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.
One for my Canadian readers…
Volume 9, No. 9
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.
- Exploring the MakerSpace Movement in Canada with Sylvia Martinez, Co-Author of the Best Seller “Invent to Learn”
- Exclusive MindShare Moment podcast with legendary EdTech Keynoter, Shelley Sanchez Terrell, on transforming her teaching practice by infusing technology
- Canada’s Burgeoning EdTech Sector Recognizes National Award Winners
- Tim Gard, MindShare’s Chief Digital Learning Strategist, shares his journey in creating a MakerSpace at his school along with our Top 10 Tips!
- HourofCode is currently underway through December 5th-11th!
- CALL FOR PROPOSALS World Conference on Online Learning 27th ICDE World Conference in Toronto CA presented by ContactNorth
- 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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
MindShare Team Photo to kickoff the summit (L-R Bill Hogarth, Daneillia, Sandra Chow, Robert Martellacci, David Marci, Bradley Grant, Paul Sohor)
The summit kicks off with opening greetings from Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, ON
Dr. Karen Billings, Vice President, Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA, delivers a insightful opening keynote on Global EdTech Trends
CMEC Chair, Hon. Doug Currie, Minister of Education, PEI, delivered an inspiring Keynote at the Summit
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.
The Makerspace Showcase and Learning Common’s was a great success! Thank you to our Sponsors, Partners and Delagates.
The round table discussions were buzzing tihs year with great conversations between industy and education leaders!
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
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
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.
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’.
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
K-12 Featured News
New Framework can help you better pilot EdTech
Digital Promise 30.11.16
Teaching Computational Thinking Is the First Step to Bridging STEM Skills Gap
EdTech Magazine 02.11.16
Canada Desperately Needs Education Innovation
Huffington Post 18.11.16
Is it time to add coding to Ontario’s curriculum?
TVO The Agenda 07.11.16
Creating Makerspaces in Schools
CMEC Launches On-Line Copyright Resource for Teachers
Post-Secondary Featured News
Canada and Nunavut invest in infrastructure at Nunavut Arctic College
CNW News 23.11.16
HackerYou Becomes First Accredited Coding Bootcamp in Ontario
CNW Newswire 02.12.16
Our Technology Is Our Ideology’: George Siemens on the Future of Digital Learning
EdSurge HigherEd 23.11.16
International Featured News
Canada’s Burgeoning EdTech Sector Recognizes National Award Winners
CNW Newswire 10.11.16
New-look business schools designed for learning
The Globe and Mail 21.11.12
Synnex eyes full Canadian GovSolv rollout
Channel Buzz 15.11.16
Learn to code startup pi-top pulls in $4.3M to fund a global edtech push
Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups
Mark Barnes joins FreshGrade Advisory Board
Nelson forms exclusive Canadian partnership with new EdTech company EssayJack Inc.
PR Newswire 30.11.16
Learn to code startup pi-top pulls in $4.3M to fund a global edtech push
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.
Advancing Education Partnering Forum presented by OCE at Communitech Waterloo #OCEADED
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.
Click here for more details
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
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
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.
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!
“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!
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.
Hour of Code, Global | December 5 – 11
Technology Conference and Expo, National Harbour, MD | December 13 – 14
FETC 2017, Orlando | January 24-27th
BETT 2017, London England | January 25 – 28
OLA Super Conference, Toronto | Feb 1-4
The MindShare Report is grateful of the guidance and support provided by our esteemed advisory board.
Lauren Burman, M.B.A., Chief Client Officer, POSSIBLE
Kevin Custer, Founding Principal, Arc Capital Development
Chip Fesko, Sr. Director of Advertising & Strategic Alliances, George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia Magazine
Ian Fogarty, Educator, Riverview High School | MindShare National Video Challenge Award Winner
Michael Furdyk, Co-Founder, TakingItGlobal
Dr. Eric Hamilton, Associate Dean of Education, Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Maxim Jean-Louis, CEO, Contact North/Contact Nord,
Gary Kern, Director of Learning, St. George’s School
Dr. Susanne Lajoie, Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University
David Marsi, Senior Manager Training Initiatives, ScotiaMcLeod
Jamie McNamara, Executive Director, Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta
Cheryl Paige, Consultant in Digital Technology Education, Former Principal, Joyce Public School, Toronto District School Board
Sandra Chow, Award Winning Teacher, Toronto District School Board
Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams
The MindShare Learning Report team is made up of the following individuals:
Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Chief Digital Curator
Bradley Grant, 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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