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August 5, 2016

[AECT] 2016 AECT International Convention

From Wednesday’s inbox…

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August 3, 2016

[AECT] Las Vegas By The Numbers

Also from Monday’s inbox…


July 29, 2016

Exclusive Offer to MindShare Network Members! 99 Days to Go! $99 Discount Offer – THIS WEEK ONLY! 7th Annual EdTech Leadership Summit hosted by MindShare Learning

A notice about a Canadian event that some of my readers may be interested in…

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· Redefining Schools for
the Future Today

November 3rd, 2016 at MaRsDD
Toronto, ON

Dear Thought Leader,

I’m thrilled to invite you to attend our 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit at MaRSDD, one of Canada’s iconic innovation centres in the heart of downtown Toronto.

“Redefining Schools of the Future,” is the theme of this year’s summit. I challenge you, whether you’re an education leader in K12 or HED, or an industry leader, to join us for this one-day highly engaging summit. Connect, inspire and innovate the next generation learning environments as a legacy to our future leaders.

Be sure to checkout our stellear lineup of keynotes and presenters whose passion and expertise will surely arm you with the essential knowledge to transform your learning ecosystem.

Click here to visit the official website for the 7th Annual EdTech Leadership Summit to register and take advantage of our special $99 offer using the discount code MSL 99. 

I look forward to ‘mindsharing’ with you on November 3rd!

All the best,

Robert Martellacci
Conference Chair & President, MindShare Learning Technology

Take $99 off registration with our exclusive discount code MSL99

· Registration ·

Secure your spacenow!

· Website ·

View the full conference schedule for information on
speakers & sessions

Featured Speakers

Dr. Karen Billings

As Vice President of ETIN, the Education Technology Network of SIIA, Dr.Billings drives strategic direction, programs, and initiatives for the 180 company members focused on providing technology products and services to the K-12 and postsecondary markets. She has 45 years of experience in the industry and in K-12 and postsecondary classrooms. She has authored four books and numerous articles for education journals, and is a frequent speaker at education conferences.

Follow Karen @SIIAKaren

Hon. Doug Currie

In January 2015, Mr.Currie, Chair CMEC, was appointed Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture.

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

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Maya Burhanpurkar 

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

Follow @MBurhanpurkar

Ralph Benmergui


Ralph Benmergui is an award winning Journalist and Broadcaster whose work spans three decades. Recently Ralph has transitioned into new careers as Director of Communications for the Honourable Glen Murray in both the Ministry of Research and Innovation and Training, Colleges and Universities at Queens Park. Currently Ralph is the Executive Director of Partnership and Strategy in the Office of the President at Sheridan College

Follow Ralph @ralphbenmergui

*Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Robert Martellacci for more information.

July 28, 2016

iNACOL Symposium Announces 2016 Pre-Conference Workshops

And from the neo-liberals…

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Dear Colleagues,

iNACOL is pleased to announce the lineup of Pre-Conference Workshops scheduled to kick off the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium held in San Antonio, Texas on October 25-28, 2016.

iNACOL offers Pre-Conference Workshops on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 to provide focused full- and half-day interactive workshops for deeper learning and knowledge building in competency-based, blended and online learning. These workshops provide intensive professional development opportunities in small groups and require a separate registration from the Symposium.

Space is limited, so please register for the Pre-Conference Workshops as soon as possible:

  • If you’ve already registered to attend the iNACOL Symposium, pleaseclick here to add a pre-conference workshop to your existing registration.
    1. Click ‘View or Change Your Existing Registration’ and enter your email and password and click ‘continue.’
    2. Once logged in, click ‘continue’ and then click ‘make changes’ in the upper right hand corner. From here, you can modify various aspects of your registration, including adding a pre-conference workshop.
  • If you’ve already registered to attend the iNACOL Symposium with a group, you will need to email your pre-conference workshop choice(s) to Gigi Andrew:
  • If you haven’t yet registered to attend the iNACOL Symposium, register here today and be sure to add a pre-conference workshop to your registration.

Below is the list of Pre-Conference Workshops offered at the iNACOL Symposium:

  • Administration and Management of Online Programs
  • All Teachers Can Teach Coding
  • An Update on Online Learning and Students With Disabilities: Practitioner Perspectives, Research Results and the Legal Landscape
  • Are You Ready for Personalized Learning? How to Diagnose Your School or District’s Readiness to Launch Personalized Learning
  • Blended Learning Live!
  • Building a Blended School from the Ground Up
  • Competency Education Leadership Forum
  • Future City: An Immersive Project Based Learning Experience
  • How to Launch a Successful and High-Quality Online Learning Program
  • K-12 Online and Blended Learning Research Community Meeting
  • Policy Advocacy Skills Workshop
  • Putting It All Together: How to Create a Personalized System of Education

Complete descriptions and presenter information for all Pre-Conference Workshops can be found on the Pre-Conference Workshop Schedule section of our website.

If you have questions regarding registering for a Pre-Conference Workshop, please contact Gigi Andrew at We look forward to seeing you in San Antonio, Texas on October 25-28, 2016.

About the iNACOL Symposium

The iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium is the premier learning conference for those advancing powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences and shaping the future of K-12 competency-based, blended and online learning. On October 25-28, iNACOL’s annual conference will bring together more than 3,400 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of powerful, personalized learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world, including leading practitioners and educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators from throughout the field. Attendees will find invaluable networking opportunities; access to expertise, analysis, the latest trends and research; and thought-provoking interactive sessions for leaders shaping the future of education. The Symposium includes more than 200 engaging interactive sessions, with tags to guide attendees toward highly relevant professional learning opportunities. Learn more on the iNACOL Symposium website.

About iNACOL

The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using competency-based, blended and online education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our websitelike us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter .

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It’s Not Too Late To Register… Attend In Person Or Virtually!

Another item from Tuesday’s inbox…

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—Online educators—
It’s not too late to register… attend in person or virtually!
Don’t miss the chance to learn from some of the nation’s leading experts in online and distance education.
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Don’t let last‑minute airfare keep you from coming. Just set your cruise control and put Madison in your GPS. Our small city is easy to navigate and there’s plenty to do while you are in town.
Virtual Conference: Just $275
Can’t make the trip to Madison? Join us virtually to hear some of this year’s featured speakers. You must register by noon on Tuesday, August 9.
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