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Dear Thought Leader,
                                        Publisher Vodcast Welcome
Robert Martellacci

Welcome to the September Back2School (B2S) edition of the MindShare Learning Report - Inspiring Innovation edition.

A new school year marks the return of our Cross Canada provincial spotlight feature which takes us to the province of Newfoundland. Our exclusive podcast interview features Minister of Education, Darin King. Dr. King has the "right stuff" - a former school board superintendent, professor and teacher, turned politician, who holds a Ph.D. in business. Be sure to tune into Dr. King's engaging interview where he shares his thoughts on leadership and vision to inspire change in eLearning. He also provides insight on the recent meetings in Calgary with fellow ministers' from across Canada (CMEC).  If necessity is the mother of invention, then Newfoundland fits the bill - a province rich in history and innovation from its earliest explorers, to Marconi's first oceanic transmission, to broad-based use of eLearning across the province.

Speaking of inspiring innovation, kudos to the University of Calgary for their "out of this world" synchronous collaboration with B.C. astronaut Robert Thirsk, the first Canadian to receive an honorary degree in space.

The excitement of B2S is tempered with the cutbacks in education in several provinces stemming from the global recession which for the most part spared Canada. Despite this, there is good news in a K-12 report that highlights increases in spending on ICT projects.

At the post-secondary level the money is still flowing for research and infrastructure. And GreenIT remains hot at all levels. As always, we have a number of funding opportunities to share with you.

I had another epiphany recently, thanks in part to a former Deputy Education Minister - who was seeking proof that technology in the classroom is making an impact on student achievement. I wish to thank this fine former deputy minister for inspiring the MindShare Learning Report to embrace the notion of research and assessment more vigorously in an effort to deepen the knowledge base across Canada as we continue to push the 21st Century learning envelope. The irony was that I learned about this challenge via twitter on behalf of this nameless DM.

K-12 educators be sure to check-out our B2S "Tech Tips" column courtesy of Tim Gard, Educator-at-Large for The MindShare Learning Report. He will also review a new 'netbook' on the market built exclusively for the K-8 community.

We are pleased to announce the MindShare Learning Report was recently accepted by Apple iTunes as a contributor of podcasts.  Be sure to checkout our Career Opportunities where we proudly announce a new partnership with Education Canada.

On the MindShare Learning consulting services front, we are pleased to welcome GlobalScholar as a new client.

Here's wishing you a safe and successful back2school season. Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!

Cheers, R.

Robert Martellacci

P.S. Teachers and principals take note! Looking ahead to October....be sure to watch for exciting details on the MindShare Learning 21st Century Digital Classroom Challenge launching next month. We're proud to have Microsoft step up to be title sponsor. Other valued sponsors include Advanced Education (Ontario), Dell, EPSON, frontrow, netTrekker, Pearson, and SMART Technologies and Teach Magazine, offering three prize packages worth over $10,000 each!

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 l'Environnement.
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Quotes of the Month

"I sincerely believe the biggest challenge is ensuring we have the proper leadership in place, individuals who can inspire others and convey a shared vision of where it is you want to go with eLearning."

Newfoundland Education Minister Darin King Podcast Interview shares his thoughts on how to achieve the "Tipping Point" in deploying eLearning across the province.
"I must say, your party at the Canadian Embassy was the talk of the show ... congratulations on hosting such a cool gig!"
Chip Fesko, Senior Director of Advertising & Strategic Alliances, George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia Magazine reflects on Mindshare's event in conjunction with NECC in D.C.
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Cross Canada 21st Century Provincial Spotlight on Newfoundland

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 - Podcast Interview with Newfoundland's Minister of Education, Hon. Darin King -
(Podcast Interview with Robert Martellacci, Editor and Publisher of The MindShare Learning Report)

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Hon. Darin KingDr. Darin King
Minister of Education
Newfoundland and Labrador

Minister Darin King was born in Grand Bank and raised in the community of Fortune, on the south coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree and a Diploma in School Resources Services from Memorial University; a Master of Education Degree from Saint Mary's University, Halifax; and a Ph.D (Business) from Northcentral University, Arizona.

Dr. King has an extensive background in community service and rural development. He has served on the Burin Peninsula Learning Center Board, Grand Bank Summer Festival and Winter Carnival Committees, Fortune Bay-North Shore Tourism Association, the Newfoundland and Labrador Parks and Recreation Association, Chairperson of the Grand Bank Recreation Commission, and Chairperson of the Grand Bank Development Corporation.

Prior to his election, Dr. King was the CEO/Director of Education for the Eastern School District with responsibility for 127 schools and approximately 46,000 students, and served on the administrative team which guided the district through the provincial restructuring of school districts in 2004. Through his career in education, Dr. King served as a classroom teacher; school administrator; and school district administrator, including senior positions with responsibility for human resources as well as educational programs. He has taught graduate studies with Memorial University, and served as a supervisor of doctoral students.

Podcast Interview with Director of Distance Education and Learning Technologies, Memorial University, Ann Marie Vaughan
(Interviewed by Mitchel Townsend, Higher Education Editor of the MindShare Learning Report)
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Ann Marie VaughnAnn Marie Vaughan
r of Distance Education and Learning Technologies
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St. John's, NFLD                                        

Ann Marie is responsible for providing strategic leadership in distance education, learning technologies, and teaching and learning support for the university as a whole. She directs a staff of ninety individuals dedicated to distance education course development, distance education service/delivery, teaching and learning (classrooms and faculty/graduate student development), learning technology and marketing/oper
ations. Ann Marie has an impressive track record with strategic planning initiatives having held several high profile positions including, but not limited to, Associate Director of the School of Continuing Education at Memorial, Senior Planner at Memorial's Fisheries and Marine Institute and Planning Advisor with the National Research Council in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Quick Education Facts About Newfoundland and Labrador
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Research and Development Corporation - NFLD
The Research & Development Corporation (RDC) is a provincial Crown corporation that was established to improve Newfoundland and Labrador's research and development (R&D) performance. The Research and Development Council Act was passed by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in December, 2008.
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Newfoundland and Labrador Education News

Atlantic universities compete for students
CTV 23/08/09
With Atlantic Provinces looking at a plunge in the number of high school graduates in the next decade, universities in the region are casting a wider recruitment net and becoming more competitive as they fight to attract students from a dwindling pool of applications.
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Aboriginal groups focus on college initiative
CNA 07/08/09
College of the North Atlantic's (CNA) Happy Valley-Goose Bay (HVGB) campus will ease the transition into post-secondary education for Aboriginal peoples with the introduction of an Aboriginal Bridging Program this September..
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Two Keyin College Gander students awarded post-secondary transition scholarships
KC 04/08/08
Brenda Gerbig and Morgan Hughes, two Business Management students at the Gander Campus of Keyin College, have each been awarded a $2000 scholarship by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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Funding Opportunities of the Month
Researchers Advancing Ontario's Knowledge Economy
NOC 17/08/09
Ontario is supporting the province's early researchers who are making important scientific breakthroughs and creating the jobs of the future.
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$113 million for Alberta campus infrastructure
IC 22/07/09

The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, along with the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Labour, and the Honourable Doug Horner, Alberta Minister of Advanced Education and Technology, today announced investments totalling $113.2 million in funding for infrastructure projects at post-secondary institutions in Alberta.
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NSERC distributes $150 million to support Canadian students, researchers
NSERC 21/07/09
Canada's top researchers are getting significant support that will help them compete with the best in the world.
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More on Funding Opportunities...

21st Century NECC 2009 Washington, D.C. Spotlight (Part II)
NECC In keeping with our "Inspiring Innovation" theme, we wanted to share a number of highlights from a knowledge-packed NECC 30th anniversary conference that took place earlier this summer along with MindShare's highly successful "Celebrate Canadian EdTech Innovation" event at the Canadian Embassy in D.C., sponsored by CeLEA, Government of Canada, SMART Technologies and MindShare Learning and ISTE. The value of human networks cannot be underestimated as the power of both formal and informal learning was evident in Washington, D.C. Below is a sampling of articles and images that we trust will provide you with a few golden nuggets of knowledge. RM

MindShare Learning Report Advisory Board members, Timothy Gard, and Chip Fesko with Robert Martellacci, President and Publisher of the MindShare Learning Report at the MindShare Learning Canadian Embassy Event.

Rob - NECC
The NECC Conference in full swing! Robert Martellacci catch's up with fellow Canadian, Jason Breukelman of Microsoft Canada and a colleague.

NECC Brings a New Meaning to Social Networking
Zoe Branigan-Pipe 28/07/09

Malcolm Gladwell, (NECC Keynote) describes a "Tipping Point" as "a place, or moment in time of great sensitivity - a place where suddenly, the line on the graph turns upward". For me, the NECC provided that moment. It would be presumptuous of me to say that I have found my Tipping Point, but I can say that after my experience at NECC, I am back at ground Zero, only upward to go. I met true connectors. I met innovators and researchers who opened my eyes to the effects of what perseverance and determination can have when implementing change.

VoiceThread - Group conversation around images, docs and video
Colette Cassinelli 28/07/09


If you missed the NECC conference, you can get a flavour for one of the sessions led by
Colette Cassinelli, fellow Pepperdine U Alum, Educator and EdTech visionary. VoiceThread is a cool technology that is worth exploring. Checkout Colette's wiki where she has the entire session achieved for you to explore.

NECC Connections

Mali Bickley 28/07/09

Mali BickleyThis year's NECC was an incredible experience in which to participate on several levels. There were so many opportunities to connect with individuals, organizations and companies with who we worked during the course of this year. One of the highlights for me was having the opportunity to connect with some of the sponsors of the Mindshare Learning 21st Century Classroom contest. As one of the fortunate recipients of the prizes, it was an honour to meet and thank the sponsors at the wonderful event at the Canadian Embassy Reception hosted by Robert and Mindshare Learning.

Malcolm Gladwell and Rob Martellacci

Busy counting his book sales. MindShare's Publisher, Robert Martellacci, contributes to Malcolm Gladwell's retirement fund in return for a Kodak moment. Name the conference the two met at recently and you can qualify to win an autographed copy of Outliers. Email your responses here. First to respond wins!

Peter Reynolds
MindShare Learning Report NECC 2009 Industry Spotlight: Peter Reynolds, CEO & Founder Fablevision and New York Times Best Selling Author


NECC Ning - Click the image to check it out!
Another great resource to get a flavour for what you may have missed at NECC Ning. Welcome to the NECC Ning Network, designed to help you connect to like-minded NECC attendees and extend the conversations.


Special thanks to ISTE for partnering with the MindShare Learning Report during NECC 2009

SMART Technologies

K12 Feature Headlines

Faronics Named Official Supporting Partner for the WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Competition
Faronics 01/09/09
Faronics is proud to be an official Supporting Partner of the WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Competition kicking off today in Calgary, Alberta. Faronics is supplying over $35,000 worth of Deep Freeze licenses to protect the competition computing environments.
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Giddy grade school teachers line up for historic Q and A with astronauts in orbit
Canadian Press 14/08/09
Lined up single file, and giddy as grade school students, a group of Canadian teachers looked more like their pupils Tuesday as they waited to speak directly with astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Pearson Canada signs agreement to distribute DreamBox Learning's Adaptive Instructional Product to Canadian market

Dreambox 23/07/09

Pearson Canada, Canada's largest education publisher, and DreamBox Learning, Inc., an award-winning software start-up, have signed a letter of intent under which Pearson will exclusively market and distribute DreamBox Learning's web-based instructional products throughout Canada for use in both the classroom and home.
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SMART advances leadership in U.S. interactive whiteboard category with 63 percent share
Company sees 3.3 point increase and continues to sell more than all other competitors combined
SMART Tech 04/08/09

SMART Technologies announces it has increased its interactive whiteboard category share in the United States to 63.4 percent in the second quarter of 2009. This figure represents an increase of 3.3 percentage points over first quarter results. Once again, SMART has been recognized as the undisputed category leader in the United States, which is particularly noteworthy as the United States continues to be the largest and fastest growing market for interactive whiteboards in the world.

Blackboard Loses on Appeal
IHE 28/07/09

A federal appeals court on Monday invalidated Blackboard Inc.'s 1999 patent for its learning management software, overturning a lower court's decision last year finding that the Blackboard competitor Desire2Learn had infringed the giant's intellectual property.

More K12 Headlines...
K12: Upcoming Events

Advanced Education


Event: ....... EdNET Conference
Date: ......... September 13-15, 2009
Location: ... Chicago, IL
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Event: ....... OneWebDay One Web. For All
Date: ......... September 22, 2009
Location: ....Online

Event: ....... RTT Breakfast Meeting - Careers in IT
Date: ......... October 6, 2009
Location: ....TBA

Event: ....... ERDI Canada Fall Conference
Date: ......... October 15-17, 2009
Location: ....Kelowna, BC

Event:........Horizon's 2009
October 22-24, 2009
Surrey, B.C.
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Manadement and Innovation Conference

Qualify to WIN a complimentary pass valued at $595 to The Art of Management--Management & Innovation in a New Era October 16th, at Metro Convention Centre. Answer the following question based on content in the MSL Report. Who was the professor and pilot who was selected to participate from among the 100 pilots in the 100th anniversary of flight across Canada? The first to email the publisher with the answer wins!

Read more K-12 Events...
Countdown to ECOO  November 11-13, 2009!    Inspire, Connect, Teach


Exhibitor Information
ECOO 2009

Join us at ECOO's annual conference for teachers and administrators - an ideal venue to raise your profile within the Canadian educational computing community. The ECOO conference offers over 100 sessions on diverse topics related to the classroom and administrative uses of hardware, software, and online resources. Also featured is a welcoming Exhibit area where last year, over 55 vendors displayed their wares and demonstrated their services.
All information required to register for a booth at this exciting event is on the ECOO Exhibits website. Click to find procedures, application forms, booth rental rates, site maps and more. Check Space Availability link on the website to view an up-to-date Exhibit area map.
There is limited space still available in the Exhibits area!
Any questions? Contact:
George MacRae & Marilynn Wong
Exhibit Managers, ECOO 2009
K12: Ask a Teacher? 
 Timothy Gard
Timothy Gard 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 tips do you have for teachers interested in integrating technology across the curriculum this new school year?"

Looking for a tip, or tips, to get your technology program into gear for this new school year? If you've been doing this for years there's really nothing new here for you, but then again, just maybe you can gain some insights into more than just how to better work out how you're going to engage your students using some new idea in technology. This is not going to be a list of tips about software, or hardware, or even systems because everyone's context is different, and full of good and bad things. Rather, this very general list of tips will be in the form of general guidance; sort of like the stuff someone would say to if they've lived the opposite of what you should do. Of course, I have no idea who that might be...
Read at your own peril!
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Green IT

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

Faronics joins technology leaders in PowerIT down day
FM 27/08/09

Faronics is pleased to announce its participation in Power IT Down Day on August 27th, 2009. Promoted by Microsoft, Citrix and HP, this is the second consecutive year of the one day event that encourages individuals in government and industry to be responsible energy consumers by turning off computers, monitors, printers and electronic devices at the end of the business day.
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McGuinty Government Helps Lower Energy Costs, Create Jobs
Ontario Premier's Office 12/08/09

Ontario is helping more than 1,000 schools become greener and more energy efficient, creating and sustaining more than 5,500 jobs. The $600-million investment benefits students and local economies, modernizes schools and supports Ontario's green economy.
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Carbon footprint tool from JISC helps universities and colleges tread carefully
PTN 13/08/09

How green is technology? A new tool from JISC is helping universities and colleges calculate just how eco-friendly they are, by estimating the carbon footprint left by their computers.
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Canadian youth explore the Arctic - Unique expedition aims to inspire future leaders and ambassadors for the planet
CNW 04/08/09

The summer, dozens of Canadian and international youth between the ages of 14 and 17 are planning the "class-trip" of a lifetime.
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University of Guelph to host an intensive graduate course in the emerging field of ecohealth
CNW 06/07/09
This course explores health as the complex interactions between humans, animals and environments as well as social, economic, and environmental practices.
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More GreenIT news...
  Product Review: Dell Latitude 2100 Netbook (K-8 Edition)
Timothy GardTimothy Gard, M.A., B.Ed.Dell Latitude Netbook 2100

Rugged. Colourful. Portable. Student-proof. Powerful. Classroom ready! Nope, it's not your favourite aluminum water bottle, teachers. It's none other than Dell's well-designed, well thought-out foray into the educational market of educational technology with a netbook that is rubberized, along with anti-bacterial keyboard, and touch screen options. Nice touch! One of my concerns with the new netbooks out there is that most of them are bound to turn into a heap of good-intention if left in the hands of a less-than-coordinated 8 or 9 year old. Finally, a large computer manufacturer designs a netbook that looks like it will survive beyond Thanksgiving, and well into the next school year and beyond.
Well, having all of these external features doesn't necessarily mean that this new netbook will be a worthy entry into this specialized market. Read on to find out whether it's worth your while to invest in Dell's inaugural entry into the K-8 netbook market.
Dell Netbook 2100 Review
Web 2.0 Technology Spotlight

Technology and innovation fit hand and glove - no great argument there! There are always new websites to check out and new avenues to explore down the 'netscapes' of the virtual universe. And of course, most of these new and exciting ventures are made possible by those individuals wishing to become the next Twitter, or Facebook. Why wouldn't you want to retire in your early to mid-twenties in a nice villa over-looking the ocean while sipping on a freshly made Margarita? We've put together a small sample of what's out there. Have a look and discover what you can do online! (T. Gard)


Text-to-Movie. Make 3D movies for free!

Save stories, photos, and videos on a collaborative timeline


Online Diagramming & Design Collaboratively.

Upload and share your PowerPoint, Keynote and OpenOffice presentations

Anyone can animate.

The simple way to create surveys.

Higher Education: Introduction

Mitchel N. Townsend

Welcome to the September 2009 "Back to School" edition of the MindShare Learning Report, Canada's Leading, Learning and Technology eMagazine.

This month's Higher Education Headlines Section features Dr. Marc Glassman from the Faculty of Education at Memorial University in Newfoundland.  Professor Glassman has been involved in eLearning for decades and discusses his thoughts concerning social networking structures, and technology in general's effects upon higher education.

Our 21st Century Higher Education Spotlight features Dr. Hanan Yaniv, from the University of Calgary's Graduate Division of Educational Research.  Professor Yaniv has built a Collaborative Learning Environment in Second Life called "knoworlds" based upon the Holodeck experience simulator from the television series Star Trek.  Dr. Yaniv has created a demonstration movie for your viewing pleasure as well as a provided us with an exclusive podcast interview.  Both of which we think you'll find very innovative and interesting.

The Higher Education Headlines Section features several interesting articles including the potential formulation of a national higher education strategy, a University in the Arctic idea gaining momentum, and a professor giving credit for abstaining from social networking sites.

The GreenIT Section sponsored by Faronics, contains several resources and articles that will inspire you and help you address your institutions carbon emissions reduction efforts with specific metrics.

The Research and Tech Tools Section highlights several different articles including Elluminate's new social networking resource for K-12 (LearnCentral), the top ten IT issues for 2009, and a recent study that suggests that online education is more effective than face to face.

Each month we strive to bring you the most current and innovative Canadian education and technology resources, part of this process is acting upon the suggestions that you, our readership provides in the form of comments and critiques.  Keep them coming it's the only way we can raise the bar each and every issue.

Enjoy this month's issue and remember you are the reason that we are here.
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.
Higher Education 21st Century Innovation Spotlight

Dr. Hanan YanivDr. Hanan Yaniv
Professor of Education
Educational Technology
University of Calgary

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- Podcast Interview with Dr. Hanan Yaniv, Professor of Education, Educational Technology, University of Calgary -

(Podcast Interview with Mitchel Townsend, HE Editor of The MindShare Learning Report)

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KnoWorld Island: Learning Through Experience in Second Life

Higher Education Feature Headlines

Five universities team up to push for the lion's share of research dollars
TGM 24/08/09

The leaders of the universities of British Columbia, Alberta, Toronto and Montreal, as well as McGill, are pushing for what they describe as a national strategy for higher education.
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U of C 'moving to the next level' with new digital library
CH 20/07/09

When it opens in fall 2010, the University of Calgary's new Taylor Family Digital Library will be the most technologically advanced student library in Canada, marrying traditional resources such as printed books and periodicals with modern media, including digital video, e-books and touch-screen information kiosks.
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Canadian Arctic University idea gains momentum
CBC 04/08/09
The calls are growing to establish a university in Canada's North as more northerners and academics say they need a permanent institution north of 60 where students and researchers can study.
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TWU Professor offers bonus credit to students who abstain from social media
MNCV 23/07/09
A professor at Trinity Western University has started a voluntary media fast to help students understand the anxiety caused by their addiction to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
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B.C. astronaut first Canadian to receive honorary degree in space
CC 09/07/09
Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk became the first Canadian to receive an honorary doctor of laws while in space on Wednesday, and Vancouver Island residents will now be able to watch as he orbits the Earth.
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More Higher Education Headlines...
Higher Education: Upcoming Events 

Event: ....... eConcordia Summit 2009
Date: ......... September 10, 2009
Location: ... Montreal, QC - Centre Mont-Royal
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Event: ....... Synergy09, Canada, China, India
Date: ......... September 17, 2009
Location: ... Toronto, ON
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Event: ....... Edge 2009 International Conference
Date: .........
October 14-16, 2009
Location: ... St. John's, NFLD
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More on Upcoming Higher Education Events...
Higher Education: Ask a Professor

Dr. Marc GlassmanDr. Marc Glassman
Professor of Education
Memorial University


For the past 32 years, Dr. Marc Glassman's knowledge, passion and commitment to the literacy movement in Newfoundland and Labrador has been far-reaching and significant. Dr. Glassman is a member of the Faculty of Education at Memorial University and instructs in the area of literacy education. He has undertaken a number of special initiatives in the community that have helped a diverse group of children, parents, and low-literacy adults overcome the barriers to language and literacy development. He has inspired and challenged his undergraduate and graduate students, and he has provided professional support to teachers in the K-12 classroom and to instructors and volunteers in adult literacy programs throughout the province. He has been a pioneer in the area of applying technology to the development of literacy in Newfoundland and Labrador and continues to be innovative and creative in advocating for literacy.
Career Opportunities

The Education Canada Network Forges a Strategic Partnership with the MindShare Learning Report as a means of Expanding its reach in Helping You Find the Candidates You Need

Since 1996, Education Canada Network  has remained Canada's Premier online education job board. We have helped over 1,200 education employers from across Canada realize more efficient and cost-effective recruiting of their teachers and other education professionals.  Over 4 million teachers and other education professionals visit our website each year to locate and apply to the over 55,000 jobs posted annually.  Thousands of education professionals are hired each year from the advertisements posted on our website. 
We are proud to announce an alliance with MindShare Report to help your organization promote and find the quality candidates you need for your classrooms, tech departments and administrative offices.   If you have a job posting that you would like to advertise to attract highly qualified education professionals then our partnership can help you.
The value of MindShare Report and Education Canada Network's partnership includes:
  • Your job will be posted in the monthly issue of MindShare Report as well as on Education Canada Network and TeachingJobs.com
  • Your advertisement will reach over 400,000 education professionals,
  • Your employer profile will be seen on ECN,
  • You will have the ability to upload any application or other recruitment forms for job seekers, and
  • highly affordable with advertising packages starting at $495.00 plus GST.
For more information or to place an advertisement in the next issue of the MindShare Learning Report visit here
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Research and Tech Tools
"Key factors to support literacy success in school-aged population"

CMEC 8/07/09

The Canadian Education Statistics Council (CESC), a partnership between the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) and Statistics Canada, released a literature review called "Key factors to support literacy success in school-aged population"
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Study Finds That Online Education Beats the Classroom
NYT 19/08/09

A recent 93-page report on online education, conducted by SRI International for the Department of Education, has a starchy academic title, but a most intriguing conclusion: "On average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction."
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Elluminate Launches Ground-breaking Social Learning Network for Education.
EN July 2009

Elluminate, Inc. is expanding its role as the leading provider of web, audio, and video solutions for real-time online learning and collaboration by launching a new social learning network for education.
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Projection Trends: 3D and Education
Cam Tech 05/08/09

For years, 3D projection has been seemed a technology long on potential but short on practicality.
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Top-Ten IT Issues, 2009
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How have the events of the past year affected the IT issues of top concern to technology leaders in higher education today?
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Bits and Bytes

The Learning Partnership Class of 2009 NTIA Award Winners Gathered at Ryerson University

TLP Winners
Eight exceptional educators and their teams from across the country have been selected as the winners of 2009 National Technology Innovation Awards (NTIA). A program of The Learning Partnership, the Awards celebrate educators at publicly funded schools, colleges and universities across Canada whose innovative approaches, through the use of technology, have contributed to making the learning experience more engaging for students.

MindShare Musings...

Robert Martellacci There was no shortage of news in the MindShare Musings department. Congrats to Kathy Hurley, Vice-President at Pearson U.S. and former TLC colleague as she takes on the new chair of The Partnership for 21st Century Skills. I'm sure we'll be exploring partnering opportunities while at EdNET in Chicago in a couple of weeks. It was great to catch-up with Jeff Hainbuch, Superintendent at the TDSB. Jeff shared that he'll be working with one of his schools to implement a literacy project using Apple iTouch devices. I would be remiss if I didn't highlight one of Jeff's principals, Anthony Vandyke with whom I've had the pleasure of collaborating along with Jeff over the past year in transforming my alma mater, George Harvey C.I. into a 21st Century School by infusing a variety of new technologies. It's an awesome transformation that I look forward to sharing more on in future issues.
On the industry front...... Peter Schneider joins netTrekker as International Sales Manager, where he's wasted no time in forging several partnerships internationally. I enjoyed catching up with Peter recently to discuss the Canadian market and how to best serve K12 educators with the latest and greatest digital learning resources from netTrekker. Welcome to Shann McGrail, who takes over the reins from Mike Parkhill as the new Director, Academic Sector at Microsoft Canada.  Shann comes with impressive credentials. She has worked in the High Technology Industry for the past 18 years.  For the last twelve years, Shann has held a number of sales, services leadership and senior program management positions at Microsoft Canada.  She has received awards for Services Delivery Excellence and has been recognized as the Manager of the Year for business performance and people leadership.   In her most recent role as Business Director, she reported to the President and oversaw subsidiary performance, employee readiness, communication and change leadership. In addition, she is the spokesperson for Microsoft's focus on women in IT and the executive sponsor for Digigirlz, a Microsoft program aimed at inspiring young girls to consider careers in technology.  She has completed her Coach Training at Adler International Learning and an online MBA program through the University of Indiana.

It is rare to see talented leaders actually retire in education. Case in point, Kelvin Ogilvie, former President of Acadia University has been appointed to the Canadian Senate recently. This should bode well for education in Canada to have an advocate at the Federal level.

To twitter, or, not to twitter, that is the question? Ok, I love twitter as I've shared with you in a previous article. It can be very powerful, if used effectively. Here's some cool free curriculum I learned about via twitter. Adobe HED free curriculum. I enjoy sharing nuggets of information and picking up on the short news bites, but to those who want to share absolutely everything on twitter....we really don't have the time to read useless information...smile. Sorry, I couldn't resist.
On the twitter front, I'm intrigued by Toronto District's new Director, Chris Spence and his use of tech.  He's strategically using tech to communicate with his teachers via twitter and video recorded messages. I'm sensing that Dr. Spence is on a mission to make his mark in the TDSB.
The search is on to replace the highly respected Chris Kelly, Superintendent, Vancouver School Board who retires at the end of the month.  Any predications as to where Chris might land? Perhaps a role with the B.C. Ministry? I could see Chris making a valued impact on education across Canada as an executive with ERDI Canada.

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