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Welcome to the June
edition of the MindShare Learning Report-21st
Century Cross Canada Spotlight on British Columbia-The future of learning resources edition.
fortuitous interview with a famous B.C. Canadian icon, Dr. David Suzuki at a keynote event recently was a wake-up call.
response to my question, how can educators integrate technology in the
classroom in an environmentally friendly way? "First of all, get the kids away from a damn computer terminal, or
watching TV, iPods, or texting. Our kids have too got much technology and are
not simply paying attention to the real world. This generation of kids is
spending the least amount of time outside....they are in their homes glued to
technology...we're in desperate shape now," says Dr. Suzuki.
Upon reflection, I
have to agree with Dr. Suzuki. I'm one of those parents who constantly battles
my kids about their excessive gaming, although I do see the pedagogical value
to a point.
Are we failing our
kids? Is "checking the technology at the classroom door" arming our kids with
the critical skills that are essential to student success in the global
knowledge economy? What is the role of education? As digital immigrants is it
not vital for us to stay connected to our kids? I must thank Dr. Suzuki for
inspiring my thinking which impacted the presentation I delivered recently to
educators. The challenge for us is engage our youth, be it our own children, or
students-with and without technology to connect with the "outside" world in a
meaningful way as Dr. Suzuki suggests.
B.C. is a "hot bed" for eLearning, the buzz around eLearning in our country
continues. Canada does not have a comprehensive eLearning strategy; according
to a recent report State of eLearning in Canada released report by the Canadian Council
on Learning. "Whether in times of economic growth or recession,
e-learning can increase our access to education, learning and employment
opportunities," says Dr. Paul Cappon,
President and CEO of CCL. "Effective use of new learning technologies can help
strengthen Canada's human capital to meet the challenges of an uncertain
news comes on the heels of another recent eLearning report from Ontario Public School Board Associations education
program and information technology ad hoc steering committees and recently
released, "What if? Technology in the 21st Century Classroom." While we have a monumental challenge ahead of us, the
good news is that the conversations are many and the momentum is building. If
you want be part of the discussion, please drop me an email.
brighter note, our partnering event with the Canadian embassy, "Celebrating
Canadian EdTech Innovation" networking event at the Canadian Embassy in
D. C. June 29th is filling fast. If you're attending NECC and would
like to attend, please drop me a note.
have no podcast interview with the B.C. education minister this month. In light
of the recent provincial election in B.C., I was informed that a cabinet
shuffle is immanent, according to the minister's handlers. However, I did have
the good fortunate of connecting with one of B.C.'s leading director's of
education, Chris Kelly, who gave us his insights on B.C. education and how
technology is being leverage in his district to enhance student achievement.
Below are just a few highlights
in this issue:
The exclusive podcast interview with Chris Kelly, Director of Education,
Vancouver School District;
Interview with Marty Keast,
president, Pearson K-12
A podcast interview with Dr. David Vogt, UBC;
to establish a new University in the Arctic;
massive amounts of funding continue to flow into post-secondary infrastructure
Special thanks to our
generous sponsors throughout this past academic year, who make this publication
possible. We encourage you to checkout their wares by clicking on their banner
ads and logos as you plan your purchases for your coming academic year.
I would be remiss if I
didn't extend a sincere thanks to our esteemed advisory board, who have guided
us throughout the year and helped chart our course for the future. Our recent
board meeting yielded many exciting outcomes, including a new tagline for our
report, "Canada's Leading, Learning & Technology" eMagazine, to reflect our
expanded mandate to reach out to mainstream educators.
The month of June is a
very special -- we congratulate all the graduates in both high school and post
secondary, who will be convocating this month. On behalf of our team, here's
wishing the best of success to our future leaders!
Until next time,
be sure to walk the digital talk!
P.S. Watch for next month's "Year in Review - Celebration of Excellence" - PD Special Issue
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.
|Quotes of the Month
"First of all, get the kids away from a damn
computer terminal. Our kids have gotten too much technology. This generation of
kids are spending the least amount of time outside. We're in desperate shape
Dr. David Suzuki, comments during an exclusive
MindShare Learning podcast interview May 26, 2009
"Listening to Sting on my iPod
watching the world go by - literally"
My fav tweet yet--astronaut Mike Massimino - From
orbit on final day in space May 26, 2009:
Try & Top that!
Mike Massimino, Astronaut, NASA astronaut, mission
specialist for STS-125.
"Thank you for the interview with Minister Wynne. I
thought it was very good and your question about ELO was appreciated by our
Dane Tutton, Manager (A), e-Learning Ontario , Curriculum Assessment and
Cross Canada 21st Century Provincial Spotlight on British Columbia
MindShare Learning was contacted
by the minister's office, who informed us that they could not grant an
interview with the minister of education due to the recent election and an
expected cabinet....stay tuned for more details!
In place of the minister, we were
fortunate to secure an exclusive podcast interview with Dr. David Suzuki, award
winning author, environmentalist and
TV host. In the podcast, Dr. Suzuki
expresses his frustration with students spending too much time on computers and
not enough time outdoors.
We hope you
enjoy this month's provincial spotlight on British Columbia.
ERAC (Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium)
About David Suzuki (full bio
Suzuki, Co-Founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an
award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. He is
renowned for his radio and television programs that explain the
complexities of the natural sciences in a compelling, easily understood
way. He is a geneticist. He received his PhD in Zoology from the
University of Chicago. He is now Professor Emeritus of The University
of British Columbia, Sustainable Development Research Institute.
- Podcast Interview with award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster, David Suzuki -
(Interviewed by Robert Martellacci, Publisher of the MindShare Learning Report)
About Chris Kelly
Chris Kelly joined the Vancouver School Board (VSB) as Superintendent of Schools in August 2003.
to his appointment to the VSB, Mr. Kelly held the position of
Superintendent of Schools for the Richmond School District since 1994.
As an educator and administrator, Mr. Kelly's experience includes
elementary and secondary teaching, Aboriginal education, special
education, curriculum, and professional and organizational development.
Podcast Interview with Vancouver School Board, Superintendent of Schools, Chris Kelly
(Interviewed by Robert Martellacci, Publisher of the MindShare Learning Report)
Quick Tech Facts About British Columbia
- BC's technology industry has reached a historical high,reporting a total of 22,474 technology companiesin 2006.
- BC leads Canada in percentage growth of high-techemployment, reporting 74,590 workers in 2006.
- High technology GDP jumped 5.3% in 2006, climbing toover $9.4 billion, the highest level ever recorded, and helping BC's high technology sector outperform the overall economy.
- Research and development tax incentives totalling 30%of qualified spending make BC an attractive place to do R&D.
- The majority (69%) of BC's exports go to the U.S., with the European Union (13%) overtaking the Pacific Rim(11%) in 2006 as the second-largest destination.
- BC is the most connected province in Canada, with 7 out of every 10 households and 8 out of every 10 businesses having a computer and Internet access.
- For a decade the University of British Columbia has led Canada in the number of U.S. patents awarded and the gross income earned from technology licenses.
- The job growth rate of BC's high tech sector was 6.3% in 2006, higher than that of overall employment in the province.
- BC technology companies promote a flexible and healthy working environment.
- BC has 25 public post-secondary institutions comprising university colleges, institutes, colleges and universities.
LearnNowBC is a single point of entry to information about distributed
learning in British Columbia. This website contains both distributed
learning course details and information about student services
Resources to Support ICT Integration
Resources that are available to assist with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) integration in classrooms.
Provincial Learning Network (PLNet)
The Provincial Learning Network (PLNet) provides
reliable, robust and safe network infrastructure enabling
communications and the delivery of educational content to schools and
post-secondary institutions in British Columbia.
Acquisition Consortium (ERAC) is an association of BC public school districts
overseen by an Executive Committee and working together on software, video and
learning resource acquisition and evaluation. ERAC also oversees a novel
evaluation process, resulting in its ever-expanding catalogue of English and
French novels BC evaluators have recommended for classroom use.
British Columbia Education News
Computers for SchoolsComputers for Schools BC provides quality refurbished computer
equipment to schools, libraries, Community Access (CAP) sites and
learning focused not-for-profit organizations across our province.
Scientists key contributors to national research network on aging
UBC Media 21/05/09
Identification of the 'longevity gene' and better
understanding of the interaction between genes and the environment will be some
of the key contributions University of British Columbia researchers and their
teams at partner institutions make to the Canadian Longitudinal Survey on Aging
donates $2.5M to establish UBC professorship in rural teacher education
UBC Media 19/05/09
Dr. Donald Rix and his daughter Laurie have donated
$2.5 million to the University of British Columbia to createa
first-of-its-kind professorship in rural teacher education.
Deep and sonorous, Robert Bateman's
distinctive voice is roaring over the telephone line: "My name is Ozymandias,
king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" After a few more lines of verse from
the works of Percy
Bysshe Shelley, the world-renowned wildlife painter
and environmentalist starts to explains the value of memorization and rote learning; something he feels is undervalued in today's classrooms.
Reading, writing, arithmetic (and repetition): Robert Bateman's vision for Canadian kids
Funding Opportunities of the Month
Best Buy for Kids and the Best in Class FundBest Buy
Best Buy believes that one of the best
ways of achieving this is to responsibly engage youth with technology in the
classroom. We also understand that most public schools lack funds to bring new
technologies into the classroom. This is why we set up the Best in Class
Fund - a community investment program whose goal is to support schools
across the country and to inspire and advance learning through the integration
of technology in the classroom.
Colleges applaud funding for Infrastructure Improvements
The announcement today of more than $1 billion in funding for
infrastructure improvements at colleges and universities in Ontario is an
important investment into higher education, said Colleges Ontario president and
CEO Linda Franklin.
Government Supports Science Promtion for Youth Across Canada
Parliament (MP) Rod Bruinooge, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement,
Minister of Industry, today announced $1.9 million in new funding for 52
organizations across Canada working to engage young Canadians in science and
More on Funding Opportunities...
|2009 Toronto Tribute Dinner Celebrates Champions of Public Education|
On May 7th, 209 The Learning Partnership's Tribute
Dinner in Toronto, close to 1,200 business, government, education and the
community joined together with students and teachers to celebrate public
education and honour Jim Leech, Susan LaRosa and Dr. Peter George, C.M.,
Right: Jim Leech (Honouree), Susan
LaRosa (Honouree), Director of Education, York District Catholic School
Board, The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Minster of Education, Government
of Ontario, Veronica Lacey, President & CEO, The Learning
Partnership, Dr. Peter George (Honouree), President and Vice-Chancellor, McMaster
University, Dean Connor (Master of Ceremonies), President, Sun Life
Epson's 'Smarter Choices' Promotion helps schools purchase more of the newest 'PowerLite' projectors - for less
PRNews 26/05/09™ Dell's Latitude 2100 brings Netbooks to schools
In its ongoing effort to address the
technology and budgetary needs of education customers, Epson America Inc., the
number-one selling projector brand worldwide(1), today announced a Smarter
Choices promotion that provides education institutions with a free Epson
PowerLite(R) projector for every seven they purchase.
Aiming to bring small, low-cost laptops to schools,
Dell has just announced the Latitude 2100, a Netbook specifically targeted to
educational markets. We recently got a chance to take a brief hands-on look at
the Latitude 2100--and we think its appeal will go far beyond the classroom.
Launches Dedicated Quebec Division, PremierRang™
CNW 05/15/09More K12 Headlines...
designer of classroom sound technology for schools worldwide, is now offering
local support in Quebec with its new division, PremierRang(TM). Aimed at
supporting school districts in this Canadian francophone province, PremierRang
is an exciting initiative for the education market.
Faronics Anti-Executable v3.3 Advances Enterprise White List Software Protection
Faronics is proud to announce the release of Anti-Executable v3.3 for Windows, which introduces a number of new features to Faronics' white list based application control software, such as the ability to employ on demand and scheduled maintenance modes that make system updates and application installations quick and effortless.
K12: Upcoming Events
Event: ....... The Sixth Annual International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services
Date: ......... July 13-16, 2009
Location: ... Toronto, ON
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
Date:.........September 13-15, 2009
|Countdown to ECOO November 11-13, 2009! Inspire, Connect, Teach
It's the 30th
anniversary of the ECOO! Be prepared for
an exciting conference on November 11- 13, 2009, returning to the outstanding
venue at the Sheraton Parkway North Hotel in Richmond Hill!
Over the next few
months we'll share some of these highlights:
One of the most
exciting things about the ECOO conference is the amazing networking that
happens to enhance professional learning networks. Over the years I've learned so much through
the inspiring keynotes, the practical workshops given by classroom teachers,
and the networking with other delegates.
Outstanding keynote and spotlight speakers
including Ian Jukes, Stephen Downes, Alec Couros, Ben Hazzard, Jutta
Treviranus, Mark Lipton, Mali Bickley, Peter Skillen and Jim Carleton
A multimedia contest for students
Full-day seminars and 1-hour core conference
Minds On Media - a full day constructivist event where participants will
learn about creating media mindfully
A special keynote address for administrators,
district leaders and policy makers interested in emerging technologies and 21st
A large exhibit area showcasing exceptional
educational technology resources
Come and connect with
other educators from across the province to learn about how emerging
technologies are being used in classrooms to inspire and connect students and
teachers, and to improve learning!
K12: Ask a Teacher?
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 - "What do book publishers need to do to meet the needs of education tomorrow?"
No one would argue that books and printed material are going to be displaced at some point in the future by some form of media that is easily created, searchable, editable, and multi-modal. It will be media that is interactive and accessible from many different devices and platforms, retrievable from anywhere for anytime. Got a few minutes while you're on a bus? Great! Shuffle out your Netbook, eReader - or Smart Phone - and engage your school material on your touch screen, filled with active and interactive examples of that difficult math concept that you were too tired to pay attention to in class while the teacher was introducing it. If the material you have on your Smartphone of Netbook isn't current, just click the update button, or visit the link in the material to view the more up-to-date material. Footnotes are links to landing pages with further reading, video, audio and various forms of Flash or Java based animation that support the material. What about the publishers? What do they need to know about this new medium, and how do they begin to plan for it so that they don't get caught with their "pages" down? Read on to discover what I think the publishers should know and do to meet the needs of education tomorrow in this ever changing global techno-village.
Carbon Tax and its implications focus of public "Panel Discussion" - Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
Place.....Pavilion Ballroom of the Sheraton Wall Centre, 1088 Burrard Street, VancouverLink
Time......June 9th 2009 7:00 PM
Ontario Helps Schools Invest In Green Technology
ONT Media 21/05/09
Ontario is investing $50 million for public school boards to reduce energy costs in schools by installing renewable energy technologies for heating, cooling or generating electricity.
|Web 2.0 Technology SpotlightWelcome to the NECC Ning Network, designed to help you connect to like-minded NECC attendees
Aviary - Web 2.0 at its finest...
Look out Google Apps, and Adobe Acrobat!
Aviary is simply a house or cage where birds are
kept. I'm not sure why Aviary on-the-web decided to name itself after a bird
house, but regardless this Web 2.0 phenom is one of the most amazing sites out
there for a number of reasons. In short, Aviary is a suite of powerful creative
applications that you can use right in your web browser. Each application that
Aviary hosts is named after a bird. Okay, I can live with that. As with any
software suite there are different applications for different functions. If you
want to create and edit images then you would use Phoenix, Raven allows you to
create and edit vector images, Peacock is an interesting tool that is hard to
describe here; in fact, they call it their visual laboratory - trust me, this
doesn't do justice to this application - and Toucan allows
you to experiment with colour swatches and palettes.
Amazing! Four incredibly powerful applications that you can use within your web browser, with eleven more to come - yep, eleven!
and individuals and extend the conversations.
Higher Education: Introduction
Welcome to the June 2009 Edition of the
MindShare Learning Report, Canada's premier Leading, Learning, and Technology
The Higher Education Section continues to
illustrate the unavoidable evolutionary effect that technology is having upon
Canadian Higher Education Institutions.
The Funding Section lists as number of
important funding commitments that promise to re-vitalize higher education
infrastructure with over two billion dollars allocated.
The GreenIT Section sponsored by the
Faronics Company, provides a number of resources to help you and your
institutions become greener. Don't
forget to attend the Climate Roundtable Discussion in BC if you're in the area.
The Research and Tech Tools Section contains
a wide variety of reports, research and tools this month, including the
Discovery Progress Zone and 10 Twitter Tips for Higher Education.
Enjoy this month's issues.
this month's issue.
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.
Product Review: USTREAM - Live Interactive Video Broadcast Platform
Gard, M.A., B.Ed.
True to its name USTREAM offers
individuals the opportunity to play TV broadcaster - to stream or broadcast
messages using the web. All you need to do is create an account at USTREAM.TV,
plug your camcorder into your computer (or use the webcam in your laptop or
monitor), select "Your Shows", type the name of your show and then click
"Broadcast Now". You'll be asked by the broadcast console to access your video
camera or webcam and microphone. Once you click on "Allow" you choose "Start
Broadcast" and you are live! Simple as 1-2-3-4-5-6-7! You can also record your
live streams for playback at another time as well.
|Cross Canada 21st Century Conversation on eLearning
As a result of the recent buzz around eLearning in Canada, the MindShare Learning Report is committed to
continuing the conversation in pushing the 21st Century envelope to ensure our future leaders are well positioned to compete successfully in the emerging global knowledge economy. Please share your thoughts with us as we bridge the gap to the 21st Century to engage both education and industry leaders in making sense of how technology can play a vital role in the learning process.
President, Pearson Learning, K-12 Canada
Marty started his publishing career in 1971 as a sales
representative with Longman Canada. After one year he joined Thomas Nelson and
Sons/Thomson Nelson where he remained for 23 years. While at Nelson he held
several different management positions before becoming Executive Vice President
responsible for three business units: School, Library and Professional and
Reference. For 7 years prior to joining Pearson in 2003, Marty and his wife
June had their own company, Forever Learning where Marty was a successful
consultant specializing in the development and marketing of e-learning materials.
Marty has been President of the School Division of Pearson for the past five
years and is currently past chair of the Canadian Educational Resources
Toronto District School Board Trustee, Ward 8
Howard has been a trustee since 2003. He is a member of the OPSBA's Executive and a founding chair of OPSBA's ad hoc IT committee. He was formerly a management consultant, worked with a software company and a paint manufacturer. He is living the "techno-gap", and seeing first-hand the disconnect between students' experience in school and the rest of their lives. Howard is married and has 2 sons. He completed his education at the University of Toronto with a degree in Engineering (Geophysics).
Remember the ICON?
A mid-80's massive
misguided investment in classroom computers by the government of Ontario.
Old-time educators refer to it as "the most expensive doorstop ever."
I knew it well - I
developed a graphics program for the ICON. It was a beautifully elegant
machine and I loved the built-in red track-ball.
Now forget the
The ICON came when fax
machines were rare, cell phones were the size and weight of a water-filled
boot, the internet wasn't the web, email was the domain of PhD's and generals,
and a 5M removable drive cost $10K. No Google, wikis, gps, or
spam; no downloads, flash drives, or MP3s.
Senior Researcher, Canadian Council for Learning (CCL)
Author of "The State of eLearning in Canada"
Higher Education: Headlines
Governor General urges Ottawa
to establish university in Arctic
University of Toronto Receives
$151 Million from the Federal-Provincial Knowledge Infrastructure Program
Can Press 26/05/09
General Michaelle Jean is calling on the federal government to establish a
university in the Arctic so Inuit
youth can get a degree close to home and benefit from the region's expected
program is providing $70 million each to University of Toronto Mississauga
(UTM) and University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) to build instructional and
laboratory complexes on both campuses.
Investment Positions UTSC to Lead in a New Era for Post-secondary Education in
the Eastern GTA
University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) has received $70 million to fund the
development of the new Instructional Centre. The announcement is a result of
the investment by the federal and provincial governments through the Knowledge
More Higher Education Headlines...
Higher Education: Upcoming Events
Event: ....... Canadian Higher Education (CANHEIT) IT Annual Conference
Date: ......... June 7-10, 2009
Location: ... Montreal, QC
Event: ....... Society for Teaching and Learning "Between the Tides" ConferenceDate: .........
June 17-20, 2009Location: ...
|Higher Education: Ask a Professor Dr. David Vogt
Department of Curriculum Studies, New Media Centre
University of British Columbia
Currently, I am helping design the online
Masters in Education Technology program, and spending time with Education Dean
Tierney and his team to build the relationships and infrastructure for
systematic technology-based enhancements to teacher training, current Robitaille Chair at UBC, 2002 New Media
Innovation Centre in Vancouver. Started Brainium
to pioneer interactive online products for K-12 education, Former Director of Science
World in Vancouver, Designer of teaching programs for UBC Continuing Education,
Former writer and special effects technician for the H.R. MacMillan Space
Centre in Vancouver.
Position: Director of 21st Century Learning ServicesTo place your career opportunities, please contact me here
Company: Public Consulting Group
Location: Portsmouth, NH or remotely
Position: District ICT Support Teacher
Location: Lakeland Catholic Board of Education No. 150
Position: Director of Education
Location: Simcoe County Board of Education
Simcoe County District School Board is currently seeking a new Director of
Education. Please click on the link above to view the job posting.
Position: Director (Program Delivery), Open Learning Division/Distance, Human Resources Division
Location: Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC
Thompson Rivers University
P.O. Box 3010
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Position: Dean, School of Computing and Academic Studies
Location: British Columbia Institute of Technology
For full details, and to apply, visit us online
Position: Assistant/Associate Professor, Tenure Track, Dept. of Educational Studies and Leadership
Location: University of British Columbia
application package is to be sent to Tara Fenwick, Head, Department of
Educational Studies, 2125 Main Mall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver,
BC, V6T 1Z4.
Position: Dean, Faculty of Education
Location: Queen's University - Kingston, ON
Janet Wright &
174 Bedford Road
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2K9
Fax: (416) 923-8311
Education Assessment: Progress Zone
Zone allows educators to create, share, and administer custom diagnostic probes
using a bank of more than 50,000 unique assessment items. It is the first
web-based formative assessment service that recommends standards-aligned video
clips for targeted remediation.
ways college campuses are changing
online opportunities, increased use of "e-resources," and new
teaching tools are among the 17 biggest differences between college today and
college just 10 years ago says U.S. News & World Report. For example, a
number of big-name schools have put up selected courses at free, "open
courseware" web sites. Textbooks now come electronically, with professors
being able to custom-order the chapters they want.
Council on Learning releases report on e-learning
new Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) report offers a unique look at
e-learning in Canada, affirming that it holds much promise to improve Canada's
economic competitiveness and prepare Canadians for the demands of the 21st
century.More Research and Tech Tools...
|Bits and Bytes
New Brunswick's Top Educators celebrate with FrontRow at the Premier's Awards of Excellence Gala
From left to right: Karen
Stefanishyn, Director of Business Development for FrontRow Canada, Shawn
Graham, New Brunswick Premier, and Marko Cote, Eastern Territory Manager for
Congratulations to Andrew Schmitt, Award winning teacher at Joyce Public
School, who was recently featured in Professionally Speaking
Source: Professionally Speaking (online edition)
As we usher in the month of June, we're gearing up
for a presence at the NECC conference in Washington, D.C. at the end of the
month. In addition to our Celebrate Canadian EdTech Innovation at the Canadian
Embassy event, we are planning to feature the "MindShare Learning Minute"
contest at our booth. Educators will be sharing their classroom success stories
to qualify and win fabulous prizes throughout the conference. Be sure to drop by booth 2023! Did you know
there will be over 300 Canadians represented at NECC?
The MindShare Learning Report is pleased to
announce that Eric Hamilton, PhD, Associate Dean for Education, Pepperdine
University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology will be joining the MindShare
Learning Report advisory board. "Dr. Hamilton rounds out the MindShare
Learning team with a true global perspective through his research and many
collaborations internationally," states, Robert Martellacci, president
& publisher, the MindShare Learning Report.
Looking forward to attending Upcoming Canada 3.0 forum to be a catalyst
in digital media revolution June 8-9. For more information, click here
Congratulations to Paul Marcus
and the folks at the York University Foundation for
raising $610,000 for student scholarships at the recent Chair's Cup Golf
People on the move...
, Director of the York Catholic District School Board who was
recently honoured at The Learning Partnership Tribute dinner last month. Chris Kelly
, Vancouver School Board
Superintendent will be retiring at the end of the school year. I'm certain
Chris will emerge at the helm of another education focused organization that
could use his excellent leadership skills. Bill
makes the news again this month having announced his retirement at
the end of this calendar year. Joni
, MindShare Learning Advisory board member
touched base to share some excellent news.
As of August 1st, Joni will be taking on the role of
Executive Staff Officer, Professional Development for the Alberta Teachers'
Association. It was great to meet Chris
, the new director of education at the Toronto School District. Chris
attended a recent technology showcase at Lawfield Elementary in his current
board in Hamilton. Principal Bill
has done a tremendous job with his team of teachers in bouncing back from a
tornado that destroyed their old school, but, presented opportunities in their
newish building that is buzzing with activity and constructivist learning
activities that includes SMARTboards, notebooks, FrontRow, podcasting, video creation,
twittering, comic life activities and more.
I stumbled onto this free eBook and wanted to share ....65 Tips on "Getting the Most out of your eLearning Budget"
Our good friend Doug Player
, former West Vancouver
School District Superintendent continues his mission in establishing Whistler
U. He tells me they're going to clear some land with expectations the
university constructions will start after the Olympics.
MindShare Learning Innovative Teacher
. Designed for teachers to take advantage of opportunities to be
innovative and to test drive the latest and greatest technology available through
MindShare Learning's partners. Educators will be required to commit to the
Provide a one paragraph summary as to how they plan to
integrate the technology
Engage students as part of the pilot process
Provide a summary report in the form of sample works,
student and teacher feedback
The Mindshare Learning Advisory Board meeting this
past month reaffirmed a number of strategic directions where we'll be heading
in the coming year. The tagline "Leading, Learning & Technology"
emerged from our ERDI Canada Winnipeg panel was given a green light by our
board. There was spirited discussion around the "What if" report and the
emerging digital classroom trends. MindShare Learning is committed to
continuing the conversation on a national level.
Learning welcomes Codie Award winning Learning.com
as a new client. Steve Gardner
, VP Sales was in town recently to explore market
opportunities and get re-connected with his roots. Steve spent some time growing up in Toronto and visits the
family cottage in Muskoka in the summer to cool down from life in Tuscan,
Arizona. Please checkout the website and let us know if you're interested
in pilot opportunities.
Special thanks to Ian Scott
and his team at the Mississauga Golf & Country Club
for being gracious hosts for our annual meeting. It's a perfect setting to host
strategic planning meetings and receptions in a relaxed scenic setting
overlooking the Credit River.
I wish I had more time to share all the great education news across our
vast Canadian landscape were the passion for learning and success paints a
bright future for our future leaders. However, we need to be mindful of the
challenges of demonstrating the true value that technology brings.
Have a great summer!
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
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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, Director, Institute for Research on Learning Technology, York University
- Dr. Eric Hamilton, Associate Dean of Education, Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology
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 Fesko, Sr. Director of Advertising & Strategic Alliances, George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia Magazine
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
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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