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February 20, 2017

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

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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.

Education Transformation Framework

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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February 6, 2017

Jan/Feb MindShare Report — The Future of Online Learning, Cross Canada Spotlight on Saskatchewan

Note this newsletter which features my annual State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada report.

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Canada 150 Classroom of the Future Challenge Launches!

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

PodcastMichael K. Barbour is an Associate Professor of Instructional Design for the the College of Education and Health Services at Touro University, California in Vallejo. He has been involved with K-12 distance, online and blended learning for almost two decades as a researcher, evaluator, teacher, course designer and administrator.

Dear Thought Leader,

On the eve of Canada’s 150th anniversary we’re thrilled to launch our 9th Canada’s Classroom of the Future Challenge! We are inviting teachers and students to share their vision of a ‘future ready’ classroom to qualify and WIN 1 of 3 makerspace prize packages.

2017 also marks another important milestone–my 20th year in EdTech and launching TLC School Canada! I will be blogging about my experiences. Perhaps there’s a book in the making! Most importantly, I’ve never been more passionate about learning and innovation and continuing to make an impact on a national scale through MindShare Learning and C21 Canada. I often say these days, it’s never been a more exciting time to be in education!

Watch for our “NEW” and “Improved” MindShare Report next month as we also celebrate our 10th anniversary of our eMag! A reader survey is also forthcoming.

Canada made its mark at the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando last week! The more I immerse myself in EdTech, the clearer I see it’s about people, community and tech-infused pedagogy; partly inspired by my time at FETC. With over 200 Canadians in attendance, MindShare was thrilled to once again partner with LRP conference ownership as a media partner. Some 100 education and technology leaders attended our memorable CanAm Celebration of Excellence Partnering reception. Special thanks to sponsors of our CanAm: LRP, Hapara, Acumen Partners and West Corp. Be sure to checkout FETC highlights and an exclusive podcast with Peter Singh, Toronto District School Board, CTO, who provides a Canadian perspective on the FETC conference.

I trust you’ll enjoy this special Online Learning Edition, Cross Canada spotlight on the highly innovative province of Saskatchewan. Perhaps a well kept secret; however, it’s home to some amazing ed tech leaders; Kathy Cassidy, Couros brothers (George and Dr. Alec), Dean Shareski, Dr. Guy Tetrault (Be sure to check out his podcast!) and Shelley Wright.

Special thanks to our readers, partners, sponsors, advisory board members and our team. It truly takes a digital village to create a community of leaders and learners in the 21st century.

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S. Be sure to mark your calendars for this Fall’s 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit at MaRsDD, 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™

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Cross Canada Spotlight on Saskatchewan

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

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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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New Canada Research Chair working on “smart” cancer drugs
UofS 19.01.17

Regina Catholic Schools Receives Premier’s Award for Continuous Innovation
Sask School Board 15.11.2016

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Quick Facts

Statistics for 2016/2017:

School Divisions: 28
Total Student Enrolment K-12: 179,707
University Enrolment: 35,829
College Enrolment: 20,733

Education Plan for 2016/17

Statistics Provided by the Government of Saskatchewan

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Canada 150 Classroom of the Future Challenge Launches!

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

So, we won the Eastern Makerspace! When my principal walked into my science room and handed me her cell phone, and Robert Martellacci was on the other end, speakerphone engaged, Highland Park technology changed.

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(L-R) Sadie Bradbury, Teacher, Highland Park Junior High, Dr. Jodi Asbell-Clarke, Robert Martellacci, President, MindShare Learning Technology

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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Conference Corner (FETC 2017)

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Exclusive Podcast with Peter Singh, Chief Technology Officer, TDSB talks FETC from a CTO Canadian perspectivePodcast

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.

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MindShare Learning was a proud Media Partner to FETC

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Thanks to the EdTech Guys for the interview opportunity at FETC

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Congrats to UDTCorp Honoured with our BestBooth Award FETC for its Outstanding Makerspace Classroom Simulation

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The always passionate Dean Shareski, Discovery Education, hosted an excellent Ignite event at FETC. Congrats on your new book! Embracing a Culture of Joy

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Congrats to Canadian educator & MindShare Advisory Board member, Ian Fogarty STEM Award Recipient at FETC

FETC 2017 Can/Am Spotlight

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Thank you to all who joined us at the 4th Annual FETC Can/Am Reception!

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L-R Tamara Rubbelke (West), Jennifer Womble (FETC Conference Chair), Ian Fogarty, (NB Educator), Carmi Paris (West), Robert Martellacci (MSL)

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An Amazing Team of ed leaders from Ottawa Catholic School Board share their learnings

The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Step 4: 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. According to the OECD, Personalized Learning has the potential to overcome the socio-economic, time, and space limitations of traditional learning. So how have you and your school system been thinking about Personalized Learning?

Education Transformation Framework

Personalized Learning is not a new concept, despite its current spotlight. The difference is that technology is now allowing for seamless change and transformation to occur within our education systems. With today’s technology, schools and educators around the globe can design customizable learning pathways for students and offer data-rich feedback cycles for teachers.

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C21 Canada Spotlight

Leader Learners: Are you looking to cultivate curiosity, and a culture of collaborative inquiry? Empower your staff into the new semester with copies of C21 Canada’s new Spiral Playbook to dig deeper and inspire innovative and collaborative pedagogy.

The Ministry of Education in New Zealand has embraced the Spiral of Inquiry as the model for leading learning and managing change. Get your copies of The Spiral Playbook: Leading with an inquiring mindset in school systems and schools at www.C21Canada.org/Playbook

 

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K-12 Featured News

Post-Secondary Featured News

International Featured News

Industry News

Exclusive Podcast with Marc Seaman, VP Education, Microsoft Canada on Microsoft’s Special Canada 150 Skype in the Classroom Celebration launch

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Since joining Microsoft Canada in 2004, Marc Seaman has held the position of national director of corporate and public affairs, including responsibility for leading and managing corporate communications and citizenship across Canada. He was a recipient of Ottawa’s 40 under 40 by the Ottawa Business Journal in 2007.

Educators Embrace Student Empowered Learning through New Portfolio of Innovative Dell PCs and Monitors
Dell EMC 25.01.17

SMART Technologies and Choose2Matter Launch Global Partnership to Empower Students Through New Pedagogy and Technology Innovations
CNW Newswire 26.01.17

NetDragon Announces Vin Riera as new CEO of Promethean
Business Wire 09.01.17

Microsoft celebrates Canada’s 150th by taking learning beyond the classroom walls
CNW Newswire 23.01.17

Google Introduces New Chromebooks for Education
SV Daily 27.01.17

Lego unveils Boost kit to help children learn coding
Dezeen 04/01/2017

Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups

MindShare Musings

Given this month’s focus on Online Learning, I’d be remissed if I didn’t share this fantastic online webinar series link now archived offered through Teach Online, courtesy of our colleagues at ContactNorth. Teaching in a Digital Age is another fantastic resource by Dr. Tony Bates, visiting scholar to ContactNorth.

FREE of Charge!

On a sad note….Dr. David Bell, former Dean of the faculty of education, York University, a former colleague and squash buddy of mine passed away recently. David was a friend and mentor, who I collaborated with through Learning for a Sustainable Future. He was truly a champion on the court and in life.  He pursued his passion for the environment and made a point of reminding me to keep environmental issues on my radar as we pursue C21 Canada innovative partnerships.

 

DAVID V. J. BELL
Professor Emeritus
Former Dean, 1992-1996

Following an excellent online board meeting for the Digital Human Library, my colleague Terry GodWaldt, Executive Director, Centre for Global Education shared a few updates below. He continues to do amazing work on a global scale from his school in the Edmonton School board. You are an inspiration to all of us. And a case study in thinking BIG! Congrats!

1) UN Climate Change piece, www.decarbonize.me, (10,000 youth, 25,000 hours, 16 countries, 6 countinents) – Full description on the first page of the paper. It is the world’s largest synthesis of youth opinion on Climate Change.

2) National Vimy event – working with the Canadian Armed Forces, under the leadership of BGeneral Simon Hetherinton, the International Duke of Edinburgh award and Her Honour, Lt Governor Mitchell, we will be sending a team  to Vimy Ridge in France from April 1-7th. During the trip they are going to create a video, telling the story of the troops time in France, and the impact on local communities. The video will be shown at the Canadian War Museum on Nov 11, as part of the Remembrance Day ceremony taking place there.  They will also be connecting back to Canada for the National Vimy Ridge Virtual Commemorative Video Conference, on April 6th, with ten of thousands of Canadian youth, from Coast to Coast to Coast.

We are hosting both projects.

3) UN Climate Change 2017 – same as number 1 except now we have over 100k and it will tell the story of Climate Change on global indigenous communities. As part of this, we have a virtual reality going to every continent on earth to create tours of holy indigenous sites, narrated by native indigenous peoples, telling the story of climate change on their traditional lifestyles.

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I enjoyed the opportunity to speak virtually at the Pepperdine U Sharks Tank competition Masters in Learning Technology and participate on the panel. Special thanks to Dr. Paul Sparks, program chair and former MindShare Report advisory board member.

Be sure to share you latest news and upcoming events with us! We enjoy hearing from you! Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep! R.M.

Featured Conferences

OLA Super Conference, Toronto | Feb 1-4

TCEA 2017 Convention & Exposition, Austin TX | Feb 6 – 10

Train in Tech Expo, Barrie ON | March 1

2017 CANeLearn Symposium & BC Digital Learning Conference, Vancouver, BC | April 5 – 7

ERDI Spring 2017, Halifax | April 5 – 8

7th Annual Summit on Education Technology Strategies, Toronto | April 11 – 12

The Second World Conference on Blended Learning 2017, Toronto ON | April 26 – 28

Open Textbook Summit 2017 Vancouver, BC | May 25

ECNO Conference, Ontario | May 25

ISTE 2017, San Antonio | June 25 – 28

EdNet 2017, Arizona | September 17 – 19

ICDE | World Conference for Online Learning
October 17 – 19

8th Canadian Edtech Leadership Summit at MaRSDD, presented by MindShare Learning, Toronto | November 6

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MACEWAN UNIVERSITY

Director, Centre for Community Partnerships
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning
University of Calgary

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

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February 3, 2017

Exclusive Podcast With Dr. Michael Barbour, Release of the State of Online Learning in Canada Report

A few days ago,  Robert Martellacci, Founder & CEO of MindShare Learning, released this podcast that I recorded with him last month focused on K-12 distance, online and blended learning in Canada.

The direct link for this podcast is http://mindsharelearning.ca/blog/2017/01/31/exclusive-podcast-with-dr-michael-barbour-release-of-the-state-of-online-learning-in-canada-report/

Release of the State of Online Learning in Canada Report

Michael’s research has focused on K-12 online teaching and learning. My 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. Over the past decade, I have published approximately two dozen peer-reviewed manuscripts about a variety of topics, including the differences in retention and student achievement based upon delivery model and urban-rural distinctions, and the factors accounting for these differences; components of online learning that K-12 students find helpful and challenging; characteristics of effectively designed and delivered K-12 online courses; whether new technologies, particularly those that allow for interaction, in K-12 online learning affect how students learn; what students do in their schools when scheduled for online learning environment and where they turn to when they need content-based assistance; the preparation of teachers to be able to design, delivery, and support K-12 online learning; and policy and regulatory issues related to the introduction and growth of K-12 online learning at state and national levels.

February 2, 2017

iNACOL Releases New Report: What’s Possible with Personalized Learning? An Overview of Personalized Learning for Schools, Families and Communities

Ending another day with news from the neo-liberals…

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New iNACOL Report Provides Overview of Personalized Learning for Schools, Families and Communities
Today, iNACOL released a new report: What’s Possible with Personalized Learning? An Overview of Personalized Learning for Schools, Families and Communities.

Schools and districts across the country are seeing the tremendous potential of personalized learning to better educate all students and equip them to thrive in college, career and life. Through case studies, this paper illustrates what personalized learning looks like in practice, provides examples of teachers personalizing learning in their schools and districts, and shares student perspectives on how new instructional designs are meeting their unique needs.

Education leaders, parents, teachers, students and communities can use this report to begin conversations around what modern learning environments look like and how schools can best prepare students for postsecondary success.

Susan Patrick, iNACOL President and CEO, said, “Across the country, communities are coming together to explore deep conversations about how they can better ensure that students will graduate with the knowledge, skills and experiences they need for a well-rounded education and to be prepared for future success. This report empowers communities, families and educators to understand the potential of how teachers are personalizing learning to help each student get what they need to truly excel and thrive.”

Download a full copy of What’s Possible with Personalized Learning? An Overview of Personalized Learning for Schools, Families and Communities here.

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The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to catalyze the transformation of K-12 education policy and practice to advance powerful, personalized, learner-centered experiences through competency-based, blended and online learning. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using online, blended, and competency-based education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. Visit our website, like us on Facebookconnect with us on LinkedIn and follow us on twitter.

 

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Approaches to E-Learning: Dr. Michael Barbour’s Survey of K-12 E-Learning in Canada

This article appeared in Touro University – The Record, a newsletter released by Touro University, California – my own institution – about the State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada project.

Approaches to E-Learning: Dr. Michael Barbour’s Survey of K-12 E-Learning in Canada

Sometimes the best way to see yourself is to turn to your neighbor.

Michael BarbourNew Associate Professor of the Graduate School of Education, Dr. Michael K. Barbour, has recently released his ninth annual “State of the Nation: K-12 E-Learning in Canada “. He explains that not only is the study a unique tool for Canadian policy makers, but that the US can also learn more about e-learning by looking at different approaches.

“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.

“This is important because in the United States the growth has largely been advocated for by for-profit corporations,” says Dr. Barbour , “whereas in Canada that growth has been largely due to the necessity to provide equitable access to education and/or due to conscious decisions by practitioners about the appropriateness of its use for their students.”

Dr. Barbour continues, “In Canada, K-12 online and blended learning began as a way to serve students that didn’t have access to certain aspects of the mandated curriculum, but it has evolved into an option that teachers have to better serve their students as another arrow in their pedagogical quiver. There are still some elements of this in the United States, but it tends to be dwarfed by free market principles.”

Dr. Barbour’s project is the most complete study of its kind in Canada and demonstrates that enrollment in blended and online learning courses continues to increase. The report collects data for Canadian education policy makers that would otherwise fall through the cracks.

“There is no national department of education in Canada. Often one province doesn’t really know what the others are doing,” explains Dr. Barbour. “Ontario and Atlantic Canada are highly centralized, while most of the West of Canada goes largely unregulated. But all parts of the country are finding similar results in growth.”

For a complete look at the study, please go to: http://k12sotn.ca/

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