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Welcome to the Midsummer MindShare Learning Report update -- MindShare Learning Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit 2010 Special Edition.
Following a successful ISTE '10 conference and our MindShare Learning Canadian Consulate Denver networking event, we're proud to announce the MindShare Learning Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit taking place on Tuesday, November 2nd at the Markham Convergence Centre in partnership with York University. Other sponsors include: EPSON, Pearson Education and Discovery Education. Join  fellow education and industry leaders for this one-day unique Summit opportunity to gain valuable knowledge from leading experts, network and re-define Canada's Digital Blueprint to ensure our future leaders succeed in the 21st Century Global knowledge-based economy.
Speaking of Denver, I recently attended the Global Scholar user conference and had the good fortune of interviewing Dr. Robert Marzano of the Marzano Research Laboratory and author of The Highly Engaged Classroom. See accompanying podcast interview with Dr. Marzano.
In closing, this publication would not be possible without the dedicated support of our MSL Report team, many contributors and advisory board. A special note of thanks to our generous sponsors, who make this publication possible. Please take the opportunity to click and explore their excellent products and services to meet your needs. 
We trust you're having a safe and enjoyable summer! Until next time, keep the learning curve steep! Cheers,


P.S. Special thanks to Media Planet for their generous coverage of MindShare Learning in the Educational Resources supplement that appeared in the National Post recently.

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
"Education is most reticent to change, It's not about age, it's about mindset. I do think it's possible to inspire change at the grassroots."

-- Karen Cator, Director of Education Technology, U.S. Department of Education, ISTE 2010 Keynote Panel.

We tweeted a lot during #ISTE 2010. We hit almost 10,000 tweets by 2,195 people. There were approximately 18,000 people at ISTE 2010. I wonder how we can get the rest of the folks on Twitter. Can you imagine how much our PLN would grow? (I mean both Professional as well as Personal Learning Network).

-- Parentella Blog

21st Century EdTech Leadership Summit 
Engaging Education & Business Leaders in Building a Digital Blueprint to Support 21st Century Student Success

Save the Date:  November 2, 2010

Join fellow education and industry leaders for this one-day unique Summit opportunity to gain valuable knowledge from leading experts, network and re-define Canada's Digital Blueprint to ensure our future leaders succeed in the 21st Century Global knowledge-based economy.

As part of MindShare Learning's mission to push the 21st Century learning envelope in Canada and strengthen the connection between education and business, MindShare Learning is launching its inaugural MindShare Learning Report 21st Century Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, generously sponsored by Epson, Pearson Canada and York University.

This one-day summit will focus on current hot topics in the K-12 and post-secondary education technology space, aiming to further engage stakeholders in shaping the future direction of a vital sector that most effectively prepares students with the essential skills to successfully compete in the global knowledge-based economy.

Featured Speakers Include: 


Don Knezek, CEO, ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)


Michael Furdyk, Co-Founder, TakingITGlobal


Kathy Hurley, Chair, Partnership for 21st Century Skills & Sr. Vice-president,  Pearson Educat


Hall Davidson, Director, Discovery Educator Network

Register for your SPECIAL Early Bird pricing of $249 before September 17th, 2010!

Full price after September 17th is $299.

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21st Century Spotlight -- Celebrating Canada's EdTech
Leadership & Excellence @ ISTE '10

Canada made its mark at ISTE 2010 with some 400 Canadian education and industry leaders in attendance. This year's conference, that attracted record attendance with some 16,000 delegates, was very upbeat and positive over previous years with renewed sense of spirit and enthusiasm amongst the delegates and exhibitors. It appears that EdTech is achieving the tipping point and entering the mainstream classroom. One of the highlights was the MindShare Learning - Canadian Consulate Networking event sponsored by SMART Technologies in association with ISTE and CeLEA. Some 120 guests packed the Canadian Consulate.  Special thanks to our sponsors and the Canadian Consulate (Denver) for their generous support.

I personally enjoyed exploring the Special Interest Group (SIG) Poster Sessions, where we had the opportunity to experience first-hand the excellent work of professors, teachers and students.

From an exhibitor perspective, Canada was well represented with the likes of SMART Technologies, OpenText and Faronics.
MindShare Learning was once honoured to be a proud partner of ISTE.  We hope you enjoy our digital retrospective of ISTE '10!  R.M. 

SMART Product Tour
Check out my product tour of the SMART Technologies exhibit on YouTube.


MindShare Learning - Canadian Consulate Can/Am Networking Reception

MindShare Learning Report Publisher, Robert Martellacci (Left) pictured with fellow Canadian, Dean Shareski, ISTE Educator Award Winner, Ladan Amirazizi, Consul & Senior Trade Commissioner and Don Knezek, CEO, ISTE

Hail to the Victors! SMART Technologies team along with netTrekker and NECTAR foundation sponsors pictured with Microsoft-MindShare Learning Contest winners, Kamla Rambaran, Kathy Cassidy and last year's contest winner, Mali Bickley.

Team Ontario educators make their mark at ISTE

MindSharing at ISTE President's Reception: Karen Cator, Director of EdTech, U.S. Dept of Education; Dr. Garry Stager, adjunct professor, Pepperdine U and Robert Martellacci, MSL Report Publisher

Paul Weatherhead, GM, Blossom Learning

Congratulations to Paul Weatherhead, GM, Blossom Learning, Winners of the Scholastic Administrator Best  in Tech 2010 Award in the Professional Development category, presented at the ISTE 2010 conference.  Click Here to watch our interview with Paul.

Exclusive Podcast Interview with Jennifer Corriero and the TakingIT Global Team upon returning from ISTE '10 where Jennifer moderated one of the keynotes


Jennifer Corriero is co-founder and Executive Director of TakingITGlobal, a non-profit organization with the aim of fostering cross-cultural dialogue, strengthening the capacity of youth as leaders and increasing awareness and involvement in global issues through the use of technology. In 2005, Jennifer was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and in 2007, as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network and as a York University Bryden Alumni Award winner.

Jennifer has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, and has been a youth engagement strategy consultant for a range of organizations including Microsoft, TD Bank, VanCity Credit Union, Ontario Science Centre and the Canadian Government.
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Funding Opportunities

Ontario Trillium Foundation Future Fund will grant $2 million to support skills training in Ontario's green economy

CNW 06/07/10

The Ontario Trillium Foundation will announce $2 million in Future Fund grants to four community projects. Organizations will use the funds to create green jobs and promote systematic change in green jobs skills development and training.

SSHRC offers funds for study of digital economy
Montreal, Quebec, 07/07/10

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) today announced a Presidential Fund Initiative aimed at engaging academics in research on the digital economy.

Seneca receives a total of $2.3 million from federal government to expand open source research 
Polytechnics Canada 03/06/10

Seneca will receive a total of $2.3 million in federal funding over five years for open source technology research as part of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada's College and Community Innovation Program (CCI). The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) made the announcement as part of $15 million in funding for 12 new projects where colleges work with their communities and local businesses to get new innovations from the campus into the marketplace.

Government of Canada supports Science and Engineering graduates as they enter the workforce
NSERC 04/06/10

Thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada at universities across the country, young researchers will have an opportunity to expand their professional and personal skills to prepare for the workplace. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), made the announcement while speaking at Dalhousie University.

Focus on funding, not the Fraser report
Canada.com 14/06/10

Perhaps the most important thing to acknowledge about the Fraser Institute schools report is not so much what it does or does not say, but that it diverts our attention from more pressing issues in education. The ranking came out and there were no surprises. With some variations, we have seen pretty much the same findings about Nanaimo schools.

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K12 Feature Headlines
SMART Technologies files for proposed initial public offering
SMARTtech.com 24/06/10

SMART Technologies Inc., a global provider of interactive whiteboards, today announced that it has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission and a preliminary prospectus in each of the provinces and territories of Canada relating to a proposed initial public offering of its Class A Subordinate Voting Shares in the United States and Canada.

Transforming Alberta's Education System
CEA-ACE 23/06/10

A discussion paper by Alberta Education argues that new legislation is necessary to transform public education in the province. Key areas of change include raising the age of compulsory school attendance, providing need-based instructional access, and ensuring public education is available to children who are legal residents of Alberta. Other policy topics include early learning, inclusive education, student-centered education, technology for learning and innovation, and parental and community engagement.

Research dispels common ed-tech myths
eSN 29/06/10

Among the findings: New teachers aren't more likely than veteran teachers to use technology
Contrary to popular opinion, newer teachers aren't any more likely to use technology in their lessons than veteran teachers, and a lack of access to technology does not appear to be the main reason why teachers do not use it: These are among the common perceptions about education technology that new research from Walden University's Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership appears to dispel.

Miramichi named SMART Showcase Community
SMART 01/06/10

SMART Technologies announces that the city of Miramichi, New Brunswick, has been recognized as a SMART Showcase Community. Since Miramichi organizations began introducing SMART products to the community in November 2008, local businesses, government and nonprofit organizations have witnessed increased customer engagement and interest.

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Web 2.0 Tools

Aviary for Education, has been reviewed in this publication before, however they have just released an education portal specifically designed for educators and students. See the image below for the online applications available.

You can now create private student accounts, manage assignments and projects, and ensure that all content and images are
100% student safe.

K-12: Upcoming Events


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

Event: ...... "WikiEducator Gives Back"  online workshop
Date: ........ 21 July - 4 August 2010
Location: ... 

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

Event:........Ontario Ministry of Education Conference: Building Blocks for Education
September 13-14, 2010
Toronto, Ontario


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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
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Conference Corner

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?

Suzuki to IT: Nature, not profit, is the bottom line
IT World Canada 10/06/10

Environmental activist David Suzuki was in Toronto this week, where he gave a keynote on sustainability in business. Suzuki spoke with ComputerWorld Canada afterwards about the IT industry's role in an economy that depends on consumption and steady growth, and why the IT sector must agree that nature, not profit, is the bottom line.

Model solar car race in Springfield attracts middle school students
Stumbleupon.com 13/06/10

Using soda cans, solar panels and a variety of lightweight materials middle school students from all over New England showcased their model solar powered cars during the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association's Junior Solar Sprint.  Arianna Grindrod, education director for the association, said there were 130 schools from across the northeast participating in the event held Sunday at the High School of Commerce.

Infrastructure, energy and green technology are new thrust areas for Canada-India ties
Oye Times 16/06/10

Infrastructure, energy and green technology are expected to propel Canada-India business ties into a different league in the coming years, Peter Hall, Chief Economist, Export Development Canada said June 15. Hall was addressing around 100 members and invited guests at the Speaker Series of Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce at a downtown hotel in Toronto.  "Overall, the economic opportunities between Canada and India are growing exponentially, especially in certain select spheres such as infrastructure, energy and green technology," Hall said.

The 2010 Smartest and Greenest IT departments in Canada
Digital Journal 17/06/10

After a four month coast to coast search, The Quest for Canada's Smartest IT announced the winners of Smartest and Greenest IT departments in Canada at a gala event in Toronto last night. Info-Tech Research Group received over 70 nominations from companies across the country. The winners are.... Canada's Smartest IT for Community Empowerment:  Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. Dufferin-Peel successfully supplies thousands of special needs students with assistive technology on a daily basis.

Government of Canada invests in community environmental project
PR-Canada.net 24/06/10

Colin Mayes, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Shuswap, on behalf of Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Jim Prentice, today announced funding from the EcoAction Community Funding Program for two new environmental projects in Vernon, British Columbia. A total of $82,213 in federal funding will support the protection of natural habitat and encourage community education

Timothy Gard
Educator, Toronto District School Board

Software Review: Microsoft Sharepoint

Blogs, wikis, discussion forums, document sharing, personal work sites, and more. Why wouldn't you like Microsoft's SharePoint technology? SharePoint is Microsoft's solution for engaging a team of people who need to collaborate on common tasks and projects in a networking environment with seamless integration with Microsoft Office and Outlook. Created for business initially, SharePoint has taken the education community by storm, or at least it has South of the border. The reason for this adoption is pretty obvious: a collaborative and safe working environment that empowers teams to work collaboratively using blogs, wikis, personal and shared work sites and more without having to use separate online sites or tools and a multiple number of logins. Moreover, the technology can be tweaked to become what you want it to be using a vast array of templates and plug-ins. All good for education! Read on to find out more about Microsoft's SharePoint technology from a teacher's perspective!

Post Secondary Education - Visiting Professor

Dr. Gary Bitter
is a Professor of Educational Technology at Arizona State University and Executive Director of Technology Based Learning & Research (TBLR). He has received lifetime achievement awards from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) as well as outstanding alumnus awards from Kansas State University and Emporia State University. His groundbreaking research and development of digital curricula and professional development materials is poised to transform PreK-16 and adult learning environments. At Arizona State University, his research focus is on such areas as the impact of integration of technology into curricula on student achievement and attitude, the impact of information technology fundamentals on the digital divide and the future of technology. Gary's accomplishments are exemplified in his numerous journal articles, books, book chapters, conference presentations, invited talks, funded projects, and innovative courses. Gary also has an enviable record for leading successful research and development grant projects.

Click here to watch our feature interview with Dr. Gary Bitter from the July 2010 Edition of the MSL Report: A Celebration of Excellence - Summer PD Issue

Post Secondary Education Feature Headlines

Flexibility key to today's MBA programs
UCAN 14/06/10

Business professionals who want to advance through the ranks recognize the value of an MBA, but many want to acquire the degree without interrupting their career. Western Canadian universities are finding creative ways to respond to this growing demand for flexible MBA programs.

Technology powers distance learning
UCAN 15/06/10

The rise of online streaming video and expectation of instant access to quality information on the web has given distance learning a boost. Whether as part of a formal degree program or as a component of a lifelong learning commitment, technology is powering an educational revolution. Distance learning once struggled with the disconnect between professors and students since lessons had to be mailed and conversations could only take place over the phone.

Durham College's panic over Panama campus
Northumberland News 17/06/10

Just a few years ago, Durham College was poised to take on the world. Under the leadership of then-president Leah Myers, the publicly funded institution embarked on an ambitious program to establish campuses and export curriculum to students in India and Panama. But by 2008, two years after the international expansion began in earnest, it all lay in shambles. The college invested $500,000 it now considers a loss in a campus in Bangalore, India, that never welcomed a single student. It spent another half a million dollars on the Panama experiment, which did eventually graduate students in late 2009. But those students promptly sued the college, claiming programs they had been promised weren't delivered.

Why textbooks are so expensive
Macleans OnCampus 18/06/10

The price of textbooks is a constant source of frustration for students. When proposed changes to the Copyright Act were announced earlier this month, the education sector followed the crowd and focused its attention on the protection of digital locks that make it illegal to bypass the locks, even when using copyrighted material would be otherwise permitted.

Post Secondary Education: Upcoming Events 

Event: ........Edge Conference 2010:
Date: ......... October 12 - 15, 2010
Location: .... Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland

Event: ........2010 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
Date: .........October 12 - 15, 2010
Location: .... Anaheim, California
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 [email protected]  

Research and Innovation

Innovation is key to prosperity, says think-tank
Toronto Star 08/06/10

The report argues against government cuts in education as a means to dealing with sky-high deficits. That was the approach Ottawa took in the mid-1990s, and it would be a mistake to do it again, the institute said. Canada once invested in education at nearly the same per capital rate as the U.S., but has fallen behind by as much as 21 per cent.

Global learning for all students in the digital age
EdNet News 18/06/10

Recently in the United States, we have made new federal investments in innovation and excellence in education. This is a promising and necessary step from my perspective as president of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and in my role as Director of Professional Development for Technology-Based Learning and Research for Arizona State University SkySong's new Innovation Center. I urge further investment in education technology to make sure all the world's children are prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the Digital Age.

How Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Dramatically Increased Science Scores
Discovery Education Case Study

When North Carolina began testing for science, Dr. Peter Gorman came to a realization. After six years of intense focus on math and reading, his school district - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS)- was not engaging his kids in science. Somewhere along the way, his teachers' interest in the subject had given way to the more pressing-and tested-disciplines. "They would avoid the subject as much as possible," says Dr. Gorman, "and in some cases, not teach science at all." Dr. Gorman decided to change the district's approach to science instruction and teacher preparedness from the ground up.

North-South Action Group urges Education for All be made a reality
CCL-CCA 08/06/10

The Policy Action Group on Learning (PAG-L) of the Commission on Globalisation has released a critical review of the progress being made on the international initiative known as Education for All (EFA). The report entitled Education for All: What would it take to become a success? was presented today at the International Economic Forum of the Americas/Conference of Montreal. Despite progress and advancements in some countries, the report notes that overall the six key goals aimed at achieving EFA, established in 2000 by the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, will not be reached by the stated timeline of 2015.

Hi-Tech Highlight
Maroondah Leader 09/10/10

A TECH-savvy principal in Ringwood is leading the way in the use of technology in Victoria's schools. Michael Phillips, Ringwood Secondary College's top teacher for the past 13 years, has been awarded $50,000 to research how to integrate information and communication technology into classrooms. The prize for outstanding leadership was presented at the prestigious Victorian Education and Excellence Awards last month

Prosperity and healt
h literacy go hand in hand
CCL-CCA 10/06/10

An international panel on health literacy says health literacy is linked to economic recovery and prosperity. The panel discussion was held today at the International Economic Forum of the Americas/Conference of Montreal in collaboration with the Canadian Council on Learning. Health literacy refers to the ability of individuals to access and use health information to make appropriate health decisions and maintain basic health. Health literacy can have a direct impact on the social and economic well-being of individuals and Canadians.

Technology can help reading disorders, experts say
CTV News 12/06/10

Technology -- some of it no further than your local electronics store -- is being used more widely to help people with reading difficulties.  But many experts caution it should be considered a support and not a cure-all. "It shouldn't be used in place of remediation but in conjunction with it," said Michelle Halsey, executive director of the Canadian branch of the International Dyslexia Association

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.

Epson Canada delivers classroom solutions to create an engaging learning environment
Epson 07/10

This year, Epson has delivered Educators with new ultimate presentation tools in order to provide innovative all-in-one solutions to engage their classroom environment. 

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Youth File

17th Annual iEARN International Conference and 14th Annual Youth Summit

Image courtesy of the iEARN Virtual Conference

Aislinn Malszecki
On July 17, I was able to spend a day at the iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) Conference & Youth Summit in Barrie, Onario.  iEARN invites hudreds of educators, students, and education leaders from 40-60 countries to come together and share how they're using technology to enhance teaching and learning. 

In the morning I attended the Conference seminars such as Learning Circles with Dr. Margaret Riel and another by Chen Armstrong from the George Lucas Foundation on the book Edutopia: Success stories for learning in the digital age. In the afternoon I met up with members of the TakingITGlobal team who brilliantly organized and operated the Youth Summit including hosting the Virtual Conference giving youth delegates in attendance and from around the world a place to keep up-to-date with webcasts, photos, twitter feeds and discussions in real-time. 

Mali Bickley, iEARN-Canada Director,  wrote in a blog post, "we want to thank the TIG team who made the Youth Summit the best ever, being able to connect the summit to our friends worldwide exemplified essentially what we are trying to do in iEARN and TIG...forming a global community of people who want to make a difference. I am so proud of all the youth and I feel we have a new extended family." 

Click here to listen to my podcast with Danish Ajmeri from TakingITGlobal at the iEARN International Conference & Youth Summit in Barrie, ON.  This is the first Podcast for the MindShare Learning Report's Youth File!

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

The end of a school year marks milestones, memories and change. This year is most memorable both personally and professionally with the recent graduation of our twins, who enter high school and a new chapter in their lives. Dad is so proud of his boys.

Seems we're entering an era of baby boomer retirement frenzy as there are a number of them across Canada amongst school district CEO's; including some of my acquaintances through ERDI Canada (all of who will be missed!) in, Gail Bagnall Superintendent retires....Gail, you will be missed! Enter Scott Kwasnitza as Superintendent of Lord Selkirk School Division effective July 1st. Director of Education Jean Hanson to retire at the end of the school year ...Bruce Bourget has been appointed Rainbow District School Board's superintendent of schools. Another notable mention goes to another ERDI Education partner in James McCracken, who announced his retirement effective August 31, 2010. Mr. McCracken has been director of education for 7 years and an educator for 34 years.

Gail Bagnall

Another ERDI Canada all-star, Wayne Joudrie, Halton District School Board joins the Teachers Credit Union board as a means of keeping occupied when he retires this summer. Prairie South School District Brenda Edwards also joins Wayne in retirement at the end of the summer. A common bond these folks share is their association with ERDI Canada and a national perspective on teaching and learning.  The good news is that it opens the door for the new breed who were mentored to step into their new role. I won't be surprised to see these folks re-surface in other roles in the education space where their vast knowledge can continue to be harnessed. The Vancouver board of education loses three senior managers to retirement... associate superintendents Sonia Hutson, Gary Little and Lynn Green.

A Canadian EdTech legend, in Doug Peterson retires as of September from GECDSB. I always admired Doug's passion for making a difference and staying at the forefront of innovation. He's been an inspiration to all of us in the education space in Ontario and beyond. However, Doug does plan to continue with the hosting of the always awesome RCAC conference in London, Ontario and teaching at the University. So, to my vendor buddies expect Doug to be touching base soon for prizes! Stepping in for Doug will be Chris Knight, who will be the Teacher Consultant for Technology with the Greater Essex County District School Board in Windsor, Ontario.

Peter Skillen, YMCA School (left), joins Doug Peterson (centre) and Brenda Sherry, UGDSB/ECOO Conference Chair, in conversation at the MindShare Learning - Canadian Consulate reception at ISTE '10 in Denver

This just in.... StatsCan Canadian Internet Use Survey which is worth a read...very telling stats on how kids spend time on the next and the narrowing of the digital divide.  Read More
On the Discovery Education front, Clint Perez, VP @ Discovery Education was kind enough to share the following link
Further Discovery news...congratulations to Scott Kinney on his promotion to SVP of Global Professional Development, Policy and Education Outreach.

Naz (Nazreen) Motiar checked in from the TDSB and former Chair, ECOO to share that she's accepted a VP position with York Region DSB  at North - Black River PS. Congrats! Speaking of the TDSB, it was very cool to connect Dr. Chris Spenceand and MindShare Learning advisory board member, Dr. Greg Malszecki, York University for lunch recently...they go way back. We had a fascinating informal discussion reflecting on this past year and looking into the future.  TDSB is definitely a district on the move! Speaking of which here's an interesting new career move...  TDSB system Superintendent Karen Grose has been appointed to Coordinating Superintendent of Futuristic Schools. Another sign of things to come!
Here's a school district that helps put things in perspective...Red Deer Public School District superintendent Don Falk started his career in education in 1973, photocopiers and cell phones were unheard of and film reels were at the peak of audiovisual equipment. Sounds like a great theme for a book writing project in retirement Don!

On the hiring front, Jim Costello has been appointed the new director of education for the Lambton Kent District School Board, who takes over from Gayle Stucke. Hamilton's John Forbeck has been named the new director of education in Grand Erie District School Board.
On the honorary doc front, I enjoyed attending "Dr." Bill Hogarth's convocation at York University which was most inspiring. I'll always remember his convocation address, particularly his reference to Dr. Einstein and his view on the most important source of energy on earth - the human spirit.  Another notable name receiving an honorary doctorate this spring, Don Tapscott. Here's how I learned about it, Dr. Don shared the news on twitter....  "I'm so honored and excited to be receiving a Honorary Doctor of Laws today from McMaster University and to give the convocation address."

Unfortunately, we're out of time and will report on other people on the move in our Back2School edition this coming September.
We're pleased to be a part of your professional learning network (PLN). 
All the best! R.M.

York University Convocation recognizes one of Canada's leading educationalists, Dr. Bill Hogarth (Centre); York University vice-president Research & Innovation, Dr. Stan Shapson (left) and Dr. Ron Owston, Director, York University Institute for Research on Learning Technology (right), long-time associates who shared in the celebration

Sherry Mason

Congratulations to Sherry Mason AMDEC Coordinator/District e-Learning Contact Avon Maitland District School Board winner of the MindShare Learning Report Flip HD Video Camera at the TEDxOntarioEd event this past spring.

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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
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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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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