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Dear Thought Leader,
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Welcome to the May edition of the MindShare Learning Report--Cross Canada Provincial Spotlight on Ontario.

What a month for educational technology in Ontario and across the Canadian landscape. The Ontario Minister of Education speaking about 21st Century learning skills and a technology boom, and the Ontario School Boards' Association releasing a report on ICT, "What if? Technology in the 21st Century Classroom"--The stars appear aligned for Ontario to make serious strides in addressing the needs of the 21st Century learner. The engaging Minister of Education, Kathleen Wynne offers her deep knowledge and balanced perspective on ICT for Ontario schools.  However, the most significant news-Minister Wynne plans to reinstate funding for previously announced cuts to classroom resources and suggests better procurement practices will mitigate the impact.

MindShare Learning is pleased to be taking the international stage, hosting "Celebrating Canadian EdTech Innovation" networking event at the Canadian Embassy in D. C. in conjunction with the NECC conference, June 29th. Sponsors include SMART Technologies, CeLEA, Government of Canada and ISTE.

The following are just a few highlights in this issue:
  • The exclusive podcast interview with Ontario Education Minister, Kathleen Wynne;
  • An exclusive podcast interview with Mark Bailey, trustee in the Upper Grand District School Board, and chair, Ontario Public School Board Associations education program and information technology ad hoc steering committee that recently released, "What if? Technology in the 21st Century Classroom.";
  • Learn about the over $2 Billion in spending and funding opportunities across Canada in both K12 and HED;
  • A podcast interview with Professor Ken G. Waller, M.A. ITeach Laptop Learning Program Coordinator, Faculty of Education - Nipissing University.
Congratulations to our very own Mitchel N. Townsend HED Editor on his acceptance into the University of Calgary's Doctoral Program in Educational Technology.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors who represent some of the very best technology solutions to enhance student learning and achievement. We are also pleased to welcome our new clients, Xoolon and Tech4Learning. We encourage you to checkout their wares as you plan ahead for your coming academic year. 

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

  Sincerely,

Robert Martellacci

P.S. Watch for next month's Cross Canada 21st Century Provincial Spotlight on British Columbia!

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
Publisher & Managing Editor, The MindShare Learning Report™
President, MindShare Learning™--Strategic Marketing Solutions
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Quotes of the Month

"...we are really looking at a technology boom right now and a qualitatively different way of relating to technology that our students are experiencing."

Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Minister of Education
During podcast interview with Robert Martellacci, Publisher of The MindShare Learning Report
 
"This is our opportunity to ink the future of digital technology in education."
 
Bill Hogarth, Director of Education, York Region District School Board,
Blueprint for Change Symposium Keynote,
Bill Crothers High School, April 29, 2009
Cross Canada 21st Century Provincial Spotlight on Ontario

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Our April 2009 issue features our new Cross Canada Check-up Provincial Spotlight Series in an effort to share regional trends and success stories across our vast Canadian landscape.
 
After insightful interviews in the last two issues first with Minister Dave Hancock from Alberta and then Kelly Lamrock from New Brunswick we now focus on Canada's largest educational system with an interview with Minister of Education Kathleen Wynne. 

We hope you enjoy this month's provincial spotlight on Ontario.


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About Minister Wynne

Kathleen Wynne was sworn in as Minister of Education on September 18, 2006, and again on October 30, 2007. She was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 and served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education and to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. Prior to this, she served as a public school trustee in Toronto.


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- Podcast Interview with Ontario's Minister of Education, Kathleen Wynne -
(Interviewed by Robert Martellacci, Publisher of the MindShare Learning Report
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Quick Tech Facts About Ontario

Ontario is Canada's leader in ICT, accounting for half of the country's ICT activity and 70 per cent of its ICT research and development.

Ontario has 249,000+ people working directly in the IT industry.

Ontario is home to 5,500+ innovative IT companies , ranging from home-grown global giants like Research in Motion, Open Text, Mitel Networks, March Networks and Cognos (an IBM company) to foreign multinationals like IBM, Alcatel, Cisco Systems, Dell, Microsoft, Siemens and Motorola.

Ontario's IT industry includes leaders in every sector from telecommunications to software development and services; digital media to microelectronics.

Ontario's IT industry is clustered in 3 areas: Greater Toronto, Ottawa and Waterloo. These three areas account for 5500 jobs ranging in areas from digital media and Internet to telecommunications, networking, microelectronics and wireless technologies. Total IT revenues top $50 Billion.

Ontario established The Centre of Excellence for Communications and Information Technology which is focused on fostering innovation in this vital area for Ontario's prosperity. The Centre works with industry to solve problems, engaging the brightest minds at Ontario's universities and colleges in the challenges faced by businesses.

Ontario boasts world class universities that provide IT employers with top notch talent including the world renowned University of Waterloo:

"Just in terms of scale and focus on computer science, Waterloo stands out . There are many years when Waterloo is the university that has the most people (at Microsoft) of any university in the world . Waterloo has  always been in the top five every year."

Bill Gates, Microsoft (source)

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Exclusive podcast interview with Mark Bailey, trustee in the Upper Grand District School Board, who also serves on the Ontario Public School Boards' Association education program and information technology ad hoc steering committees.
 
The May 2009 issue of the MindShare Learning Report Cross Canadian spotlight is focused on Ontario. The interview with Mark Bailey was a follow-up to his committee's report, "What if? Technology in the 21st Century Classroom," which generated quite a buzz in the media.

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Vodcast Interview with Anita Townsend, Principal of Curriculum, Simcoe County District School Board at The Learning Partnership Technology Mini-Summit.

The Learning Partnership Round Table on Technology Mini-Summit featured this topic: "Online Communities for Professional Development - The Key to Successful Technology Integration in the Classroom?"sponsored by HP, April 14, 2009









Ontario's Ministry of Education ICT Leadership
In the past several years, the province has offered several funding programs to connect Ontario schools to the Internet and provide ICT hardware resources. These included Technology for Schools (1995), the Ontario Network Infrastructure Program, Connecting Schools and each other to the World (1999-2000), and the Technology Incentive Partnership Program (1996-98). Presently, most funding for technology is provided to school boards within the provincial grant formula. School boards make allocations to support their own ICT planning and projects.

Connect Ontario
The Connect Ontario program, as a part of Superbuild, has been active in providing broadband connections within the province, with a renewed focus on rural and Northern regions (COBRA). This is a wide-scale project, focused on provincial economic growth and development. Included in its goals is the provision of the infrastructure for e-learning and access to knowledge resources and learning services.

  

eLearning Ontario
(ELO)

The main provincial hub for technology initiatives in K-12 is the eLearning Ontario web portal (ELO), "[a] provincial initiative to enhance learning, teaching and parents' involvement in their children's education through information and communications technology. ELO is an office of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and the Community Services I & IT Cluster.


Curriculum Services Canada
Curriculum Services Canada (CSC) is the Pan-Canadian standards agency for quality assurance in learning products and programs. Curriculum Services Canada is a not-for-profit and provide services including development, implementation, evaluation, and accreditation of teaching and/or learning resources, and the delivery of web-based professional learning opportunities across Canada and internationally. CSC works closely with the Ontario Ministry of Education and many of its initiatives related to curriculum and to student success


Ontario Software Acquisition Program Advisory Council (OSAPAC)
The Ontario Software Acquisition Program Advisory Committee (OSAPAC) advises the Ministry of Education "on the acquisition of provincial licenses [for educational software] for publicly funded schools in Ontario.



Ontario Education News

What If? Technology in the 21st Century Classroom
CNW | 28/04/09
On Wednesday, April 29, 2009 the Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) is releasing a Discussion Paper entitled:  What If? Technology in the 21st Century Classroom. As school trustees we want to engage the province in a meaningful focused discussion about classrooms of the 21st century. We want to be part of developing a provincial vision and strategies that will make all our classrooms connected and relevant.
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Wired to learn: Inside Lawfield classroom 213
HWDSB | 28/04/09
Wikis, blogs, Twitter, podcasts: the students in Zoe Branigan-Pipe's Grade 5 class at Lawfield elementary use the kind of cutting-edge tools that set them apart from anyone unfamiliar with the collaborative, interactive applications people now call Web 2.0.
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More technology, fewer textbooks touted for kids
Toronto Star | 29/04/09
Outside school, students are totally wired. Inside, they "power down." But schools risk turning off a generation of learners if they don't use technology to keep them interested, warns a paper to be released today by the Ontario Public School Boards' Association.
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Funding Opportunities of the Month
 
Ontario budget commits over $1 billion for PSE
CNW| 30/04/09
Colleges Ontario, which represents the province's 24 public-funded colleges, says the 2009 provincial budget is good news for the college sector, its students and the economy.
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Budget 2009 keeps Alberta working with infrastructure spending, continued low taxes and support for skills training
Alberta | 22/04/09
Budget 2009 provides a total of $104 million this year for innovation, research and technology commercialization initiatives, plus $76 million to support apprenticeship technical training.  The government will maintain the 7,000 apprenticeship technical training seats that have been added since 2006-07 in response to increased apprenticeship registrations.
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NRC, DND Collaborate on High-Tech Training Tools for Troops
PR-USA.net | 12/04/09
The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science & Technology) and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, is in Fredericton today to announce the signing of three landmark collaborative research projects between the National Research Council (NRC) and the Department of National Defence (DND).
 
"This research collaboration will create new software technologies that will provide our troops with access to the best training tools possible," said Minister Ashfield. "The Government is investing $5.1 billion in science and technology this year alone in Canada's Economic Action Plan.


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K12: Headlines

TLP NTIA 2009 National Technology Innovation Award Winners
TLP | 01/05/09
The National Technology Innovation Awards (NTIA) honour the achievements of educators who use technology to enhance the learning environment for their students.


FrontRow Reveals Winners for National Teacher Recognition Day
FrontRow | 01/05/09
Classrooms using FrontRow sound systems were all abuzz last week, when they received celebratory pizza parties to commemorate their teacher's outstanding achievements. Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 marked FrontRow's annual National Teacher Recognition Day.


SMART Notebook Math provides interactive tools to illustrate math concepts
SMART Tech | 23/04/09
SMART Technologies announces the availability of the beta version of SMART Notebook Math software in June, 2009. Educators from around the world can sign up now to download the beta and provide feedback on their experience with the product
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K12: Upcoming Events

ISTE - NECC 2009

Event: ....... Manitoba Association for Distributed Learning and Training Conference

Date: ......... May 7-8, 2009
Location: ... Red River College, Winnipeg, MB
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Event: ....... AAESQ/QESBA - Association of Administrators of English Schools of Quebec and the     Quebec English School Boards Association Conference
Date: ..........May 21-23, 2009
Location: ... Hilton Quebec, Quebec City, QC
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Event: ....... The Sixth Annual International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing,  Networking and Services
Date: ......... July 13-16, 2009
Location: ... Toronto, ON
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Event: ....... Blackboard (Bb) World '09
Date: ......... July 14-16, 2009
Location: ....Washington, DC, USA


Event: ....... Pearson's 5th Annual Celebrating Literacy Conference
Date: ......... August 17-18, 2009
Location: ....Pearson Convention Centre, Brampton, ON



Event: ....... ABEL Summer Institute - ABEL Members/LC Members
Date: ......... August 24-26, 2009
Location: ....York University, Toronto, ON


K12: Ask a Teacher? 
 Timothy Gard
Timothy Gard, M.A., B.Ed., 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 - Are there opportunities to collaborate globally with educators?

As teachers integrating technology across the curriculum we're always looking for ways to extend our students' experiences internationally so as to expand their horizon and give them a global feel - removing the boundaries in a borderless world so to speak. This is done quite easily with the various tools that are available to us from Web 2.0 tools to the myriad of cloud computing options that keep floating our way. And we don't have a problem searching for these opportunities simply because we know how it changes our teaching, and engages and empowers students to learn and grow regardless of ability - ICT becomes the great leveler. But what about us? What about educators wishing to connect and share professionally with colleagues across the world? Are there the same opportunities? Well, yes and no.

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

Faronics wins Scholastic Administr@tor 2009 Best in Tech for Network Security award
FMedia 30/04/09
Great news for Faronics! Today we won one of Scholastic Administr@tor's 2009 Best in Tech for Network Security solutions awards. Scholastic Administr@tor is trusted by 85,000 of the nation's top administrators to provide insight into the best education solutions and the most effective technology and leadership strategies.
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5th World Environmental Education Congress Conference
Montreal, QC 14/05/09
The vision for this World Environmental Education Congress is Earth as our common home. Caring for this household, in which all life exists, calls for strong ecological identity, solidarity, and sound action at this critical period of the Earth's history when we need to profoundly and urgently realign human endeavour within the capacities, limits, and systems of our home.
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Backgrounder - Greening Ontario's Schools
CNW 21/04/09
A $550-million, two-year investment will help make schools more energy efficient, while supporting a stronger and greener economy and creating and sustaining over 5,500 jobs.
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Web 2.0 Technology Spotlight


Welcome to the NECC Ning Network, designed to help you connect to like-minded NECC attendees and individuals and extend the conversations.
Higher Education: Introduction

Mitchel N. Townsend

Welcome to the May 2009 Issue of the MindShare Learning Report, Canada's Premier Education and Technology eMagazine.

The Higher Education Headlines section contains several articles describing Canada's Colleges and Universities embracing technology, applying technology in innovative ways, and Desire2Learn's latest response to Blackboard in their ongoing patent infringement dispute.

The Ask a Professor Section features Professor Ken G. Waller , M.A. ITeach Laptop Learning Program Coordinator, Faculty of Education,  Nipissing University in Ontario.  In an exclusive three part podcast interview series Professor Ken G. Waller discusses the iTeach Program at Nipissing University, Constructivist Learning and Teaching Theory, and how Nipissing is preparing Canadian students to excel in the 21st century knowledge-based global economy.

The Research and Tech Tools Section continues to illustrate a wide variety of Research, Reports and Tools that will augment the already growing inventory, in your Tech Tool boxes.  This month there are several important resources to choose from.

The GreenIT Section sponsored by the award winning Faronics Company, is an emerging area of importance, and through our collaborative partnerships we continue to bring you the latest Research, Information and Conferences.  What is your EarthEcho?

From the team at the MindShare Learning Report, thank you for your continued readership, let your voices be heard and your needs be met, by giving us feedback in the form of comments, critiques and suggestions.
This is the only way we can exceed your expectations each and every month.

Enjoy this month's issue.
 
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 l'Environnement.
  Software Review: Aegom Middle School Mathematics Suite for SMART Notebook
 
Timothy GardTimothy Gard, M.A., B.Ed.



What's in a Notebook? Well, for starters, it really depends on how much time you have on your hands! And if you're a teacher, the answer is most definitely rhetorical. Of course, I'm not talking about any ordinary paper notebook that you can pick up at any old school supply store. I'm talking about the award winning SMART Notebook, the software that comes with SMART's ubiquitous interactive whiteboards and provides the content and functionality that makes the SMART Boards come to life, so to speak. What's in an Aegom Middle School Math Notebook? Lots!

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21st Century Global Spotlight

Exclusive Podcast Interview with Dr. Don Knezek, CEO, International Society for Technology in Education


About ISTE

ISTE is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the use of information technology to aid in learning, teaching of K-12 students and teachers. ISTE is the organizer of one of the world's leading K12 EdTech, NECC which incidentally celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, taking place June 28-July 1st, 2009 in Washington, D.C.

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Martin Spence (CEO, Xoolon) and Robert Martellacci (Publisher of MindShare Learning Report)



MindShare Learning recently hosted Martin Spence for a series of strategic meetings in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to explore piloting and sponsor opportunities for Xoolon's leading-edge fitness and sports management software.



Higher Education: Headlines
 
Negronte: Future computers will have common sense and understanding
York U  01/05/09
Four predictions by the MIT guru and a program that's changing the world.


YouTube creates page for PSE content
YouTube EDU| 30/03/09

YouTube has unveiled a new section called YouTube EDU, a hub for material submitted by colleges and universities.
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Desire2Learn Receives U.S. Distance Learning Association Award
D2L | 29/04/09  
USDLA recognizes Desire2Learn for excellence in distance education and innovative eLearning practices.
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United Nations Opens World Digital Library
World News - Chronicle of Higher Ed| 21/04/09
In the latest and perhaps broadest effort to provide instant access to scholarly resources, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization today inaugurated its World Digital Library, a Web site that allows visitors to browse through a trove of artifacts spanning the history of civilization.
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Higher Education: Upcoming Events 

Event: ....... 2nd Annual Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE)
Date: ......... May 10-13, 2009
Location: ... Ottawa, ON
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Event: ....... Discovery '09: Future Ready
Date: ......... May 10-11, 2009
Location: ... Toronto, ON
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Event: ....... 56th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for University Continuing  Education
Date: .........
May 20-23, 2009
Location: ... Vancouver, BC
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Higher Education: Ask a Professor

Ken Waller
Professor Ken G. Waller, M.A.
ITeach Laptop Learning Program Coordinator
Faculty of Education - Nipissing University

Ken is a former high school teacher (taught for 13 years with the Near North District School Board); nine years with the Nipissing Alternative School creating and delivering "non-traditional" programs for youth enrolled in grades 10, 11 and 12; several years of experience teaching in summer "residential programs" (e.g., Eco Camp, Outdoor & Adventure Leadership) at the Canadian Ecology Centre; also taught at FJ McElligott and Chippewa Secondary Schools.

Professor Waller's teaching duties at Nipissing University are anchored in the field of educational technology guiding new teacher candidates from the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Divisions (Grades 4 to 12)  through a series of learning activities intended to provide "constructivist" experiences allowing each participant a series of opportunities to "test drive" technology as a classroom resource to support teaching, learning and student success. iTeach Program information site


Three-part Exclusive Podcasts with Professor Ken G. Waller:

In this exclusive MindShare Learning Report Podcast Interview Professor Ken G. Waller discusses Nipissing Universities iTeach Program in Podcast #1, His Constructivist Learning and Teaching Philosophies in Podcast #2 and Preparing Canadian Students for the 21st Century Global Knowledge Economy in Podcast #3."

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Career Opportunities

K-12

Position:     District ICT Support Teacher
Location:    Lakeland Catholic Board of Education No. 150
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Position:    Director of Education
Location
:   Simcoe County Board of Education

The Simcoe County District School Board is currently seeking a new Director of Education. Please click on the link above to view the job posting.



Higher Education

Position:    Dean, Faculty of Education
Location:   Queen's University - Kingston, ON

Janet Wright & Associates Inc.
174 Bedford Road
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2K9
Fax: (416) 923-8311
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Position:     Manager Business Systems, Information Technology Services
Location:    York University - Toronto, ON

Information Technology Services provides critical I.T. support and services to all units within the Division of the Vice-President, Finance and Administration.
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Industry

Position:    Pearson is currently recruiting for a Territory Manager
Location:   British Columbia

Pearson is an international media company with world-leading businesses in education, consumer publishing and business information, focusing on education in the broadest sense of the word. It has more than 29,000 employees based in 60 countries, including 650 people in three locations across Canada.


Position:    Business Analyst
Location:   TBA

Etraffic Solutions is a privately held North American elearning company. The company provides organizations with learning solutions that engage the learner through stunning visual design, customized content and software tailored to meet specified needs.



To place your career opportunities, please contact: robert@mindsharelearning.com.
Research and Tech Tools
 
ISTE Director of Education Technology and Building 21st Century Schools
THE Journal 09/04/09
In a time of economic struggle, teachers and their schools may often feel they're fighting a futile battle, not only to educate their students, but to keep their students and themselves current and competitive in the seemingly ever-changing demands of both the domestic job market and worldwide marketplace of ideas.
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Teachers Driving Web 2.0 Use in Schools says National Research Survey
Heller Reports 06/04/09

While many stakeholders are involved in developing policies on the use of Web 2.0 technologies in K-12 education, new research suggests that teachers are the most important group driving adoption. This is a major finding from a national research survey of more than 500 district technology directors. The survey was commissioned by Lightspeed Systems Inc., a leader in network security and management software for schools, and Thinkronize Inc., creator of netTrekker, America's number one educational search tool, with support from Atomic Learning.
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Six Technologies Soon to Affect Education
eSchool News  04/04/09
New report describes the emerging technologies that will shape K-12 education in the near future.
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"Be the change you want to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi

Title: Ghandi 6x

Artist: Solomon Gill
Grade 12 student, St. Martin's Secondary School, Dufferin Peel District School Board







Part of a recent art show at Mississauga City Hall.
Selected winner of the Martellacci family art exhibit contest

 





Reflections on Winning the HP MindShare Learning Contest, Rob Cotey, teacher, Markville High School

 


An interview with teacher Rob Cotey, who collaborated with his colleague, Mark Melnyk and his students to submit a winning video as part of the HP MindShare Learning Contest. The interview took place while at the YRDSB Blueprint for Change conference, April 2009

MindShare Musings...

Robert MartellacciHosting our first ERDI Canada panel was definitely one of the Spring highlights for the MindShare Learning Report team in Winnipeg, Manitoba last month. Our objective was to get a national perspective from district level education leaders, and to help shape our roadmap for the future. Our focus group sessions were most engaging and yielded valuable results for us to seek further validation from our advisory board later this month when we present our findings. Through this rigorous process, we are demonstrating our commitment to innovation to meet the evolving needs of our customers.   
 
We are pleased to welcome two new advisory board members to the MindShare Learning Report team for 2009/2010. Jamie McNamara, Superintendent of Schools, St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Schools in Alberta. Jamie brings a 21st Century tech savvy perspective as a senior school district CEO to the team.  Award-winning principal, Cheryl Paige, Joyce Public School, Toronto District School Board, rounds out the team for the coming year. Ms. Paige's leadership skills in nurturing prime minister award winning teachers and cutting-edge classrooms, keeps her school busy with visitors.
 
Special thanks to Dr. Paul Sparks, Co-Director, Pepperdine University's Master's in EdTech program for his guidance and support during our first year of operation.

It was great to catch-up with Marty Keast, president, Pearson K12 and a MindShare Learning Report advisory board member, while out in Winnipeg at ERDI.
 
Outgoing ERDI Canada founding partner, Lyle MacLennan, was recognized for his valuable contribution to the organization over the years. I want to personally thank Lyle for the opportunity to team up with him on various projects as he was a pleasure to work with.  The good news is that Lyle has shifted gears slightly to focus his efforts with Synrevoice Technologies and other initiatives as he enjoys semi-retirement life. 
 
It was great to catch-up with Marko Ct, frontrow, Territory Manager in Eastern Canada, while at the Winnipeg airport. Sounds like he's doing some excellent work in the east. Thanks for making my flight delay a pleasant one!
 
Speaking of ERDI, congrats to long time ERDI member and Apple consultant, Dr. Robert Kennedy, former Director of Education in North Bay area school board, who joins the ORION board of directors.  Bob served as President of the Canadian Association of School Administrators and the Ontario Public Supervisory Officers Association.
 
Congratulations to our friends at Vancouver based Faronics-- winners of Scholastic Administr@tor 2009 Best in Tech for Network Security award.
 
Doug Doherty, Canadian Sales Manager for netTrekker, they now have a Group in netTrekker Village for collaboration among users of netTrekker in Canada. Join, share, and enjoy! Please invite others to join as well.

Congratulations to our very own, Mitchel N. Townsend M. A., MindShare Learning Report HED Editor, who was recently accepted for admission into the University of Calgary's Graduate Division of Educational Research, prestigious program of Doctoral Studies in Education Technology.  The program will commence in July of 2009. The good news is that we're not losing Mitchel and look forward to him sharing his augmented expertise with our readership.
 
"I am very pleased and excited to be accepted into the University of Calgary family.  The program will definitely be a challenge but one that I have been looking forward to for many years.  As an international student it made perfect sense to attend a world class Canadian school where they cultivate the best and the brightest," states, Mitchel Townsend.
 
From my alma mater.....Inaugural Dean named at York University. Professor Martin Singer, a veteran academic administrator and sinologist, has been named the inaugural dean of LA&PS. Dr. Singer comes to York from Montreal's Concordia University where he has been a professor since 1972. He served Concordia as provost, dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science, director of the Council for International Academic Cooperation, and chair of the History Department.
 
Special thanks to Karen Ritcey and my friends at Apple Canada for the opportunity to test drive the latest MacBook Pro. I look forward to sharing my thoughts and experience using this impressive looking technology over the next few months. Also on the Apple front, MindShare Learning will be exploring iTunes as a vehicle to expand the reach of MindShare Learning recorded podcasts.
 
Here's a very cool report that was recently released by the folks at Project tomorrow in the U.S. One of the highlights--Students suggested what the ultimate digital textbook should include:
  •   The ability to personalize their book with electronic highlights and notes (63 percent)
  •   Quizzes and tests for self-evaluation (62 percent) or self-paced tutorials (46 percent)
  •   Access links to real-time data such as NASA, Google Earth (52 percent)
  •   Links to PowerPoints or class lectures that support textbook content (55 percent)
  •   Games (57 percent) or animations and simulations (55 percent)
  •   Links to videoconferences (30 percent) or podcasts from subject experts (34 percent)
To access the full report, go to here:

The York Region District School Board, HP sponsored, "Blueprint for Change"  symposium held last week at the new Bill Crothers High School was extremely well attended. Bill Hogarth, Director of Education inspired the audience with a vision and passion to explore and embrace 21st Century learning skills. "This is our opportunity to ink the future of digital technology in education." Stated Mr. Hogarth in his keynote address to an audience made up of students, teachers, administrators and industry representatives. I would be remised if I didn't mention one of the highlights of my day which was interviewing one of Canada's legendary track stars, Olympian, Bill Crothers, former Chair of the Board, and current trustee in York Region and school namesake. Also, in attendance was Loralea Carruthers, trustee and vice-president, Ontario Public School Boards' Association. I got the heads up from Loralea on the release of the "What if? Technology in the 21st Century Report," commissioned by OPSBA.  The positive energy and momentum is definitely building in Ontario amongst key stakeholders to raise the bar in preparing students for the essential skills to succeed in the 21st Century global economy.

On the strategic marketing services client front, MindShare Learning is pleased to welcome Xoolon and Tech4Learning.  Martin Spence, CEO, Xoolon.com UK was in town recently for a series of strategic meetings to explore pilot and twining opportunities utilizing their very powerful fitness and sport monitoring online software for education. Nita Seng, VP of Sales, Tech4Learning, is also looking to expand beyond the U.S. We are currently piloting their suite of creativity tools based software in Canada to gage its viability in Canada. Early reports suggest their award-wining software has great potential to fill a void in Canadian schools. Please drop me an email if you're interested in exploring either solutions for your school, or district.

MindShare Learning is pleased to welcome Aislinn Malszecki to the MSL Report team as a New Media Specialist. He will be graduating next month with a specialized honours B.A. from York University's Communication Studies program. Congrats Aislinn and welcome to our team! Please feel free to drop Aislinn a note (email), if you're interested in exploring strategic marketing opportunities.


 
If you have a success story or nuggets of news to share, please don't hesitate to drop me an email.

 
Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
Publisher & Managing Editor, The MindShare Learning Report™
President, MindShare Learning™
www.mindsharelearning.com  
Go Green Before printing think about the Environment. Avant l' impression, il faut penser l'Environnement.
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, Director, Institute for Research on Learning Technology, York University
  • Cheryl Paige, Principal, Joyce Public School, Toronto District School Board
  • Jamie McNamara, Superintendent of Schools, St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Schools, Leduc, Alberta
  • 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
About Us

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

About The MindShare Learning Report™ -- Canada's Premier Educational Technology eMagazine.

Our mission is to transform education by sharing knowledge of 21st Century innovative best practices and success stories in the Canadian education market space and beyond. We harness the power of Web 2.0 technologies to feature engaging Vodcasts, podcasts, polling, Canadian educational technology news headlines & upcoming strategic industry events in the K-12, Higher Ed and corporate eLearning market segments. Other elements of the MSL Report eMagazine include: successful practices, ask an educator, ask a professor, research & tech tools, GreenIT and career listings, to support educators and educational technology providers in maintaining a pulse for emerging trends in Canada. http://www.mindsharelearning.com/report
 
Editorial content for the monthly issue is due the third week of each month.
 
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About MindShare Learning

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