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Dear Thought Leader,

If you didn’t get a chance to checkout our October Online Learning Special Feature, this issue provides a great synopsis of the Future of Learning in Canada.

I’m continually impressed by the passion and innovative spirit of education leaders across our vast and beautiful country.

As we arm them with the tech tools to further enhance and accelerate learning, I struggle with the obvious lack of equity in schools that is robbing our kids of an education they deserve.

As I stated at our recent Canadian EdTech Summit, I’m tired of talking and focusing on“Pockets of Innovation in a classroom or one school. Every school has the potential to be an innovation one offering inspiring learning environments, and tools to allow teachers and students to reach their full potential.” I welcome your thoughts.

I hope you enjoy this Top 10 special edition! As always, we welcome your stories and insight!

Watch for our December Future of Faculties of Education Special edition!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

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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1. Doug Currie former PEI Minister of Eduacation and CMEC Chair resigns from politics

P.E.I. Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie is leaving provincial politics after more than a decade in the provincial legislature.

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2. EdTech Industry Leader Spotlight with Fred Dixon, Co-Founder and CEO, Blindside Networks and BlG Blue Button 

Our first virtual product review of BIG Blue Button with Fred Dixon, Co-Founder and CEO, Blindside Networks and BlG Blue Button on the world’s leading open source web conference system for online learning

3. Next Generation Schools are no Longer an Option in Preparing Future Leaders

I often catch myself saying these days, “It’s never been a more exciting time to be in education.” The promise of technology and tools to engage students and accelerate learning is beyond what many of us ever imagined. Yet for the most part, I still see schools stuck in the industrial age model of learning.

What’s holding us back? Imagination. Courage. Funding. And perhaps fear of failure?

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4. EdTech Leader Spotlight withGard Titlestad, President, ICDE
Reflects on World Online Conference Highlights

Joined ICDE in August 2011 after six years at the Nordic Council of Ministers in Copenhagen, Denmark where he was Head of the Department for Knowledge and Welfare. He managed the secretariat for various configurations of ministers: the ministers for education and research, the ministers for health and social affairs, andthe ministers for labour affairs and IT.

5. Exclusive Podcast with Dr. Tony Bates at the World Conference
On the State of Online Learning in Canada

Tony Bates is President and CEO of Tony Bates Associates Ltd, a private company specializing in consultancy and training in the planning and management of e-learning and distance education. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor in the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University, Toronto.

6. HRPA Ground breaking report: The Intelligence Revolution: Future Proofing Canada’s Workforce

We’re at a tipping point where machines are outsmarting humans. Now is the time for Canada to build on its strengths to develop a position of global leadership.

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7. Toronto School Board Extends Ban on Snapchar, Instagram, and Netflix

The school board said there were unexpected delays to upgrade their internet network during the summer. It will continue to block these websites to alleviate congestion and boost network capacity.

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8. Sweep of Educational Apps Fine Some Fall Short on Pirvacy

A sweep of a number of popular online applications used in Canadian classrooms has found that many service providers are carefully considering the needs of younger users when it comes to privacy, but others are falling short.

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9. Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

Make : Change – Empowering classrooms to make the change they wish to see in the world

Last month, we talked about transforming education to support our common goal – providing an inclusive and high-quality education for all students. We talked about some of the resources and tools that are available to support educators and school systems through their journey to achieve this. We also touched on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and ways to teach and align your curriculum and daily lessons to help achieve these Sustainable Goals.

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10. Step Inside the Mind of the Young Stephen Hawkings as his PHD Thesis goes online for First Time

Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis, ‘ Properties of expanding universes’, has been made freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world, after being made accessible via the University of Cambridge’s Open Access repository, Apollo.

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About us
The MindShare Learning Report team is made up of the following individuals:
Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Chief Digital Curator
Tim Gard, B.Ed., OCT, M.A, Chief Digital 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., EditorAbout 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.

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About MindShare Learning

MindShare Learning is Canada’s leading EdTech strategy, news and events media company. We counsel education and technology leaders in understanding the emerging needs of learners to succeed in the 21st Century global knowledge-based digital economy.

MindShare Learning’s partial client list includes: Adobe, Blackboard Inc., Bosch Dremel, C21 Canada, Cisco Canada, Epson America, Follett, Global Scholar, Intel Canada, Microsoft Canada, Ontario Ministry of Education, Research Machines (RM) PLC UK, SMART Technologies, Steelcase.


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