources.

8. STEM gaining STEAM in 2017

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Brian Aspinall on STEM and Transformative Learning

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Sneak Peak Podcast with Award Winning STEM Student Maya Burhanpurkar Who Will be Keynoting at the 7th Canadian EdTech Summit

9. Mobile is maturing with BIG data at teacher’s fingertips further enhances personalized learning and student success.

10. Increased concern for security as we shift to Cloud based solutions converge and digital citizenship emerges for young learners.

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December 22, 2016

Canada’s Top 10 EdTech NewsMakers of 2016 – Happy Holidays

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Dear thought leader,

There are leaders and there are champions. This year’s Top10 EdTech Newsmakers of the Year for 2016 truly exemplify the champions in the Canadian education space, whose stars rose above the rest.

We hope that you’ll be inspired by these amazing individuals and organizations, who continue to move the innovation needle forward through their passion, leadership and excellence.

Thank you for your continued thought leadership and support as we pursue this journey together in transforming learning in support of student success. We truly value your contribution to the MindShare Learning community.

From our team to yours, wishing you and your family the very best this Holiday Season!

Here’s to keeping the digital learning curve steep in 2017!

P.S. Our Mindshare Learning team’s charity of choice this holiday season is MADD

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
Chief Digital Curator, The MindShare Learning Report™
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
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1. CMEC Chair, The Honourable Minister Doug Currie’s innovative spirit and thought leadership around 21st century models of learning and engagement with C21 Canada represents a breakthrough for CMEC

In January 2015, Mr. Curriewas appointed Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture, P.E.I.

Currie grew up in District 11 Charlottetown – Parkdale where he currently lives with his two daughters. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Prince Edward Island and a Master of Education degree from the University of New Brunswick.

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2. A recent recipient of the Governor General Award, Dr. Schmidt is Canada’s leader in STE(A)M and recently took on a very important role as Chair of the ICTC Task Force on Learning and Skills

Dr. Bonnie Schmidt is the founder and president of Let’s Talk Science, an award-winning, national charitable organization that she started in 1991 while completing a PhD in Physiology.

Let’s Talk Science helps children and youth fulfill their potential and prepare for their future careers and citizenship role by supporting their learning through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) engagement.

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3. Sun West School Division, C21 Canada’s Leadership in 21st Century Learning and Innovation School System Award Winner

Pictured: Sun West Board of Education Trustees, Senior Administration and in the front row from left to right; Robert Martellaci, Education Minister, Don Morgan, Sun West Board Chair, Karen Itterman, Director/CEO Dr. Tétrault, former DLC students, Ennis Waldnerand Cassandra Maurer and Deputy Education Minister Julie MacRae

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Sunwest School Division, Rosetown, Saskatchewan

C21 Canada recognizes the innovative work Sun West, under the direction of Guy Tetrault has done through professional learning with teachers, developing and delivering online courses, the introduction of blended learning throughout the K12 system that lends great support to teachers and students in learning and perfecting 21st Century skills.

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4. Michelle Cordy, for her work with Hack the Classroom and Computational Thinking in K-12 Schools

Michelle is a grade 3 teacher (TVDSB) and applied researcher. She is interested in mathematics education, technology integration and the social aspects of the Internet. Michelle engages in classroom based research with partners from academic institutions as well as with industry partners.

She is also an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher, and holds an M.Ed. in Mathematics and Science education.

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5. The Inaugural Canadian EdTech Award Winners for Leading Innovation for Education on a National Stage

6. Maxim Jean-Louis, for his Work with Contact North/ Contact Nord in shaping Canadian and International Online Education

Through Maxim’s leadership ContactNorth will play host to the World Conference for Online Learning October 17-19, Toronto 2017

Maxim Jean-Louis is President – Chief Executive Officer of Contact North | Contact Nord, Ontario’s Distance Education and Training Network, headquartered in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Prior to arriving at Contact North | Contact Nord in 1996, Maxim worked in senior management roles for over 15 years at Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada’s open university.

7. Canada’s Classroom of the Future Challenge Winners

Canada’s Digital Learning Video Challenge Winners for their inspiring work that earned them top honours! The West Winner was awarded to Angela Quilley and Allison Handelsman of Cranston Middle School in Calgary, Alberta. The Central Winner was awarded to Linda Bouzanis, fellow teachers and grade 1 students of St. Thomas More in Ottawa, Ontario. The Eastern Winner was awarded to Sadie Badbury of Highland Park Junior High in Halifax Nova Scotia. Be inspired! Check out their awesome videos. We encourage you to enter this year!

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8. Microsoft Education Canada for their Innovative spirit in assembling a highly desirable suite of education focused solutions: OneNote, Minecraft, Skype for the Classroom and the Microsoft Hololense

9. Maya Burhanpurkar, for her Inspiring Work in Science and Education as an International and National Award Winning High School Student

Maya is a 16 year old Ontario high school student. She has been a recipient of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 award, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, Ontario’s Junior Citizen of the Year award, has twice won the Grand Platinum award at Canada’s national science fair for novel discoveries in microbiology and fundamental physics, and has been a finalist at both the Google and Intel International Science Fairs.

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Maya’s stellar keynote at the 7th Canadian EdTech Summit makes her one to watch for 2017 as she heads off to Harvard University.

10. Ryerson’s DMZ as Canada’s Number One University Business Incubator

For their exceptional leadership in nurturing student startups and a thriving student startup community in Canada.

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December 17, 2016

Top 10 MindShare EdTech Report Canada — The Art & Science Behind MakerSpaces

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Dear Thought Leader,

Last week’s Hour of Code global movement reminds me of why it has never been a more exciting time to be in education.

Change is in the air everywhere I look around….as the song goes!

Even tech laggards couldn’t avoid witnessing this global coding movement taking hold across our country. It virtually touched every school and every student!

And if one didn’t catch the coding bug last week, the MakerSpace theme of our December issue certainly captured the imagination and the passion of education leaders from across Canada and beyond.

With this, I’m thrilled to share this month’s Top 10! The stories just keep getting richer and deeper with learning and innovation.

Whether you’re an education or industry leader, you should know that the impact you are making on a daily basis is truly recognized and appreciated. Your challenge and our challenge as leaders is to bring others along the innovation curve so that all students are given an opportunity to achieve their fullest potential.

Watch for our Top 10 Newsmakers of the Year – Holiday Newsletter next week!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S. Congrats Ecole Sir John A. MacDonald LDSB winner of the Dash & Dot Robot as part of our Coding twitter contest!

Robert Martellacci
M.A. EdTech
Chief Digital Curator, The MindShare Learning Report™
President, MindShare Learning Technology

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1. Exploring the MakerSpace Movement in Canada with Sylvia Martinez, Co-Author of the Best Seller “Invent to Learn”

Sylvia Martinez is a graduate of Pepperdine University’s Masters Program in Educational Technology and also holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UCLA.

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2. Inaugural Canadian EdTech Awards

TORONTO, ON, November 10th — MindShare Learning Technology, Canada’s leading EdTech solutions company, recently launched the inaugural Canadian EdTech Awards at the 7th Annual Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit at the MaRS Discovery District.

The inaugural Canadian EdTech Awards celebrates innovative leaders for their excellence in education and industry. The winners were selected through a national survey amongst the education community. The following is a list of award winners who have been recognized by their peers (with corresponding award categories)

K-12 Educator of the Year – Brian Aspinall, Award Winning Educator, LKDSB
K-12 Leader of the Year – Chris Kennedy, Supt. & CEO, West Vancouver SD
Post-Secondary Leader of the Year – Dr. Alec Couros, Assoc. Professor UofR
EdTech Business Leader of the Year – FreshGrade
Startup of the Year – Skyprep

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3. Considerations on the MakerSpace Movement – By Tim Gard, Chief Digital Learning Strategist

The Maker movement is not new, but its impact on education is in its infancy. Moreover, the thing with ‘newborn ideas’ is that there are always stumbling blocks, and larger learning curves. Take for example the very definition of ‘Makerspace.’ If you ask different educators or those involved in the movement as the ‘guiding lights,’ you are bound to get different definitions, or at least the term ‘Makerspace’ will be defined through a different lens of emphasis. In our task of redefining our school library into a first-rate Learning Commons, we decided that we should include a ‘Makerspace.’ Well, not so easily done if you have a group of people who see this philosophy differently.

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4. Exclusive MindShare Moment podcast with legendary EdTech Keynoter, Shelley Sanchez Terrell, at BIT16 on transforming her teaching practice by infusing technology

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Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, elearning specialist, and the published author. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and recognized by Tech & Learning as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Educator Entrepreneurs for 2015.

5. TVO Spotlight: Developing a Maker Pedagogy

Written by Tina Ginglo, Instructional Liaison, TVO Educational Partnerships/Digital Learning.

Makerspaces are popping up everywhere….in schools, libraries, the local community and in conversations. For the most part, we know what a makerspace is…a place where people come to make “stuff” and to be creative, but it has to be more than that.

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At the Mindshare Learning Summit 2016 in Toronto last month, Frank Coster from Follett Educational Products facilitated a roundtable discussion on makerspaces. Frank posed the question: What is a makerspace? Although participants in this discussion brought diverse educational perspectives to the table, all agreed that a makerspace is a place where people come to creatively solve problems by making something.

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6. The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Step 3: Transforming Learning Spaces for Personalized Learning and Collaboration

When thinking about 21 st century transformation, the environment (whether physical or virtual) is a critical component for ensuring student success. A properly set environment can significantly promote successful personalized learning and collaboration for each individual student.

Education Transformation Framework

In this month’s edition of the Education Transformation Corner, we’ll provide you with research, tools, and resources to transform your learning environment for every type of learner. If you’re exploring this stage of the transformation framework, our goal is to help you create an Adaptive, Anywhere, Anytime Learning Community (ALC) and then take it a step further to create learning environments that represent a ‘community for education’.

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7. Finland Will Become the First Country in the World to Get Rid of All School Subjects

Finland’s education system is considered one of the best in the world. In international ratings, it’s always in the top ten. However, the authorities there aren’t ready to rest on their laurels, and they’ve decided to carry through a real revolution in their school system.

Finnish officials want to remove school subjects from the curriculum. There will no longer be any classes in physics, math, literature, history, or geography.

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8. A MindShare Learning Moment with Vinay Virmani, Writer, Producer and Actor, on Canada 150 and the power of Films in Education

PodcastVinay Virmani is a Canadian actor. Virmani was born and raised in Toronto. After graduating in business from York University, Virmani studied filmmaking and theatre at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City. He wrote and starred in the hockey comedy Breakaway followed by Dr. Cabbie (2014) where he was a writer, lead actor and producer.

9. HackerYou Becomes First Registered Coding Bootcamp in Ontario

Today, HackerYou, a Toronto-based provider of hands-on, project-based technology skills training announced that it has been approved by the Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Development to operate as a registered Private Career College in the province of Ontario. This is a major development for coding bootcamps as well as Ontario’s Career College sector, as HackerYou is now the first accredited program of its kind in the province.

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10. Is it time to add coding to Ontario’s curriculum?

Software coding is thought to be the language of the future but is so far not on the curriculum in in Ontario schools. In England, children as young as six are taught how to code; this year British Columbia has implemented coding into its curriculum. The Agenda looks at when Ontario might follow suit and what the suitable age is to start learning computer language.

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December 9, 2016

December MindShare Report — The Art & Science of MakerSpaces, Alberta Spotlight, CDN EdTech Summit Retrospective, Sylvia Martinez, Shelley Sanchez Terrell Podcasts

One for my Canadian readers…

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Cross Canada Spotlight on Alberta

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7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit Retrospective

Inaugural Canadian EdTech Awards

The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

C21 Canada Spotlight

K-12 Featured News

Post-Secondary Featured News

International Featured News

Industry News

Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups

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Exploring the MakerSpace Movement in Canada with Sylvia Martinez, Co-Author of the Best Seller “Invent to Learn”Try4

Sylvia Martinez is a graduate of Pepperdine University’s Masters Program in Educational Technology and also holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UCLA.

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Dear Thought Leader,

Our December MakerSpace special edition is inspired by the growth and popularity of STE(A)M and the Maker Movement as was evidenced at our recent Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit. Special thanks to delegates, sponsors, presenters and partners for helping make our event the best ever! I hope you enjoy our Summit retrospective in this issue.

Our Cross Canada spotlight on Alberta further illustrates innovation at its best and the need for a diverse economy in order to secure the future success of this breathtaking province.

Issue highlights:

  1. Exploring the MakerSpace Movement in Canada with Sylvia Martinez, Co-Author of the Best Seller “Invent to Learn”
  2. Exclusive MindShare Moment podcast with legendary EdTech Keynoter, Shelley Sanchez Terrell, on transforming her teaching practice by infusing technology
  3. Canada’s Burgeoning EdTech Sector Recognizes National Award Winners
  4. Tim Gard, MindShare’s Chief Digital Learning Strategist, shares his journey in creating a MakerSpace at his school along with our Top 10 Tips!
  5. HourofCode is currently underway through December 5th-11th! 
  6. CALL FOR PROPOSALS World Conference on Online Learning 27th ICDE World Conference in Toronto CA presented by ContactNorth
  7. A MindShare Learning Moment with Fellow York U alumni, Vinay Virmani, Writer, Producer and Actor, on Canada 150 and the power of Films in Education

Be sure to check out my inspirational musings featuring fellow York U faculty hockey teammate Ian MacDonald who was recently inducted in the over 80 hall of fame at 87!

We’re once again thrilled to partner with FETC16 in Orlando, January 24-27. It’s not too late to register! Join us for our annual CanAm Celebration of Excellence networking reception!

As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time for us to reflect and chose our Top 10 EdTech Newsmakers of the Year! We welcome your recommendations!

Special thanks our much valued readership, advisory board, sponsors and our team for helping make 2016 our best ever!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P. S. Launching Mid-January! Our 9th Special “Canada150” Classroom of the Future Challenge. WIN a MakerSpace for your school!

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

“You don’t have to be a genius. You just have to be curious, passionate, and persevere.”Maya Burhanpurkar – National and International Award Winning Science Student, Top 20 under 20, Closing Keynote at the 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit

Cross Canada Spotlight on Alberta

Indspire Announces Alberta Government Funding for Indigenous Education
CNW Newswire 11.15.2016Alberta & 3M Canada partner to create new opportunities for healthcare innovation, diversification
Alberta Advanced Education 21.10.16

Quick Facts

Twitter Hashtag for Alberta Education: #AbEd

Number of Schools, Enrolment and Educator Ratio K-12
Schools in the province: 2116
Total Student Enrolment: 657,811
Educators: 41,367
Student to Teacher Ratio: 22.4

Number of Schools and Enrolment Post Secondary
Universities, Institutes and Colleges in province: 26
University Enrollment :135,324
College Enrollment : 56,373

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The Art and Science Behind MakerSpaces

Exclusive MindShare Moment podcast with legendary EdTech Keynoter, Shelley Sanchez Terrell, at BIT16 on transforming her teaching practice by infusing technology

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Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, elearning specialist, and the published author. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and recognized by Tech & Learning as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Educator Entrepreneurs for 2015.

Considerations on the MakerSpace Movement – By Tim Gard, Chief Digital Learning StrategistThe Maker movement is not new, but its impact on education is in its infancy. Moreover, the thing with ‘newborn ideas’ is that there are always stumbling blocks, and larger learning curves. Take for example the very definition of ‘Makerspace.’ If you ask different educators or those involved in the movement as the ‘guiding lights,’ you are bound to get different definitions, or at least the term ‘Makerspace’ will be defined through a different lens of emphasis. In our task of redefining our school library into a first-rate Learning Commons, we decided that we should include a ‘Makerspace.’ Well, not so easily done if you have a group of people who see this philosophy differently.

Read More

TOP10YO

View Infographic here

TVO Spotlight: Developing a Maker Pedagogy

Written by Tina Ginglo, Instructional Liaison, TVO Educational Partnerships/Digital Learning.

Makerspaces are popping up everywhere….in schools, libraries, the local community and in conversations. For the most part, we know what a makerspace is…a place where people come to make “stuff” and to be creative, but it has to be more than that.

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At the Mindshare Learning Summit 2016 in Toronto last month, Frank Coster from Follett Educational Products facilitated a roundtable discussion on makerspaces. Frank posed the question: What is a makerspace? Although participants in this discussion brought diverse educational perspectives to the table, all agreed that a makerspace is a place where people come to creatively solve problems by making something.

Read More

7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit Retrospective

A Storify summary of tweets that captures an immersive day of learning and challenging traditional thinking to redefine the digital learning landscape in Canada. Thanks to all participants for an engaging day of learning.

Key Lessons from Mindshare’s Canadian Edtech Leadership Summit
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MindShare Team Photo to kickoff the summit (L-R Bill Hogarth, Daneillia, Sandra Chow, Robert Martellacci, David Marci, Bradley Grant, Paul Sohor)

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The summit kicks off with opening greetings from Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, ON

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Dr. Karen Billings, Vice President, Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA, delivers a insightful opening keynote on Global EdTech Trends

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CMEC Chair, Hon. Doug Currie, Minister of Education, PEI, delivered an inspiring Keynote at the Summit

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A tremendous thank you to Bill Hogarth, President, ERDI Canada, for moderating the Cross Canada Checkup Panel and to Peter Singh, Chief Technology Officer, Toronto District School Board, Angela Gauthier, Director of Education, Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), Sandra Nagy, Director of Learning, Future Design School, Kevin Custer, Founding Principal, Arc Capital Development, Krista Jones, Head of the Work & Learning Cluster at MaRS, Bonnie Schmidt, President & Founder, Let’s Talk Science for participating in the Panel and sharing their insights.

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The Makerspace Showcase and Learning Common’s was a great success! Thank you to our Sponsors, Partners and Delagates.

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The round table discussions were buzzing tihs year with great conversations between industy and education leaders!

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Maya Burhanpurkar, International & National Award Winning Science Student, Harvard 2017, inspiring the crowd as the summit’s closing keynote.

“Congratulations on another successful event. Loved the lineup of keynote speakers!“

Peter Singh, Chief Technology Officer, TDSB

“The Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit was great. You and your staff did a great job in organizing the day. The speakers, and agenda were spot on – very motivating and informative.”

……………………….– Michael Campbell, Vice President, Principal Advisor, Acumen Partners

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Inaugural Canadian EdTech Awards

TORONTO, ON, November 10th — MindShare Learning Technology, Canada’s leading EdTech solutions company, recently launched the inaugural Canadian EdTech Awards at the 7th Annual Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit at the MaRS Discovery District.

The inaugural Canadian EdTech Awards celebrates innovative leaders for their excellence in education and industry. The winners were selected through a national survey amongst the education community. The following is a list of award winners who have been recognized by their peers (with corresponding award categories):

K-12 Educator of the Year – Brian Aspinall, Award Winning Educator, LKDSB
K-12 Leader of the Year – Chris Kennedy, Supt. & CEO, West Vancouver SD
Post-Secondary Leader of the Year – Dr. Alec Couros, Assoc. Professor UofR
EdTech Business Leader of the Year – FreshGrade
Startup of the Year – Skyprep

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WINNERS

Congratulations to all Startup Challenge Participants! Robert Martellacci, President, MindShare Learning and Peter Singh, Chief Technology Officer, TDSB, Awards Sara Rehman, Business Development & Operation Manager, SkyPrep, the Start up of the Year Award. Peekapak and Helping Hands were the runners up this year.

The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Step 3: Transforming Learning Spaces for Personalized Learning and Collaboration

When thinking about 21 st century transformation, the environment (whether physical or virtual) is a critical component for ensuring student success. A properly set environment can significantly promote successful personalized learning and collaboration for each individual student.

Education Transformation Framework

In this month’s edition of the Education Transformation Corner, we’ll provide you with research, tools, and resources to transform your learning environment for every type of learner. If you’re exploring this stage of the transformation framework, our goal is to help you create an Adaptive, Anywhere, Anytime Learning Community (ALC) and then take it a step further to create learning environments that represent a ‘community for education’.

Read More

C21 Canada Spotlight

THE SPIRAL PLAYBOOK “What’s happening with our Learners”
Deepen and sustain your local inquiry initiatives with the Spiral Playbook.

The more intentional you are with the spiral of inquiry to change outcomes for learners in your setting, the more coherent and innovative the whole system will become.  p. 17

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Judy Halbert on the Spiral of Inquiry

Principal Barb Hamblett, “I am purchasing a copy of the Spiral Playbook for each of my staff at Valleyview Secondary. Common language and a structure to work through in our learning communities is just what we need and the Playbook lays everything out in a succinct and attractively fun way.”

Bulk Order:  www.C21Canada.org/Playbook    @CEOPlaybook

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K-12 Featured News

Post-Secondary Featured News

International Featured News

Industry News

Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups

Conference Corner

November proved to be one of the most packed conference months of the year which was highlighted with our 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit. I had the opportunity to take in BIT16 in iconic Niagara Falls, Canada. I always enjoy BIT as it was actually my very first EdTech conferences I attended when I first entered the space when I launched Kevin O’Leary’s The Learning Company School Division in Canada. Much of my PLN emerged from BIT. It was great to catchup with so many passionate education and industry leaders. Next year will mark my 20th year, which I will be sure not to miss!

Special thanks to Doug Peterson for introducing me to the legendary keynoter, Shelley Sanchez Terrell.

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Advancing Education Partnering Forum presented by OCE at Communitech Waterloo #OCEADED

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Aldo Caputo from UW Centre for Extended Learning, highlighting opportunities & challenges in PSE

The AdvancingEducation Program helps connect Ontario’s public education system with companies to test early-market interest and demonstrate innovative products and technologies in an education setting. This includes English and French K-12 schools as well as post-secondary institutions.

OCE is accepting applications for Round 2 of AdvancingEducation from September 28, 2016 to January 23, 2017.

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Sadly, we were unable to get to other great Canadian EdTech conferences; IT4K12 (B.C.), Converge (AB), ATLE (AB), YRDSBQuest (ON) to name a few! We’ll do our best to get there next year!

Canada 150 Launch Announcment Reception with REEL Canada at the TIFF Bell Lighthouse, Toroonto. 

A MindShare Learning Moment with Vinay Virmani, Writer, Producer and Actor, on Canada 150 and the power of Films in Education

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Vinay Virmani is a Canadian actor. Virmani was born and raised in Toronto. After graduating in business from York University, Virmani studied filmmaking and theatre at Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City. He wrote and starred in the hockey comedy Breakaway followed by Dr. Cabbie (2014) where he was a writer, lead actor and producer.

A MindShare Momement with Jack Blum, Executive Director, REEL CANADA, on National Canadian Film Day 150

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Jack Blum is the Executive Director for REEL CANADA. He is known as a Canadian writer, producer, director, story editor, actor, educator and communications consultant based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

MindShare Musings

While MindShare and EdTech consumes a large part of my life, at the end of the day, it’s about relationships and interconnected human networks that impact our lives, both personally and professionally. As a longtime member of the York University faculty hockey team, I led the nomination committee for my linemates induction in the over 80 Hockey Hall of Fame. My linemate happens to be 87 years-old. Talk about inspiration, Ian MacDonald, is the former president of York University, former deputy finance minister in the Davis provincial government, a Rhodes Scholar and once Chairman of Hockey Canada. And to this day, continues to play lunchtime hockey with the York Faculty team. I had the good fortune of accompanying Ian to Gatineau, Quebec recently for his official induction and ceremonial game that featured players all over 80 years of age. Some quick math tells me I have another 25 years to go in order to qualify for such an honour!

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“Team Selfie” A kodak moment with Ian MacDonald over 80 Hall of Famer (front L and Robert Martellacci R) and members of the York Faculty hockey team before heading off to Gatineau, Quebec for the over 80 Hall of Fame Event.

It’s about the journey! And Ian’s hockey journey has been over 8 decades long. When I was first recruited to the faculty hockey team almost 30 years ago, I never imagined playing the game my entire life. Health permitting, I’m on a mission to get back to Gatineau, thanks to Ian and his Friday inspiration that he provides our teammates on a weekly basis. There really is something to be said about a healthy mind and body! Congratulations Ian! You are truly a hockey legend!

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Patricia Garland, Director, Coquitlam School Division shared this Remembrance day photo at the United Nations Cemetery in Busan, Korea, today following the international Turn Toward Busan Remembrance Day ceremony with Canadian Senator Yonah Martin, Canadian Ambassador Eric Walsh, and Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart.

Late breaking News! PISA 2015 results now available: Get the full package: Programme for International Student Assessment.

Making the Future!
The Maker Movement craze has sparked MindShare’s innovative spirit as we aim to meet the emerging needs of schools. We’re developing a makerspace kit with strategic partners that will allow schools to acquire a full suit of essential tools to get their makerspace up and running! Watch for it in early 2017!

If you have news or events to share, please drop me a note! Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep! R.M.

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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
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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At MindShare Learning “Connecting to Success,” is our primary driver to transforming learning in the 21st century.

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We strive to build trusting, mutually beneficial partnerships with our valued clients, through open communication and clearly defined goals and objectives.  We focus on the shortest path to revenue and success.

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November 17, 2016

Top 10 MSL Report Canada — STEM Special Edition

One for my Canadian readers to start the day…

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Dear Thought Leader,

To question whether to embrace STEM or STEAM is no longer an option in education. This global movement has caught on in Canada with a storm (pun intended!).

Our Top 10 is a testament to the passion educators share across Canada in implementing STEM based learning. Brian Aspinall is a great case in point. Be sure to checkout my video interview with Brian, who is one of the most inspirational and engaging teachers I’ve ever met!

Innovation is no longer an option for provincial, district and school leaders. Career opportunities will no doubt be a driver in accelerating the pace of change in this regard. As a member of the national ICTC Education Task force, it has provided me with a deeper appreciation of the need for all of us to do our part in adopting an ‘innovator’s mindset’ to help our youth prepare for careers of tomorrow.

It’s hard to believe C21 Canada recently celebrated its 5th anniversary! Be sure to checkout the release of the C21 Spiral Playbook. It’s an honour to be a part of the organization. We’re always looking for passionate leaders from education and industry to join us!

It has never been a more exciting time to be in education in Canada. As leaders, I challenge you to inspire your colleagues, be it in education or on the industry side of the ledger, to step-up and embrace the innovative spirit that is helping nurture and engage today’s learners for a brighter future.

Watch for our December MindShare Report Special Coding Edition along with our 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit highlights!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

Robert Martellacci
M.A. EdTech
Chief Digital Curator, The MindShare Learning Report™
President, MindShare Learning Technology

1. A Halloween spirited Interview with Brian Aspinall on STE(A)M, showcasing new tech and the 7th Canadian EdTech Summit

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Brian is a public school teacher in Ontario, Canada on a mission to hack education by coding a classroom for students to create, communicate, think critically and collaborate and highlights his current work with Fair Chance Learning.

Follow Brian on Twitter @mraspinall

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2. Spiral Playbook Review – By Tim Gard, Chief Digital Learning Strategist

Inquiry-based learning, regardless of the flavour, abounds in Canadian schools. And there is a good reason for this. It works. It works because it meets the needs of today’s learners and teachers, and it embraces the future now. C21 presents The Spiral Playbook: Leading with an inquiring mindset in school systems and schools. If you are hoping to see a change in the way education is delivered, to empower leaders in education to have the right tools and to re-focus their leadership using solid data to meet the demands of the classroom today, and tomorrow, then a ‘playbook’ is essential. The Spiral Playbook believes, as most who have been invested in changing our system of education, that we must change our way of doing things.

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We must encourage dynamic learning contexts fostered by curiosity. We must embrace more innovative ways to learn, teach and lead. It’s time to come together, to take risks, and to make every effort to change and enhance our current way of doing education.

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3. From STEM to STEAM

Preparing Canadian students for the challenge of change.After 18 months of study, a panel of experts brought together by the Council of Canadian Academies published a report last year that emphasized the critical importance to Canada and Canadians of STEM skills.

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4. C21 Canada Announces the release of the Spiral Playbook at MaRSDD

C21 Canada and the CEO Academy provides a national forum for education leaders to share ideas and build capacity for system-wide transformation.  The organization brings together executive leaders of school districts and knowledge-sector businesses who share the belief that 21st century competencies and innovations in learning must be scaled on an urgent basis. The Spiral Playbook: Leading with an inquiring mindset in school systems and schools points the way forward.  It describes a sustainable approach to professional inquiry that aims to transform how educators learn and lead – with teams and across networks.Read More

Order your copies of the Spiral Playbook. View the Spiral Playbook, the Quick Reference Guide or download a Slide Presentation.

Follow @C21Playbook on Twitter and #SOI to post a comment or question.

5. FreshGrade COO says the Traditional Education System is Starting to Embrace Tech

On the latest episode of The Disruptors, co-host Amber Kanwar sat down with Chris Besse, the president and COO of FreshGrade, who discussed how Kelowna-based FreshGrade is changing the status quo on how students learn and interact with teachers and parents.

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6. Brexit will put new Canadian head of Cambridge University to the test

When Canadian academic Stephen Toope takes over running Cambridge University next year, he’ll face an institution grappling with some of the biggest challenges in its 807-year history.

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7. Girls Who Code Launches Community-Building App for Young Female Coders

National nonprofit Girls Who Code has launched its Girls Who Code Loop app, a community for female coders to meet and get to know each other. Available on iOS and Android for free, the aps includes announcements college, jobs and internships related to coding, as well as a space for users to comment and ask questions of each other.

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8. Nova Scotia teachers vote overwhelmingly in support of strike mandate

Teachers in Nova Scotia could be on strike before Christmas after 96 per cent of the 9,300 public school members voted in favour of job action Tuesday.”Public school teachers have spoken loud and clear,” said Liette Doucet, Nova Scotia Teachers Union president, in a news release sent out Tuesdaynight.

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9. The Innovator’s Mindset Blog – by George Couros

My first book, “The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity” is now available at Amazon. Below is the current table of contents which will house additional links, resources, and discussion questions for each chapter. I wanted to provide this as a space that brings the book to life, and encourage people to go deeper into what in the content, provide links and questions to guide any book chats on the topic.

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10. Canada lagging in push to teach kids computer coding

Armed with rope, pictures and elephant headbands, it looks like this group of nine-year-olds is setting up a huge game of hopscotch. But they’re really laying out the biggest thing to hit British schools in a century.

As the students direct each other through the grid they’ve built, they’re learning the basic fundamentals of computer coding, in the process moving beyond how to use computers to how computers work.

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