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Podcast with Ron Canuel, CEO,   

Canadian Education Association 

Welcome to the April "Going Digital: The Future of Digital Publishing & Mobile Computing - Cross Canada Spotlight on Quebec" issue of the MindShare Learning Report.


It is ironic that this issue comes on the eve of the iPad's one-year anniversary.  Who would have predicted over $15 million sold! To Apple's credit, they have created a whole new category in mobile computing that spawned the proliferation of many competing devices, a couple of which we have reviewed in more recent issues. 


The good news for education is that new models for digital learning are emerging, while amazing learning applications keep popping up daily and the declining cost of computing will soon make one-to-one computing a reality.



While there's quite a buzz about the new RIM Playbook, it was not available to us for a product review in time for this issue.


There is no shortage of research around digital publishing and mobile computing. It's always a challenge for me to spotlight a few items of interest below:

  • Be sure to check-out my podcast with Ron Canuel, CEA's newly minted CEO, who shares his secrets to 1:1 computing success and the impact on student achievement as former Director General of the Eastern Township School Board in Quebec. Ron also shares the unique characteristics about Quebec's education system and how it led the way in Canada with regard to curriculum reform
  • P21 Canada Initiative-Industry leaders are connecting to continue the conversation of forming an organization in Canada. Please drop me a note if you're interested
  • Just released--Project Tomorrow Report-Speak-UP 2010 National Findings in U.S. -Mobile Learning #1 Trend pdf 
  • Another must read report that provides a practical blueprint for change--THE TECHNOLOGY FACTOR: Nine Keys to Student Achievement and Cost-Effectiveness pdf 
  • Our podcast with visiting professor Dr. Donalee Attardo, Director, Instructional Development Center at Purdue University provides insights as to how they successfully engaged students with home-grown social learning tools
  • Tim Gard's views on the digital transformation and how to succeed
  • Youth File:  Mobile Tech meets Learning meets SXSW  


Thank you to our readership, valued sponsors and advisory board. Collectively, you inspire us to bring you the best possible news and information to ultimately support student success. 


Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!


Cheers, R.



P.S. eLearning industry leaders take note! The Canadian eLearning Enterprise Alliance (CeLEA) is pleased to introduce its first industry survey link 

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"In 2008 for example, only 21 percent of parents supported the idea of online textbooks; now in 2010, almost two-thirds of parents view online textbooks as a good investment to enhance student achievement."


-Project Tomorrow Report, Speak Up 2010 national findings


"Mobile learning is fast becoming a reality, and has really skyrocketed from last year's


-Laurence Johnson, CEO of the NMC


"The potential skills and labour shortage crisis has been identified as one of the most

defining issues facing the ICT sector in Canada today"


-Bernard Courtois, President and CEO of ITAC


Cross Canada Spotlight on Quebec

Quick facts on Quebec

  • Number of school boards:  72
    (60 French / 9 English /  3 special boards)
  • School board enrollments ranging from 800 to 76 100, for a median size of approximately 9 380 students
  • Government spending on education in Québec was estimated at $11.8 billion in 2004-2005, $2.2 billion more than in 1998-1999
  • Total per-student educational spending (2002-03):

    Elementary and secondary  - $8 208

    College - $13 564

    University - $19 531

  • School board operating expenses (2003-04): $8 303.7 (million)  




Beauchamp gets sneak preview of Quebec's education future

The Quebec government has promised that every school in the province will have some sort of smart technology in classrooms within five years.

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Concordia University opens its research findings to the world

Concordia, March 2011

Concordia University's academic community has passed a landmark Senate Resolution on Open Access that encourages all of its faculty and students to make their peer-reviewed research and creative output freely accessible via the internet. Concordia is the first major university in Canada where faculty have given their overwhelming support to a concerted effort to make the full results of their research universally available

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DeMarque adds more than 250 books on iBookstore Quebec in Canada

Quebec, March 23, 2011

DeMarque is proud to announce it has added more than 250 books in digital iBookstore. Among the titles that are now available, there are successful titles like "The revolution of shale gas," "Hell.com, and series Epizzod," Pavel "and" Psych spite of myself, "which are grouped in different categories. The iBookstore is included in the application iBooks, free iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.   

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Campaign to promote boys' success in school

This campaign is directed at boys, because 22.6 per cent of male students leave secondary school without a diploma or qualifications. It is one of a number of actions taken in recent years by the Ministère. Other initiatives include a campaign to promote nontraditional careers for women, an action strategy on student retention and academic success and the Heading for Success campaign.

Learn more
Funding Opportunities

Government of Canada Invests in Community Jobs and Growth

New research partnerships for colleges and communities support Canada's economic recovery

Ottawa, Ontario, March 25, 2011
Through the College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program, the Government of Canada will support applied research projects in 11 community colleges that work with businesses to develop clean energy technologies, advance culinary innovation, and develop healthcare tools for professionals.



Canada Media Fund announces preliminary program budget and performance envelopes for 2011-2012, and the creation of a new Convergent Stream Digit

Interactive Ontario, 01/04/2011

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) announced today that its preliminary program budget for the upcoming year (excluding the $100M program funding allocation that was proposed in the federal budget) will amount to $271M. The funding allocated to each of the CMF's programs is outlined on the CMF's web site.

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Youth Science and Technology Outreach Program

Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation

The Youth Science and Technology Outreach Program connects tomorrow's researchers with today's leaders in science and technology.

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K-12 Feature Headlines

Students' Newest Teacher: Smartphones, iPods and PDAs

Marketwire - 09/03/2011

Smartphones, iPods and Personal Digital Assistants (PDA) are finding new ground in school districts across the United States as recent successes in pilot programs have steered cost sensitive school districts towards new mobile technologies. Media and Forecast firm Simba Information partnered with MCH Data for its latest report,"Going Mobile in the PreK-12 Market," and found that once mobile technology is implemented, schools are reluctant to give it up.

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School allows students to hook into the library:  Digital library collection believed to be the first for a school in Canada

Winnipeg Free Press, 03/23/2011

Teacher-librarian Rhonda Morrissette, of the Winnipeg Adult Education Centre, shows students how to access and download from the library's digital collection. Could the smell of dusty, tattered library books soon be a thing of the past? Well, not entirely, but one Winnipeg school library is moving to put much of its collection entirely online.



Youth Science and Technology Outreach Program
Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation
The Youth Science and Technology Outreach Program connects tomorrow's researchers with today's leaders in science and technology.  The program is designed to inspire young people - particularly high school age youth - to choose careers in science and technology.  

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Acceptable Internet Use Polices: A Guide for School Districts

School CIO 21/02/11

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) today released its Acceptable Use Polices in a Web 2.0 & Mobile Era:A Guide for School Districts, which is aimed at assisting district leaders develop, rethink or revise Internet policies to address the growing use of mobile devices and Web 2.0.

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Technology a factor in school's move up in rankings

Calgary Herald 24/03/2011

One by one, the Grade 2 students step up to the board, grasp an inkless marker and underline French vowels and new words.  As if by magic, the textbook page is flipped and a new set of challenges appears. If the kids are lucky, the board will shimmer and transform into a number square that will test their math, language and jumping skills. Chalkboards are unknown in this classroom. Even whiteboards are neglected in favour of the Smart Board, a giant touch-sensitive computer screen familiar to children raised on video games and the Internet.  "I like using the Smart Board because it's fun to use and pretty cool," said McAuley Stuce, 8.



What Do Kids Say Is The Biggest Obstacle To Technology At School?

ReadWriteWeb, 03/04/2011 

iPads. Interactive Whiteboards. Netbooks. Video games. Although educational technologies are being implemented more and more in classrooms across the country, we don't often stop and ask students - or their parents - what they think their technology needs are. But the newly-released Speak Up 20

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K-12 Upcoming Events



Event:........Mobile 2011 

Date:.........April 6- 8, 2011  

Location:....Phoenix, Arizona  


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

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

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




Event:........ Creativity, Critical Thinking, Citizenship, Community in the 21st Century 

Date: .......... May 5, 2011

Location:......... Toronto, ON 


Event:.........ECNO Conference 2011 

Date:..........May 29-31, 2011

Location:......Alliston, ON






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

We got a bit of a breather on the conference front last month having sponsored and attended only one conference-- the Education Strategies conference was primarily post-secondary focused. We feature an engaging podcast interview with Dr. Donalee Attardo, Director, Instructional Development Center at Purdue University in our post-secondary section, who keynoted at the event.  To be fair, March Break tends to result in fewer events. In light of this, we have some great podcast coverage of previous conferences that deserve attention.


Be sure to tell us about your upcoming conferences!


MindShare Learning exclusive podcast interview with Angela Maiers following a keynote at the RCAC Conference in London, Ontario

Angela Maiers is an award-winning educator, speaker, consultant and professional trainer known for her work in literacy, leadership and global communications. She is a consistently energized and recognized worldwide speaker greatly impacting leadership through not only the education field, but the international business community as well.  Challenging educational philosophies and business ethics, Angela strives to achieve total synergy and unstoppable energy by reconstructing the thought process of many dated ideologies.  

We hope you enjoy this podcast interview!
To learn more about Angela click here    



Exclusive interview with EdTech Pioneer and R.C.A.C. Co-chair, Doug Peterson


Doug Peterson is the former Computers in Education Program Consultant for The Greater Essex County District School Board in Southwestern Ontario. An educator since 1979, Doug has taught Data Processing, Computer Science, Accounting, General Business Studies, and Mathematics at the secondary school level and was the Director of Business Education at Sandwich Secondary School in Lasalle, Ontario.

Visiting Professor 

Interview with Dr. Donalee Attardo from Purdue University

MindShare Learning's Rob Martellacci interviews Dr. Donalee Attardo, Director, Instructional Development Center at Purdue University.

New Funding Available For School Programs
Portage Online, 16/03/2011
Premier Greg Selinger announced that the Technical Vocational Initiative will be expanding with over 6.4 million, in new funding, for high-school and university student programs.
Aimed towards the growth of technical-vocational education opportunities, green technology, and resources for students and staff, the initiative is geared to provide access to state- of- the- art equipment to schools for learning tools.
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New program brings solar panels, and education, to schools

eSchool News, 30/03/2011 

With energy efficiency becoming a universal concern, it seems natural that the conversation should move to schools. Johnson Controls' Solar for Schools program brings the focus to the scientific application of solar energy both inside and outside of the classroom.

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FrontRow Lasso 530IR Classroom Amplication Solution Recieves New Energystar version 2.0 Certification

February 24, 2011
FrontRow, a leading developer of classroomsound amplification systems announced today that the FrontRow Lasso 530IR has received EnergyStar certification under the new Version 2.0 specifications which went into effect on July30, 2010. The FrontRow Lasso is the first classroom amplification solution of all current offerings on the market to achieve EnergyStar certification under the new, more stringent guidelines.

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 A First Look Software Review: Media-X's eStudent for iPads



Timothy Gard

Educator, Toronto District School Board 





The Ottawa-based company Media-X has been in the software business for quite some time. They have much experience developing for the mobile market with various products such as mVal, iNotice and most notably eWalk and they also have extensive experience in web development with their premier MxWeb technology. With this experience and savvy in educational technology they had the insight to begin to develop for the emerging tablet market with a 'new' product called eStudent. This new software is a bit of a change for them since they're developing for a tablet experience, but with their solid reputation and dedication to developing first-rate applications, and with their willingness to listen to and develop for the needs of their customer, it looks like this new foray into the tablet market could prove to be both exciting and liberating.


Exciting because it opens up huge opportunities, not only for teachers, but for content creators - publishers, are you listening? - and liberating because the software has been developed in such a way as to give teachers the ability to control their students' learning context through many well designed and purposeful tools that are tightly integrated with the program itself.
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Why Tablets Make Perfect Sense in the Classroom 
By Timothy Gard 


You'll notice by my title that I didn't say, "Why iPads Make Perfect Sense in the Classroom". Of course, I could have, but being as resolutely Canadian as my neighbor, I have this inbred hope that RIM's Playbook tablet will make a great splash in both the hearts and minds of both the enterprise market, as well as the education market.  And further, we cannot forget about Android-based tablets. They're just too entrenched in various contexts and they're the silent army that seems to be making such a large impact both in the smartphone and tablet market because of the many different hardware manufacturers who are adopting this OS for their various tablet devices, both large and small. I am however not foolish either; Apple started this 'gold rush' and so will for the time being anyway, benefit the most, not the least of which is because of their numerous apps that do just about everything one could imagine. I digress. Why do tablets make perfect sense in the classroom? Well, read on to find out the major reasons why going the tablet-way makes sense for classrooms and schools.

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Book Review

The Mobile Learning Edge:  Tools and Technologies for Developing Your Teams, Gary Woodill

Reviewed by David Marsi, AVP, Learning & Development, Invesco Trimark


Gary Woodill is one of the foremost subject matter experts on learning and emerging technologies.  I first met him and purchased a copy of his new book (The Mobile Learning Edge:  Tools and Technologies for Developing Your Teams) at last fall's CSTD conference.  Intrigued from my first skim through the book which I must admit seemed a bit intimidating, I also signed up to attend an intimate CSTD Toronto Chapter Event on March 10, 2011 in which Gary spoke to an audience of approximately 50 learning practitioners.  I walked away learning much, and two simple messages stand out for me.

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Featured Jobs



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


Chief Financial Officer/Secretary-Treasurer
Peace Wapiti School Division No. 76
The Chief Financial Officer/Secretary-Treasurer, working from the central administration office located in the City of Grande Prairie, is responsible to the Superintendent of Schools and the Peace Wapiti School Division Board of Trustees.
Learn more & Apply

Computer Teacher (April - June ) 2011
Shamattawa Education Authority
Shamattawa First Nation is located 1277 kilometers northeast of Winnipeg and 320 kilometers east of Thompson. The community is remote and isolated, with accessibility only by air and seasonal winter road. The nearest Manitoba community is Gillam, which offers minimal services and is located approximately 195 kilometers to the northwest. Interviews will be held in Winnipeg on April 12,13,14 /2011
Learn more & Apply

Director of Facilities
High Prairie School Division #48
High Prairie School Division No. 48, located in north-central Alberta, operates 13 schools located in the communities of Falher, Donnelly, High Prairie, Joussard, Kinuso and Slave Lake.
Learn more & Apply  


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Web 2.0 Technology Spotlight 

Organize, collaborate, and share

Drop files right from your computer, or the web, to create organized collections-bringing together information like never before.  Invite friends or co-workers to collaborate and edit your Dropmarks in real-time. Dropmarks are private and secure, unless you choose to share them (each collection has a handy short URL).  Access your Dropmarks via the web and RSS, or get nerdy with our API-it's your data after all, use it however you want.  It's not about "social media" (we won't ask you to "follow" anyone), it's about organizing and sharing your ideas in the easiest way possible.



Your team on the same page. Literally.
A collaboration tool that helps you share and visualize ideas in real-time.
Upload any file with a drop. 
With our simple drag-and-drop interface you can upload any kind of file you want to share. Simple as that, no fuzz.

Simple invite through e-mail. 

Invite collaborators quickly through our sharing function. Type in their e-mail and it shoots straight to their inbox.

You see what I see. 
Share your ideas in real-time to avoid miscommunication. 


Are you putting graphics onto mobile screens?

If you're designing web sites for mobile, you need to make sure your graphics work on thousands of differently-sized screens. Let tinySrc take care of the hard work.

Scale images to fit the browser

It's very easy. You provide the URL of a large image, and tinySrc dynamically shrinks it down. Simply provide the address of the image, indicate how you want the image to display, and tinySrc will do the rest.



World Class Language

By Robin Sharma  


Language offers a framework for meaning.  Please think about that powerful idea.  We understand the world through words.  The words you use determine the way you perceive reality.  If you call a stumbling block a "problem" or "a big mess" you will create a different emotional state within you than if you call the issue "an opportunity" or "a challenge that will only make me better."  I have the privilege, as a success coach, to work with many extraordinarily successful people from around the world.
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Post-Secondary Feature Headlines

New student card could improve access to information

The Gateway, 10/03/2011

An idea from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Technology could see University of Alberta students able to access academic information at schools such as the University of Calgary and other post-secondary institutions in the province using nothing more than a barcode on their cell phone.
Read more


YouTube to launch university program

Globe & Mail, 10/03/2011

YouTube is partnering with universities to launch a new media program series for aspiring digital filmmakers.  The video-sharing website announced Thursday it would launch theYouTube Creator Institute with the University of Southern CaliforniaSchool of Cinematic Arts and Columbia College Chicago. It says the schools will offer on-campus and online educational courses to its users so they can "hone their digital media skills and accelerate their YouTube careers."

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New program promotes cellphone use in the classroom

Canadian University Press, 01/02/2011

A group of recent university graduates are attempting to make technology more prevalent in the classroom.  "As engineering students we went through the university experience and found that lectures were pretty bad," said Mike Silagadze, founder and CEO of Top Hat Monocle, an interactive learning program that utilizes computers and mobile devices to increase communication between professors and students in the classroom.

Read more  



Post Secondary Education: Upcoming Events

Event:.........2011 ORION Summit
Date:..........April 18-19, 2011

Location:... MaRS Centre, Toronto

Event: .......Canada 3.0

Date: .........May 2-4, 2011

Location: ....Stratford, Ontario 


Event:........ CANHEIT 2011

Date:.........June 5 - 8, 2011

Location:.... McMaster University, Hamilton


Event: .......Worldviews Conference on Media and Higher Education  

Date: .........June 16-18

Location: ....Toronto, Ontario


Event: .......MODSIM World Canada 2011 

Date: .........June 21-22  

Location: ....Ottawa, Ontario


Youth File



 How Algonquin College changes what it means to educate in the mobile universe we now live in.    


 The college recently integrated technology into the learning environment.  They opened the Algonquin Mobile Learning Centre, a collaborative learning environment using mobile and cloud computing technology.


Robert Gillett, President of Algonquin College explains:  "We surveyed our students last fall and found that 80% of them are brining their own mobile computing devices to the college, and this number continues to rise."  They're preparing to go fully mobile by 2013.  


This amazing new lab created over 100 new mobile computing spaces for students to have a place to bring their mobile technology, e.g. iPad, laptop, smartphone.

  Illustration by Parliament of Owls


Mobile Tech meets Learning meets SXSW

By Aislinn Malszecki


Based on an interactive panel discussion at South by South West (SXSW) 2011


This SXSW panel looks at mobile learning technologies that get youth outside, "envisioning a classroom framed by the sky, earth, and everything in between."   Youth today are actively exploring their own learning.  Mobile learning technology can be seen as the new arena in experiential and informal learning, that's a good thing. The expert panel at SXSW addresses the integration of mobile technology in classrooms that offer learning opportunities that we wouldn't be able to do before, and they're right.  As a young tech enthusiast, I'm over the novel excitement that iPads, tablets, cell phones etc. have brought us.  At this point we're all interested in how we effectively use mobile technology in the classroom to do open-ended projects and encourage learning outside at home, in museums, baseball games and everywhere else.

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A collaboration between GOOD and Column Five Media

Infographic: Youth Movement

A Gallop poll asked young people aged 15-29 from 148 countries all over the world where wished to go to school.  here is an infographic of that poll.
Check it out






Tread Lightly Educator Challenge

Are you an educator working to support environmental stewardship amongst youth?  Then step up to the Tread Lightly Educator Challenge for a chance to win $1000!



TakingITGlobal and the Staples Foundation for Learning want to recognize the commitment and passion of educators who are using the Tread Lightly program to engage youth in learning about climate change. Through the Tread Lightly Educator Challenge, our goal is to showcase inspirational stories from teachers around the world who have engaged with the program while rewarding exceptional examples of leadership and innovation in the field of environmental education. Share your Tread Lightly story by May 20, 2011 for your chance to win!


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Research and Innovation  


Horizon's Report 2011
Each year, the Horizon Report describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education and creative expression over the next one to five years.

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Epson Solutions in Action - Chambly High School

Learn how students at  Chambly High School in Montreal use Epson BrightLink to enhance the mathematics class experience.

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TVO launches new mobile learning apps for BlackBerry Smartphones
CNW, March 04, 2011
Toronto - TVO, Ontario's trusted provider of innovative, award-winning educational multi-platform content for kids, is pleased to announce the launch of two free apps for BlackBerry® smartphones for early learners and school aged- kids. Both games support learning objectives from the Ontario school curriculum, have been teacher and classroom tested and are designed for BlackBerry® smartphone devices with OS 5.0 and higher.

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Tablet devices: iPad takes over as the lecture hall aid of choice

Financial Times 14/-3/11

At the start of 2010,Apple's iPad had not even been announced, let alone released. But within months of the tablet computer's April debut it was being adopted in boardrooms around the world as the favourite toy of executives as diverse as WPP's Sir Martin Sorrell and News Corp's James Murdoch.

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Innovations in Education

Harvard Business Review 31/03/11

One of the most poignant summaries of the market for innovative technology solutions in education is that it is forever in its infancy. That statement was true 30 years ago, when the Apple II was introduced into schools and I first started working in education technology, and it is true today.

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MindShare Musings

"The Connectors, Leaders and People on the Move"


In late breaking news Ron Canuel of the CEA shared a link to the recently released Project Tomorrow Annual Report on ICT and mobile learning that includes Canadian data where Districts have participated. Click here to view.


It's always great to hear from Cheryl Paige, award-winning principal from Joyce Public School.  As one of Toronto District's most technology infused and innovative schools, it has attracted considerable media attention as a result of their exceptional math scores.  The following are a couple of examples that principal Paige shared... a TVO piece and a cover story in Voice magazine, entitled Literacy in a Global, Digital Age.     


No shortage of people on the move! Mark Roman, proven technology leader, joins CANARIE as President and CEO, Jim Ghadbane appointed Chief Technology Officer.

Congrats to Leanne Duncan, formerly of HP, who joins frontrow as the Western Canadian region sales manager.  Doug Peterson informed me recently that he'll be once again chairing the RCAC conference.  Great people don't stay retired long! He always has great stuff to share on twitter, as in the following tweet: @dougpete: 10 Jaw-Dropping Awesome Infographics (via Amplify) http://amplify.com/u/bxlkf

Congratulations to Dr. Sue Vail, who has been appointed AVP of Teaching & Learning at York University.  Dr. Vail is former professor of mine in the Sport Admin program. With her new focus on student engagement, her exceptional leadership skills and sports background will serve her well. Best of success Sue!

Speaking of leadership and change...thanks in part to my twitter PLN (Professional Learning Network) checkout 50 Great Leadership Videos  http://bit.ly/h8wr6I courtesy of Brian Nichols, Executive Director Leadership, Newport News School District, who keynoted at a Global Scholar conference last summer. I highly recommend  Brian if you're in need of a keynote focused on educational leadership.   One more tweet of interest comes from  @dtapscott: Wow!  Thanks @BillStArnaud Quebec invests 900 million in broadband for all citizens. http://bit.ly/fKQAoA


From our friends at Edutopia  What Makes for a Master Teacher? Speaking of Edutopia. It was great to catch-up with Chip Fesko, Sr. Director of Advertising & Strategic Alliances and MSL Report advisory board member recently. I look forward to seeing you at ISTE 2011 in Philly!


I had flashbacks to my Macromedia consulting days upon learning that Stephen Elop, former Macromedia executive, now chairman and CEO of Nokia Corporation and McMaster alumnus, came to town for a speaking gig at the University this past week. You have to admire Canadians who take the risk to achieve success outside their homeland. After a successful track record at Macromedia, Stephen did a stint with Microsoft and has since landed at the helm with Nokia. It will be interesting to see how he transforms Nokia, who is an original manufacturer of rubber boots...not kidding!

The 21st Century learning momentum continues to build across Canada. Here's the Atlantic Conference: Defining A Vision for 21st Century Education contribution. What's most disappointing is that Ontario has done its homework and the much anticipated budget failed to yield a strong commitment despite all the learning through the consultation process.  Despite this, I'm encouraged by the CSBA (Canadian School Boards Association) efforts in leading a 21st Century initiative focused on  Canadian Students...Future Leaders of the 21st Century

Let's wrap-up this issue on a high note, with the Top Ten TED Talks  Media Education Project that is housed out of the University of Guelph. Ping me to let me know which you liked best? As always, we welcome your news and success stories. Until next time, be sure to walk the digital talk! Cheers, R.  


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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 Fesko, Sr. 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:


Robert Martellacci,  M.A. Ed Tech., Publisher and Managing Editor, contact: [email protected]

Timothy Gard, M.A., B.Ed K-12 Editor, contact: [email protected]

Aislinn Malszecki, B.A. Hons., Digital Media Specialist, contact: [email protected]  

Valerie Rusnov, B.A. Hons., B.Ed., Editor



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