Note the article from CANeLearn CEO Randy LaBonte on the recent CANeLearn Symposium.

May 2017 Volume 10, Issue 3
Thomas C. Murray on Educational Leadership & his Newest Book ‘Learning Transformed’

Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in Washington, DC. Murray serves as a regular conference keynote, was named one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA, the “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015 and “Education Thought Leader of the Year” in 2017.

Dear Thought Leader,

I’m thrilled to share our Canada150 Classroom of the Future Challenge / Professional Learning special edition of the MindShare Report.

Issue highlights include:

  1. Canada150 Classroom of the Future Challenge National Winners

  2. Exclusive video interview with Top 20 to Watch in EdTech, Thomas Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Friendly Schools on his new book: Learning Transformed

  3. Exclusive Podcast with Roberto Eberhardt, Superintendent of Learning Technology & CIO, DPCDSB

  4. Josee Landriault, Principal, Ecole Secondaire Jeunes san Frontieres shares her vision for the student led PanTech conference

  5. The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner: Student Success and Beyond: Organizational Capacity, Strategic Planning, and Quality Assurance

  6. A MindShare Learning Guide To Canadian Twitter HashTags

  7. Speical Guest Blog on the 2017 CANeLearn Symposium & BC Digital Learning Conference by Dr. Randy LaBonte

Congratulations to our Canada150 Classroom of the Future Challenge winners for 2017! You are truly demonstrating deep learning infused with technology at its best. Kudos to all Canadian teachers and students who poured many hours into creating amazing videos capturing excellence in teaching and student learning. I was truly humbled by the passion, pride and creativity each of the teams showed. I wish I had an award for each of you! Once again you have raised the bar for next year’s challenge! Thank you!

Special thanks to Timothy Gard, Chief Digital Strategist and the judges panel for their efforts and pouring over hours of video. And a BIG thank you to our generous sponsors for making our vision become a reality and providing three awesome MakerSpace prize packages for our national winners. Stay tuned as we’ll be honouring our Spirit Award winners in our June MSL Report.

Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!

P. S. MSL Report subscribers in the GTA join us as we’ll be celebrating our 10th anniversary MindShare Report with a reception and expert panel Discussion on EdTech Trends–The Next 10 Years! Tuesday, May 9 5:30pm, Steelcase WorkLife Centre. Drop me note if you’d like to attend. Limited tickets available!

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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Quotes of the Month

“We continue to be impressed by the meaningful, relevant, constructive, authentic and collaborative use of technology to foster and redefine learning in cross-curricular contexts in classrooms across Canada. Canadian educators continue to invest in deep learning by leveraging, among other things, the use of technology to enable and empower students to learn in innovative ways!”

Timothy Gard, Chief Digital Strategist – MindShare Learning
On the video submissions for MindShare Learning Canada 150 Classroom of the Future Challenge

Professional Learning & Development
An Exclusive Podcast with Roberto Eberhardt, Superintendent of Learning Technology & CIO, DPCDSB

The Evolution of Learning Technology in Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board

Originally from Argentina. Always worked in the technology field, for many years in the private sector and for the past 6 years in Education.

Holds a Bs. of Computer Science and MBA with focus on Project Management. Has been a PMP for over 12 years. Passionate about the impact of technology in student achievement and in support of students with special needs.

Microsoft Summer School is a 5-week online professional development program,
designed to help you learn more about using free Microsoft tools in your classroom.

Summer School is free to join and allows you to learn at your own pace. Read More.

Featured Books
C21 Canada Spotlight
C21 Canada welcomes Chatter High and Nelson Education to their Board of Directors
The key is to create a career exploration activity that is fun to do, so that students will actually want to participate.

The site is currently available for use in Canada and several States.
The site can be used by Career Educators and Counselors in the classroom or as an assignment as it is PIPA compliant and ad-free and it is useful for any parent, teacher or student in the school to do.
Nelson is Canada’s leading educational publisher providing innovative products and solutions for learners of all ages. Nelson values and respects the lifelong learning continuum and dedicates its business efforts to the diverse learning needs of students and educators alike.
C21 Canada is proud to announce Patricia Gartland as the newest member of the C21 CEO Academy
Ms. Patricia Gartland has been Superintendent of Schools for School Distinct No. 43 (Coquitlam) since 2014 and is responsible for overseeing B.C.’s third largest school district with over 32,000 students and 4,000 employees in over 70 schools and facilities.

Canada 150 Classroom of the Future Contest Winners
Reflections on the 9th Classroom of the Future Contest

by Timothy Gard, Chief Digital Strategist

While reflecting on our nine years of offering educators and students across this great land of ours an opportunity to provide us with a glimpse into their classrooms infused with teaching and learning using technology, I can honestly state that I have been encouraged. I’m not encouraged because great new tools are being used, though these new tools have indeed provided new and expanded avenues of learning, but rather, I have been encouraged by the deeper learning that has resulted because teachers have worked out how to leverage these tools into their pedagogy in extremely effective ways.

Read More

K-12 Featured News
Post Secondary Featured News
International Featured News
Industry News
Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups
The Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Student Success and Beyond: Organizational Capacity, Strategic Planning, and Quality Assurance

Often in planning, student success is at the forefront of all discussions – as it should be! However, numerous diverse stakeholder groups that contribute to the improvement of student outcomes are often overlooked.

This month in the Microsoft Education Transformation Corner, we’ll be focusing on Organizational Capacity, Strategic Planning, and Quality Assurance as well as the questions, processes, and practices leaders can consider in order to achieve the ultimate goal – improving student outcomes.

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Conference Corner
With Spring conference season upon us we took advantage of a double header in Toronto with the World Blended Learning Conference at George Brown College (see MindShare Musings below) and Digifest-Work, Learn, Play conference directly next door at Corus entertainment head offices. The opening keynote by Eran Chen ODA from NYC enlightened the audience with their innovative architectural design concepts and maximizing living spaces.

Erin Chen stressed the need for school designs to more open and collaborative learning spaces when asked if schools need to evolve in the 21st century. He compared his kids school to a ‘jail like’ setting in NYC

Exclusive Interview with Josee Landriault, Principal, Ecole Secondaire Jeunes san Frontieres

Discussing the Student Led PanTech Conference and its outcomes for Student Learning & Innovation

Direction ecole Jeunes sans frontieres Brampton #jeunessansfrontieres mere de 2 garcons

MindShare was pleased to sponsor the recent PanTech17 Conference Student Led Camp. We FUN and learned a ton!
Awesome connecting with George Harvey C.I. educators (my alma mater) along with Tim Gard, TDSB and our Chief Learning Officer at the recent Unleashing Learning Conference.
Two Venues, Two Conference Styles & One United Vision of Learning!

by Zelia Capitao-Tavares

As Digital Lead Learners setting up in another location for the day, we were able to check out presentations happening over at the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) via live streaming in the auditorium at the ROM. Kevin Bradbeer our Senior Manager of Client Relations, kicks off the 2nd annual Unleashing Learning conference with his warmth and sense of humour to a full house at the RCM. He never looks over the opportunity to thank and appreciate all educators in the spotlight and behind the scenes who make days like this awesome!

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Speical Guest Blog on the 2017 CANeLearn Symposium & BC Digital Learning Conference

by Dr. Randy LaBonte

On April 5-7 over 350 educators from independent, private and public schools gathered in Vancouver BC for the 2017 CANeLearn Symposium: Blending Boundaries – Leading Digital Disruption, Innovation & Equitable Learning.

A partnership between the Canadian eLearning Network and BC Partners in Online Learning, the focus of the 3-day event was on flexible learning models, environments and instructional approaches. With half of the delegates from BC and the rest from across Canada, structured opportunities for learning created an atmosphere of engaged and in-depth dialogue and networking.

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MindShare Musings

“If you’re not mentoring, you’re not leading.” Words of wisdom I shared recently as I reflected with a colleague on what seasoned leaders do.

I’m blessed to collaborate with some amazing leaders in my role with MindShare and as president & co-founder of C21 Canada. There are common themes amongst high performing leaders that I’ve observed. Perhaps a book in the making! They tend to be high energy and physically active. Many are former athletes, or fitness minded, strong people skills (yes, you need to know how to make human connections). Innovative mindset and highly connected, strong moral compass and embrace the notion of lifelong learning.

In education, the notion of lifelong learning and an innovative mindset is no longer an option, but a necessity to stay at the top of your game in education. We thrive on staying at the forefront of innovation through our coverage of some 50 plus conferences annually to maintain our thought leadership and provide you with the latest trends in learning & technology.

Part of our inspiration for our Professional Learning edition of the MindShare Learning Report is to support teachers and leaders at all levels in augmenting their expertise and transformation. We acknowledge that we’re all in a different place in the technology adoption cycle. Whether you’re an early adopter, middle, or a laggard, we hope to provide you with a golden nugget or two that inspire you to take the digital leap. One of the most effective strategies I’ve employed is finding a mentor and also being a mentee. The reality is as I mentioned at the outset, if you’re not mentoring, you’re not leading.

Professional learning comes in many forms; formal, informal, online, blended, through social media (twitter, skype chats) and face to face through conference and workshops. It really comes down to your preferred learning style that works for you.

I had the opportunity to attend Dr. Ron Owston’s recent keynote at the recent World Blended Learning Conference in Toronto. One of the BIG takeaways was that students don’t want too much technology in their teaching day. The key is to be strategic in the technology you choose to integrate and not be too concerned about wowing your students with the latest tech.

Research shows that students prefer a moderate amount of technology in a classroom setting, according to Dr. Owston, York University

I always enjoy hearing from members of the MindShare community. Don’t hesitate to drop me a note to share a blog, or upcoming event!

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

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53rd CEOs’ Network Forum, Ottawa ON | May 23rd – 24th

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Canada Learning Code Week | June 1st – 8th

8th Annual Edtech Leadership Summit, Toronto ON | November 6th

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MindShare 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
Timothy Gard, B.Ed., OCT, M.A, Chief Learning Strategist
Bradley Grant, B.A Hons., B.Ed., OCT, Digital Learning Specialist
Paul Sohor,YorkU Business Student,MindShare Business Intern
Valerie Rusnov,B.A. Hons., B.Ed., Editor

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