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Exclusive Interview with Chris Kennedy,  

Superintendent of Schools,

West Vancouver School District


 

 
 

Welcome to the MSL Report 21st Century National Teacher Video Winners --Cross Canada Spotlight on British Columbia Special Edition. 

 

2011 promises to be a year of transformational change across our vast Canadian landscape as the 21st Century learning movement continues to build. I'm encouraged by the momentum, the passion and dedication I see across Canada amongst our educational leaders at all levels. Our national contest winners are a testament to those educators who go beyond the call of duty in making learning fun and engaging through ICT. We're proud and humbled by the excellence they shared through their video submissions. I trust you'll agree. I congratulate all participants in our contest who are clearly blazing a trail by creating a 21st Century learning experiences for their students. I would like to thank our generous sponsors of our 21st Century National Teacher Video Contest, who offered up over $50,000 in classroom technology prizes: Advanced Presentation, Blossom Learning, Discovery Education, Dell, EPSON, frontrow, ISTE, Nelson Learning (netTrekker), Pearson,  and SMART Technologies.

 

The following are just a few highlights that I'm elated to share in this special issue for the new year:

Finally, we look forward to sharing our MindShare Learning EdTech Leadership Summit eBook that is forthcoming next issue.

 

Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!

 

Cheers, R.

 

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Quotes of the Month  


"The most creative solutions aren't rocket science "


-TEDxNASA vid http://bit.ly/aJlJ9N 11:58 AM Jan 30th via MindShareLearn Tweet

 

"Our students have changed and so must our education system.  It is our duty to prepare our graduates for a technology and innovation based work force. The ability to interact with technology has the potential to play an enormous role in student development and their future success."


-Dr. Jeremy Friedberg, co-founder of Spongelab Interactive

Cross Canada Spotlight on British Columbia

Quick Facts
  •  British Columbia Spends $24.2M everyday on students
  • 33,358 teachers in British Columbia in 2010-11
  • 556,331 full-time public school students for 2010-11
  • Since 2000-01, September enrolment has declined by more than 59,000 students.1,946 schools in B.C. - 1,599 public and 347 independent
  • More than 94 per cent of classes in B.C. have 30 or fewer students and 98 per cent of classes have 32 or fewer students
  • BC campus is a distance and online learning agency and a collaboration of all B.C.'s post-secondary institutions
  • $1.4 billion invested in literacy and literacy-related initiatives since 2001
  • The provincial completion rate is 79.7 per cent
  • Post Secondary Enrolment (2008/09) College; 169,329 University; 99,984 Institutes; 75,722 

Source:  British Columbia Ministry of Education 
 

UBC professor emeritus 

Dr. Tony Bates
 


 

2011 Outlook for Online Learning and Distance Education: Promising Prospects Coupled with Worrisome Challenges in the New Year
Contact North | elearnnetwork.ca 19/01/11

 
 


 

 

 

 

B.C. Premier's Technology Council, A Vision for 21 Century Education

B.C. Government, December 2010
The purpose of this paper is to provide a vision for the K-12 education system in the 21st century.

 




 Western Winner 
 

 

"My students and I are thrilled to have won this contest.  It is very gratifying to know that we were successful in putting together a video that represents our use of technology to enhance learning, and create meaning in our 21st century classroom."

 

Barry Janzen (pictured left, with class)  

Mt Douglas Secondary School

Saanich, British Columbia

 

Click Here to Watch on YouTube  View our videos on YouTube 


 

 
 

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Central Winner     

 

 

"My students, their parents, and I couldn't be more excited about winning the video challenge!  Technology infusion and teaching kindergarten are two of my passions, and blending them together into a developmentally-appropriate educational experience has been very rewarding.  Technology has been invaluable in my quest to teach my students all they need  

to know in kindergarten."

 

Mrs. Devon Caldwell (pictured left, with class) 

Oak Lake Community School

Oak Lake, Manitoba

Click Here to Watch on YouTube View our videos on YouTube    

 

 

 


 

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 Eastern Winner  

 

 

"Park Street is very pleased to have been selected as a winner for this

contest.  Our staff and students are very proud of the many ways we

integrate technology into our school on a daily basis, and are always

looking for new ways to aid students in reaching their dreams and pursuing

their passions.  Our project was a representation of the first class staff

and students we have in our school."

 

Jonathan Crossland, Katrina McDonnell, Carrie Beaumaster (pictured left) 

Park Street Elementary School

Fredericton, New Brunswick


Click Here to Watch on YouTube View our videos on YouTube


 

 




Funding Opportunities
 

B.C. Announces Research Funding Awards
 

British Columbia Ministry of Science and Universities, 22/12/2010
VICTORIA - The B.C. government has approved $2.9 million in funding for 21 research infrastructure projects at seven B.C. universities, Science and Universities Minister Ida Chong announced today. The awards are provided through the B.C. Knowledge Development Fund.



 
Quebec announces $142-million capital investment in CÉGEPs
Academica 27/01/11
Quebec's education minister announced Tuesday the province is providing grants totaing $141.6 million to colleges for infrastructure maintenance and equipment renewal.

 

B.C Approves $13.3 Million in Ocean Research Funding
The B.C. government has approved $13.3 million for two University of Victoria-led ocean research projects for monitoring some of the province's most critical marine waterways and the health of our oceans.


CANARIE invites proposals to leverage network access and advance cutting-edge research
CANARIE 21/12/10
Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network, (CANARIE), invites proposals from public and private sector research, education and cultural institutions to link to CANARIE's high-speed network through the Infrastructure Extension Program.


Knowledge Synthesis Grants on the Digital Economy
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Deadline:  July 2, 2011
Canada's ability to succeed in the digital economy will be a key determinant of its success as a society in the 21st century.


College-Industry Innovation Fund:  Call for Proposals
Canadian Foundation for Innovation, CFI
Canada's prosperity in the 21st century depends increasingly on our ability to innovate - to generate knowledge and ideas from which we derive new products, services and policies that create economic wealth, enhance social foundations, sustain the environment and improve quality of life.




K12 Feature Headlines
 
Premier Officially Opens New Paradise Elementary School
Newfoundland Labrador 26/01/11
The new $16 million Paradise Elementary School was officially opened today by the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. Premier Dunderdale was joined by the Honourable Joan Burke, Minister of Education; Paul Davis, MHA for Topsail; Steve Kent, MHA for Mount Pearl North; David Brazil, MHA for Conception Bay East - Bell Island; Senator Elizabeth Marshall; representatives from the Eastern School District and other community officials.

 
Edmonton school trustees favour Wi-Fi plan
CBC News, 12/01/2011
The Edmonton School Board will not stop installing wireless networks in classrooms despite the protests of parents at George P. Nicholson Elementary School.
Some parents pleaded with trustees Tuesday night to delay installing Wi-Fi until the technology is guaranteed safe.


EPSON Makes the Top 100 products of the year in District Administration
BrightLink™ 450Wi was chosen as a reader's choice top 100 products of 2010 in District Administration. 
This new interactive whiteboard system from Epson utilizes a new technology to detect touch. The ultra short- throw projector is able to detect the movement of the included stylus pen when it enters the light beam, eliminating the need for additional hardware to detect a user's movements, as in traditional interactive whiteboards, and adding interactivity to any surface.


 
Frontrow Increases Depth in Sales, Marketing and Customer Care Teams within the Education Technology Market
Frontrow, 31/01/2011
FrontRow, a leading developer of classroom sound amplification systems, announced today the addition of nine new team members to support the increased need and demand for amplification solutions in K-12 classrooms.

 
Toronto School Board Eyes Digital Books
Toronto Sun 03/01/11
Jenny Williams flips through her Grade 11 American history book and laughs when she sees Bill Clinton identified as the country's most recent president.
 

Scantron Corporation to Acquire Education Technology Company GlobalScholar
Newswire 16/12/10
Harland Clarke Holdings Corp., the parent company of Scantron Corporation, today announced that Scantron has signed a definitive agreement to acquire GlobalScholar, a privately-held education technology company.


Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction
NYT 21/11/10
On the eve of a pivotal academic year in Vishal Singh's life, he faces a stark choice on his bedroom desk: book or computer?


 
Microsoft to Announce New Slates Aimed at the iPad
NYTimes 16/12/10
A decade ago Bill Gates, founder and former chief executive of Microsoft, presented a new class of computing to the world: a tablet PC that offered a fully functional computer with the "intuitive aspects of pencil and paper."



K-12: Upcoming Events

Pearson

 

 

Event:.......FETC 2010

Date:......... January 31 - February 3, 2011

Location:... Orlando, Florida

 

Event: ....... Ontario Library Association's Super Conference 2010
Date: ......... February 3-5, 2011
Location: ... Toronto, ON

Event:........ OASBO ICT Leadership Workshop

Date:.......... February 23-24, 2011

Location:.... Mississauga, ON

 

 

 

Event:........ The Learning Partnership: Women in Technology Careers - Webcast

Date: .......... March 8, 2011

RSVP:......... [email protected]

 

Event:........ ERDI Canada Spring Conference

Date:.......... April 14-16, 2011

Location:.... Vancouver, B.C.

 

 

 


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


 



Conference Corner

 

One of the 2010 conference highlights for me was attending the RCAC event in London, Ontario this past December as our final event of the year. It was an outstanding day and time well spend with some 500 education leaders from across Ontario. Thanks to the organizers for being so welcoming to MindShare Learning. Recently retired educator and conference co-chair, Doug Peterson was kind enough to spend a MindShare Learning moment reflecting on his career (to be featured in our next issue). Conference keynote Angela Maiers captivated the audience with her engaging talk on Habitudes of a 21st Century Learner. We were also fortunate to interview Angela which we will feature in a future issue of the MSL Report.

 


 

MindShare's friend, Ben Hazzard, consultant, Lambton Kent District School Board recently keynoted at Nipissing U's Infusion Conference. Ben was very impressed with the work of organizer, Dr. Waller, also a friend of MindShare Learning, who was featured on a previous podcast. One of Ben's trip highlights was meeting a Stanley Cup winning coach during his travels as is evidenced by his pic left. 

 

"The excitement of travelling hit a crescendo when I met Mike Babcock" (coach of the 2010 Gold Medal Winning Canadian Olympic Hockey team, and the Detroit Red Wings), said Ben.

 

Be sure to share your upcoming conference with the us! We'll do our best to provide advance exposure and perhaps attend your event.

 

R.M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Educon changed my Monday morning lesson

This pictures is @Roddlucier communicating with our online learners during our session

By Zoe Branigan-Pipe

blog:  PIPEDREAMS
 

It is Monday morning and as I drive to work, my mind is racing

trying to make sense of the key themes and ideas from Educon2.3. How will this conference change my thinking? Where do I go next? How will this impact my students? How has this network educators from not only my own province, but across the globe changed my own ideas about teaching? 


On the radio, I listen to CBC updating the world about Egyptian protesters who are holding huge rallies in Cairo and other cities as they step up their efforts to force President Hosni Mubarak from power.

 

 

Bravo to Brock University for the leadership in hosting their annual Technology Showcase event at their Hamilton Campus. I was honoured to participate in the Decision Makers Luncheon round table discussing 21st Century trends across Canada. Brock has struck a number of unique partnerships with the local school districts and industry. Other faculties of education should take notice of Brock's innovative approach to being a catalyst in transforming learning in the 21st Century. 

 

MindShare Learning publisher, Robert Martellacci presents at the Brock U Technology Showcase on 21st century learning trends along with EPSON


 



Green IT


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Task Force Aims to Reduce U of G's Ecological Footprint
UofG 13/01/11
President Alastair Summerlee has established a task force to review, co-ordinate and make recommendations for campus initiatives that promote sustainability, both at the University and in the greater local and global communities.


 
Faronics Anti-Virus and Deep Freeze Help NY School District Reduce IT Support by 80%
Faronics 01/26/11
The IT staff at Ballston Central School District (BSCSD) realized they were spending a considerable amount of their time rebuilding computers.


 
Seed Fund Technology Companies - $42M in venture capital to be invested in Québec companies specializing in clean technologies
CNW, 11/01/2011
The Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, Clément Gignac, announced the closing of the Seed Fund Cycle-C3E and said it is now ready to invest in companies specialized in the cleantech sector. 
 

Schools challenged to go green
BC Local News, 10/01/2011

Chilliwack schools have three months to significantly alter their environmental behaviours. From January to March, every school in the district will be participating in the Energy Challenge.  It's a challenge meant to change the environmental behaviours of staff and students, but also to save the school district money.

 

 Hardware Review: Dell Streak

 

Timothy Gard

Samsung Galaxy Tab
Samsung Galaxy Tab
Educator, Toronto District School Board
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Samsung entered the tablet market very early in the tablet game with their 7-inch Galaxy Tab powered by Google's Android Froyo OS. It's different from Apple's iPad and the Dell Streak on various fronts, but most notably because it's a 7-inch device, whereas the two other devices are 10-inch and 5-inches respectively. Screen size is a point of debate between manufacturers and the Tab definitely gave me the opportunity to 'weigh in' on the debate as to whether 10, 7 or 5-inch screens are more likely to dominate the education market in the future. Of course, due to the simple fact that Apple introduced the iPad into the market first they have the market lead. The Galaxy Tab however has gained in popularity, and I think mostly because it's more portable than the ubiquitous iPad. An interesting note is that Steve Jobs, Apple's iconic lead-hand, stated early on that the 7-inch form factor tablets would be DOA. Well, I don't believe he's right, but that will become clearer when all of the major manufacturers put their 'best foot forward' so to speak. I continue to marvel at how people continue to amass around a particular device before asking themselves what makes most sense in their particular context. For me, after having tried a number of tablets, including the iPad, I'm thinking that the 7-inch form factor is more practical, and useable. Read on to find out more!
 
 Galaxy Review

Featured Jobs


Education Canada Network and MindShare Learning Report are proud to bring you the following featured job opportunities.

Intermediate Computer Science/Media Arts Teacher
Metropoliatan Preparatory Academy
Seeking a technically and creatively savvy candidate who is passionate about both computer science and media arts. Candidate should be well versed with programming (equivalent or comparable to Turing or Java), Adobe CS4 or higher (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere and Flash). Knowledge of networking and technical troubleshooting is a must.
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Visiting Professor 
 

Prof. Paul Cubbon

 

Interview with Paul Cubbon Marketing Professor at the Robert H Lee Graduate School at the Sauder School of Business, UBC

 

Paul teaches Marketing in the MBA programs at the Robert H Lee Graduate School at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. Paul also teaches in undergraduate programs, specializing in branded communication, both offline and online. Paul's particular interests are in the use of social media and its role in brand reputation management. Paul is passionate about helping non-marketing specialists better understand how marketing principles can help their organizations to become more customer-centric and successful. He also teaches in local and international Executive programs for Sauder.  Prior to moving into education, Paul worked in industry, including 3 years in advertising, working for J Walter Thompson, and 10 years with Unilever, where he undertook major international assignments in innovation and brand portfolio management. Paul also works actively with a wide range of clients, and has an ongoing working relationship with Think! Social Media


 

 

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Web 2.0 Technology Spotlight

 

 

 

 

Although only in the Alpha stage of development this new 'information experience' will rock your socks off! Sign up for the Alpha and start immersing yourself in a new way of looking at information. Beware - it's addictive!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microsoft's FUSELABS offer a great product called Montage.  According to Microsoft:

"Montage is a shareable, personal, visual album of the web. You are able to design your personal Montage around a topic by adding content that pulls information from a variety of sources including, RSS feeds, Twitter, Bing News, YouTube, video and Bing Images. Your Montage is constantly evolving as you arrange each area with the content of your choice - which is easy, intuitive and fun; and can be on any topic from, movies, sports, to robots."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Nikon? Well, they have some pretty amazing tools (this tool and the one below) on their website that can be easily used in a classroom context. "This Day" is a web content page that shows what happened on that day in the past, at some place in the world. And if you have an interactive whiteboard then with this visual tool you can initiate some interesting discussions around history, and time.

 

Along with the above, Nikon also offers a Flash-based experience of our universe from a Femtometer (quadrillionth of a meter) to the extremities of space measured in light years. Nikon calls it an 'infinite yardstick'. If you want to be humbled by our universe from the infinitely small to the infinitely large, give this site a whirl on your computer, or better yet, on an interactive whiteboard. This is a great site for stimulating discussions in class on many topics in science and math.

 

 

Known as Phun prior to being acquired by Algoryx, Algodoo is worth a mention, not as a Web 2.0 tool but as an amazing piece of software that can be used to teach physics, from K to 12 and beyond.  This software is optimized for an interactive whiteboard, especially SMART Boards. I had the pleasure of speaking with the developer of this software and witnessed firsthand how fun physics can be on a SMART Board. It will wow your students, and bring new life to your physics lessons! Buy a site license and let your students explore the elements of their physical world in real-time!

 

Leadership
 
 
Problems are servants.
By Robin Sharma


They help you grow and lead to better things, both within your organization and in your life. To resist them is to avoid growth and progress. Embrace and get the best from the challenges in front of you. And understand that the only people with no problems are dead.
 
 

An unhappy customer yelling at you might seem like a problem. But to a person thinking like a leader, that scenario is also an opportunity to improve the organization's processes to ensure that doesn't happen again. So the problem has actually helped to improve the company.

Post-Secondary Feature Headlines

Canada failing to create culture of innovation
Edmonton Journal, 12/01/2011
In the reception area of Peter Hackett's old office in downtown Edmonton, surfing videos were on a loop. Surfing, for Hackett, is a metaphor for risk-taking. He was, for five years, the president and CEO of a now-shuttered endowment fund called Alberta Ingenuity.

 
Expert Predicts a Deluge of Tablet Computers on Campuses
The Chronicle of Higher Education, 7/01/2011
Las Vegas-In his keynote address at the Higher Ed Tech Summit, Walt Mossberg, the influential technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal, told an audience of higher-education officials and company executives that their future held many tablet computers


The University of Toronto Bookstore Was the First University Bookstore in Canada to Launch a Rental Textbook Program and Now Almost One Quarter of All Textbooks Titles are Available to Rent This Term
Accounting for over 550 textbook titles, trendsetting U of T Bookstore now offers a new and used textbook program that saves students 40% to 60% off the new book price
CNW 12/01/11 The University of Toronto Bookstore is on a mission to save students money. Almost one quarter of textbook titles are rentable for the January term saving students 40% to 60% off the new book price at all three campuses.


The Case for the Virtual Classroom
Mashable/Tech, 3/01/2011
Online education is often dismissed as a pipeline for expensive degrees of little value and a sponge for veterans' tuition payments. But while it's true that for-profit universities have made a hefty business out of e-learning, it's becoming apparent that learning online can also benefit almost everyone else.


Part-Time Higher Education
Open sesame:  Once mocked, the Open University might offer a model for others
The Economist, 6/01/2011
FORTY years ago this month a radical innovation arrived in higher education. The new Open University (OU) began to admit students who did not have the qualifications to get into other institutions.
 


 Quantum networks closer with Alberta discovery
CBC News, 12/01/2011
Information encrypted using quantum physics could soon be transmitted over long-distance networks, thanks to a discovery by Alberta physicists

Post Secondary Education: Upcoming Events 

Event: .......Ontario Library Association's Super Conference 2010
Date: ........
February 3-5, 2011
Location: ...Toronto, ON


Event: ....... Canada 3.0
Date: ......... May 2-4, 2011
Location: ....Stratford, ON

Event: .......Worldviews Conference on Media and Higher Education
Date: .........June 16-18
Location: ....Toronto, Ontario


Youth File

 

Video Games:  The future of learning
By Aislinn Malszecki


Are video games the future of learning?  Many are thinking the answer is yes.  This includes Jane McGonigal, author of Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.  McGonigal makes alternative reality games "that are designed to improve real lives or solve real problems."  She is the Director of Games Research & Development at the Institute for the Future, a non-profit research group in Palo Alto, California.  In her book, she describes how video games can teach us how to motivate youth instead of waste time like they're generally thought to do. Video games create a landscape students can use to become inspired about real world problems, explore solutions, and have fun doing it.

For me gaming has always been the social experience of getting together with friends and playing together; the game itself was only part of the fun.  Today's games such as World of Warcraft are primarily played solo online, but the relationships that are built within the game gives it a social experience.  In the past, educational games were boring, and that's because the social aspect was taken out of the equation.  We're now seeing educational games pushing technological and social boundaries, games that are more relevant and with better plots.

 

Watch Will Wright's Lecture titled 

"Why video games are good for learning"

  

  


 Research and Innovation

 
Canada failing to create culture of innovation
Edmonton Journal, 12/01/2011
In the reception area of Peter Hackett's old office in downtown Edmonton, surfing videos were on a loop. Surfing, for Hackett, is a metaphor for risk-taking. He was, for five years, the president and CEO of a now-shuttered endowment fund called Alberta Ingenuity.

 
Educators, Technology and 21st Century Skills Dispelling Five Myths
Walden University 24/01/11
The more K-12 teachers use technology, the more they recognize and value its strong positive
effects on student learning and engagement and its connection to 21st century skills.
 

 
What is the Arizona Technology Integration Matrix?
The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, collaborative, constructive, authentic, and goal directed (Jonassen, Howland, Moore, & Marra, 2003.


View complete matrix


 
5 Higher Ed Tech Trends To Watch in 2011
Campus Technology, 12/09/2010
Three higher ed tech experts discuss technology trends for the year ahead, citing increased mobile and wireless access and cloud computing among them. But are campuses also in for a little bit of a return to the "basics" in the coming year?


Why Finland's schools are the best in the West
CBC News 21/01/11
In what's often called the real world, successful businesses are those that encourage their best employees, respond effectively to their client's needs and invest continually in their programs and infrastructure.



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

With the December holidays we took a welcomed break from the monthly grind of publishing. Hence, our Jan/Feb musings has an enormous amount of exciting news to share. Congratulations to MindShare Learning Report board member,

Cheryl Paige, Principal, Joyce Public School who SMART Showcase Elite School; only one of three in Canada.

 

And the winner is? Congratulations Ontario School Library Award for Special Achievement 2011 Co-winners:  DAVID THORNLEY & PETER ROGERS  Knowledge Ontario.  In case you missed it. Award for best Canadian e-learning application Deadline March 7 http://bit.ly/gn0qeD

 

Did you know? Canadians learning the art of digital detox - choosing to abstain for set periods of time

http://ow.ly/3x0tD 

This is an excellent report I came across: Educators, Technology and 21st Century Skills Dispelling Five Myths
http://bit.ly/9xX9pN

A great link for conferences... 100+ Upcoming Social Media & Tech Events

This is sad and unavoidable trend for publishers who fail to transitions ....MindShare Tweet: Key Porter shuts down publishing operations http://bit.ly/hmuJGP  Are CDN Edu publisher's publishers at risk?

Congratulations to MindShare friends and associatesLynne Zucker, Chair, Carole Olsen, Past Chair, Catherine McCullough,CEA 2010-2011 Board of Directors and Council recent appointments.

21st Century Learning isn't just about the classroom teacher. Here a great Report: Empowering the 21st Century Superintendent

http://bit.ly/hCezSU

 

John Steele, CIO, Dufferin Peel District School Board is retiring at the end of February. Congrats to John on a great career in managing the growth and ICT challenges he faced as one of the fastest and largest boards in Canada. So what's next you ask? We're looking forward to a podcast for his reflections.

 

This is alarming and has serious implications for teaching and learning in the future. The # of hrs kids spend gaming in the U.S. is now equivalent to the # of hrs in class,        

Dr. Suzanne de Castel, SFU @yorku preso Just in case you haven't had enough of

 

SirKenRobinson Great "Director's Cut" of behind the TED talks. http://bit.ly/hMGWbm

Only because I'm off to the FETC conference in Orlando--Jedd Bush video

on technology in the classroom. Bush's comments build on the 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning released by Bush and Bob Wise in December

through their advocacy group Digital Learning Now!  Excellent work!

Last but not least, Dr. Temple Grandin inspired me while watching George Strombo on CBC this past month....I tweeted about it via MindShareLearn: Fascinating interview with Dr. Temple Grandin abt living & learning w autism on CBC's @strombo
www.grandin.com

 

With the snow coming, I heading off early to catch a flight, so until next time, be sure to walk the digital talk!

 

Cheers, R.

 

P.S. Don't forget to send us your latest news and success stories via

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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

Editorial content for the monthly issue is due the third week of each month.
 
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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