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July/August 2016

Volume 9, No. 5

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Quote of the Month

Professional Learning Spotlight

ISTE 2016 Retrospective Part 1

Can/Am ISTE Spotlight

ISTE 2016 Podcasts

C21 Canada Spotlight

K-12 Featured News

Post-Secondary Featured News

International Featured News

Conference Corner

Industry News

Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups

MindShare Musings

Featured Conferences

Career Opportunities

Advisory Board

About Us


Book Recommendations

A MindShare Moment at ISTE16 with Global EdTech Legend Bruce Dixon from Melbourne Australia

Bruce Dixon has spent the bulk of his career developing programs that assist governments to make effective use of technology across their education sector.Podcast

Dear Thought Leader,

Congratulations on a successful year of learning and transformation! Collectively as education and industry leaders we’ve impacted thousands of students who will go on to achieve new heights because of your hard work and dedication to the learning space.

Take the opportunity to savour  the moment and re-charge your batteries with our Summer PD Special Edition – Spotlight on ISTE – CanAm Celebration of Excellence.

Be sure to check out our many highlights!

  1. International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)Conference Denver – CanAm Highlights – Featured podcasts with world renowned educationalist, Bruce Dixon, Ann Flynn, Director, EdTech, National School Boards Association and Jeff Lowe, VP, SMART Technologies on the future of SMART in light of their impending acquisition.
  2. Dianne Turner appointed as Chief Educator for B.C. 
  3. MindShare Learning is Honoured to Win Chair’s Best International Partnership Award & a MindShare Moment with Alex Blackwood, IPN, highlights the upcoming conference in Olso, Norway  
  4. Top 5 PD Tips for Enhancing your Teaching with Technology courtesy of Tim Gard, Blogger at Large
  5. B.C. Invests $6 million in Coding & Computers
  6. Speaking of PD! Take advantage of our $100 Off Coupon Code (MSL100) for our valued subscribers to attend our 7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, November 3rd @MaRsDD
  7. I was honoured recently to be appointed to the ICTC_CTIC Task Force on Driving Change Education and Skills DigitalTalent2020.

This marks our last issue for the summer as we take a breather in preparation for our back to school issue. Please don’t hesitate to drop me a note to share news, or inquire about our other services.

Special thanks to our valued partners, sponsors, contributing writers and members of our team, whose pursuit of excellence inspires each and every issue of the MSL Report to be the best each and every month.

Until next time, have a safe and enjoyable summer!

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Curator, The MindShare Learning Report™
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™

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Quote of the Month

“C21 Canada – Canadians for 21st Century Learning & Innovation is a good example of a partnership that brings together national education organizations, private sector companies, educators, and researchers to leverage new learning technologies and build the skills needed in today’s highly competitive, knowledge-based and global economy,” says Dr. Michael Bloom, Vice-President, Industry and Business Strategy, The Conference Board of Canada.“It is through collaborations like C21 Canada that new and effective approaches to teaching and learning take root and find their way into the classroom. Congratulations to Mindshare Learning and 21st Century Learning Associates for their 2016 Global Best Chair’s Award.” 

  MindShare Learning & 21st  Century Learning Associates WIN Global Best Chair’s Award


Professional Learning Spotlight

Top 5 PD Tips for Enhancing your Teaching with Technology by Tim Gard

You’ve just finished your year of teaching and your itching for a way to use technology more effectively in your classroom program next year. You’re aware of your need to modify and redefine the teaching and learning tasks you have designed for students so that you can use technology in ways that go beyond your ‘comfort zone’. You have fresh new ideas, an eager attitude and a desire to take some risks. But where do you go to get that PD you need to take your classroom technology program beyond the norm? Where do you go to move your technology integration into a more profound stage of teaching and learning?

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Summer Professional Development With MOOCs
Edutopia 19.05.2016

Professional Learning Networks

ISTE 2016 Retrospective Part 1

image07MindShare Learning Proudly Partnered with ISTE16 as a Media Associate. Special Thanks to ISTE.

Noisy, messy, fun and collaborative are the words that come to mind in experiencing ISTE2016 in Denver. Quite a contrast to the learning environment I experienced as an aging baby boomer. With some 15,000 plus delegates (over 300 Canadians) on hand there was ample opportunity to connect with old and new friends. For a more in-depth Canadian educator perspective, check out Sandra Chow’s blog, Award winning TDSB educator and MindShare advisory board member.


ISTE and Microsoft collaborate to provide new school planning and professional learning resources

Refreshed ISTE Standards for Students unveiled at ISTE 2016

Infographic: ISTE 2016 by the numbers


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A Canadian Educator’s Perspective of ISTE 2016 Award winning TDSB educator and MindShare advisory board member Sandra Chow

This year, the annual ISTE(International Society for Technology in Education) conference and expo was held in Denver, Colorado to 19500+ attendees and exhibitors. Attendees came from 73 different countries around the world, and Canada was definitely well represented in this year’s conference. Not only did we have many Canadians attending the conference as participants, but many influential Canadian educators were also presenters, including our very own Michelle Cordy

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CmSo9spWEAAFn7x.jpg-largeVR is hot in education and quite immersive as is evidenced by MSL’s Chief Digital Curator

20160627_151109Microsoft Education is one to watch in 2016-17 thanks to a number of strategic acquisitions and product enhancements

Can/Am ISTE Spotlight

CmFuXkoXIAAeJQ5Special CanAm Presentation: David Smith, Sr. Trade Commissioner, Canadian Consulate Denver (L), Marcy Grossman, Consul General Denver (C), receives a commemorative CanAm event sign from Robert Martellacci, MA EdTech, President, MindShare Learning Technology, Co-founder & President C21 Canada (R)

ISTE CanAm Denver Marks 7th Annual Celebration of Excellence
Over 125 education and industry leaders gathered to connect, share and forge mutually beneficial partnerships in support of student success last Monday afternoon at ISTE in Denver. Jim Flanagan, Chief Learning Officer ISTE gave greetings on behalf of ISTE and expressed a desire to connect more closely with Canada in the future. On the Government of Canada front, David Smith, Sr. Trade Commissioner illuminated Canada as the leading trade partner to the United State’s. There were a number of notable guests including; Keith Kruger, CEO, CoSN; Dr. Karen Billings, VP, SIIA; Dr. Paul Sparks, Program Chair,  Pepperdine U EdTech; Nancy Knowlton, co-founder and CEO of Nureva Inc; the highly sought after keynote speaker,Angela Maiers; ISTE closing keynote, Canada’s Michelle Cordy. MindShare Board members on hand included, Edutopia’s Chip Fesko,Sandra Chow, TDSB; Ian Fogarty, Kevin CusterMichael Furdyk, TakingITGlobal. Notable EdTech players on hand, D2L, Learning Bird,Nureva, Advanced EducationSMART Technologies, Dreambox Learning, Nelson Education, EdTech Team, and West’s Education-SchoolMessenger. It was great meet many new people, especially,Patricia Gartland, Superintendent, Coquitlam S.D. in B.C. With over 300 Canadian education and indutry leaders at ISTE, in key roles, it’s safe to say we’re making our mark on the global stage. If you missed this year’s CanAm watch for the 8th annual in San Antonio next year!  R.M.

CmABZvMUYAAOnNiWelcoming remarks from MindShare’s Robert Martellacci at the recent 7th CanAm Celebration of Excellence in Partnership with the Government of Canada and ISTE


Partners are all smiles after hosting a succesful Can/Am Reception: Jim Flanagan, Chief Learning Officer, ISTE (L), Robert Martellacci, MA EdTech, President, MindShare Learning Technology, Co-founder & President C21 Canada (C), David Smith, Sr. Trade Commissioner, Canadian Consulate Denver (R)

IMG_0560WIN A FREE VIP TICKET to the 7th Canadian EdTech Summit by naming as many people in this picture as possible who appeared at the Can/Am Celebration at ISTE.

ISTE 2016 Podcasts

Exclusive Podcast with Patricia Gartland, Superintendent, Coquitlam S.D. in B.C. and Stephen Whiffin, Associate Director of Instruction – Learning and Information Technologies on Change Leadership and Innovation


An ISTE 2016 Podcast with Jeff Lowe, VP, SMART Technologies on the future of SMART in light of their impending acquisition.



A MindShare Moment with Anne Flynn, Director, EdTech, National School Boards Association, on Community and Communication in Education as Driving Forces for Success


C21 Canada Spotlight

C21 Canada announces the Launch of SHIFTING MINDS 4.0: Shifting Systems for Learning and Innovation Schulich School of Business, York University


Two leading documents are a sequel to Shifting Minds 3.0 Redefining the Learning Landscape in Canada. They are designed to help leaders continue to seek evidence and growth of innovative system cultures that promote competencies needed in a digital economy.

Click to download full documents:
Shifting Minds Imagine A New Generation

Shifting Systems Imagine the Possibilities


C21 Canada would like to extend sincere congradualtions to C21 CEO board member Dianne Turner who has been appointed as Chief Educator for B.C.

The province has hired away the Delta school district’s superintendent for a key role in the Ministry of Education.

Dianne Turner has been with the school district for eight years, helping oversee innovations in teaching in Delta.

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K-12 Featured News

Post-Secondary Featured News

International Featured News

Conference Corner

A MindShare Moment with Alex Blackwood, Chief Executive of the International education business Partnership Network (IPN), highlights the upcoming conference in Olso Norway

Alex is the current Chief Executive of the International education business Partnership Network (IPN). An Engineering graduate, he further qualified with a post graduate qualification in education and taught Physics and Mathematics. He became the first Partnership director in Scotland and went on to establish and be CEO of several EBP’s, including for the city of Glasgow.


ECNO Award

image04 (3)Wayne Toms, ECNO President presents the Dan Cousineau outstanding volunteer award to Ron Plaizier CIO at Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

Industry News

Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups

Building a Digital Innovation Nation
ICTC 28.06.16

Chris Damaren: The Next 5 Years @ University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies
StartupToronto 01.07.16

Harvard Researchers Probe Student Time Spent Using DreamBox Math Software
Education Week 08.06.16

Knowledgehook named BNN’s Top Disruptor of Season 3
Knowledgehook 02.06.16

Betakit 15.06.2016

Toronto is poised to become the next great producer of tech startups
TechCrunch 12.06.16

There’s a Revolution Underway in Education
Daily Commercial News 14.06.16

Premier’s Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel Releases Final Report
Government of Ontario News 06.23.16

School leaders, new research say technology helps increase engagement and career readiness
The Financial 07.06.16

MindShare Musings

I was inspired to see my former Mississauga Mayor, Hazel McCallionInstalled as Sheridan’s Inaugural Chancellor recently. She remains an inspiration to all of us. Kudos to Sheridan for having the courage to name McCallion to this high profile post.


Speaking of convocations, I was honoured to be the guest of Dean Ron Owston’s final convocation as he ended his term at the Faculty of Education at my alma mater, York University. Dr. Owston certainly left his mark with his inspired leadership and innovative spirit that permeated throughout the faculty and beyond.I truly enjoyed listening to theNPR TedTAlkRadio show for the first time recently on my way home from sailing. The theme Nudge really hit home. The following is a short summary and link that I encourage you to tune into as summer listening. I think I’m going to be a regular listener.

Speaking of Nudging… OECD Canadian Report Canada is adjusting to the end of the commodities boom, but new policies are needed to boost productivity and reduce financial stability risks.

My good friend and colleague Maxim Jean-Louis, CEO Contact North and his team continue to make bold strides in the online learning space–Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate Dr. Tony Bates’ Textbook Now Available in French. With an English version numbering over 16,000 downloads, this ebook is no doubt a best seller and FREE!

I was honoured recently to be appointed to the ICTC_CTIC Task Force on Driving Change Education and Skills DigitalTalent2020. This is important work in dealing with the HUGE skills gap that is only going to get worse if we don’t address it in the short term! Stay tuned for more updates!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep! R.M

Featured Conferences

Startup EdTech Weekend Montreal, QC | July 15-17

EduTeach: International Conference on Advances in Education, Teaching and Technology | July 16-17

Education Industry Summit – ETIN | July 25-27

4th Annual McMaster Symposium on Education and Cognition, Hamilton, ON | August 11-12


Canarie National Summit, Ottawa, ON | September 22-23

EdNet | Septemer 25-27

Northern Lights GAFE Summit, Yellowknife, NT| October 1-2

ERDI Fall 2016 | October 12 – 5

Alberta’s Blended and Online Symposium | October 23-25

Microsoft Accessibility Cross Canada Workshop Series | Learn about accessibility features that help empower an inclusive classroom.

7th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit 2016, Toronto, ON | November 3

Career Opportunities

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Director, Educational Partnerships, K-12
Education Officer K-12 TVO

Director, Learning Technologies

Advisory Board

The MindShare Report is grateful of the guidance and support provided by our esteemed advisory board.
Members include:

Lauren Burman, M.B.A., Chief Client Officer, POSSIBLE
Kevin Custer, Founding Principal, Arc Capital Development
Chip Fesko, Sr. Director of Advertising & Strategic Alliances, George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia Magazine
Ian Fogarty, Educator, Riverview High School | MindShare National Video Challenge Award Winner
Michael Furdyk, Co-Founder, TakingItGlobal
Dr. Eric Hamilton, Associate Dean of Education, Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Maxim Jean-Louis, CEO, Contact North/Contact Nord,
Gary Kern, Director of Learning, St. George’s School
Dr. Susanne Lajoie, Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University
David Marsi, Senior Manager Training Initiatives, ScotiaMcLeod
Jamie McNamara, Executive Director, Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta
Cheryl Paige, Consultant in Digital Technology Education, Former Principal, Joyce Public School, Toronto District School Board
Sandra Chow, Award Winning Teacher, Toronto District School Board
Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams

About Us

The MindShare Learning Report team is made up of the following individuals:
Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Chief Digital Curator
Bradley Grant, YorkU Education Student, Digital Learning Intern
Paul Sohor, YorkU Business Student, MindShare Business Intern
Valerie Rusnov, B.A. Hons., B.Ed., Editor

About The MindShare Learning Report™
Canada’s Leadership, 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.

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