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December 11, 2017

December MindShare Report – EdTech Summit Keynote Podcasts/Classroom Of The Future Challenge Launch

A newsletter from a pan-Canadian organization.

December 2017 Volume 10, Issue 10
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A MindShare Moment Podcast with STEM Educator Brian Aspinall on the Launch of his New Book “Code Breaker”
Brian Aspinall is an educator, three-time TEDx speaker, coder, and consultant. Having worked with ministries, unions, universities, district and school teams, and corporations, he is an internationally recognized thought leader in digital skills education. As a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in coding and computational thinking, Brian empowers educators to achieve more in the classroom using modern teaching tools and technology.

Dear thought leader,

At our recent Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, I questioned why we are still talking about, ‘pockets of innovation.’ Every school and district across Canada has the potential to be a beacon of innovation. It’s no longer an option to be status quo in this highly competitive global economy. I challenged educators and tech leaders to get beyond the fear factor and take risks and innovate as our kids’ future depends on you.

This December issue provides strategic insights from our Summit, including, keynote podcasts and highlights that I hope will spark your imagination and inspire you to innovate your classroom, school or district. Special thanks to our team, delegates, presenters and sponsors for helping make it our best ever summit!

As you may know, this week incidentally marks Hour of Code Week, which is a great catalyst for innovation in your school. Speaking of which, I’m fortunate to have attended the Can2067STEM conference today for a national conversation on scaling STEM and innovation across Canada. The ‘stars’ do appear aligned!

With that, I’m thrilled to share our December MindShare Report featuring one of Canada’s STEM educator guru’s podcast, Brian Aspinall on his newly released book, Code Breaker.

In closing, this week marks an important milestone for MindShare Learning as we had our official ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Bonnie Crombie, City of Mississauga, launching Canada’s first shopping mall located MindShare Workspace nnovation Centre. The state-of-the-art facility will serve K12, post-secondary with respect to startup weekends, robotics camps, co-op and internship opportunities as well as professional learning opportunities for teachers. We’re fortunate to feature many of our technology partners to keep us at the leading-edge! Drop me a note to come by and visit!

Join us at the ‘NEW’ MindShare Workspace for a GTA Open House Meeup Holiday Reception and announcement of Canada’s Top10 Newsmakers of the Year in EdTechThursday, December 14, 5-8pm at Erin Mills Town Centre. Please reserve your tickets as soon as possible . Drop me an email with your nominations by Monday, December 11!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

Best!


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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P.S. Be sure to enter our 10th Classroom of the Future Challenge – Extreme Classroom Makeover that officially launches in this issue!

Conference Corner
8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit Highlights and Keynote Podcasts, courtesy of VoicEd Radio

Dr. Karen Grose, VP Digital, TVO, was masterful in her role as MC for this year’s summit. Thank you!

Lord Jim Knight Opening Keynote Podcast

Lord Jim Knight is Chief Education Adviser at Tes Global, was our excellent opening keynote speaker.

Randall Fielding Podcast

Randall Fielding, world renowned and award winning school design architect.

Bridgette Alomes Closing keynote Podcast

Bridgette Alomes, CEO of Natural Pod and our closing keynote, was nothing short of amazing.

The Cross Canada Checkup Panel Moderated by Dr. Bill Hogarth was one of the highlights of the Summit

Always great to have students a part of the programming demonstrating their passion for learning. Special Thanks to Sir Adam Beck and Tim Gard.

Congratulations to the 2017 Canadian EdTech Award Winners

Dr. Steve Joordens

Professor of Psychology

University of Toronto

Lee Taal
CEO

Chatter High Communications Inc.

Mike Hengeveld

STEM Program Co-ordinator

Vancouver School Board

Dragon’s Den Startup Challenge Challenge Was Highly Contested and the Winner is…….Dr. Vinay Singh, Co-founder & CEO, Orange Neurosciences

Congrats to all participants in this highly contested startup challenge. Special thanks to our awesome judges panel!

Special Thanks to Jennifer Casa-Todd and Brian Aspinall for Co-hosting a Stellar Ignite Talk Evening as part of the Summit. What an amazing group of passionate teacher presenters! Thank You!

A fantastic, fast-paced finale to a day of innovative #edtech learning. Thanks to all the speakers who made #CDNedTech17 truly special! Courtesy of Microsoft Canada

Special Thanks to Jen Giffen for sharing an awesome Sketchnote of the Ignite Talks

Quotes of the Month

“ Congratulations on another successful Canadian EdTech Summit! I was pleased to be able to be there for such a great event and I was particularly impressed by the caliber of EdTech startups participating in the Dragon’s Den competition.”


David B. Smith

Trade Commissioner / Délégué commercial

Commercial Division / Division commerciale

Canadian Consulate General, Denver, Colorado

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“ I’m so glad I came and got to experience your Summit. Definitely learned a lot both from you and the speakers. The energy and participation was incredible and I felt inspired being a part of it.”

Kristina James

Marketing Leader, MDR

C21 Canada Update

C21 Canada continues to advocate for standards of practice to optimize stakeholder integrity for collaboration that targets deeper learning for students and system-wide innovation. A national scan seeks to uncover the question

What does technology integration look like where cultures of deep learning and innovative practice are flourishing?

The CEO Academy continues to focus on system-wide innovation scaling, diving deeper into professional inquiry around Data and New Metrics in the face of accountability and public access to large-scale data.While new technologies can offer great insights, it is the wisdom in the questions that will uncover the path.

Data Insights: How are systems using data to determine priorities? ensure equity? gather evidence? Integrate and apply tech?

The CEO Academy is pleased to welcome its newest members this fall:

Nicole Morgan
Assistant Deputy Minister from Yukon Education
Jody DiRocco
Director of Education from Algonquin & Lakeshore District School Board
Rory McGuckin
Director of Education from Toronto Catholic District School Board
John Malloy
Director of Education the
Toronto District School Board
Anthony Stack
Director of Education and CEO
Newfoundland & Labrador
English School District
The Future of Work & Learning
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie Officially Opened Canada’s First Shopping Mall-Located Coworking Innovation Space on Monday

MindShare Workspace, Canada’s first shopping mall-located coworking innovation space officially opened its doors at Erin Mills Town Centre in Mississauga, Monday, December 4th, 12:30pm, Erin Mills Town Centre, Unit E100A. Join us for a FREE stay this week!

K-12 Featured News
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Some Thoughts on Coding in Honour of The Hour of Code Week
Tim Gard Chief Digital Learning Strategist

We are well into the Hour of Code movement this week. Millions of students in many different countries have spent time coding using various online and offline coding tools, and by the end of the week, these students will write millions of lines of code.You can keep track of the statistics at the Hour of Code website.Why code? I think most of us have heard the reasons why we should teach students to code. In fact, many municipalities around the world have made coding a part of their local curriculum, and the reasons for initiating this are varied. Some of stated that students will need to know how to code like they need to learn to read and write. Others have noted that learning to code is a way to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and enhance creativity and collaboration. Others have stated that our economies will need a legion of programmers to keep up with the demand of economies as we further integrate technology across all of our key industries and systems.

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Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups
EdTech Leader Spotlight
Dr. David Guerin Shares his Inspiration behind his new book “Future Driven”
David is a principal and lead learner at Bolivar High School in Bolivar, Missouri. He is passionate about creating the best learning environment possible for his 800 students.

EdTech Industry Spotlight
Chatter High named EdTech Partner of the Year
We are proud to announce that Chatter High won our EdTech Partner of the Year award. Chatter High is a Vancouver Island Tech Park-based online resource that teaches teens, parents and educators how to best navigate the web to find job market, post-secondary, financial, health and other information, knows this well.

Keep up the great work!

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MindShare Musings – Connectors, Leaders, People on the Move

Just when I thought I was getting some time back in my life as an empty nester with three kids in university, I hit a new stratosphere in the workload category.

Embarking on the MindShare Workspace journey has been super exciting, daunting at the same time. Once I overcame the fear factor, and some tweaking to the business plan, we recently wrapped up the space reno in a record six weeks, or less!


Thanks to Stephen Hurley for joining us on opening day for live broadcasting via Voiced Radio. We’re offering a first day is on us promo. Drop me a note if you’re interested in coming by the space for a tour?

Congrats to Dr. Bonnie Schmit for realizing her vision of hosting the Canada2067 Summit this week. Great to connect with former Doug Currie, former Minister of Education, PEI and CMEC Chair.
Thanks to Bruce Rodrigues, Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Education for hosting, MindShare, LIngo Media and a delegation from China Education Publishing House. We had a rich exchange of innovative ideas on the future of digital publishing.
Be sure to drop us your news tips or upcoming events. We always enjoy hearing from you! Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep! R.M.
Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

With Computer Science Education Week upon us, we thought what better to focus on than STEM education and the importance of coding and technical skills for youth.

So why do we celebrate this week? The value of integrating computer science into everyday learning is more evident and critical than ever. With technology playing an ever-increasing role in our everyday lives, technological competence is no longer a nice-to-have, but a necessity for today’s curriculum and society.

Did you know that 50% of today’s jobs require some degree of technological skill? Further to this, in the next decade, this percentage is expected to increase to 77%. This represents a significant percentile of our students’ future jobs that will have technological fluency as a mandatory skillset. Not convinced yet? Keep reading.

The growth rate of digital jobs has already outpaced the overall economy’s rate by a ratio of over 4 to 1. In order to keep up with this rapid job growth, Canada will need approximately 43,000 IT students per year, yet in 2015, there were only 29,000 students – 6% of graduates – who graduated into the IT field. The skills gap is already an
evident issue.

So, what are educators doing to prepare the future of our workforce? They’re integrating STEM and technology into their everyday curriculum, they’re educating students on the wide variety of ICT jobs available in the market, and they’re teaching kids to code.

Microsoft is a strong supporter of the Hour of Code, a global movement led by Code.org. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to coding and computer science, designed to show that anyone can learn the basics! Tens of millions of students and over 200,000 teachers in 180 countries have engaged in an Hour of Code.

Want to host an hour but don’t know where to start? Check out this page for Minecraft coding tutorials, resources, and places you can go (like the Microsoft Stores) to attend an Hour of Code workshop!

Make an impact on your students’ future careers with digital literacy. Celebrate Computer Science Education Week and host an Hour of Code!

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learningforward 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
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FETC: FUTURE OF EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY
Orlando, Florida January 23-26 2018

Bett 2018: TRANSFORMING EDUCATION
London, England | January 24-27

OLA Super Conference 2018
Toronto, ON | January 31-February 3

OCT INSPIRING PUBLIC CONFIDENCE CONFERENCE 2018
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THAT’S A WRAP! Thanks to our MindShare Team for helping make this year’s Summit our Best Ever!
MindShare Advisory Board
The MindShare Report is grateful for the guidance and support provided by our esteemed advisory board.
Members include:

Lauren Burman, M.B.A., Chief Client Officer, POSSIBLE
Kevin Custer, Founding Principal, Arc Capital Development
Chip Fesko, Sr. Director of Advertising & Strategic Alliances, George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia Magazine
Ian Fogarty, Educator, Riverview High School | MindShare National Video Challenge Award Winner
Dr. GuyTetrault, Award Winning Sun West Director & CEO
Michael Furdyk, Co-Founder, TakingItGlobal
Dr. Eric Hamilton, Associate Dean of Education, Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Maxim Jean-Louis, CEO, Contact North/Contact Nord,
Gary Kern, Director of Learning, St. George’s School
Dr. Susanne Lajoie, Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University
David Marsi, Senior Manager Training Initiatives, ScotiaMcLeod
Jamie McNamara, Executive Director, Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta
Cheryl Paige, Consultant in Digital Technology Education, Former Principal, Joyce Public School, Toronto District School Board
Sandra Chow, Award Winning Teacher, Toronto District School Board
Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams

About Us

The MindShare Learning Report team is made up of the following individuals:

Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Chief Digital Curator
Timothy Gard, B.Ed., OCT, M.A, Chief Learning Strategist
Daniel Voci, Web and Graphic Designer
Valerie Rusnov,B.A. Hons., B.Ed., Editor
Filomena Martellacci, Hons., B.Ed., OCT, Editor

About The MindShare Learning Report™
Canada’s Learning & Technology eMagazine
Our mission is to transform education by sharing knowledge of 21st Century innovative best practices and success stories in the Canadian education market space and beyond.

Editorial content for the monthly issue is due the third week of each month.
Please forward your news releases as web links to
info@mindsharelearning.com
Advertising opportunities are available, please contact,
robert@mindsharelearning.com
Consulting opportunities are available, please contact:
robert@mindsharelearning.com
Annual subscriptions to the MindShare Learning Report can be purchased at $99 CDN

About MindShare Learning

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

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

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November 18, 2017

MindShare Learning Report >> November Top 10 News Stories in Canadian EdTech

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Dear Thought Leader,

If you didn’t get a chance to checkout our October Online Learning Special Feature, this issue provides a great synopsis of the Future of Learning in Canada.

I’m continually impressed by the passion and innovative spirit of education leaders across our vast and beautiful country.

As we arm them with the tech tools to further enhance and accelerate learning, I struggle with the obvious lack of equity in schools that is robbing our kids of an education they deserve.

As I stated at our recent Canadian EdTech Summit, I’m tired of talking and focusing on“Pockets of Innovation in a classroom or one school. Every school has the potential to be an innovation one offering inspiring learning environments, and tools to allow teachers and students to reach their full potential.” I welcome your thoughts.

I hope you enjoy this Top 10 special edition! As always, we welcome your stories and insight!

Watch for our December Future of Faculties of Education Special edition!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

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

Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn

1. Doug Currie former PEI Minister of Eduacation and CMEC Chair resigns from politics

P.E.I. Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie is leaving provincial politics after more than a decade in the provincial legislature.

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2. EdTech Industry Leader Spotlight with Fred Dixon, Co-Founder and CEO, Blindside Networks and BlG Blue Button 

Our first virtual product review of BIG Blue Button with Fred Dixon, Co-Founder and CEO, Blindside Networks and BlG Blue Button on the world’s leading open source web conference system for online learning

3. Next Generation Schools are no Longer an Option in Preparing Future Leaders

I often catch myself saying these days, “It’s never been a more exciting time to be in education.” The promise of technology and tools to engage students and accelerate learning is beyond what many of us ever imagined. Yet for the most part, I still see schools stuck in the industrial age model of learning.

What’s holding us back? Imagination. Courage. Funding. And perhaps fear of failure?

Read More

4. EdTech Leader Spotlight withGard Titlestad, President, ICDE
Reflects on World Online Conference Highlights
Joined ICDE in August 2011 after six years at the Nordic Council of Ministers in Copenhagen, Denmark where he was Head of the Department for Knowledge and Welfare. He managed the secretariat for various configurations of ministers: the ministers for education and research, the ministers for health and social affairs, andthe ministers for labour affairs and IT.

5. Exclusive Podcast with Dr. Tony Bates at the World Conference
On the State of Online Learning in Canada
Tony Bates is President and CEO of Tony Bates Associates Ltd, a private company specializing in consultancy and training in the planning and management of e-learning and distance education. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor in the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University, Toronto.

6. HRPA Ground breaking report: The Intelligence Revolution: Future Proofing Canada’s Workforce

We’re at a tipping point where machines are outsmarting humans. Now is the time for Canada to build on its strengths to develop a position of global leadership.

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7. Toronto School Board Extends Ban on Snapchar, Instagram, and Netflix
The school board said there were unexpected delays to upgrade their internet network during the summer. It will continue to block these websites to alleviate congestion and boost network capacity.

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8. Sweep of Educational Apps Fine Some Fall Short on Pirvacy
A sweep of a number of popular online applications used in Canadian classrooms has found that many service providers are carefully considering the needs of younger users when it comes to privacy, but others are falling short.

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9. Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Make : Change – Empowering classrooms to make the change they wish to see in the world
Last month, we talked about transforming education to support our common goal – providing an inclusive and high-quality education for all students. We talked about some of the resources and tools that are available to support educators and school systems through their journey to achieve this. We also touched on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and ways to teach and align your curriculum and daily lessons to help achieve these Sustainable Goals.

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10. Step Inside the Mind of the Young Stephen Hawkings as his PHD Thesis goes online for First Time
Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis, ‘ Properties of expanding universes’, has been made freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world, after being made accessible via the University of Cambridge’s Open Access repository, Apollo.

Read More

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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November 6, 2017

November MindShare Learning Report>> Online Learning Edition>> EdTech Summit Nov. 6 Registration Still Available!

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November 2017 Volume 10, Issue 9
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Announcing Closing Keynote, Bridgitte Alomes, CEO, Award-Winning Natural Pod
Creative Thought Leader, Inspiring Classroom Design World-Wide. 8th Canadian Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, November 6. See a Sneak-peek TedExWest VancouverEd Talk below.

Bridgitte Alomes, CEO of Natural Pod, is a thought leader dedicated to better environments for play, learning and collaboration using sustainable furniture. In her work with Natural Pod, she has helped create over 5,000 learning environments throughout the world. She’s engaged over 20,000 educators through her workshops and presentations and has been dedicated to creating play-based pedagogy and sharing the importance of the learning environment design. Bridgitte also serves as President on the board of the Green Schools National Network, creating broad-based initiatives and successful strategies aimed at fostering healthy, sustainable K-12 schools across the United States.

Dear thought leader,

I’m pleased to share our November MindShare Report Spotlight on Online Learning edition inspired by the recent World Conference on Online Learning hosted in Toronto by ContactNorth. I trust you’ll enjoy the deep insights from global experts on the future of online learning in Canada and beyond!

Be sure to check out my blog — Next Generation Schools Are No Longer An Option in Preparing Future Leaders. I can’t underscore enough the power of global collaboration and the impactful learning experienced both formally in sessions and informally in the hallways and on-site visits with delegates, at the recent World Conference on Online Learning that helped inspire my blog.

Below are just a few additional highlights not to miss in this issue!

  1. ‘I’ve had a good run’: Doug Currie former PEI Minister of Eduacation and CMEC Chair resigns from politics

  2. We are pleased to announce closing keynote, Bridgitte Alomes, CEO, of Award-Winning Natural Pod – Creative Thought Leader Inspiring Classroom Design World-Wide at our upcoming 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, November 6. Check out her TedTalk for a sneak peak of her keynote!

  3. Exclusive podcast with Gard Titlestad, Secretary General, ICDE Reflects on World Online Conference Highlights

  4. Insights on Canada’s first Online Learning study, exclusive podcast with Dr. Tony Bates, professor emeritus UBC and visiting scholar with ContactNorth

  5. Our first virtual product review of BIG Blue Button with Fred Dixon, Co-Founder and CEO, Blindside Networks and BlG Blue Button on the world’s leading open source web conference system for online learning.

  6. HRPA Ground breaking report: The Intelligence Revolution: Future Proofing Canada’s Workforce with skills of the future NOT jobs!

  7. C21 Canada Site Visits to West Vancouver School District & Coquitlam School District Highlights

With less than a week to go to our 8th EdTech Leadership Summit next week at MaRsDD, don’t miss your opportunity to explore the world of EdTech and Design thinking to meet the needs of today’s student. It’s not too late to register!

Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!


Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech

President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Curator, The MindShare Learning Report™
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™

Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn

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

Quote of the Month
“Anyone, anywhere in the world should have free, unhindered access to not just my research, but to the research of every great and enquiring mind across the spectrum of human understanding.”

–Stephen Hawking Step inside the mind of the young Stephen Hawking as his PhD thesis goes online for first time

“Reforming education to ensure Canadians enter the workforce with the future-proofed skills they need to succeed in a digital world are among the key.”

 HRPA Ground breaking report: The Intelligence Revolution: Future Proofing Canada’s Workforce

C21 Canada District Site Visits Provide a Glimpse into the Future of K12 Learning in Canada

My recent travels to Vancouver enabled me to connect with two C21 CEO Academy board members: Chris Kennedy, Superintendent, West Vancouver SD and Patricia Gartland, Superintendent. Coquitlam SD. While we often hear of High Tech-High as a Model School for the Future of Learning in Silicon Valley, I would argue that Canada boasts many of its own innovative schools and districts of tomorrow today. No need to travel south any longer if you’re searching for excellent examples of future schools today!

Special thanks to Chris, Patricia and their passionate educators and students for a most inspired visit!

One gets a strong sense of personalization at West Vancouver SD, beginning with District office chamber doors featuring Indigenous art. Pictured (L-R) Robert Martellacci, President, C21 Canada & Chris Kennedy, Superintendent & CEO
Caulfield Elementary in West Vancouver SD transformed an existing school into a State-of-the-Art Learning Environments to facilitate Inquiry-Based Learning
Patricia Gartland provided the leadership to support the transformation of a school slated for closure into an InquiryHub Secondary School, while Coquitlam’s Riverside Secondary journeyed down a path of one to one computing. Here’s a link to their innovation story
EdTech Industry Leader Spotlight with Fred Dixon, Co-Founder and CEO, Blindside Networks and BlG Blue Button
Our first virtual product review of BIG Blue Button with Fred Dixon, Co-Founder and CEO, Blindside Networks and BlG Blue Button on the world’s leading open source web conference system for online learning.

 

Ed Leader Spotlight with School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)’s Director of Instruction Stephen Whiffin
Stephen is the recipient of Microsoft EDU Canada’s Bob Allison Memorial Award – honouring the top educational technology leader in Canada – at the CLC conference in Whistler!
Marc Seaman, VP Education, Microsoft Canada, pictured with Stephen Whiffen, Director of Instruction, SD43 Recipient of the Microsoft EDU Canada’s Bob Allison Memorial Award – honouring the top educational technology leader
The Future of Work & Learning
Watch for the Major News Announcement on the Future of Work and Learning at the Upcoming 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, Monday, November 6, MaRsDD, Toronto
An amazing learning adventure experienced recently as we prepare to launch our MindShare Workspace redefining the Future of Work and Learning Photo courtesy of GCUC Canada
K-12 Featured News
Post-Secondary Featured News
International Featured News
Industry News
Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups
Conference Corner
The World Conference on Online Learning in Toronto, recently hosted by ContactNorth,lived up to expectations with a world-class line-up of presenters and a record number of some 1,400 delegates in attendance from around the world. Tune into exclusive podcasts with Gard Titlestad, Secretary General, ICDE who reflects on World Online Conference Highlights, and insights on Canada’s first Online Learning study with Dr. Tony Bates, Professor Emeritus UBC and visiting scholar with ContactNorth. Congratulations to Maxim Jean-Louis, conference chair, his organizing committee and ICDE for an outstanding event.
EdTech Leader Spotlight with Gard Titlestad, President, ICDE
Reflects on World Online Conference Highlights

Joined ICDE in August 2011 after six years at the Nordic Council of Ministers in Copenhagen, Denmark where he was Head of the Department for Knowledge and Welfare. He managed the secretariat for various configurations of ministers: the ministers for education and research, the ministers for health and social affairs, andthe ministers for labour affairs and IT.

 

Exclusive Podcast with Dr. Tony Bates at the World Conference
On the State of Online Learning in Canada
Tony Bates is President and CEO of Tony Bates Associates Ltd, a private company specializing in consultancy and training in the planning and management of e-learning and distance education. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor in the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University, Toronto.

 

ICDE Site Tours as part of the WCOOL Conference to Ryerson University DMZ Innovation Zones & MaRSDD Facilitated by MindShare Learning Provided International Delegation with a Rich Learning Exchange
MindShare Musings

Next Generation Schools Are No Longer An Option in Preparing Future Leaders

I often catch myself saying these days, “It’s never been a more exciting time to be in education.” The promise of technology and tools to engage students and accelerate learning is beyond what many of us ever imagined. Yet for the most part, I still see schools stuck in the industrial age model of learning.

What’s holding us back? Imagination. Courage. Funding. And perhaps fear of failure?

In recent weeks I’ve had the good fortune of visiting a number of leading-edge schools in the K12 and post-secondary space across Canada. Last week I hosted a delegation from Oslo, Norway on a study visit in town for the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning. I see a number of themes emerging that I’d like to share in supporting and nurturing our country’s schools in getting beyond pockets of innovation. My top 5 takeaways from recent school visits:

  1. Cross collaboration with peers nationally and internationally to share and learn is vital to embedding a culture of innovation.

  2. Creating innovative learning environments can be done cost effectively through strategic partnerships and planning.

  3. Collaborative and inspirational spaces are replacing straight row desks and SMARTboards.

  4. Inquiry-based learning, where students solve real-world problems, is one of the most powerful forms of learning teachers can infuse in their teaching practice to nurture 21st century skills.

  5. Leadership is required at all levels by engaging key stakeholders in the success equation to inspire a shift from the industrial-age classroom to a true 21st century digital learning environment.

  6. Bonus. Instilling the notion of agile and lifelong learning is vital to nurturing student success.

I look forward to taking a deeper dive into some of these themes, and more, at our upcoming 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit — Designing Next Generation Schools for Today’s Student Conference, Monday, November 6, MaRsDD, Toronto.

You are most welcome to join us! A limited number of spaces are still available. As a member of my network, please enjoy a $50 discount coupon by using code: MSL50.

Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Make : Change – Empowering classrooms to make the change they wish to see in the world

When technology is within their reach, students and educators can do remarkable things. When provided with the right tools and given the opportunity to collaborate, create, and problem solve, a student’s true potential is unlocked, and the mind is free to think and do amazing things.

Last month, we talked about transforming education to support our common goal – providing an inclusive and high-quality education for all students. We talked about some of the resources and tools that are available to support educators and school systems through their journey to achieve this. We also touched on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and ways to teach and align your curriculum and daily lessons to help achieve these Sustainable Goals.

Read More

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8th CANADIAN EDTECH LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 150 Toronto, ON November 6

Kitchener-Waterloo: National Girls Learning Code Day Kitchener, ON November 7

CANADA LEARNING CODE various dates and cities, November

BRING IT TOGETHER #BIT1 7 Niagara Falls, ON November 8-10

CANARIE NATIONAL SUMMIT 2017 Ottawa, ON, November 14-15

The QUEST, YRDSB Richmond Hill November 15-17

eCAMPUS ONTARIO TESS Toronto, ON November 20-21

5th Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit 2017 Toronto, ON November 29-30

learningforward 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE Orlando, Florida December 2-6,

FETC: FUTURE OF EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY Orlando, Florida January 23-26 2018

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MindShare Advisory Board
The MindShare Report is grateful for the guidance and support provided by our esteemed advisory board.
Members include:

Lauren Burman, M.B.A., Chief Client Officer, POSSIBLE
Kevin Custer, Founding Principal, Arc Capital Development
Chip Fesko, Sr. Director of Advertising & Strategic Alliances, George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia Magazine
Ian Fogarty, Educator, Riverview High School | MindShare National Video Challenge Award Winner
Dr. GuyTetrault, Award Winning Sun West Director & CEO
Michael Furdyk, Co-Founder, TakingItGlobal
Dr. Eric Hamilton, Associate Dean of Education, Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Maxim Jean-Louis, CEO, Contact North/Contact Nord,
Gary Kern, Director of Learning, St. George’s School
Dr. Susanne Lajoie, Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University
David Marsi, Senior Manager Training Initiatives, ScotiaMcLeod
Jamie McNamara, Executive Director, Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta
Cheryl Paige, Consultant in Digital Technology Education, Former Principal, Joyce Public School, Toronto District School Board
Sandra Chow, Award Winning Teacher, Toronto District School Board
Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams

About Us

The MindShare Learning Report team is made up of the following individuals:

Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Chief Digital Curator
Timothy Gard, B.Ed., OCT, M.A, Chief Learning Strategist
Bradley Grant, B.A Hons., B.Ed., OCT, Digital Learning Specialist
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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November 3, 2017

November MindShare Learning Report>> Online Learning Edition>> EdTech Summit Nov. 6 Registration Still Available!

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November 2017 Volume 10, Issue 9
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Announcing Closing Keynote, Bridgitte Alomes, CEO, Award-Winning Natural Pod
Creative Thought Leader, Inspiring Classroom Design World-Wide. 8th Canadian Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, November 6. See a Sneak-peek TedExWest VancouverEd Talk below.

Bridgitte Alomes, CEO of Natural Pod, is a thought leader dedicated to better environments for play, learning and collaboration using sustainable furniture. In her work with Natural Pod, she has helped create over 5,000 learning environments throughout the world. She’s engaged over 20,000 educators through her workshops and presentations and has been dedicated to creating play-based pedagogy and sharing the importance of the learning environment design. Bridgitte also serves as President on the board of the Green Schools National Network, creating broad-based initiatives and successful strategies aimed at fostering healthy, sustainable K-12 schools across the United States.

Dear thought leader,

I’m pleased to share our November MindShare Report Spotlight on Online Learning edition inspired by the recent World Conference on Online Learning hosted in Toronto by ContactNorth. I trust you’ll enjoy the deep insights from global experts on the future of online learning in Canada and beyond!

Be sure to check out my blog — Next Generation Schools Are No Longer An Option in Preparing Future Leaders. I can’t underscore enough the power of global collaboration and the impactful learning experienced both formally in sessions and informally in the hallways and on-site visits with delegates, at the recent World Conference on Online Learning that helped inspire my blog.

Below are just a few additional highlights not to miss in this issue!

  1. ‘I’ve had a good run’: Doug Currie former PEI Minister of Eduacation and CMEC Chair resigns from politics

  2. We are pleased to announce closing keynote, Bridgitte Alomes, CEO, of Award-Winning Natural Pod – Creative Thought Leader Inspiring Classroom Design World-Wide at our upcoming 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, November 6. Check out her TedTalk for a sneak peak of her keynote!

  3. Exclusive podcast with Gard Titlestad, Secretary General, ICDE Reflects on World Online Conference Highlights

  4. Insights on Canada’s first Online Learning study, exclusive podcast with Dr. Tony Bates, professor emeritus UBC and visiting scholar with ContactNorth

  5. Our first virtual product review of BIG Blue Button with Fred Dixon, Co-Founder and CEO, Blindside Networks and BlG Blue Button on the world’s leading open source web conference system for online learning.

  6. HRPA Ground breaking report: The Intelligence Revolution: Future Proofing Canada’s Workforce with skills of the future NOT jobs!

  7. C21 Canada Site Visits to West Vancouver School District & Coquitlam School District Highlights

With less than a week to go to our 8th EdTech Leadership Summit next week at MaRsDD, don’t miss your opportunity to explore the world of EdTech and Design thinking to meet the needs of today’s student. It’s not too late to register!

Until next time, keep the 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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P.S. A BONUS addition to our Canadian EdTech Summit, Ignite the Night with education thought leaders Brian Aspinall, Jennifer Casa-Todd and friends, promises a fast-paced series of passionate educator presentations that will inspire all leaders!

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“Anyone, anywhere in the world should have free, unhindered access to not just my research, but to the research of every great and enquiring mind across the spectrum of human understanding.”

–Stephen Hawking Step inside the mind of the young Stephen Hawking as his PhD thesis goes online for first time

“Reforming education to ensure Canadians enter the workforce with the future-proofed skills they need to succeed in a digital world are among the key.”

 HRPA Ground breaking report: The Intelligence Revolution: Future Proofing Canada’s Workforce

C21 Canada District Site Visits Provide a Glimpse into the Future of K12 Learning in Canada

My recent travels to Vancouver enabled me to connect with two C21 CEO Academy board members: Chris Kennedy, Superintendent, West Vancouver SD and Patricia Gartland, Superintendent. Coquitlam SD. While we often hear of High Tech-High as a Model School for the Future of Learning in Silicon Valley, I would argue that Canada boasts many of its own innovative schools and districts of tomorrow today. No need to travel south any longer if you’re searching for excellent examples of future schools today!

Special thanks to Chris, Patricia and their passionate educators and students for a most inspired visit!

One gets a strong sense of personalization at West Vancouver SD, beginning with District office chamber doors featuring Indigenous art. Pictured (L-R) Robert Martellacci, President, C21 Canada & Chris Kennedy, Superintendent & CEO
Caulfield Elementary in West Vancouver SD transformed an existing school into a State-of-the-Art Learning Environments to facilitate Inquiry-Based Learning
Patricia Gartland provided the leadership to support the transformation of a school slated for closure into an InquiryHub Secondary School, while Coquitlam’s Riverside Secondary journeyed down a path of one to one computing. Here’s a link to their innovation story
EdTech Industry Leader Spotlight with Fred Dixon, Co-Founder and CEO, Blindside Networks and BlG Blue Button
Our first virtual product review of BIG Blue Button with Fred Dixon, Co-Founder and CEO, Blindside Networks and BlG Blue Button on the world’s leading open source web conference system for online learning.

 

Ed Leader Spotlight with School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)’s Director of Instruction Stephen Whiffin
Stephen is the recipient of Microsoft EDU Canada’s Bob Allison Memorial Award – honouring the top educational technology leader in Canada – at the CLC conference in Whistler!
Marc Seaman, VP Education, Microsoft Canada, pictured with Stephen Whiffen, Director of Instruction, SD43 Recipient of the Microsoft EDU Canada’s Bob Allison Memorial Award – honouring the top educational technology leader
The Future of Work & Learning
Watch for the Major News Announcement on the Future of Work and Learning at the Upcoming 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, Monday, November 6, MaRsDD, Toronto
An amazing learning adventure experienced recently as we prepare to launch our MindShare Workspace redefining the Future of Work and Learning Photo courtesy of GCUC Canada
K-12 Featured News
Post-Secondary Featured News
International Featured News
Industry News
Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups
Conference Corner
The World Conference on Online Learning in Toronto, recently hosted by ContactNorth,lived up to expectations with a world-class line-up of presenters and a record number of some 1,400 delegates in attendance from around the world. Tune into exclusive podcasts with Gard Titlestad, Secretary General, ICDE who reflects on World Online Conference Highlights, and insights on Canada’s first Online Learning study with Dr. Tony Bates, Professor Emeritus UBC and visiting scholar with ContactNorth. Congratulations to Maxim Jean-Louis, conference chair, his organizing committee and ICDE for an outstanding event.
EdTech Leader Spotlight with Gard Titlestad, President, ICDE
Reflects on World Online Conference Highlights

Joined ICDE in August 2011 after six years at the Nordic Council of Ministers in Copenhagen, Denmark where he was Head of the Department for Knowledge and Welfare. He managed the secretariat for various configurations of ministers: the ministers for education and research, the ministers for health and social affairs, andthe ministers for labour affairs and IT.

 

Exclusive Podcast with Dr. Tony Bates at the World Conference
On the State of Online Learning in Canada
Tony Bates is President and CEO of Tony Bates Associates Ltd, a private company specializing in consultancy and training in the planning and management of e-learning and distance education. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor in the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University, Toronto.

 

ICDE Site Tours as part of the WCOOL Conference to Ryerson University DMZ Innovation Zones & MaRSDD Facilitated by MindShare Learning Provided International Delegation with a Rich Learning Exchange
MindShare Musings

Next Generation Schools Are No Longer An Option in Preparing Future Leaders

I often catch myself saying these days, “It’s never been a more exciting time to be in education.” The promise of technology and tools to engage students and accelerate learning is beyond what many of us ever imagined. Yet for the most part, I still see schools stuck in the industrial age model of learning.

What’s holding us back? Imagination. Courage. Funding. And perhaps fear of failure?

In recent weeks I’ve had the good fortune of visiting a number of leading-edge schools in the K12 and post-secondary space across Canada. Last week I hosted a delegation from Oslo, Norway on a study visit in town for the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning. I see a number of themes emerging that I’d like to share in supporting and nurturing our country’s schools in getting beyond pockets of innovation. My top 5 takeaways from recent school visits:

  1. Cross collaboration with peers nationally and internationally to share and learn is vital to embedding a culture of innovation.

  2. Creating innovative learning environments can be done cost effectively through strategic partnerships and planning.

  3. Collaborative and inspirational spaces are replacing straight row desks and SMARTboards.

  4. Inquiry-based learning, where students solve real-world problems, is one of the most powerful forms of learning teachers can infuse in their teaching practice to nurture 21st century skills.

  5. Leadership is required at all levels by engaging key stakeholders in the success equation to inspire a shift from the industrial-age classroom to a true 21st century digital learning environment.

  6. Bonus. Instilling the notion of agile and lifelong learning is vital to nurturing student success.

I look forward to taking a deeper dive into some of these themes, and more, at our upcoming 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit — Designing Next Generation Schools for Today’s Student Conference, Monday, November 6, MaRsDD, Toronto.

You are most welcome to join us! A limited number of spaces are still available. As a member of my network, please enjoy a $50 discount coupon by using code: MSL50.

Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Make : Change – Empowering classrooms to make the change they wish to see in the world

When technology is within their reach, students and educators can do remarkable things. When provided with the right tools and given the opportunity to collaborate, create, and problem solve, a student’s true potential is unlocked, and the mind is free to think and do amazing things.

Last month, we talked about transforming education to support our common goal – providing an inclusive and high-quality education for all students. We talked about some of the resources and tools that are available to support educators and school systems through their journey to achieve this. We also touched on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and ways to teach and align your curriculum and daily lessons to help achieve these Sustainable Goals.

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Career Opportunities
Featured Conferences

8th CANADIAN EDTECH LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 150 Toronto, ON November 6

Kitchener-Waterloo: National Girls Learning Code Day Kitchener, ON November 7

CANADA LEARNING CODE various dates and cities, November

BRING IT TOGETHER #BIT1 7 Niagara Falls, ON November 8-10

CANARIE NATIONAL SUMMIT 2017 Ottawa, ON, November 14-15

The QUEST, YRDSB Richmond Hill November 15-17

eCAMPUS ONTARIO TESS Toronto, ON November 20-21

5th Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit 2017 Toronto, ON November 29-30

learningforward 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE Orlando, Florida December 2-6,

FETC: FUTURE OF EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY Orlando, Florida January 23-26 2018

View More Events Here

MindShare Advisory Board
The MindShare Report is grateful for the guidance and support provided by our esteemed advisory board.
Members include:

Lauren Burman, M.B.A., Chief Client Officer, POSSIBLE
Kevin Custer, Founding Principal, Arc Capital Development
Chip Fesko, Sr. Director of Advertising & Strategic Alliances, George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia Magazine
Ian Fogarty, Educator, Riverview High School | MindShare National Video Challenge Award Winner
Dr. GuyTetrault, Award Winning Sun West Director & CEO
Michael Furdyk, Co-Founder, TakingItGlobal
Dr. Eric Hamilton, Associate Dean of Education, Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Maxim Jean-Louis, CEO, Contact North/Contact Nord,
Gary Kern, Director of Learning, St. George’s School
Dr. Susanne Lajoie, Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University
David Marsi, Senior Manager Training Initiatives, ScotiaMcLeod
Jamie McNamara, Executive Director, Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta
Cheryl Paige, Consultant in Digital Technology Education, Former Principal, Joyce Public School, Toronto District School Board
Sandra Chow, Award Winning Teacher, Toronto District School Board
Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams

About Us

The MindShare Learning Report team is made up of the following individuals:

Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Chief Digital Curator
Timothy Gard, B.Ed., OCT, M.A, Chief Learning Strategist
Bradley Grant, B.A Hons., B.Ed., OCT, Digital Learning Specialist
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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Inquire about our EdTech Strategy Consulting services.

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October 22, 2017

MindShare Learning Report — October Top 10 News Stories in Canadian EdTech I

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Dear Thought Leader,

This week I had the good fortune of participating in the World Conference on Online Learning in Toronto. I’m looking forward to leading a site visit with MaRSDD – International Council for Open and Distance Education – ICDE – Oslo. Be sure to watch for our November issue of the MindShare Report for a deeper dive and podcast highlights!

The learning I’ve experienced this week in connecting me with global colleagues and thought leaders on online learning was deep and insightful. It reminds me of the tremendous value of formal and informal learning in a face2face setting. A very good segway to an event that’s been very much on my mind of late!

I hope our EdTech Summit is in your calendar as we have 18 Days to go! Canada’s Educational Technology Leadership Summit, Monday, November 6th at MaRSDD

It’s NOT too late to register! PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!

Enjoy our Top 10 News stories and podcasts for October! We welcome your comments and success stories!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S Last chance: Enjoy a $50 discount to our Canadian EdTech Summit as a valued community member! Use discount code: mslpc50

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. A MindShare Moment Video Podcast with Brian Aspinall

On his new gig with Actua, STEM, Coding and what to expect at the 8th EdTech Summit150 Ignite the Night event November 6 at MaRSDD
Brian is a public school teacher in Ontario, Canada on a mission to hack education by coding a classroom for students to create, communicate, think critically and collaborate, and highlights his current work with actua.

Follow Brian on Twitter @mraspinall

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

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

3. New Research from the OECD : Schools at the Crossroads of Innovation in Cities and Regions
Many people would not consider schools among the most innovative institutions of modern societies. This perception is not entirely accurate, since education is innovating in many ways in order to meet the demands of the 21st century economies and societies. But teachers and schools cannot do it alone. They should be seen as actors and partners in broader ecosystems of innovation and learning at the local and regional levels.

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

Ontario is investing in free online textbooks and educational resources for students to make college and university more affordable and accessible.

Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Digital Government, made the announcement today at eCampusOntario, alongside partners in digital education.

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

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6. Teacher Talk: 12 MakerSpace Must Haves

Makerspaces are becoming a classroom staple. As these shared spaces for student-led learning continue to flourish, the concepts, tools and applications of makerspaces have reached a new level of variety. For those new to “making,” developing the blueprints for a classroom makerspace this back-to-school season can be intimidating.

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

8. Minister Patty Hajdu kicks off unique nation wide student work integrated for the digital economy
Today, the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is delighted to announce the official launch of the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program WIL Digital to develop industry and innovation ready talent for the digital economy.

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9. MindShare Book Review by Timothy Gard

Disruptive classroom Technologies: A Framework for Innovation in Education
The T3 Framework – translational, transformation, and transcendent – is poised to move us forward into an actual realization of the way technology should be viewed, and used to make an impact in the classroom. Dr. Magana’s framework makes sense, and it gives us a usable system to use technology in innovative ways. We know that in recent studies technology has been shown to have a low to middling effect on learning outcomes.

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10. Staples Canada brings The Genius Lab coding and robotics programs to 5 GTA locations
Staples Canada is teaming up with Logics Academy to provide STEM education programs, called The Genius Labs, to students at five of its GTA locations this October.

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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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