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November 17, 2016

Top 10 MSL Report Canada — STEM Special Edition

One for my Canadian readers to start the day…

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Dear Thought Leader,

To question whether to embrace STEM or STEAM is no longer an option in education. This global movement has caught on in Canada with a storm (pun intended!).

Our Top 10 is a testament to the passion educators share across Canada in implementing STEM based learning. Brian Aspinall is a great case in point. Be sure to checkout my video interview with Brian, who is one of the most inspirational and engaging teachers I’ve ever met!

Innovation is no longer an option for provincial, district and school leaders. Career opportunities will no doubt be a driver in accelerating the pace of change in this regard. As a member of the national ICTC Education Task force, it has provided me with a deeper appreciation of the need for all of us to do our part in adopting an ‘innovator’s mindset’ to help our youth prepare for careers of tomorrow.

It’s hard to believe C21 Canada recently celebrated its 5th anniversary! Be sure to checkout the release of the C21 Spiral Playbook. It’s an honour to be a part of the organization. We’re always looking for passionate leaders from education and industry to join us!

It has never been a more exciting time to be in education in Canada. As leaders, I challenge you to inspire your colleagues, be it in education or on the industry side of the ledger, to step-up and embrace the innovative spirit that is helping nurture and engage today’s learners for a brighter future.

Watch for our December MindShare Report Special Coding Edition along with our 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit highlights!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

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

1. A Halloween spirited Interview with Brian Aspinall on STE(A)M, showcasing new tech and the 7th Canadian EdTech Summit

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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 Fair Chance Learning.

Follow Brian on Twitter @mraspinall

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2. Spiral Playbook Review – By Tim Gard, Chief Digital Learning Strategist

Inquiry-based learning, regardless of the flavour, abounds in Canadian schools. And there is a good reason for this. It works. It works because it meets the needs of today’s learners and teachers, and it embraces the future now. C21 presents The Spiral Playbook: Leading with an inquiring mindset in school systems and schools. If you are hoping to see a change in the way education is delivered, to empower leaders in education to have the right tools and to re-focus their leadership using solid data to meet the demands of the classroom today, and tomorrow, then a ‘playbook’ is essential. The Spiral Playbook believes, as most who have been invested in changing our system of education, that we must change our way of doing things.

SPIRAL

We must encourage dynamic learning contexts fostered by curiosity. We must embrace more innovative ways to learn, teach and lead. It’s time to come together, to take risks, and to make every effort to change and enhance our current way of doing education.

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3. From STEM to STEAM

Preparing Canadian students for the challenge of change.After 18 months of study, a panel of experts brought together by the Council of Canadian Academies published a report last year that emphasized the critical importance to Canada and Canadians of STEM skills.

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4. C21 Canada Announces the release of the Spiral Playbook at MaRSDD

C21 Canada and the CEO Academy provides a national forum for education leaders to share ideas and build capacity for system-wide transformation.  The organization brings together executive leaders of school districts and knowledge-sector businesses who share the belief that 21st century competencies and innovations in learning must be scaled on an urgent basis. The Spiral Playbook: Leading with an inquiring mindset in school systems and schools points the way forward.  It describes a sustainable approach to professional inquiry that aims to transform how educators learn and lead – with teams and across networks.Read More

Order your copies of the Spiral Playbook. View the Spiral Playbook, the Quick Reference Guide or download a Slide Presentation.

Follow @C21Playbook on Twitter and #SOI to post a comment or question.

5. FreshGrade COO says the Traditional Education System is Starting to Embrace Tech

On the latest episode of The Disruptors, co-host Amber Kanwar sat down with Chris Besse, the president and COO of FreshGrade, who discussed how Kelowna-based FreshGrade is changing the status quo on how students learn and interact with teachers and parents.

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6. Brexit will put new Canadian head of Cambridge University to the test

When Canadian academic Stephen Toope takes over running Cambridge University next year, he’ll face an institution grappling with some of the biggest challenges in its 807-year history.

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7. Girls Who Code Launches Community-Building App for Young Female Coders

National nonprofit Girls Who Code has launched its Girls Who Code Loop app, a community for female coders to meet and get to know each other. Available on iOS and Android for free, the aps includes announcements college, jobs and internships related to coding, as well as a space for users to comment and ask questions of each other.

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8. Nova Scotia teachers vote overwhelmingly in support of strike mandate

Teachers in Nova Scotia could be on strike before Christmas after 96 per cent of the 9,300 public school members voted in favour of job action Tuesday.”Public school teachers have spoken loud and clear,” said Liette Doucet, Nova Scotia Teachers Union president, in a news release sent out Tuesdaynight.

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9. The Innovator’s Mindset Blog – by George Couros

My first book, “The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity” is now available at Amazon. Below is the current table of contents which will house additional links, resources, and discussion questions for each chapter. I wanted to provide this as a space that brings the book to life, and encourage people to go deeper into what in the content, provide links and questions to guide any book chats on the topic.

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10. Canada lagging in push to teach kids computer coding

Armed with rope, pictures and elephant headbands, it looks like this group of nine-year-olds is setting up a huge game of hopscotch. But they’re really laying out the biggest thing to hit British schools in a century.

As the students direct each other through the grid they’ve built, they’re learning the basic fundamentals of computer coding, in the process moving beyond how to use computers to how computers work.

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November 3, 2016

November MindShare Learning Report: Cross Canada Spotlight on Nova Scotia – STE(A)M

For my Canadian colleagues…

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Volume 9, No. 8

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Spiral Playbook Review – By Tim Gard, Chief Digital Learning Strategist

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K-12 Featured News

Post-Secondary Featured News

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Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups

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A Halloween spirited Interview with Brian Aspinall on STE(A)M, showcasing new tech and the 7th Canadian EdTech Summit

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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 Fair Chance Learning.

Follow Brian on Twitter @mraspinall

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Dear Thought Leader,

What a memorable start to November with our C21 Board and CEO Academy meetings kicking off at MaRSDD. Yesterday we also celebrated our 5th anniversary of C21 Canada — Canadians for 21st Century Learning & Innovation, with a reception and book launch of The Spiral Playbook hosted at the Steelcase WorkLife Centre. We were honoured to have VIPs from across Canada, including Chantal Beaulieu, Executive Director, Council of Ministers of Education, Canada and Ron Canuel, CEO of the Canadian Education Association.

For those of you attending tomorrows EdTech Summit, there will be a special round table on the Spiral Playbook. Every delegate will be receiving a complimentary copy!

On the eve of hosting our 7th Canadian EdTech Summit — “Redefining Schools of the Future Today,” I encourage those of you unable to attend to follow us via twitter, #CDNEdTech16.

While this MindShare Report issue will serve as an abbreviated version be sure to check in with us via twitter and contribute to the conversation Thursday. You’ll experience what promises to be a highly interactive and engaging EdTech Summit. Our delegates will be challenged to identify what’s standing in the way of innovation? And to identify three takeaway actionable items from the summit to affect change in your organization.

Issue highlights:

  1. C21 Canada Celebrates 5th anniversary with the release of a new book: Spiral Playbook. Get a sneak peak via Tim Gard’s product review
  2. A MindShare tour of Citadel High School with Halifax School Board Director Elwin Leroux
  3. Connected Learning Conference hosted by Microsoft showcases innovation with a sneak peak at HoloLens
  4. Mr. Aspinall’ s video interview looks scary, but all about STEM

I hope you enjoy this STEM focused issue and spotlight on Nova Scotia.

I hope to see you at the Summit! A few spaces remain!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

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

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Quotes of the Month

“This year’s theme – Because of Her – gives all Canadians the chance to recognize and appreciate the significant achievements and contributions women have made to our great country.”–Statement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Throughout October, Ladies Learning Code celebrated incredible women in STEM – past and present for Women’s History Month!

Cross Canada Spotlight on Nova Scotia

From STEM to STEAM
Globe and Mail 25.10.16

After 18 months of study, a panel of experts brought together by the Council of Canadian Academies published a report last year that emphasized the critical importance to Canada and Canadians of STEM skills.

CvzBVpzWAAEaWaGThanks to Elwin LeRoux & Principal Smith for an inspiring tour of the award winning Citadel High School, Halifax Regional School Board

Nova Scotia teachers vote overwhelmingly in support of strike mandate
CBC 23.10.16

School Board Election Results Now Official
HRSB 20.10.16

Province to improve post-secondary education supports with expansion, funding
Harold News 27.10.16

Program offers 1 year of free university to Nova Scotians on social assistance
CBC 28.10.16

C21 Canada Spotlight

C21 Canada Announces the release of the Spiral Playbook at MaRSDD

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C21 Canada and the CEO Academy provides a national forum for education leaders to share ideas and build capacity for system-wide transformation.  The organization brings together executive leaders of school districts and knowledge-sector businesses who share the belief that 21st century competencies and innovations in learning must be scaled on an urgent basis. The Spiral Playbook: Leading with an inquiring mindset in school systems and schools points the way forward.  It describes a sustainable approach to professional inquiry that aims to transform how educators learn and lead – with teams and across networks.

Learn More

CwMSJssUsAEl7xqHonored to have authors Linda Kaser and Judy Halbert join Karen Yamada and Robert Martellacci of C21 Canada to launch the Spiral Playbook

Order your copies of the Spiral Playbook. View the Spiral Playbook, the Quick Reference Guide or download a Slide Presentation.

Follow @C21Playbook on Twitter and #SOI to post a comment or question.

C21 Canada Celebrates its 5th Anniversary with Co-Founders and Founding members. Special Thanks to Steelcase

IMG_3535L-R Giancarlo Brotto, SMART Tech; David Roberts, Co-Founder, C21 Canada; Guy Tetrault, Director & CEO Sun West School Division; Karen Yamada, VP & CFO; Robert Martellacci, President, C21 Canada & Co-Founder; Ron Canuel, CEO, CEA

Spiral Playbook Review – By Tim Gard, Chief Digital Learning Strategist

Inquiry-based learning, regardless of the flavour, abounds in Canadian schools. And there is a good reason for this. It works. It works because it meets the needs of today’s learners and teachers, and it embraces the future now. C21 presents The Spiral Playbook: Leading with an inquiring mindset in school systems and schools. If you are hoping to see a change in the way education is delivered, to empower leaders in education to have the right tools and to re-focus their leadership using solid data to meet the demands of the classroom today, and tomorrow, then a ‘playbook’ is essential. The Spiral Playbook believes, as most who have been invested in changing our system of education, that we must change our way of doing things.

C21Spiral

We must encourage dynamic learning contexts fostered by curiosity. We must embrace more innovative ways to learn, teach and lead. It’s time to come together, to take risks, and to make every effort to change and enhance our current way of doing education.

Read More

The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Step 2: Engaging Partners and the Community for Effective Transformation

Congratulations – you’re on the path to school transformation and to creating a more personalized learning experience for all. You’re joining the many schools across Canada moving towards empowering their students and improving learning environments to help students become more successful, adaptive, and innovative lifelong learners.

Education Transformation Framework

Last month we discussed getting started on the path to Education Transformation. To continue this journey and help education leaders navigate and fast track this process, we’ll be discussing an additional component of the framework – engaging partners and the community as well as providing resources to streamline transformation…

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K-12 Featured News

FRESHGRADE COO SAYS THE TRADITIONAL EDUCATION SYSTEM IS STARTING TO EMBRACE TECH
BetaTech 21.10.16

For a while, education systems have been resistant to change. But as technology innovation grows in the education space, several schools are starting to adopt new classroom models.

Minecraft: Education Edition Available Now!
Microsoft 01.11.16

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OCE is accepting applications for Round 2 of AdvancingEducation
OCE 1.11.2016

Want A Skilled Workforce? You Need Skilled Collaboration
Huffington Post 25.10.16

Back to school: Canada lagging in push to teach kids computer coding
CBC 1.09.16

Post-Secondary Featured News

International Featured News

Industry News

Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups

Conference Corner

My takeaway from this month’s conferences I attended — change is the new normal.  Innovation is no longer an option. It’s never been a more exciting time to be education. Do you agree? I welcome your thoughts.

This past month I attended the Connected Learning Conference in Halifax hosted by Microsoft. With delegates from across the country showcasing innovative practices, I was impressed by the passion and innovative spirit demonstrated by school districts.

IMG_20161025_0825396Marc Seaman, Education Director at Microsoft Canada Kicks off the CLC Summit in Halifax

CvozBqYW8AQpDDzSteve Stronach, HoloLens guru, takes me on a learning adventure at the Connected Learning Conference

CvnrbaDWYAACLCrCongrats to Clarke Hagan Louis Riel S.D. receives Bob Alison Award #CLC2016 for his contributions to LRSD from Microsoft’s Greg Milligan

While in Halifax, it was fortuitous that I met up with my C21 Canada CEO colleague Elwin LeRoux, Director of Education, Halifax District School Board. Given my interest in schools of the future, I was intrigued by my visit to Citadel High School. One of the best designed buildings that was built ahead of it’s time some 10 years ago. Having said that, the school is due for a furniture refresh! Coincidentally, it’s also the school that appears in the very popular JerryD Show. Other provinces looking to build schools would definitely benefit from visiting some of the innovative schools in Halifax.MindShare was pleased to once again sponsor the WFMP conference last week. Michael Bator, former Dufferin Peel District School Board, now Executive Director, Catholic Curriculum Cooperative always puts on an engaging conference serving their 17 member school boards across the province of Ontario.

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TVOGala’s is everywhere! Great to connect with (L-R) Jane SilvaAkhina Mooken and Sandra Chow at the WFMP conference last week.

MindShare Musings

It’s hard to believe that with 2017 fast approaching we’ll be celebrating a few milestones:

  • My 20th year in the EdTech space since leaving York University.
  • 15 Anniversary of MindShare Learning
  • 10 Anniversary of the MindShare Learning Report (Inspired by my masters thesis work at Pepperdine University.

I have the good fortune of meeting and connecting with a lot of people. So, as I think about our next BIG innovation, I feel compelled to offer sage advice about careers and networking as it appears to be a lost art with many people.

The worst offence you can commit when looking for a new job is to reach out to someone you have not connected with in let’s say a year, or more. Sadly, I get this a lot these days. The loyalty factor is being lost on both sides of the empolyer/employee relationship. Sorry, I just had to get this off my chest! Tip! Stay connected by reaching out to a friend or colleague every day!

Speaking of connecting, I really enjoyed attending the recent TVO Gala in support of a great institution I enjoy partnering with through the year. Thank you again for the invitation.

TVO Gala 16 as Sandler  0947 - Rob MartelacciHonoured to meet TVO Guest of Honour Deepa Mehta, Oscar nominated film producer

BRIANDROBCan’t be all work and no play! Hanging out a Pier 21 with Brian Aspinall (L) and Jason Breukelman (C) at the Pier 21 Canada 150 celebration event as part of the CLC. It was great to explore the museum site where my parents landed when they immigrated to Canada from Italy back in the 50’s!

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Special Congratulations to our much valued team member, Bradley Grant, Digital Learning Specialist, MindShare Learning, who recently graduated from York’s Faculty of Education. We’re proud of your achievements!

Please keep your news and success stories coming! Until next time, Keep the digital learning curve steep! R.M.

Featured Conferences

Career Opportunities

Dean of Education
University of Windsor

Technology Consultant
York Region District School Board

Dean, Faculty Of Education
Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC

Advisory Board

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

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

About Us

The MindShare Learning Report team is made up of the following individuals:
Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Chief Digital Curator
Bradley Grant, 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

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About MindShare Learning
At MindShare Learning “Connecting to Success,” is our primary driver to transforming learning in the 21st century.

As Canada’s leading EdTech strategy consulting services to the K-12, post-secondary and lifelong learning markets, we thrive on accelerating growth and market share for our clients. Our mission is to educate, inspire and counsel start-ups, software publishers, distributors and educational hardware providers in all aspects of sales & marketing to overcome obstacles in achieving their goals.

We strive to build trusting, mutually beneficial partnerships with our valued clients, through open communication and clearly defined goals and objectives.  We focus on the shortest path to revenue and success.

MindShare Learning’s partial client list includes: Adobe (Macromedia), Bosch Dremel, Blackboard, Dell EMC Canada, C21 Canada, FETC, EPSON, ERDI Canada, Follett Canada, Government of Canada,  Intel Canada, Toronto District School Board, and the Ontario Ministry of Education.

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Top 10 Canadian Learning & Technology New Stories for October

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Dear Thought Leader,

This month’s MindShare Report Top 10 is a testament to Canada’s EdTech thought leadership on the global stage.

In any given month, we get readers from 15-20 countries across the globe who take a keen interest in the latest learning & technology activities across our vast country. However, while we’re the envy of many countries we cannot be complacent! Innovation must be our hallmark as a country in the 21st century.

This is a great segue to our upcoming 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, November 3 at MaRsDD Toronto. This is your opportunity to explore, “Schools of the Future Today!” We chose the iconic MaRsDD innovation centre because it represents what we stand for with respect to nurturing leadership and innovation in support of student success. New this year is our Learning Commons/ Makerspace Showcase! It’s not too late to register!

Hope to see you on November 3!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P. S. Don’t forget to cast your vote for the Inaugural Canadian EdTech Leader Awards

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

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1. A Sneak Peak Video Interview with Brian Aspinall leading up to the 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit

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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 Fair Chance Learning.

Follow Brian on Twitter @mraspinall

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2. Hapara Product Review by Tim Gard

Hapara. Māori for Dawn. When I saw this Polynesian word on Hapara’s website, shortly after spending some time working through the various nuances of this product with Hapara’s Chief Product Officer, Wayne Poncia, I understood why this word was appropriated for their product’s name. Not only did it speak of the place where this product was born, but in a unique, and perhaps ever so subtle way, succinctly captured what Hapara can do for you when used in conjunction with either G Suite for Education (Google’s new name for GAFE) or Microsoft’s Office 365 (coming soon).

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3. Exclusive Podcast with Rod Allen, Superintendent Cowichan Valley School District on Innovation and Direction for B.C. on Innovation and Coding in the Classroom

Podcast

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

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4. Exlusive MindShare Podcast with World Champions of the Enactus World Cup: Memoiral University of Newfoundland

Enactus Memorial University of Newfoundland named World Champion

View the Final Round Here

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5. How do we transform our inspirations into thoughtful actions? by Jennifer Corriero

Our friends at TakingITGlobal are continuing to grow their Education for Social Innovation community here in Canada and abroad. In September they visited Finland where they kicked off a regional community of practice with schools in 7 countries, and next week they’ll be launching the Ontario cohort with participants from 5 school districts. Read Executive Director Jennifer Corriero’s reflection on how social innovation and technology can be used to bring learning to life in your school!

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6. B.C. Premier promises ‘significant’ new funds for postsecondary tech education

B.C. Premier Christy Clark says her government is set to beef up funding to the postsecondary system to help address a chronic talent shortage in the province’s tech sector…

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7. 21st Century Learning, 20th Century Classroom

There is a clear disconnect between the new approaches to teaching and learning that are considered “best practices” for 21st century learning, promoted in PD and supported by research, and the old classroom or school design that in many ways works against them.

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8. The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner: Part 2

Engaging Partners and the Community for Effective Transformation

Congratulations – you’re on the path to school transformation and to creating a more personalized learning experience for all. You’re joining the many schools across Canada moving towards empowering their students and improving learning environments to help students become more successful, adaptive, and innovative lifelong learners.

Read More

9. A MindShare Podcast with EdTech Legend Tom Whitby at EdNet 2016 Dallas, Texas

Podcast

Thomas D. Whitby is the author of The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning, and The Educator’s Guide To Creating Connections. He is @tomwhitby on Twitter with 64,000 followers. Tom retired from Public Education after serving 34 years as a secondary English teacher, and spent an additional six years as an adjunct Professor at St Joseph’s College in New York. He is a Co-Creator of #Edchat, an award winning education discussion group on Twitter.

10. TOP 5 Reasons to Attend the 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit Nov 3rd

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October MindShare Learning Report: Cross Canada Spotlight on British Columbia – Happy World Teacher Day!

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October 2016

Volume 9, No. 7

Quick Links

Quotes of the Month

Cross Canada Spotlight on British Columbia

MindShare Musings – IPN Conference Oslo, Norway and Schools of the Future Inspiration

Hapara Product Review – By Tim Gard, Chief Digital Learning Strategist

The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Featured Infographic of the Month

K-12 Featured News

Post-Secondary Featured News

International Featured News

Industry News

Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups

Conference Corner

Featured Conferences

Career Opportunities

Advisory Board

About Us

Sponsors

A Sneak Peak Video Interview with Brian Aspinall leading up to the 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit

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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 Fair Chance Learning.

Follow Brian on Twitter @mraspinall

Watch-Video

Dear Thought Leader,

Welcome to our October MindShare Learning Report Special 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit — B.C. Cross Canada Spotlight edition.

Only 29 Days to go! Our team is hard at work in preparing for the 7th Canadian EdTech Summit November 3rd at MaRsDD. If you haven’t registered, check out our Top 5 reasons Infographic that we trust will inspire you to join us for this highly engaging one-day think-tank challenging you to ‘Redefine Schools of the Future Today.’

Be sure to checkout highlights in this issue:

  1. Memorial University students win Enactus Global Challenge. An exclusive podcast
  2. Featured video podcast with Brian Aspinall, Award Winning STEM expert educator presenting at the EdTech Summit
  3. Rod Allen, Superintendent, Cowichan Valley School District B.C.MindShare Podcast Spotlight on Coding in K12 schools
  4. A MindShare moment with Tom Whitby, award-winning Blogger and founder of EdChat reflects on EdNET Dallas and a new PD platform launching
  5. Tim Gard, Chief Digital Learning Strategist, test drives the Humara solution from Silicon Valley
  6. We’re proud partners in Media Literacy Week October 31 – November 4.

Finally, it was a tremendous honour and opportunity to travel to Oslo, Norway to attend the International Education Partnership Conference as a recipient of the International Chair’s Best Partnership Award. The award was presented from retired Astronaut Rick Hieb, who conducted three space missions for NASA. Be sure to check out my musings for further insights on our trip.

Thanks to our much valued team, sponsors and partners for making this such a deep and rich report!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S. To all the awesome teachers across Canada and beyond happy#WorldTeacherDay!

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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Quotes of the Month

“I saw intellectual excitement and stimulating insights pouring out of every table and cresting during breaks and lunch. Uniquely provocative forward-thinkers for speakers and a cool set of ed-tech startups to listen to.”Dr. Greg Malszecki, Professor Emeritus, York University

“The Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit was a very productive meeting of thought-leaders, teachers, administrators, entrepreneurs, edTech startups, researchers and consultants. I came away with eight big ideas that we can use in our business.”
                              
-Mollie O’Neill, Partner, Brigus Learning

Quotes from delagates who attended the 6th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit

Cross Canada Spotlight on British Columbia

Exclusive Podcast with Rod Allen, Superintendent Cowichan Valley School District on Innovation and Direction for B.C. on Innovation and Coding in the Classroom

Podcast

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

MindShare Musings – IPN Conference Oslo, Norway and Schools of the Future Inspiration

Venturing out to Oslo was a first for me. An invitation to attend the International Education Partnership Conference and receive a Global Chair’s Best Partnership Award — truly an honour and a great excuse for a trip to Oslo! The conference proved fascinating with some 40 countries represented. Anytime you get to hang around with a veteran NASA Astronaut of three space shuttle missions, that’s pretty cool! Especially as a group of us sat on the hotel terrace gazing at a super moon one night, while Rick Hieb shared his amazing stories about his time in space. A pinch me moment for sure.

IMG_20160916_1514528 (1)Former NASA Astronaut Rick Hieb (L) presents Robert Martellacci, MindShare Learning Technology with the Global Chair’s Best Partnership Award at the IPN Conference, along with David Roberts, C21 Associates and Dr. Laurel Adler IPN Board Member

What I came to appreciate as we shared our story about co-founding C21 Canada some five years ago, along with my colleague David Roberts, C21 Associates, is the passion each of the delegates had for sharing and learning from one another. It’s a testament to what mutually beneficial partnerships represent; the collegial process of shared goals and outcomes in support of a greater good. It was fascinating to share and learn from other delegates who embarked on some pretty cool projects. In our case it was the innovation behind a start-up NFP, C21 Canada–Canadians for 21st Century Learning & Innovation. We accepted the award on behalf of our valued founding board members, CEO Academy and current board. It takes a digital village to raise a child in the 21st century! While we have a ways to go, I felt a great sense of pride in speaking with delegates who were intrigued to learn more about Canada’s success on the global stage. Speaking of Canada, we were well represented! It was great connecting with Doug Watt (Conference Board of Canada), Arlene Olynyk (Thompson Rivers University), Mark Patterson (Ryerson University’s Magnet startup), Dr. Marita Kloseck, (Western HealthSciences) and Jonathan Robb (NorQuest College, to name a few).

image00A typical looking classroom at the Kuben Upper Secondary School in Oslo

It’s fitting that this issue is themed Schools of the Future. I must admit I was envious of some of the facilities we visited, including a state-of-the-art school in an industrial area where the schoolyard was on the roof due to lack of space. I snapped a few pictures that I hope capture the openness of spaces and the collaboration amongst students.

Our visit to BI University was extremely cool. Thanks to Maxim Jean Louis for setting us up with the folks at ICDE. Our visit to the LearningLab was fascinating (see pic) where professors and startups connect. I’ve included a very cool production studio that is accessible by professors to create their learning modules.

Special thanks to the Alex Blackwood, CEO, IPN Board, Michael Bator, Board member and former Director, Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board and Michael Bloom, VP, Conference Board of Canada for the award recognition and the opportunity to attend the IPN Conference. See you in Houston in 2018! R.M.

image06State of the Art LearningLab for Professors at BI University (Oslo)

image01An insightful site visit for IPN conference delegates at the kuben Upper Secondary School in Oslo

image05An impressive production studio for profs to create learning modules at BI’s Learning Lab

image07Something Canadian for my new friend and colleague Alex Blackwood CEO, IPN

Hapara Product Review – By Tim Gard, Chief Digital Learning Strategist

Hapara. Māori for Dawn. When I saw this Polynesian word on Hapara’s website, shortly after spending some time working through the various nuances of this product with Hapara’s Chief Product Officer, Wayne Poncia, I understood why this word was appropriated for their product’s name. Not only did it speak of the place where this product was born, but in a unique, and perhaps ever so subtle way, succinctly captured what Hapara can do for you when used in conjunction with either G Suite for Education (Google’s new name for GAFE) or Microsoft’s Office 365 (coming soon).

HARPARA

It’s like awakening to a new day; you realize that true collaboration and the leveraging of deeper learning can occur using digital tools. And you realize the potential of deep collaboration, accountability and student achievement in an online context that is easy to navigate and powerful to use.

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The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Step 2: Engaging Partners and the Community for Effective Transformation

Congratulations – you’re on the path to school transformation and to creating a more personalized learning experience for all. You’re joining the many schools across Canada moving towards empowering their students and improving learning environments to help students become more successful, adaptive, and innovative lifelong learners.

Education Transformation Framework

Last month we discussed getting started on the path to Education Transformation. To continue this journey and help education leaders navigate and fast track this process, we’ll be discussing an additional component of the framework – engaging partners and the community as well as providing resources to streamline transformation…

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Featured Infographic of the Month

K-12 Featured News

Transforming Insight into Action by Jennifer Corriero

Our friends at TakingITGlobal are continuing to grow their Education for Social Innovation community here in Canada and abroad. In September they visited Finland where they kicked off a regional community of practice with schools in 7 countries, and next week they’ll be launching the Ontario cohort with participants from 5 school districts. Read Executive Director Jennifer Corriero’s reflection on how social innovation and technology can be used to bring learning to life in your school!

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EQAO CEO Bruce Rodrigues named Deputy Minister of Education
CNW 29.09.2016

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Students inspire Regina Mundi College redesign
IFP News 27.09.16

21st Century Learning, 20th Century Classroom
CEA 29.09.16

High school entrepreneurship competition returns for fifth year
OCE 30.09.16

Building an Education System for All Students to Achieve their Full Potential
Ontario Government 12.09.16

Northwest Territories, Nunavut to have input into Alberta’s school curriculum
26.09.16

N.B. Education plan praised for attempt to build sense of belonging
CBC News 06.09.16

Post-Secondary Featured News

International Featured News

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Excellent keynote on #Education/#Business Partnerships by Dr. Michael Bloom @ConfBoardofCda #IPN2016  #Oslo

Canada’s SCORE program wins international gold in Oslo, Norway 
Voice 22.09.16

OECD’s Education at a Glance 2016 reveals public benefits of education and need for increased spending
Education International 22.09.16

Industry News

Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups

Conference Corner

A MindShare Podcast with EdTech Legend Tom Whitby at EdNet 2016 Dallas, Texas

Podcast

Thomas D. Whitby is the author of The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning, and The Educator’s Guide To Creating Connections. He is @tomwhitby on Twitter with 64,000 followers. Tom retired from Public Education after serving 34 years as a secondary English teacher, and spent an additional six years as an adjunct Professor at St Joseph’s College in New York. He is a Co-Creator of #Edchat, an award winning education discussion group on Twitter.

A MindShare Podcast at EdNet 2016 Dallas, Texas with Jonathan Schor, Co-Founder and CEO of CodeMonkey

Podcast

Code Monkey envisions a global playful learning experience where the next generations of coders are born and raised. An engaging platform where programming knowledge is acquired alongside 21st century skills through collaboratively playing and solving puzzles, inventing, creating and sharing.

LOLLLMindShare’s Robert Martellacci participates in the closing keynote panel discussion Think Ahead: Turning Ideas into Action at EdNET 2016

Featured Conferences

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

ERDI Fall 2016 | October 12 – 5

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

Media Literacy Week | October 31-Nov 4

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

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

BIT 16, Niagara Falls | November 9-11

Learning Forward: 2016 Annual Conference: Connecting Landscapes for Learning Vancouver | Dec 3-7

Career Opportunities

Advisory Board

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

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

About Us

The MindShare Learning Report team is made up of the following individuals:
Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Chief Digital Curator
Bradley Grant, B.A Hons., B.Ed., 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

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October 5, 2016

7th Annual Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit – Exclusive Offer to MindShare Network Members! $100 OFF – ONE WEEK ONLY!

An ed tech conference for my Canadian K-12 colleagues…

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Take $100 off registration with our exclusive discount code MSL100

· Redefining Schools of
the Future Today
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November 3rd, 2016 at MaRsDD
Toronto, ON

Dear Thought Leader,

I’m thrilled to invite you to attend our 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit at MaRSDD, one of Canada’s iconic innovation centres in the heart of downtown Toronto.

“Redefining Schools of the Future Today,” is the theme of this year’s summit. I challenge you, whether you’re an education leader in K12 or HED, or an industry leader, to join us for this one-day highly engaging summit. Connect, inspire and innovate the next generation learning environments as a legacy to our future leaders.

Be sure to checkout our stellear lineup of keynotes and presenters whose passion and expertise will surely arm you with the essential knowledge to transform your learning ecosystem.

Click here to visit the official website for the 7th Annual EdTech Leadership Summit to register and take advantage of our special $100 offer using the discount code MSL100. 

I look forward to ‘mindsharing’ with you on November 3rd!

All the best,

Robert Martellacci
Conference Chair & President, MindShare Learning Technology

P.S. New this year is our Leaning Commons/ Maker Space showcase! Explore new tech, software and classroom furniture.

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speakers & sessions

Featured Speakers

Dr. Karen Billings

As Vice President of ETIN, the Education Technology Network of SIIA, Dr.Billings drives strategic direction, programs, and initiatives for the 180 company members focused on providing technology products and services to the K-12 and postsecondary markets. She has 45 years of experience in the industry and in K-12 and postsecondary classrooms. She has authored four books and numerous articles for education journals, and is a frequent speaker at education conferences.

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Hon. Doug Currie

In January 2015, Mr.Currie, Chair CMEC, was appointed Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture.

Mr. Currie grew up in District 11 Charlottetown –Parkdale where he currently lives with his two daughters. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Prince Edward Island and a Master of Education degree from the University of New Brunswick.

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Maya Burhanpurkar 

Maya is a 16 year old Ontario high school student. She has been a recipient of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 award, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, Ontario’s Junior Citizen of the Year award, has twice won the Grand Platinum award at Canada’s national science fair for novel discoveries in microbiology and fundamental physics, and has been a finalist at both the Google and Intel International Science Fairs.

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Ralph Benmergui

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Ralph Benmergui is an award winning Journalist and Broadcaster whose work spans three decades. Recently Ralph has transitioned into new careers as Director of Communications for the Honourable Glen Murray in both the Ministry of Research and Innovation and Training, Colleges and Universities at Queens Park. Currently Ralph is the Executive Director of Partnership and Strategy in the Office of the President at Sheridan College

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*Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Robert Martellacci for more information.

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