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January 15, 2019

Special Edition Top 10 Canadian EdTech Trends for 2019 by MindShare Learning Technology

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January 11, 2019

Dear Thought Leader,

Happy New Year and Happy Friday! I love this time of year as it represents a clean slate, new beginings and opportunities for success for 2019!

This marks our 11th Special Edition Top 10 Canadian EdTech Trends Report as I gaze into my crystal ball for 2019!

There is major shift happening where technology has become so pervasive in education, that it’s really not about the technology and more about the learning. It’s about people and making deeper connections. Learning happens best through human connections. To that end, it’s no surprise that blended learning has gained far more traction than pure online learning. The good news is that the role of the teacher as a facilitator is so vitally important and not replaceable in my estimation.

Character and digital citizenship will become more pervasive as part of the learning process for students to make sense of complex digital world.

I hope you enjoy this edition of our Top 10 trends and predictions for 2019! As always, we welcome your feedback. All the best for 2019!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

Best,

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn
1. Flexible Learning Environments and Makerspaces Are Coming of Age in 2019
Research shows that students learn best when their learning environments are inspiring, colourful, encompassing functional furniture, and flexible learning spaces. This in combination with makerspaces will see more schools invest in creating optimal conditions for student success in combination with EdTech tools.
2. AI (Artificial Intelligence) Will Gain Greater Momentum Providing Greater Teacher-Student Personalization and Efficiencies for Teachers
The streamlining of repetitive processes and data analytics that lends itself to greater efficiencies and personalized learning and gives teachers more time back in their day is here today. There are a number of solutions that can help achieve deeper learning and skills.

For greater insight, here’s an article fromMckinsey & Company to learn more.

3. Augmenting Digital Skills with STEM Will Gain More ST(E)AM in 2019; Thanks in Part to Federal Government CANCODE Funding!
We are predicting the $50 million infusion of  federal government funding for K12 STEM and Coding initiatives across schools this past year will continue into 2019. The CanCode program has had very good success in scaling STEM and Coding initiatives across Canada. This is one of the success stories for the Liberals and a BIG boost to their re-election efforts! Checkout the FREE CanCode resources and partners.
4. Home Grown Learning Platforms to Watch 2019
Traditionally, Canadians are known to be humble and low key. However, we should be proud of some of the “made in Canada” EdTech learning platform innovations, such as EdWinEdsby and D2L. Each offers best in class solutions to support student learning depending your school or district needs.
5. It’s about Igniting the Joy of Learning and NOT Just Student Engagement.

You can have the best EdTech tools in the world but it comes down to understanding your students and entertaining them beyond the cliche of student engagement. Students learn best when they’re in a positive frame of mind, having fun and feel their teacher truly cares about them.

A good read I recommend, Embracing the Culture of Joy by Dean Shareski, who is a friend and a well known Canadian educator who inspires teachers and students globally. Dean is super active on Twitter and is sometimes quite hilarious with his tweets. You can follow Dan @shareski

6. A Greater Focus of Global Competencies, Such as Character and Digital Citizenship are Becoming Vitally Important to Make Sense of the Complex World Students Face Today
Fake News. is a term that really gained traction over the last couple of years. Teaching students to be globally aware digital citizens, instilling resiliancy has become essential in today’s world given the pressures they face. We are well aware of the dark side of the web and the negative influences and the pressures that social media can bring.

A recommended read,  SociaLEADia by teacher librarian, Jennifer-Casa Todd, which elegantly tells the story about her daughters and how she came to understand the challenges of managing the complexities of students interfacing with tech for good.

7. It’s about Learning! EdTech finally makes it to mainstream acceptance in education

I’ve been immersed in EdTech for 20 plus years. It’s been said that it took SMART Technologies 20 years to be an overnight success in their heyday. The reality is that it also takes a generation or two, for educators and schools to catchup to the multitude of tech they face on a daily basis. In 2019 we no longer need to talk about tech as it’s become transparent where we use the right tool at the right time.

Checkout the FREE Spiral Playbook to nurture inquiry based learning courtesy of C21 Canada.

8. The Robots Are Coming!
On my recent trip to the China Education Innovation conference I had the opportunity to walk the show floor following my keynote. I was amazed to see the amount of robotics and the level of sophistication. Case in point, checkout the pic of the robot that is quite sizable and highly programmable. Stay tuned for more sophisticated robots to come make their way into Canadian schools!
9. EdTech Tools and Programs that Address Student Empathy and Well-being Will Gain More Importance to The Learning Process in 2019
Two notable Canadian solutions that come to mind are 21Toys, who won our first ever startup challenge and PeekaPak. Both award-winning made in Canada solutions!
10. Deeper Learning Achieved Through Collaborative Hands-On Student Projects Achieving More Balanced Screen time
Extensive research is now available through organizations such as the Alberta  Association of Optometrists offering teachers and parents strategies to achieve a more balanced use of computers and mobile devices for deeper learning.

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December 20, 2018

MindShare Learning Report >> Top 10 Canadian EdTech News Stories Of The Week >> December 14

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December 14,2018

Dear Thought Leader,

Happy Friday! I trust you had a terrific and productive week as we near in on the holiday season with the many school concerts and celebrations.

I hope you enjoy this week’s Top 10 that kicks off with an interesting auditor general’s report on the lack of tech in schools.

In honour of Computer Education Week and Hour of Code this past week, I’m pleased to feature a reflection podcast with two of Canada’s most notable EdTech leaders, friend and colleague, Peter Skillen and Michael Furdyk, Co-founder of TakingITGlobal, who were successful on the CanCode Project now offering a FREE program to schools, “Code to Learn,” which Peter currently leads.

What a difference a year makes! My passion project  MindShare WorkSpace celebrated its  1st anniversary last weekend! While there were many highlights, the lunch & learn discussion on the Future of Work, Learning & Living Well, could have gone on all afternoon. The conversation was rich, insightful and inspiring! Be sure to also checkout the link to the recorded stream of world class violinist, Isaac Eng, an OISE Masters student, who entertained us with some upbeat festive and modern violin music. Sure to put you in the mood for the holiday season!

As part of our 1st year celebration of the MindShare Workspace, we’re inviting newish EdTech Startups to join us for a FREE month in January!

With that, I thank you for all that you do for your students as an educator and EdTech innovator. Keep us in the loop when you have events or exciting news to share!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

Best,

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn

“Quote of the Week”
“Featured Podcast of the Week”
This Week in Canadian EdTech
Robert Martellacci, Founder & Chief Digital Publisher and Stephen Hurley discuss about MindShare Learning Report, EdTech and more!
1. Ontario suffers wide disparities in school’s IT resources: Auditor General
IT World Canada- December 6, 2018

Ontario’s Ministry of Education is failing to provide students with consistent access to computers and lacks proper security training and practices to protect the personal information of students, according to the Auditor General of Ontario.

Auditor General Bonnie Lysk released her annual report on Dec. 5, including a full section on the topic of IT systems and technology in the classroom.

2. The promise of the ‘learn to code’ movement
National Post- December 4, 2018

This week, educators, students and the public around the world are participating in Computer Science Education Week by organizing and leading one-hour coding tutorials.

By the start of the week, more than 2,700 Canadian coding events had been registered with Code.org, a not-for-profit organization in the United States that promotes the week.

This annual event incorporates the spirit of the “learn to code” movement; it aims to attract interest and engage students from primary grades to senior secondary levels in developing coding skills.

 

3. Students get crash course in coding
The Herald- Decmber 11, 2018

HERMITAGE — Patrick Bower clicked and dragged symbols across the screen of his Chromebook.

As the 8-year-old Artman Elementary School student worked on the right side of the screen, a character on the left followed his directions. Some of Bower’s other efforts removed an obstacle blocking the character’s progress.

“I like doing this,” Patrick said of the computer program. “It’s kind of hard and it’s kind of easy at the same time.”

4. Cannvas announces partnership with Pancreatic Cancer Canada
Regina Leader-Post- December 6, 2018

Cannvas MedTech Inc., a leading business technology company in the cannabis space, recently announced that it is partnering with Pancreatic Cancer Canada to provide free educational content to patients and caregivers across the country curious to learn whether cannabis can be a beneficial part of their treatment.

“Access to physician-backed education around cannabis is crucial for everyone, particularly for patients and caregivers struggling with a disease as frightening as pancreatic cancer,” says Shawn Moniz, Chief Executive Officer of Cannvas MedTech Inc.

5. Bonding over bots: Hackergal teaches Canadian girls about coding
The Globe and Mail- December 10, 2018

Maryam Savory traces a finger across her tablet, sending a glowing, robotic ball scrambling between metal chair legs and across the classroom floor. Around her, about 20 other girls do the same, controlling the spheres’ speed, lights and path with a few swipes on a screen, bursting into giggles when their robots collide.

It’s a professional development day for teachers in British Columbia and the girls, ages 11 to 14, have chosen to spend their day off participating in a coding and app-development workshop being held at a high school in Richmond, B.C.

6. NELSON and Marshall Cavendish Education partner to bring new math program to Canadian classrooms
CISION – December 11, 2018

TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – NELSON, Canada’s leading educational publisher, announced this morning that it will be partnering with Marshall Cavendish Education (MCE) to develop a new Canadian math program, My Math Path.

My Math Path will integrate MCE’s world-renowned Singapore Math® pedagogy, which emphasizes teaching students to think critically and persevere when solving problems with applications to real-life situations. “Building math content mastery is foundational to each student’s learning journey,” said Steve Brown, NELSON President and CEO, “as strengthening these computational skills in their formative years will prepare them for continued success in post-secondary education and broaden future career pathways.”

7. Saddleback Valley Christian School Revolutionizes the Education Landscape in California with the Introduction of GradeSlam Learning Tool
Gradeslam – November 27, 2018

San Juan Capistrano, CA – November 27, 2018 – Saddleback Valley Christian School has become the latest institution to enhance their pedagogical tools with the introduction of GradeSlam, an award-winning personalized online learning hub allows students access to a private tutoring 24/7.

GradeSlam focuses on ensuring every student receives an equitable and personalized educational experience. Using a Socratic based learning method, GradeSlam helps guide students through their problem, rather than giving an answer right away. This approach promotes a philosophy of critical thinking, problem-solving, goal setting, and digital literacy – a skill set that cultivates the confidence needed for all students to succeed academically.

The program includes a chat room equipped with a digital whiteboard and file sharing option, an essay review section, a group messaging option for teamwork, and personalized office hours for teachers to communicate with the students after school hours. Combined, all these features will allow students to access the help they need at any time, removing any barriers to their scholastic success. Starting this year, the students at SVCS will benefit from the additional support of GradeSlam to help ensure they are best prepared for post-graduation endeavours whether it is the workplace or Higher Education.

8. Technology / Employment/ Student Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence/
ICTC- December 11, 2018

Today, the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is delighted to announce the addition of 125 Work Integrated Learning placements especially for Cybersecurity jobs (64) and Artificial Intelligence jobs (61) this year.

Forecasting the growth of cybersecurity-related occupations in Canada, ICTC estimates that by 2023, Canada will see a demand for approximately 40,000- 53,000 cybersecurity practitioners (such as certified information systems security professionals, security architects, security engineers, security specialists, etc.), and in total there will be over 100,000 cybersecurity-related jobs created (including occupations like ethical hacker, virus technician, vulnerability assessor, etc.) across a variety of industries.

9. Student showcase shines spotlight on innovative curriculum-based City Idea Lab
University of Ontario-  December 7, 2018

OSHAWA – TeachingCity partners the City of Oshawa, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Durham College (DC) and Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area celebrated today the inaugural City Idea Lab student showcase and the generous gift of $322,000 from RBC Foundation as part of the RBC Future Launch program.

Introduced in September, City Idea Lab is an innovative curriculum-based program that draws on the knowledge and creativity of college and university students who work directly with faculty and City staff to co-design solutions through active community research and involvement. Each course focuses on a particular City-identified problem statement embedded in the teaching of the academic curriculum.

10.NASA’s InSight lander just took its first selfie on Mars — take a look
Business Insider – December 11, 2018

NASA’s InSight lander has taken its first selfie on Mars.

The selfie, released on Tuesday and shown above, is made up of 11 images that were stitched together. The resulting photo shows InSight’s solar panels and deck, along with the scientific instruments on top of the deck and the lander’s weather sensor.

InSight landed on Mars on November 26 after a nearly seven-month journey from Earth. Since then, scientists have gotten their first look at InSight’s “workspace”: a 14-by-7-foot area in front of the lander. The image scientists have of that workspace is also a mosaic, created out of 52 separate images.

MindShare WorkSpace 1st

Anniversary Highlights!

Special thanks to members of First Robotics Team 1325 for leading an inspiring kids camp

Stephen Hurley of VoicEdRadio shares his learning perspective on the future of work and learning as panel members and MindShare’s Robert Martellacci looks on as moderator

Coworking and Colearning is about people. It was great to have a number of our members and our team on hand this past weekend to celebrate our 1st anniversary of the MindShare Workspace.

Make MindShare Part of your Marketing Mix

For more information contact us at info@mindsharelearning.com

mindsharelearning.ca 

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December 15, 2018

MindShare Learning Report >> Top 10 Canadian EdTech News Stories of the Week >> December 14

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December 14,2018

Dear Thought Leader,

Happy Friday! I trust you had a terrific and productive week as we near in on the holiday season with the many school concerts and celebrations.

I hope you enjoy this week’s Top 10 that kicks off with an interesting auditor general’s report on the lack of tech in schools.

In honour of Computer Education Week and Hour of Code this past week, I’m pleased to feature a reflection podcast with two of Canada’s most notable EdTech leaders, friend and colleague, Peter Skillen and Michael Furdyk, Co-founder of TakingITGlobal, who were successful on the CanCode Project now offering a FREE program to schools, “Code to Learn,” which Peter currently leads.

What a difference a year makes! My passion project  MindShare WorkSpace celebrated its  1st anniversary last weekend! While there were many highlights, the lunch & learn discussion on the Future of Work, Learning & Living Well, could have gone on all afternoon. The conversation was rich, insightful and inspiring! Be sure to also checkout the link to the recorded stream of world class violinist, Isaac Eng, an OISE Masters student, who entertained us with some upbeat festive and modern violin music. Sure to put you in the mood for the holiday season!

As part of our 1st year celebration of the MindShare Workspace, we’re inviting newish EdTech Startups to join us for a FREE month in January!

With that, I thank you for all that you do for your students as an educator and EdTech innovator. Keep us in the loop when you have events or exciting news to share!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

Best,

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn
“Quote of the Week”
“Featured Podcast of the Week”
This Week in Canadian EdTech
Robert Martellacci, Founder & Chief Digital Publisher and Stephen Hurley discuss about MindShare Learning Report, EdTech and more!
1. Ontario suffers wide disparities in school’s IT resources: Auditor General
IT World Canada- December 6, 2018

Ontario’s Ministry of Education is failing to provide students with consistent access to computers and lacks proper security training and practices to protect the personal information of students, according to the Auditor General of Ontario.

Auditor General Bonnie Lysk released her annual report on Dec. 5, including a full section on the topic of IT systems and technology in the classroom.

2. The promise of the ‘learn to code’ movement
National Post- December 4, 2018

This week, educators, students and the public around the world are participating in Computer Science Education Week by organizing and leading one-hour coding tutorials.

By the start of the week, more than 2,700 Canadian coding events had been registered with Code.org, a not-for-profit organization in the United States that promotes the week.

This annual event incorporates the spirit of the “learn to code” movement; it aims to attract interest and engage students from primary grades to senior secondary levels in developing coding skills.

 

3. Students get crash course in coding
The Herald- Decmber 11, 2018

HERMITAGE — Patrick Bower clicked and dragged symbols across the screen of his Chromebook.

As the 8-year-old Artman Elementary School student worked on the right side of the screen, a character on the left followed his directions. Some of Bower’s other efforts removed an obstacle blocking the character’s progress.

“I like doing this,” Patrick said of the computer program. “It’s kind of hard and it’s kind of easy at the same time.”

4. Cannvas announces partnership with Pancreatic Cancer Canada
Regina Leader-Post- December 6, 2018

Cannvas MedTech Inc., a leading business technology company in the cannabis space, recently announced that it is partnering with Pancreatic Cancer Canada to provide free educational content to patients and caregivers across the country curious to learn whether cannabis can be a beneficial part of their treatment.

“Access to physician-backed education around cannabis is crucial for everyone, particularly for patients and caregivers struggling with a disease as frightening as pancreatic cancer,” says Shawn Moniz, Chief Executive Officer of Cannvas MedTech Inc.

5. Bonding over bots: Hackergal teaches Canadian girls about coding
The Globe and Mail- December 10, 2018

Maryam Savory traces a finger across her tablet, sending a glowing, robotic ball scrambling between metal chair legs and across the classroom floor. Around her, about 20 other girls do the same, controlling the spheres’ speed, lights and path with a few swipes on a screen, bursting into giggles when their robots collide.

It’s a professional development day for teachers in British Columbia and the girls, ages 11 to 14, have chosen to spend their day off participating in a coding and app-development workshop being held at a high school in Richmond, B.C.

6. NELSON and Marshall Cavendish Education partner to bring new math program to Canadian classrooms
CISION – December 11, 2018

TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – NELSON, Canada’s leading educational publisher, announced this morning that it will be partnering with Marshall Cavendish Education (MCE) to develop a new Canadian math program, My Math Path.

My Math Path will integrate MCE’s world-renowned Singapore Math® pedagogy, which emphasizes teaching students to think critically and persevere when solving problems with applications to real-life situations. “Building math content mastery is foundational to each student’s learning journey,” said Steve Brown, NELSON President and CEO, “as strengthening these computational skills in their formative years will prepare them for continued success in post-secondary education and broaden future career pathways.”

7. Saddleback Valley Christian School Revolutionizes the Education Landscape in California with the Introduction of GradeSlam Learning Tool
Gradeslam – November 27, 2018

San Juan Capistrano, CA – November 27, 2018 – Saddleback Valley Christian School has become the latest institution to enhance their pedagogical tools with the introduction of GradeSlam, an award-winning personalized online learning hub allows students access to a private tutoring 24/7.

GradeSlam focuses on ensuring every student receives an equitable and personalized educational experience. Using a Socratic based learning method, GradeSlam helps guide students through their problem, rather than giving an answer right away. This approach promotes a philosophy of critical thinking, problem-solving, goal setting, and digital literacy – a skill set that cultivates the confidence needed for all students to succeed academically.

The program includes a chat room equipped with a digital whiteboard and file sharing option, an essay review section, a group messaging option for teamwork, and personalized office hours for teachers to communicate with the students after school hours. Combined, all these features will allow students to access the help they need at any time, removing any barriers to their scholastic success. Starting this year, the students at SVCS will benefit from the additional support of GradeSlam to help ensure they are best prepared for post-graduation endeavours whether it is the workplace or Higher Education.

8. Technology / Employment/ Student Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence/
ICTC- December 11, 2018

Today, the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is delighted to announce the addition of 125 Work Integrated Learning placements especially for Cybersecurity jobs (64) and Artificial Intelligence jobs (61) this year.

Forecasting the growth of cybersecurity-related occupations in Canada, ICTC estimates that by 2023, Canada will see a demand for approximately 40,000- 53,000 cybersecurity practitioners (such as certified information systems security professionals, security architects, security engineers, security specialists, etc.), and in total there will be over 100,000 cybersecurity-related jobs created (including occupations like ethical hacker, virus technician, vulnerability assessor, etc.) across a variety of industries.

9. Student showcase shines spotlight on innovative curriculum-based City Idea Lab
University of Ontario-  December 7, 2018

OSHAWA – TeachingCity partners the City of Oshawa, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Durham College (DC) and Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area celebrated today the inaugural City Idea Lab student showcase and the generous gift of $322,000 from RBC Foundation as part of the RBC Future Launch program.

Introduced in September, City Idea Lab is an innovative curriculum-based program that draws on the knowledge and creativity of college and university students who work directly with faculty and City staff to co-design solutions through active community research and involvement. Each course focuses on a particular City-identified problem statement embedded in the teaching of the academic curriculum.

10.NASA’s InSight lander just took its first selfie on Mars — take a look
Business Insider – December 11, 2018

NASA’s InSight lander has taken its first selfie on Mars.

The selfie, released on Tuesday and shown above, is made up of 11 images that were stitched together. The resulting photo shows InSight’s solar panels and deck, along with the scientific instruments on top of the deck and the lander’s weather sensor.

InSight landed on Mars on November 26 after a nearly seven-month journey from Earth. Since then, scientists have gotten their first look at InSight’s “workspace”: a 14-by-7-foot area in front of the lander. The image scientists have of that workspace is also a mosaic, created out of 52 separate images.

MindShare WorkSpace 1st

Anniversary Highlights!

Special thanks to members of First Robotics Team 1325 for leading an inspiring kids camp

Stephen Hurley of VoicEdRadio shares his learning perspective on the future of work and learning as panel members and MindShare’s Robert Martellacci looks on as moderator

Coworking and Colearning is about people. It was great to have a number of our members and our team on hand this past weekend to celebrate our 1st anniversary of the MindShare Workspace.

Make MindShare Part of your Marketing Mix

For more information contact us at info@mindsharelearning.com

mindsharelearning.ca 

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December 13, 2018

Special December Edition, MindShare Learning Report >> Canada’s Learning & Technology eMag >> Volume 11 Issue 9

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December 2018, Volume 11 Issue 9

Dear Thought Leader,

I’m pleased to share our December MindShare Report-Canada’s Learning & Technology eMagazine as we wrap up Computer Science Education Week #CSEdWeek.

Be sure to checkout STEM guru, Brian Aspinall’s podcast; he is in my estimation one of Canada’s most engaging educators “MakingITHappen” across Canada and beyond.

It was fitting and inspiring to see Canadian Space Agency astronaut  David Saint-Jacques blast off earlier this week to the International Space Station on his first mission.
As we witnessed the launch, I reflected back to what sparked my passion for science and adventure. One of my memories is of the first lunar landing, and how it captured our imagination. How we creatively engage students and make STEM real-world is the ‘secret-sauce’ in my estimation. Be sure to check out our many highlights, including Hour of Code.  Here’s a little trivia for you: there were over 200,000 hours of code events this past week in Canada.

As I reflect on keynoting at the 4th China Education Innovation Expo recently (blog post included in this report), I came back with a greater appreciation of the ‘NEW’ China. While I shared insights on our learning journey in Canada and our shift to global competencies, we need to embed ourselves in the global village as a learning community. Be sure to also check out the blog of Canadian educator, Sandra Chow, a member of the MindShare Report advisory board, who is currently teaching in China.

For those of you who are local in the GTA, I hope you can join us on Saturday, December 8th  for our special First Anniversary day-long Celebration of the MindShare WorkSpace.  Come and enjoy FREE yoga, kids robotics workshop, Future of Work & Learning Lunch & Learn, and much more!

Thank you for your continued support and for sharing your excellent news and events with us! As always, we appreciate hearing from you!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S.  Watch for the launch of our 11th Classroom of the Future Challenge January 2019!

Best,

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn

 

 

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大家好! Greetings from Beijing! It has now been over 4 months since my family decided to take this ED-venture overseas in this vast country called China. I’ve been to Beijing before, and my background is Chinese, but I have been constantly amazed at the advancements in infrastructure, economy, technology and education here in China.

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CISION: December 3, 2018
Science challenge accepted – and won – by Fleetwood Park Students
Surrey Schools: December 6, 2018
Microsoft pledges $10M to Code.org to expand computer education
Cnet: December 3, 2018
Technology Gives All Kids a Fair Chance
Brian Aspinall: December 4, 2018
Canadian Apple Stores to host free daily kids coding sessions in December
mobile syrup: November 26, 2018
Post-Secondary Stories
U of T one of only eight universities globally to place in top 50 in all subject rankings: Times Higher Education
U of T News: Decmber 3, 2018
‘This is the time for AI’: The global race for technology supremacy is underway
Edmonton Journal: December 5, 2018
How first-aid kits for mental health symptoms are helping Canadian university students
Macleans: December 3
Small but mighty Canada fights for space in highly competitive artificial intelligence world
Edmonton Journal: December 5, 2018
Introducing live captions & subtitles in Skype
Skype Blog: December 3, 2018
A bird’s-eye view from the Zhuhai Conference Center across the bay staring out at Macau and Hong Kong
5 Insights from Keynoting at the 4th China Education Innovation Expo

I’ve been meaning to blog about my recent, first trip to China. It’s taken me a couple of weeks to process, given the wonderful people I met, the massive scale of everything, information and insights I absorbed over the course of my five-day whirlwind learning adventure.

Robert Martellacci, Co-founder & President C21 Canada keynoting at the 4th China Education Innovation Expo

I was honoured to be invited to speak at the recent 4th China Education Innovation Expo in ZhuHai, China. I spoke about Canada’s education transformation with a focus on innovation, trends, including the massive shift to global competencies, which we’ve branded the 7Cs. Given my role as co-founder and president of C21 Canada, I felt very comfortable speaking about this topic and emerging trends about which I’m very passionate about. It was quite an honour to be amongst two Nobel prize winners, including, Shuji Nakamura, a Japanese-born American  electronic engineer, inventor specializing in the field of  semiconductor technology, professor at the Materials Department of the  College of Engineering,  University of California, Santa Barbara and is regarded as the inventor of the blue  LED, a major breakthrough in lighting technology. It was such an honour to meet Shuji and other international leaders presenting at the conference.

My Top 5 Takeaways:

1. China is very keen and open to learn from Canada. At the same time, we have much to learn from China given their advances in technology, advanced manufacturing and highly focused work ethic!

2. The Canadian brand is highly respected in China. There is a very strong China – Canada connection where thousands of students come to Canada each year to study for both k12 and post-secondary education. A  Canadian government economic impact study pegs foreign student investment at approximately $15.5 billion in 2017, with a large proportion of students coming from China.

3. I was not the only one presenting from Canada. I was also surprised to learn that part of the conference organizing team was from Vancouver.

4. The ‘NEW’ China is modern and developing SMART Cities at twice the rate of speed as Canada. We have much to learn from their advanced building and technology front from China.

5. The people of China are so incredibly kind and humble. My only regret is that I didn’t have more time to visit the more rural communities of China as I know I was exposed to the most advanced and modern places. I would have loved to visit a school and I will definitely visit the Great Wall on my next trip.

I hope my blog insights on China inspire you to visit one day soon!

(L-R) Patricia Gartland, Superintendent of School District No. 43 (Coquitlam),  Dr. Liu, Director Of China Education Innovation Institute at BNU, Robert Martellaci, President C21 Canada, Xu Joan, Education Consultant
Manager of Software Development
Prodigy Game – Toronto, ON, CA
Technology Educator – Assistive Technology Education
LEARNstyle Ltd- Toronto, ON, CA
Education Administrative Coordinator
Sick Kids- Toronto, ON, CA
Contact us to learn more about posting your own career opportunity!
York University’s Dr. Ron Owston participated in the 35th annual conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education ( ASCILITE) at Deakin University, in Geelong, Australia, Nov. 25 to 28. Just prior to this he published anarticle in the Society’s journal entitled “Blended learning in large enrolment courses: Student perceptions across four different instructional models.”

Musings – Connectors, Leaders, People on the Move!

We love to incubate new tech at our MindShare Workspace. On the eve of our 1st Anniversary, it was fortuitous that our partners at Dell EMC delivered some very cool technology that we’ll be blogging more about as we experience its use in Canada’s first mall-located coworking space. I encourage you to join us as my guest to test out the space and the technology too!

Thanks Dell EMC team  for your valued partnership! Can’t wait to demo the new interactive screen & other awesome peripherals on our weekly show》 This week in Canadian EdTech & of course for our members’ benefit too!

Is it just me, or is everyone getting busier by the day? I was recently on our C21 CEO Academy call which is always fascinating and insightful as a PLN. What stopped me in my tracks today was a recent student survey in a Canadian school district that found 44% of grade 4 students are feeling anxiety and 25% feel sad. Perhaps we need to pause and dig deeper into the complex world our kids are now experiencing. Are we arming them with the skills to cope effectively? Clearly, there appears to be a disconnect. Personally, one of my coping mechanisms is physical activity. I find playing hockey is a great distraction for me as it helps clear my mind and has great physical health benefits too!

Kudos to Jody DiRocco, as he prepares to retire from his role as Director of Education from Algonquin & Lakeshore District School and a member of the C21 CEO Academy.

“It has been a privilege to serve the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School board as Director of Education,” DiRocco said. “I have witnessed so many successes and accomplishments in our schools and across our Catholic school system of which we should be very proud.”


read more

In honour of Computer Science Education Week, I’m pleased to share from our friends at TakingITGlobal Canadians; be sure to check out  codetolearn.ca for  #CanCodeToLearn initiative!

If you have an event or story to share, please tell us about it! We also encourage you to share you comments!

Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!

R.M.

MindShare Advisory Board
The MindShare Report is grateful for 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
Daniel Voci, Associate Digital Media Specialist
Valerie Rusnov,B.A. Hons., B.Ed., Editor
Filomena Martellacci, B.A. Hons., B.Ed., OCT, 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:
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.

mindsharelearning.ca

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December 11, 2018

Special December Edition, MindShare Learning Report >> Canada’s Learning & Technology eMag >> Volume 11 Issue 9

A newsletter from this pan-Canadian educational technology organization.

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November 2018, Volume 11 Issue 9

Dear Thought Leader,

I’m pleased to share our December MindShare Report-Canada’s Learning & Technology eMagazine as we wrap up Computer Science Education Week #CSEdWeek.

Be sure to checkout STEM guru, Brian Aspinall’s podcast; he is in my estimation one of Canada’s most engaging educators “MakingITHappen” across Canada and beyond.

It was fitting and inspiring to see Canadian Space Agency astronaut  David Saint-Jacques blast off earlier this week to the International Space Station on his first mission.
As we witnessed the launch, I reflected back to what sparked my passion for science and adventure. One of my memories is of the first lunar landing, and how it captured our imagination. How we creatively engage students and make STEM real-world is the ‘secret-sauce’ in my estimation. Be sure to check out our many highlights, including Hour of Code.  Here’s a little trivia for you: there were over 200,000 hours of code events this past week in Canada.

As I reflect on keynoting at the 4th China Education Innovation Expo recently (blog post included in this report), I came back with a greater appreciation of the ‘NEW’ China. While I shared insights on our learning journey in Canada and our shift to global competencies, we need to embed ourselves in the global village as a learning community. Be sure to also check out the blog of Canadian educator, Sandra Chow, a member of the MindShare Report advisory board, who is currently teaching in China.

For those of you who are local in the GTA, I hope you can join us on Saturday, December 8th  for our special First Anniversary day-long Celebration of the MindShare WorkSpace.  Come and enjoy FREE yoga, kids robotics workshop, Future of Work & Learning Lunch & Learn, and much more!

Thank you for your continued support and for sharing your excellent news and events with us! As always, we appreciate hearing from you!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S.  Watch for the launch of our 11th Classroom of the Future Challenge January 2019!

Best,

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn

 

 

This Week in Canadian EdTech with Robert Martellacci, Chief Digital Publisher, MindShare Learning Report and
Stephen Hurley VoicEd Radio

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Grades do not and can not capture the incredible work that students are capable of creating. This partnership studies how competency-based portfolios can open up pathways for transitions to post-secondary that focus on talent and potential.

The award winning Osmo product is now available to schools in the way of a ruggedized Classroom Kit. To learn more about the exclusive offer, email us at info@mindsharelearning.com

大家好! Greetings from Beijing! It has now been over 4 months since my family decided to take this ED-venture overseas in this vast country called China. I’ve been to Beijing before, and my background is Chinese, but I have been constantly amazed at the advancements in infrastructure, economy, technology and education here in China.

Recipients of

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K12 Stories
84,000 Students Across Canada to Take Part in Canada Learning Code Week December 3-10 | CodeWeek.ca
CISION: December 3, 2018
Science challenge accepted – and won – by Fleetwood Park Students
Surrey Schools: December 6, 2018
Microsoft pledges $10M to Code.org to expand computer education
Cnet: December 3, 2018
Technology Gives All Kids a Fair Chance
Brian Aspinall: December 4, 2018
Canadian Apple Stores to host free daily kids coding sessions in December
mobile syrup: November 26, 2018
Post-Secondary Stories
U of T one of only eight universities globally to place in top 50 in all subject rankings: Times Higher Education
U of T News: Decmber 3, 2018
‘This is the time for AI’: The global race for technology supremacy is underway
Edmonton Journal: December 5, 2018
How first-aid kits for mental health symptoms are helping Canadian university students
Macleans: December 3
Small but mighty Canada fights for space in highly competitive artificial intelligence world
Edmonton Journal: December 5, 2018
Introducing live captions & subtitles in Skype
Skype Blog: December 3, 2018
A bird’s-eye view from the Zhuhai Conference Center across the bay staring out at Macau and Hong Kong
5 Insights from Keynoting at the 4th China Education Innovation Expo

I’ve been meaning to blog about my recent, first trip to China. It’s taken me a couple of weeks to process, given the wonderful people I met, the massive scale of everything, information and insights I absorbed over the course of my five-day whirlwind learning adventure.

Robert Martellacci, Co-founder & President C21 Canada keynoting at the 4th China Education Innovation Expo

I was honoured to be invited to speak at the recent 4th China Education Innovation Expo in ZhuHai, China. I spoke about Canada’s education transformation with a focus on innovation, trends, including the massive shift to global competencies, which we’ve branded the 7Cs . Given my role as co-founder and president of C21 Canada, I felt very comfortable speaking about this topic and emerging trends about which I’m very passionate about. It was quite an honour to be amongst two Nobel prize winners, including, Shuji Nakamura, a Japanese-born American  electronic engineer, inventor specializing in the field of  semiconductor technology, professor at the Materials Department of the  College of Engineering,  University of California, Santa Barbara and is regarded as the inventor of the blue  LED, a major breakthrough in lighting technology. It was such an honour to meet Shuji and other international leaders presenting at the conference.

My Top 5 Takeaways:

1. China is very keen and open to learn from Canada. At the same time, we have much to learn from China given their advances in technology, advanced manufacturing and highly focused work ethic!

2. The Canadian brand is highly respected in China. There is a very strong China – Canada connection where thousands of students come to Canada each year to study for both k12 and post-secondary education. A  Canadian government economic impact study pegs foreign student investment at approximately $15.5 billion in 2017, with a large proportion of students coming from China.

3. I was not the only one presenting from Canada. I was also surprised to learn that part of the conference organizing team was from Vancouver.

4. The ‘NEW’ China is modern and developing SMART Cities at twice the rate of speed as Canada. We have much to learn from their advanced building and technology front from China.

5. The people of China are so incredibly kind and humble. My only regret is that I didn’t have more time to visit the more rural communities of China as I know I was exposed to the most advanced and modern places. I would have loved to visit a school and I will definitely visit the Great Wall on my next trip.

I hope my blog insights on China inspire you to visit one day soon!

(L-R) Patricia Gartland, Superintendent of School District No. 43 (Coquitlam),  Dr. Liu, Director Of China Education Innovation Institute at BNU, Robert Martellaci, President C21 Canada, Xu Joan, Education Consultant
Manager of Software Development
Prodigy Game – Toronto, ON, CA
Technology Educator – Assistive Technology Education
LEARNstyle Ltd- Toronto, ON, CA
Education Administrative Coordinator
Sick Kids- Toronto, ON, CA
Contact us to learn more about posting your own career opportunity!
York University’s Dr. Ron Owston participated in the 35th annual conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education ( ASCILITE) at Deakin University, in Geelong, Australia, Nov. 25 to 28. Just prior to this he published anarticle in the Society’s journal entitled “Blended learning in large enrolment courses: Student perceptions across four different instructional models.”

Musings – Connectors, Leaders, People on the Move!

We love to incubate new tech at our MindShare Workspace. On the eve of our 1st Anniversary, it was fortuitous that our partners at Dell EMC delivered some very cool technology that we’ll be blogging more about as we experience its use in Canada’s first mall-located coworking space. I encourage you to join us as my guest to test out the space and the technology too!

Thanks Dell EMC team  for your valued partnership! Can’t wait to demo the new interactive screen & other awesome peripherals on our weekly show》 This week in Canadian EdTech & of course for our members’ benefit too!

Is it just me, or is everyone getting busier by the day? I was recently on our C21 CEO Academy call which is always fascinating and insightful as a PLN. What stopped me in my tracks today was a recent student survey in a Canadian school district that found 44% of grade 4 students are feeling anxiety and 25% feel sad. Perhaps we need to pause and dig deeper into the complex world our kids are now experiencing. Are we arming them with the skills to cope effectively? Clearly, there appears to be a disconnect. Personally, one of my coping mechanisms is physical activity. I find playing hockey is a great distraction for me as it helps clear my mind and has great physical health benefits too!

Kudos to Jody DiRocco, as he prepares to retire from his role as Director of Education from Algonquin & Lakeshore District School and a member of the C21 CEO Academy.

“It has been a privilege to serve the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School board as Director of Education,” DiRocco said. “I have witnessed so many successes and accomplishments in our schools and across our Catholic school system of which we should be very proud.”


read more

In honour of Computer Science Education Week, I’m pleased to share from our friends at TakingITGlobal Canadians; be sure to check out  codetolearn.ca for  #CanCodeToLearn initiative!

If you have an event or story to share, please tell us about it! We also encourage you to share you comments!

Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!

R.M.

MindShare Advisory Board
The MindShare Report is grateful for 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
Daniel Voci, Associate Digital Media Specialist
Valerie Rusnov,B.A. Hons., B.Ed., Editor
Filomena Martellacci, B.A. Hons., B.Ed., OCT, 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:
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.

mindsharelearning.ca

Inquire about advertising our EdTech Strategy Consulting services.

Proud Partners
This message was sent to mkbarbour@gmail.com by robert@mindsharelearning.com
4448 Credit Pointe Drive, Mississauga, Ontario L5M 3N1, Canada
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