Dear Thought Leader,
Publisher Vodcast Welcome We are thrilled to bring you this special anniversary issue of the MindShare Learning Report, Canada's Premier Educational Technology eMagazine. It's hard to believe one year has passed by since we launched our first issue last March.
celebrate our one year anniversary with a re-newed commitment and
passion for growth and innovation to inspire education and industry
leaders to embrace 21st century learning to support student
achievement. With this in mind, we bring you what we trust will be our
best ever issue with just a few special features highlighted below:
- An exclusive podcast interview with Alberta's Education Minister Dave Hancock as part of our new feature Cross Canada check-up Spotlight with a focus on Alberta Education;
- An exclusive podcast interview with Philippe Cousteau,
son of Philippe Cousteau Sr., and the grandson of Captain Jacques-Yves
Cousteau, he continues the family legacy through his EarthEcho
Foundation and as Chief Ocean Correspondent for Discovery TV;
- An insightful "Ask A Professor" article featuring Dr. Susan Crichton, Professor of Education at the University of Calgary,
Graduate Division of Educational Research focused on eCollaboration and
the parallels between eLearning and Collaborative Research
a struggling Canadian economy, our research tallied over $400 million
in education grants and funding slated for EdTech, research and
innovation projects, courtesy of both federal and provincial
governements' that are featured in this issue.
the benefit of our Canadian EdTech industry colleagues, the U. S.
Stimulus package presents exciting opportunities. We feature an
excellent Edutopia Magazine
article providing insights on the $650
million slated for EdTech which is double the amount of last year's
we continue to push the 21st Century envelope, we'll be counting on
your support to inspire provincial governments to commit the essential
resources necessary to truly embed ICT in every student's learning day.
You have the ability to influence change and connect with us in sharing
success stories and best practices that are an essential ingredient to
building a successful path for our future leaders. Please be sure to
keep us in the loop. Many thanks to you, our ever expanding readership, for inspiring our team to pursue excellence with every issue.
very proud of our hard working and dedicated MindShare team made up of
Tim, Mitch, Nomi and our esteemed advisory board, who have contributed
greatly to our past years success.
thanks to our sponsors who have stuck with us in challenging economic
times, together we're clearly making a difference.
Until next time, keep the ICT learning curve steep!
Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
Publisher & Managing Editor, The MindShare Learning Report™
President, MindShare Learning™--Strategic Marketing Solutions
Before printing think about the Environment. Avant l' impression, il faut penser à l'Environnement.
Learning Report is the only reference I use that informs me of Canadian
issues, trends and opportunities. I save considerable time using this
one report that informs me of my Canadian landscape concerns."
, Director, Academic Sector, Microsoft Canada
Richard M. Levy
"The MindShare Learning Report is a unique on-line publication that focuses on new developments in the field of educational technology and new media. For those who want to stay current with new developments in this fast pace industry it is a must read."
, (M.Arch, Ph.D.,AIA Assoc., MCIP)
Professor of Urban Planning, Director of Computing
Adjunct Professor, Department of Computer Science
University of Calgary
"I appreciate that the MindShare
Learning Report provides us a window into ideas, products and
opportunities for embracing technology for our 21st century classrooms,
it gives us the opening to see beyond the "ban the cell phone"
mentality." Jamie McNamara
Superintendent of Schools
St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Schools
HP and MindshareLearning K-12 Free Webinar: March 26, 2009 - 11:00 A.M.
|Cross-Canada Provincial Check-Up: Alberta Learning EdTech Spotlight
timing is fortuitous in that Alberta is at the start of the alphabet
and Alberta's education minister Dave Hancock has kindly agreed to
grant us an interview for our EdTech Spotlight on Alberta. Minister
Hancock recently returned from the UK where he represented the council
of education ministers at the inaugural World Forum on Technology &
Learning in the UK.
Be sure to tune into this podcast
as you'll discover a refreshing perspective on 21st Century learning
from one of Canada's forward thinking education ministers. RM Minister of Education, Dave Hancock Interviewed by Managing Editor
Dave Hancock is in his fourth term as a Member of the Alberta
Legislative Assembly. On March 13, 2008, he was sworn in as Minister of
Education and as Government House Leader. His previous ministerial
portfolios include Minister of Health and Wellness, Advanced Education,
Justice and Attorney General and Intergovernmental and Aboriginal
Affairs. Mr. Hancock is a lawyer by profession. He received his law
degree from the University of Alberta in 1979. Mr. Hancock is a strong
believer in giving back to the community. He supports numerous
non-profit and service organizations including: Success By 6; Meals On
Wheels; Kiwanis Club and Special Olympics Edmonton. He and his wife
Janet have three children.
- Podcast Interview with Alberta's Minister of Education, Dave Hancock -
Interview conducted by Robert Martellacci, Publisher of the MindShareLearning Report.Technology in Alberta Schools
education system is a leader in the use of technology in teaching and
learning. New information technologies create options for how teachers
teach, how students learn, and how classrooms look and
operate. Examples of Alberta's innovation in learning technology
include such initiatives as Emerge One-to-One Laptop Learning,
Technology in High School Success, Provincial Approach to Student
Information (PASI), and LearnAlberta.ca
Emerge One-to-One Laptop Learning Initiative Year One Research Report
Alberta Education and 20 school jurisdictions have partnered to research the best practices in one-to-one laptop learning. The research results from the first year of the three year initiative are now available.
GTEC 2008 Distinction Awards
Alberta Education branches were honoured with medals at the GTEC 2008
Distinction Awards in Ottawa on October 27, 2008. Stakeholder
Technology Branch was awarded a gold medal in the Human Dimension
category for Videoconferencing
in the K-12 Education System. The Performance Measurement and Reporting
Branch was awarded a silver medal in the Information Management
category for its Accountability Pillar Online Reporting Initiative
(APORI). The GTEC Distinction Awards celebrate innovation, excellence
and leadership in managing information and information technology in
the public sector in Canada. Click here to view more information on
the GTEC Distinction Awards.
Investigating educational benefits, technical merits, and innovative practices in a one-to-one mobile computing environment.
Speak Out - Alberta Student Engagement Initiative
Out is an opportunity for Alberta's youth to share their experiences
and ideas and to help the people who make decisions about our schools
understand the issues that are important to us. We can make a
difference by getting involved. Let's define the issues for ourselves
and identify the solutions. Our voices deserve to be in the mix. It's
our future! One
of the new features is our video contest: "What I want. What I need.
My vision for Education." which will run until March 31, 2009. The
top 7 videos will be posted online for students to vote for their
favourite. The top 3 will be announced at the Annual Student
Conference on May 4 in Edmonton at the Shaw Conference Centre. MindShare Learning 21st Century contest Sponsors, HP, EPSON and Microsoft are also part of this very cool contest.Technology and High School Success Investigating effective uses of technology to improve student engagement and success in high school.Innovative Classroom Technology
that all Grade 1 to 12 classrooms in the province are equipped with key
technologies that promote innovative teaching and learning. Researching
innovative practices in the areas of leadership development for the
effective use of technology and technology management.Alberta's Distributed Learning Strategy
project team, expert working groups and steering committee for
Alberta's Distributed Learning Strategy have been involved in a
comprehensive public involvement process to gather information on the
current state, perceptions, emerging trends and possible futures for
distributed learning in Alberta.
Alberta Educational News
Alberta to launch online centralized application system
Calgary Herald 10/02/09
students applying to Alberta post-secondary schools will use the same
website in 2010, the long-promised centralized system that education
leaders say will make life easier for applicants, and system-planning
better for the government.
Calgary Herald 11/02/09
Outgoing U of C President to Position School for New Growth
steering the University of Calgary through a period of eye-popping
development, outgoing president Harvey Weingarten says he's positioning
the University for a new wave of growth--in a far different climate--as
he prepares to leave his post next year.
University Recognized for Excellence in GovernanceAU Media 12/02/09
University has been recognized as a top contender in The Conference
Board of Canada/Spencer Stuart 2009 National Awards in Governance.
Funding Opportunities of the Month
Government of Canada Invests $51.8 Million in R&D to Drive Growth in Atlantic Canada, $10.2 Million in Prince Edward IslandACOC | 23/01/09
announcement is part of a series of announcements to release details on
24 research and development projects that will receive $51.8 million in
AIF funding throughout Atlantic Canada.
U of Ottawa preparing tenders for new $90M building
million for 19 research projects at the Universities of Manitoba and
Winnipeg that focus on health, the environment, and the development of
Fleming College Proposes New Kawartha Skilled Trades Institute
Fleming College has submitted to the province a proposal for a $35 million, 80,000 square foot skills training facility to be located on the college's Sutherland Campus on Brealey Drive in Peterborough.
More on Funding Opportunities...
More K12 Headlines...
FrontRow Honours Innovative Teachers Across Canada for National Teacher Recognition - Nation-wide contest recognizes teachers who enhance student engagement with FrontRow sound systems DayFrontRow | 26/02/09
a designer of sound technology for schools worldwide, is demonstrating
great appreciation for the thousands of teachers in Canada that exhibit
innovative techniques while using their classroom amplification system.
Parents allowing less time for video/computer games than television CCL | 23/02/09
recent survey by the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) shows that
parents are allowing their young children significantly less time to
play video/computer games than to watch television, videos and DVDs.
the creators of Trek Software, including Math Trek, Language Trek and
Science Trek have recently released a new product called, "Preparing for Mathematics Assessment"
NECTAR | 21/02/09
The multimedia program assists grade 7 to 10 students to prepare for mathematics assessment tests by providing tutorials for learning and review purposes, and by replicating the types of questions that appear on tests.
K12: Upcoming Events
Event: ....... Distributed Learning: Embracing and Becoming Drivers of Change
Date: ......... March 11-13, 2009
Location: ... Calgary, AB
Event: ....... Education Research & Development Institute (ERDI) Canada
Date: ......... April 2-4, 2009
Location: ... Winnipeg, MB
Event: ....... TLP Round Table on Technology - ICT Mini-Summit
Date: ......... April 15, 2009
Location: ... Hewlett Packard, Missisauga, ON
More Upcoming Events...
K12: Ask a Teacher?
Gard, B.Ed, M.A. has had over a decade of hands-on involvement with
students and teachers in information and communication technology. He
loves innovative ideas and taking risks, integrating technology across the curriculum
and engaging students in the ever-changing world of technology. He
currently teaches media literacy and technology at Ecole Sir Adam Beck J.
S. in the Toronto District School Board.
Q: What do you see as the future trends in ICT in the K-12 classroom?
No one has a crystal ball, but it's
pretty clear that there are current trends in educational technology that even
the most neophyte observer will notice. Really, this is about education and not
"educational technology"; the overlap is starting to disappear and the two are
becoming more and more synchronous, with technology playing a more vital role
in how educators plan, deliver and asses curriculum. In no particular order, or
priority, I see the following trends evolving and taking shape across the
educational landscape: Net-books and Micro-computing, including Smart devices
(phones, mobile devices); Cloud Computing; the Semantic Aware Web and related applications;
Dynamic Learning Repositories; Wireless Mobility and elearning; and Dynamic
Media-centric classrooms. In short, the classroom is becoming only a place "to
be" in the sense of location, a "window" to what students will learn from
multiple sources using a very broad spectrum of learning tools, and interacting
in many different contexts, both locally and globally in the context of the
Podcast and Video Interviews with Philippe Cousteau, of EarthEcho FoundationJanuary 23, 2009
An exclusive interview with Robert Martellacci, President and Publisher of The MindShareLearning Report, and a Video from the FETC Discovery Education Media Conference.
Discovery TV Media Conference FETC 2009 in Orlando, Florida
"Interview Question by Mitchel Townsend, Higher Education Editor for the MindShareLearning Report"
BC NET Green Technologies for Research and Learning Conference
Date....April 28-29, 2009
can we make efficient use of information technology and advanced
networks to reduce our carbon footprint? Can we build environmentally
sustainable technology for BC's Campuses?
|Featured Web 2.0 Sites of the Month
MindShare Learning Report Publisher
Twitter and Why Bother? I think I Get! Potentially, A Very Powerful
Knowledge Sharing Tool for Educators and Industry Leaders
other day I was listening to a radio talk show, where the host was
slamming Twitter. Having recently migrated to this Web 2.0 tool, it
sparked some critical thinking as to whether I truly see value in
utilizing the tool, or am I wasting my time?
a digital immigrant, I've gravitated to a few cool Web 2.0
tools--Skype, Linked-In, Facebook, Wikispaces, Acrobat.com, and most
recently, Twitter. My philosophy really comes down to whether the tool
adds value to my quality of life--the manner in which I work and live.
Does it save time? Is it a learning tool? Does it allow me to
communicate more effectively, and equally important, can it save me
Higher Education: Introduction
to the March 2009 Anniversary edition of the MindShare Learning Report,
Canada's premier Education and Technology eMagazine.
Higher Education Headlines Section includes a number of articles
including the University of Ottawa's new Multi-Media display lab, Humber students
building a communications capability to contact the international space
station, Athabasca opening a new Virtual Learning Center, and the
evolution of online student recruitment.
Ask a Professor Section features Dr. Susan Crichton, Professor of
Education at the University of Calgary's, Graduate Division of
Educational Research. Dr. Crichton discusses eCollaboration and the
parallels between eLearning and Collaborative Research Communication
Research and Tech Tools Section is again loaded with the most current
research and technology tool information that will continue to round
out and augment your, tech tool boxes. Be sure to read the white paper
by Dr. David Geelan.
out our newest feature, the Cross Canada Check up. This issue features
Alberta and we have included several great resources to help keep you
Funding Section this issue highlights a number of significant projects,
which total millions of $ worth of opportunities for you and your
Finally, we want to thank you for the past years worth of support, you are truly the reason we were here. We look forward to extending and enhancing this visionary process throughout the coming year by continuing to provide you with the most current concise and actionable Canadian education and technology news available. Enjoy this month's issue, and let's shatter the box that mists the creativity of our minds and clouds the direction of our futures.
Mitchel N. Townsend, M.A. EdTech
MindShare Learning Associate
Editor, Higher Education
Before printing think about the Environment. Avant l' impression, il faut penser à l'Environnement.
Software Review: CRAYOLA® ART STUDIO
Gard, B.Ed, M.A.
Sometimes when you've spent a great
deal of time using the same programs over and over again you don't think that
anyone is going to create something that would displace these same programs.
Indeed, it's well worth your time to get out and explore, and to see if anyone
challenged your oft-used program of choice, and your misconceived
assumptions! In this case, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by Crayola® Art Studio, a new drawing
and painting software program created by Core Learning in partnership with
Crayola®. This digital art software
program was just recently released and is intended for ages 4 and up. It's
based on Core Learning's award-winning creative art program corefx, and it is
quite simply a marvelous creative art program for children of all ages and
21st Century Technology Spotlight
Hall Davidson shares his thoughts on technology leadership with Robert Martellacci
Hall Davidson, Director,
Discovery Educators Network
An video interview
with Hall Davidson at the Florida Educational Technology Conference.HP MindShare Learning Contest winner, Chantal Lafargue honoured by New Brunswick's Minister of Education, Kelly Lamrock
left: Chris Piers, teacher and ILF recipient, Devon Middle School;
Keanu Augustine and Matthew Blackmore, students, Devon Middle School;
Minister of Education Kelly Lamrock; Emily Thomas and Agnes Flanagan, students, Fredericton High School; Chantal Lafargue, teacher and ILF recipient, Fredericton High School; and Gary Gallant, ILF district co-ordinator, District 18.Capturing a defining moment in history by our friend Keith Kruger
"It is hard to describe the thrill of standing with two million observers at the inauguration of President Obama
and knowing you are part of history. The positive vibe of the day was
overwhelming! Despite bitter cold weather and pressing crowds, you
knew we were all in this together. "
Keith R. Krueger, CAE
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)George Lucas an icon of American Film Making and a huge supporter of EdTech
George Lucas pictured with Malory (daughter of my good friend & former TLC colleague Deb deVries)
at the U.S. presidential inaugural ball. We have a small connection to
Mr. Lucas via our esteemed advisory board member, Chip Fesko, Sr.
Director Advertising & Strategic Alliance, George Lucas Educational
Foundation, Edutopia Magazine. --RMDr. Ron Owston, Director of the Institute for Research and Learning Technologies at York Universityn Taiwan at the invitation of Microsoft Taiwan
On December 9th Dr. Owston delivered a
keynote address in Taipei to a gathering of 50 university presidents and CIOs.
His focus was on teaching and learning with technology on the campus of the
future. The address formally launched Microsoft Taiwan's Campus of the Future
initiative. During the rest of the week he toured the country with a Microsoft
team visiting seven different universities where he discussed their technology
plans and readiness to develop a campus of the future.
Owston noted that Taiwan is facing
declining postsecondary enrolments due to a low birthrate in the country. The
result is that most of the country's 140 universities are fiercely competing
for students. Many of the universities feel that if they provide a 21st
century digital environment for students they will be more competitive. They
are also seeking to attract international students from mainland China and
other Asian countries. Microsoft Taiwan hopes to partner with a select group of
universities in their campus of the future program which follows on the heels
of a similar initiative in the country's K-12 schools.
Higher Education: Headlines
Ottawa Invests $10.7 Million in Digital Media Commercialization in Waterloo Region and Stratford
UWS Media | 22/01/09
and the Stratford Institute of the University of Waterloo has been
awarded $10.7 million from the Minister of State (Science and
Technology) to establish the Corridor for Advancing Canadian Digital
Media (CACDM), which will focus on commercialization and research $2 million for UManitoba, UWinnipeg research projects
Manitoba Media | 23/01/09
$2.3 million for 19 research projects at the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg that focus on health, the environment, and the development of new technologies.
Cam Tech| 27/01/09
U Ottawa Showcases Latest in Multimedia Tech
a generous donor offered the University of Ottawa the largest donation
in the university's history, one use for the funds was a new,
super-high-tech multimedia room.More Higher Education Headlines...
Higher Education: Upcoming Events
Event: ....... eConcordia Summitt
Date: ......... March 12, 2009
Location: ... Montreal, QC
Event: ....... Canadian Undergraduate Technology ConferenceDate: .........
March 12-13, 2009Location: ...
Toronto Hilton, Toronto, ON
Higher Education: Ask a Professor
Dr. Susan CrichtonProfessor of EducationUniversity of CalgaryGraduate Division of Educational Research
has been a teacher in BC, Alberta, California and Australia. She
received her doctorate in '98 from University of Sydney, Australia,
with a focus on computer mediated distance learning. Throughout her
tenure as an educator, she has been an instruction designer, courseware
developer, administrator and innovator in the intersecting realms of
curriculum and technologies.
Susan has been duly recognized for her many contributions; among these the Marshall
McLuhan Distinguished Teacher award, Canadian Computer Education
Teacher of the Year award and the National award from the Canadian
Centre for Creative Technology. Her many research papers and projects
speak to a solid understanding of the learning process and the keys to
success. Susan joined the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary in 2001 in the Specialization of Educational Technology.
Q: "What technological innovations are you witnessing in higher education?"
Higher education has a long and distinguished history of guiding pedagogical, technological and research innovations. Running parallel to this work has been its commitment to international collaboration and development. Previously, this has taken the form of faculty exchanges, sabbatical residencies, and involvement in government or non-governmental organization (NGO) programs, to name a few examples. Today, thanks to a range of indispensable technologies, some but certainly not all developed specifically for eLearning purposes, higher education is able to broaden its reach, sustain its interactions, and reduce its costs. These technologies allow academics to meet their scholarly responsibilities, to share knowledge, and engage in humanitarian service, recognizing "Service is the rent we pay to be living."
More Career Opportunities...
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Position: Chief Superintendent
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In partnership with the Board of Trustees, and
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Elluminate sales pipeline for both Enterprise and Inside sales, and drive
online transactional sales, through well-planned marketing campaigns that
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Location: Northern College of Applied Arts & Technology
Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology is a
community college in Northern Ontario. Northern College's catchment
area extends across 58,000 square miles / 160,000 square kilometres.
Northern College is a part of more than 65 communities within North
Eastern Ontario. These communities are served by four campuses located
in Timmins, Kirkland Lake, Moosonee, and Haileybury.
Location: Digital Futures Initiatives Implementation
Contact: Human Resources Department, Ontario College of Art & Design, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON, M5T 1W1; E-mail: email@example.com
to the President and working closely with the senior leadership team,
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Communities of Learners Redefined: Customized Networks That Impact Learning
THE Journal Jan 09
educators among us who are familiar with constructivist and
constructionist models of learning understand the impact that social
learning theory has had on the field.
The Year Ahead in Higher Ed TechnologyInside HE -06/01/09
Lovely is adamant about the nature and potential of Web-based learning
tools. "Web 2.0 is about trust," she said at a recent talk. "It's about
sharing and collaborating." And, she insisted, it's about putting the
power to learn and create in the hands of the students.
IBM brings Cloud Computing to UniversitiesTG Daily - 26/01/09
is taking its version of cloud computing to universities around the
world to solve what Big Blue says are "real world problems.More Research and Tech Tools...
Videoconference Learning Connects Rural Classrooms
Dr. David Geelan
Professor of Education
University of Alberta, Canada
University of Queensland, Australia
It might seem that the subarctic areas of northern
Alberta and the sunbaked Australian outback have little in common, but one
thing they do share is a population of smart high school students in small
towns spread over large areas.
Technology Product Spotlight: Pure Digital Technologies MinoHD
Gard, B.Ed, M.A.
Flipped? Pretty much, yes! I don't remember when I first viewed this
snazzy little, all-in-one media machine, but when I did, I did just what you
might expect - I flipped! Over the top? Maybe, but considering the technology
packaged in this little beauty, you can't help but get a little excited,
especially if you're an educator. With 4 GB of internal memory, which records
an astonishing 60 minutes of HD video, the Flip MinoHD gives you a portable video camera that's no larger than your cell
phone. It's ready to record in about 3 seconds and you can capture just about
anything on-the-fly. No need to lug around a carrying case, or find a place to
store it if you're out and about because this product will sit in your purse,
or coat pocket quite nicely. Did you ever want to record a video when the
moment needed more than a still photo? Did you ever wish that you could help
your students enhance their presentations with quick video clips taken from a
science activity, or interview that couldn't be captured because of portability
issues? Look no further!
BIG news in the Toronto District with the hiring
of it's new Director of Education.
Award-winning educator Dr. Christopher Spence was confirmed by Trustees as the Toronto
District School Board's next Director of Education at a special board meeting
Spence will be assuming the reins of Canada's largest and most complex school board in time for the 2009/2010 school year. He leaves behind a
successful legacy at the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board, where he has
served as Director of Education since 2004.
Congratulations to Dr. Spence, he has the "right stuff" to
lead this very complex board into the 21st Century.
Education Technology Conference was most memorable on a number of
levels.....the Cousteau interview was solidified there thanks to Mitchel Townsend....I was honoured to
be appointed president of the newly formed Pepperdine University Online Masters
in EdTech Alumni Chapter....I caught up with fellow alums, faculty (Dr. Margaret Riel and Dr. Paul Sparks, Program co-directors, incidentally, Dr.
Sparks also serves on the MSL Report Advisory Board)and students...I had a
wonderful exchange with Dr. Nelson
Heller, the Godfather of EdTech in the U.S., whose company had been
acquired by Scholastic and now recently acquired by MDR, a D&B Company.
Finally, what do you do when a speaker doesn't show up at to a session on
EdTech Leadership, well, quite simply, you step up to lead the session. It was a great impromptu experience. According
to my friend and organizer Wendy LeDuke, I'm going to be invited back next
year! Congrats to Wendy and her team for
hosting an excellent conference.
Speaking of conferences, I had the opportunity
to participate in a hands-on Central Ontario Computer Users Conference
(COCA)--"For the Love of Games,"
in Niagara Falls recently. I caught the presentation by Dr. David Hutchinson, who presented
on, "Playing to Learn--Gaming in
the Classroom." I enjoyed his session so much, I bought his book, appropriately called, Playing To Learn, which I
highly recommend. The book is packed with project based learning activities
that cross the curriculum and surely engaged your students.
Special thanks to Canadian Trade Commissioner, Candice Rice of Foreign Affairs and
International Trade for facilitating an interview for the MSL Report with Kam Memarzia from Playgen, UK, a global
leader in the Serious Games space, who was in town recently to deliver a
keynote. Watch for his interview that will be broadcast via the MSL Report next
month. Incidentally, MindShare Learning is collaborating with the Canadian
embassy in D.C. to host a joint reception in conjunction with the National Education Computing Conference (NECC)
in D.C June 28-July 1 . MSL has also
partnered with the International Society for Technology & Learning (ISTE)
organizers of the conference. Watch for
Congratulations to Veronica Lacey, President & CEO of The Learning Partnership on their recent
celebration to recognize 31 exceptional leaders in education from across the country have been chosen as Canada's Outstanding
Principals(TM) for 2009. I had the good fortune of
attending the dinner which was most inspiring. It was great to meet Terry Young, CAP, President, who
ventured down to Toronto from Nunavut, NWT.
Small world, Terry and I were speaking recently and discovered that a
former hockey teammate from York U Shawn
Maley, now assistant deputy minister
in Nunavut, is connected through a mutual friend.
Minister's Awards - A new competition for Prime Minister's Awards
for Teaching Excellence as well as the Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence
in Early Childhood Education was launched on January 15th. Guidelines and
nomination forms are available on the PMA website
. The deadline for
nominations is March 31, 2009
iProf Scores and "A". According to The
Hour Report on CBC TV, university students downloading podcast lectures attain
higher grades. However, there is concern
over the declining attendance. Does this
suggest a trend emerging where face-to-face learning will be a thing of the
, Canadian Sales Manager, Thinkronize,
(producers of award-winning netTrekker,
smart internet search tool) touched base to share their special 20% break before March Break...buy netTrekker now to beat the
price increase. For more
information, or to receive your free
trial, drop Doug an email
It was good to hear from John Palbom
recently while on Skype to share his travels across
Ontario on behalf of Advanced Presentation Solutions, SMART Technology's
leading dealer in Canada. John is a
Master SMART trainer and retired educator, who is passionate about sharing his
knowledge with educators. John tells me they offer full day, hands on PD from
beginner to advanced users of SMARTboards.
PD is vital to maximizing the value of your investment in SMART
Technology. Advanced has an excellent philosophy---working on the principle
that "SMART Classrooms + Advanced Technology = Enhanced Learning", the 'PD
Series' initiative is aimed at providing help and support to educators as they integrate SMART boards into their teaching practices.
For more information, drop John an email
Congratulations to Frank Naftara
, president of Studica
, who recently expanded his
business across the pond, establishing U.K. Studica Ltd. Checkout Studica's
comprehensive software and peripheral solutions, headquartered in the fine city
Has MindShare Learning Inspired other industry
players in Canada to launch 21st Century
contests? Growing up Digital guru
recently launch the NextGen Education Challenge. Simply upload your video telling sharing how
you would change the education system. Submit your answer by March 31, 2009 to
be eligible to win.
What you could win:
The Top 10 finalists will receive a book bundle
with personalized signed copies of Growing Up Digital and Wikinomics, 1,000 and a Private Don Tapscott
your School, Company or Organization... go here
Our friends at FrontRow also launched their second contest to recognize
outstanding teachers demonstrating effective use of technology in the
classroom. Click here
to learn more.Judy Burns
, Canadian Account Manager for Education for Epson was kind enough to share news on two very special bundle offers (projector/document camera
and the 400W/Wall mount
) that run until March 31st.
Congratulations to Alberta Education for jumping
on the contest bandwagon to inspire 21st Century Learning....Lights! Camera!
Action! Derek Merilees
of HP gave me
a heads up that HP is sponsoring a very worthy contest in Alberta. The Speak
Out Video Contest is a great way for you to tell us about what you want and
need for your education. We have been going around the province listening to
students talk about their education. It is now your opportunity to speak out
with a video. If you are between 13 and 19 years old, you are eligible to
enter. What do you have to do? Create a
video 60 seconds long about your thoughts on "What I want. What I need. My Vision for Education..." How
to enter....Until March 31, 2009, you can upload your video right here. You'll
also need to fill out the official entry form and submit with
your video to Speak Out headquarters at Speak Out, Alberta
Congratulations to our friend and associate, Dennis Hitchmough, who recently joined
the Information and Communications Technology Council of Canada. The
Information and Communications Technology Council of Canada (ICTC) is pleased
to announce that their Focus on Information Technology (FIT) program, which is
being carefully aligned to the Ontario curriculum, can be used by Ontario
secondary schools to help meet the new Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)
program developed by the Ontario Ministry of Education. The FIT program
allows students to focus their learning on the ICT sector while still meeting
the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). FIT
supports a student in Ontario by helping them to learn the skills, knowledge
and work habits necessary to make ICT a career choice. The program includes
specific credits, sector recognized certifications and training, experiential
education, opportunities to connect with postsecondary pathways and help in
developing the skills and work habits needed in the ICT industry. Embedding the
FIT program into grades 11/12 computer science courses makes implementing the
SHSM program easier for teachers because it is a complete package of resources
that has been developed for teachers by teachers.
For more information, contact Dennis Hitchmough
, ICTC Regional
Manager at: 416.265.6234 or via email
Alberta and British Columbia are also part of
the FIT program with all the resources and information you need to start
helping students reach for an exciting career in ICT. Contact Deborah Vance
403.479.4211 or via email
Now that I've reflected on this past month's
activities, I can better understand why February seemed fly past at the speed
of light . We packed in a lot of activities since the new year. I look forward
to a slightly slower paced March, thanks in part to a scheduled break with our
Looking ahead, We're in the process of planning
the MindShare Learning EdTech Industry
Leadership Conference September 30th at the Schulich School of Business @
York U. Sponsorship and presenter opportunities are available. For more information, contact me here
Keep the news coming and the learning curve
steep! Cheers, R.M.
Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
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Advisory Board Members
The MindShare Report is grateful of the guidance and support provided by our esteemed advisory board. Members include:
Dr. Greg Malszecki, Department of Kinesiology & Health Sciences, York University
Dr. Ron Owston, York University, Director, Institute for Research on Learning Technology
Dr. Paul Sparks, Pepperdine University, Director, Online Masters in Education Technology
Joni Turville, B.Ed, M. Ed (Instructional Technology), Educator, AISI Coordinator, St. Albert Protestant Schools
Timothy Gard, B. Ed. M.A., Educator - Media Literacy & Technology, Toronto District School Board
Cathy Phillips, M. Ed., Director, Round Table on Technology, The Learning Partnership
Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams
Marty Keast, President, Pearson Learning K-12 Canada
David Marsi, AVP, Learning & Development, Invesco Trimark
Chip Fesko, Sr. Director of Advertising & Strategic Alliances, George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia Magazine
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