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May 20, 2016

Top Ten News Stories for May

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Dear Though Leader,

This past weekend I attended the EdCamp905 event that we sponsored in Mississauga, Ontario. I always enjoy learning and sharing with passionate educators; many of whom were first timers!

My takeaway from the event is our need to do a better job at creating awareness around removing barriers that prevent educators from leveraging technology infused pedagogy in their teaching practice. This inspired next month’s MindShare Report theme – The Digital Publishing Revolution in Education: Fact or Fiction?

Until we remove the many barriers teachers encounter on a daily basis such as limited Wifi access, lack of working computers, the need for more PD and quality digital resources, whole system change will remain a pipe dream.

In this issue, we’re thrilled to announce our next round of the Classroom of the Future Spirit Award Winners. Each of the three winners receive a pizza party for the school and two VIP passes to the 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, November 3 at MaRSDD in Toronto.

Enjoy the May Top 10 news stories that will provide excellent insights for maximizing the value of your investments for your schools in 2016!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

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


Classroom of the Future Challange Spirit Award Winners





1. Exclusive Podcast with Peter Singh, CTO, TDSB on The Latest Tech Trends & What’s Working in Education

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.


2. Featured Buyer’s Guide Infographic

3. Education Indicators in Canada: An International Perspective

The primary objectives of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program (PCEIP) are to develop and maintain a set of statistics that provide information about education and learning in Canada and to support evidence-based policy making. In September 2009, a set of international indicators was introduced in the first edition of Education Indicators in Canada.

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4. A MindShare Moment with Michelle Cordi, Upcoming ISTE16 Closing Keynote Presenter

Michelle Cordy is a teacher and applied researcher. She began teaching in 2001, and has taught in both K-12 and higher education settings.  Her focus has been on mathematics education and technology integration. Michelle also engages in classroom-based research with partners from academic institutions as well as industry partners. Currently, she teaches grade 3 with 1:1 iPad. She holds a Master of Education in Mathematics and Science education.


5. Exclusive Podcast at ERDI Victoria Conference with Rick Hansen, CEO, Rick Hansen Foundation–Paralympian and Advocate for People with Disabilities


6. Ian Fogarty Exclusive Podcast — Canada’s Most Decorated Award Winning Educator Shares His Secrets to Success

Ian Fogarty is past MindShare Learning 21st Century Video Challenge National winner, who loves teaching Chemistry, Physics and Science 12 at Riverview High School, Riverview, NB.

He’s conducted educational research through a number of collaborations with universities and private companies world wide.



7. Unleashed Learning: Conversations with TDSB Director John Malloy

I was honoured to be a guest at my alma mater’s recent Unleashing Learning conference at UofT’s Royal Conservatory of Music. The event kicked off with a keynote by newly minted director, John Malloy, who captivated the audience with the launch of the new vision for learning at the TDSB. Be sure to watch his recorded keynote!

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8. The Canadian Innovators in Education Awards

The Canadian Innovators in Education Awards will celebrate and promote educators who are leading lasting and system-changing initiatives at all levels of K-12 education in Canada.

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9. Teaching in a Digital Age

The book examines the underlying principles that guide effective teaching in an age when all of us, and in particular the students we are teaching, are using technology. A framework for making decisions about your teaching is provided, while understanding that every subject is different, and every instructor has something unique and special to bring to their teaching.

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10. How well are teachers doing in solving problems using ICT?

If one were to ask ministers of education what they consider to be the most important factor determining the quality of their education systems, the odds are high that they would refer to the quality of the teaching work force. The saying goes that the quality of an education system can never exceed that of its teachers.

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October 19, 2012

Top 10 News Stories from the October Edition of the MindShare Learning Report

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Dear Thought Leader,

I’m thrilled to share our October Top 10 most popular news items with you! You’ll be interested to know that this past issue was our most popular ever! Perhaps this speaks to the tremendous momentum around the digital transformation in education as well as the maturing of the EdTech sector.

Our 3rd Annual Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit is just three weeks away. Limited spaces available! Be sure to check out our impressive line-up of presenters. Click here to register.

Teachers take note! Catch next Wednesday’s webinar on “Secrets of Success” in entering our 5th Annual MSL 21st Century Classroom Video Challenge. Over $50,000 in classroom technology prize giveaways! Learn more here.

As always, we welcome you to share your success stories, news, and people on the move.

Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!


Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President & Publisher
MindShare Learning

1. Shifting Minds 3.0
C21 Canada released its Shifting Minds Framework and Vision for 21st Century Learning. You can access your complimentary copy and learn how to get engaged via

2. Video Challenge Launch
MindShare Learning kicked off its 5th Annual MindShare Learning 21st Century Classroom Video Challenge at Dundas Central Public School in the Grade 6 classroom of last year’s Central Canada winner, Ms. Heidi Siwak. Learn more here

3. Out of Print: Reimaging the     K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age
State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), 24/09/12
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4. Interview with Barry Janzen, Teacher at Mount Douglas Secondary School in Victoria, B.C.
Mr. Janzen talks about his educational journey after his Western Canada win in our 2010/11 Video Challenge.
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5. Interview with Heidi Siwak at our Video Challenge Kickoff Event
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6. The 3rd Annual Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit
Connecting to Success in Today’s Classroom on November 7 at York University. Register here

7. Edsby A cloud-based social learning platform that helps schools and districts transform communication. Read more

8. International E-Learning Company Desire2Learn Expanding to Newfoundland and Labrador
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9. Education Indicators in Canada: An International Perspective 2012
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10. A MindShare Learning moment with Ron Reed, Executive Producer, SXSWedu
EdTech trends and the inspiration behind SXSWedu in Austin, Texas on March 4-7, 2013
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September 6, 2012

September 2012 MindShare Learning Report | Back-to-School Edition | Cross Canada Spotlight on Ontario

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September 2012
Back 2 School Edition
Spotlight on Ontario

Issue 5, Volume 5

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Quotes of the Month

Cross Canada Spotlight on Ontario

Conference Corner

Funding Opportunities

Featured K-12 News

21st Century Spotlight

K-12 Events

Mobile Learning

Research + Innovation

EdTech Startup

Featured H.Ed News

Professor Spotlight

Post Secondary Events

Web 2.0 Spotlight

Green IT

Youth File

EdTech 101

Industry News

MindShare Musings

Advisory Board

About Us


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Cross Canada Spotlight: One on One with John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn

MindShare Learning’s Robert Martellacci recently visited the Desire2Learn offices for an exclusive podcast with John Baker for our Cross Canada Spotlight.

Dear Thought Leader,

We’re thrilled to bring you our “mobile friendly” streamlined September Back-to-School edition of the MindShare Learning Report which will help you to stay at the forefront of innovation and to maximize your time in your very busy world.

Our Cross Canada spotlight on Ontario features a great Canadian success story of John Baker, President & CEO of Desire2Learn. Be sure to tune in! John shares his journey to success and insights on the future of learning and innovation.

Below are a few highlights that may be of interest to you:

  • Our search for Canada’s Top Edubloggers has been extended to the end of the month.
  • The 3rd Annual MindShare Learning EdTech Leadership “Connecting to Success in Today’s Classroom” Summit is taking place November 7 at York University. Don’t miss out on the early bird special!
  • Our 5th Annual 21st Century Classroom Video Challenge Kicks-off next month
  • Check out our new video that takes you on a 360 tour of the MindShare Learning expanded service offering
  • Don’t miss Tim Gard’s product review of the recently released Google Nexus 7 tablet in our new Mobile Learning space!
  • “New” EdTech101 – All about EdTech on our website is our commitment to support educators in the digital transformation

As we strive to achieve excellence, our goal for the 2012-13 academic year is to connect with the majority of educators who have yet to embrace ICT in a meaningful way to engage students through the MindShare Learning Community.

We are entering one of the most pivotal periods in the history of our nation. In his new book Stratosphere, Dr. Michael Fullan suggests this is an unprecedented time where EdTech is coming of age. It’s up to us to harness the power of ICT to keep Canada at the forefront of innovation and at the top of the PISA rankings. Failure is not an option in our books!

Your valued support fuels our passion to deliver the very best of Canada’s leadership, learning & technology news in transforming learning in the 21st century across Canada.

Enjoy the ride and here’s to a super successful year! Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!


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Robert Martellacci
M.A. EdTech
Publisher & Managing Editor, The MindShare Learning Report™
President, MindShare Learning™– Connecting Education & Business to Support Student Success

Quotes of the Month

“Did you know some 57% of CDN teachers reported bandwidth issues for simple ICT needs“
— Get the full study at the 3rd annual MindShare Learning EdTech Leadership Summit

“Canada could be left behind in the innovation economy, reveals new report on science learning”
— 2012 report from Amgen Canada and Let’s Talk Science – Spotlight on Science Learning: A benchmark of Canadian talent

Official Launch October 2012

Cross Canada Spotlight on Ontario

Ontario is now recognized across Canada and around the globe as a leader in educational excellence. Their students rank among the best in the world when it comes to standard test results, and Ontario kids consistently score above the Canadian average in math, reading and science. (source)

Ontario Progress Report 2012: Education

1,700 schools will offer full-day kindergarten this school year to 120,000 students.

Primary classes with 20 or fewer students:
2003-2004: 31%
2011-2012: 91%

Graduation rates:
2003-2004: 68%

Today: 82% (That’s 93,000 more graduates)
Since 2003, there are 210,000 new post secondary students, including 60,000 new apprentices.

Conference Corner

Robert Martellacci, Publisher MSL Report proudly displays the 6 String Nation Guitar

My life-long learning adventures took to me to the Unplug’d kickoff event in downtown Toronto this past month.

I was extremely humbled to be a part of a special gathering of educators from across North America and beyond as they prepared for their journey in northern Ontario to connect, share and create surrounded by wilderness, and yes unplugged from their latest gadgets.

The most surprising element of the evening was the 6 String Nation story that captivated the audience. By the end, I was felt thrilled to have my quiet moment with this legendary national icon. Congratulations to Rodd Lucier and the organizing committee hosting a fabulous event. You can checkout Rodd’s Blog below.

UnPlug’d 2012
By Rodd Lucier | The Clever Sheep | @thecleversheep
This summer, 39 intrepid educators embarked on a journey that brought them from the skyscrapers of downtown Toronto, to the shores of Kawawaymog Lake in the region of Algonquin Park. With the promise of a wide range of engaging experiences, UnPlug’d 2012 brought together co-learners from Australia, USA, and Canada to share stories about what matters most in education and to collaboratively author a collection of letters that will be published later this fall. Read more

Australian Educator, Jess McCulloch, shares a MindShare Learning Moment with Robert Martellacci at the Unplug’d Kickoff in Toronto

About Jess McCulloch: She is a Chinese language educator based at the Chinese Teacher Training Centre at The University of Melbourne.

Educator Seth Richardson Reflects on  his transformation since winning the MindShare Learning Video Challenge and his ISTE Experience

The past 9 months have been by far the busiest, and yet the most rewarding, time in my teaching career. It all began with an email on December 5, 2011 from my Vice-Principal saying “FYI, since you are a Tech Master!” followed by information regarding the 4th Annual MindShare Learning Video Contest.
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Funding Opportunities

Featured K-12 News

Finland’s education system: A view from West Vancouver
Report Card, Vancouver Sun, 02/08/12

Bullying Prevention Tips for Back to School
PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network) | @PREVNet

Youth want financial education in the classroom
Investor Education Fund (IEF), 29/08/12

Top 26 winners of the Defining Moments
Discovering Our Canadian Stories Art Contest!

Teachers give technology top marks. Nearly all (89%) Canadian teachers interviewed believe students should be able to bring tech products to class
Vision Critical Teachers Survey, 10/08/12

Ten Ideas for Teaching Teachers Technology
Edutopia, 25/07/12

Anti-bullying legislation step in right direction, advocates say
CBC News, 14/07/12

Creativity Goes Back 2 School With Michaels
Michaels, 07/08/12

21st Century Spotlight

MindShare Learning had a recent visit to iDesign’s offices in Woodbridge, Ontario. Our learning adventure explored 3D printer technology that is making its way into high schools and may be coming soon to a home near you!

Andy Fenos, Co-Founder, iDesign, displays objects that were  printed using  their 3D Printer technology.

For more information on  iDesign, or to learn more 3D printer technology click here.

K-12 Events

IPN Conference 2012 | September 25-28, 2012 | Durban, South Africa

EdNET 2012 | September 30 – October 2, 2012 | Baltimore, Maryland

iEARN/OAS Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers with Web 2.0 Tools and 21st Century Skills Online Course | October 4-November 29, 2012

ERDI Fall 2012 | October 10, 2012 | Whistler, B.C.

The Learning Partnership Technology Round Table:
Leading 21st Century Teaching and Learning

October 12, 2012 | Peel District School Board, ON

ECOO Inspire, Connect, Learn! | October 24-26, 2012 | Richmond Hill, Ontario

CUEBC – Digital Technology That Works | October 19, 2012 | Vancouver, BC

ECOO Inspire, Connect, Learn! | October 24-26, 2012 | Richmond Hill, Ontario

X-Summit 2012 | November 6 – 7, 2012 | Toronto, ON

MindShare Learning EdTech Leadership Summit
“Connecting to Success in Today’s Classroom”
November 7, 2012 | Toronto, Ontario

ATLE Convergence 2012 | November 14th – 16th, 2012 | Edmonton, AB

Mobile Learning

The Google Nexus Tablet Product Review – Is This Device Ready for Education?
By Timothy Gard, Educator, Toronto District School Board

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By definition a nexus is a connection or series of connections linking two or more things. And that’s exactly what Google’s Nexus is: a connection between all-things-Google including Gmail, Google+, YouTube, Google Docs, Calendar, Drive, Play, Books and Google’s NFC feature called Beam.

To be honest, I expected as much when I first picked the Nexus up. Of course Google is going to link all of their services together, but could they do it seamlessly? Could they do it while keeping the cost down while creating a smaller screen experience that was powerful, easy to use and useful beyond playing games and creating and sending email? Is it a tablet that could be used in education in a meaningful way? Would it liberate the user from ‘hardware’ taking them into the cloud where they could create meaningful content anywhere, anytime? Yes and no. Read more

Research + Innovation

EdTech Startup

With the flurry of activity around the EdTech start-up space, I decided to make a trip up to Communitech in Waterloo to learn and explore what makes this region so unique when it comes to its reputation for nurturing innovation and start-ups.

The success equation is quite simple:

A Great Idea + Smart people + State-of-the-art facilities to collaborate + Engaged Business Community + Hard work + Money = Start-up Success!

One-on-One with Suraj Srinivas, Co-Founder of Education Start-up, Planboard

About Planboard: Planboard helps you easily plan and view your academic year. It’s quick and easy to add items for each class. Need a synopsis on weekly schedules? Just hit the week button. Have a lot on your plate? An overview of your day is just a click away. Learn more

Featured H.Ed News

Professor Spotlight

Interview with professor Kelly Parke, York University, broadcasting and social media expert

Kelly has worked in both the education and media sectors for over 30 years. In broadcast television, he has worked as a television producer and cameraman throughout the world including the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

Kelly’s expertise is recognized by both industry and the academic community. While based at York University, he continues to consult with many educational institutions and governments, and has presented at the leading educational technology conferences around the world.

Post Secondary Events

E-Learn 2012 | October 9 -12, 2012 | Montreal, QC

EDUCAUSE 2012 Annual Conference | November 6 – 9, 2012 | Denver, Colorado (Online)

MindShare Learning EdTech Leadership Summit
“Connecting to Success in Today’s Classroom”
November 7, 2012 | Toronto, ON

Higher Education Summit 2012 | November 25 – 26, 2012 | Toronto, ON

Open Education Conference: Beyond Content | October 16 – 18, 2012 | Vancouver, BC

Blended Learning: A Strategy for Transforming Teaching and Learning
October 18 – 19, 2012 | Calgary, AB

ACCESS Conference 2012 | October 18 – 21, 2012 | Montreal, QC

World Congress on Information Technology:
Fulfilling the Promise of the Digital Age

October 22 – 24, 2012 | Montreal, QC

Web 2.0 Spotlight
Learnist is organizing all of the wisdom of mankind in text, images, video and audio, curated by fellow humans.
Create infographics, interactive charts and reports.
The playground to collect anything from the web, grow ideas and show them in an easy way.

Green IT

Youth File

Storytelling as a skill in the 21st century
By Aislinn Malszecki, Digital Media, MindShare Learning  @MindShareYouth

Tweet ButtonFor the past few editions, the Youth File has been exploring essential skills for students in the 21st century, from entrepreneurship to design thinking. And how to create young innovators with these re-imagined skills. As well, showing how technology helps make learning happen more easily, for youth, in a meaningful way. Read more

EdTech 101

We’re devoting this space to education and industry leaders who are new to the EdTech space to help you accelerate your learning curve in this growing area of specialization.

Industry News

Now available! SMART Notebook app for iPad
SMART Tech 31/08/12

ePals Launches Fun New Way for Kids to Access Educational
Bloomberg 08/29/12

See How EPSON Doc Cams Can Enhance your Classroom (video)

Khan Academy Launches The Future of Computer Science Education
TechCrunch, 14/08/12

Desire2Learn Raises $80 Million in Financing Round from NEA and OMERS Ventures
Desire2Learn, 04/09/12

Media Companies, Seeing Profit Slip, Push Into Education
NY Times, 19/08/12

Pearson to Launch Higher Education College
Pearson, 14/08/2012

YOU Innovate Canada 2012
Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF)

Copyright law a win for consumer, educators, and telecoms as court reins in multiple fees
The Toronto Star, 07/08/12

Educators Benefit from EPSON Brighter Futures!
Make the most of your technology budget with the EPSON Brighter Futures program.

MindShare Musings

The Connectors, Leaders, and People on the Move

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My “ah ha” EdTech moment occurred this summer while at Pepperdine University’s 15th Anniversary EdTech alumni conference. I met many remarkable and passionate EdTech leaders, who inspired me to raise my game as leader. The special skills of educators bring out the magic in using ICT.  I trust that this magic is reflected in our improved MSL Report.

The following are 7 special skills I discovered in my EdTech colleagues:

  • They are relentless in honing their craft
  • They are great storytellers and love to share
  • They are not all tech geeks, myself included!
  • They see the value in collaboration
  • They are passionate about learning and making a difference in kids’ lives
  • They lead by example
  • They have “hard fun” as our program chair would suggest

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Until next time, be sure to walk the digital talk!

Cheers, R.

Advisory Board

The MindShare Report is grateful of the guidance and support provided by our esteemed advisory board.  Members include:Laurent Burman, M.B.A., Chief Client Officer, POSSIBLE
Chip Fesko, Sr. Director of Advertising & Strategic Alliances, George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia Magazine
Timothy Gard, Educator – Media Literacy & Technology, Toronto District School Board
Dr. Eric Hamilton, Associate Dean of Education, Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Marty Keast, President, Pearson Learning K-12 Canada
Gary Kern, Principal, Technology & Innovation, West Vancouver School District
Dr. Greg Malszecki, Professor, Department of Kinesiology & Health Sciences, York University
David Marsi, AVP, Learning & Development, Invesco
Jamie McNamara, Superintendent of Schools, St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Schools, Leduc, Alberta
Dr. Ron Owston, Director, Institute for Research on Learning Technology, York University
Cheryl Paige, Principal, Joyce Public School, Toronto District School Board
Dr. Camille Rutherford, Associate Professor, Education at Brock University
Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams
Joni Turville, B.Ed, M. Ed (Instructional Technology), Educator, AISI Coordinator, St. Albert Protestant Schools

About Us

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

Robert Martellacci,  M.A. Ed Tech., Publisher and Managing Editor
Timothy Gard, M.A., B.Ed K-12 Editor
Aislinn Malszecki, B.A. Hons., Digital Media Specialist
Valerie Rusnov, B.A. Hons., B.Ed., Editor
Terri-Jo Fennell, B.A., B.Ed, Jr. Digital Education Consultant

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.

Editorial content for the monthly issue is due the third week of each month.

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Annual subscriptions to the MindShare Learning Report can be purchased at $99 CDN

About MindShare Learning

MindShare Learning is a privately held company based in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada. Its hallmark is providing strategic marketing solutions to learning & technology solution providers in the K-12, HED and corporate learning markets, to support new market expansion and revenue growth. MindShare Learning’s partial client list includes: Adobe, Blackboard Inc., EPSON, GlobalScholar,, RM PLC UK, Softease Ltd. UK, netTrekker, IMSI (, CERC (Canadian Education Resources Council), Tech4Learning, Xoolon, NECTAR Foundation and ERDI Canada.

Inquire about our EdTech Strategy Consulting Services.

August 3, 2012

K-12 And Post-Secondary Education Leaders Take Note! The Search Is On For Canada’s Top Edu Bloggers!

This was one of the news items in yesterday’s Top 10 News Stories from the July/August Edition of the MindShare Learning Report / Subscriber Survey entry.

K-12 and post-secondary education leaders take note! The search is on for Canada’s top edu bloggers!

Welcome to our 1st annual MindShare Learning Canadian Edu Blogger Awards for 2012. We are asking you, the online education community in Canada, to help us honour excellence by identifying the most innovative education, industry and parent bloggers who embrace 21st century learning and “walk the digital talk.”

Entries will be accepted until Friday, August 31, 2012

Vote now!

August 2, 2012

Top 10 News Stories from the July/August Edition of the MindShare Learning Report / Subscriber Survey

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Complete our MSL Report 5 Question Subscriber Survey and Qualify to WIN Dr. Michael Fullan’s new book: Stratosphere
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Sign up to get a free subscription to the MindShare Learning Report! Canada’s Leading, Learning, & Technology eMagazine

If you missed it, download our Summer July/August PD Edition here!

A MindShare Learning Moment with Dr. Margaret Riel

Dr. Margaret Riel is a world renowned learning circles theorist and co-chair, MA Learning Technologies program, at Pepperdine University while at the 15th Anniversary Alumni Conference. Watch here

Dear Thought Leader,

We are pleased to share our MSL Report Top 10 News Stories from our July/August Summer edition.

I trust you’re having a great summer and taking the opportunity to recharge, reflect, and augment your skills.

On that note, I recently returned from my alma mater Pepperdine University where I attended the 15th Anniversary MA in EdTech conference. It was great to connect with former classmates and professors. I will be blogging about my experience …. one thing for sure, you can’t replace face-to-face collaboration which is one of the unique aspects of the Pepperdine MALT program; the blended learning nature was extremely engaging and transformational for me personally and professionally.

Be sure to checkout my video interview with Dr. Margaret Riel, my former thesis advisor as we reflect on leadership, learning, and technology.

Early bird registration is now available for our 3rd Annual MindShare Learning Canada EdTech Leadership Summit! This year’s theme is “Connecting to Success in Today’s Classroom.”

Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!


Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President & Publisher
MindShare Learning

P.S. Speaking of PD, Industry Leaders take take note of the upcoming EdNET 2012 Conference for those interested in the US education maret space.

1. A MindShare Learning Moment with two Canadian Rock Star presenters in Neil Stephenson and Gary Kern at IT4K12
Listen now

2. Exclusive Podcast Interview with Jay Collier, keynote Presenter from Maine at IT4K12  Conference Shares Maine’s Learner Centered ecosystem
Listen now

3. Demystifying Fullan: Three thoughts for enhancing your personal stratosphere
How can you take the ‘theory’ from Fullan’s ideas and work it into your practice? Below I’ve written about three ideas that you can use to ‘shape’ your way of thinking about your current practice so that you can change your old paradigm into a new one…if you haven’t already! Read more4. Microsoft launches Office 365 for education
Available now for educators, students and school administrators.           Read more
5. Using technology in the classroom requires experience and guidance, report finds
It’s older, more experienced teachers – not younger, so-called digital natives – who are experimenting more with new technology in the classroom, a new report suggests. Read more6. The 10 companies that Canadian students want to work for the most
Where do graduating students in Canada want to work? LinkedIn conducted some research to find out and produced some interesting results. Read more
7. CMEC Copyright Consortium pleased with House of Commons passage of copyright Bill C-11
The Copyright Consortium of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), responded positively to the passage yesterday by the House of Commons of Bill C-11, Canada’s new copyright legislation which clarifies the country’s copyright regime and establishes a clear legal framework for the digital age and its ever-advancing technologies. Read more8. Top 5 ways to keep your learning curve steep
As an educator, you put the learning of your students as your priority. However, this summer it’s all about you and increasing your learning of 21st century education. Here are a few very interesting and easy ways to expand your mind and bring a digital edge to your classroom next year. Read more9. Online learning in Canada: At a tipping point
Contact North, Ontario’s distance education and training network has released a new report describing how public colleges and universities across the country are providing extensive and innovative online learning opportunities for their students  and positioning Canada as a  global online learning hub. Read more

10. MindShare Musings
“The only sign of life is growth,” my very wise grade 12 high school teacher Mrs. Fogerty wrote in my yearbook.. Funny how some things stick! It sort of became a mantra of mine and with that, I’m pleased to share our emerging services infographic.  It captures the essence of our MindShare Learning “Connect to Success” solutions paradigm to better serve you. Innovation has remained our hallmark  to better meet the needs of a very complex and fast moving education sector in Canada. Please connect with me if you’d like to explore further with us. Read more
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