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March 18, 2017

10th Anniversary March Top 10 News Stories

From Friday’s inbox…

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Dear Thought Leader,

I’m pleased to share this month’s Top 10 news stories on the eve of our 10th anniversary of the MindShare Report.

Thanks to all for your kind and inspirational words of congratulations. We truly value our mindshare community of readers. Please take a moment to complete a short survey to help us innovate and provide you deeper insights in the world of educational technology through a Canadian lens.

As I look forward to the next 10 years, I share this tweet I sent just this week, “The promise of #EdTech hasn’t been fully realized. I have yet to see a fully #digital district where learning is seamless.”

The tech is there; digital books, assessment tools, PD, bandwidth, tablets, tech savvy teachers (for the most part). Funding has long been argued as the main barrier to full integration. Yet we continue to see pockets of excellence, or innovation. What’s holding us back? I welcome your thoughts.
Hence, my hypothesis leads me to believe that education is ripe for massive disruption leading up to 2020. The proliferation of startups popping up in the EdTech space appears to be a strong indicator.

What if we started a bold movement and declared, “#GoPaperlessDay” across Canada? It’s been argued that the millions of dollars spent annually by school districts and post-secondary institutions on printing could be redirected toward EdTech to radically transform education where every student truly experiences tech infused pedagogy. Are you in?

I issue you a challenge to join me in going paperless. I declare Friday, April 7th#GoPaperlessDay! I promise to do my part to support you in our collective mission to enable all students to experience a true 21st century education.

Before I close off. An important note to share. We’re pleased to partner with CoSN Invent the Future Conference April 3-6. Join us in Chicago! It’s not too late to register!

Until next time, keep the ‘digital’ learning curve steep!

Best,

P.S. 17 Days to Go! Enter your Canada 150 Classroom of the Future video to qualify to WIN a Makerspace for your school!
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

Reader Comments
“Congratulations on 10 years of pushing the conversation forward to ensure education is continuously revamping to serve the needs of our students. I look forward to many more years ahead!”
George Couros, Learner, educator, and Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership consultant.
1. 10th Anniversary – Featured
Exclusive Podcasts

2. Provincial Education Funding Announcement earns every Public Student in B.C. $50

The B.C. government has announced some one-time funding for the province’s education system to be used by schools for supplies.

The Student Learning Grant will provide $29.4 million dollars to both public and private schools in the coming weeks.

Read More

3. Top Hat Raises $22.5 Million to Go After Pearson, McGraw-Hill
The $22.5 million round is Top Hat’s biggest yet and brings its total funding to about $40 million, the Toronto-based company said in a statement Wednesday. New York-based Union Square Ventures participated, as well as previous investors iNovia Capital and Georgian Partners, among others. The funding values Top Hat at $185 million, according to people familiar with the deal.

Read More

4. 10th Anniversary Podcast Reflections with Tim Gard & Robert Martellacci
A special 10th Anniversy Podcast with Tim Gard, Chief Digital Learning Strategist and Robert Martellacci, Chief Digital Curator – Reflecting on 10 Years at MindShare Learning and the evolution of Educational technology

5. Microsoft launches Intune for Education to counter Google’s Chromebooks in schools

Microsoft announced Intune for Education, a new tier of its existing enterprise application and device management service that’s specifically meant for school.

Read More

6. Lester B. Pearson School Board Presented with C21 Canada’s Shifting Minds Learning and Innovation System Award

Montreal, QC, February 15th 2017 – It is with great pride that C21 Canada presents its Shifting Minds Learning and Innovation System Award to the Lester B. Pearson School Board. The Lester B. Pearson Board of Commissioners in partnership with Director General, Michael Chechile had a vision that began with an idea for Digital Citizenship that has paved the way for global competencies that support a powerful culture of “Student Voice” through empowered learning.

Read More

7. Government of Canada launches campaign to encourage young women to choose science

Science Minister Kirsty Duncan marked the International Day of Women and Girls in Science by announcing the launch of an engaging national campaign to encourage young women to enter science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Read More

8. The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Designing Technology for Effective and Efficient Schools

When you think broadly of technology, what does it look like for your school system? How are you maximizing student safety, data security, and learning? How are you planning for ever-increasing technology needs?

This month in the Education Transformation Corner, we’re focusing on designing technology for effective and efficient schools. We want to help you maximize the potential of every student in your system. It doesn’t have to be complicated, and can still be accomplished even in an environment of limited resources. In fact, it can be as simple as 1…2…3!

Read More

9. Best Buy Canada awards secondary schools across Canada with funding for new tech

From more than 220 applicants, 16 secondary schools across Canada have been awarded cash grants of up to $10,000 each

Read More

10. This Week In EdTech With MindShare Learning February 28 2017

Listen in as we bring you the best education-related content from across the country and around the world.

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 Blogger
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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March 17, 2017

10th Anniversary March Top 10 News Stories

From Wednesday’s inbox…

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Dear Thought Leader,

I’m pleased to share this month’s Top 10 news stories on the eve of our 10th anniversary of the MindShare Report.

Thanks to all for your kind and inspirational words of congratulations. We truly value our mindshare community of readers. Please take a moment to complete a short survey to help us innovate and provide you deeper insights in the world of educational technology through a Canadian lens.

As I look forward to the next 10 years, I share this tweet I sent just this week, “The promise of #EdTech hasn’t been fully realized. I have yet to see a fully #digital district where learning is seamless.”

The tech is there; digital books, assessment tools, PD, bandwidth, tablets, tech savvy teachers (for the most part). Funding has long been argued as the main barrier to full integration. Yet we continue to see pockets of excellence, or innovation. What’s holding us back? I welcome your thoughts.
Hence, my hypothesis leads me to believe that education is ripe for massive disruption leading up to 2020. The proliferation of startups popping up in the EdTech space appears to be a strong indicator.

What if we started a bold movement and declared, “#GoPaperlessDay” across Canada? It’s been argued that the millions of dollars spent annually by school districts and post-secondary institutions on printing could be redirected toward EdTech to radically transform education where every student truly experiences tech infused pedagogy. Are you in?

I issue you a challenge to join me in going paperless. I declare Friday, April 7th#GoPaperlessDay! I promise to do my part to support you in our collective mission to enable all students to experience a true 21st century education.

Before I close off. An important note to share. We’re pleased to partner with CoSN Invent the Future Conference April 3-6. Join us in Chicago! It’s not too late to register!

Until next time, keep the ‘digital’ learning curve steep!

Best,

P.S. 17 Days to Go! Enter your Canada 150 Classroom of the Future video to qualify to WIN a Makerspace for your school!
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

Reader Comments
“Congratulations on 10 years of pushing the conversation forward to ensure education is continuously revamping to serve the needs of our students. I look forward to many more years ahead!”
George Couros, Learner, educator, and Innovative Teaching, Learning, and Leadership consultant.
1. 10th Anniversary – Featured
Exclusive Podcasts

2. Provincial Education Funding Announcement earns every Public Student in B.C. $50

The B.C. government has announced some one-time funding for the province’s education system to be used by schools for supplies.

The Student Learning Grant will provide $29.4 million dollars to both public and private schools in the coming weeks.

Read More

3. Top Hat Raises $22.5 Million to Go After Pearson, McGraw-Hill
The $22.5 million round is Top Hat’s biggest yet and brings its total funding to about $40 million, the Toronto-based company said in a statement Wednesday. New York-based Union Square Ventures participated, as well as previous investors iNovia Capital and Georgian Partners, among others. The funding values Top Hat at $185 million, according to people familiar with the deal.

Read More

4. 10th Anniversary Podcast Reflections with Tim Gard & Robert Martellacci
A special 10th Anniversy Podcast with Tim Gard, Chief Digital Learning Strategist and Robert Martellacci, Chief Digital Curator – Reflecting on 10 Years at MindShare Learning and the evolution of Educational technology

5. Microsoft launches Intune for Education to counter Google’s Chromebooks in schools

Microsoft announced Intune for Education, a new tier of its existing enterprise application and device management service that’s specifically meant for school.

Read More

6. Lester B. Pearson School Board Presented with C21 Canada’s Shifting Minds Learning and Innovation System Award

Montreal, QC, February 15th 2017 – It is with great pride that C21 Canada presents its Shifting Minds Learning and Innovation System Award to the Lester B. Pearson School Board. The Lester B. Pearson Board of Commissioners in partnership with Director General, Michael Chechile had a vision that began with an idea for Digital Citizenship that has paved the way for global competencies that support a powerful culture of “Student Voice” through empowered learning.

Read More

7. Government of Canada launches campaign to encourage young women to choose science

Science Minister Kirsty Duncan marked the International Day of Women and Girls in Science by announcing the launch of an engaging national campaign to encourage young women to enter science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Read More

8. The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Designing Technology for Effective and Efficient Schools

When you think broadly of technology, what does it look like for your school system? How are you maximizing student safety, data security, and learning? How are you planning for ever-increasing technology needs?

This month in the Education Transformation Corner, we’re focusing on designing technology for effective and efficient schools. We want to help you maximize the potential of every student in your system. It doesn’t have to be complicated, and can still be accomplished even in an environment of limited resources. In fact, it can be as simple as 1…2…3!

Read More

9. Best Buy Canada awards secondary schools across Canada with funding for new tech

From more than 220 applicants, 16 secondary schools across Canada have been awarded cash grants of up to $10,000 each

Read More

10. This Week In EdTech With MindShare Learning February 28 2017

Listen in as we bring you the best education-related content from across the country and around the world.

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 Blogger
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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March 7, 2017

10th Anniversary Special Edition of the MindShare Learning Report

From the inbox late last week…

March 2017 Volume 10, Issue 1
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10th Anniversary – Featured Exclusive Podcasts

Dear Thought Leader,

I’m elated to share our “New look” official 10th anniversary issue of the MindShare Learning Report.

As I reflect back on 10 years I feel fortunate to have had the honour and pleasure of collaborating with so many smart, passionate education and technology leaders from across Canada and beyond. The notion of “mindsharing” is really what inspired this vision. I was challenged to change the world upon completing my graduate work in educational technology at Pepperdine University. We decided to begin with Canada!

While we remain focused on Canada, the MindShare Report reach has grown beyond 20 countries around the world. As Canadians, we have a reputation for being humble and low key. However, it’s our commitment to excellence in learning and innovation that places Canada in an enviable position on the global stage.

Special thanks to you, our newsmakers, readership and sponsors, who help make this report possible. I would be remiss if I didn’t especially thank Tim Gard, our Chief Digital Learning Strategist, who’s been with us since the beginning; our founding sponsors, who shared a vision for transforming learning and our much valued advisory board members.

Finally, special thanks to my family who would painfully be behind the scenes during my videotaping sessions.

Until the next next 10 years, keep the digital learning curve steep!

All the best!

P.S. As part of our anniversary celebration we’re introducing our annual reader short survey of 10 questions. Qualify to WIN two (2) VIP passes to the 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit in Toronto, Monday, November 6, 2017

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

Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn

Quotes of the Month

“Congratulations Robert on ten years of commitment to 21st century innovation in the classroom. Thank you for your leadership and keeping us informed as together we celebrate the endless possibilities of EdTech in student learning.”

— Honourable Doug Currie, Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture PEI; Chair, Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)

“Ten years ago the idea of a Canadian e-learning report seemed quite radical. In the meantime, the Mindshare Report has evolved into a “must read” for educators and those involved in the ed tech industry who want to keep abreast of the latest developments in the field. Congratulations to Robert and his team!”

–Dr. Ron Owston, Dean emeritus, York University, Faculty of Education

“Robert has created a masterpiece in the MindShare Report. I have received and read every issue that he has produced. Just think he created the report from nothing and now it is a must read for the Ed Tech community. Canada has to be proud of the information and activities he provides for the ED Tech community. I look forward to reading the 10th anniversary edition.”

–Dr. Gary Bitter is a Professor of Educational Technology in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University and Executive Director of Technology Based Learning & Research (TBLR). Found board member and first elected president of ISTE

10th Anniversary Podcast Reflections with Tim Gard & Robert Martellacci

A special 10th Anniversy Podcast with Tim Gard, Chief Digital Learning Strategist and Robert Martellacci, Chief Digital Curator – Reflecting on 10 Years at MindShare Learning and the evolution of Educational technology

Canada 150 Classroom of the Future Challenge Launch Event
Hosted by past Winner McMurrich Public School Toronto District School Board

MindShare Learning officially launched their 9th Annual Canada 150 Classroom of the Future Challenge last week at McMurrich P.S. Teachers, students and technology partners came together to share the secrets to a successful contest submission and the impact technology prizing has made on their students.

“This year’s theme is focused on exploring what the future ready classroom means to students and teachers,” said Robert Martellacci, President and Publisher of MindShare Learning. “Engaging both teachers and students to create awesome canada 150 projects is the challenge that we’ve presented this year. We want to inspire excellence in innovation across Canada.”

C21 Canada Spotlight

Lester B. Pearson School Board Presented with C21 Canada’s Shifting Minds Learning and Innovation Systems Award

Montreal, QC, February 15th 2017 – It is with great pride that C21 Canada presents itsShifting Minds Learning and Innovation System Award to the Lester B. Pearson School Board.

(L-R) Robert Martellacci, President, C21 Canada; Karen Yamada, Vice-President, C21 Canada; Michael Chechile, Director General, Lester B Pearson School Board, Noel Burke, Commissioner, LBPSB.

The Lester B. Pearson Board of Commissioners in partnership with Director General, Michael Chechile had a vision that began with an idea for Digital Citizenship that has paved the way for global competencies that support a powerful culture of “Student Voice” through empowered learning.

Read Full Press Release

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

Designing Technology for Effective and Efficient Schools

When you think broadly of technology, what does it look like for your school system? How are you maximizing student safety, data security, and learning? How are you planning for ever-increasing technology needs?

This month in the Education Transformation Corner, we’re focusing on designing technology for effective and efficient schools. We want to help you maximize the potential of every student in your system. It doesn’t have to be complicated, and can still be accomplished even in an environment of limited resources. In fact, it can be as simple as 1…2…3!

Read More

Conference Corner

MindShare’s Robert Martellacci Invited to Guest Speak at GradeSlam’s EdTech Meetup in Montreal

Photo by Michael Maw

Lester B. Pearson School Board Hosts Inaugural C21 CEO Academy Institute

Michael Chechile, Director General, Lester B. Pearson School Board recently hosted the C21 CEO Academy Institute

The C21 CEO Academy Institute at Lester B. Pearson included a number of school visits. Great collaboration space at Forest Hills Senior via Chris Smeaton

OLA Super Conference in Toronto Recently Showcased the Future of Libraries

MindShare Musings
10 Things I learned through publishing the MindShare Learning Report EdTech this past decade by Robert Martellacci
  1. Innovation doesn’t happen in isolation. Be a team player in your school, or organization.

  2. Technology infused pedagogy is the best approach to integrating tech

  3. Teachers are leaders and have a strong voice, thanks in part to social media. Never underestimate how much you inspire students in their life-long dreams too!

  4. Twitter is one of the best FREE collaboration tools available to teachers to engage with their professional learning community (PLC)

  5. Successful tech pilots in schools require a commitment by both parties (education & tech leaders) to put skin in the game, otherwise it’s a waste of time. The notion of FREE rarely works.

  6. The boldest way to accelerate the digital evolution in schools>> Declare you’re going paperless!

  7. Education & Learning technology solution leaders share the same passion to make a difference in the lives of teachers and students as social entrepreneurs

  8. Be kind! Have fun! Let learning get messy. Encourage your students to fail and learn from it.

  9. Take time out for yourself to expend your energy through fitness related activities. As passionate education and technology leaders we tend forget the importance of work-life balance.

  10. Change leadership is about “passion and a call to action!”

This Week In EdTech With MindShare Learning Feburary 28 2017

Career Opportunities

Educational Technology Specialist
University of Guelph-Humber

Director of Information Technology
Collingwood School, BC

Chief Executive Officer
Education Quality and Accountability Office, Toronto, ON

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

The MindShare Learning Report team is made up of the following individuals:
Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Chief Digital Curator
Tim Gard, B.Ed., OCT, M.A, Chief Digital Blogger
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. 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

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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March 3, 2017

10th Anniversary Special Edition of the MindShare Learning Report

One for my Canadian readers…

March 2017 Volume 10, Issue 1
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
YouTube
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10th Anniversary – Featured Exclusive Podcasts

Dear Thought Leader,

I’m elated to share our “New look” official 10th anniversary issue of the MindShare Learning Report.

As I reflect back on 10 years I feel fortunate to have had the honour and pleasure of collaborating with so many smart, passionate education and technology leaders from across Canada and beyond. The notion of “mindsharing” is really what inspired this vision. I was challenged to change the world upon completing my graduate work in educational technology at Pepperdine University. We decided to begin with Canada!

While we remain focused on Canada, the MindShare Report reach has grown beyond 20 countries around the world. As Canadians, we have a reputation for being humble and low key. However, it’s our commitment to excellence in learning and innovation that places Canada in an enviable position on the global stage.

Special thanks to you, our newsmakers, readership and sponsors, who help make this report possible. I would be remiss if I didn’t especially thank Tim Gard, our Chief Digital Learning Strategist, who’s been with us since the beginning; our founding sponsors, who shared a vision for transforming learning and our much valued advisory board members.

Finally, special thanks to my family who would painfully be behind the scenes during my videotaping sessions.

Until the next next 10 years, keep the digital learning curve steep!

All the best!

P.S. As part of our anniversary celebration we’re introducing our annual reader short survey of 10 questions. Qualify to WIN two (2) VIP passes to the 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit in Toronto, Monday, November 6, 2017

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

Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn

Quotes of the Month

“Congratulations Robert on ten years of commitment to 21st century innovation in the classroom. Thank you for your leadership and keeping us informed as together we celebrate the endless possibilities of EdTech in student learning.”

— Honourable Doug Currie, Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture PEI; Chair, Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)

“Ten years ago the idea of a Canadian e-learning report seemed quite radical. In the meantime, the Mindshare Report has evolved into a “must read” for educators and those involved in the ed tech industry who want to keep abreast of the latest developments in the field. Congratulations to Robert and his team!”

–Dr. Ron Owston, Dean emeritus, York University, Faculty of Education

“Robert has created a masterpiece in the MindShare Report. I have received and read every issue that he has produced. Just think he created the report from nothing and now it is a must read for the Ed Tech community. Canada has to be proud of the information and activities he provides for the ED Tech community. I look forward to reading the 10th anniversary edition.”

–Dr. Gary Bitter is a Professor of Educational Technology in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University and Executive Director of Technology Based Learning & Research (TBLR). Found board member and first elected president of ISTE

10th Anniversary Podcast Reflections with Tim Gard & Robert Martellacci
A special 10th Anniversy Podcast with Tim Gard, Chief Digital Learning Strategist and Robert Martellacci, Chief Digital Curator – Reflecting on 10 Years at MindShare Learning and the evolution of Educational technology

Canada 150 Classroom of the Future Challenge Launch Event
Hosted by past Winner McMurrich Public School Toronto District School Board

MindShare Learning officially launched their 9th Annual Canada 150 Classroom of the Future Challenge last week at McMurrich P.S. Teachers, students and technology partners came together to share the secrets to a successful contest submission and the impact technology prizing has made on their students.

“This year’s theme is focused on exploring what the future ready classroom means to students and teachers,” said Robert Martellacci, President and Publisher of MindShare Learning. “Engaging both teachers and students to create awesome canada 150 projects is the challenge that we’ve presented this year. We want to inspire excellence in innovation across Canada.”

C21 Canada Spotlight

Lester B. Pearson School Board Presented with C21 Canada’s Shifting Minds Learning and Innovation Systems Award

Montreal, QC, February 15th 2017 – It is with great pride that C21 Canada presents itsShifting Minds Learning and Innovation System Award to the Lester B. Pearson School Board.

(L-R) Robert Martellacci, President, C21 Canada; Karen Yamada, Vice-President, C21 Canada; Michael Chechile, Director General, Lester B Pearson School Board, Noel Burke, Commissioner, LBPSB.
The Lester B. Pearson Board of Commissioners in partnership with Director General, Michael Chechile had a vision that began with an idea for Digital Citizenship that has paved the way for global competencies that support a powerful culture of “Student Voice” through empowered learning.

Read Full Press Release

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

Designing Technology for Effective and Efficient Schools

When you think broadly of technology, what does it look like for your school system? How are you maximizing student safety, data security, and learning? How are you planning for ever-increasing technology needs?

This month in the Education Transformation Corner, we’re focusing on designing technology for effective and efficient schools. We want to help you maximize the potential of every student in your system. It doesn’t have to be complicated, and can still be accomplished even in an environment of limited resources. In fact, it can be as simple as 1…2…3!

Read More

Conference Corner
MindShare’s Robert Martellacci Invited to Guest Speak at GradeSlam’s EdTech Meetup in Montreal

Photo by Michael Maw

Lester B. Pearson School Board Hosts Inaugural C21 CEO Academy Institute

Michael Chechile, Director General, Lester B. Pearson School Board recently hosted the C21 CEO Academy Institute

The C21 CEO Academy Institute at Lester B. Pearson included a number of school visits. Great collaboration space at Forest Hills Senior via Chris Smeaton

OLA Super Conference in Toronto Recently Showcased the Future of Libraries

MindShare Musings
10 Things I learned through publishing the MindShare Learning Report EdTech this past decade by Robert Martellacci
  1. Innovation doesn’t happen in isolation. Be a team player in your school, or organization.

  2. Technology infused pedagogy is the best approach to integrating tech

  3. Teachers are leaders and have a strong voice, thanks in part to social media. Never underestimate how much you inspire students in their life-long dreams too!

  4. Twitter is one of the best FREE collaboration tools available to teachers to engage with their professional learning community (PLC)

  5. Successful tech pilots in schools require a commitment by both parties (education & tech leaders) to put skin in the game, otherwise it’s a waste of time. The notion of FREE rarely works.

  6. The boldest way to accelerate the digital evolution in schools>> Declare you’re going paperless!

  7. Education & Learning technology solution leaders share the same passion to make a difference in the lives of teachers and students as social entrepreneurs

  8. Be kind! Have fun! Let learning get messy. Encourage your students to fail and learn from it.

  9. Take time out for yourself to expend your energy through fitness related activities. As passionate education and technology leaders we tend forget the importance of work-life balance.

  10. Change leadership is about “passion and a call to action!”
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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

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Tim Gard, B.Ed., OCT, M.A, Chief Digital Blogger
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Top 10 MindShare Report Canadian EdTech New Stories February 2017

Note that there are two items in this newsletter that focus on the annual State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada report that I lead.

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Dear Thought Leader,

I hope you enjoy our stellar February Top 10 News Stories of the MindShare Report as crowd sourced by you our much valued readership.

Special thanks to our valued podcast and blog contributors who helped make our February Online Learning special edition one of our best ever! The explosion of online learning in Canada has many benefits and serious implications for teaching & learning. It creates demands on educators, infrastructure, technology and best practices. We welcome further dialogue and would be happy to provide insight and engage in deeper discussion with our readers and listeners. Please don’t hesitate to drop me a note!

Celebrate our 10th Anniversary with us next month! I’m humbled and honoured to share that our March edition marks a HUGE milestone — our 10th Anniversary of publishing the MindShare Learning Report. I look forward to sharing a retrospective of the digital evolution that we’ve shared during our journey, thanks in part to your valued contributions as leaders and learners.

Watch for our new and improved MSL Report design! We’re also embarking on our annual reader survey to get a deeper pulse of what’s vitally important to you to garner insights in the EdTech space!

We look forward to charting our course with our valued MindShare community for the next 10 years; building on a foundation of innovative learning practices in support of student success across the Canadian landscape. Whether you believe we’re immersed in an evolutionary or revolutionary time, that is up for healthy debate. The great news is that Canada continues to be at the forefront of innovation and learning on a global scale.

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S. Don’t forget to enter our Classroom of the Future Challenge!Qualify to WIN a MakerSpace for your school!

Robert Martellacci
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1. Exclusive Podcast with Award Winning Sun West Director & CEO Dr. Guy Tétrault Shares His District’s Journey to Successfully Transform Learning in the 21st Century through PeBL

Dr. Guy G. Tétrault started his career in education in 1976. He received his B.Ed. from the University of Calgary, his M.Ed. from the U of Saskatchewan and his Ed.D. from the U of Toronto.

He taught French as a Second Language and French Immersion, was the principal of 5 different schools in Alberta and Saskatchewan, and is now the Director of Education (CEO) for Sun West School Division No. 207. Guy is a member of the C21 Canada Board and Founding member of the CEO Academy.

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2. Exclusive podcast with Dr. Michael Barbour, Release of the State of Online Learning in Canada Report

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Michael’s research has focused on K-12 online teaching and learning. His research agenda is aimed at improving the design and delivery of these online learning opportunities to enable all students, particularly those in rural areas, the opportunity for success.

3. Trudeau joins campaign urging youth to study computer science

With potentially thousands of high-paying jobs going unfilled in Canada, Prime Minister Just Trudeau lent his voice Monday to a campaign aimed at encouraging young people to study computer science.

Trudeau joined the co-founders of Canada Learning Code and Code.org to mark the launch of Computer Science Education Week at an event called Hour of Code.

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4. Exclusive Podcast with Peter Singh, Chief Technology Officer, TDSB talks Edtech, FETC from a CTO Canadian perspective

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Peter brings 23+ years of K-12 sector technology know-how to his CTO portfolio. He has been at the forefront of bringing innovative technologies to the Toronto District School Board. He’s a practitioner of emotional intelligence who is spearheading the TDSB “Information Technology Services” team from a digital era to Quantum Age of Information Technology.

5. Last year’s Classroom of the Future Eastern winner Sadie Bradbury, Highland Park Junior High blogs her insights on creating a winning video & the positive impact the contest had on her students.

The impact was almost immediate, our students were thrilled and amazed and so very happy. Many had doubts when we said we were going to try the competition,and this really changed attitudes, that their small population competing against other larger schools in Canada could actually win a competition!

When the students asked what we had won, the belief in their abilities grew, as did their confidence and their joy. This was an amazing gift in itself, the school started with minimal technology and we now were moving into the future of technology!

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6. Education indicators in Canada: An international perspective, 2016

9 out of 10 people (90%) in Canada aged 25 to 64 had completed at least high school, well above the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average of 78%. Only the Czech Republic (93%), Estonia, the Slovak Republic and Poland (all at 91%) had higher proportions. The United States matched Canada at 90%.

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7. Approaches to E-Learning: Survey of K-12 E-Learning in Canada

“In contrast to the US where the idea is that we need to be proliferating this wave of the future in online learning,” explains Dr. Barbour, “Canada’s biggest question comes down to ‘Is this the best way for a child to learn at this time?’”

Both the US and Canada have seen similar levels of growth in the number students engaged in distance learning. But Canada primarily uses e-learning as a supplement to the classroom, while there is a much higher proportion of full-time e-learning in the US.

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8. The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Step 3: Personalized Learning

When you visualize educational transformation, what does success look like to you? How do you get there? One major component of transformation is the focus on Personalized Learning – a popular buzzword in the education space, and for good reason.

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According to the OECD, Personalized Learning has the potential to overcome the socio-economic, time, and space limitations of traditional learning.1 So how have you and your school system been thinking about Personalized Learning?

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9. Canada’s University Libraries Are In Peril

Universities and colleges across Canada are having their budgets severely tightened for a host of reasons, some more rational than others. In this quest for slashing costs, libraries have found themselves on the chopping block. To many, this move represents an attack on the very idea of scholarship, and the undermining of the nation’s quest to be a leader in the knowledge economy.

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10. Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn

When students use their bodies in the learning process, it can have a big effect, even if it seems silly or unconnected to the learning goal at hand. Researchers have found that when students use their bodies while doing mathematical storytelling (like with word problems, for example), it changes the way they think about math.

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