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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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December 2016

Volume 9, No. 9

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Quote of the Month

Cross Canada Spotlight on Alberta

The Art and Science Behind MakerSpaces

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

Conference Corner

MindShare Musings

Featured Conferences

Career Opportunities

Advisory Board

About Us

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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

Learning and Technology Policy Framework
Alberta Education

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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.

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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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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.

Roundtable

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’.

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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.

Featured Conferences

Career Opportunities

Director of Education
Simcoe County District School Board, Simcoe County, ON

Dean, Academic and Student Affairs
Ontario International College

Marketing Manager
Pearson Canada

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

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

As Canada’s leading EdTech strategy consulting services to the K-12, post-secondary and lifelong learning markets, we thrive on accelerating growth and market share for our clients. Our mission is to educate, inspire and counsel start-ups, software publishers, distributors and educational hardware providers in all aspects of sales & marketing to overcome obstacles in achieving their goals.

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.

MindShare Learning’s partial client list includes: Adobe (Macromedia), Bosch Dremel, Blackboard, Dell EMC Canada, C21 Canada, FETC, EPSON, ERDI Canada, Follett Canada, Government of Canada,  Intel Canada, Toronto District School Board, and the Ontario Ministry of Education.

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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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November MindShare Learning Report: Cross Canada Spotlight on Nova Scotia – STE(A)M

For my Canadian colleagues…

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November 2016

Volume 9, No. 8

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Quotes of the Month

Cross Canada Spotlight on Nova Scotia

C21 Canada Spotlight

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

The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

K-12 Featured News

Post-Secondary Featured News

International Featured News

Industry News

Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups

Conference Corner

MindShare Musings

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Career Opportunities

Advisory Board

About Us

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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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Dear Thought Leader,

What a memorable start to November with our C21 Board and CEO Academy meetings kicking off at MaRSDD. Yesterday we also celebrated our 5th anniversary of C21 Canada — Canadians for 21st Century Learning & Innovation, with a reception and book launch of The Spiral Playbook hosted at the Steelcase WorkLife Centre. We were honoured to have VIPs from across Canada, including Chantal Beaulieu, Executive Director, Council of Ministers of Education, Canada and Ron Canuel, CEO of the Canadian Education Association.

For those of you attending tomorrows EdTech Summit, there will be a special round table on the Spiral Playbook. Every delegate will be receiving a complimentary copy!

On the eve of hosting our 7th Canadian EdTech Summit — “Redefining Schools of the Future Today,” I encourage those of you unable to attend to follow us via twitter, #CDNEdTech16.

While this MindShare Report issue will serve as an abbreviated version be sure to check in with us via twitter and contribute to the conversation Thursday. You’ll experience what promises to be a highly interactive and engaging EdTech Summit. Our delegates will be challenged to identify what’s standing in the way of innovation? And to identify three takeaway actionable items from the summit to affect change in your organization.

Issue highlights:

  1. C21 Canada Celebrates 5th anniversary with the release of a new book: Spiral Playbook. Get a sneak peak via Tim Gard’s product review
  2. A MindShare tour of Citadel High School with Halifax School Board Director Elwin Leroux
  3. Connected Learning Conference hosted by Microsoft showcases innovation with a sneak peak at HoloLens
  4. Mr. Aspinall’ s video interview looks scary, but all about STEM

I hope you enjoy this STEM focused issue and spotlight on Nova Scotia.

I hope to see you at the Summit! A few spaces remain!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

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

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Quotes of the Month

“This year’s theme – Because of Her – gives all Canadians the chance to recognize and appreciate the significant achievements and contributions women have made to our great country.”–Statement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Throughout October, Ladies Learning Code celebrated incredible women in STEM – past and present for Women’s History Month!

Cross Canada Spotlight on Nova Scotia

From STEM to STEAM
Globe and Mail 25.10.16

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.

CvzBVpzWAAEaWaGThanks to Elwin LeRoux & Principal Smith for an inspiring tour of the award winning Citadel High School, Halifax Regional School Board

Nova Scotia teachers vote overwhelmingly in support of strike mandate
CBC 23.10.16

School Board Election Results Now Official
HRSB 20.10.16

Province to improve post-secondary education supports with expansion, funding
Harold News 27.10.16

Program offers 1 year of free university to Nova Scotians on social assistance
CBC 28.10.16

C21 Canada Spotlight

C21 Canada Announces the release of the Spiral Playbook at MaRSDD

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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.

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CwMSJssUsAEl7xqHonored to have authors Linda Kaser and Judy Halbert join Karen Yamada and Robert Martellacci of C21 Canada to launch the Spiral Playbook

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.

C21 Canada Celebrates its 5th Anniversary with Co-Founders and Founding members. Special Thanks to Steelcase

IMG_3535L-R Giancarlo Brotto, SMART Tech; David Roberts, Co-Founder, C21 Canada; Guy Tetrault, Director & CEO Sun West School Division; Karen Yamada, VP & CFO; Robert Martellacci, President, C21 Canada & Co-Founder; Ron Canuel, CEO, CEA

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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The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Step 2: Engaging Partners and the Community for Effective Transformation

Congratulations – you’re on the path to school transformation and to creating a more personalized learning experience for all. You’re joining the many schools across Canada moving towards empowering their students and improving learning environments to help students become more successful, adaptive, and innovative lifelong learners.

Education Transformation Framework

Last month we discussed getting started on the path to Education Transformation. To continue this journey and help education leaders navigate and fast track this process, we’ll be discussing an additional component of the framework – engaging partners and the community as well as providing resources to streamline transformation…

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K-12 Featured News

FRESHGRADE COO SAYS THE TRADITIONAL EDUCATION SYSTEM IS STARTING TO EMBRACE TECH
BetaTech 21.10.16

For a while, education systems have been resistant to change. But as technology innovation grows in the education space, several schools are starting to adopt new classroom models.

Minecraft: Education Edition Available Now!
Microsoft 01.11.16

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OCE is accepting applications for Round 2 of AdvancingEducation
OCE 1.11.2016

Want A Skilled Workforce? You Need Skilled Collaboration
Huffington Post 25.10.16

Back to school: Canada lagging in push to teach kids computer coding
CBC 1.09.16

Post-Secondary Featured News

International Featured News

Industry News

Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups

Conference Corner

My takeaway from this month’s conferences I attended — change is the new normal.  Innovation is no longer an option. It’s never been a more exciting time to be education. Do you agree? I welcome your thoughts.

This past month I attended the Connected Learning Conference in Halifax hosted by Microsoft. With delegates from across the country showcasing innovative practices, I was impressed by the passion and innovative spirit demonstrated by school districts.

IMG_20161025_0825396Marc Seaman, Education Director at Microsoft Canada Kicks off the CLC Summit in Halifax

CvozBqYW8AQpDDzSteve Stronach, HoloLens guru, takes me on a learning adventure at the Connected Learning Conference

CvnrbaDWYAACLCrCongrats to Clarke Hagan Louis Riel S.D. receives Bob Alison Award #CLC2016 for his contributions to LRSD from Microsoft’s Greg Milligan

While in Halifax, it was fortuitous that I met up with my C21 Canada CEO colleague Elwin LeRoux, Director of Education, Halifax District School Board. Given my interest in schools of the future, I was intrigued by my visit to Citadel High School. One of the best designed buildings that was built ahead of it’s time some 10 years ago. Having said that, the school is due for a furniture refresh! Coincidentally, it’s also the school that appears in the very popular JerryD Show. Other provinces looking to build schools would definitely benefit from visiting some of the innovative schools in Halifax.MindShare was pleased to once again sponsor the WFMP conference last week. Michael Bator, former Dufferin Peel District School Board, now Executive Director, Catholic Curriculum Cooperative always puts on an engaging conference serving their 17 member school boards across the province of Ontario.

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TVOGala’s is everywhere! Great to connect with (L-R) Jane SilvaAkhina Mooken and Sandra Chow at the WFMP conference last week.

MindShare Musings

It’s hard to believe that with 2017 fast approaching we’ll be celebrating a few milestones:

  • My 20th year in the EdTech space since leaving York University.
  • 15 Anniversary of MindShare Learning
  • 10 Anniversary of the MindShare Learning Report (Inspired by my masters thesis work at Pepperdine University.

I have the good fortune of meeting and connecting with a lot of people. So, as I think about our next BIG innovation, I feel compelled to offer sage advice about careers and networking as it appears to be a lost art with many people.

The worst offence you can commit when looking for a new job is to reach out to someone you have not connected with in let’s say a year, or more. Sadly, I get this a lot these days. The loyalty factor is being lost on both sides of the empolyer/employee relationship. Sorry, I just had to get this off my chest! Tip! Stay connected by reaching out to a friend or colleague every day!

Speaking of connecting, I really enjoyed attending the recent TVO Gala in support of a great institution I enjoy partnering with through the year. Thank you again for the invitation.

TVO Gala 16 as Sandler  0947 - Rob MartelacciHonoured to meet TVO Guest of Honour Deepa Mehta, Oscar nominated film producer

BRIANDROBCan’t be all work and no play! Hanging out a Pier 21 with Brian Aspinall (L) and Jason Breukelman (C) at the Pier 21 Canada 150 celebration event as part of the CLC. It was great to explore the museum site where my parents landed when they immigrated to Canada from Italy back in the 50’s!

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Special Congratulations to our much valued team member, Bradley Grant, Digital Learning Specialist, MindShare Learning, who recently graduated from York’s Faculty of Education. We’re proud of your achievements!

Please keep your news and success stories coming! Until next time, Keep the digital learning curve steep! R.M.

Featured Conferences

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University of Windsor

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York Region District School Board

Dean, Faculty Of Education
Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC

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

About The MindShare Learning Report™
Canada’s Leadership, Learning & Technology eMagazine
Our mission is to transform education by sharing knowledge of 21st Century innovative best practices and success stories in the Canadian education market space and beyond. We harness the power of Web 2.0 technologies to feature engaging Vodcasts, podcasts, polling, Canadian educational technology news headlines & upcoming strategic industry events in the K-12, Higher Ed and corporate eLearning market segments. Other elements of the MSL Report eMagazine include: successful practices, ask an educator, ask a professor, research & tech tools, GreenIT and career listings, to support educators and educational technology providers in maintaining a pulse for emerging trends in Canada. mindsharelearning.com/report

Editorial content for the monthly issue is due the third week of each month.
Please forward your news releases as web links to
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Annual subscriptions to the MindShare Learning Report can be purchased at $99 CDN

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

As Canada’s leading EdTech strategy consulting services to the K-12, post-secondary and lifelong learning markets, we thrive on accelerating growth and market share for our clients. Our mission is to educate, inspire and counsel start-ups, software publishers, distributors and educational hardware providers in all aspects of sales & marketing to overcome obstacles in achieving their goals.

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.

MindShare Learning’s partial client list includes: Adobe (Macromedia), Bosch Dremel, Blackboard, Dell EMC Canada, C21 Canada, FETC, EPSON, ERDI Canada, Follett Canada, Government of Canada,  Intel Canada, Toronto District School Board, and the Ontario Ministry of Education.

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Top 10 Canadian Learning & Technology New Stories for October

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Dear Thought Leader,

This month’s MindShare Report Top 10 is a testament to Canada’s EdTech thought leadership on the global stage.

In any given month, we get readers from 15-20 countries across the globe who take a keen interest in the latest learning & technology activities across our vast country. However, while we’re the envy of many countries we cannot be complacent! Innovation must be our hallmark as a country in the 21st century.

This is a great segue to our upcoming 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, November 3 at MaRsDD Toronto. This is your opportunity to explore, “Schools of the Future Today!” We chose the iconic MaRsDD innovation centre because it represents what we stand for with respect to nurturing leadership and innovation in support of student success. New this year is our Learning Commons/ Makerspace Showcase! It’s not too late to register!

Hope to see you on November 3!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P. S. Don’t forget to cast your vote for the Inaugural Canadian EdTech Leader Awards

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

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1. A Sneak Peak Video Interview with Brian Aspinall leading up to the 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership 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. Hapara Product Review by Tim Gard

Hapara. Māori for Dawn. When I saw this Polynesian word on Hapara’s website, shortly after spending some time working through the various nuances of this product with Hapara’s Chief Product Officer, Wayne Poncia, I understood why this word was appropriated for their product’s name. Not only did it speak of the place where this product was born, but in a unique, and perhaps ever so subtle way, succinctly captured what Hapara can do for you when used in conjunction with either G Suite for Education (Google’s new name for GAFE) or Microsoft’s Office 365 (coming soon).

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

Podcast

Rod Allen, Superintendent for the Cowichan Valley School District and formerly the Assistant Deputy Minister / Chief Superintendent with the BC Ministry of Education was the architect of British Columbia’s transformation to personalized learning. Under Allen’s leadership, BC became a major contributor to global transformation efforts and within BC he set a clear path for education transformation.

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4. Exlusive MindShare Podcast with World Champions of the Enactus World Cup: Memoiral University of Newfoundland

Enactus Memorial University of Newfoundland named World Champion

View the Final Round Here

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5. How do we transform our inspirations into thoughtful actions? by Jennifer Corriero

Our friends at TakingITGlobal are continuing to grow their Education for Social Innovation community here in Canada and abroad. In September they visited Finland where they kicked off a regional community of practice with schools in 7 countries, and next week they’ll be launching the Ontario cohort with participants from 5 school districts. Read Executive Director Jennifer Corriero’s reflection on how social innovation and technology can be used to bring learning to life in your school!

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6. B.C. Premier promises ‘significant’ new funds for postsecondary tech education

B.C. Premier Christy Clark says her government is set to beef up funding to the postsecondary system to help address a chronic talent shortage in the province’s tech sector…

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7. 21st Century Learning, 20th Century Classroom

There is a clear disconnect between the new approaches to teaching and learning that are considered “best practices” for 21st century learning, promoted in PD and supported by research, and the old classroom or school design that in many ways works against them.

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8. The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner: Part 2

Engaging Partners and the Community for Effective Transformation

Congratulations – you’re on the path to school transformation and to creating a more personalized learning experience for all. You’re joining the many schools across Canada moving towards empowering their students and improving learning environments to help students become more successful, adaptive, and innovative lifelong learners.

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9. A MindShare Podcast with EdTech Legend Tom Whitby at EdNet 2016 Dallas, Texas

Podcast

Thomas D. Whitby is the author of The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning, and The Educator’s Guide To Creating Connections. He is @tomwhitby on Twitter with 64,000 followers. Tom retired from Public Education after serving 34 years as a secondary English teacher, and spent an additional six years as an adjunct Professor at St Joseph’s College in New York. He is a Co-Creator of #Edchat, an award winning education discussion group on Twitter.

10. TOP 5 Reasons to Attend the 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit Nov 3rd

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October MindShare Learning Report: Cross Canada Spotlight on British Columbia – Happy World Teacher Day!

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Cross Canada Spotlight on British Columbia

MindShare Musings – IPN Conference Oslo, Norway and Schools of the Future Inspiration

Hapara Product Review – By Tim Gard, Chief Digital Learning Strategist

The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Featured Infographic of the Month

K-12 Featured News

Post-Secondary Featured News

International Featured News

Industry News

Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups

Conference Corner

Featured Conferences

Career Opportunities

Advisory Board

About Us

Sponsors

A Sneak Peak Video Interview with Brian Aspinall leading up to the 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership 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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Dear Thought Leader,

Welcome to our October MindShare Learning Report Special 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit — B.C. Cross Canada Spotlight edition.

Only 29 Days to go! Our team is hard at work in preparing for the 7th Canadian EdTech Summit November 3rd at MaRsDD. If you haven’t registered, check out our Top 5 reasons Infographic that we trust will inspire you to join us for this highly engaging one-day think-tank challenging you to ‘Redefine Schools of the Future Today.’

Be sure to checkout highlights in this issue:

  1. Memorial University students win Enactus Global Challenge. An exclusive podcast
  2. Featured video podcast with Brian Aspinall, Award Winning STEM expert educator presenting at the EdTech Summit
  3. Rod Allen, Superintendent, Cowichan Valley School District B.C.MindShare Podcast Spotlight on Coding in K12 schools
  4. A MindShare moment with Tom Whitby, award-winning Blogger and founder of EdChat reflects on EdNET Dallas and a new PD platform launching
  5. Tim Gard, Chief Digital Learning Strategist, test drives the Humara solution from Silicon Valley
  6. We’re proud partners in Media Literacy Week October 31 – November 4.

Finally, it was a tremendous honour and opportunity to travel to Oslo, Norway to attend the International Education Partnership Conference as a recipient of the International Chair’s Best Partnership Award. The award was presented from retired Astronaut Rick Hieb, who conducted three space missions for NASA. Be sure to check out my musings for further insights on our trip.

Thanks to our much valued team, sponsors and partners for making this such a deep and rich report!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S. To all the awesome teachers across Canada and beyond happy#WorldTeacherDay!

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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Quotes of the Month

“I saw intellectual excitement and stimulating insights pouring out of every table and cresting during breaks and lunch. Uniquely provocative forward-thinkers for speakers and a cool set of ed-tech startups to listen to.”Dr. Greg Malszecki, Professor Emeritus, York University

“The Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit was a very productive meeting of thought-leaders, teachers, administrators, entrepreneurs, edTech startups, researchers and consultants. I came away with eight big ideas that we can use in our business.”
                              
-Mollie O’Neill, Partner, Brigus Learning

Quotes from delagates who attended the 6th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit

Cross Canada Spotlight on British Columbia

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

Podcast

Rod Allen, Superintendent for the Cowichan Valley School District and formerly the Assistant Deputy Minister / Chief Superintendent with the BC Ministry of Education was the architect of British Columbia’s transformation to personalized learning. Under Allen’s leadership, BC became a major contributor to global transformation efforts and within BC he set a clear path for education transformation.

MindShare Musings – IPN Conference Oslo, Norway and Schools of the Future Inspiration

Venturing out to Oslo was a first for me. An invitation to attend the International Education Partnership Conference and receive a Global Chair’s Best Partnership Award — truly an honour and a great excuse for a trip to Oslo! The conference proved fascinating with some 40 countries represented. Anytime you get to hang around with a veteran NASA Astronaut of three space shuttle missions, that’s pretty cool! Especially as a group of us sat on the hotel terrace gazing at a super moon one night, while Rick Hieb shared his amazing stories about his time in space. A pinch me moment for sure.

IMG_20160916_1514528 (1)Former NASA Astronaut Rick Hieb (L) presents Robert Martellacci, MindShare Learning Technology with the Global Chair’s Best Partnership Award at the IPN Conference, along with David Roberts, C21 Associates and Dr. Laurel Adler IPN Board Member

What I came to appreciate as we shared our story about co-founding C21 Canada some five years ago, along with my colleague David Roberts, C21 Associates, is the passion each of the delegates had for sharing and learning from one another. It’s a testament to what mutually beneficial partnerships represent; the collegial process of shared goals and outcomes in support of a greater good. It was fascinating to share and learn from other delegates who embarked on some pretty cool projects. In our case it was the innovation behind a start-up NFP, C21 Canada–Canadians for 21st Century Learning & Innovation. We accepted the award on behalf of our valued founding board members, CEO Academy and current board. It takes a digital village to raise a child in the 21st century! While we have a ways to go, I felt a great sense of pride in speaking with delegates who were intrigued to learn more about Canada’s success on the global stage. Speaking of Canada, we were well represented! It was great connecting with Doug Watt (Conference Board of Canada), Arlene Olynyk (Thompson Rivers University), Mark Patterson (Ryerson University’s Magnet startup), Dr. Marita Kloseck, (Western HealthSciences) and Jonathan Robb (NorQuest College, to name a few).

image00A typical looking classroom at the Kuben Upper Secondary School in Oslo

It’s fitting that this issue is themed Schools of the Future. I must admit I was envious of some of the facilities we visited, including a state-of-the-art school in an industrial area where the schoolyard was on the roof due to lack of space. I snapped a few pictures that I hope capture the openness of spaces and the collaboration amongst students.

Our visit to BI University was extremely cool. Thanks to Maxim Jean Louis for setting us up with the folks at ICDE. Our visit to the LearningLab was fascinating (see pic) where professors and startups connect. I’ve included a very cool production studio that is accessible by professors to create their learning modules.

Special thanks to the Alex Blackwood, CEO, IPN Board, Michael Bator, Board member and former Director, Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board and Michael Bloom, VP, Conference Board of Canada for the award recognition and the opportunity to attend the IPN Conference. See you in Houston in 2018! R.M.

image06State of the Art LearningLab for Professors at BI University (Oslo)

image01An insightful site visit for IPN conference delegates at the kuben Upper Secondary School in Oslo

image05An impressive production studio for profs to create learning modules at BI’s Learning Lab

image07Something Canadian for my new friend and colleague Alex Blackwood CEO, IPN

Hapara Product Review – By Tim Gard, Chief Digital Learning Strategist

Hapara. Māori for Dawn. When I saw this Polynesian word on Hapara’s website, shortly after spending some time working through the various nuances of this product with Hapara’s Chief Product Officer, Wayne Poncia, I understood why this word was appropriated for their product’s name. Not only did it speak of the place where this product was born, but in a unique, and perhaps ever so subtle way, succinctly captured what Hapara can do for you when used in conjunction with either G Suite for Education (Google’s new name for GAFE) or Microsoft’s Office 365 (coming soon).

HARPARA

It’s like awakening to a new day; you realize that true collaboration and the leveraging of deeper learning can occur using digital tools. And you realize the potential of deep collaboration, accountability and student achievement in an online context that is easy to navigate and powerful to use.

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The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Step 2: Engaging Partners and the Community for Effective Transformation

Congratulations – you’re on the path to school transformation and to creating a more personalized learning experience for all. You’re joining the many schools across Canada moving towards empowering their students and improving learning environments to help students become more successful, adaptive, and innovative lifelong learners.

Education Transformation Framework

Last month we discussed getting started on the path to Education Transformation. To continue this journey and help education leaders navigate and fast track this process, we’ll be discussing an additional component of the framework – engaging partners and the community as well as providing resources to streamline transformation…

Read More

Featured Infographic of the Month

K-12 Featured News

Transforming Insight into Action by Jennifer Corriero

Our friends at TakingITGlobal are continuing to grow their Education for Social Innovation community here in Canada and abroad. In September they visited Finland where they kicked off a regional community of practice with schools in 7 countries, and next week they’ll be launching the Ontario cohort with participants from 5 school districts. Read Executive Director Jennifer Corriero’s reflection on how social innovation and technology can be used to bring learning to life in your school!

Read More

EQAO CEO Bruce Rodrigues named Deputy Minister of Education
CNW 29.09.2016

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Students inspire Regina Mundi College redesign
IFP News 27.09.16

21st Century Learning, 20th Century Classroom
CEA 29.09.16

High school entrepreneurship competition returns for fifth year
OCE 30.09.16

Building an Education System for All Students to Achieve their Full Potential
Ontario Government 12.09.16

Northwest Territories, Nunavut to have input into Alberta’s school curriculum
26.09.16

N.B. Education plan praised for attempt to build sense of belonging
CBC News 06.09.16

Post-Secondary Featured News

International Featured News

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Excellent keynote on #Education/#Business Partnerships by Dr. Michael Bloom @ConfBoardofCda #IPN2016  #Oslo

Canada’s SCORE program wins international gold in Oslo, Norway 
Voice 22.09.16

OECD’s Education at a Glance 2016 reveals public benefits of education and need for increased spending
Education International 22.09.16

Industry News

Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups

Conference Corner

A MindShare Podcast with EdTech Legend Tom Whitby at EdNet 2016 Dallas, Texas

Podcast

Thomas D. Whitby is the author of The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning, and The Educator’s Guide To Creating Connections. He is @tomwhitby on Twitter with 64,000 followers. Tom retired from Public Education after serving 34 years as a secondary English teacher, and spent an additional six years as an adjunct Professor at St Joseph’s College in New York. He is a Co-Creator of #Edchat, an award winning education discussion group on Twitter.

A MindShare Podcast at EdNet 2016 Dallas, Texas with Jonathan Schor, Co-Founder and CEO of CodeMonkey

Podcast

Code Monkey envisions a global playful learning experience where the next generations of coders are born and raised. An engaging platform where programming knowledge is acquired alongside 21st century skills through collaboratively playing and solving puzzles, inventing, creating and sharing.

LOLLLMindShare’s Robert Martellacci participates in the closing keynote panel discussion Think Ahead: Turning Ideas into Action at EdNET 2016

Featured Conferences

Northern Lights GAFE Summit, Yellowknife, NT| October 1-2

ERDI Fall 2016 | October 12 – 5

Alberta’s Blended and Online Symposium | October 23-25

Media Literacy Week | October 31-Nov 4

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

BIT 16, Niagara Falls | November 9-11

Learning Forward: 2016 Annual Conference: Connecting Landscapes for Learning Vancouver | Dec 3-7

Career Opportunities

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., Digital Learning Specialist
Paul Sohor, YorkU Business Student, MindShare Business Intern
Valerie Rusnov, B.A. Hons., B.Ed., Editor

About The MindShare Learning Report™
Canada’s Leadership, Learning & Technology eMagazine
Our mission is to transform education by sharing knowledge of 21st Century innovative best practices and success stories in the Canadian education market space and beyond. We harness the power of Web 2.0 technologies to feature engaging Vodcasts, podcasts, polling, Canadian educational technology news headlines & upcoming strategic industry events in the K-12, Higher Ed and corporate eLearning market segments. Other elements of the MSL Report eMagazine include: successful practices, ask an educator, ask a professor, research & tech tools, GreenIT and career listings, to support educators and educational technology providers in maintaining a pulse for emerging trends in Canada. mindsharelearning.com/report

Editorial content for the monthly issue is due the third week of each month.
Please forward your news releases as web links to
info@mindsharelearning.com
Advertising opportunities are available, please contact,
robert@mindsharelearning.com
Consulting opportunities are available, please contact:
robert@mindsharelearning.com
Annual subscriptions to the MindShare Learning Report can be purchased at $99 CDN

About MindShare Learning
Learning is a privately held company based in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada. Its hallmark is providing strategic marketing solutions to learning & technology solution providers in the K-12, HED and corporate learning markets, to support new market expansion and revenue growth. MindShare Learning’s partial client list includes: Adobe, Blackboard Inc., EPSON, GlobalScholar, Learning.com, RM PLC UK, Softease Ltd. UK, netTrekker, IMSI (ClipArt.com), CERC (Canadian Education Resources Council), Tech4Learning, Xoolon, NECTAR Foundation and ERDI Canada.

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