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August 5, 2016

MindShare Report Summer Top 10 – Canadian EdTech Awards Launch

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Dear Thought Leader,

I’m pleased to share our Summer PD Top 10 news stories that illuminate Canada’s international leadership, excellence and innovative spirit!

Speaking of leadership, we’re pleased to announce the launch ofCanada’s EdTech Awards. Nominations are now open in the following categories:

  • K12 Teacher of the Year
  • K12 Administrator of the Year
  • Post-Secondary Professor of the Year
  • EdTech Business Leader of the Year

Award presentations will take place at the 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, Thursday, November 3 at MaRSDD, Toronto. Startups wishing to participate in the ‘Dragon’s Den’ style competition are encouraged to drop me a note with expressed interest.Registration to the Summit is now open. We hope to see you there!

As we’re preparing for our ‘Back to School’ MindShare Report we welcome your news and success stories.

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

Robert Martellacci
M.A. EdTech
Chief Digital Curator, The MindShare Learning Report™
President, MindShare Learning Technology™

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1. BC Ministry of Education hires Delta School District Superintendent and CEO Academy Founding Member

C21 Canada would like to extend sincere congradualtions to C21 CEO board member Dianne Turner who has been appointed as Chief Educator for B.C.

The province has hired away the Delta school district’s superintendent for a key role in the Ministry of Education.

Dianne Turner has been with the school district for eight years, helping oversee innovations in teaching in Delta.

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2. A MindShare Moment at ISTE16 with Global EdTech Legend Bruce Dixon from Melbourne Australia

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Bruce Dixon has spent the bulk of his career developing programs that assist governments to make effective use of technology across their education sector.

3. Top 5 PD Tips for Enhancing your Teaching with Technology by Tim Gard

You’ve just finished your year of teaching and your itching for a way to use technology more effectively in your classroom program next year. You’re aware of your need to modify and redefine the teaching and learning tasks you have designed for students so that you can use technology in ways that go beyond your ‘comfort zone’. You have fresh new ideas, an eager attitude and a desire to take some risks. But where do you go to get that PD you need to take your classroom technology program beyond the norm? Where do you go to move your technology integration into a more profound stage of teaching and learning?

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4. An ISTE 2016 Podcast with Jeff Lowe, VP, SMART Technologies on the future of SMART in light of their impending acquisition.

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Lowe brought more than 22 years of marketing experience in technology and telecom sectors. He joined SMART from TELUS, a leading Canadian national telecommunications company, where as vice president of marketing, business solutions, he oversaw a team of 90 marketing professionals responsible for branding, marketing communications, product marketing and channel marketing.

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5. A Canadian Educator’s Perspective of ISTE 2016 Award winning TDSB educator and MindShare advisory board member Sandra Chow

This year, the annual ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference and expo was held in Denver, Colorado to 19500+ attendees and exhibitors. Attendees came from 73 different countries around the world, and Canada was definitely well represented in this year’s conference. Not only did we have many Canadians attending the conference as participants, but many influential Canadian educators were also presenters, including our very own Michelle Cordy

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6. $6 million to help connect students with coding, new curriculum and computers

Connecting students with the skills they need to succeed in our changing world is the key goal of British Columbia’s new curriculum – and $6 million announced today by Premier Christy Clark will invest in training for teachers to teach coding and the new curriculum, as well as for computers for classrooms.

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7. C21 Canada announces the Launch of SHIFTING MINDS 4.0: Shifting Systems for Learning and Innovation Schulich School of Business, York University

Two leading documents are a sequel to Shifting Minds 3.0 Redefining the Learning Landscape in Canada. They are designed to help leaders continue to seek evidence and growth of innovative system cultures that promote competencies needed in a digital economy.

Click to download full documents:
Shifting Minds Imagine A New Generation

Shifting Systems Imagine the Possibilities

8. A MindShare Moment with Anne Flynn, Director, EdTech, National School Boards Association, on Community and Communication in Education as Driving Forces for Success

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Dr. Ann Lee Flynn is the Director of Education Technology and State Association Services for the National School Boards Association. For 25 years, NSBA’s Technology Leadership Network has highlighted promising practices and emerging trends at its TLN Site Visits and annual conference by designing programming targeted to the needs of district leadership teams and school board members.

9. Exclusive Podcast with Patricia Gartland, Superintendent, Coquitlam S.D. in B.C. and Stephen Whiffin, Associate Director of Instruction – Learning and Information Technologies on Change Leadership and Innovation

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Coquitlam School District enrolls over 30,000 students in 65 schools and serves the communities of Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody.

10. Copyright-free material edging out Canadian educational texts

Are Canadian students being forced to learn from foreign textbooks?

That’s the concern of John Degen, executive director of the Writers’ Union of Canada.

“I hear again and again from professors and from teachers saying that they simply don’t feel they have access to enough Canadian works right now,” he told CBC News.

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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
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November 3rd, 2016 at MaRsDD
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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

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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.

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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

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

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 7, 2016

July/August MindShare Report – Summer Special Edition: Professional Learning – ISTE Can/Am Spotlight

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July/August 2016

Volume 9, No. 5

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Quote of the Month

Professional Learning Spotlight

ISTE 2016 Retrospective Part 1

Can/Am ISTE Spotlight

ISTE 2016 Podcasts

C21 Canada Spotlight

K-12 Featured News

Post-Secondary Featured News

International Featured News

Conference Corner

Industry News

Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups

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A MindShare Moment at ISTE16 with Global EdTech Legend Bruce Dixon from Melbourne Australia

Bruce Dixon has spent the bulk of his career developing programs that assist governments to make effective use of technology across their education sector.Podcast

Dear Thought Leader,

Congratulations on a successful year of learning and transformation! Collectively as education and industry leaders we’ve impacted thousands of students who will go on to achieve new heights because of your hard work and dedication to the learning space.

Take the opportunity to savour  the moment and re-charge your batteries with our Summer PD Special Edition – Spotlight on ISTE – CanAm Celebration of Excellence.

Be sure to check out our many highlights!

  1. International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)Conference Denver – CanAm Highlights – Featured podcasts with world renowned educationalist, Bruce Dixon, Ann Flynn, Director, EdTech, National School Boards Association and Jeff Lowe, VP, SMART Technologies on the future of SMART in light of their impending acquisition.
  2. Dianne Turner appointed as Chief Educator for B.C. 
  3. MindShare Learning is Honoured to Win Chair’s Best International Partnership Award & a MindShare Moment with Alex Blackwood, IPN, highlights the upcoming conference in Olso, Norway  
  4. Top 5 PD Tips for Enhancing your Teaching with Technology courtesy of Tim Gard, Blogger at Large
  5. B.C. Invests $6 million in Coding & Computers
  6. Speaking of PD! Take advantage of our $100 Off Coupon Code (MSL100) for our valued subscribers to attend our 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, November 3rd @MaRsDD
  7. I was honoured recently to be appointed to the ICTC_CTIC Task Force on Driving Change Education and Skills DigitalTalent2020.

This marks our last issue for the summer as we take a breather in preparation for our back to school issue. Please don’t hesitate to drop me a note to share news, or inquire about our other services.

Special thanks to our valued partners, sponsors, contributing writers and members of our team, whose pursuit of excellence inspires each and every issue of the MSL Report to be the best each and every month.

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

“C21 Canada – Canadians for 21st Century Learning & Innovation is a good example of a partnership that brings together national education organizations, private sector companies, educators, and researchers to leverage new learning technologies and build the skills needed in today’s highly competitive, knowledge-based and global economy,” says Dr. Michael Bloom, Vice-President, Industry and Business Strategy, The Conference Board of Canada.“It is through collaborations like C21 Canada that new and effective approaches to teaching and learning take root and find their way into the classroom. Congratulations to Mindshare Learning and 21st Century Learning Associates for their 2016 Global Best Chair’s Award.” 

  MindShare Learning & 21st  Century Learning Associates WIN Global Best Chair’s Award

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Professional Learning Spotlight

Top 5 PD Tips for Enhancing your Teaching with Technology by Tim Gard

You’ve just finished your year of teaching and your itching for a way to use technology more effectively in your classroom program next year. You’re aware of your need to modify and redefine the teaching and learning tasks you have designed for students so that you can use technology in ways that go beyond your ‘comfort zone’. You have fresh new ideas, an eager attitude and a desire to take some risks. But where do you go to get that PD you need to take your classroom technology program beyond the norm? Where do you go to move your technology integration into a more profound stage of teaching and learning?

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ISTE 2016 Retrospective Part 1

image07MindShare Learning Proudly Partnered with ISTE16 as a Media Associate. Special Thanks to ISTE.

Noisy, messy, fun and collaborative are the words that come to mind in experiencing ISTE2016 in Denver. Quite a contrast to the learning environment I experienced as an aging baby boomer. With some 15,000 plus delegates (over 300 Canadians) on hand there was ample opportunity to connect with old and new friends. For a more in-depth Canadian educator perspective, check out Sandra Chow’s blog, Award winning TDSB educator and MindShare advisory board member.

ISTE PRESS RELEASES 

ISTE and Microsoft collaborate to provide new school planning and professional learning resources

Refreshed ISTE Standards for Students unveiled at ISTE 2016

Infographic: ISTE 2016 by the numbers

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A Canadian Educator’s Perspective of ISTE 2016 Award winning TDSB educator and MindShare advisory board member Sandra Chow

This year, the annual ISTE(International Society for Technology in Education) conference and expo was held in Denver, Colorado to 19500+ attendees and exhibitors. Attendees came from 73 different countries around the world, and Canada was definitely well represented in this year’s conference. Not only did we have many Canadians attending the conference as participants, but many influential Canadian educators were also presenters, including our very own Michelle Cordy

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Can/Am ISTE Spotlight

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ISTE CanAm Denver Marks 7th Annual Celebration of Excellence
Over 125 education and industry leaders gathered to connect, share and forge mutually beneficial partnerships in support of student success last Monday afternoon at ISTE in Denver. Jim Flanagan, Chief Learning Officer ISTE gave greetings on behalf of ISTE and expressed a desire to connect more closely with Canada in the future. On the Government of Canada front, David Smith, Sr. Trade Commissioner illuminated Canada as the leading trade partner to the United State’s. There were a number of notable guests including; Keith Kruger, CEO, CoSN; Dr. Karen Billings, VP, SIIA; Dr. Paul Sparks, Program Chair,  Pepperdine U EdTech; Nancy Knowlton, co-founder and CEO of Nureva Inc; the highly sought after keynote speaker,Angela Maiers; ISTE closing keynote, Canada’s Michelle Cordy. MindShare Board members on hand included, Edutopia’s Chip Fesko,Sandra Chow, TDSB; Ian Fogarty, Kevin CusterMichael Furdyk, TakingITGlobal. Notable EdTech players on hand, D2L, Learning Bird,Nureva, Advanced EducationSMART Technologies, Dreambox Learning, Nelson Education, EdTech Team, and West’s Education-SchoolMessenger. It was great meet many new people, especially,Patricia Gartland, Superintendent, Coquitlam S.D. in B.C. With over 300 Canadian education and indutry leaders at ISTE, in key roles, it’s safe to say we’re making our mark on the global stage. If you missed this year’s CanAm watch for the 8th annual in San Antonio next year!  R.M.

CmABZvMUYAAOnNiWelcoming remarks from MindShare’s Robert Martellacci at the recent 7th CanAm Celebration of Excellence in Partnership with the Government of Canada and ISTE

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Partners are all smiles after hosting a succesful Can/Am Reception: Jim Flanagan, Chief Learning Officer, ISTE (L), Robert Martellacci, MA EdTech, President, MindShare Learning Technology, Co-founder & President C21 Canada (C), David Smith, Sr. Trade Commissioner, Canadian Consulate Denver (R)

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ISTE 2016 Podcasts

Exclusive Podcast with Patricia Gartland, Superintendent, Coquitlam S.D. in B.C. and Stephen Whiffin, Associate Director of Instruction – Learning and Information Technologies on Change Leadership and Innovation

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An ISTE 2016 Podcast with Jeff Lowe, VP, SMART Technologies on the future of SMART in light of their impending acquisition.

 

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A MindShare Moment with Anne Flynn, Director, EdTech, National School Boards Association, on Community and Communication in Education as Driving Forces for Success

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C21 Canada Spotlight

C21 Canada announces the Launch of SHIFTING MINDS 4.0: Shifting Systems for Learning and Innovation Schulich School of Business, York University

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Two leading documents are a sequel to Shifting Minds 3.0 Redefining the Learning Landscape in Canada. They are designed to help leaders continue to seek evidence and growth of innovative system cultures that promote competencies needed in a digital economy.

Click to download full documents:
Shifting Minds Imagine A New Generation

Shifting Systems Imagine the Possibilities

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C21 Canada would like to extend sincere congradualtions to C21 CEO board member Dianne Turner who has been appointed as Chief Educator for B.C.

The province has hired away the Delta school district’s superintendent for a key role in the Ministry of Education.

Dianne Turner has been with the school district for eight years, helping oversee innovations in teaching in Delta.

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K-12 Featured News

Post-Secondary Featured News

International Featured News

Conference Corner

A MindShare Moment with Alex Blackwood, Chief Executive of the International education business Partnership Network (IPN), highlights the upcoming conference in Olso Norway

Alex is the current Chief Executive of the International education business Partnership Network (IPN). An Engineering graduate, he further qualified with a post graduate qualification in education and taught Physics and Mathematics. He became the first Partnership director in Scotland and went on to establish and be CEO of several EBP’s, including for the city of Glasgow.

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ECNO Award

image04 (3)Wayne Toms, ECNO President presents the Dan Cousineau outstanding volunteer award to Ron Plaizier CIO at Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

Industry News

Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups

Building a Digital Innovation Nation
ICTC 28.06.16

Chris Damaren: The Next 5 Years @ University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies
StartupToronto 01.07.16

Harvard Researchers Probe Student Time Spent Using DreamBox Math Software
Education Week 08.06.16

Knowledgehook named BNN’s Top Disruptor of Season 3
Knowledgehook 02.06.16

TORONTO-BASED AKINDI WORKS WITH TINY HEARTS FOR LAUNCH OF SCANTRON ALTERNATIVE IPHONE APP
Betakit 15.06.2016

Toronto is poised to become the next great producer of tech startups
TechCrunch 12.06.16

There’s a Revolution Underway in Education
Daily Commercial News 14.06.16

Premier’s Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel Releases Final Report
Government of Ontario News 06.23.16

School leaders, new research say technology helps increase engagement and career readiness
The Financial 07.06.16

MindShare Musings

I was inspired to see my former Mississauga Mayor, Hazel McCallionInstalled as Sheridan’s Inaugural Chancellor recently. She remains an inspiration to all of us. Kudos to Sheridan for having the courage to name McCallion to this high profile post.

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Speaking of convocations, I was honoured to be the guest of Dean Ron Owston’s final convocation as he ended his term at the Faculty of Education at my alma mater, York University. Dr. Owston certainly left his mark with his inspired leadership and innovative spirit that permeated throughout the faculty and beyond.I truly enjoyed listening to theNPR TedTAlkRadio show for the first time recently on my way home from sailing. The theme Nudge really hit home. The following is a short summary and link that I encourage you to tune into as summer listening. I think I’m going to be a regular listener.

Speaking of Nudging… OECD Canadian Report Canada is adjusting to the end of the commodities boom, but new policies are needed to boost productivity and reduce financial stability risks.

My good friend and colleague Maxim Jean-Louis, CEO Contact North and his team continue to make bold strides in the online learning space–Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate Dr. Tony Bates’ Textbook Now Available in French. With an English version numbering over 16,000 downloads, this ebook is no doubt a best seller and FREE!

I was honoured recently to be appointed to the ICTC_CTIC Task Force on Driving Change Education and Skills DigitalTalent2020. This is important work in dealing with the HUGE skills gap that is only going to get worse if we don’t address it in the short term! Stay tuned for more updates!

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

Featured Conferences

Startup EdTech Weekend Montreal, QC | July 15-17

EduTeach: International Conference on Advances in Education, Teaching and Technology | July 16-17

Education Industry Summit – ETIN | July 25-27

4th Annual McMaster Symposium on Education and Cognition, Hamilton, ON | August 11-12

TECHNOLOGY-ENABLED LEARNING AND LEADING INSTITUTE, Toronto, Ontario |  Aug 11-12

Canarie National Summit, Ottawa, ON | September 22-23

EdNet | Septemer 25-27

Northern Lights GAFE Summit, Yellowknife, NT| October 1-2

ERDI Fall 2016 | October 12 – 5

Alberta’s Blended and Online Symposium | October 23-25

Microsoft Accessibility Cross Canada Workshop Series | Learn about accessibility features that help empower an inclusive classroom.

7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit 2016, Toronto, ON | November 3

Career Opportunities

DEAN, FACULTY OF EDUCATION
University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Director, Educational Partnerships, K-12
Education Officer K-12 TVO

Director, Learning Technologies
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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
Bradley Grant, YorkU Education Student, Digital Learning Intern
Paul Sohor, YorkU Business Student, MindShare Business Intern
Valerie Rusnov, B.A. Hons., B.Ed., Editor

About The MindShare Learning Report™
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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. We harness the power of Web 2.0 technologies to feature engaging Vodcasts, podcasts, polling, Canadian educational technology news headlines & upcoming strategic industry events in the K-12, Higher Ed and corporate eLearning market segments. Other elements of the MSL Report eMagazine include: successful practices, ask an educator, ask a professor, research & tech tools, GreenIT and career listings, to support educators and educational technology providers in maintaining a pulse for emerging trends in Canada. mindsharelearning.com/report

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June 18, 2016

Top 10 News Stories for June – Announcing EdTech Summit Keynotes

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Dear Thought Leader,

As I scan this month’s Top 10 news stories, I feel a sense of pride and hope knowing our future leaders are in great hands.

One can’t help but be inspired by our newsmakers for their passion, commitment and leadership to keep Canada at the ‘top of the class’ on the world stage.

We’re thrilled to announce our 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit keynotes:

  • The Honourable Minister of Education (PEI), Doug Currie, Incoming Chair, Council Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC)
  • Dr. Karen Billings, VP Education, SIIA – A Global EdTech Leader who will share her findings of a recent EdTech survey
  • Maya Burhanpurkar, Canadian Student Scientist, Intel Global STEM Award Winner, Inventor, recently accepted entrance to Harvard University

Early bird ends June 30th! Space is limited!

We’re off to ISTE in Denver at the end of the month to host our CanAm Celebration of Excellence VIP Partnering Reception. Drop me a note if you haven’t received your invite! We have a very special announcement to share!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

Robert Martellacci
M.A. EdTech
Chief Digital Curator, The MindShare Learning Report™
President, MindShare Learning Technology™

1. Featured Podcast with Dr. John Malloy, Director of Education, TDSB on a New Vision for Learning

John Malloy, Director of Education joined the Toronto District School Board on January 4, 2016. Prior to this position, he served as an Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Student Achievement Officer with the Ontario Ministry of Education and as Director of Education for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.

His priority is to provide equitable access and opportunity to learning environments that promote well-being and allow Ontario’s learners to achieve success.

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2. Exclusive Podcast with Rod Allen, Superintendent Cowichan Valley School District on Change Leadership and Innovation

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Rod Allen, Superintendent for the Cowichan Valley School District and formerly the Assistant Deputy Minister / Chief Superintendent with the BC Ministry of Education was the architect of British Columbia’s transformation to personalized learning.  Under Allen’s leadership, BC became a major contributor to global transformation efforts and within BC he set a clear path for education transformation. Mr. Allen is also a member of the C21 CEO Academy.

3. The 21st Century Movement – Evolution or Revolution?

I’m going to come right out and state it. There’s no revolution in education at the moment. No, not 21st Century Learning – or whatever you want to term this focus – or in the use of technology, or even in the grand scale of the working out of Constructivism in it’s various incarnations. Revolution is radical and it permeates all facets of it’s relative context whereas an evolution is simply a change which can be measured or observed over a period of time. There are reasons for this; some of these reasons are obvious – I think – and some are not. Let me categorize – broadly – why I think that the 21st Century focus is simply evolutionary.

What do 21st Century Skills really mean anyway?

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4. Innovation That Sticks Case Study Report: Ottawa Catholic School Board

This case study report provides concrete guidance and information resources to support other School District leaders faced with the challenge of determining how they can get their own innovations to ‘stick’ and achieve their goals.

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5. Even Apple is acknowledging that the “iPads in education” fad is coming to an end

These were the findings from a survey of high school students and teachers in a district in the US state of Maine on how effective iPads were for learning and teaching. Almost 90% of teachers and 74% of students preferred laptops over tablets, according to the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal.

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6. Exclusive Podcast with Dr. Susanne Lajoie, McGill University on EdTech Trends Across the Disciplines

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Professor Susanne Lajoiereceived her Doctorate from Stanford University in 1986. She is a Canadian Research Chair Tier 1 in Advanced Technologies for Learning in Authentic Settings in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, appointed for her outstanding contributions to the field of Psychology as well as an Inaugural Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

7. EDSBY wins SIIA Education Technology Codie Award for Best Classroom Management Solution

The winner announcement was made by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, to an audience of over 300 leaders. 61 awards were given for products and services deployed specifically for B2B software, information and media companies.

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8. FreshGrade announces Series A funding

We are excited and proud to announce the closing of our Series A funding round led by Relay Ventures who are joined by returning investors Reach Capital, Accel Partners, and Emerson Collective.

At FreshGrade, we are part of something bigger than ourselves and are working to address the challenges facing educators in the 21st-century. We are proud to be used by more than one million people in over 70 countries worldwide.

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9. Exclusive Podcast with DJ Cunningham – How his Learning Disability Inspired his EdTech Startup

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DJ is co-founder of LEARNstyle Ltd, an education technology and training company based out of Toronto Canada. LEARNstyle is the largest serves provider of direct to student and teacher technology training in Ontario. Additionally LEARNstyle has launched an app development side of their business.

Their goal is to revitalize education with interactive multimedia learning opportunities for anyone anywhere, anytime.

10. Multiple Segments of the Education Technology Market to Witness Significant Growth Through 2020

Currently, cloud-based lecture capture solutions are in vogue. It is fast emerging as the most preferred form of delivering lectures to users and is expected to be widely deployed by organizations involved in online education. With this, the global lecture capture solutions market is slated to reach USD 672.25 billion by 2019.

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June MindShare Report – The Digital Transformation in Canada: Evolution or Revolution? – Cross Canada Spotlight on Quebec

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Volume 9, No. 5

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Featured Podcast with Dr. John Malloy, Director of Education, TDSB on a New Vision for Learning 

John Malloy, Director of Education joined the Toronto District School Board on January 4, 2016. Prior to this position, he served as an Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Student Achievement Officer with the Ontario Ministry of Education and as Director of Education for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.His priority is to provide equitable access and opportunity to learning environments that promote well-being and allow Ontario’s learners to achieve success.

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Dear Thought Leader,

The Canadian digital learning evolution or revolution? That is the question we ponder in our June MindShare Report – Cross Canada spotlight on Quebec.

All too often we see examples of new shiny tech tools entering a classroom without real planning or purpose. Innovation is also rediscovering what worked in the past. Is Dr. Papert finally coming of age?

This issue is packed with insights and significant developments in the learning & technology space across Canada and beyond.

Be sure to check out the following highlights in this issue:

  1. Governor General David Johnston talks innovation with Cantech Letter at C2MTL
  2. EDSBY WINS SIIA EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY CODIE AWARD FOR BEST CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT SOLUTION
  3. Innovation That Sticks Case Study Report: Ottawa Catholic School Board–Leading and Learning for Innovation, A Framework for District-Wide Change
  4. Exclusive Podcast with Dr. Susanne Lajoie, McGill University on EdTech Trends Across the Disciplines
  5. Exclusive Podcast with Rod Allen, Superintendent Cowichan Valley School District on Change Leadership and Innovation
  6. 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit Nov 3 @MaRSDD Early Bird Special Available. Global EdTech Expert, Dr. Karen Billings, VP Education, SIIA Announced as Keynote. Ralph Benmergui, former CBC TV Host, Journalist and Producer
  7. EdTech Blogger at Large Tim Gard Weighs in on the Digital Learning Evolution vs Revolution Debate.

With University and College classes wrapped up and K12 near a conclusion, we express our gratitude for the inspiration and passion that emanates from the many stories that we garnered and shared throughout the academic year.

Special thanks to you our much valued members of our MindShare Learning Community, our sponsors, advisory board and team for making this past year our best ever!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S. We’re pleased to be hosting our 7th CanAm Celebration of Excellence Partnering Reception at ISTE16 June 27th in Denver. Drop me a note if you’re going and would like to attend!

Robert Martellacci
M.A. EdTech
Chief Digital Curator, The MindShare Learning Report™
President, MindShare Learning Technology™

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Quote of the Month

C21 Canada 21st Century Leader Spotlight

Exclusive Podcast with Rod Allen, Superintendent Cowichan Valley School District on Change Leadership and Innovation

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Rod Allen, Superintendent for the Cowichan Valley School District and formerly the Assistant Deputy Minister / Chief Superintendent with the BC Ministry of Education was the architect of British Columbia’s transformation to personalized learning.  Under Allen’s leadership, BC became a major contributor to global transformation efforts and within BC he set a clear path for education transformation

Featured Blog by Tim Gard

The 21st Century Movement – Evolution or Revolution?

I’m going to come right out and state it. There’s no revolution in education at the moment. No, not 21st Century Learning – or whatever you want to term this focus – or in the use of technology, or even in the grand scale of the working out of Constructivism in it’s various incarnations. Revolution is radical and it permeates all facets of it’s relative context whereas an evolution is simply a change which can be measured or observed over a period of time. There are reasons for this; some of these reasons are obvious – I think – and some are not. Let me categorize – broadly – why I think that the 21st Century focus is simply evolutionary.

What do 21st Century Skills really mean anyway?

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Cross Canada Spotlight on Quebec

Exclusive Podcast with Dr. Susanne Lajoie, McGill University on EdTech Trends Across the Disciplines

Podcast

Professor Susanne Lajoie received her Doctorate from Stanford University in 1986. She is a Canadian Research Chair Tier 1 in Advanced Technologies for Learning in Authentic Settings in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, appointed for her outstanding contributions to the field of Psychology as well as an Inaugural Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

UQTR AND USMB CROSSED A NEW MILESTONE IN DIGITAL PEDAGOGY
U Quebec 10.05.2016

MetaMoJi Classroom Enables Language Students at Anglais sur Demande to Learn and Communicate using Mobile Devices | Virtual-Strategy Magazine
11.05.2016

Open Learning Limitations
Learn Quebec 19.05.16

Reflections from Past Classroom of the Future Contest WinnerWinning the Mindshare contest created great excitement here at Roslyn School, in Montreal Quebec! Being winners validated that thanks to the media literacy and computer programming that our public school offers, Roslyn students are well-equipped for the 21st century.

I’d like to think that teaching practices don’t change with technological equipment (the equipment merely helps the teacher make learning differentiated and relevant), but if precious teaching time is not spent having students waiting for machines to load, then that in itself is a major advantage!

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K-12 Featured News

Post-Secondary Featured News

International Featured News

Conference Corner

Sir Adam Beck launches first Annual Tech Expo Showcase

You are no doubt familiar with Small is beautiful. So too was the recent Tech Showcase at Sir Adam Beck School in the TDSB where Canada’s Classroom of the Future partners gathered with some 22 schools to share and explore the latest tech to create Learning Commons/Maker Spaces. The mindsharing was powerful with students, teachers, parents, school admin with vendor partners in exploring the future learning and innovation. Kudos to principal Michael Kranalec and Tim Gard to invited us into their school for this highly engaging afternoon of deep learning, innovation and inspiration for all!

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Tech Showcase host principal, Michael Kranalec, Sir Adam Beck Junior School Welcomes Guests to their first annual showcase event that attracted over 20 neighboring schools

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A student from Humbercrest shows off her robics skills as part of the school’s STEM Initiative

MindShare Proudly Sponsored EdCamp905 this past month

If you’ve never been to an EdCamp, I highly recommend you attend one to explore new ideas and make new friends and colleagues. My BIG takeaway that inspired our theme for this issue came from a Flipped Classroom session. One of the presenting teachers shared that they’d like to move to digital content, however, the pricing model by a publisher was leaving them no options but to buy textbooks. What I came to realize is that it’s not always the ‘education system’ that is holding back innovation, vendors need to take responsibility and not go down the path of least resistance. Hence, the question, are we in a digital learning evolution, or revolution? I like to say it takes a digital village to raise a child in the 21st century. Let’s take on this challenge to make resources affordable and not stifle innovation unnecessarily. Stay tuned for more to come! Special thanks to the EdCamp905 organizers for allowing me to participate in an excellent event and for choosing a location less than 2 kms from my house! R.M.

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EdCamp905 Collaborators Karen Yates and Stephen Hurley are thrilled with the many discussion topics to choose from. As the sign above says, “Be Not Afraid” to take on the EdCamp challenge!

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The OCE Discovery Conference Enlightened Leaders to the Sharing Economy with keynote by Robin Chase, Co-founder and former CEO, Zipcar.

Industry Leader Spotlight

Exclusive Podcast with DJ Cunningham – How his Learning Disability Inspired his EdTech Startup

Podcast

DJ is co-founder of LEARNstyle Ltd, an education technology and training company based out of Toronto Canada.  LEARNstyle is the largest serves provider of direct to student and teacher technology training in Ontario.  Additionally LEARNstyle has launched an app development side of their business.  Their goal is to revitalize education with interactive multimedia learning opportunities for anyone anywhere, anytime.

Industry News

Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups

MindShare Musings

I love the spring season. We leverage this time of year as a source for inspiration, celebration and renewal in bringing together our valued MindShare Learning advisory board team.  Thanks to Steelcase Education Canada, we gathered recently at their offices to envision our future roadmap as we strive to raise the bar in delivering the best value and services possible to our national community of  MindShare supporters.

image07Team MindShare: Gathered at the Steelcase WorkLife Centre for its annual board meeting, followed by a Blue Jays baseball outing!

image04 (2)MindShare Board meeting included a virtual learning adventure (pictured Brad Grant, MindShare team and Ron Sedran, board member) thanks to Sandra Chow and Google!

image02Dr. Camille Rutherford

Special thanks to Dr. Camille Rutherford, Brock University for her valued contribution to the MindShare Advisory Board, who recently stepped down.

Very cool to see past MindShare EdTech Summit keynoter,  Nolan Bushnell is making video games again! Check out his story via the following link. 

Hot off the press! First-Ever LEGO® Imagine Nation Tour Travels to Five Cities Across Canada

Congratulations Prof. David Hutchison Brock University, who receives an international teaching award  for his innovative practices.

EdTech Firms Take note of this Poll! While I’m not surprised, I do see the disconnect between education and industry leaders. If you ask our industry friends, we tend to hear more about the revolution, or sense of urgency. The bottom line is if you hope to offer your wares to a school, district or post-secondary institution, you need to find a happy middle ground and form a true partnership. There’s a reason why my old boss Kevin O’Leary was not fond of the education biz. He is a BIG fan of the classic hockey stick curved sales growth which is rarely seen in education.

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As always, we enjoy hearing from you! Until next time, walk the digital talk! Best! R.M.

Featured Conferences

CAUCE-CNIE Waterloo | May 30 – June 2

Social Media Week Toronto | June 6-9

CANHEIT 2016 Edmonton, Alberta | June 19-22

ISTE 2016 Denver | June 26 – 29

Virtual & Augmented Reality – World Co nference & Expo | June 26 – 27th

Education Industry Summit – ETIN | July 25-27

Northern Lights GAFE Summit, Yellowknife, NT| October 1-2

Alberta’s Blended and Online Symposium | October 23-25

Microsoft Accessibility Cross Canada Workshop Series | Learn about accessibility features that help empower an inclusive classroom.

Career Opportunities

Dean, Information & Communications Technologies
SAIT- SAIT POLYTECHNIC, Calgary, AB, CANADA

Professor, Mobile Technologies
SHERIDAN COLLEGE

Director of Velocity
University of Waterloo – Velocity

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
Bradley Grant, YorkU Education Student, Digital Learning Intern
Paul Sohor, YorkU Business Student, MindShare Business Intern
Valerie Ruston, 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. We harness the power of Web 2.0 technologies to feature engaging Vodcasts, podcasts, polling, Canadian educational technology news headlines & upcoming strategic industry events in the K-12, Higher Ed and corporate eLearning market segments. Other elements of the MSL Report eMagazine include: successful practices, ask an educator, ask a professor, research & tech tools, GreenIT and career listings, to support educators and educational technology providers in maintaining a pulse for emerging trends in Canada. mindsharelearning.com/report

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