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Issue No. 1, Volume 3, September 2010           Click here if you are having problems viewing this report            Complimentary Issue
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         Publisher Vodcast with Dr. Bill Muirhead 

Welcome to the September Back2School MindShare Learning Report Blueprint for Classroom Success - Cross Canada spotlight on Alberta Education Special Edition

While the summer has flown by I trust you've had an opportunity to re-charge your batteries and perhaps immerse yourself in professional learning opportunities. MindShare Learning proudly sponsored the iEARN International Conference held in Barrie, Ontario and the ABEL Summer Institute at York University; two excellent and inspiring conferences that I was fortunate to attend to augment my expertise. Tune into the publisher Vodcast with the always engaging Dr. Bill Muirhead, Associate Provost UOIT. His analogy of the Berlin wall of educational technology crumbling down paints an interesting picture for the future of ICT in education.

The one conference I missed, but attended virtually via the twitter feed is the Emerge 2010 Summit in Alberta. The organizers were kind enough to share many of the keynote presentations. Interesting to note, my sources tell me that Minister of Education, Dave Hancock took in the entire three days. Be sure to tune into our exclusive podcast interview with Dr. Sharon Friesen, Associate Dean for Professional and Community Engagement in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary and Co-founder and President of the Galileo Educational Network, who presented their 1:1 research project findings at the conference.

Speaking of conferences, we're elated to announce the inaugural MindShare Learning Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit taking place on Tuesday, November 2nd at the Markham Convergence Centre in association with York University. Dr. Don Knezek, CEO, ISTE is our featured opening keynote.  Our Cross Canada Check-up will be facilitated by Bill Hogarth, President of ERDI Canada and former York Region DSB Director. Sponsors include: EPSON, ERDI Canada, 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 future leaders succeed in the 21st Century Global Knowledge-based economy. Space is limited, so please be sure to take advantage of the early bird special of $249 that ends Friday, September 17th! Qualify to WIN a complimentary conference registration by emailing me your vision of 21st Century learning for Canada in 250 words or less. Click here to view the complete agenda and to register.

In this issue, Tim Gard, K12 Editor shares his blueprint to classroom success and our youth beat digital media specialist, Aislinn Malszecki shares his secrets to surviving and thriving in post-secondary.

Our poll results on your preferred mode of augmenting your skills are in! The poll yielded interesting results: 88% of the respondents prefer blended learning, while 12% stated that preferred face-to-face. Surprisingly, no respondents indicated solely online.

As we celebrate our 3rd year of publishing, it is evident that Canada has made great strides in regaining its leadership on the global digital stage in preparing students to be successful 21st Century digital citizens. Collectively we are making a difference, however, Our work is far from over.  Special thanks to our best-in-class corporate partners for their ongoing support. Be sure to click and checkout their solutions. 

Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!


P.S. Watch for our October Cross Canada Spotlight on Ontario and launch of the MindShare Learning Digital Classroom Contest!

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"Tech increases our pedagogical capacity - allows us to reach our students more individually with more complexity"

-Alberta Education Minister Dave Hancock, Emerge 2010 Conference tweet 

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Cross Canada Spotlight on Alberta

Exclusive Podcast Interview with Dr. Sharon Friesen, Associate Dean for Professional and Community Engagement, Faculty of Education, University of Calgary
Dr. Sharon Friesen is co-founder and president of the Galileo Educational Network and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary. She consults on a wide range of teaching and learning topics related to curriculum reform and school improvement. Her research interests include curriculum theory, curriculum inquiry, professional development, mathematics education, instructional leadership, technology integration and school reform. She has co-authored two books: Back to the Basics of Teaching and Learning: Thinking the World Together, winner of the 2004 AERA Division B Book Award and Curriculum in Abundance.

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K-12 Quick Facts & Stats 

  • Government of Alberta's Education website 
  • The Minister of Education is the Honourable Dave Hancock 
  • Alberta Education on Social Media:  YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Flikr 
  • Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) -  $79 million - supports local projects, focusing on innovative and  creative initiatives based upon local needs and circumstances, which  help improve student learning 
  • Investment  in Alberta's K-12 education system reaches $6.3  billion-  an increase of $52 million or 0.8 per cent over the previous year (2009).   Operating support to school boards increases by $249 million to $5.4  billon.   $31.4 million invested in students every school day. Read More
  • Over the last 10 years, funding to the K-12 education system has increased by 73 per  cent while student enrolment has increased by three per cent   
  • Alberta Education's Emerge Laptop Learning Project was initiated in response to a growing trend toward one-to-one mobile computing.  
  • Latest project from Education Alberta named Inspiring Education: A Dialogue with Albertans  is a unique public dialogue to shape the future of education in Alberta read more
  • Alberta teachers are the highest paid, on average, across the provinces. On average, a teacher in Alberta earns a salary of $88, 212 plus benefits of $6,829.  
Higher Education Quick Facts  
  • The public post-secondary system is overseen by the Ministry of Advanced Education website 
  • The Minister of Advanced Education and Technology is the Honourable Doug Horner 
  • There are 26 publicly funded post-secondary institutions in Alberta 
  • There are four campus-based universities; the oldest is the University of Alberta (est. 1908) and one distance education university: Athabasca University (est. 1970) 
  • Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology's total Budget for 2010-11 is $3.2 billion.  Highlights include:  
    • More than $2 billion in operating grants to Alberta's post-secondary institutions.
    • $45 million in matching funds through Access to the Future funding.
    • $85 million in scholarships and need-based grants and  approximately over $12 million in grants to Registered Education  Savings Plans. An additional $206 million will be distributed to Alberta  students through loans. 
    • $237 million is being made in innovation, research and  commercialization initiatives, including $188 million for Alberta  Innovates corporations. 
    • Nearly $1 billion for post-secondary capital projects over the next three years. 
  • The Innovation Fund is a program of the Access to the Future Fund that provides project funding to support leading-edge initiatives with the potential to have a trans formative impact on Alberta's advanced learning  system 

Anita Townsend at the Emerge Conference  - Lessons Learned and Best Practices in 21 Century Teaching Learning and Leading
August 15 - 18th, 2010

A recent summer visit to beautiful Banff Alberta included three days participating in the Government of Alberta's Emerge Conference. The conference had something of interest for everyone in a school district from teachers to administrators to IT leaders. Sessions focused on four areas: teaching and learning, leading innovation, research and technical practices. West met east in the sharing of system wide plans and strategies which allow for the innovative use of technology to support teaching and learning. Presentations outlined not only  the details of Alberta's journey in changing systems  but New Brunswick and the State of Maine shared how they embarked on systemic change. Their many successes, as well as their remaining challenges, provided much for those attending to reflect on.  

Introductory Keynotes by the Canadian Astronaut, Dr. Robert Thirsk and Dr. David Merrill not only emphasized the key role educators need to play in the lives of students today but inspired the attendees to see the ever growing possibilities as technology continually evolves. Dr. Merrill's siftables take learning and collaboration to new levels yet to be explored. 

Anita Townsend is an independent Educational Consultant with ACT Consulting Solutions. This past year she was the ICT integration consultant for Simcoe County District School Board. Previous to that she held the position of Principal of Curriculum for the Simcoe County Board of Education.

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

Tuesday, November 2, 2010                                           Click here for Complete Agenda

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: 

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

Chief Executive Officer of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is a leader of innovation for transforming education with technology and recognized globally for his leadership in collaboration, planning and standards development. Dr. Knezek holds degrees from Dartmouth College, the University of Hawaii and the University of Texas at Austin. In 28 years as a professional educator, he worked in a variety of academic and administrative settings, including K-12 classroom, district office, university, regional service center, state department of education, and national and international organizations. 
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AboutMichael Furdyk, Co-Founder, TakingITGlobal

Michael Furdyk is the Co-founder and Director of Technology for TakingITGlobal.org, a global online community for young people, providing a platform for millions of youth across more than 200 countries to engage with social issues. Along with managing the technology team at TakingITGlobal, Michael was involved in developing the TIGed education program, and has spoken to over 50,000 educators about the importance of engaging students and integrating technology and global perspectives into the classroom. In 2008, he was named by Contribute Magazine as one of 10 Tech Revolutionaries Redefining the Power and Face of Philanthropy. 
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AboutKathy Hurley, Chair, Partnership for 21st Century Skills & Sr. Vice-president,  Pearson Education

Kathy Hurley, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, for Pearson School Companies, is a 35-year veteran of the education industry. Prior to joining Pearson, Hurley served as Vice President, Education for PLATO Learning.  Hurley has also served as the Senior Vice President for NetSchools (prior to its acquisition by PLATO Learning) where her responsibilities included overseeing the Sales, Marketing and Business Development departments of the company. 
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ABLEHall Davidson, Director, Discovery Educator Network

Hall Davidson began teaching in 1971. He taught middle and high school English, mathematics, Spanish, and bilingual mathematics, as well as college courses on technology for teacher credential candidates. He left the classroom to teach math on television, winning an Emmy award and spending 20 years at Los Angeles area PBS stations teaching, leading staff development, and championing content creation by students and teachers. He is a frequent contributor to national education publications, co-authored TechWorks, an internationally distributed classroom technology kit, and co-founded Kitzu.org, a resource of free online kits to encourage project-based learning with media. He was elected to the board of Computer-Using Educators where he served for six years.  Read More

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21st Century Spotlight

NB3-21C: Creating a 21st Century Learning Model of Public Education Three-Year Plan 2010-2013 
"The NB3-21C initiative is a comprehensive set of strategies that will usher students into the future utilizing their strengths and passions against a backdrop of a relevant and rigorous curriculum."
New Brunswick Department of Education

 Watch the video by the New Brunswick Department of Education unveiling the future in their educational system

Another building block in Ontario's effort to transform its system of education

Contributed by Maxim Jean-Louise

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Ontario is continuing to take bold steps to enhance its school system. It will  host this September in Toronto an international gathering  of some of the leading thinkers in the world on reform of educational systems and it is doing so against a backdrop of change taking place in other jurisdictions, especially New Brunswick and Alberta.  The Summit has an arresting title:

As one of the highest performing jurisdictions in the world - Canada sits just behind Finland, the world leader, on a range of performance measures - Canada has to look at change carefully and ask itself how it can build on its success and make sure its young people are best prepared for the twenty first century.  There are three dimensions to the change being explored around the world.
The first is curriculum. Is what students are learning in school relevant to the world in which they live and the world in which they are likely to work? Some have argued a case for a new focus on competencies and twenty first century skills - reading and writing, science, design, creativity and problem solving, critical thinking, communication, civic engagement and a strong focus on leveraging technology. Others have suggested that this is too modest a goal and that the curriculum needs to be both personalized to meet the talents of every learner and also strongly focused on the creative and design skills needed to develop products and services in a global, knowledge intensive world. Whatever view one takes, curriculum has to be part of the conversation. 

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Funding Opportunities

UBC gains $900,000 federal award for unique Chinese Canadian history web portal
University of British Columbia, 09/08/2010

Government of Canada Bolsters Canada's Knowledge Economy with a $182 Million Investment to Support Canadian Universities Science & Tech Research
Canadian Government, 06/08/10

OMDC Interactive Digital Media Fund to create a market-ready interactive digital media content product
Ontario Media Development Corporation, 24/08/2010

U of A reaps research windfall, despite austerity across campus
Globe and Mail, 26/08/10

Canada's Government Encourages Young Canadians to Discover Careers in Science and Engineering
NSERC, 07/07/10

Advanced Presintation

K12 Feature Headlines
Doors Open to 18 New Schools in Calgary and Edmonton 
Edmonton, AB, 30/08/2010

SMART Technologies Announces the New SMART Ecosystem Network (SEN)
Calgary, AB, 24/08/2010

Wireless Technologies Deemed Safe in Schools
TDSB, 21/08/10 

Blackboard to Acquire Elluminate and Wimba  
Washington, DC,  07/07/2010

Pearson Canada Congratulates DreamBox Learning on Winning Parent Tested Parent Approved Award 
Toronto, ON, 09/07/2010

FrontRow Announces a New Classroom Audio Solution

Epson Projectors Announces Back to School Special Offers

K-12: Upcoming Events


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

Event: .......
Media Literacy Week
Date: .........
November 1-5,2010
Location: ...
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Event:........MindShare Learning 21st Century Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit
Date:..........November 2, 2010
Location:.....Markham Convergence Centre in Association with York University

Event......Autism 2010 
When......November 3 - 5, 2010
Where.....Toronto, ON

Looking for Excellent Professional Learning?  Come to ECOO 2010!  Follow us on Twitter

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.  

Exclusive Podcast Interview with Brenda Sherry ECOO Conference Chair 2010

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Please share your conference news with us and we'll do our best to include your event, and/or reflections. Email

Event.....The Quest - For Increased Student Achievement:  Engaging Learning In The 21st Century
When.....November 17 - 19, 2010
Toronto, ON

MindShare Learning Report

Conference Corner

ndShare Learning Publisher Robert Martellacci Interview with Janet Murphy reflecting on the ABLE Summer Institute at York University

August 23-25 2010, the award-winning Advanced Broadband Enabled Learning (ABEL) program hosted its ninth annual ABEL Summer Institute (ASI), "ASI 2010: Creating the Future Now."  MindShare Learning Publisher Robert Martellacci caught up with Janet Murphy, Director of the ABEL project, reflects on the conference.

  Watch the interview on YouTube click here

Mali Bickley - iEARN Canada hosted the 17th International Conference and Youth Summit

From July 12-17, iEARN Canada hosted the 17th International Conference and Youth Summit in partnership with Taking It Global. There were teachers and youth from 42 countries to celebrate global collaborations, to engage in conversation, live, learn and work together. It was truly an incredible experience to have the honour to host such and incredible, dynamic and inspiring group of teachers and youth who work together to bring their classrooms and students together.

Great to connect with Dr. Riel, my former thesis adviser from Pepperdine U and her husband at the iEARN international conference this week in the Toronto area. Here's a conference link with live streaming sessions

Ask a Teacher

Ten (10) Tips for Integrating Technology across the Curriculum in a Pedagogically-Sound Way
Timothy Gard, Educator, Toronto District School Board

Since following a number of Twitter feeds and delving into Twitterdom myself, I've become more adept at writing short, succinct, and somewhat profound - that one's up for debate! - quips about this and that in education. This top ten list is following that trend simply because everyone's busy and everyone wants to "chew on something' without making a huge commitment of time to digest something too deep and ponderous, assuming that I could write something like that! The following list is compiled from my own experience and from the various sources of educational technology literature that I've digested over time. I'm sure that much of what I'm going to write will resonate with you on some level. Regardless, let's make sure that we engage in solid thinking about the 'why' and 'how' of what we're using to enhance the learning experience for our students.
Click here for the Ten Tips


Green IT

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

Faronics Joins Technology Leaders in Power IT Down Day
San Ramon, CA, 27/08/2010

Teaching Kids to be Green:  Ontario's Eco-Schools program goes beyond the classroom to involve students in how
their schools actually function.
Toronto Sun, 22/08/10

Check Out Green Schools Opening for Students this Semester
EcoInstitution 26/08/10

Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is a participant in a new program to encourage sustainability in higher education
ESF, 27/08/10

Alec Loorz, a 16 Year Old Environmentalist Launches the iPhone app iMatter: virtual hub for the youth climate change movement
Inconvenient Youth, 07/14/2010  

Timothy Gard

Educator, Toronto District School Board

Software Review:  Share

I must admit that since I was introduced to Tech4learning's Frames and Pixie products I've been converted to 'fan' status. Tech4learning (T4L) is an apt name for a company that creates technology that when used properly can influence and affect learning. Their latest product is no different! Share is an appropriate name for a piece of software that allows students to create a full multi-media experience showcasing their understanding of a given topic, or their cumulative learning, in a format that can be easily shared on the web, as a run-time Flash presentation or easily on an IWB for a real-time delivery to a student's peers as a cumulative assessment piece.

Post Secondary Education - Visiting Professor

Exclusive Podcast Interview with Dr. Sharon Friesen, Associate Dean for Professional and Community Engagement, Faculty of Education, University of Calgary

Dr. Friesen is the Associate Dean for Professional and Community Engagement in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary. She consults on a wide range of teaching and learning topics related to curriculum reform and school improvement. Dr. Friesen is co-founder and president of the Galileo Educational Network Her research interests include curriculum theory, curriculum inquiry, professional development, mathematics education, instructional leadership, technology integration and school reform. She has co-authored two books: Back to the Basics of Teaching and Learning: Thinking the World Together, winner of the 2004 AERA Division B Book Award and Curriculum in Abundance.

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Post Secondary Education Feature Headlines

Innovation Survey Conducted by Telfer School of Management:  Examining the innovation behaviour of small and medium sized firms in important sectors of the Canadian economy
Telfer School of Management, 19/08/2010

Memorial University to roll out BlazeCast an emergency notification system can send alerts to phones and computers
Network World Canada, 20/08/10

The 21st Century Cheater: Academic dishonesty in Canada's schools 
CCL-CCA, 07/07/10

Why Sudbury is an unlikely magnet for global education 
Globe and Mail, 20/08/10

Internationalizing Canada's student experience 
Globe and Mail, 23/08/10

Putting Kids Through College:  TD Economics showed that in 2009, the cost of a four-year undergraduate degree was more than $80,000 for students living away from home 
Chilliwack Times, 24/08/10

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

Date........October 20-23, 2010
Location...Calgary, Alberta

Research and Innovation


Learning Matters:  A New Ecosystem of Educational Resources
Pearson Canada, 2010

Canada not building a "Knowledge Advantage":  New report from Canadian Council on Learning 
Canada News Wire, 25/08/10

A new report reveals that Canada is now the global leader in higher education completion among young adults
NCSL, 2010

Technology in the Classroom Product Guide:   Find out what tools educators and students use in these 21-century classrooms. 
Edutopia, 6/2/2010

Importance of PD SMART Board Training
Blossom Learning, 08/24/2010

Youth File

Aislinn Malszecki
7 Ways Students Learn Everyday Online
It's finally time to go back to class! So, in light of this, I'd like to share seven ways I use the Internet to learn everyday. 
1. Virtual Language Exchange: I like to hone in my foreign language skills using Skype webcam chats with my English-learning counterparts in other countries. I use Skype to call my friend Ingrid in Norway, I learn a bit of Norwegian, she learns a lot of English, "søt!" 
2. MIT lectures on iTunes U: Talk about academic inspiration! Many of these lectures helped me open up new ideas for my assignments in University.
3.LSAT Logic in Everyday Life: I've been following this weekly podcast for a while which has given me a much more critical approach to everyday logic. Produced by the Princeton Review, you don't have to be in law school to enjoy the lessons from these smart people.  
4. Historical characters posting on Twitter: I follow @cdarwin (Charles Darwin) on Twitter. His tweets are always interesting and insightful. Based on the Voyage of the Beagle, his letters and diary.  
5. Google Books: Bookmark, organize and share books, Google is quickly expanding its virtual library creating a vast collection of free titles  and lengthy previews to browse. Whenever I need to take out a book from the library I always check Google to see if the full version is there first. 
6. StumbleUpon Education: StumbleUpon is an intelligent browsing tool for discovering and sharing web sites. I recommend checking out it's field for education which allows me to quickly tap into the community and see what's new and interesting.  
7. National Geographic digital magazine subscription: For under $20/year, I receive 12 digital issues of NG saving the planet from even more glossy paper. I find the digital version way better because it includes interactive audio, video and navigation to browse the articles and photos. 

Congratulations Jean Leeson, School Effectiveness Lead, LKDSB finally receives her iPad courtesy of MindShare Learning as a draw prize from the fabulous TEDxOntarioEd event this past spring...Watch for Jean's product review! Apparently MSLReport publisher Robert Martellacci had a tough time letting it go!

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

As we usher in our 3rd year of our digital publication, I'm amazed at the constant innovation in education. One of my favourite technologies these days is twitter which allows you to connect with a vast number of like-minded people to share quick bites of info and links. Here's why twitter is so valuable to me.....just stumbled onto this excellent blog article for EdTech industry folks... The 10 Most Important Business Lessons I've Learned

 While the education community has embraced twitter because of its powerful capability for knowledge sharing, I find industry a little slower in the take-up. I'm considering offering a webinar on the topic sometime later this year. My twitter handle is @MindShareLearn Follow us on Twitter. I highly recommend Doug Peterson @dougpete, former Windsor area ICT coordinator, who will quickly enhance your knowledge base. Just Skyped with Brenda Sherry @brendasherry, ECOO '10 conference chair and she shared that the Ontario Ministry now has a twitter address: @ontarioedu.  Plus, 100 educators to follow on twitter

Our friends at the Media Awareness Network put together an excellent position paper as part of their submission to Tony Clement's National Digital Strategy Consultation. A worthwhile read, Digital Literacy in Canada: From Inclusion to Transformation
On the rumour front....  Ron Canuel, former Director General of the Eastern Townships is pegged to take the helm as CEO of the Canadian Education Association later this fall. He's known for his tech savviness around 1:1 computing. Outgoing CEO, Penny Milton will be missed! I had the opportunity to finally meet Penny while at ERDI Canada conference in Quebec City, who is the better half of my ERDI Canada industry colleague, Bob Kennedy, Apple Canada Consultant. Speaking of Apple, I had an opportunity to catch-up with Karen Ritcey, K12 Marketing manager recently. I mentioned our podcasts are now available on iTunes and she reminded me that educators should take advantage of the vast resources available on their Canadian site.

George Lucas and his foundation warrant attention for their excellent resources that align with our Blueprint for Classroom Success theme--checkout Edutopia's technology in the classroom product guide. 

Thanks to Claudette LaCour, Pepperdine University GSEP Alumni Director for sharing a  new report that reveals  Canada a New Leader in Global Higher Ed for completion among young adults followed by Korea, the Russian Federation, Japan and New Zealand. The United States and the United Kingdom are ranked 12th and 17th, respectively.

In case you missed our last issue, I'm sharing the link here to our exclusive podcast with formative assessment and research guru Dr. Robert Marzano while at the Global Scholar user conference in Denver this summer.

This is definitely worth a read: Research dispels common ed-tech myths among the findings: New teachers aren't more likely than veteran teachers to use technology.

Congrats to Saar Pikar, GM at CDI Computers of Markham and NYC, the company  recently announced a management Buyout. I look forward to learning more from Mr. Pikar...guess who's buying lunch?

If you're looking to elevate your expertise, here are some great tips from the Harvard Business Review's 
Six Keys to Being Excellent at Anything

Desire2Learn Announces New Mobile Initiative--Desire2Learn® 2GO application now available for BlackBerry smartphones*, furthering the 'eLearning anywhere' design of the Desire2Learn Learning Suite.
As always, we welcome your updates and comments. Until next time, walk the digital talk!

Cheers, R.M.

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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
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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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