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                   Publisher Vodcast with Michael Furdyk
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Dear Thought Leader,
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 education.

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 curve steep!



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 
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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."

-- Consultation Paper on a Digital Economy Strategy for Canada

"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

"At 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 Siemens


Global Learning Edition - Part II
Photo: Student Art from McMurrich Public School, TDSB
Art from McMurrich

21st 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 200 countries.
As 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
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MindShare Learning Exclusive Podcast Interview with Ray Barker, Director, British Education Suppliers Association (BESA)  Part II

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.


Discovery Education

Funding Opportunities

CANARIE announces funding to support new connections to Canada's high speed research and innovation network

CANARIE 10/05/10

CANARIE 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 collaboration.

Province announces big bucks for skills
Edmonton Sun 12/05/10

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.

Canada's $200-million lure pulls in 19 big-name researchers
The 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
UArctic 28/05/10

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

More funding urged for post-secondary schools
The Gazette 18/05/10

Post-secondary 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

K12 Feature Headlines

Premier 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

Integrating the use of learning objects from virtual museums in Canada amongst Francophone Teachers at the Elementary and Secondary Levels: a Pan-Canadian Research
CCL-CCA 01/05/10

For Francophone 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 school curricula.

Toronto grapples with school closings
Toronto Star 03/05/10

There 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.

Studio classroom: Designing collaborative learning spaces
Campus Technology 19/05/10

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

Electronic devices in the classroom: blessing or curse?
Oregon Daily Emerald 21/05/10

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
Ontario 05/05/10

The Premier's Awards for Teaching Excellence recognize outstanding educators and support staff for the contributions they make to student learning and achievement

SRB Expands its Student Information System Market Share Through MIG Acquisition
SRB 17/05/10

Expansion fuels opportunity for MIG's North American growth.
SRB Education Solutions Inc. (SRB), provider of a comprehensive range of K-12 software
solutions, announced today that through the purchase of Management Information Group
(MIG) it has strategically expanded in the broader North American Student Information
Management market.

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 progress.

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!
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!  Check in at http://www.ecoo.org to submit a proposal and to see the conference information as it is posted. 

                           Keynote Speakers

ABLEEducation 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.org

ABLEClosing 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.

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Conference Corner

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 community.

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, Chile between 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.

Green IT

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

Dalton McGuinty in Israel to talk energy, water
The Star 25/05/10

Premier 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.

Kids Learn Green Power
Vinton Today 28/05/10

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.

Timothy Gard
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 Council International).
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 Educational Technology.
In addition, he has managed over 60 projects and has implemented HR, communication and training technologies solutions in over 30 large organizations.

Post Secondary Education Feature Headlines

Dominic Giroux, Canada's youngest university president
Toronto Star 08/05/10

He 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
NSERC 13/05/10

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
CANARIE 17/05/10

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

Don't forget undergraduates
Edmonton Journal 20/05/10

It's 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 Alberta.

Education excellence
Selkirk Journal 20/05/10

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 Rhodes Scholar.

Portland State University Converts to Desire2Learn Learning Environment
CeLEA 05/24/10

Desire2Learn Incorporated 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
Forbes.com 21/05/10

Lately, 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 allowed 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

Robert 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 

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

International News

The OECD Innovation Strategy: Getting a head start on tomorrow
OECD 27/05/10

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.

No 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.
WSJ 14/05/10

Three stories tell the tale of the new global university marketplace:
· 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
OECD 14/04/10

Remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, during the meeting of Chancellor Merkel with the Heads of International Organisations. 

Background: 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.

Dell launches connected classroom in India
Express Computer 24/05/10

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.

1-to-1 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 (WB).

Career Opportunities

Education Canada

Research and Innovation

Newly elected CeLEA Board of Directors prepare to further support the growth of the commercial Canadian eLearning industry in 2010
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.

Government of Canada Launches National Consultations on a Digital Economy Strategy
CeLEA 10/05/10
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 economy.

Almost 90% of parents worry about what kids share online
Vancouver Sun  20/05/10

Almost 90 per cent of Canadian parents are concerned with the amount of information their children share online, according to an Ipsos Reid survey released Wednesday.

Burgettstown Area School District Gets New Classrooms With Epson 3LCD PowerLite® Projectors

Thanks to 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.

Educational toys: learning to play or playing to learn?
CCL-CCA 05/05/10

Educational toys 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 reasoning skills.

Canadian Digital Media Network welcomes MaRS as new node on cross-Canada network
MaRS 20/05/10

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.

Smart thinking inside the box
Richmond News 28/04/10

More than 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.

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Youth File

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 of Education

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

Robert Martellacci
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 witnessed "tipping points," "game changers," and "excellence" in academics across our vast Canadian landscape in both K12 and post-secondary education.
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 alums are up to. I had the good fortune of dining with astronaut Dr. Steve MacLean, president of the Canadian Space Agency. Speaking of York University, Dr. Greg Malszecki, MindShare Learning Report advisory board member attended Dr. Bruce Kidd's retirement party recently. Bruce is an Olympian and recently retired Dean of Kinesiology at UofT, who has garnered many accolades during his career, including the Order of Canada. I have great admiration for Bruce having had the opportunity to meet him when he was the director of the 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 Award for the Best K-12 Enterprise Solution -- EXCEED Student Achievement Manager. In case you missed the other winners, please click here.

I'm somewhat 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 quality of 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 did kindly shared a link to a recent course he taught, Cloud Computing and K12 Education.
It contains some excellent resources.
I 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 listening skills for my own kids! Adora's mom tells me she's going to be presenting in 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.

Student Photo Exhibition

Cool meeting with the management team at Bitstrips recently...they just hit their 2 millionth comic! A company doing great things for Education.
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 for the 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

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
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