July/August 2011 Special Summer PD Edition Issue 6, Volume 4
ISTE 2011
K12: Upcoming Events
Conference Corner
Tim Gard - Pedagogy Leading Technology: Plan for It!
Web 2.0 Technology Spotlight
Post Secondary: Upcoming Events
Interview with Marc Kielburger
Research and Innovation
Featured Jobs
MindShare Musings
Advisory Board
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Welcome to the Summer PD edition of the Mindshare Learning Report.

 

This is a great time of year to reflect, recharge and perhaps take advantage of the opportunity to augment your skills in preparation for your return to academia in September.  Whether you're a classroom teacher, industry leader, or university administrator, it's a challenge to stay current and relevant with the ever-changing technology around us.

 

Speaking of PD, our team got a head-start at the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) conference last week in Philadelphia. It was great to see so many Canadians represented, many of whom attended our Can/Am partnering reception in conjunction with the Canadian Consulate of Philadelphia, where we honoured our national Winners of the MindShare Learning 21st Century Classroom Video Contest (pictured right).

 

While at ISTE 2011, I spent my fair share of time taking in the SIGs (Special Interest Group) poster sessions....this is where the magic happens.

 

Enjoy this issue packed with ISTE 2011 coverage and PD opportunities and the latest and greatest news from across Canada and beyond.

 

Until next time, have a safe and enjoyable summer!

 

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M.A. EdTech

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Quotes of the Month

"Home from an amazing experience at #ISTE11. Sending a big shout out to @mindsharelearn for an unforgettable reception on Tuesday evening!"

 

-Devon Caldwell, Mindshare Learning National Video Contest Winner 2010/11

 

"Teachers need to be grounded in instruction, so they can figure out with students how best to engage technology.....but it will be a dramatic accelerator if we can put instruction and skilled and motivated teachers and students in the lead....once this instructional digital powerhouse gets underway, students will motivate teachers as much as the other way around."

 

-Dr. Fullan, Seminar Series: Choosing the wrong drivers for whole system reform April 2011


"We are extremely pleased that the Ontario government is investing in a technologically
advanced engineering complex at York University. Building on York's traditional
strengths in the humanities, social sciences, law and business, this initiative, while
meeting our aspirations to expand in applied science, will provide us with the
opportunity to train future innovators who will develop solutions for our growing
challenges."

 -Mamdouh Shoukri,  President Vice-Chancellor, York University

  

 

ISTE Quick Facts

✓ Presenters: 1,152

✓ Robots attending conference: 12

✓ Countries represented among attendees: 68

✓ Football fields that would fit in the exhibit hall: 9,869 (if you didn't train)

✓ Number of Attendees (unofficial): 12,996, plus some 5,000 vendors

Source: ISTE Connect

 

While interactive whiteboards are still hot...this was definitely the year of the tablet and cloud computing at ISTE 2011!

 

Canada once again made its mark at the ISTE conference with some 400+ Canadian education and industry leaders in attendance and presenting at the Penn Convention Center in Philadelphia. This year's conference attracted record attendance with over 18,000 delegates and exhibitors, and positive over previous years with renewed sense of spirit and enthusiasm amongst the delegates and exhibitors.

 

I personally enjoyed, once again, exploring the Special Interest Group (SIG) Poster Sessions, where we had the opportunity to experience first-hand the excellent work of educators and students. Some of my favourites include: Mobile Learning, Digital Equity, Games and Simulations, Online Learning, Digital Storytelling and Innovative Learning Technologies.

 

One of the highlights at ISTE was our 3rd Annual Canadian Consulate - MindShare Learning Can/Am partnering reception sponsored by SMART Technologies, Global Scholar in association with ISTE at the Union League of Philadelphia. The VIP reception was attended by 100+ industry and education leaders from across North America.  

Another highlight was honouring our MindShare Learning national digital classroom contest winners, who each won an all-expenses paid trip as part of their winnings courtesy of ISTE.  Special thanks to the Canadian Consulate team in Philadelphia for their partnership and support.  And of course, thanks to our Can/Am event sponsors; SMART Technologies, Global Scholar and ISTE.

 

From an exhibitor perspective, Canada was well represented with the likes of SMART Technologies, MediaX, Desire2Learn OpenText, CDI Computers and Faronics, to name a few.

 

We hope you enjoy our digital retrospective of ISTE '11!  R.M.

 

P.S. If you missed ISTE here's a link to the webcast Opening Keynote Dr. Stephen R. Covey and Muriel Summers, with moderation by Boyd Craig.  Click here  

 

Canadian Consulate - MindShare Learning Can/Am Partnering Reception "Celebrating Canadian EdTech Innovation" @ the Union League of Philadelphia

 

A spontaneous and unifying moment with the singing of both O'Canada and the Star Spangled Banner to cap of a joyous celebration of excellence


Hail to the Victors! Can/AM Recpetion sponsors SMART Technologies team pictured wtih MindShare National contest winners along with MindShare Learning publisher (2nd row L), Dr. Gary Bitter founding ISTE president (2nd row next to MSL publisher) and David Marshall Consul and Sr. Trade Commissioner Philadelphia (C)

 

Celebrating Success! Global Scholar (Sr.executives: Carmi Paris, William Zaggle and Allison Cornia) CanAm reception sponsors pictured with with MindShare National video contest winners and MindShare Learning Publisher

 

 

 

MindShare Learning Contest Winner Announced 

The Winner is Douglas G. Sadler, Vice Principal Online Learning, St. Joseph's Catholic Secondary School


"We are ecstatic to have the opportunity to use the MySpark Tablet and see how we can integrate it into our 21st Century Learning Plan!  The MySpark Tablet is just the kind of innovative tool we are looking for to integrate our systems to reach our students more efficiently." 
             -
Douglas Sadler, mySpark QR Code Contest Winner   

 

Special thanks to mySpark for donating their mySpark Learn Tablet at ISTE 2011.  Learn more about the tablet here.  

 

 

 

 

A MindShare Learning moment at ISTE 2011

Fellow Canadian, Kent Manning on his new role facilitating the SIG Digital Storytelling group with over 3,000 members

 

 

  

21st Century PD Spotlight - Top 10 Tips to Augment your EdTech Skills

  1. Attend the ABEL summer Institute at York University (August 22nd -24th ,  2011)    
  2. For Higher Ed Educators - Attend the Campus Technology Conference in Boston, MA (July 25th - 28th, 2011)    
  3. Spend an hour or two a week learning how to implement a new Web 2.0 tool in your classroom program.Suggestions? StoryJumper. Aviary for Education. Google Art Project. Google Body. Microsoft Education Labs. Also see previous issues of The MindShare Learning Report for other examples.     
  4. Explore a blended learning platform for free.      
  5. Explore one or more books that ISTE offers on technology in the classroom! Great, tested and tried!   
  6. Read CEA's Toolkit for Learning: Using Technology to Close the Gap    
  7. Attend the OTF Summer PD Program 2011 Spaces Still Available. Great deal at $50 per Workshop!    
  8. Check out the 2011 Summer Rejuvenation Guide: Ten Teacher Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Summer  
  9. Get connected with an ISTE Special Interest Group (SIG)  
  10. Join Twitter and become part of a Twitter PLN (Professional Learning Network)

    Bonus!  Read back issues of the MSL Report that you may have missed previously!
Funding Opportunities

Government of Canada Invests in University Research

Canada 17/06/11
Over 3,800 scientists, engineers and students at universities across

Canada will receive support for research programs and advanced training, thanks to a new

investment by the Government of Canada.

Read more

 

Alberta gains multinational partner in medical research
Health care innovations the focus of $1.5 million fund
Albertans are now one step closer to receiving advanced, made-in-Alberta medical treatments, devices and therapies thanks to a new fund created in partnership with Pfizer Canada Inc.

Read more 

 

McGuinty Government Invests In Colleges And Universities: UofT Mississauga

Receives $52.5 million

Ontario 20/06/11

Ontario buildings on the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus.

Read more 

 

Ontario Invests $50 Million: New Engineering and Science Building for York University Students

Ontario 20/06/11

Ontario science students at York University. 

Read more 


 

K-12 Feature Headlines

Samsung Windfall: All of South Korea's Textbooks to
Go Digital by 2015
MIT Review 01/07/11
By 2014, all of South Korea's elementary-level educational materials will be digitized, and by 2015, the
entire school-age curriculum will be delivered on an array of computers, smart phones and tablets.
Read more

Spongelab Launches New Site Spongelab Beta - Global Science Community
Spongelab 21/06/11
We are excited to introduce you to our new site, Spongelab (Beta) : a global science community with educational
games, 3D animations, and beautiful images ALL in one place!

Read more  

 

Alberta teachers stuck with budget cuts
Edmonton Sun, 30/06/2011
Even with a $1.3-billion decrease in the 2010 deficit, the province says it won't restore $100
million to the education budget for teachers' salaries.
Read more 


Demand for Online Learning Increases as More K-12 Students Deem it "Essential"
PR Newsire 28/06/11
In just three years, the number of high school students who have access to
online learning has tripled, while twice as many middle school students are
now learning online according to a survey report from Project Tomorrow®
and Blackboard Inc.
Read more

Will iPad fail in school?
ITWorldCanada 17/06/11
Ryan Lawson, director of technology, would like to get his hands on more than 700 iPads for the entire student body at Brother Rice High School, a private all-boys Catholic school in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. It would be a crowning achievement after five years of searching for the perfect laptop for students.
Read more 


2011 Summer Rejuvenation Guide: Ten Teacher Tips For Getting The Most Out Of
Your Summer
Edutopia 01/06/11
It's time for you! Time to relax, reflect, and recharge. Whether your summer plans call for a cool
adventure or professional development, you'll find resource-packed ideas here. Take the time
to learn about digital storytelling or join a site for bookworms and, most importantly, enjoy your
summer!
Read more   

 

SMART Vantage Offers New Insight into Classroom Technology Use 

SMART Technologies Inc., a leading provider of collaboration solutions, announces SMART Vantage technology-management software, an easy-to-use software application that provides key data to administrators and technology directors so they can manage and understand how SMART Board™ interactive whiteboards and projectors are being used.
Read more

 

Epson offers FREE training resources for all BrightLink™ users!

Epson has created a variety of interactive training tools for all  BrightLink™ users.
Learn more   

K-12 Upcoming Events

Pearson

   

Event:.......CASA Canadian Association of School Administrators 

Date:.........July 7 - 10

Location:....Niagara Falls, Ontario   

 

Event:........ International Conference on e-Learning, 6th 

Date:.........July 27 - 28

Location:....Kelowna, British Columbia

 

Event:........International Conference of School Principals 

Date:..........August 15 -18   

Location:....Toronto, Ontario

 

 

 

Learn more about ASI 2011 PDF 

 

 

 

Event:........MindShare Learning EdTech Summit 2011 

Date:..........November 14, 2011 

Location:...Toronto, Ontario, York University Research Tower

 

 

 

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

Conference Corner  


 

On the conference front, MindShare Learning had the good fortune of covering some 30 plus live and online conference events in the EdTech space, primarily in Canada and several in the U.S. this past academic year. While web conferencing is gaining traction, it does not replace the value of face2face live interaction and the value of forging human connections...those "mindshare" moments are irreplaceable.

 

Special thanks to conference organizers who spend countless hours behind the scenes handling mundane tasks and finer details to enable us to enjoy the many benefits of engaging and interacting with our peers. Having hosted our inaugural MindShare Learning EdTech Leadership Summit last year, I know all too well, what it takes to make an event a success. Speaking of which please mark Monday, November 14th in your calendar as the new date for our upcoming Summit next Fall. Hope to connect with you at an upcoming conference!  Cheers, R.

 

P.S. Watch for Part II of our ISTE 2011 Coverage in our September Back2School Issue!

 

 

  

MindShare Learning Moment with ECOO President
Bill McKenzie, president, ECOO board has a fireside chat with MindShare Learning Publisher while at the COCA/RCAC Workshop last month.

 

 

    



GreenIT  

Faronics Power Save case study is featured on Climate Savers Computing website

under "enterprise case studies"  Read more

 

Ontario's Commitment to a Greener Future has Stimulated Investment andCreated Jobs

Electrical Line Magazine 18/05/11

The Ontario Government's commitment to renewable energy is serving Ontarians well - and jobs are the

result, notes the Canadian Solar Industries Association.
Read more 

 

Pedagogy Leading Technology: Plan for It! 

 

Timothy Gard
Educator, Toronto District School Board  

@soligard  

 

There are a number of reasons why Finland's education system scores either number one or two in international testing. And one of these reasons is because they place a huge value on recruiting, training and sustaining their most valuable resource - teachers! 

 

Time and time again we hear that teachers have the single greatest impact on learning in a classroom, and yet we don't always give teachers the time to collaborate with their colleagues to plan their teaching day and this has a significant impact on student performance. In Finland teachers spend far less time  with their students than teachers in  the U.S. do, and presumable this would be true in Canada as well, however their students are obviously seriously outperforming their American counterparts. 

 

What does this have to do with the focus of this piece? A great deal! Read on! 

 


Web 2.0 Technology Spotlight 


Gliffy comes from the word glyph, a symbol or character that imparts information non-verbally. Gliffy is an online diagramming service that helps users communicate with a combination of shapes, text, and lines. Extremely flexible with plugins that allow it to work with just about any program, and publish to the web too!

 

 

 

 

 

 



Capture, connect and share ideas easily! SpiderScribe is an online mind mapping and brainstorming tool. It lets you organize your ideas by connecting notes, files, calendar events, etc. in free-form maps. You can collaborate and share those maps online!

 

 

 

 

 


VisualComplexity.com intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks. The project's main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web. I truly hope this space can inspire, motivate and enlighten any person doing research on this field.

 

  

Leadership  

  


The Power of Daily Practices

By Robin Sharma  

 

Success, world-class health, internal fulfillment and sustained happiness don't just happen. These elements of your best life are created. All too often we look at a human being playing their best game on the playing field of life and assume they got lucky or were born into their lofty condition. What we don't see is all the devotion and discipline that went into crafting the extraordinary results we see.  Read more   

Post-Secondary Feature Headlines



Blackboard to be Acquired by Providence Equity Partners for $45.00 Per Share in

Cash or $1.64 Billion

Blackboard 01/07/11

Blackboard Inc. today announced it has entered into a definitive

agreement under which Blackboard will be acquired by an investor group led by

affiliates of Providence Equity Partners ("Providence") in an all-cash transaction valued

at approximately $1.64 billion, plus the assumption of approximately $130 million in net

debt.

Read more  

 

Burnaby SFU 'star' touts free university plan
BURNABY NOW, 29/06/2011
Simon Fraser University senior lecturer Kate Tairyan's pitch to help develop the world's first free
university has won her a $100,000 grant and the title of a 'Rising Star' in Canada.'
Read more 

 

Government of Canada Helps Science and Engineering Graduates Enter the Workforce

Canada 01/06/11

An investment by the Government of Canada will give young researchers in universities across

the country an opportunity to expand their skills and help them transition from trainees to

productive employees in the Canadian workforce.
Read more 

 

Canadian education is going global

The Globe & Mail 09/06/11

A Canadian business school took an important step toward a truly global orientation on

Thursday in agreeing to operate a campus in India, beginning in the fall of 2013.

Read more 

 

Blind Florida State U. Students Sue Over E-Learning Systems

The Chronicle of Higher Education 29/06/11

Two blind students at Florida State University have sued the institution and its Board of Trustees for

discrimination, arguing that a mathematics course at the university relied on e-learning systems that

were not accessible to the disabled.

Read more 

 

UofW Stratford Campus announces approval of Master of Digital Experience Innovation program

UofW 20/06/11

Set to begin this fall, the Master of Digital Experience Innovation program will see

students work on various digital media projects with both faculty and industry mentors

over the course of a year, the University said in a release Monday.
Read more 

 

Canada-India Education Summit at Carleton Produces Course for Collaboration

Carleton University 20/06/11

A meeting of minds occurred when over 40 university presidents and vice chancellors from

Canada and India came together last week at Carleton University to concentrate on solving the

very real problems which present roadblocks to greater collaboration in research and academic

programs.
Read more 

 

Tech leaders offer career advice to grads

ITWorldCanada 10/05/11

Earlier this month, Cisco CEO John Chambers delivered a commencement speech

at Duke, while Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak did the same at Michigan State and

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer did likewise at USC
Read more 

 

Desire2Learn Announces Acquisition of Metranome Inc. and Availability of Mobile Developer Program

Desire2Learn, 22/06/2011 

Desire2Learn Mobile Developer Program enables third-party developers to integrate their mobile applications, products or services, into Desire2Learn Campus Life, a product of Desire2Learn's acquisition of Metranome

Read more 

 

Post Secondary Education: Upcoming Events

Event:........EDUCAUSE Institute Leadership Program 

Date:.........July 11 - 15 

Location:....Boulder, Colorado  

 

Event:........The Fourteenth Cambridge International Conference on Open, Distance and e-Learning 2011

Date:.........September 25 - 28, 2011

Location:.... Cambridge, UK

 

Event:........MindShare Learning EdTech Summit 2011 

Date:..........November 14, 2011 

Location:...Toronto, Ontario, York University Research Tower


Youth File 

Interview with Marc Kielburger
By Aislinn Malszecki, Digital Media Specialist, MindShare Learning

This month in the Youth File, I interviewed Marc Kielburger with a focus on technology, youth empowerment and how teachers can help guide students to live an inspired life, instep in the world of social change.  

Marc is a Canadian author, speaker, humanitarian and activist for children's rights. He and his brother Craig Kielburger co-founded Free The Children, an international development and youth empowerment organization.

Marc spoke at the Toronto District School Board's Social Justice Fair inspiring our team to get in touch with him to answer a few questions.  Here's what transpired:    

1.  When you talk to school kids at the age you were when you first became a social activist for human rights, do you see differences in the kids now than when you were the same age especially because they're deeply connected to the world via the Internet?

Youth today have an incredible opportunity to access an entire network and world of knowledge available at their fingertips. A few years ago, students were only able to connect others who shared similar passions in their local schools or community. Through Free The Children, an entire support network has been created for students to share ideas and stories from all around the world. Social networking allows Free The Children and Me to We to reach thousands of students each day - within minutes. We share updates about the amazing work young people are doing around the world and keep them motivated through fundraising tips and inspirational stories.  

2.  What do you wish teacher's knew about kids in their classrooms?

Students have some of the most imaginative and driven minds out there. Many teachers definitely know this, but I wish more would recognize the unique perspectives kids have. When faced with a challenge, students will respond with some of the most amazing solutions and rarely give up until a solution has been discovered. Each student is unique, so we recommend a simple equation: gift + issue = change. Students have unlimited potential when they match their passion - sports, baking, singing, writing, etc - with an issue they are passionate about, It may be homelessness, education, animal rights, or anything they want to take action on. When students realize that fundraising and awareness building can be much more than just selling chocolate bars door to door, they will take action like never before.

Read Full Interview


Free the Children is a charity and an educational partner, I encourage you to get involved in their community and help support their incredible cause to educate, engage and empower youth globally.

Research and Innovation  

CEA launches new infographic on student engagement

CEA 22/06/11

What did you do in school today?  Has provided CEA with insights into how more than 63,000 Canadian students feel about their experiences of engagement in school and learning. 

Read more

 

Education Indicators in Canada: Fact Sheets

Spending on Postsecondary Education

StatsCan June 2011
In Canada, a public education is available free to all residents until the end of secondary school (up to a certain age depending on the province or territory).

Read more  

 

Infographic: Children's Future Requests for Computers and the Internet

SLIDESHOW: 15 ideas from Canada 3.0
ITWorld 08/06/11

Eight Tech Trends for Librarians (and Teachers too!)

The Evolution of Classroom Technology 

Feature Jobs  

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

 

Director of Education Services  

Cree School Board/Commission Scolaire Crie

Come and discover a unique way of living...a new way of teaching...the natural beauty of James Bay...a place where you'll have an immediate impact and receive so much in return. The Cree School Board provides pre-primary through secondary and adult education services in Cree, French and English in nine communities. Join our team and make a personal commitment to an experience that will change your life.

Learn more and Apply 

 

Director of Education Services  

Portage College

The College is known for its broad range of programming in both academic upgrading and career training, and for the quality of our programs and instructors. We offer academic upgrading and career programs at the main campus in Lac La Biche and academic upgrading programs in many northeastern Alberta communities.

Learn more and Apply 

 

Executive Director

Northern Nishnawbe Education Council

The Northern Nishnawbe Education Council (NNEC) is a First Nation Education Authority established by 23 Northwestern Ontario First Nation Communities approximately 25 years ago to oversee and manage High School education programs and services.

Learn more and Apply 


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MindShare Musings

"The Connectors, Leaders and People on the Move"

 

What a memorable 2010-2011 academic year it's been! Full of learning & innovation, inspiration, perspiration and sometimes pain.  What's crystal clear is that nothing replaces hard work and focus when it comes to achieving excellence.  With that I'm pleased to share news from across our Canadian landscape. Congratulations on a successful year!

 

MindShare's friend and colleague, Dr. Stan Shapson,  VP of Research and Innovation at York University recently retired from his position after serving two 5-year terms. We were fortunate to attend a wonderful tribute reception for Dr. Shapson last month. York University president, Dr. Shoukri thanked Stan Shapson for his dedication and service to the university. "I would like to thank Stan Shapson for his outstanding leadership and friendship," Shoukri said. "During his time at York, Stan was instrumental in advancing York's research and innovation mandate, as well as raising the university's profile externally. Among his many contributions, Stan helped to oversee the launch of the Markham Convergence Centre, an important research initiative in the provincial government's ONE Network."

 

SAVE THE DATE! 

The MindShare Learning 21st  Century EdTech Leadership Summit, has a new date: Monday, November 14, 2011 and is shaping up very nicely with the recent keynote addition of Chris Kennedy, Superintendent, West Vancouver School District. Other keynote presenters include, Dr. Ron Canuel, CEO, Canadian Education Association and Dr. Eric Hamilton, Pepperdine University, School of Education and Psychology.

 

Congratulations to MindShare Learning advisory board member, Dr. Ron Owston, Director of the Institute for Research on Learning Technologies at York University. He recently received a two-year, $72,000 grant from the Insight Development Program of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The purpose of the grant is to study the accessibility for persons with disabilities of the Open Virtual Usability Lab (OpenVULab), an online tool designed to research the usability of websites. Collaborating with Dr. Owston is Dr. Melanie Baljko from the York Department of Computer Science as well as several doctoral students. For information about OpenVULab.

 

Great to see my former Pepperdine University prof, the always provocative Dr. Gary Stager at the ISTE conference in Philadelphia last week. As a tribute to Dr. Seymour Papert, he's now publishing The Daily Papert. I'm pleased to share a link to an exclusive interview I had with Dr. Papert while completing my master's in EdTech prior to his accident in 2006.  Speaking of Pepperdine, it was great to connect with Dr. Margaret Riel, MALT Program Director and my former thesis advisor. I understand Cadre 13 students survived their thesis defense presentations-Congratulations!

 

Kudos to Pearson in their quest to transform from a traditional book publisher to digital in the 21stt Century. They certainly lead the way with the recent news in signing on Sir Michael Barber to join Pearson as Chief Education Advisor. Did you know Pearson's original core business was building construction?

 

Congratulations to the 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award WinnersFor more than four decades the AEP (Association of Education Publishers) Awards have honored outstanding resources for teaching and learning.  

Just in....McGuinty Government Continues To Support Pathways to Education A high school graduation rate of 81 per cent in 2009-10, is up from 68 per cent in 2003-04. This puts Ontario in the Top 10 in the world rankings. 

Great to hear from my former Pepperdine classmate and MindShare HED editor,  Mitchel N. Townsend recently who shared....his doctoral thesis at UofC is focused on Social Learning and 21st Century collaborative knowledge building. Mitchel also serves as the Co-President of the consolidated Faculty of Education, Graduate Programs Education Student Association (GPESA) where he'll oversee all related Graduate Student issues, including the two main Faculty of Education Conferences (Faculty and Student Research).

 

From the @mindsharlearn Tweetdeck

 

RT @crutherford: 8 Great TED Talks About The Future Of Education And Teaching http://zite.to/lYBs4W

 

RT@KeithHampson: People Are Spending More Time In Mobile Apps Than On The Web http://t.co/GfdkDzI via @alleyinsider courtesy of @colleengauthier:  5 tips for a successful product launch-courtesy of Chuck Norris | Articleshttp://bit.ly/mwXahR

 

100 Highest Ranking Websites in eLearning, Training and Development via @celea http://bit.ly/lznhjI #elearning

New edu #tablet maker @mySparkTech appoints MindShare Learning Founder Robert Martellacci to its advisory board http://bit.ly/fG2kJx

 

Last but not least in the achieving academic and athletic excellence department....

York University Basketball coaching legend Bob Bain (L) retires after a record breaking 38 years at the helm. President emeritus, H. Ian MacDonald (R) shares in the celebration. The duo are teammates on the York Faculty hockey team.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In closing, I was inspired watching a news report on CBC News recently that featured interviews with graduating College and University students. I was struck by their enthusiasm and the great hope that they conveyed during challenging economic times. 

 

It's the human spirit that remains the cornerstone of innovation. Here's wishing you a safe and enjoyable summer! 

 

Cheers, R.

 

Product News

 

The Ultimate All-in-One Classroom Projection Surface and Dry-erase Board from Epson.
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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: robert@mindsharelearning.com

Timothy Gard, M.A., B.Ed K-12 Editor, contact: tim.gard@gmail.com

Aislinn Malszecki, B.A. Hons., Digital Media Specialist, contact: aislinn@mindsharelearning.com  

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

 

 

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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