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July 27, 2017

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:
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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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July 6, 2017

MindShare Learning Report Special Summer ISTE 2017 Edition >> Cross Canada PEI Spotlight >> EdTech Summit Keynotes Announced Early Bird Reg Now Open!

A Canadian newsletter from yesterday.

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July/August 2017 Volume 10, Issue 5
Intro Letter I Quote of the Month I ISTE2017 I C21 Canada Spotlight I Featured News
Microsoft Education Corner I MindShare Musings
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.

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Dear Thought Leader,

Welcome to our special ISTE2017 Summer edition of the MindShare Learning Report Cross Canada Spotlight on Prince Edward Island, the site of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) Annual meetings and C21 Canada Summit later this month.

We’re just recently back from ISTE17 in San Antonio where we hosted a memorable CanAm Commonwealth Celebration of Excellence reception with over 110 leaders from North America, UK and Australia. One thing is for sure, education and technology partners attending ISTE are passionate about learning, innovation and community.

Some of the highlights in this issue include:

  1. Exclusive podcast with ISTE’s closing Keynote Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code
  2. 8th Annual MindShare Canadian EdTech Summit – ‘Designing Next Generation Schools for Today’s Student’ – Announces Featured Speakers! Early Bird Registration is Now Open!
  3. ISTE 2017 by the Numbers & Highlights
  4. C21 Canada PEI Summit Spotlight
  5. The Canadian government’s CanCode program will invest $50 million over two years to development Coding in Canadian youth from kindergarten to grade 12
  6. Global education survey: Canadian students most likely to fund their own post-secondary, take advantage of education savings plans
  7. ISTE Releases new Standards for Educators to maximize learning for all students using technology

Congratulations! We made it! Another memorable school year of sharing, growing, leading, learning, struggling, inspiring and celebrating student successes through our vast Canadian landscape.

Special thanks to our valued readership, technology partners, sponsors and MindShare Learning team for making our 10th anniversary year of publishing an extra special one! You collectively inspire me to reach new heights on a daily basis!

Until next time, have a safe and enjoyable summer!

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

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Quote of the Month
“We need to learn about the world, with the world”
— Curran Dee, ISTE17 Student Ignite Presenter,
4th grader, CKO of @digcitkids
Featured Books
Featured MindShare Blog
21st Century Learning Environments

by 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.
Latest in Classroom Innovations courtesy of Steelcase at ISTE17

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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ISTE 2017 Spotlight
Exclusive MindShare Podcast at ISTE17, San Antonio withSophie 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.
ISTE 2017 Reflections

Canada definitely made its mark once again at ISTE with many familiar faces presenting and attending among over 20,000 delegates North America’s largest EdTech conference in San Antonio, Texas last week. The amazing Sylvia Duckworth known for her highly popular Sketchnotes presented at the Ignite event, along with Jen Giffen from YRDSB. George Couros was also in the building! Other notable Canadians, Patricia Gartland, Superintendent & CEO, Coquitlam S.D. in B.C. On the tech side of the equation, Logics AcademyAdvanced PresentationFreshGrade, and SMART Technologies.

Over 110 education and technology leaders attended our 8th CanAm Celebration of Excellence Leadership Summit that included the Commonwealth this year. We had some 30 Australian and UK delegates. MindShare is certainly putting the “I” for International in ISTE!

Special thanks to ISTE for their fabulous support as well as BrightBytesForward ThinkingEduRTG and EdTechTeam Canada for their generous support in helping making our CanAm our best ever! R.M.

ISTE 2017 Q&A with Richard Culatta, CEO of ISTE

Culatta is former director of the Office of Educational Technology at the Department of Education and has worked in education for his entire career. He said in an ISTE news release that as CEO, he wants to increase the value of ISTE membership and highlight “the importance of the ISTE voice on key education topics.”

One gets a strong sense of community walking through the ISTE2017 convention hall. Amazing spaces enabling informal learning 
Microsoft Hacking STEM exhibit at ISTE17 Showcases a blend of old and new tech integrating Hot Wheels race track set and sensors
ISTE Ignite Sketch Notes
The media room brochures at ISTE paint a very different future for education in the 21st century & You never know who you’re going to meet at the #ISTE17 media Room (L-R) Kevin Custer, Tom Whitby, Robert Martellacci
Robert Martellacci, MindShare Learning, gives greetings at the 8th Annual ISTE Can/Am Reception in San Antonio – over 110 international delegates attended this year!
Special thanks to our Generous Sponsors at the Can/Am Commonwealth Reception
Celebrating young Talent from Highschool Band & Keynote Jennie Magiera presents a strong message to teachers.
Backstage view of ISTE’s four inspiring K12 student presenters
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Cross Canada C21 Spotlight on PEI
C21 Canada Summit in Partnership with the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) – Prince Edward Island
As president and co-founder of C21 Canada, we are elated to be hosting our C21 Canada Summit in Charlottetown, PEI later this month.

Why PEI? We’ll be partnering with the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), where our C21 Canada CEO Academy members will be presenting the latest trends in technology and learning across their respective districts in Canada. It’s especially fitting given Canada’s 150th birthday and the significance of Charlottetown in the founding of our great country.

Special thanks to CMEC and the Honourable Minister, Doug Currie, PEI for their support in hosting C21 Canada. Incidentally, CMEC will also be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Congratulations!

C21 Canada Welcomes Compugen Inc. to its Board

(L-R) Harry Zarek, President & CEO Compugen, Inc. and Terry Mirza, Vice President Sales, Western Canada proudly sport their C21 Canada gifts during a welcome lunch yesterday with Robert Martellacci, C21 Canada president

K-12 Featured News
Ontario Science Centre awards 2017 Weston Youth Innovation Award to Markham, ON teen innovator Anmol Tukrel
CNW 13.06.2017

Norah Marsh Appointed New CEO of EQAO
EQAO 28.06.2017

Assembly of First Nations Launches Digital Resource for Teachers’ It’s Our Time First Nations Education Toolkit on iTunes U
CNW 28.06.2017

The CanCode program will invest $50 million over two years to development Coding in Canadian youth from kindergarten to grade 12
Canada Government 16.06.2017

Best Buy Canada School Tech Grant program awards elementary schools with funding for new tech
CNW 13.06.2017

Post Secondary Featured News
Global education survey: Canadian students most likely to fund their own post-secondary, take advantage of education savings plans
CNW 29.06.2017

Many So-Called Innovators Don’t Understand the Community They Need to Serve
The Chronicle of Higher Education 26.05.17

MUN introduces new, primarily online PharmD program
Memorial University 28.06.17

How to Prepare the Next Generation for Jobs in the AI Economy
Harvard Business Review 05.06.17

Canada and P.E.I. invest in infrastructure at Holland College
CNW 26.06.2017

International Featured News
ISTE releases new Standards for Educators to maximize learning for all students using technology
ISTE 25.6.2017
Industry News
GradeSlam Celebrates Canada’s 150th Birthday Launching Their Personalized Learning In Both Official Languages!
GradeSlam 01.07.2017

Google launching “Libraries Ready to Code” initiative
Google 25.06.2017

Pai Technology Introduces Coding Robot at ISTE 2017
PRweb 27.06.2017

Micro:bit Small-board Computer Launches in U.S. & Canada to Inspire Next Generation of Students
Business Wire 20.06.2017

BrightBytes Acquires Trusted IPaaS Provider Authentica Solutions
BrightBytes 29.06.2017

Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups
What District Tech Coaches Want From K-12 Companies and Their Products
EdWeek Market Brief 30.05.17

NELSON Acquires Technology Assets of Edusight, Continuing to Transform Education in Canada
CNW 28.06.2017

CANARIE Introduces New, Free DAIR Cloud Resources to Accelerate Canadian Startups’ Time to Market
Canarie 14.06.2017

BrightBytes Acquires Trusted IPaaS Provider Authentica Solutions
29.06.201

Epson Showcases Laser Displays for K-12 Classrooms at ISTE 2017
Epson 22.06.2017

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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MindShare Musings
In late breaking news we’re honoured to welcome Prof. Sidneyeve Matrix, Associate Professor teaching design thinking, digital communication, & creative entrepreneurship, Queen’s University will be our closing keynote at the 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit. It’s extremely fitting given our new theme, “Designing Next Generation Schools for Today’s Student.” Prof. Matrix offers tremendous insight in the world of social media, design thinking as we prepare our future leaders for jobs that don’t exist.
A fitting segway to the tweet I’m sharing above from the OECD who have been releasing a flurry of amazing research and reports. I’m particularly interested in sharing the image below as it provides excellent insight to the essential skills future leaders require in a digital world. Coincidentally, many of these skills are highlighted in C21 Canada’s 7 C’s! As you can see, it’s really not about technology and more about prepare students to be well rounded problem solvers. I welcome your thoughts as to how you see the world unfolding with respect to this image.
I would be remiss if I didn’t congratulate and thank Angela Gauthier, Director of Education from the Toronto Catholic School Board who retired recently for her support of C21 Canada as a member of the CEO Academy. I’m a proud alumni from TCDSB where Angela left an indelible mark as well as a balanced budget!

I’m sure she’s looking forward to a well deserved break. I anticipate we’ll see Angela back to support education organizations in some mentorship or advisory capacity.

So pleased to see the proliferation of Canadian authors in education. The latest I ran into at ISTE is Tanya Avrith formerly of Lester B. Pearson School District in Montreal. She actually took delivery of her book while at ISTE. Hence the excitement in the pic captured below! Coincidentally, Tanya’s former district is led by friend and colleague, Michael Chechile, Director General and C21 CEO Academy board member.
I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight another friend of MindShare with a new book, educator extraordinaire, Jennifer Casa-Todd, from the York Catholic District School Board. Congratulations!

Next time you have an event, or book release, please tell us about it! We love hearing from you! Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep! R.M

Career Opportunities

Dean, School of Applied Science, Skills and Technology
Loyalist College, Belleville, ON

Vice-President, Student Success
George Brown College, ON

Software Engineer 2 – Office Education
Microsoft, Vancouver Canada

Featured Conferences
EduTeach Toronto | July 29th – 31st

Education Industry Summit – ETIN, San Fransico CA | July 25th – 27th

Alberta’s Online & Blended Symposium , Edmonton | October 25th – 27th

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

Social Media Week, Toronto ON | November 13th – 17th

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
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:
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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June 8, 2017

June MindShare Learning Report – Celebration of Excellence – Special Buyers Guide Edition

A newsletter from yesterday.

June 2017 Volume 10, Issue 4
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A MindShare Moment with Tanreet Dhaliwal, Peel High School Student & Team Lead of 1325 Inverse Paradox, FIRST Championship Robotics Winners

Mississauga school group captures top marks at FIRST
ETP 05.05.2017

Learn more about Gordon Gradon’s Robitics Team 1325

Dear Thought Leader,

Welcome to our June Celebration of Excellence, special Buyer’s Guide Edition of the MindShare Learning Report.

Across Canada Coding is King! Today marks the final day of Canada Coding Week!

In this issue:

  1. 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit Keynotes Announced, Monday, November 6, MaRsDD former UK Education Minister, Lord Jim Knight and world renowned school design architect Randal Fielding

  2. Special MindShare Report Buyer’s Guide Top 10 Tips

  3. Dr. Ron Canuel named new CEO The Learning Partnership

  4. Dr. Steve Joordens, UofT, Director of the Advanced Learning TechnologiesPodcast on Innovation and his own startup Peer Scholar

  5. Celebrating 10 years of the MindShare Report Blog reflection

  6. Canada’s Classroom of the Future Challenge ‘Spirit’ Award Winners announced

  7. NELSON Acquires McGraw-Hill Ryerson’s K-12 Business Becoming the Largest Canadian-Operated Publisher

As the academic year has come to a close for those in post secondary, we celebrate excellence of our future leaders, thanks to our valued education partners. To those in the K12 space, here’s to finishing strong with your students!

Finally, we celebrate and thank our technology partners who, like me, are passionate about providing the best tools and digital resources to support education leaders in providing a world class education for all students across Canada. They are very much a part of the success equation and deserve a BIG thank you.

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank our team; Bradley, Tim, Paul and Valerie for their passion and making each MSL Report our best ever!

Special thanks to our stellar advisory board for their thought leadership throughout the year.

Thank you for being part of the MindShare Learning community this past academic year. Watch for our summer lifelong learning edition!

Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!



P.S. We are pleased to be hosting our 8th CanAm Celebration of Excellence Reception at ISTE17 in San Antonio, Tuesday, June 27th. Click here to register as a valued community member.

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

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Quote of the Month

Fostering the entrepreneurial spirit amongst students is critical in the 21st century

Dr. Avis Glaze, Champions of Ed Award Recipient Speech,
The Learning Partnership Gala Dinner

Featured Books
Special Buyers Guide Top 10 Tips

Five ‘Extra’ Considerations when Purchasing Technology
by Timothy Gard, Chief Learning Strategist

Caveat Emptor. You can’t be too careful in this day and age when you purchase technology for your classroom, school or district. Some products, whether software or hardware, do not always perform as expected. And more often than not, the purveyors of technology products will always put their products in the best light. It’s always a good idea to ‘kick the tires’ before making that next technology purchase. And it’s an even better idea to get a trial run of the product before you commit any of your budget to a more significant purchase.

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C21 Canada New Board Member Spotlight

An Exclusive MindShare Learning Podcast with Lee Taal, Founder, ChatterHigh

On Student Engagement, Success & Future Readiness in K12 Education

Lee Taal is the Founder of ChatterHigh, a web application used in high schools that gamifies exploration of post-seconadary, career and labour market information, plus health and financial literacy resources. It is a free activity used by career educators across North America.

Canada 150 Classroom of the Future Spirit Award Winners
K-12 Featured News

The Innovative Practicioner: Changing Practice for a New Year

by Timothy Gard, Chief Learning Strategist

In the book, Intentional Interruption, the authors note that new learning only happens when there’s cognitive discomfort. And cognitive discomfort occurs when we are faced with one or more ideas that challenge a belief that we readily accept as true, or at least, we hold as a cornerstone of our current professional practice. If we move from year to year without challenging our beliefs and making an effort to change our practice, then we will never face cognitive discomfort. That’s the easy road. We can continue down the path to professional oblivion making only slightly measurable changes in our teaching, and presumably, in students’ learning.

Post Secondary Featured News

A MindShare Learning Moment with Dr. Steve Joordans, Director, Advanced Learning Technologies Lab, University of Toronto

Developing Critical Thinking & 21st Century Skills in Post Secondary Environments

Dr. Steve Joordens is Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where he has taught since 1995. He earned a doctorate in cognitive psychology from the University of Waterloo.

International Featured News
Industry News
Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups
The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Curriculum and Assessment as Powerful Tools to Improve Learning Outcomes

It’s that time of year…the final month before summer vacation! And that means crunch time – exams, final assessments, assignments, and reflecting on the past year to ensure continuous improvement for those to come. With this comes a heavy spotlight on curriculum and assessment – two very hot topics in education today. So what is it you want to achieve around curriculum and assessment for your school system?

As always, we must begin by asking ourselves, what does success look like and how do we get there? School leaders and teachers take an active role in this reflection, by standing as the visionaries to ensure a better future for their students and school communities.

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Conference Corner

MindShare Learning recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with an expert panel discussion at the Steelcase WorkLife Centre (Toronto).


Colleagues, Education Partners, Friends and Family gather for the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the MSL Report

MindShare at Camp905

MindShare was honoured to once again sponsor EdCamp905 in our very own backyard of Mississauga. I really enjoy the grassroots approach to the EdCamp model and the authentic informal learning that it nutures. One of the highlights for me was connecting with the amazing Jen Giffen, educator extraordinaire with YRDSB who only began her sketchnoting journing this past year. See pic below that captures a nice summary of the day’s activities. You can connect with Jen on twitter via @virtualGiff

EdCamp905 Exclusive Podcast With Stephen Hurley, VoiceEd Radio

Deepening and Broadening Conversations on Education Through Online Mediums

Stephen Hurley has worked in the Canadian education space for over three decades. After a long and exciting career (exciting for him!) as a teacher and consultant in Ontario, Stephen continues to work to open up public spaces for vibrant conversations about transformation of education systems across Canada.
MindShare Musings

It’s never been a more exciting time to be in education. Change leadership is definitely a part of the success equation and it’s happening a rapid pace across the Canadian education landscape. On that note, kudos to our friend and colleague, Ron Canuel, CEO, who was recently lured away from the CEA by The Learning Partnership to take over the helm.

So impressed that our former C21 CEO Academy member Kathi Wallace has taken on the challenge of interim YRDSB Director of Education. She will help bring stability and focus back to organization.

Congratulations to my friend and colleague, Mamdouh Shoukri, President and Vice-Chancellor, who concludes his decade long tenure this month. I hope to connect for a podcast reflection with Dr. Shoukri later this month. Stay tuned!

Congratulations to the 2017 ORION Leadership Award Winners

Did you know? In the next 5 years 75% of people in management positions (baby boomers) will be at retirement age. That’s good news for the many educators who have been patiently waiting in the wings to climb the corporate education ladder! And provide further opportunities for new teachers too!

It was super cool to attend the recent ADOBE CREATIVE JAM AT OCADU. I was so impressed with the talent level of students demonstrating their digital skills. Below is an example of an animated giff by one of the winning teams.

TVO is on a Roll! Kudos to our friends at TVO’s Educational Children’s Programming Wins Three Daytime Emmy® Awards!

Odd Squad received awards for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s, Pre-School Children’s or Family Viewing Program (Isaac Kragten) and Outstanding Writing Special Class for Odd Squad: The Movie (Tim McKeon, Mark De Angelis and Adam Peltzman).

We enjoy hearing from you, our valued MindShare community member. Please keep the news coming!

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

Career Opportunities

Pearson, VP, Academic Partnerships
Pearson,Toronto

School Messenger, Vice President Of Software Development
SchoolMessenger, Toronto

MaRsDD Senior Advisor, Work & Learning (Education & Training)
MaRS Discovery District, Toronto

Please contact us to submit your career opportunities

Featured Conferences

Classroom of the Future Tech Showcase Celebration, Toronto ON | June 14th

CANHEIT 2017, Kingston ON | June 13th – 15th

ISTE 2017, Toronto ON | June 25th – 29th

EduTeach Toronto | July 29th – 31st

Education Industry Summit – ETIN, San Fransico CA | July 25th – 27th

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
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:
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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May 19, 2017

MindShare Learning Report – May Top 10 News Stories in Canadian Edtech

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Dear Thought Leader,

I’m pleased to share our Top 10 news stories for our May Canada 150 Classroom of the Future Challenge – Professional Learning special edition.

Our national winners are a testament to growing pockets of innovation across the Canadian education landscape, thanks in part to district leadership and passionate teachers who inspire excellence amongst students.

The bar has been raised once again for next year! Be sure to checkout the amazing winning videos! As you may know, I’m a passionate life-long learner and no doubt you are too! I trust you’ll find a nugget or two from our awesome Top 10 news stories below.As always, I welcome your comments, news and blogs!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!


P.S. Drop me a note if you’re planning to attend ISTE 2017, June 25-28 , San Antonio Texas. We’ll get you on our VIP invite list to our CanAm Celebration of Excellence Partnering Reception!
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. Thomas C. Murray on Educational Leadership & his Newest Book ‘Learning Transformed’

Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in Washington, DC. Murray serves as a regular conference keynote, was named one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA, the “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015 and “Education Thought Leader of the Year” in 2017.
2. Canada 150 Classroom of the Future Challenge Winners
3. An Exclusive Podcast with Roberto Eberhardt, Superintendent of Learning Technology & CIO, DPCDSB
The Evolution of Learning Technology in Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board


Originally from Argentina. Always worked in the technology field, for many years in the private sector and for the past 6 years in Education.

Holds a Bs. of Computer Science and MBA with focus on Project Management. Has been a PMP for over 12 years. Passionate about the impact of technology in student achievement and in support of students with special needs.

4. A Guide to Canadian Hashtags
5. The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Student Success and Beyond: Organizational Capacity, Strategic Planning, and Quality Assurance

Often in planning, student success is at the forefront of all discussions – as it should be! However, numerous diverse stakeholder groups that contribute to the improvement of student outcomes are often overlooked.

This month in the Microsoft Education Transformation Corner, we’ll be focusing on Organizational Capacity, Strategic Planning, and Quality Assurance as well as the questions, processes, and practices leaders can consider in order to achieve the ultimate goal – improving student outcomes.

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6. Yukon schools to scrap letter grades up to Grade 9

The education department will move away from letter grades and formal report cards as it changes the way Yukon students are assessed.

The government is looking for feedback on the planned changes from parents, students, teachers and community members through an online survey released this week.

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7. DreamBox Learning Partners with Nelson to Boost Math Education in Canada

Partnership will bring award-winning math education sotware to more Canadian Classrooms
DreamBox Learning®, the U.S. company that pioneered Intelligent Adaptive Learning™, announced a partnership with Nelson, Canada’s leading educational publisher, to bring its award-winning K-8 math education software platform to more Canadian classrooms.

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8. Reflections on the 9th Classroom of the Future Contest

by Timothy Gard, Chief Digital Strategist

While reflecting on our nine years of offering educators and students across this great land of ours an opportunity to provide us with a glimpse into their classrooms infused with teaching and learning using technology, I can honestly state that I have been encouraged. I’m not encouraged because great new tools are being used, though these new tools have indeed provided new and expanded avenues of learning, but rather, I have been encouraged by the deeper learning that has resulted because teachers have worked out how to leverage these tools into their pedagogy in extremely effective ways.

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9. ISTE Board of Directors Selects Recognized Leader in Education and Innovation as New Leader for a New Era

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) Board of Directors has named Richard Culatta as its CEO. Culatta is the former director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education and currently serves as chief innovation officer for the state of Rhode Island.

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10. For Google, the AI Talent Race leads straight to Canada

America’s biggest tech companies are remaking the internet through artificial intelligence. And more than ever, these companies are looking north to Canada for the ideas that will advance AI itself.

This morning, Google announced it’s starting an AI lab in Toronto.

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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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May 5, 2017

May MindShare Learning Report >> Canada 150 Classroom of the Future Challenge Winners >> Professional Learning Edition

A newsletter from Wednesday’s inbox.  Note the item about the CANeLearn symposium below.

May 2017 Volume 10, Issue 3
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Thomas C. Murray on Educational Leadership & his Newest Book ‘Learning Transformed’

Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in Washington, DC. Murray serves as a regular conference keynote, was named one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA, the “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015 and “Education Thought Leader of the Year” in 2017.

Dear Thought Leader,

I’m thrilled to share our Canada150 Classroom of the Future Challenge / Professional Learning special edition of the MindShare Report.

Issue highlights include:

  1. Canada150 Classroom of the Future Challenge National Winners

  2. Exclusive video interview with Top 20 to Watch in EdTech, Thomas Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Friendly Schools on his new book: Learning Transformed

  3. Exclusive Podcast with Roberto Eberhardt, Superintendent of Learning Technology & CIO, DPCDSB

  4. Josee Landriault, Principal, Ecole Secondaire Jeunes san Frontieres shares her vision for the student led PanTech conference

  5. The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner: Student Success and Beyond: Organizational Capacity, Strategic Planning, and Quality Assurance

  6. A MindShare Learning Guide To Canadian Twitter HashTags

  7. Speical Guest Blog on the 2017 CANeLearn Symposium & BC Digital Learning Conference by Dr. Randy LaBonte

Congratulations to our Canada150 Classroom of the Future Challenge winners for 2017! You are truly demonstrating deep learning infused with technology at its best. Kudos to all Canadian teachers and students who poured many hours into creating amazing videos capturing excellence in teaching and student learning. I was truly humbled by the passion, pride and creativity each of the teams showed. I wish I had an award for each of you! Once again you have raised the bar for next year’s challenge! Thank you!

Special thanks to Timothy Gard, Chief Digital Strategist and the judges panel for their efforts and pouring over hours of video. And a BIG thank you to our generous sponsors for making our vision become a reality and providing three awesome MakerSpace prize packages for our national winners. Stay tuned as we’ll be honouring our Spirit Award winners in our June MSL Report.

Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!

P. S. MSL Report subscribers in the GTA join us as we’ll be celebrating our 10th anniversary MindShare Report with a reception and expert panel Discussion on EdTech Trends–The Next 10 Years! Tuesday, May 9 5:30pm, Steelcase WorkLife Centre. Drop me note if you’d like to attend. Limited tickets available!

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

Quotes of the Month

“We continue to be impressed by the meaningful, relevant, constructive, authentic and collaborative use of technology to foster and redefine learning in cross-curricular contexts in classrooms across Canada. Canadian educators continue to invest in deep learning by leveraging, among other things, the use of technology to enable and empower students to learn in innovative ways!”

Timothy Gard, Chief Digital Strategist – MindShare Learning
On the video submissions for MindShare Learning Canada 150 Classroom of the Future Challenge

Professional Learning & Development
An Exclusive Podcast with Roberto Eberhardt, Superintendent of Learning Technology & CIO, DPCDSB

The Evolution of Learning Technology in Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board

Originally from Argentina. Always worked in the technology field, for many years in the private sector and for the past 6 years in Education.

Holds a Bs. of Computer Science and MBA with focus on Project Management. Has been a PMP for over 12 years. Passionate about the impact of technology in student achievement and in support of students with special needs.

Microsoft Summer School is a 5-week online professional development program,
designed to help you learn more about using free Microsoft tools in your classroom.

Summer School is free to join and allows you to learn at your own pace. Read More.

Featured Books
C21 Canada Spotlight
C21 Canada welcomes Chatter High and Nelson Education to their Board of Directors
The key is to create a career exploration activity that is fun to do, so that students will actually want to participate.

The site is currently available for use in Canada and several States.
The site can be used by Career Educators and Counselors in the classroom or as an assignment as it is PIPA compliant and ad-free and it is useful for any parent, teacher or student in the school to do.
Nelson is Canada’s leading educational publisher providing innovative products and solutions for learners of all ages. Nelson values and respects the lifelong learning continuum and dedicates its business efforts to the diverse learning needs of students and educators alike.
C21 Canada is proud to announce Patricia Gartland as the newest member of the C21 CEO Academy
Ms. Patricia Gartland has been Superintendent of Schools for School Distinct No. 43 (Coquitlam) since 2014 and is responsible for overseeing B.C.’s third largest school district with over 32,000 students and 4,000 employees in over 70 schools and facilities.

Canada 150 Classroom of the Future Contest Winners
Reflections on the 9th Classroom of the Future Contest

by Timothy Gard, Chief Digital Strategist

While reflecting on our nine years of offering educators and students across this great land of ours an opportunity to provide us with a glimpse into their classrooms infused with teaching and learning using technology, I can honestly state that I have been encouraged. I’m not encouraged because great new tools are being used, though these new tools have indeed provided new and expanded avenues of learning, but rather, I have been encouraged by the deeper learning that has resulted because teachers have worked out how to leverage these tools into their pedagogy in extremely effective ways.

Read More

K-12 Featured News
Post Secondary Featured News
International Featured News
Industry News
Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups
The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Student Success and Beyond: Organizational Capacity, Strategic Planning, and Quality Assurance

Often in planning, student success is at the forefront of all discussions – as it should be! However, numerous diverse stakeholder groups that contribute to the improvement of student outcomes are often overlooked.

This month in the Microsoft Education Transformation Corner, we’ll be focusing on Organizational Capacity, Strategic Planning, and Quality Assurance as well as the questions, processes, and practices leaders can consider in order to achieve the ultimate goal – improving student outcomes.

Read More

Conference Corner
With Spring conference season upon us we took advantage of a double header in Toronto with the World Blended Learning Conference at George Brown College (see MindShare Musings below) and Digifest-Work, Learn, Play conference directly next door at Corus entertainment head offices. The opening keynote by Eran Chen ODA from NYC enlightened the audience with their innovative architectural design concepts and maximizing living spaces.

Erin Chen stressed the need for school designs to more open and collaborative learning spaces when asked if schools need to evolve in the 21st century. He compared his kids school to a ‘jail like’ setting in NYC

Exclusive Interview with Josee Landriault, Principal, Ecole Secondaire Jeunes san Frontieres

Discussing the Student Led PanTech Conference and its outcomes for Student Learning & Innovation

Direction ecole Jeunes sans frontieres Brampton #jeunessansfrontieres mere de 2 garcons

MindShare was pleased to sponsor the recent PanTech17 Conference Student Led Camp. We FUN and learned a ton!
Awesome connecting with George Harvey C.I. educators (my alma mater) along with Tim Gard, TDSB and our Chief Learning Officer at the recent Unleashing Learning Conference.
Two Venues, Two Conference Styles & One United Vision of Learning!

by Zelia Capitao-Tavares

As Digital Lead Learners setting up in another location for the day, we were able to check out presentations happening over at the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) via live streaming in the auditorium at the ROM. Kevin Bradbeer our Senior Manager of Client Relations, kicks off the 2nd annual Unleashing Learning conference with his warmth and sense of humour to a full house at the RCM. He never looks over the opportunity to thank and appreciate all educators in the spotlight and behind the scenes who make days like this awesome!

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Speical Guest Blog on the 2017 CANeLearn Symposium & BC Digital Learning Conference

by Dr. Randy LaBonte

On April 5-7 over 350 educators from independent, private and public schools gathered in Vancouver BC for the 2017 CANeLearn Symposium: Blending Boundaries – Leading Digital Disruption, Innovation & Equitable Learning.

A partnership between the Canadian eLearning Network and BC Partners in Online Learning, the focus of the 3-day event was on flexible learning models, environments and instructional approaches. With half of the delegates from BC and the rest from across Canada, structured opportunities for learning created an atmosphere of engaged and in-depth dialogue and networking.

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MindShare Musings

“If you’re not mentoring, you’re not leading.” Words of wisdom I shared recently as I reflected with a colleague on what seasoned leaders do.

I’m blessed to collaborate with some amazing leaders in my role with MindShare and as president & co-founder of C21 Canada. There are common themes amongst high performing leaders that I’ve observed. Perhaps a book in the making! They tend to be high energy and physically active. Many are former athletes, or fitness minded, strong people skills (yes, you need to know how to make human connections). Innovative mindset and highly connected, strong moral compass and embrace the notion of lifelong learning.

In education, the notion of lifelong learning and an innovative mindset is no longer an option, but a necessity to stay at the top of your game in education. We thrive on staying at the forefront of innovation through our coverage of some 50 plus conferences annually to maintain our thought leadership and provide you with the latest trends in learning & technology.

Part of our inspiration for our Professional Learning edition of the MindShare Learning Report is to support teachers and leaders at all levels in augmenting their expertise and transformation. We acknowledge that we’re all in a different place in the technology adoption cycle. Whether you’re an early adopter, middle, or a laggard, we hope to provide you with a golden nugget or two that inspire you to take the digital leap. One of the most effective strategies I’ve employed is finding a mentor and also being a mentee. The reality is as I mentioned at the outset, if you’re not mentoring, you’re not leading.

Professional learning comes in many forms; formal, informal, online, blended, through social media (twitter, skype chats) and face to face through conference and workshops. It really comes down to your preferred learning style that works for you.

I had the opportunity to attend Dr. Ron Owston’s recent keynote at the recent World Blended Learning Conference in Toronto. One of the BIG takeaways was that students don’t want too much technology in their teaching day. The key is to be strategic in the technology you choose to integrate and not be too concerned about wowing your students with the latest tech.

Research shows that students prefer a moderate amount of technology in a classroom setting, according to Dr. Owston, York University

I always enjoy hearing from members of the MindShare community. Don’t hesitate to drop me a note to share a blog, or upcoming event!

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

Career Opportunities

ASSOCIATE VICE-PRESIDENT OPEN LEARNING
Thompson River University

Senior Product Marketing Manager, Higher Education
D2L

Digital Education Consultant
Pearson Canada

Please contact us to submit your career opportunities

Featured Conferences

BrainSTEM Educator Symposium, NB | May 3rd – 5th

53rd CEOs’ Network Forum, Ottawa ON | May 23rd – 24th

Orion Think Conference, Toronto ON | May 24th

Open Textbook Summit 2017, Vancouver BC | May 24th – 25th

Canada Learning Code Week | June 1st – 8th

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


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
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:
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 our EdTech Strategy Consulting services.

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