MindShare Learning Report
Issue No.13, Volume 3, May 2010           Click here if you are having problems viewing this report            Complimentary Issue
May 2010 Edition of the MSL Report: Global Learning Edition, Part 1
Funding Opportunity
K12: Headlines
K12: Upcoming Events
International News
Post Secondary: Headlines
Post Secondary: Upcoming Events
Research and Innovation
MindShare Musings
Advisory Board
About Us
Poll Question
Is Canada a leader in the digital age?
Forward to a Friend


Join Our Mailing List 


MSL Banner


Education Canada


MSL Banner




MSL Banner

Grade Expectations





Pepperdine University

Taking It Global


The Learning Partnership



Suggested Reading...
MSL Banner

MSL Banner 

Teaching the Digital Generation
How, Flat and Crowded

Dear Thought Leader,
                                                                                          Publisher Vodcast Welcome
Robert Martellacci
Welcome to the May issue of the MindShare Learning Report--Global Learning Edition Part 1. Canada's contribution on the global stage is significant from an education and industry perspective.
We are thrilled to showcase some of our country's top talent featuring an exclusive Vodcast interview with Astronaut Dr. Dave Williams, who after two space shuttle missions is now heading up the McMaster University Centre for Surgical Robotics at St. Joseph's Medical Centre. Toronto based Robin Sharma, best-selling author and leadership guru will inspire you with his podcast interview that engaged me in discussion about change, leadership and discovering your passion as he shares his latest book project, The Leader Who Had No Title.
It's very timely for the CCL's release of the State of Learning in Canada. It appears we stack-up very well against other OECD countries. While Canada leads in many respects with innovations such as SMARTBoards and the Blackberry, research suggests that we're losing ground when it comes to innovation as a country. Speaking of SMART Technologies, their recent acquisition of New Zealand-based NextWindow broadens their product portfolio and positions them well for the emerging mobile device craze. 

Education Funding: Where are We in 2010 is an excellent report produced by our friends at MDR that share excellent insights to the U.S. K12 education system. And the 2010 SETDA National Educational Technology Trends Study Highlights K-12 Innovation Through State Leadership was also kindly shared by our partners at MDR via EdNET News.
April was definitely the peak of conference season with some 10 events that MindShare Learning participated in. The highlight without a doubt was MindShare's exclusive sponsorship of a world class event hosted by a small group of south western Ontario teachers, TEDxOntarioEd. If you missed it, the videos are now posted online as well as the many reflections from the participants who overwhelmingly deemed the event a success.
On the world stage-It's staggering to see that U of Phoenix Online enrolment topped 310,000 students globally in '09. Safe to say eLearning has gone beyond the "tipping point" in post-secondary. I'm still a proponent of blended learning based on my transformational experience as an alum of the Pepperdine University EdTech Master's Program.
We were fortunate recently to have a MindShare Learning moment with one of Canada's top educationalists, Carol Olsen, President, Canadian Education Association and Superintendent of the Halifax Regional School Board, who offers a 21st Century perspective on learning and leadership. Tune into Carol's podcast by clicking here.
The annual MindShare Learning Report Advisory Board meeting proved to be our final event of the month and one of our best ever. There are a number of innovative initiatives planned for coming year, including our co-sponsored even with the Government of Canada, the Can/AM EdTech Partnering Celebration in conjunction with ISTE 2010 conference in Denver, Co. Our newest board member addition included Gary Kern, Principal, Technology & Innovation at the West Vancouver School District. Special thanks to Cathy Phillips, Director, Technology Round Table at The Learning Partnership for her valued contribution over the past two years.
I would be remiss if I didn't express my sincere appreciation to Tim Gard, our K12 editor for his valued contribution to this issue, and the many educator contributors, our generous sponsors, and the MindShare Learning Report advisory board, all have been an integral part of our continuing success.
We continue to be inspired by your excellent feedback and the passion that education and industry leaders demonstrate on a daily basis to support student success.

Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!

Cheers, R.

MSL Banner

P.S. Watch for Part 2 of the MSL Report Global Learning Edition next month!

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
Publisher & Managing Editor, The MindShare Learning Report™
President, MindShare Learning™-- Connecting Education & Business to Support Student Success 
Go Green  Before printing think about the Environment. Avant l' impression, il faut penser à l'Environnement.
Title Sponsor
Quotes of the Month
"It's a cultural challenge in the educational system to embrace new
technologies...what's exciting is that we're seeing that change...for me the
legacy is all about the next generation."

--Dr. Dave Williams, Canadian Astronaut and Director, McMaster University
Centre for Surgical Robotics at St. Joseph's Health Centre

Collaboration is the key to developing and delivering a strong education system in Alberta and together we are building on this foundation. Partnerships between schools, post-secondary institutions, business and industry, students, parents and communities will assist us to ensure students are ready and poised for life in our rapidly changing and globalized environment of the 21st century."

-- Dave Hancock, Alberta Education Minister

" I really wished I developed more social skills early on to spend more time developing relationships. Networking has been key to bringing in more business and I wish I had practiced this social ability more, then business may have come sooner rather than later."

Global Learning Edition

Photo: Student Art from McMurrich Public School, TDSB
McMurich Public School Art

Ray Barker
Ray Barker, Director
British Education Suppliers Association (BESA) (UK)

Ray gained his first degree in English and American Studies from the University of East Anglia and his postgraduate teaching qualifications at the University of London.  He has been elected a Member of the College of Preceptors, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. He sits on the executive committees of the National Literacy Association, WebPlay and the Digital Content Forum as well as serving as Chair of Governors for a London primary school. As Director of BESA, the trade association for the UK educational supplies industry, Ray is responsible for the development of BETT, the biggest educational technology event in the world, and works closely with ICT members of the association. For two years BESA organized Moving Young Minds, the government ICT event that brought together over 60 ministers of education from all over the world to discuss ICT issues. He speaks internationally on ICT policy and developments.

 Part 1 of 2 (see the June issue for the 2nd part of this 2 part podcast interview))

Discovery Education

Funding Opportunities

Government of Canada Invests in Tomorrow's Scientific Discoveries

NSERC 09/04/10

The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, today announced funding for high calibre scholars at the master's, doctoral and postdoctoral levels, as well as investments in a wide range of research projects in areas such as computer science, environmental sciences, life sciences and engineering.

FedDev Ontario Minister Goodyear Announces New Research Funding at Sheridan
Sheridan College 21/04/10

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), visited Sheridan College on April 19th to announce the Applied Research and Commercialization (ARC) Initiative. ARC is a pilot initiative aimed at addressing the gap between research and commercialization between small- and medium-sized enterprises and postsecondary institutions. It will provide up to $15 million in funding to eligible postsecondary institutions in southern Ontario.

McGuinty gives Ontario colleges and universities an F in new spending
The Globe and Mail 09/04/10

Ontario's colleges and universities need to be more accountable for the taxpayers' dollars that support them, says Premier Dalton McGuinty, warning that his government is not getting enough bang for its investment in higher education.

Two more competitions for the College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program are now available
NSERC 13/04/10

The College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program is managed by NSERC in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Advanced Presentation Products

K12 Feature Headlines

Ontario Classrooms Get Online Access To NFB Films
McGuinty Government Promotes More Canadian Content
Ontario 29/04/10
All students and educators in Ontario now have free, online access to award-winning Canadian films from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).

Desire2Learn Raises the Bar with Release of Learning Suite 9.0
D2L 20/04/10
Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, today announced the release of Desire2Learn® Learning Suite 9.0. The release includes major innovations that will enable clients to improve the experience for their learners, instructors and administrators and will have considerable influence on teaching and learning.

Public attitudes towards education in Ontario
CEA 15/04/10
According to a survey of Ontarians by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), satisfaction with schools is at an all-time high. Confidence remains low for educational policy, however. A majority of respondents expressed support for funding increases at the expense of greater taxes.

netTrekker and Nelson Education Help Canadian Schools Transition to Digital Resources
netTrekker 19/04/10
Born in the digital information age, students expect interactive technology-based learning experiences, yet according to Project Tomorrow's research a gap remains between how students are able to use technology in school and how they use it outside school. To help schools address the needs of the 21st century student, Nelson Education Ltd., the leading educational publisher in Canada, has partnered with netTrekker, a leader in the delivery of digital K-12 educational content.

Read More K12 Feature Headlines...

Web 2.0 Tools

"Like it? Tweet it!" is a jQuery-powered JavaScript widget that enables visitors to your website or blog to write a tweet about the site directly in a box displayed in the corner of the website, with a link to the site already embedded in the input field.

DeweyMusic is a new interface for Archive.org's wonderful public domain music library. You can listen to, download, remix, and share anything you see on this site legally and for free.

Double Dutch
- The easy & affordable way to create your own location-based iPhone app

K12: Upcoming Events


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

Event:........ ISTE 2010

Date:.......... June 27-30, 2010
Location:..... Denver, Colorado

Event:........ Emerge Summit - One2One Laptop
Date:.......... August 15-18, 2010
Location:..... Banff, Alberta

Event:........ Canada-Alberta International Conference on Competing for Skills: Vocational Education and Training in the 21st Century
Date:.......... August 31, 2010
Location:..... Calgary, Alberta

iEARN Summit
Conference Corner

What an amazing and inspiring content rich month of leadership, learning and technology April proved to be thanks to the many conferences MindShare Learning was fortunate to attend. It kicked off with the semi-annual ERDI Director of Education and Industry leadership event in Quebec City with our client, Global Scholar. And culminated with the International Education Partnership conference in Toronto, where I was invited to participate, thanks to our good friend, Michael Bator, former Director, Dufferin Peel District School Board, who serves as vice-president of the IEP.
The ORION Summit opened my world up the high speed pipeline world across Ontario and the many education focused collaborative projects taking place among post-secondary institutions across the Canadian landscape. The awards portion featured the TDSB's Academic Works Space built on the Microsoft SharePoint platform. My chance encounter with Astronaut Dr. Dave Williams was most enlightening which led to an exclusive interview for this report. Congrats to Maxim Jean Louis, Chair of ORION and the team for an excellent conference.
Without a doubt, the conference circuit highlight proved to be TEDxOntarioEd, that took place in London, Ontario,  a grassroots led event organized by teacher Ben Hazzard and a number of colleagues from southern Ontario. The format that included a series of 5 minute speaker presentations quite frankly had me concerned as the exclusive sponsor.  However, all the presenters where engaging and passionate about their subject matter. The unique aspect of the event was the fact that it wasn't just about technology. The focus was on what motivates us. Hence, it was more about people, yet technology played an important role to enabling collaboration via twitter and webcasting.  Catch the many reflections from attendees via twitter: #TEDxOntarioEd


The Post Event Posers-- TEDxOntarioEd team gathers for what was deemed a highly successful knowledge sharing experience. (L-R) Kim McGill, Avon Maitland DSB;  Rodd Lucier, London Catholic;  Sharon Drummond, Lambton Kent DSB; Ben Hazzard, Lambton Kent DSB; Jamie Weir, Avon Maitland DSB; Exclusive sponsor, Robert Martellacci, MindShare Learning

CNW  06/04/10

International research collaborations and innovations that are transforming surgery and medical training, and taking research, teaching and learning to the next level in virtual environments, are being recognized with Ontario's annual ORION Awards.

Orion Award winners display their wares
Orion Board Members Gather in Celebration of retiring Phil Baker, broadband pioneer and retiring President and CEO of ORION

ECOO Conference 2010: Inspire, Connect, Learn
The Educational Computing Organization of Ontario is holding its 31st Annual Conference for Educators at the Sheraton Parkway North in Richmond Hill on November 11 and 12, 2010
ECOO Needs YOU! Go here to submit a proposal and to see the conference information as it is posted. 

   Some highlights for 2010:

Opening Keynote by Dr. David Thornburg

Closing Keynote by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

Minds on Media - a bring-your-own laptop constructivist event
We'll have more details about the exciting plans for ECOO 2010 in upcoming Mindshare Report issues.

Watch for registration details beginning in June!
Interested in having a booth in our outstanding Exhibit Hall?
Please click here for more information.
Green IT

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

Future Shop and the David Suzuki Foundation launch new e-tools to help Canadians reduce their environmental impact
CNW 14/04/10
Thousands of Canadians will be invited to go green at home and at work thanks to several environmental initiatives being launched by Future Shop and the David Suzuki Foundation in the run-up to Earth Day on April 22

Students celebrate Earth Day
Northern Life 21/04/10

Schools within the Rainbow District School Board will celebrate Earth Day with a number of activities this week, from community clean ups, to litterless lunches, visits to green facilities and participation in the community Green Jobs Fair.

Ontario Students Celebrate Earth Day
Ontario.ca 22/04/10

Students across Ontario are celebrating Earth Day and putting the lessons they learn in school into action, including planting trees, bringing litter-less lunches and cleaning their school yards. By incorporating environmental education into all grades and subjects, Ontario is encouraging students to do more to participate in green activities every day.

Student advocates form their own Eco teams
Toronto Star 22/04/10

A 40th birthday is something of a milestone. It marks a new level of maturity and can give pause for reflection about past challenges and accomplishments and make us think about our future. As Earth Day celebrates 40 years of environmental awareness, observers say there are still serious threats to our planet's survival.
Students race to make world a 'happy place'
Calgary Herald 23/04/10

A chorus of shrieks erupted as nearly 200 McArthur School students raced through their playground and picked up candy-bar wrappers, cigarette butts and one stray Barbie-doll leg in celebration of Earth Day on Thursday. "We want to make the Earth a happy place instead of a sad place," Grade 3 student Jestice Hamula, 8, said. "We want to clean the Earth so it won't look like a garbage can," classmate Elizabeth Warren, 9, added.

Timothy Gard
Educator, Toronto District School Board

Software Review: Tech4Learning's "Pixie"

There's a strategy behind my reason for reviewing this very robust piece of software from Tech4Learnng called Pixie[1]. Obviously, my strategy has something to do with ensuring that Canadian educators are made aware of this powerful program and the benefits of integrating it across the curriculum, but it also has something to do with providing a greater service for a greater good. This service is a simple one: To make the purchasing agents (OSAPAC in Ontario) in the various districts and ministries of education across this great nation of ours aware of the great void present in the area of exceptional primary authoring software.
Pixie is a prime example of a piece of software that can be used across the curriculum to construct knowledge and communicate ideas. In fact, in my opinion it's an example of the kind of software that should be part of every elementary school's technology arsenal. What exists now is dated, and limited compared to programs like Pixie. As an authoring tool for primary-aged students, it's exceptional. Pixie is simple, yet robust, easily adaptable to your lesson objectives from literacy to numeracy, and challenges the students without frustrating them. What more could you ask for? Well, Tech4Learning hasn't stopped there! Read on to find out more!

[1]I've reviewed Pixie before but not in conjunction with Wixie, or with the intent of raising awareness for some decent authoring software for primary-aged students.

Corporate Learning & Technology Spotlight

MindShare Learning Exclusive Podcast Interview with Robin Sharma, Best Selling Author and Leadership Guru

Robin SharmaRobin Sharma

One of the World's Most Trusted Leadership Advisors
Top 5 Leadership Speaker Award (source)
Top 5 Leadership Guru (source)

Robin Sharma is the celebrated author of 11 bestselling books on leadership, including The Leader Who Had No Title (Simon & Schuster), one of the bestselling business books on the market today. His work has been published in over 60 countries and nearly 75 languages, making him one of the most widely read authors in the world. He shot to fame with "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari" (HarperCollins) which has topped international bestseller lists and sold over 3,000,000 copies. Celebrity CEOs, rock stars, top entrepreneurs and royalty have all embraced his work. As well as being a much sought-after speaker globally, Robin is also a widely respected CEO advisor having worked with Fortune 500 CEOs and leaders all over the world.
Robin is the founder of Sharma Leadership International Inc., a training firm with only one focus: helping people in organizations Lead Without a Title. Clients include many of the Fortune 500 including Microsoft, GE, Nike, BP, FedEx, and IBM. Organizations such as NASA, Yale University and The Young Presidents Organization are also SLI clients. In a recent independent survey of 22,000 business people Robin was ranked in the Top 5 leadership experts (source). He frequently shares the stage with Jack Welch, Jeffery Immelt, and thought leaders such as Bill Clinton. Robin is profiled regularly on leading international media such as CNN, SNBC, BNN and the Biography Channel.

Newly elected CeLEA Board of Directors prepare to further support the growth of the commercial Canadian eLearning industry in 2010
Ottawa CeLEA 04/05/10

The Canadian eLearning Enterprise Alliance (CeLEA) completed their Annual General Meeting on March 26th, 2010 with a renewed focus and a new
leadership face to drive initiatives for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. After six years of leading CeLEA to new organizational benchmarks, Barry Nicolle decided to step down as chairman to focus his energy on specific industry initiatives. He will continue to serve on the board as the Secretary-Treasurer for the coming year. The board and voting members enthusiastically supported the nomination of industry stalwart Claude Martel as the
organizationʼs new Chairman.

Post Secondary Education

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

MindShare Learning Exclusive Podcast Interview with Astronaut Dr. Dave Williams, McMaster University Centre for Medical Robotics

Dave WilliamsDave Williams

Canadian Astronaut and physician, Dr. David Williams, is the Director of the McMaster Centre for Medical Robotics at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, and a Professor in the Department of Surgery of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.  Previous to this role, Dr. Williams served as a NASA mission specialist on STS-118 (August 8 to 21, 2007), the 119th space shuttle flight, the 22nd flight to the station, and the 20th flight for Endeavour.

International News

Google Apps may save schools $1.5M
The World 29/04/10

Oregon educators hope a free Web-based software application will help students become digitally literate while saving money for struggling school districts. The Oregon Department of Education began offering Google Apps for Education to public school districts on Wednesday. Officials predict a statewide savings of $1.5 million yearly for e-mail, and additional savings for software and hardware upgrades that won't be needed anymore.

SMART acquires NextWindow
Acquisition extends SMART's presence into broader consumer market and strengthens IP portfolio
SMART Technologies 26/04/10

SMART Technologies, the world's leading provider of interactive whiteboards, announces the acquisition of New Zealand-based NextWindow (Next Holdings Limited), a leading designer and manufacturer of optical touch technology for integration into all-in-one computers, computer displays and large-format screens

Netflix Founder Acquires Online Education Start-Up
New York Times 20/04/10

Reed Hastings, the founder and chief executive of Netflix, used the Web to make it easier for us to rent movies. Now Mr. Hastings, who is also a former high school math teacher, is using the Web for a less entertaining, more educational cause - teaching math to children.

Post Secondary Education Feature Headlines

The Classroom in 2020
Forbes 04/08/2010

Our education system is not broken, but it is becoming obsolete. We're still running an educational model developed for the industrial revolution, designed to prepare workers for factory jobs.  Picture the experience in most of today's college classrooms: a vast amphitheater where a wizened professor drones through a long lecture about what he knows.

McMaster University Switches to Desire2Learn Learning Management System
CeLEA 18/04/10

Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, welcomes McMaster University, one of the world's leading universities and renowned for its innovation in both learning and discovery, to the growing list of clients adopting Desire2Learn Learning Environment®.

Technology Powers Distance Learning
UCAN 23/04/10

With the rise of online streaming video and the general expectation of access to quality, free information from the public, distance learning has gotten a boost. Whether as part of a formal degree program or as an addition to a lifelong learning commitment, technology is now powering this revolution.

Construction begins on new UFV campus
BC Local News 23/04/10

More than just a little paint and rust removal is involved in the "renovations" now underway at the former military engineering school at CFB Chilliwack where UFV is building a new campus. "We didn't want to have a battleship on campus," Craig Toews, UFV's chair of new campus planning, said about the old military school.

Governments of Canada and Ontario announce Knowledge Infrastructure Projects underway: Grand opening celebration at Humber College
CNW 23/04/10

Lois Brown, MP for Newmarket-Aurora, Laurel Broten, MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore and Humber College President John Davies, today celebrated the grand opening of the new Humber Arts & Media Studios.

Post Secondary Education: Upcoming Events 

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

Event: ....... MODSIM WORLD
Date: ......... June 14 - 17, 2010                                
Location: ....Montreal, QC

Career Opportunities

Education Canada

Canadian Publisher Seeking K12 Contract Presenters
A leading Canadian educational solutions provider is looking for per diem presenters to communicate the features and benefits of a high-quality digital instructional resource, customized for Canadian schools, which will enable education leaders to easily and cost-effectively implement a digital-based learning environment that engages and inspires students.

If interested, please forward your credentials to Paul Masson
Research and Innovation

Will the iPad mess with your sleep?
Globe & Mail 28/04/10

Experts warn that an e-book before bed may not lead to sweet dreams. Apple's wonder-gadget emits light so intense it may disrupt your melatonin levels.

Special Report on Teens and Technology: And the doctor says...
PL American 10/04/10

So says Timothy Johanson, a doctor at Metropolitan Pediatrics, which is affiliated with St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee. "Technology and media is really huge from the standpoint of sleep deprivation," Johanson says. "Especially cell phones. Kids are getting text messages all hours of the night."

Preserving knowledge for our children's children - and beyond
CANARIE 19/04/10

From the first stone tablets and scratches on cave walls, humans have been determined to preserve our store of knowledge. At the University of Toronto Libraries, the tradition continues as a portion of their vast holdings are digitized and preserved through an initiative with the Internet Archive. The University of Toronto library team sends approximately one terabyte of data, in the form of scanned books, per day to the Internet Archive via the CANARIE network.

CCL's State of Learning in Canada
CEA 20/04/10

International and national measures suggest Canada's education system excels in some areas but lags in others. The Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), an education-focused research organization, reports that schools are successful at educating youth on environmental issues, but lack the ability to engage students intellectually.

5 Ways Classrooms Can Use Video Conferencing
Social Media Guide 21/04/10

The ways that video conferencing can enhance the educational experience are numerous. Ginger Lewman, director of the Face2Face program at the Turning Point Learning Center in Emporia, Kansas said that video conferencing has been used "as an essential learning opportunity for the past four years.

Creative process improves student engagement
CEA 21/04/10

ArtsSmarts, an organization aimed at improving student engagement, reports that students experience greater levels of engagement after participating in an ArtsSmarts project. The four-step ArtsSmarts project model integrates meaningful content into a positive learning environment, and encourages a hands-on approach to create meaningful products.

Literacy in Canada
CEA 21/04/10

The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), an intergovernmental body, has released a progress report on literacy that summarizes a five-point action plan to improve literacy rates. The multi-pronged approach includes policy, evidence, engagement, awareness, and practice. Through jurisdiction-based knowledge transfer and sector-level engagement, CMEC aims to create greater awareness and improve literacy levels nationwide.

Education company changes online learning through mobile technology
CNW 28/04/10

Castle Rock Research Corp. announces the launch of SOLARO in Canada. The SOLARO educational application is available online and provides content completely aligned with regional curriculum. Curriculum alignment means SOLARO supports exactly what students learn in the classroom.

Bits and Bites...

Meritus U

What's wrong with this picture? Congrats to the clever advertisers at Meritus U for their rink board ad that caught MindShare Publisher's attention at a Toronto Maple Leaf game this season. They outsmarted U of T and York U in capturing the online learning market. Meritus U is a subsidiary of U of Phoenix that set up shop in N.B. likely due to tax advantages and other incentives. Seems the Leafs are not the only ones asleep at the switch.

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

Robert Martellacci
What an awesome and inspiring month it/s been with the many conferences, school and university campus visits we've had the good fortunate exploring. This is what helps us maintain a pulse for learning & technology trends to keep you, our valued reader at the forefront of innovation. Speaking of innovation, I was impressed with my Brock U campus visit recently to meet with the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Dr. James Heap along with EPSON, who are in the midst of forging a strategic partnership with the faculty. More details to follow!

Brock U launches new branding on Campus using impactful images.
Brock University

Brock U recently launched its hip new branding on campus with impactful images

Hats off to Alberta for their excellent student engagement Speak Out Initiative.

Dr. David Suzuki Public School in the Windsor area was the focus of attention this past month with Earth Day-Watch the construction progress by clicking here.

The CEA Seeks a new CEO--CEA is soliciting a dynamic thought leader who is passionate about public education for the position of Chief Executive Officer. The selected candidate will lead the organization's bold agenda to transform public education in Canada. Speaking of the CEO,  it was my pleasure to meet outgoing CEO, Penny Milton in Quebec City, who is the wife of Dr. Bob Kennedy, Apple consultant and former director of education in North Bay.

From the hard to believe department....Only 1 in 8 Canadian kids get enough exercise, report says: Dismal scores on physical activity show 7% of kids in New Brunswick. This sounds extremely low?

Epson Canada is handing you instant savings. Educators asked for a way to help stretch technology budgets and Epson delivers. Epson's new instant rebate offer will save you money and give you the opportunity to equip more classrooms right away.  Buy any of these three new Epson projectors and the rebates are yours....instantly! Go to: Epson Brighter Futures. The new Epson BrightLink(tm) 450Wi projector saves you money Epson recently announced the launch of its newest projector - the Ultimate Classroom Tool - BrightLink 450Wi. DO THE MATH.....and see why BrightLink is
a product you should know about before buying interactive whiteboard systems.  Use the BrightLink online cost calculator to calculate your potential savings.  Visit Epson.

MindShare Learning Report advisory board member, Jamie McNamara, Superintendent, St. Thomas Aquinas School District in AB shared that Education Minister, Dave Hancock will be Skyping in to interact with our students who are presenting their projects on "How technology integration is impacting our education?" Now that's a minister who's walking the digital talk!

On top of the World as he prepared to go to the Alter!
 Michael Ward, SMART Tech's Eastern Canadian Regional Manager is pictured with MindShare Learning Publisher, Robert Martellacci while at ERDI in Quebec City last month.
Congrats on the new chapter in your life!
Turning Technologies Canada is proud to welcome Kate Nicoll to our team of education specialists.  If you have any questions on how you might integrate a Student Response System into your K-12 learning environment, please contact Kate Nicoll.  1-888-522-8689 www.turningtechnologies.ca. 

MindShare Learning recently visited the Microsoft Canada offices for a Celebration of Excellence hosted by Jason Breaukelman, Microsoft Ontario education manager & RCT (Renewed Computer Technology) board member. The organization led by Shauna McCaffrey, continues to lead the way in extending the life of Computers for Schools and ensuring the safe and environmentally friendly disposal of computer hardware.

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


Publisher & Managing Editor, The MindShare Learning Report™
President, MindShare Learning™
Go Green Before printing think about the Environment. Avant l' impression, il faut penser à l'Environnement.
Advisory Board Members 
The MindShare Report is grateful of the guidance and support provided by our esteemed advisory board.  Members include: 
  • Dr. Greg Malszecki, Department of Kinesiology & Health Sciences, York University
  • Dr. Ron Owston, Director, Institute for Research on Learning Technology, York University
  • 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, Educator - Media Literacy & Technology, Toronto District School Board
  • Gary Kern, Principal, Technology & Innovation, West Vancouver School District
  • Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams
  • Marty Keast, President, Pearson Learning K-12 Canada  
  • David Marsi, AVP, Learning & Development, Invesco Trimark
  • Chip FeskoSr. Director of Advertising & Strategic Alliances, George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia Magazine
About Us

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

About The MindShare Learning Report™ -- Canada's Leading, Learning & Technology eMagazine.

Our mission is to transform education by sharing knowledge of 21st Century innovative best practices and success stories in the Canadian education market space and beyond. We harness the power of Web 2.0 technologies to feature engaging Vodcasts, podcasts, polling, Canadian educational technology news headlines & upcoming strategic industry events in the K-12, Higher Ed and corporate eLearning market segments. Other elements of the MSL Report eMagazine include: successful practices, ask an educator, ask a professor, research & tech tools, GreenIT and career listings, to support educators and educational technology providers in maintaining a pulse for emerging trends in Canada. http://www.mindsharelearning.com/report
Editorial content for the monthly issue is due the third week of each month.
Please forward your news releases as web links to info@mindsharelearning.com
Sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact,
Annual subscriptions to the MindShare Learning Report can be purchased at $99 CDN
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, GlobalScholar, Learning.com, RM PLC UK, Softease Ltd. UK, netTrekker, IMSI (ClipArt.com), CERC (Canadian Education Resources Council), Tech4Learning, Xoolon, NECTAR Foundation and ERDI Canada. http://www.mindsharelearning.com