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Jan-Feb MSL Report - Canadian Olympic Edition
Cros-Canada Check-up: The 2010 Winter Olympics
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Dear Thought Leader,
                                                                Publisher Vodcast Welcome
Robert Martellacci
Welcome to the January/February MindShare Learning Report special Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic edition. We trust this issue will provide you with rich learning focused on both athletic and academic excellence, with a twist of technology.
The judges have spoken! We are pleased to announce the national winners of the Microsoft-MindShare Learning 21st Century Digital Classroom Challenge, who each receive over $15,000 in prizes and a trip to ISTE 2010, courtesy of our generous sponsors.
·  Western Canada--Kathy Cassidy, Westmount School,  Moose Jaw, SK  View here.
·  Central Canada--Zelia Capitao-Tavares & Kamla Rambaran, McMurrich Junior Public School, Toronto, ON View here.
·   Eastern Canada--Reggie Cyr, L.E.Reinsborough School, St. Dalhousie, N.B. View here.

Special thanks to all teachers (and students) who collaborated in submitting to our contest. You exceeded our expectations and raised the bar for next year. Thanks so very much for expressing your passion for transforming learning in the 21st Century. I want to especially thank our generous sponsors who made the contest possible and to our esteemed judges panel, who had the difficult task of narrowing the focus down to three overall winners.
The MindShare Learning mission for 2010 is to continue to inspire, share and nurture the 21st Century Learning transformation that is occurring across Canada. With that, we're pleased to announce the York University - MindShare Learning 21st Century EdTech Leadership Summit this coming Tuesday, May 4 - " A Call to Action". The 'Think Tank' session will be looking ahead to create a K12 vision for the next decade with the input of education and industry leaders from across Canada.
Checkout our newly created "Conference Corner" that was inspired by the many conferences that we actively participate and the leading minds with who we connect and research that we garner.
Please be sure to checkout our generous sponsors' solutions via the links provided throughout our eMagazine. Special thanks to the many education and industry leaders who contribute to our publication, including our esteemed advisory board.
Until next time, keep the learning curve step!

Cheers, R.

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Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
Publisher & Managing Editor, The MindShare Learning Report™
President, MindShare Learning™-- Connecting Education & Business to Support Student Success 
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Remembering a Giant in Canadian Education - Douglas Herbert Jennings
Douglas Herbert Jennings
June 7, 1937 - January 22, 2010

At peace after a long and valiant struggle with declining health, dearly missed by his loving wife Cathy, daughter Patty Clarkson, granddaughters Nicole, Sarah and Rachel, stepchildren Greg and Carly Frey, sister Dorothy Gummer and brother Gary. Doug will also be sadly missed by his extended family and many friends and professional colleagues from across Canada and the US.
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Quotes of the Month

 "One of the real challenges in education is finding ways to give more people access to brilliant teachers who inspire and excite with their ability to bring material to life. Today there are some great examples of how technology can enable almost anyone to learn from the world's greatest minds."

--Bill Gates, The Gates Notes
"I continue to share your regular issues with my staff and we find them very easy to read, with great jumping points to other interesting possibilities in the world of learning technology.  We hope to continue receiving them!  Keep up the great work!"

--Anna Marie Bitonti, Director of Education, Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board
Microsoft-MindShare Learning 21st Century Digital Classroom Challenge 2009-2010 Winners!

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MSL Challenge Winners

Contest Entry Winners

West: Kathy Cassidy, Westmount School, Moose Jaw, SK

Kathy CassidyCongratulations to Kathy Cassidy, a teacher at Westmount School
1100 Currie Crescent, Moose Jaw, SK pictured with her class and principal, Sunil Pandila

Central:Zelia Capitao-Tavares & Kamla Rambaran , McMurrich Junior Public School , Toronto, ON

Zelia and KamlaCongratulations to our Central Canadian co-winners
Kamla Rambaran & Zelia Capitao-Tavares from McMurrich Junior Public School in Toronto, ON pictured with Michelle Michalak, Microsoft Corporate Communications.

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East: Reggie Cyr, L.E.Reinsborough School, St. Dalhousie, N.B.

Reggie Cyr
Congratulations to Reggie Cyr, teacher at L.E. Reinsborough School in St. Dalhousie, N.B., pictured with his class.

"We're flattered that the 'peek' inside our classroom would merit this win.  The technology will allow more of our school community to 'plug' into the world around them, and bridge our geographical isolation."

Teacher Reggie Cyr on winning the
Microsoft-MindShare Learning 21st Century Digital Classroom Challenge

Cross Canada 21st Century Winter Olympics Spotlight - British Columbia

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2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games

"I ran in memory of my brother, a fiercely proud Canadian, who passed away last year. His birthday was the day after my run. To say that my 300 metres was a proud moment is an understatement. Knowing that you are the only one on the planet for those few minutes carrying the Olympic Flame is overwhelming. I wanted the emotion of my "Torch Day" to last forever, making sleep that night elusive as I knew I would awake the next day a mere mortal again.

Cindy Seibel, Director, Information Technology Services, Calgary Board of Education

Hunt continues for Canada's Olympic history-Canadian Education Technology Executive Makes History

Old Olympic Photo

A century old photo discovered by Dave Parkes, a Canadian Education Technology executive with Educational Resources sparks a walk, or run down memory lane.

UWO 14/01/10
While Bob Barney has a keen interest in the athletes representing Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, his academic curiosity is for Olympic athletes from a century ago - the members of Canada's first Olympic team in 1908.
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Making the most of the Winter Games
University Affairs 11/01/10
A torch stands outside the Olympic skating oval at the University of Calgary, a lasting reminder of Calgary's 1988 Winter Games and the legacy they left behind. The legacy of the Olympics is also on the mind of Vancouver-area institutions for the upcoming 2010 Winter Games. No university got the chance this time to have the skating oval built on campus, but there are other legacies that will be created, says Michelle Aucoin, director of the University of British Columbia's 2010 Olympic and Paralympic secretariat. "What happened in Calgary was more than a bunch of buildings."
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Steve CardwellNew Vancouver School District Superintendent arrives on the scene on the eve of the Vancouver Olympics

Vancouver Board of Education welcomes Steve Cardwell to School District No. 39 as the new Superintendent of Schools in Vancouver.  Mr. Cardwell is coming to the VSB from the Delta School District where he has been Superintendent of Schools and Chief Executive Officer since 2007.

Mr. Cardwell is a strong advocate for public education with a progressive vision for 21st century learning. He comes highly recommended to this board, and we are confident he will work effectively with trustees, our stakeholders, staff and students to realize our goal of enabling success for all students.

"This is an exciting time for everyone.  With the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games almost upon us, there is a palpable feeling of anticipation and energy for the onset of the Winter Games.  For Vancouver, the expected arrival of thousands of people from all over the world will add to our vibrant city.  It will bring with it new opportunities to showcase our communities and to enjoy the spirit of the 21st Winter Olympiad.  There could not be a better time for me to arrive in Vancouver as the incoming Superintendent.  I have been out in schools getting to know the staff and students.  People have been warm and welcoming as I have visited their places of work and their learning spaces.  No matter where I go, I am constantly reminded of the strong dedication and commitment to teaching and learning.   I am also so very fortunate to follow in the footsteps of many good folks before me, but in particular, I wish to acknowledge and celebrate the great work of my predecessor, Chris Kelly.  As Chris leaves this role, so goes the  wisdom, nurtured and grown over the years.  However, Chris' legacy for equity, balance and optimism remains strong.  It is my challenge to continue and extend the pathway that Chris so skillfully created."

Steve Cardwell, New Vancouver School District Superintendent on the importance of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver

2010 Winter Olympic Resources - Education

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Education Programs



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Funding Opportunities of the Month
Ontario announces $1.5 billion all-day learning for four and five-year-olds
Canadaeast 12/01/10

Thousands of four-and five-year-old children in Ontario will get a better education - and strengthen Ontario's economy - by going to school full time this fall, Premier Dalton McGuinty said Tuesday.
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Province provides $20,000 in grants to schools for innovative citizenship education projects
Manitoba Government News 07/01/10
Projects raising awareness of human rights, teaching youth about the parliamentary process and promoting empathy and community volunteerism are among those receiving one of 20 grants to support innovative citizenship education projects, Healthy Living, Youth and Seniors Minister Jim Rondeau announced today.
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Canadian education and learning resource severely limited by loss of government funding
CCL 08/01/10

The government of Canada has decided to end its financial support for the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), restricting the activities of a critically important source of knowledge in education and learning. Although CCL understands that its funding will end on March 31, 2010, it is determined to continue serving Canadians..
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K12 Feature Headlines

Canadian Centre for Child Protection launches site to teach teens safe text use
daileygleaner.ca 23/01/10

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is launching a website targeting texting teens to teach safe use of the popular technology amid growing concerns about young people sending sexual messages and nude photos via text.

Epson Changes Interactive Whiteboard Game with Innovative, Cost-Effective Interactive Projection Solution
- BrightLink 450Wi Ultra-Short Throw Projector Turns Practically Any Classroom Surface into an Interactive Learning Environment -
Epson 18/01/10

Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, today introduced the BrightLink 450Wi, an intelligent, interactive projector that allows educators to turn any standard whiteboard or smooth wall into an interactive learning area.

MindShare Learning in Partnership with Tech4Learning Inc. Sign Province-Wide Ontario Software Licensing Deal
- To provide Award Winning Frames 4 Multimedia Authoring and Stop Motion Animation Software to all publicly funded schools in Ontario -
Mississauga 03/02/2010

MindShare Learning, a leading provider of strategic marketing solutions to the EdTech industry partnered with San Diego based Tech4Learning Inc., to win a bid to provide student-centered rich media Frames 4 software to all publicly funded schools in Ontario.
"Frames 4 provides teachers and students with 21st century learning tools to enhance student learning," says Robert Martellacci, president, MindShare Learning." The Ontario Software Acquisition Program Advisory Committee (OSAPAC) recommended Frames 4 for use by all teachers and students in K-12 classrooms across the province.
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SMART Table™ enhancements offer increased integration and functionality
New features, functionality and SMART integration based on feedback from teachers
SMARTTech 13/10/10

SMART Technologies announces a number of enhancements to the SMART Table 230i interactive learning center. Unveiled in October 2008 in the United Kingdom and North America, the SMART Table 230i is the world's first multitouch

First Lego League Robot Competition to be held at Memorial University of Newfoundland
Memorial University 20/01/10

"Changing the world ... one brick at a time" is the mantra of First Lego League. On Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, First Lego League (FLL), Newfoundland and Labrador, will hold its seventh province-wide tournament for junior high school students.

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K12: Upcoming Events

ABEL Symposium

Event:........ ABEL Leadership Symposium - Mobilizing 21st Century Teaching & Learning
February 19, 2010
Toronto, ON

Event:........ OASBO ICT Leadership Workshop
February 24-25. 2010
Mississauga, ON

Event:........ Ontario Library Association's Super Conference 2010
Date:.......... February 24-27. 2010
:.... Toronto, ON

Event:........ ERDI Canada Spring Conference
April 8-10, 2010
Quebec City, QC

Event:........ York University IRLT-MindShare Learning 21st Century EdTeach Leadership Summit: "A Call to Action"
Date:.......... May 4, 2010
Location:.... York University
For More Information Contact Robert

Event:........ Canada 3.0
Date:.......... May 10-11, 2010
Location:.... Stratford, ON

iEARN Summit
Conference Corner

Our team at the MSL Report has the good fortune of attending and presenting at many conferences throughout North America. We endeavour to MindShare the learning that is generated from these conferences. Through the power of Web 2.0 technology we are also able to attend virtually as well. Case in point, one that I regret not attending is EduCon 2.2 that took place recently in Philadelphia.  Checkout the link I've provided as there were some of best and brightest minds in attendance from across North America.  EdTech consultant, Ben Hazzard provide his EduCon 2.2 reflections.

Please share you conference news with us and well do our best to include your event, and or reflections

Florida Educational Technology Conference 2010 (Orlando) - FETC 2010


Worst Jacket Award at FETC goes to? - Ugly, but very effective!


FETC Podcast interview with Mike Eason, Executive Director,
Florida Education Technology Conference 2010 (FETC)

Hall Davidson Videocast
Exclusive vodcast with Hall Davidson of Discovery Education
about Epson's new BrightLink interactive projector


A nationally recognized visionary on the impact of media and technology in education, Hall Davidson leads Discovery Education's professional learning community, the Discovery Educator Network. Empowering educators in the use of 21st century tools to engage today's tech-savvy students, Hall serves as Discovery's Director of Educator Outreach. 

Blossom Learning

Exclusive vodcast with David and Paul Weatherhead of Blossom Learning.

Blossom Learning
was created in 2009 by a group of AV and IT professionals, teachers and one or two other people who shared the same values about training teachers on how to adopt the latest technology now available in today's classrooms into actual lessons. Blossom Learning currently offers one powerful online course directed at K-12 teachers, the "Online Applied SMART Board Course".


Nancy Knowlton

Exclusive Podcast Interview with Nancy Knowlton - What's New at FETC?
CEO & Co-Founder of SMARTTECH

Nancy focuses primarily on business development and strategic initiatives for the growth and development of SMART.
Recognized as one of Canada's top businesswomen, Nancy was the 1999 Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in the Export category, awarded by the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and the Bank of Montreal. She and SMART co-founder David Martin were awarded the 1999 Prairies Region Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by Ernst and Young, and a Manning Innovation Award in 2002.

Ben Hazzard
Ben Hazzard is a Program Consultant for the Lambton Kent District School Board.  Recognized with national and international awards, he enthusiastically engages teachers in conversations about using appropriate pedagogy and powerful technology tools in the classroom. 

EduCon 2.2 Philadelphia Reflections
Conversation between educators who are connected by technology and focused on learning led to engaging discussion and meeting colleagues from around the world face to face.  Educon 2.2 was held at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, USA on January 29 - 31, 2010.  Several themes emerged in a few of the sessions facilitated by Canadian educators: the power of collaborative authorship with an audience and purpose in learning environments, the opportunity to use modern tools to address big ideas in the classroom, and the value of outside experts who infuse their knowledge into the education conversation.  These themes were enhanced with the participation of educators in person and online via twitter, online conferencing, Google documents, and other tools.

K12: Ask a Teacher?

Zoe Branigan-Pipe
Teacher at Lawfield Elementary School in the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board.

Zoe is a classroom teacher and technology integration specialist at Lawfield Elementary School in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board in Ontario. She's always finding new ways to create a universally designed classroom that meets the needs of all students.

"What new 21st Century tool are you using for assessment and evaluation?

Green IT

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

Operitel Investments Announces new Equity Position in Sunbank Power
Webwire 25/01/10
Operitel Corporation is pleased to announce that it has taken an equity position in Sunbank Power, a company launched specifically to help property owners navigate the complexities of the solar energy market in Ontario.
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Governments of Canada and Manitoba support UWIN create at the University of Winnipeg
Manitoba Government News 15/01/10

A joint federal-provincial investment, combined with an endowment from networking technology leader Cisco, will enable the University of Winnipeg's environmental science program to increase research on "green" technology and expand its collaboration with industry, leading to more business opportunities.

Dr. David Suzuki public school powers up with Carmanah solar technology
Trading Markets 20/01/10

Five hundred Dr. David Suzuki Public School students are going back to school this fall in a facility powered in part by solar photovoltaic technology developed by Canadian-based solar integrator, Carmanah Technologies (TSX: CMH | Quote | Chart | News | PowerRating). The Greater Essex County District School Board of Windsor, Ontario, is receiving a 32 kW grid-tied Photovoltaic system with funding provided by the Government of Ontario Green Schools Initiative.

Hardware Review: FrontRow's Pro Digital Sound System
Timothy GardTimothy Gard
K-12 Editor, MindShare Learning Report
Educator, Toronto District School BoardFrontRow Pro Digital Sound System

Timothy Gard has been integrating technology across the curriculum since the beginning of his teaching career. He loves innovative ideas and taking risks, watching students from diverse backgrounds with diverse learning needs, succeed through the use of technology. He currently teaches media literacy and technology at École Sir Adam Beck J. S. in the Toronto District School Board.

To be honest, I was a little sceptical about the need to 'amplify' my rather silky-smooth, stage-actor like voice by some artificial means. In this case, the 'artificial' means was FrontRow's Pro Digital Sound System with both a pendant microphone, and a student stick microphone. I mean, come on, if you can't hear my finely-tuned baritone voice in every far-reaching corner of the classroom then we need to seek the counsel of an audiologist, and fast! Boy, was I wrong! And I'm happy to admit it.
Web 2.0 Technology Spotlight

Do you 'Tweet'? As you can imagine, there are hundreds of developers putting together some neat extensions for Twitter. Check out the following two.

The Twitter ecosystem is growing by the day. It wouldn't be a surprise if the numbers suggest that a new Twitter based application is being released daily. With thousands of applications available, it is but natural to come up with a database (aka directory) of these applications to ensure that Twitter users can conveniently find the right application for their needs.

 A simple Twitter Application Database.
Post Secondary Education

As part of our innovative practices, each month we will profile a "Visiting Professor"

21st Century Vodcast Interview with Dr. Camille Rutherford, Assistant Professor of Education at Brock University, Faculty of Education.

Camille Rutherford

Dr. Camille Rutherford
Assistant Professor of Education
Brock University, Faculty to Education

VYouTubeodcast Interview with Robert Martellacci. President & Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report

21st Century Classroom of the Future Spotlight Interview with Adora Svitak

Adora Svitak
About Adora Svitak
A twelve-year-old author and teacher, Adora has been teaching writing workshops since she published her first book at age seven. Adora is an American child prodigy known for her essays, stories, poems, blogs, and full-length books. She has been featured on Oprah, CNN's Young People Who Rock, NBC Nightly News, and countless other programs. In January 2009 she appeared in a UK public service television documentary, The World's Cleverest Child and Me. Adora's presentations feature live writing demonstrations, interactive activities, and storytelling. Adora provides kids with a tangible and exciting example of where writing can take them. She teaches every day through school visits and distance learning mediums such as webcasting and video conferencing.

Post Secondary Education Feature Headlines

Laptops create distraction
-Their use at schools and universities increases against a backdrop of controversy about their use in classrooms and lecture halls -
London Free Press 26/01/10

Way back in the stone age, when people walked to school, barefoot, and uphill both ways, students doodled their way through boring lectures. Sometimes, if you tucked away into the back of a busy lecture hall, you could read the student paper or do a crossword puzzle while the professor droned on.

Study targets the brain and athletic success
Simon Fraser University 28/01/10

Ready for a place on the podium? Athletes gunning for such a position at the Winter Olympics may be in their best physical shape but their success will have just as much to do with their mental outlook.

The Future of Medical Education in Canada
Memorial University 25/01/10

The national launch of the report, The Future of Medical Education in Canada (FMEC):   A Collective Vision for MD Education, will take place on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 2- 4 p.m. in the main auditorium, Health Sciences Centre. The 30-month FMEC project, spearheaded by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), set out to conduct a comprehensive review of MD education in Canada, assess current and future societal needs, and identify the changes needed to better align the two.

First of its kind Emerging Technologies training program filling up fast
ContactNorth 17/12/09

Less than a week after having launched a new and unique Emerging Technologies Training Program for faculty and instructors of Ontario's colleges and universities, Contact North | Contact Nord is having to add additional sessions of the modules to cope with growing demand from all over Ontario and may soon have to close registration.

Waterloo welcomes site purchase for top digital media institute
UofW 12/01/10

The University of Waterloo today welcomed news that the City of Stratford has finalized acquisition of downtown property that will be turned into the home of the university's Stratford campus and the Stratford Institute for digital media.

EdTek Services Selects the it's learning LMS to Support their Online Learning Partnerships
-EdTek Services' higher education customers to be offered the multimedia capabilities and individualized learning support of the "it's learning" virtual learning environment-
EdTek Services 13/01/10
After a worldwide review of Learning Management System (LMS) companies, EdTek Services, Inc., a provider of accreditation, program development, student recruitment, program management and eLearning technology services for small to mid-sized colleges and universities.

Post Secondary Education: Upcoming Events 

Event: ....... 14th Annual Western Canadian Conference on Computing Education, 14th
Date: ......... May 1-2, 2010
Location: ....Simon Fraser University
Event: ....... Ontario Library Association's Super Conference 2010
Date: ......... February 24-27, 2010
Location: ....Toronto, ON
Event: .......EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference
Date: ......... March 15 -17, 2010
Location: ....Chicago, ILL
Event: ....... Best Practices for Incorporating Web 2.0/Web 3.0 into Your e-Learning Mix, eLearning Guild Online Seminar
Date: ......... April 8-9, 2010
Location: ....Stratford, ON
Event: ....... Canada 3.0
Date: ......... May 10 -11, 2010
Location: ....Stratford, ON
Event: ....... ACCC (Association of Canadian Community Colleges) Conference
Date: ......... June 6 - 8, 2010                                    
Location: ....Niagara Falls, ON
Event: ....... Canadian Higher Education and Information Technology Conference
Date: ......... June 13 - 16, 2010                                
Location: ....St. John's, NFLD
Career Opportunities

Invitation to Recruit the Best-of-the-Best at Education Canada Network's Spring Educator Job Expo
Education Canada Network is excited to invite your district/school to exhibit at our first Spring Educator Job Fair and Expo.  From a survey conducted in the Fall of 2009, we had an overwhelming expression of interest to host our own recruiting event.  Consequently, we have been organizing an event to help you recruit teachers and other education professionals at a time of year in which your should have a better idea of the type of personnel you will be needing in September.

Join us for this event. Below are some details:

Location:  Hilton, Downtown Toronto
Date:  April 21st, 2010
Time:  9 am to 3 pm Exhibition time, 3 - 6 pm extra Interview time

We only have a limited number of booth spaces available (ONLY 27 LEFT!).  We also have arranged for discounted travel and accommodation. For more information, including cost, click here.

Invitations will be going out to all the surrounding Faculties of Education in Southern Ontario.  We are expecting between 700 and 1000 job seekers.

Don't miss out on this opportunity!  If you have any questions contact myself or Loni at 1-800-823-6280 or email us.  If you could like to register for a booth fill out the registration form at here.

Note: If you know any job seekers we may be interested in attending this event please forward them the forward this link.

************************* FEATURED JOB OPPORTUNITY ********************************************************************************************
Regina Public Schools is looking for a Deputy Director, Instruction & Student Services. For more on this opportunity click here.

Education Canada
Research and Innovation

Contact North

ContactNorth|Contact Nord Meeting of the Minds

MindShare Learning Report Publisher Robert Martellacci (R) presented recently at ContactNorth's Sr. Management Retreat. Also pictured: Brian Stewart, CIO, Athabasca University (L); Maxim Jean-Louis, President & CEO, ContactNorth (at the podium); Dr. Tony Bates, Professor Emeritus, UBC, ContactNorth Research Associate

ContactNorth | ContactNord February 2010
One of the three components of Contact North | Contact Nord's mandate is to support innovation in
education and learning through testing and applied research of new modes of "delivery" using technology, and to share information in Northern Ontario, as well as nationally and internationally.

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Can Apple's tablet spark a textbook revolution?
eSchool News 26/01/10

Can the release of Apple's eReader tablet do for textbooks what the iPod did for music: combine an online store for purchasing books with sleek hardware that holds every text a student needs?

Industry Analyst Study Reveals Indisputable Economic Benefits of Faronics Power Save
Faronics 20/01/10

Faronics, global provider of power reduction software and cost reducing IT solutions, is pleased to announce the results of a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Faronics titled " The Total Economic Impact™ Of Faronics Power Save."

Listen up class: sound systems can mean better marks and behaviour
Macleans 14/01/10

Sound amplification systems have been so good at focusing students at Keewatin-Patricia's 23 schools that now "we have them in the classrooms, gymnasiums, libraries, and anywhere kids are learning," says Kilberry, who works with deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Save for a few disgruntled students, there is fervent support for this equipment at a growing number of schools. While penetration rates for Canada are hard to come by, companies who sell these systems, such as Lightspeed Technologies and FrontRow, report that they are widely used in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and likely elsewhere.

Canada earns top marks in education evaluation
CEA 20/01/10

Drawing on data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Conference Board of Canada, a research centre, has released an assessment of Canada's education system. Canada received an 'A' in high school completion, with 86% of 25 to 64 year-olds having earned a high school diploma. Overall, Canada ranked second out of seventeen peer countries. Despite its success, Canada was criticized for not producing enough science, math, computer science, and engineering graduates.

Michael Ignatieff hitting the books
Toronto Star 23/01/10

Education is smart politics, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff and his party appear to have decided. All this month, Ignatieff has been broadly hinting that the next Liberal campaign platform will be going heavy on the issue of education - for its own sake, but also as perhaps the biggest wedge to use against the federal Conservatives whenever the next election rolls around.

A fruitful partnership
Financial Times 25/01/10

When Ginny Dybenko left the telecommunications sector three years ago to become dean of Wilfred Laurier University's School of Business and Economics in Canada, she hoped to build stronger links between the technology sector and business education. But in her search for ideas, it took a school from Mexico to show Dybenko that the answer may well have been on her doorstep the whole time

Bits and Bites...

Pepperdine Alumni

Meeting of the Minds
Publisher's Alma Mater, Pepperdine University and students gather while at the FETC conference in January for a conversation with Dr. Gary Stager and Dr. David Thornburg.

MindShare Musings..."The Connectors, Leaders and People on the Move"

Robert Martellacci
MSL Report's K12 editor, Tim Gard and I kicked off January 2010 appropriately with a conference and a presentation at in Florida at FETC. We engaged our audience in two-way conversation focusing on managing change, leadership & learning in the 21st Century. Twitter was the rage at the conference... #FETC in case you want to checkout the feed. Web 2.0 continues to be hot and perhaps an equalizer for education. There seems to be no slowing down in the pace of change of ICT in education. If you're an industry solution provider, twitter can you a great pulse for trends happening in education. You can follow me at MindShareLearn.  Great to see the Pepperdine U EdTech faculty (co-directors: Dr. Paul Sparks,  Dr. Margaret Riel), students & alumni. This year's Cadre is a very impressive bunch. I've agreed to serve as alumni president for one more year and will gladly pass the torch to an eager alumnus. It was great to be invited to the University of Central Florida Institute for Simulation and Training along with the Pepperdine crew. The faculty and students were most welcoming and very open to sharing their research which was most fascinating and leading-edge. There is a strong connection to the military in creating simulated environments to better prepare for military personnel for deployments abroad.
We enjoyed spending time with Nita Seng, VP sales at Tech4Learning while at FETC. MindShare is honoured to have won the Ontario province-wide competition with our new partner-the software of choice, award winning multimedia creativity tool Frames 4.  San Diego based Tech4Learning is a company to watch for 2010.
While I enjoy travelling abroad, it's always great to be back in Canada as we have many incredibly dedicated and talented education and industry leaders.  While Sudbury, Ontario is not Florida, Maxim Jean-Louis, President & CEO, ContactNorth and his wife Lise were gracious hosts as I made the trip up to present to his management team on EdTech trends across Canada and the U.S. 
I had a nice chat recently with Dr. Jeremy Friedberg, president of Spongelab Interactive, who specializes in immersive learning through educational game. His team's hard work has paid off this past year receiving multiple awards, most notably United Nations World Summit Award - First Place, e-Science - September 2009 (a competition of over 22,000 e-learning applications).

I have to admit I was sad to see Ontario Education Minister Kathleen Wynne leave her post recently in the provincial cabinet shake-up. Minister Wynne really embraced the notion of 21st Century Learning for students and was beginning to make strides in this direction. Seems she has loftier goals to pursue a party leadership post in the future. The good news is that her predecessor has a history in education as a former school board chair in Bellville area. I look forward to interviewing the Hon. Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education at some point soon.

Ann Flynn, EdTech Director for NSBA (National School Board Association) reached out to MindShare Learning to help spread the word to Canadian educators that we are showcasing the Eastern Townships School Board in Magag, Quebec, March 28-30. The district has good results to show increased gains in achievement as a result of their 1:1 initiative along with a project-based instructional strategy.

Simon Fraser University has named Andrew Petter, past dean of the University of Victoria faculty of law and former British Columbia attorney general, as its ninth president and vice-chancellor.
Congratulations to Bruce Thomson (Hamilton-Wentworth DSB) who received the Wm Wales Award this year. I would be remiss if I didn't congratulate Dr. Nelson Heller, President of MDR's EdNet & Hellereports, who was inducted into the AEP (Associations of Education Publisher's) Hall of Fame while I was in NYC this past December.
The always engaging Saar Pikar, AVP & GM at CDI Computers has announced that international education thought leader, Michael Bator, former Director of Education, Dufferin Catholic District School Board and fellow Mississaugan has joined the company in a consultative role to further CDI's penetration into the education market.
I enjoyed lunching last week with Ian MacDonald, president emeritus, York University, who is a fellow hockey teammate with the Friday morning faculty team at York U. A seasoned veteran at 80 years-old, he still manages to notch a few goals here and there. I'm encouraging Ian to write a book entitled, "Peaking at 80 - The Secrets of a Hockey Journeyman." Seriously, he's an inspiration to all of us when it comes to healthy active living and lifelong learning. I've agreed to take on chairing the varsity hockey alumni and will be joined by Ian as our honourary chair. Head coach Jim Wells and Bruce Logan, Chief Development Officer endured war hockey stories over lunch. We're looking to regain some of the strong varsity hockey traditions from the past and welcome York Varsity hockey alumni to support our efforts.
I'm intrigued by the fact that Bill Gates joined twitter this past month. It's not surprising that he generated over 100,000 followers in the first eight hours according to Mashable.com. Yes, I am following Bill. I'm impressed by Mr. Gates new blog The GatesNotes. There's a cool site that he links to, The Teaching Company which led me to MIT and a vast array of FREE courses to explore. 
Following along the Microsoft theme, checkout the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2010   A great challenge for your students.
Be sure to keep us at the MindShare Learning Report in the loop when you have relevant and engaging news to share.
All the best for 2010!  R.M.

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