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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.
We celebrate our one year anniversary with a re-newed commitment and passi
on 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 Communication Technologies.
Despite 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.
For 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 budget.

As 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.
I'm 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.
Special 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

P.S. Be sure to read more about the FREE offer to participate in the HP MindShare Learning K12 CIO Virtual Round Table Webinar--"Cross Canada Check-up" -- Get a pulse for EdTech Trends and Opportunities coming your way March 26, 11am

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
Publisher & Managing Editor, The MindShare Learning Report™
President, MindShare Learning™--Strategic Marketing Solutions
Go Green  Before printing think about the Environment. Avant l' impression, il faut penser à l'Environnement.
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Readership Comments....
"The MindShare 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."
Mike Parkhill
, Director, Academic Sector, Microsoft Canada

"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."

Richard M. Levy, (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
Leduc, Alberta

HP and MindshareLearning K-12 Free Webinar: March 26, 2009 - 11:00 A.M.

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Cross-Canada Provincial Check-Up: Alberta Learning EdTech Spotlight

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The 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

Honourable David HancockMinister 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.

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Technology in Alberta Schools

Alberta's 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
Two 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. 

Emerge One-to-One

Investigating educational benefits, technical merits, and innovative practices in a one-to-one mobile computing environment.

Speak Out - Alberta Student Engagement Initiative
Speak 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
Ensuring 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
The 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

All 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.

Outgoing U of C President to Position School for New Growth
Calgary Herald 11/02/09
After 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 Governance
AU Media 12/02/09
Athabasca 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 Island
ACOC | 23/01/09
Today's 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.
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U of Ottawa preparing tenders for new $90M building
26/01/09 OBJ
$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.
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Fleming College Proposes New Kawartha Skilled Trades Institute
29/01/09 CNW
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.
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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 Day
FrontRow | 26/02/09
FrontRow, 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.
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Parents allowing less time for video/computer games than television
CCL | 23/02/09
A 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.
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NECTAR Foundation, 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.
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K12: Upcoming Events

ISTE - NECC 2009

Event: ....... Distributed Learning: Embracing and Becoming Drivers of Change

Date: ......... March 11-13, 2009
Location: ... Calgary, AB
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Event: ....... Education Research & Development Institute (ERDI) Canada
Date: ......... April 2-4, 2009
Location: ... Winnipeg, MB
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Event: ....... TLP Round Table on Technology - ICT Mini-Summit
Date: ......... April 15, 2009
Location: ... Hewlett Packard, Missisauga, ON
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K12: Ask a Teacher? 
 Timothy Gard
Timothy 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?
A: 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 digital panorama.

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Green IT
Green IT      Faronics : How Green Is I.T. Really?

Podcast and Video Interviews with Philippe Cousteau, of EarthEcho Foundation
January 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.
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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
Place...Vancouver, BC
How 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?
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Featured Web 2.0 Sites of the MonthTwitter
  Doug Peterson
Robert Martellacci,
MindShare Learning Report Publisher

What's Twitter and Why Bother? I think I Get! Potentially, A Very Powerful Knowledge Sharing Tool for Educators and Industry Leaders

The 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?

As 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 money?
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Higher Education: Introduction

Mitchel N. Townsend

Welcome to the March 2009 Anniversary edition of the MindShare Learning Report, Canada's premier Education and Technology eMagazine.
The 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.
The 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 Technologies.
The 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.
Check out our newest feature, the Cross Canada Check up.  This issue features Alberta and we have included several great resources to help keep you current.
The Funding Section this issue highlights a number of significant projects, which total  millions of $ worth of opportunities for you and your company.

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

Go Green Before printing think about the Environment. Avant l' impression, il faut penser à l'Environnement.
  Software Review: CRAYOLA® ART STUDIO
Timothy GardTimothy 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 has Crayola Art Studiochallenged 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 abilities.

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21st Century Technology Spotlight

Hall Davidson shares his thoughts on technology leadership with Robert Martellacci
  Hall Davison

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

NB Minister of Ed

From 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

Obama Inauguration

"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

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. --RM

Dr. Ron Owston, Director of  the Institute for Research and Learning Technologies at York Universityn Taiwan at the invitation of Microsoft Taiwan

Ron Owston 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

Communitech 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
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$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.
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U Ottawa Showcases Latest in Multimedia Tech
Cam Tech| 27/01/09
When 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.
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Higher Education: Upcoming Events 

Event: ....... eConcordia Summitt
Date: ......... March 12, 2009
Location: ... Montreal, QC
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Event: ....... Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference
Date: ......... March 12-13, 2009
Location: ... Toronto Hilton, Toronto, ON
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Event: ....... Canadian 2009 Moodlemoot: Open Spaces, Open Minds
Date: .........
April 1-4, 2009
Location: ... Edmonton, AB
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More on Upcoming Higher Education Events...
Higher Education: Ask a Professor 

Dr. Susan Crichton

Dr. Susan Crichton
Professor of Education
University of Calgary
Graduate Division of Educational Research

Susan 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."

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Career Opportunities


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Position:     Education Consultants (Full and Part Time Positions Available)
Location:    Advanced Presentation Products

As an Advanced Education Consultant, you will be joining a team that is experiencing tremendous growth due to our unique approach to classroom technology implementations. The classroom is going through the most significant change in over 100 years and you will be right in the middle of it!
Specifically you will be responsible for demonstrating SMART boards and related audiovisual technology to educators in addition to delivering professional development courses created byour Education Team in conjunction with SMART Technologies.
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Position:    Chief Superintendent
:   Calgary Board of Education

In partnership with the Board of Trustees, and as an experienced executive in a diverse, urban public education system, you will further the Calgary Board of Education's reputation for world class education. You will champion public education, lead with visionary impact, empower change and innovation, build leadership capacity and work respectfully with diverse groups and stakeholders.

Position:    Elluminate Senior Marketing Manager, Marketing Campaigns
Location:   TBA
Responsible for driving lead-generation and marketing communication campaigns for Elluminate live e-learning and web conferencing software. This primary focus of this role is to grow the Elluminate sales pipeline for both Enterprise and Inside sales, and drive online transactional sales, through well-planned marketing campaigns that include a mix of marketing vehicles and tools.
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Higher Education

Position:    President
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.
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Position:    Director
Location:   Digital Futures Initiatives Implementation

Contact: Human Resources Department, Ontario College of Art & Design, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON, M5T 1W1; E-mail: [email protected]
Reporting to the President and working closely with the senior leadership team, Deans and Director, IT Services, the Director, DFI Implementation is responsible for providing leadership for the university's technology planning for undergraduate and graduate curriculum delivery and research activities, implementation of the Digital Futures Initiative (DFI) and coordination of the Digital Media Research + Innovation Institute (DMRII).
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Position:   Educational Technology, Senior Instructor
Location:  University of Victoria
Applications should include curriculum vitae and the names of three referees, and should be sent to: Dr. Robert Anthony, Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Faculty of Education, University of Victoria, P.O. Box 3010 STN CSC, Victoria, BC V8W 3N4; Fax: 250-472-4616; Email: [email protected]
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To place your career opportunities, please contact: [email protected].
Research and Tech Tools
Communities of Learners Redefined: Customized Networks That Impact Learning
THE Journal Jan 09
Those 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.
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The Year Ahead in Higher Ed Technology
Inside HE
Gail 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.
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IBM brings Cloud Computing to Universities
TG Daily - 26/01/09
IBM is taking its version of cloud computing to universities around the world to solve what Big Blue says are "real world problems.
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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
Timothy Gard

Timothy 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!
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MindShare Musings...
Robert Martellacci

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 Sunday. Dr. 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.
The Florida 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 more details!
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.
Prime 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 past?
Doug Doherty, 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 of Mississauga.

Has MindShare Learning Inspired other industry players in Canada to launch 21st Century  contests? Growing up Digital guru Don Tapscott 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 Webinar to 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 at: 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 family.
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
Publisher & Managing Editor, The MindShare Learning Report™
President, MindShare Learning™
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  • 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 FeskoSr. Director of Advertising & Strategic Alliances, George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia Magazine
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