Do you plan to contribute to Canada's National Digital Strategy
Publisher Vodcast with Michael Furdyk
Welcome to the June issue of the
MindShare Learning Report--Global Learning Edition Part II. In
this issue, we spotlight Michael Furdyk,
co-founder of TakingITGlobal, in our Vodcast.
Michael is a significant player in Canada's contribution on the global stage
when it comes to engaging youth on global issues. Discover Michael's passion
for making a difference among youth around the world. He's really dialed me
into the importance of the youth voice when looking to affect change in
Speaking of our focus on youth,
we're pleased to welcome back Aislinn
Malszecki, our digital media specialist, who returns from his travels in
New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Timing is everything-who better to launch our new
Youth column than Aislinn. He will surely infuse his augmented global
perspective on youth issues--best of success!
This past month's conference beat was highlighted by Industry Minister Tony Clement who
keynoted at Canada 3.0 in Stratford, Ontario announcing a National Digital Consultation Process and the release
of the Sustainable Prosperity Consultation Paper on a Digital Economy Strategy for Canada. One of the
primary drivers? Minister Clement acknowledged that Canada is falling behind
other countries. The federal government would like your views as well-the
deadline is July 9, 2010. The MindShare Learning Report will be submitting a
position piece in support of K12 and post-secondary sectors. Let your voice be heard too!
Other highlights in this issue:
iEARN International Youth Summit
to be hosted in Barrie, Ontario
- ISTE 2010 - MindShare Learning is a proud
partner. Congrats to Dean Shareski, ISTE 2010 Award Winner, who is featured
in an exclusive podcast interview. I'm wondering if it's something special in
the water in Saskatchewan? Kathy Cassidy,
who won the Microsoft-MindShare Learning contest earlier this year also hails
from the same school district as Dean in Moose Jaw, SK;
MindShare Learning once again
proudly partners with the Canadian government in conjunction with ISTE 2010 in
Denver to host: Celebrate Canadian EdTech Innovation. Industry leaders take note,
checkout my podcast with Ladan
Amirazizi - Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner,
Denver Colorado Canadian Consulate offering tips on doing business in the U.S.;
iPad unveiled in Canada--Continuing
on the international front, the release of the iPad in Canada and other
countries around the world continues to instil fear on textbook
publishers. Here's a headline from a
twitter feed relaying a newspaper article--Students ditch the books in favour of iPads. I must admit I'm looking forward to
getting my demo iPad unit for a product review;
There are few opportunities for national
EdTech industry recognition-Congratulations to Desire2Learn
and Partners who are recipients of the CNIE National Award for Excellence and Innovation.
I recently viewed Sir Ken Robinson TedTALKS video-Bring on the Learning Revolution posted May 2010. You don't want
to miss it!
As the school year draws to a
close, I want to thank both education and industry leaders for your commitment
to excellence and continuing support of the MindShare Learning Report. It's been an incredibly busy and successful
year on many fronts. Watch for our special Year-in Review/ PD Issue coming your
way next month.
Until next time, keep the learning
P.S. Watch for details later this
month on the MindShare Learning EdTech Leadership Fall Summit-Connecting
Business & Education to support 21st Century Student Success!
Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
Publisher & Managing Editor, The MindShare Learning Report™
President, MindShare Learning™-- Connecting Education & Business to Support Student Success
Before printing think about the Environment. Avant l' impression, il faut penser à l'Environnement.
|Quotes of the Month
Canada lacks a culture of innovation with respect to ICT
adoption. "Canadian businesses on the
whole - but always with notable exceptions - are technology followers, not
leaders, and are reluctant to adopt new practices until they have been well
proven south of the border."
on a Digital Economy Strategy for Canada
has to become more than ever a magnet for talent," said Industry Minister Tony Clement, in
Toronto to name the successful applicants. The announcement, he said, builds on
other federal initiatives, such investments in campus building projects as part
of its stimulus spending and the Vanier scholarships for graduate students. All
are central, he said, to the government's innovation agenda.
-- The Globe and Mail 17/05/10
least Mr Obama got one thing right: the idea that educating people is the best
way to enable them to adapt to technological change, and use it for good. But
technology is not an alternative to education and empowerment; it can, in fact,
help deliver them. America's first web-savvy president should understand that."
-- The Economist via professor George
Global Learning Edition
- Part II
Photo: Student Art from McMurrich Public School, TDSB
Century Global Spotlight on Toronto Based TakingITGlobal
TakingITGlobal (TIG) is
an online social network for positive change - a community for students who
want to find inspiration, access information, get involved, and make an impact
in their local and global communities. TIG seeks to engage and empower young
people around the world who are interested in making a difference by connecting
them to each other, providing information about pressing global issues, and
offering opportunities and resources to support leadership and activism. Available in twelve languages, the award-winning tigweb.org has
reached 10 million young people worldwide since its launch in 2000, and
currently has a dedicated membership of more than 295,000 individuals in over
TakingITGlobal's vibrant global community has evolved, educators inspired by
its young members have sought to integrate its resources and focus on
action-based learning into their teaching. This was made easier beginning in
2006, with the launch of the TakingITGlobal for Educators (TIGed) program (http://www.tiged.org/). TIGed provides rich, interactive global learning
experiences by allowing educators to leverage the resources of the
TakingITGlobal community in ways that meet the needs of their learning
environments. TIGed offers customizable virtual classroom communities, free
lesson plans and pre-made virtual classroom content, and a community of
thousands of globally minded educators in over 100 countries who are interested
in collaborating, sharing, and learning together!
Join TIGed click here
Learning Exclusive Podcast Interview with Ray Barker, Director, British
Education Suppliers Association (BESA) Part II
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.
announces funding to support new
connections to Canada's high speed research and innovation network
today announced a $2M Call for Proposals under its Infrastructure
Extension Program (IEP) to expand the advanced network capabilities of Canada's
research and innovation community and bolster national and international
announces big bucks for skills
The campaign for Alberta students to own the skills
podium is still very much alive, thanks to an announcement made by the Alberta
government Wednesday. It was announced that students participating in various
skills competitions will now have an opportunity to earn up to $10,000 in
scholarship funds towards their post-secondary educations.
$200-million lure pulls in 19 big-name researchers
Globe and Mail 17/05/10
A $200-million international recruitment
drive is bringing 19 leading researchers to Canadian campuses with
multimillion-dollar grants that are setting off alarm bells over a potential
brain drain in other countries. The
researchers - half recruited from the United States, with four from Britain and
the rest from Germany, France and Brazil - will each receive $10-million over
seven years as the first group of Canada Excellence Research Chairs.
Updates from IASC:
progress newsletter and funding opportunities available
IASC announces that the Spring 2010 issue of IASC
Progress is available from here. Highlights include: The International Polar Year
(IPY) Conferences in 2010 and 2012; The announcement of the first IASC
Medal; New International Council for Science (ICSU) funded projects
funding urged for post-secondary schools
institutions need more money and better planning to meet the many pressures
placed on them, which include producing a more skilled workforce to keep Canada
competitive in the global economy, according to a report from TD Economics
Integrating the use
of learning objects from virtual museums in Canada amongst
Francophone Teachers at the Elementary and Secondary Levels: a Pan-Canadian
K12 Feature Headlines
Awards (Ontario) for Teaching Excellence - Team of the Year
Congratulations to MindShare Learning Report Advisory board member, Cheryl
Paige, Principal, Joyce Public School and her Teachers and Support Staff
Joyce Public School Team: (L-R) Sonia Callea, Brian Chandrapal, Rhea Perreira-Foyle, My-Linh Hang, Christopher Lee, Leon Lenchner, Farah Rahemtula, Shiva Sotoudeh, Michelle Holland-Spencer, Michele John Zentena
teachers in Canada, online French-language resources-which includes Internet
accessible educational materials provided by virtual museums for free-are
essential to help reach learning objectives and develop skills identified in
with school closings
will be tirades. There could be tears. But this time, the political fireworks
of school closings seem missing. Pool closings made a bigger splash. As the
Toronto District School Board braces to consider closing at least nine schools
next year - more than in any single year in a generation - local communities
are likely to push back.
Designing collaborative learning spaces
A new type of classroom design, often called
the classroom of the future, is becoming popular in K-12 and college
environments. It's based on the desire to move away from the traditional
lecture-based pedagogy toward what is referred to as "studio teaching
in the classroom: blessing or curse?
Educators and students agree that
emerging technology can either help or hinder education. Popular Web sites like
Facebook and MySpace can easily be accessed from cell phones, BlackBerrys,
iPhones and laptops during class time. However, students who attend class
without a laptop find the technology to sometimes be an annoying distraction.
Premier's Awards For Teaching Excellence Recipients
The Premier's Awards for Teaching Excellence recognize outstanding educators
and support staff for the contributions they make to student learning and
SRB Expands its Student Information System Market Share Through MIG Acquisition
fuels opportunity for MIG's North American growth.
Education Solutions Inc. (SRB),
provider of a comprehensive range of K-12
announced today that through the purchase of Management
has strategically expanded in the broader North American Student
Read More K12 Feature Headlines...
Web 2.0 Tools
Splashup, formerly Fauxto, is a powerful editing tool and photo manager.
With the features professionals use and novices want, it's easy to use,
works in real-time and allows you to edit many images at once. Splashup
runs in all browsers, integrates seamlessly with top photo-sharing
sites, and even has its own file format so you can save your work in
Cooliris is a super-media browser where you can quickly scan through a multitude of images, movies, or anything media online. There is also a desktop and mobile version available.
|K12: Upcoming Events
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
Looking for Excellent Professional Learning?
Come to ECOO 2010!
The Educational Computing Organization of
Ontario (ECOO) is holding its 31st annual conference at the Sheraton
Parkway North Hotel in Richmond Hill, Ontario on November 11 and 12. Here are some highlights!
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.
Needs YOU! Check in at http://www.ecoo.org to submit a
proposal and to see the conference information as it is posted.
Keynote SpeakersEducation pioneer David Thornburg is opening the
conference with a talk on Education in the
22nd Century: Playing with the Future. Dr.
Thornburg is one of the most popular presenters on the topics of STEM
education, educational technology, and the push toward inquiry-driven
project-based learning. His experience
is global, and he has written extensively on his topics, including over a dozen
books. His educational philosophy is based on the idea that students learn best
when they are constructors of their own knowledge. He also believes that
students who are taught in ways that honor their learning styles and dominant
intelligences retain the native engagement with learning with which they
entered school. A central theme of his work is that we must prepare students
for their future, not for our past. We are extremely excited and privileged to
have David joining us this year. http://www.tcpd.orgClosing the conference is Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach,
President - 21st Century Collaborative & CEO - Powerful Learning Practice.
She will provide us with theory-driven, yet extremely practical thoughts on Schooling
for the 21st Century - Unleashing Student Passion. Sheryl is a 20-year
educator who has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school
principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning
consultant. Currently, she is in the dissertation phase of completing her
doctorate in Educational Planning, Policy and Leadership at the College of
William and Mary. Through the Powerful Learning Practice Network which she
co-founded with Will Richardson, she works with schools and districts from
across the US, Canada, New Zealand, Norway and Australia to re-envision their
learning cultures and communities. http://plpnetwork.com. Learn More
Follow ECOO2010 on Twitter Please share your conference news
with us and we'll do our best to include your event, and/or reflections. Email
This past month's conference
corner is highlighted by the Canada 3.0 "Defining Canada's Digital Future"
conference that I attended in Stratford, Ontario. Kicked off with a keynote by
Industry Minister Tony Clement, there were several compelling presentations.
However, I found the jam packed presentations in the learning stream limited
the time for Q&A and round table
discussion, which I presumed would occur given the high calibre of some 2,000
plus delegates from across Canada who attended. The conference was highlighted
by the Minister's release of the Consultation Paper on a Digital Economy Strategy for Canada and the
consultation process that wraps up July 9th. Kudos to the University of Waterloo for their
leadership in hosting a successful conference. One of the highlights was exploring the
tradeshow floor where I connected with UofW students who shared their
innovative projects. I'm now in the process of applying for a UofW co-op student for the coming year.
It was great to connect with Dr. Stan Shapson, Vice-president Research & Innovation, York
University while at Canada 3.0. I learned of York's new Synergy Centre in
partnership with industry. We're now exploring the potential to host our
MindShare Learning EdTech Leadership Summit at the new centre next Fall.
It is somewhat ironic that I
attended a conference on Canada's Digital future and experienced issues around
bandwidth access the first day. Despite
this, the recommendations presented by the respective conference stream chairs
paint a promising future for Canada. Click here to learn more.
MindShare Learning Report Publisher Robert Martellacci connects with Canada 3.0 Emcee Kevin Newman of Global National News while in Stratford last month.
21st Century ISTE Conference Spotlight
21st Century Spotlight Podcast-Congratulations ISTE 2010
Award Winner, Dean Shareski, Prairie South School District in Moose Jaw, Sask.
Dean Shareski is a Digital Learning Consultant with the Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada who specializes in
the use of technology in the classroom. He holds a Masters of Education in
Communications and Technology through the University of Saskatchewan. Dean is also a sessional lecturer for the University of Regina. Since late 2004, he's been
immersed in understanding what the Read/Write Web is all about and how the new
shape of knowledge changes how we all learn. Dean believes teachers and
students ought to use technology to connect ideas and learners in safe,
relevant, authentic ways to answer questions, share ideas and develop
More important than any of that is my family. I've been
married for 25 years to my lovely wife Paula. She's a teacher-librarian and part time quilter. We have 4 children ages 23,20,18 and 11 and a dog named and
Charlotte (Chinese Shar pei). They are all very different and yet all amazing.
Podcast Interview with Ladan Amirazizi - Consul and
Senior Trade Commissioner, Denver Colorado Canadian Consulate
Partners with MindShare Learning in
Co-Hosting the Celebrating Canadian EdTech Innovation
Reception at ISTE 2010.
Ladan Amirazizi arrived in Denver as Consul and Senior Trade
Commissioner for Colorado,
Utah, Montana and Wyoming, in September
2009. Prior to that, she had been working with the Latin America and Caribbean
(LAC) region for over 10 years - she was Deputy Director in the Latin America
and Caribbean Commercial Relations division at the Department of Foreign
Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) in Ottawa, where she oversaw the trade
and investment relations with the countries in Central America and the
Caribbean. Other experiences at DFAIT include: Trade Commissioner in the Mexico division
and trade advisor at our regional office in Montreal. Ladan has had two other experiences
working abroad: as a post-graduate at the Embassy of Canada in Montevideo, Uruguay,
and more recently she spent 3 years working as Trade Commissioner at the
Embassy of Canada in Santiago,
2004 and 2007. She was also a CIDA-Inc program manager at the Canadian
International Development Agency from 2002 to 2003, to help develop the private
sector in developing countries. Ladan graduated from the University of Ottawa
in 1996 with a Bachelor of Commerce, specialization in International Management
and Marketing. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Farsi.
2010 ABEL Summer Institute: Creating the Future Now
From August 23-25 2010, the award-winning Advanced
Broadband Enabled Learning (ABEL) program will host its ninth annual ABEL
Summer Institute (ASI), ASI 2010: Creating the Future Now.
The Internet and interactive technologies have
revolutionized how we communicate, collaborate and generate ideas and
knowledge. How do these changes affect classrooms? How can we stay ahead of the
curve and prepare our students for their future? ASI 2010 will explore these
questions by investigating the effective use of technology for teaching,
learning, and for building and sustaining professional learning communities.
Dalton McGuinty in Israel to talk energy, water
The Star 25/05/10
Dalton McGuinty came to one of the oldest cities in the world to discuss a
future of clean water and green energy with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu. McGuinty, who has been treated like a head of state in his trade tour
of Israel, pointedly did not discuss politics in this holy and disputed city.
One Thousand Schools In Scotland Have Attained 'Green
Flag' Eco Status
eGov Monitor 27/05/10
Scotland has set the most ambitious climate change
targets in the world and we all have a responsibility to live more sustainable
lives that don't compromise the quality of life of future generations. It's
highly encouraging, therefore, that our schools are demonstrating a real
commitment to sustainability and greener thinking.
Learn Green Power
With oil spills,
rising costs and supply crises filling today's headlines, many are calling for
America looks to new, better solutions. A series of learning experiences from
Kirkwood Community College offers ways to get the next generation thinking and
doing more to tackle energy and environmental issues while learning about
opportunities in "green-collar" careers.
Educator, Toronto District School Board
Software Review: Bitstrips for Schools
There are a myriad of opportunities to use Web 2.0 tools to augment, or even replace, your standard classroom software programs that you use to integrate technology across the curriculum. One particular online 'program' that has taken Ontario schools by storm is Bitstrips for Schools. The title is a little bit of a mouthful, but definitely not something that you'll get tired of 'chewing on' in your classroom. The creative work of a Toronto-based company has produced an amazing tool for creating comics online. Yes, online. There's just something about having the ability to create a cast of characters tweaking every element of body, face and apparel, and then creating a story with a huge number of props, scenes, and just about anything else you can think of, in order to create a first-rate comic. And again, all of this online! Bitstrips online comic creation tool has been licensed in Ontario for all public school students since the Fall of 2009. And it would be an understatement to say that it has been a huge success. Why? Read on to find out!
Post Secondary Education
- Visiting Professor
Exclusive Podcast Interview with Dr. Claude Martel, adjunct
professor at Concordia University Masters in EdTech program and Chairman,
Canadian eLearning Enterprise Alliance
About Claude Martel
As a well-establish practitioner and
educator in the training and education community of Quebec, he has been in the
forefront in the development and application of Human Performance Technology
and distance education technology in schools and corporations.
He has over 25 years of experience in education, management, training and
educational technology, and has held senior roles in large organizations like Pratt
& Whitney Canada, Telus, Hydro-Québec and DMR (Fujitsu) Consulting.
He is currently the Program and Project Manager of the international
accreditation management program for airport managers (IAP website). This is a joint
program with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) and ACI (Airport
For the last 20 years, he has taught bachelor and master level courses at
Concordia and Ottawa University in the field of Communication Studies and
In addition, he has managed over 60 projects and has implemented HR,
communication and training technologies solutions in over 30 large
Post Secondary Education Feature Headlines
Canada's youngest university president
tweets in both official languages. He starts his budget blogs with a dash of
Ojibwa he's picked up. And the fledgling president of Laurentian University
boasts about using his own Facebook page to recruit students after a mother
messaged to ask why her son should choose the Sudbury campus.
Government of Canada announces the 2010 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholars
Honourable Tony Clement,
Minister of Industry, officially announced the 2010 recipients of Canada's most
prestigious scholarship for doctoral students-the Vanier Canada Graduate
Scholarship. This year's 174 Vanier scholars come from across Canada and from
around the world, with some of the most talented doctoral students from the
United States, Europe, Asia and Africa choosing Canadian universities for the
next stage of their studies.
A world of research resources is just a click away
Canada is joining a growing number of nations
whose researchers will benefit from seamless access to resources such as
research databases and electronic library holdings hosted at their institution,
at those across the country and even at institutions around the world. This is
made possible by the Canadian Access Federation, a service funded by CANARIE
and delivered in partnership with CUCCIO-CDPIUC
difficult to criticize an investment in world-class talent, and Canada's new
Excellence Research Chair program is certainly that. By committing $200 million
over seven years, the federal government has helped lure 19 top-flight
researchers to Canadian universities, including four to the University of
A University of Manitoba student raised in Lockport has recently been
awarded one of Canada's most prestigious scholarly awards. Julia Gamble is one
of 174 individuals from across Canada to receive the Vanier Canada Graduate
Scholarship, considered to be the Canadian equivalent to the United Kingdom's
Portland State University Converts to Desire2Learn Learning Environment
and its subsidiary, D2L Ltd. (Desire2Learn), leading
providers of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, today announced
that Portland State University (PSU)
, known nation-wide for its
innovative approach to education, has converted to Desire2Learn® Learning Environment
Youth unemployment will drive recent grads toward entrepreneurship
graduating college has been a source of anxiety, rather than excitement. Youth
unemployment is at 17%. Parents are concerned about their children's future.
Here's one way parents and families can help: support their children's
entrepreneurial ambitions. Family support
Vanderbilt University fraternity brothers David Muzzo and Cameron Chalmers in
2000 to cofound Study Island, an educational software company. Since then, the
company changed its name to Archipelago Learning, went public and did $55
million in revenue last year.
Honoured inductees to the
York University Sport Hall of Fame 2010
Martellacci, Publisher, MSL Report recently emceed his alma mater`s
Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
and wishes to congratulate the inductees
(L-R) Barb Boyes, Laura Branchaud, Chris Pollitt, Paul Just, Masaaki Naosaki
Post Secondary Education: Upcoming Events
Innovation Strategy: Getting a head start on tomorrow
The world today faces significant economic,
environmental and social challenges. While no single policy instrument holds
all the answers, innovation is the key ingredient of any effort to improve
people's quality of life. Today's recovery from the global financial and
economic crisis remains fragile.
Barriers to Free Trade in Minds
Competition is as healthy on campuses as it is everywhere else. We should
not fear the globalization of higher education-we should embrace it.
Three stories tell the tale of the new global university
· A promising young Singaporean studies in the West, wins a
professorship in the Ivy League, returns to Singapore to head its leading
university, then becomes the first president of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah
University of Science and Technology (Kaust).Innovation
and green growth for a job-rich recovery
Remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General,
during the meeting of Chancellor Merkel with the Heads of International
The aim of this meeting was to promote the coherence of the International
Organisations' work and the policies of their member states. This also
follows the recommendations of Leaders of the G8 who both in Toyako and
L'Aquila encourage such coherence. The International Organizations commit to
continued and closer cooperation in support of a strong, sustainable and
balanced recovery responding to the call of G20 Leaders.
launches connected classroom in India
Dell has launched its connected classroom
solution in India. Combining innovative technology, products, services,
software and training, the Dell connected classroom makes digital learning a
reality. Providing teachers with the tools needed to equip students with the
21st century skills that they will need to be competitive in the global
economy, this is the vendor's education technology blueprint for primary and
middle school learning environments.
Computing in Education: Current Practices, International Comparative Research
Evidence and Policy Implications
This international meeting is hosted by the Austrian Ministry of
Education and jointly organised by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB),
the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, and the World Bank
Research and Innovation
Newly elected CeLEA
Board of Directors prepare to further support the growth of the commercial
Canadian eLearning industry in 2010
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.
Canada Launches National Consultations on a Digital Economy Strategy
The Government of Canada today unveiled a
national consultation aimed at building consensus among governments, the
private sector, academia and the Canadian public in developing a digital
economy strategy for Canada. The commitment to developing the strategy was
outlined in both the government's Speech from the Throne and Budget 2010
and is aimed at positioning Canada for leadership in the global digital
Almost 90% of parents worry about what kids share online
Vancouver Sun 20/05/10
90 per cent of Canadian parents are concerned with the amount of information
their children share online, according to an Ipsos Reid survey released
Area School District Gets New Classrooms With Epson 3LCD PowerLite® Projectors
Pennsylvania's Classrooms for the Future state grant, Burgettstown is able
to bring new programs, teacher development and
technology to the district. Chris Navadauskas,
Technology Director for the Burgettstown Area
School District states: "From a lower cost of ownership perspective, it
actually makes more sense to protect your projector investment by choosing a
3LCD projector with dust filters." Read the full story on how Epson and
3LCD technology has helped this school district.
toys: learning to play or playing to learn?
appeal to many parents, especially those hoping to promote their child's
healthy development and encourage learning through play. The number and range
of toys bearing the "educational" label are vast, and include: play-mats and
fridge magnets intended to stimulate language skills; stuffed toys intended to
cultivate number sense; interactive play tables designed to teach fine motor
skills and bilingualism, and videos meant to stimulate a child's logic and
Digital Media Network welcomes MaRS as new node on cross-Canada network
MaRS, a Toronto-based not-for-profit
innovation centre, is the newest addition to the Canadian Digital Media Network
(CDMN). The collaboration will enhance levels of technology commercialization
and help develop successful companies in the digital media sector.
thinking inside the box
a dozen teachers in Richmond will find themselves in the pedagogical equivalent
of a mobile home next year -- portable classrooms -- when full-day kindergarten
is implemented. They may want to talk to Grace Ho about how to cope with the
constraints of teaching in the equivalent of a big box. The Cambie secondary
school teacher has been recognized by CDW Canada, a technology products
company, for the creativity she showed in finding novel ways to use technology
in a classroom that has none.
Read More on Research and Innovation
Aislinn in Hoi An, Vietnam
Traveling in the 21st Century
-- The Youth File is a new column written by Aislinn Malszecki
, the Digital
Media Specialist at MindShare Learning. In the first post, I
would like to share my experiences from my recent overseas adventure. In seven months of travel I gained all kinds
of knowledge and new skills that I hope will help me live my life to the best
of my ability.
Bits and Bites...
EPSON Canada Forges Innovative Partnership with Brock University Faculty
Pictured above (L-R) Steve Atrill, EPSON Canada; Dr. Camille Rutherford, Brock University; Robert Martellacci, MindShare Learning; Kyle Tuck, Brock University; Dr. James Heap, Dean, Faculty of Education, Brock University
"The Faculty of Education at Brock
University is thrilled about our new partnership with Epson Canada. This
partnership will provide our students with the opportunity to bring an Epson
multimedia projector with them to their internship sites throughout the school
year. This will be a great opportunity for our teacher candidates to showcase
their technology integration skills in schools with limited access to
technological resources while supporting the dissemination of 21st century
teaching practices. As we examine the
impact of this partnership on classroom technology integration throughout the
year, we hope that this partnership will serve as a model for other teacher
education programs and technology providers."
--Dr. Camille Rutherford, Brock
University, Faculty of Education
Finish Strong! My soon
to graduate twins in grade 8 will tell you
is one of my favourite sayings. This year was no exception. We have
"tipping points," "game changers," and
"excellence" in academics across our vast Canadian landscape in
both K12 and post-secondary education.
MindShare Musings..."The Connectors,
Leaders and People on the Move"
I was honoured to emcee
the York University Sport Hall of Fame
last week. It was great to catch-up with old friends and learn what
up to. I had the good fortune of dining with astronaut Dr. Steve
president of the Canadian Space Agency. Speaking of York University, Dr.
Malszecki, MindShare Learning Report advisory board member attended
Bruce Kidd's retirement party recently. Bruce is an Olympian and
recently retired Dean of Kinesiology at UofT, who has garnered many
during his career, including the Order of Canada. I have great
Bruce having had the opportunity to meet him when he was the director of
Canadian Olympic Academy that I attended at Bishops University.
Congratulations to Marika
Bourque who was recently appointed to the position of Chief Technology
Officer at the Toronto District School Board. Kudos to my
good friend, Carmi
Paris, VP Spectrum K12, who recently won the prestigious SIIA CODiE
for the Best
K-12 Enterprise Solution -- EXCEED
Student Achievement Manager. In case you missed the
other winners, please click here.
surprised by the responses to our poll question of the month-Is Canada a
leader or follower in the Digital Age? 100% responded that we're
followers. This is not necessarily a bad thing, if we compare our
life to our neighbours to the south.
It was great to
catch-up with Valerie Beyer of Desire2Learn
recently who shared that D2L was recipient of the CNIE Award. Although I
missed David Brear while he was in town recently from B.C., he
kindly shared a link to a recent course he taught, Cloud Computing and K12 Education.
It contains some
recently watched TED Talks: Adora Svitak: What adults
can learn from kids. I had the pleasure of
interviewing Adora following the FETC conference where she keynoted.
We stand to learn a lot from our kids. I need to better hone my
skills for my own kids! Adora's mom tells me she's going to be
Toronto at the Idea City event which I plan to attend.
Doug Peterson, Greater Essex County District School Board,
shared a link to his
district's Student Digital Photography exhibition. It's always inspiring
to me when I see the awesome
potential of student artists.
Cool meeting with the
management team at Bitstrips recently...they
just hit their 2 millionth comic! A company doing great things for
Here's a site to keep
pulse for what's happening on the world university front.
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It's always great to attend the TLP Tribute dinner,
thanks to Cathy Phillips, Director of the Technology Round Table
invite and our partnership. It was great to connect with Paul Cappon,
President & CEO, Canadian Council on Learning... my former faculty
hockey teammate at York University.
It's been another awesome & inspiring month. I
trust you feel we finished "strong" in sharing the very best in
Canadian learning & technology news. We're pleased to be a part of
your professional learning network (PLN).
All the best! R.
The Learning Partnership Champions of Public Education
Tribute Dinner 2010
(L-R) Claude Lamoureux, Past President & CEO Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan; Veronica Lacey, President & CEO, The Learning Partnership; Special Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. J. Fraser Mustard C.C., O.Ont. International Leader in Early Childhood Development; The Honourable David Peterson, PC, O.Ont.Chancellor, University of Toronto Former Premier of Ontario; John Honderich, C.M., O.Ont., Chair, Torstar's Board of Directors, Former Publisher of the Toronto Star. Photo courtesy of TLP
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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
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