Virtual School Meanderings

October 16, 2017

24 Days to Go! Canada’s 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit — ‘Designing Next Generation Schools for Today’s Student’ — Monday, November 6, Toronto — Space is filling fast! Last Chance for $50 Off!

Another up-coming Canadian conference.

Dear Thought Leader,

As a valued member of the MindShare Learning Community, I wanted to share that it’s not too late to register for our 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership SummitMonday, November 6, MaRSDD, Toronto. Designing Next Generation Schools Future for Today’s Student, is our theme for this year’s summit.

I believe it’s never been a more exciting time to be in education. We are smack in the middle of a digital revolution. Hence, it’s critical for stakeholders to engage with education and technology leaders to make sense of how to best design and implement successful strategies for your institution to support student success. We proudly have an amazing lineup of world-class presenters as well as our highly popular Cross Canada Checkup panel.

Here are just 5 ways for your to engage in our Summit!

1.Explore the Makerspace Showcase! As you enter the conference area you will enter an innovative classroom environment, featuring 3D printing, augmented reality, robotics, and other cool hands on learning technologies.

. Vote for your favorite Tech Teacher (K12/Post-Secondary), or EdTech industry partner!

3. Enter the Dragon’s Den Style EdTech Startup Pitch Session!

4.Participate in the afternoon round table sessions that will be sure to challenge your innovative thinking on schools of the future

5.Stick around for our post-summit VIP networking reception and Ignite Talks!

Because of your continuing support we are offering one last chance to receive $50 discount (use coupon code:mslpc50). Inquire about special group pricing ($149) for five or more people.

Thanks to our valued sponsors and partners who make this conference extra special with their support!

Please don’t hesitate to drop me a note if you have any further questions, or require special arrangements! Or, feel free to call me at 416-569-2106. Hope to see you at the Summit!

Best,

P.S. Bonus addition to the EdTech Summit program. Ignite the Night Talks feature Brian Aspinall, Jennifer Casa-Todd and friends.

 

REGISTER HERE
Master of Ceremonies
Dr. Karen Grose

Vice President, Digital Learning TVO

Karen Grose leads the organization in the development of innovative, evidence-informed content, product and services to improve outcomes and well-being for all ages of learners across the province of Ontario. Karen brings over 27 years of educational experience in the world of teaching and learning to TVO

Keynote Speakers
Lord Jim Knight
Former Minister of Education, UK Government
Jim Knight is Chief Education Adviser at Tes Global. In his previous role at the company he was the Managing Director of Online Learning, where he built an online teacher development platform. He is a member of the House of Lords and a visiting Professor at the London Knowledge Lab of the Institute of Education. As a minister his portfolios included rural affairs, schools, digital and employment.
Randall Fielding
Founder & Editorial Director, DesignShare/ Partner, Fielding Nair International
Randall champions FNI’s mission to transform learning by serving as a thought leader, learning collaborator, and design mentor. His experience extends from early childhood education to the university level and across 47 countries. The common thread throughout his work is the priority of learners, their relationships and needs in school facility design. Learning, not buildings, come first in FNI’s architecture.
Sidneyeve Matrix
Associate Professor,
Queen’s University
Sidneyeve Matrix is an Associate Professor and Queen’s National Scholar. Dr. Matrix teaches Creative EntrepreneurshipInnovation in Practice, and Design Thinking at the graduate, undergraduate, and professional levels for Smith School of Business, Dan School of Drama and Music, and Western University Continuing Education. Dr. Matrix also serves on the Executive for the Dunin Desphande Queen’s Innovation Centre.
 

REGISTER HERE

Applications are now being accepted for the ‘Dragons’ Den Startup Challenge’ & Nominations for the ‘Canadian EdTech Awards’

EdTech Startup Challenge – Dragons’ Den Style

Rules & Guidelines here

This year we are accepting FIVE startup’s to compete – Each EdTech startup company entered in this contest will be given five minutes to pitch their companies platform/approach/achievements during the 8th EdTech Leadership Summit to a panel of judges, made up of esteemed industry leaders and past winners, in a bid to win top prize.

For more information on entry guidelines and eligibility please go to this link for more information. Please send all applications to bradley@mindsharelearning.com.

This year’s prize for the Top Startup company is FREE booth space at the startup pavilion at FETC 2017!

2nd Annual Canadian EdTech Awards

We are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Canadian Edtech Awards – Celebrating Excellence in Canadian Innovation & Education.

Voting will take place in the following four categories:

  1. K12 Educator of the Year
  2. K12 Administrator of the Year
  3. Post Secondary Professor of the Year
  4. EdTech Partner of the Year

Click here to submit you vote!

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October 5, 2017

October MindShare Learning Report – Special 8th Canadian EdTech Summit150 Edition – Spotlight on Ontario

Another Canadian newsletter…

October 2017 Volume 10, Issue 7
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A MindShare Moment Video Podcast with Brian Aspinall
On his new gig with Actua, STEM, Coding and what to expect at the 8th EdTech Summit150 Ignite the Night event November 6 at MaRSDD

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 actua.

Follow Brian on Twitter @mraspinall

On behalf of our team, I’m pleased to share the October Special Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit Edition of the MindShare Learning Report- Cross Canada Spotlight on Ontario.

As I reflect on our journey, it’s hard to believe we’re entering our 8th year of hosting Canada’s Educational Technology Leadership Summit, Monday, November 6th at MaRSDD, that began in a classroom at York University. Fast forward to 2017; we’re now situated in Canada’s Leading Innovation Hub, MaRs Discovery District. And space is getting tight there too!

This year’s theme, Designing Next Generation Schools for Today’s Student, takes a broader look at EdTech. We’re bringing in the notion of “design thinking” to the success equation for K12 and post-secondary education. Why? It stems from the many complaints I hear about failed technology implementations. Whether you’re designing a building, a classroom, or a programme, it’s a process that requires collaborative thinking from key stakeholders. I challenge all education stakeholders from teachers to Ministers of Education and everyone in between to join us and challenge your thinking in supporting Canada’s continued leadership in education on a global scale! Check out our amazing presenters and programme! Tickets are limited and going fast!

BONUS addition to our Canadian EdTech Summit, Ignite the Night, with Brian Aspinall and Jennifer Casa-Todd and friends, promises a fast-paced series of passionate educator presentations that will inspire all leaders!

Below are just some of the many highlights in this packed issue:

  1. A MindShare Moment Video Podcast with Brian Aspinall, on his new gig with Actua, STEM, Coding and what to expect at the EdTech Summit Ignite the Night event November 6 at MaRSDD

  2. NEW Ed Leader Spotlight: The world is coming to Toronto for the Online Learning Conference October 16-18 and we bring you a sneak-peek Exclusive Podcast with Maxim Jean-Louis, CEO, Contact North & Conference Chair, World Conference on Online Learning

  3. EdTech Leader Spotlight with Justin Payeur, president & COO of Canadian EdTechexclusive podcast on internet safety and security with the launch of their highly popular app, Boomerang

  4. I was honoured to have a Mindshare Reflections podcast with my dear friend and colleague, Vicki Bigham, a Global EdTech legend who founded the Texas Computing Educator Association Conference and managed EdNET for the past 25 years.

  5. New Research from the OECD: Schools at the Crossroads of Innovation in Cities and Regions

  6. National News from ICTC: Minister Patty Hajdu kicks off a Unique Canada-Wide Student Work Integrated Learning Program for the Digital Economy

  7. C21 Canada Guest Blog from Terry Mirza, VP, Compugen — Building classrooms for the leaders of tomorrow

  8. Ontario Making College and University More Affordable with Free Online Textbooks

I’m looking forward my travels to Vancouver this week as we’re attending the Global conference on coworking as part of our soon to launch Mindshare Workspace, as we redefine the future of work and learning in Canada.

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™

Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn

P.S. Last chance: $50 discount to our Canadian EdTech Summit for our community members! Use discount code: mslpc50

Quote of the Month
“My congratulations to everyone involved with Computers for Schools. This is a big milestone, and it marks another important step in creating the innovation culture that will sustain our job growth and ensure our success in the digital age. We especially need more women and other under-represented groups to learn the digital skills they need for the jobs of the future. Canada will only succeed if we use everybody’s talents to their full potential.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (On the occasion of 1.5 million computers delivered)

EdTech Leader Spotlight with Justin Payeur, president & COO of Canadian EdTech
Exclusive Podcast on Internet Safety and Security with the launch of their highly popular app, Boomerang

Currently, father of 2 and fulfilling my entrepreneurial spirit as Product Evangelist for Boomerang Parental Controland SPIN Safe Browser – battling the constant love/hate with tech. Previously, I lead sales teams with a supportive environment that makes people want to be part of it – I strongly believe you can work hard and have fun at the same time.

‘NEW’ Ed Leader Spotlight withMaxim Jean-Louis, CEO, Contact North
The world is coming to Toronto for the Online Learning Conference October 16-18

Maxim Jean-Louis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Contact North | Contact Nord, Ontario’s Distance Education and Training Network, headquartered in Thunder Bay, Ontario and Chair of the World Conference on Online Learning, October 16-19, taking place in Toronto, Ontario.

Maxim leads a team of 300 supporting the delivery of education and training opportunities from the province’s 24 public colleges, 22 public universities, and 250 literacy and basic skills and other training providers to Ontarians living in 600 small, rural, remote, Aboriginal and Francophone communities.


The Future of Work & Learning
MindShare WorkSpace to Launch Canada’s First Mall-Located CoWorking Innovation Space

Mississauga, ON October 3, 2017 – MindShare WorkSpace, a newly established startup is a response to the founder’s desire to nurture a healthy and vibrant 21st century city ecosystem embracing the notion of Live, Work, Play. The MindShare WorkSpace redefines the future of work and learning, providing opportunities from a community of passionate business leaders from all sectors who want to innovate, connect and grow personally and professionally. Our state-of-the-art facility is designed to inspire you to work hard, connect with like-minded professionals and have fun.

We’ve assembled some of the top minds from business and education sectors to help guide the evolution of the MindShare WorkSpace.

Dr. Ulli Krull, Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga
Peter Singh, CTO, Toronto District School Board
Joseph Wilson, Director of Business Development SpongeLab (former MaRSDD Advisor)
Mark McPherson, VP, Advanced Presentation Products
Ramy Ghattas, Co-founder, Logics Academy
Suthan Sivanesan, Sr. Business Development Manager, Ontario Centres of Excellence
Michael Bator, Executive Director, CCC/ Former Director Dufferin Peel CDSB
Maxim Jean Louis, CEO, Contact North
Ron Sedran, Managing Director, Syndication, Canaccord Capital
Tim Gard, Teacher Librarian Toronto District School Board
Phil Cutler, CEO & Co-Founder, GradeSlam
Dr. Gina Cherkowski, Founder and CEO of STEM Learning Lab

C21 Canada Spotlight
Building Classrooms for the Leaders of Tomorrow by Terry Mirza, Vice President of Sales, Compugen
Outside of the classroom, today’s children live technology enhanced lives. They communicate through messaging apps, learn skills through YouTube, and coordinate much of their social existence through mobile devices. But elementary, and high schools have not kept pace. They are not in a race for the future, but a race just to catch up to the present. While this presents a challenge, there are ways to bridge the gap.

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K-12 Featured News
MindShare Book Review by Timothy Gard
Disruptive classroom Technologies: A Framework for Innovation in Education

Move over, TPAK and SAMR. We now have a more complete, intuitive and cogent view of using technology in the classroom, and it’s immediately usable.

The T3 Framework – translational, transformation, and transcendent – is poised to move us forward into an actual realization of the way technology should be viewed, and used to make an impact in the classroom. Dr. Magana’s framework makes sense, and it gives us a usable system to use technology in innovative ways. We know that in recent studies technology has been shown to have a low to middling effect on learning outcomes. These studies are not surprising. After integrating technology across the curriculum for over two decades, I have seen the rise and fall of frequent attempts to harness the power of technology for teaching and learning. Alas, even today, not much has changed. It has much to do with the misunderstanding of the role that technology has in teaching and learning. What we have needed is a clear framework for understanding the way forward.

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Post-Secondary Featured News
International Featured News
Industry News
Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups
Conference Corner
Mindshare Reflections podcast with my dear friend and colleague, Vicki Bigham

A MindShare Moment with friend and Colleague, Vicki Bigham, EdTech Legend who founded TCEA, and managed the World’s Leading EdTech Strategy Summit for Over 25 Years. Congrats on a Successful Career!

EdNet 2017 in Phoenix last month marked my 20th year of attending this global B2B thought leader conference. What high value are the relationships and community that evolved over attending. Having said that, there is always a connector as I’m often referred to. However, in this case, Vicki Bigham, also known as ‘Snoops4Scoops’ has taught me a thing or two about the craft of networking. I first met Vicki in Toronto at EdNET 1998, when my old boss Kevin O’Leary keynoted.

Over the course of 20 years Vicki has remained one of the most loyal collaborative, caring and positive individuals I’ve met in my career in education. Perhaps we can all pause and take note of what’s important and valued as we connect and do ‘business’ with education. We all need to live and work and pay bills, but there is a bigger purpose that we all strive for, “doing good things for kids and the leaders who support and nurture their growth and success as education and technology leaders.”

Vicki, I thank you for your mentorship and friendship. I’ve learned a ton from you as a mentor and friend. You have inspired me in many ways to do the same. The greatest challenge is the massive void that will present itself next year at EdNET. Fingers crossed! Enjoy your retirement with George to do the things you enjoy most, family and friends. Watch for the icewine coming your way soon! R.M.

P.S. Check out the youngest reporter in EdTech below. Tatum F. is a 10 year-old EdTech Reporter whom I asked to interview, however, she casually told me she was too busy and gave me her card. LoL!

Tantum F. pictured with her Padcaster is quite possibly the youngest EdTech Reporter in North America had no time to talk to MindShare

MindShare Musings

What a fascinating day in the otherwise typically conservative world of EdTech in Ontario with eCampus Ontario announcing the launch of the Open Textbook Library. The claim: Aims to put money back into the pockets of Ontario students. Check out the video that will be sure to go viral! https://youtu.be/vFVNgaSXtpw So, it begs the question, what was the true motivating factor of such a move? Innovation as the driver, or perhaps buying student votes? I welcome your thoughts!

I have a soft spot for my alma mater, York U, given my awesome experience and some of the past unfair negative coverage in the media. So congrats on this HUGE achievement — Forbes ranks Schulich School of Business No. 1 in Canada – YFile.


I look forward to meeting Yung Wu Named New CEO of MaRS Discovery District. We truly value our partnership with MaRsDD and look forward to an awesome upcoming Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit November 6. 

I’m thrilled to announce Dr. Gina Cherkowski, Founder and CEO of STEM Learning Lab will be joining the MindShare Workspace advisory board. Dr. Cherkowski will advise on our ongoing programming for STEM, Coding and maker weekends for students as part of our mission to redefine the future of work and learning.

It was great connecting with Sheldon Levy while at the CMEC C21 Canada150 Summit in PEI this summer. A former colleague at York U, he was shortly thereafter on the move again! NEXT Canada has announced the hiring of Sheldon Levy as their new CEO. I’m thankful for the excellent advice he offered as we embark on our journey in launching our hybrid coworking/innovation MindShare Workspace. “You need to make sure it’s filled before it opens, that was our strategy at the DMZ,” he said. Success really seems to follow Sheldon, hence I listened and we’re aggressively selling space two months in advance of opening. Thanks for the tip! If you’re interested in a tour, please drop me a note.

Former C21 CEO Academy member Dianne Turner appears to really enjoy a challenge and special projects. She was appointed special advisor for the Vancouver Board of Education a follow-up to her acting Superintendent role last year https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017EDUC0099-001576

I was so pleased to learn of friend and colleague Michael Cassidy, M.Ed. landing his new gig as Associate Director, Continuing and Professional Learning OISE. He did amazing work at Sheridan College Mississauga Campus and will no doubt work his magic at OISE. Hope to see you at our Summit!

This is quite the honour for Malgosia Green, chief product officer of Top Hat who made the list for the top Canadian women in Tech. This is especially significant as EdTech doesn’t always get the same exposure as mainstream tech companies.

In late breaking news! I had a fantastic time connecting with James Sisneros who is the founder and CEO of Zaahah courtesy of David Smith, Sr. Trade Commissioner from the Canadian Consulate in Denver. I like to say it all begins with a conversation! And, thanks to the connection Zaahah will be one of our Dragon’s Den pitch panel presenters at the Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit Nov. 6. Good luck!

It’s a wrap to sailing season and Team Shannon led by Dr. Ron Owston,

York U. We finished strong!

On that note, it’s a wrap as I prepare to dash off to Vancouver. Until next time, walk the digital talk! R.M.

Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Transforming Education to Support Our Common Goal

When it comes to digital transformation, there are so many components to consider, especially those at the heart of it – providing an inclusive and quality education. It is this type of education that allows our students to develop the skills they need to support and stimulate future economic growth – it is education’s common goal.

So how do we get started? The ability to provide inclusive and quality education that is both personalized and collaborative is a journey, and it begins with developing educator, leader, and school capacity.

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Career Opportunities
Featured Conferences

ERDI Fall 2017 Mont-Tremblant, Québec | October 11th – 14

IOT, BIG DATA EDUCATION SUMMIT | October 17-18, 2017 at Richmond Hill Country Club, GTA

World Conference of Online Learning | October 16 – 19

Alberta’s Blended and Online Symposium | October 25 – 27

8th Annual Edtech Leadership Summit, Toronto ON | November 6th

https://www.canarie.ca/canarie-national-summit/ November 14-15 Ottawa, Westin Hotel

View More Events Here

MindShare 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
Dr. GuyTetrault, Award Winning Sun West Director & CEO
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
Timothy Gard, B.Ed., OCT, M.A, Chief Learning Strategist
Bradley Grant, B.A Hons., B.Ed., OCT, Digital Learning Specialist
Valerie Rusnov,B.A. Hons., B.Ed., Editor

About The MindShare Learning Report™
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MindShare Learning’s partial client list includes: Adobe, Blackboard Inc., Bosch Dremel, C21 Canada, Cisco Canada, Epson America, Follett, Global Scholar, Intel Canada, Microsoft Canada, Ontario Ministry of Education, Research Machines (RM) PLC UK, SMART Technologies, Steelcase.

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September 18, 2017

Final Day for Early Bird Special! – 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit – Exclusive Network Opportunity

Also from the inbox late last week…

Special Early Bird VIP Single Ticket Discount Code –Exlusive to MSL Report Subscribers!

Use code MLS100 for $100.00 off single Education and Industry Leader Tickets

We’re thrilled to invite you to join us for the 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit! Redefining Schools of the Future is our theme for this year’s summit. As we’re in the middle of a digital revolution, it’s never been a more critical time to engage with education and technology leaders to make sense of how to best design and implement successful strategies for your institution to support students success.

We are honored to announced our keynote presenters; Lord Jim Knight – Former Minsiter of Education, UK Government, Randall Fielding – Founder & Editorial Director, Design Share, Sidneyeve Matrix – Associate Professor and Queen’s University National Scholar

Back by popular demand is our Cross Canada Checkup panel that gives deep insights on the national learning & technology landscape, moderated by Dr. Bill Hogarth.

Registration for the Dragons’ Den Startup Challenge is now open & Nominations for the2nd annual Canadian EdTech Awards – Celebrating Excellence and Innovation in Canadian Education.

Watch for our bigger and better Makerspace Showcase to explore the latest EdTech innovations. Limited Sponsorship Opportunities are still available. Please contactbradley@mindsharelearning.com for all inquiries.

Whether you’re a education leader from post-secondary, K12 or a technology partner, our 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit promises to challenge your innovative spirit and design thinking.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you have further questions about this year’s Summit! Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!

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™

Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn

Master of Ceremonies
Dr. Karen Grose

Vice President, Digital Learning TVO

Karen Grose leads the organization in the development of innovative, evidence-informed content, product and services to improve outcomes and well-being for all ages of learners across the province of Ontario. Karen brings over 27 years of educational experience in the world of teaching and learning to TVO

Keynote Speakers
Lord Jim Knight
Former Minister of Education, UK Government
Jim Knight is Chief Education Adviser at Tes Global. In his previous role at the company he was the Managing Director of Online Learning, where he built an online teacher development platform. He is a member of the House of Lords and a visiting Professor at the London Knowledge Lab of the Institute of Education. As a minister his portfolios included rural affairs, schools, digital and employment.
Randall Fielding
Founder & Editorial Director, DesignShare/ Partner, Fielding Nair International
Randall champions FNI’s mission to transform learning by serving as a thought leader, learning collaborator, and design mentor. His experience extends from early childhood education to the university level and across 47 countries. The common thread throughout his work is the priority of learners, their relationships and needs in school facility design. Learning, not buildings, come first in FNI’s architecture.
Sidneyeve Matrix

Associate Professor,
Queen’s University

Sidneyeve Matrix is an Associate Professor and Queen’s National Scholar. Dr. Matrix teaches Creative EntrepreneurshipInnovation in Practice, and Design Thinking at the graduate, undergraduate, and professional levels for Smith School of Business, Dan School of Drama and Music, and Western University Continuing Education. Dr. Matrix also serves on the Executive for the Dunin Desphande Queen’s Innovation Centre.

Applications are now being accepted for the ‘Dragons’ Den Startup Challenge’ & Nominations for the ‘Canadian EdTech Awards’

EdTech Startup Challenge – Dragons’ Den Style

Rules & Guidelines here

This year we are accepting FIVE startup’s to compete – Each EdTech startup company entered in this contest will be given five minutes to pitch their companies platform/approach/achievements during the 8th EdTech Leadership Summit to a panel of judges, made up of esteemed industry leaders and past winners, in a bid to win top prize.

For more information on entry guidelines and eligibility please go to this link for more information. Please send all applications to bradley@mindsharelearning.com.

This year’s prize for the Top Startup company is FREE booth space at the startup pavilion at FETC 2017!

2nd Annual Canadian EdTech Awards

We are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Canadian Edtech Awards – Celebrating Excellence in Canadian Innovation & Education.

Voting will take place in the following four categories:

  1. K12 Educator of the Year
  2. K12 Administrator of the Year
  3. Post Secondary Professor of the Year
  4. EdTech Partner of the Year

Click here to submit you vote!

September 8, 2017

September MindShare Learning Report – Back to School Special 10th Anniversary Edition – Cross Canada Spotlight on PEI, CMEC, C21 Canada – Dell Product Review, Podcasts!

A Canadian newsletter from earlier in the week.

September 2017 Volume 10, Issue 6
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A MindShare Moment with Dr. Sarah Stoeckl, ISTE, on the New ISTE Standards for Teachers
Sarah Stoeckl is a senior project manager in the ISTE Standards Department. She worked as a writing and literature teacher before becoming an administrator, writer and project wrangler. 

Twitter: @sarah_stoeckl

Dear Thought Leader,

Welcome to our special 10th anniversary Back2School edition of the MindShare Report, Cross Canada spotlight on PEI. Why PEI? I had the amazing honour to participate as host of the C21 Canada 150 Summit in July in PEI in concert with the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) 50th Anniversarysummer meetings. The C21 CEO academy team who presented to the education ministers & leaders from across Canada to demonstrate the use of learning technology did a fantastic job in illuminating the passion and excellence. More details can be found in the C21 blog section. Congratulations to Honourable Minister Doug Currie on being a gracious host to our C21 Canada team!

Issue highlights not to miss!

  1. Dr. Sarah Stoeckl Podcast New standards for teachers to enhance deep learning(ISTE) International Society for Technology in Education

  2. How Canada became an education superpower (BBC)

  3. One on One Podcast with Andreas Schleicher, Director Educator Education & Skills, OECD, on Canada’s Leadership & Innovation

  4. 8th Canadian EdTech Summit Keynote Sneak Peak Podcast with Randall Fielding, World Renowned & Award Winning School design Architect. We’re extending our Early Bird for MindShare Network Members to FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15! USE CODE: MSL100

  5. ‘NEW’ Emerging Leader Blog Series Featuring Brian Aspinall, “5 Characteristics of Back to School Thought Leaders.”

  6. ‘NEW’ EdTech Leader Spotlight Podcast with Steve Brown, CEO, Nelson Education. Going from Fearful to Fearless in Transforming from Print to Digital with their newly launched Edwin Learning Platform.

  7. Getting Social with Jennifer Casa-Todd podcast on her new book SocialLedia, Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership

  8. Embracing the Future of Learning & Work: The soon to Launch MindShare WorkSpace–Innovate. Connect. Grow. Canada’s First Mall Located Coworking Innovation Space.

  9. Product Review featuring Dell’s latest education designed classroom devices with our very own Timothy Gard, Chief Learning Strategist.

  10. MindShare Learning’s Bradley Grant, OCT, Digital Learning Specialist shares Digital Tips for new teachers entering the classroom!

The good news across the Canadian landscape, it’s never been a more exciting time to be in education with the power of tech and potential to engage and I’ll go once step further, “empower” students to take ownership of their learning.

Here’s to a stellar year ahead!

Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!

P.S. We’re extending our Early Bird for MindShare Network Members to FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15! USE CODE: MLS100

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

Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn

Quote of the Month

“Students are asking for it,” she said. “The demand is very high and we’ve seen a real increase in the number of co-ops being offered, which have more than doubled in recent years.” The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations said this week it was happy to see the government provide opportunities to STEM and business students, but hoped the Liberals would expand the program to all academic disciplines.

Featured Author Podcast Spotlight
Getting Social with Jennifer Casa-Todd – MindShare Podcast on her new book SocialLedia,Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership

Jennifer Casa-Todd is wife, mom, a Teacher-Librarian at Cardinal Carter CHS in Aurora, a former Literacy Consultant for the York Catholic District School Board, and the author of the book, Social LEADia.

‘NEW’ Emerging Leader Blog Series
5 Characteristics of Back to School Thought Leaders – by Brian Aspinall

Welcome back, everyone!

I am incredibly excited for the year ahead not only to see a continued focus on math instruction, but more and more integration of coding, makerspace, STEM and STEAM activities.

Regardless of where you are in your professional journey (remember: It is OK to be where you are, it is NOT OK to stay there), I’d bet you are willing to try something new this year.

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8th Canadain EdTech Leadership Summit Spotlight
A MindShare ‘Sneak Peak’ Podcast with Future Canadian EdTech Summit Keynote, Randall Fielding, World Renowned & Award Winning School Design Architect
Randy champions FNI’s mission to transform learning by serving as a thought leader, learning collaborator, and design mentor. His experience extends from early childhood education to the university level and across 47 countries.

C21 Canada Summit 150 Spotlight

The C21 Canada Board members joined the CEO Academy for its 2nd bi-annual face-to-face meeting. The CEO Academy addressed the spread and scale of Global Competencies by focusing its professional learning inquiry on Shifting System drivers. In addition to celebrating Canada’s 150th through Learning and Technology Innovation, the Lead Learner focus was on Community Engagement. “I’m extremely honoured and excited to have been a part of this historical gathering of the foremost innovative leaders in education across Canada. We created an opportunity to make history in helping shape the future of education,” says Robert Martellacci, Co-founder & President, C21 Canada.

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Technology in elementary-secondary education

Ensuring that students are equipped for the digital world means more than access to the latest high-tech devices. Increasingly, school systems are being called upon to find ways to integrate technology more effectively to support 21st-century pedagogies and help students develop the skills they need to succeed in tomorrow’s world.

In this first pan-Canadian ministerial discussion of technology and innovation in our education systems, ministers looked at the current state of digital skills among students, drawing from pan-Canadian and international data.

They also engaged with a stakeholder panel led by the C21 CEO Academy, a pan-Canadian network of school-system superintendents, and considered next steps in CMEC’s work on technology in education.

It was agreed that a CMEC working group would be established to consider learning opportunities needed to ensure Canadian students are able to fully participate in social and economic life as global citizens.

(source: CMEC news release 20.07.17)

Featured Video: C21 Canada Prepared in Collaboration with the C21 CEO Academy Presented at the Pan-Canadian Leadership in Education at their 106th Meeting in Charlottetown


David Roberts, Past President, Interviewed on embracing modern technology, CBC news
C21 Canada Summit 150 Final Day Breakout Session in the Historical Montgomery House dating back to Pre-Confederation
C21 CEO Academy Collaborates at histroical Montgomery House, PEI
Dr. Bonnie Schmitt & the Honorable Doug Currie, Receive Prestigious C21 Canada Shifting Minds Award for 2017
(L-R) Robert Martellacci, President, C21 Canada, Dr, Bonnie Schmitt, President & Founder, Let`s Talk Science,Honorable Doug Currie, Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture, Patricia Gartland, Superintendent of Schools, School District 43, Karen Yamada, Vice President, C21 Canada
Featured Back to School Product Reviews

Dell’s Newest Entries Into the Educational Computing Market

by Timothy Gard, Chief Learning Strategist

The following is a review of two of Dell’s newest entries into the educational computing market. They are two hybrid computers – an 11” Chromebook and an 11” Windows 10 computer. Both are worthy entries into the competitive world of educational technology.

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Bradley Grant, OCT, Digital Learning Specialist shares Digital Tips for new teachers entering the classroom

September is an especially exciting time of year in Education. It’s the beginning of a new school year & new opportunities; for students, educators and parents. It’s the opportunity for many educators to put the new strategies they learned over the Summer into practice. The opportunity to reflect on your practise from last year.

Maybe it’s the opportunity to start that education blog you’ve been putting off. But, for some it’s the opportunity to get their fresh young foot in their local school board’s door. And I’m here to give you some tips to make sure it’s successful .

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K-12 Featured News
Post Secondary Featured News
International Featured News
Exclusive podcast with Andreas Schleicher, Director Education and Skills, OECD on Canada’s Global Leadership & Need to Innovate

Raising Canada’s Leadership in Education on the Global Stage at the C21Canada150 Summit, PEI

BIO: As a key member of the OECD Senior Management team, Mr. Schleicher supports the Secretary-General’s strategy to produce analysis and policy advice that advances economic growth and social progress.

Industry News
‘NEW’ EdTech Leader Spotlight Podcast with Steve Brown, CEO, Nelson Education on the Launch of their New Learning Platform, Edwin
Moving from a fearful to fearless digital learning publisher

Steve Brown is an accomplished leader with a proven track record in Canada and Internationally. Over the past seven years he served as the CEO of one of the world’s largest providers of pre-recorded multi- media products, both digital and physical, and related logistics services. Steve joined Nelson in September 2016 and at that time also joined the Nelson Education Ltd. Board of Directors.

Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups
MindShare Musings

10 Years of the MindShare Report Back2School issue! When I reflect back…mobile devices were just coming on the scene, the iPad did not exist and I was one of the early adopters of this new app called twitter in 2007! Fast forward to 2017, It’s never been a more exciting time to be in education with the emergence of coding, STEM, Robotics and personalized learning and a vast array of mobile and education designed devices! And most importantly, their acceptance into the classroom.

As evidenced with my featured ISTE podcast and chat with Jennifer Casa-Todd and her new book, SocialLeadia, teachers are adapting, however, learning environments are slower to change and very costly to transform. So what do you do if your school, or classroom isn’t a 21st Century School? 5 Tips!

  1. Beg borrow & steal tech furniture within the school. It’s a known fact that much of the tech in school stays idle.

  2. Engage your principal, CIO, or Superintendent. You need an advocate from within to support your modern classroom, or school!

  3. Engage the parent community through the school council. One school district study found that 50% of funding for tech came from parent councils

  4. Forge strategic partnership with tech partners and corporations whose mandate is to support schools. We’ve done many FREE pilots infusing thousands of dollars of tech in schools

  5. Share your journey through blogging and social media

Ed Leader on the Move

TCDSB NEW Director, Rory McGuckin

Rory McGuckin has been a key member of the senior administrative team since 2010, most recently serving as Associate Director of Academic Affairs. A highly respected educator, he has worked in various capacities within the MSSB/TCDSB for 33 years. Prior to his appointment as Associate Director, Mr. McGuckin served as Superintendent of Human Resources and Labour Relations, and held other crucial leadership portfolios supporting the Board’s work as head of the Safe Schools Department, overseeing governance and policy development, and direct responsibilities for Parent Engagement and Community Relations.

The CEA goes through a re-branding excercise. Now 
https://www.edcan.ca/ The new branding is growing on me with a positive spin on “Can.”

Celebrating with the York Yeomen Canadian University Hockey Championship Team 30 Years Later. The friendships and Winning Attitude Never Dies

It was a tremendous honour and pleasure to be invited to the York U Yeomen hockey Canadian Champion 30 anniversary golf outing recently as the former sport information director.

While the golf was enjoyable, it was more about catching up with guys I hadn’t seen since the year of the championship. A few key takeaways from this legendary team. A positive winning attitude is infectious and will serve you well beyond the sporting arena into life. The focus of academic and athletic excellence which I recall distilling as part of our mission in varsity athletics in my SID role paid its dividends with these athletes and inspired me to achieve more in life. These, then boys, grew to be quality character individuals who when on to hold leadership positions in their communities and careers and remain for the most part healthy and active.

From a career perspective, there are lawyers, a principal, teachers, former NHL Head scout (Stanley Cup ring included), insurance and finance and tech entrepreneurs. Coach Graham Wise had an eye for talent and truly nurtured his players passion for the game of hockey as well as life! You, we have a tremendous opportunity to instill some of these same qualities in students on a daily basis. Whether you’re a teacher, EdTech partner, administrator, or coach, we all have a moral responsibility to raise the bar and bring out the best in our students and athletes too!

Before I put a wrap to my blog. I want to give a shout out to Stephen Hurley, the founder ofVoicEdRadio.ca for taking me up on my suggestion to host a weekly show and born was, “This Week in EdTech!” Stephen challenges my thinking every week and loves to play some vintage music from the 70s which is also very enjoyable! Be sure to tune in every Tuesday morning at 9am est as we explore the intersection of technology & learning!

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

Career Opportunities

Machine Learning Developer
Intel Corporation Company LocationToronto, CA

Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning
University of Calgary

Chief Information Officer
British Columbia Institute of Technology, Vancouver, BC

Assistant Director, Instructional Media Services
Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

Artificial Intelligence (AI), Research Analyst
The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Toronto, ON

Please email us at info@mindsharelearning.com to post your career oppportunities

Featured Conferences

EdNet Scottsdale, Arizona | September 17 – 19th

ERDI Fall 2017 Mont-Tremblant, Québec | October 11th – 14

IOT, BIG DATA EDUCATION SUMMIT | October 17-18, 2017 at Richmond Hill Country Club, GTA

Alberta’s Blended and Online Symposium | October 25 – 27

8th Annual Edtech Leadership Summit, Toronto ON | November 6th

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MindShare 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
Dr. GuyTetrault, Award Winning Sun West Director & CEO
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
Timothy Gard, B.Ed., OCT, M.A, Chief Learning Strategist
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 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.

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:
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Annual subscriptions to the MindShare Learning Report can be purchased at $99 CDN

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MindShare Learning is Canada’s leading EdTech strategy, news and events media company. We counsel education and technology leaders in understanding the emerging needs of learners to succeed in the 21st Century global knowledge-based digital economy.

MindShare Learning’s partial client list includes: Adobe, Blackboard Inc., Bosch Dremel, C21 Canada, Cisco Canada, Epson America, Follett, Global Scholar, Intel Canada, Microsoft Canada, Ontario Ministry of Education, Research Machines (RM) PLC UK, SMART Technologies, Steelcase.

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MindShare Learning Report — July Top 10 News Stories in Canadian EdTech ISTE2017 — 8th Canadian EdTech Summit Early Bird Ends Aug 31st

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Dear Thought Leader,

I’m pleased to share our Top 10 news stories from our recent Summer ISTE2017Special Edition.

As the EdTech space continues to evolve and mature, I’m reminded from our time at ISTE17 and the recent CMEC50 and C21 Canada Summit150 event in PEI, that we are in the people business, NOT the technology business.

The conversations were rich and our learning communities continue to grow and evolve our expertise and practice as education and technology leaders. I look forward to sharing more insights in my blog that I’m writing in celebration of our C21 Canada and the CEO Academy successful and memorable meetings in PEI.

I’m thrilled to announce our featured presenters at our 8 th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit—‘Designing Next Generation Schools for Today’s Student.’

Please note that our special early bird registration ends Thursday, August 31!

Be sure to checkout our Summer Top 10 news stories below inspired by you, our valued readership!

As always, I welcome your comments, news and blogs!

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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1. Exclusive MindShare Podcast with ISTE Closing Keynote Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code

Closing the Gender Gap in STEM Related Fields

Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code.

She began her career as an attorney and activist. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S.. Congress. During the race, Reshma visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code. Reshma has also served as Deputy Public Advocate for New York City and ran a spirited campaign for Public Advocate in 2013.

2. ISTE releases new Standards for Educators to maximize learning for all students using technology. 
Technology in classrooms across the country looks very different than it did almost a decade ago when ISTE last released standards aimed at teachers.

Today the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) released an updated version of the ISTE Standards for Educators, which supports educators by providing a framework for learning, teaching and leading that is amplified by technology.

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3. 21st Century Learning Environmentsby Timothy Gard, Chief Learning Strategist
In a foundation document for discussion produced by the Ministry of Education in Ontario, entitled Towards Defining 21st Century Competencies for Ontario (Phase 1) one of the key areas identified for some innovative thinking and action to move forward the 21st-century competencies framework are physical spaces. If you’ve tuned into this space in the past, I’ve already written several pieces about the importance of transforming physical spaces that are more conducive to the kind of teaching and learning that supports modified or renewed physical space.

We’ve referred to the learning commons model, with further areas delineated as makerspaces. As the document states, “Research supports the notion that where we learn affects the quality of how we learn.” In effect, we need to produce 21st-century learning environments to meet the needs of 21st-century learners.

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4. The Canadian government’s CanCode program will invest $50 million over two years to develop Coding in K12 Students
The CanCode program will invest $50 million over two years, starting in 2017-18, to support initiatives providing educational opportunities for coding and digital skills development to Canadian youth from kindergarten to grade 12 (K-12).

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5. The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner
Set yourself up for success this summer!

It’s finally that time of year! School is out for the summer! It’s an exciting time for all, and a chance for a much-needed and deserved break. It’s a time to relax, slow the pace, and spend valuable time with friends and family.

But we know the work doesn’t stop, and here at Microsoft Canada we’ve been gearing up to provide you with the resources you need to sharpen your skills over the summer months, so come the end of summer, you can start the new year off with your best foot forward.

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6. Global education survey: Canadian students most likely to fund their own post-secondary

While the majority of parents in Canadacontribute towards their child’s post-secondary education (76% vs. global average of 87%), students in Canada are the most likely across all markets surveyed to also help fund their own educational goals (42% vs. global average: 15%).

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7. Exclusive MindShare Podcast at ISTE17, San Antonio with Sophie Chen, Partner JMDedu
An International Perspective on EdTech

Sophie Chen
 is a partner at JMDedu where she is responsible for international partnerships, discovering promising edtech start-ups worldwide, collaborating with global edtech hubs, and introducing education resources into Chinese market. JMDedu is a leading ed-tech media and community in China, focusing on the latest innovations and trends in the education industry and running the community that supports investors and companies of all sizes across China.

8. Assembly of First Nations Launches Digital Resource for Teachers’ It’s Our Time First Nations Education Toolkit on iTunes U

The Assembly of First Nations’ digital education resource It’s Our Time First Nations Education Toolkit is now on iTunes U. The free, downloadable package for iPad is a resource for teachers, providing culturally relevant, accessible, hands-on educational tools on First Nation culture and history.

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9. NELSON Acquires Technology Assets of Edusight, Continuing to Transform Education in Canada

Today NELSON, Canada’s leading educational publisher, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the technology assets of Edusight, an innovative digital portfolio developed to empower students and educators to take charge of their own educational journey.

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10. GradeSlam Celebrates Canada’s 150th Birthday Launching their Personalized Learning in Both Offical Languges

GradeSlam, the educational software company known for powering personalized learning through their online one-to-one tutoring platform, is now officially offering all of their subjects in both English and French, 24/7.

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About us
The MindShare Learning Report team is made up of the following individuals:
Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Chief Digital Curator
Tim Gard, B.Ed., OCT, M.A, Chief Digital Strategist
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.

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

MindShare Learning is Canada’s leading EdTech strategy, news and events media company. We counsel education and technology leaders in understanding the emerging needs of learners to succeed in the 21st Century global knowledge-based digital economy.

MindShare Learning’s partial client list includes: Adobe, Blackboard Inc., Bosch Dremel, C21 Canada, Cisco Canada, Epson America, Follett, Global Scholar, Intel Canada, Microsoft Canada, Ontario Ministry of Education, Research Machines (RM) PLC UK, SMART Technologies, Steelcase.

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