A newsletter from one of our fellow pan-Canadian organizations.


Dear Thought Leader,

This week I had the good fortune of participating in the World Conference on Online Learning in Toronto. I’m looking forward to leading a site visit with MaRSDD – International Council for Open and Distance Education – ICDE – Oslo. Be sure to watch for our November issue of the MindShare Report for a deeper dive and podcast highlights!

The learning I’ve experienced this week in connecting me with global colleagues and thought leaders on online learning was deep and insightful. It reminds me of the tremendous value of formal and informal learning in a face2face setting. A very good segway to an event that’s been very much on my mind of late!

I hope our EdTech Summit is in your calendar as we have 18 Days to go! Canada’s Educational Technology Leadership Summit, Monday, November 6th at MaRSDD

It’s NOT too late to register! PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!

Enjoy our Top 10 News stories and podcasts for October! We welcome your comments and success stories!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S Last chance: Enjoy a $50 discount to our Canadian EdTech Summit as a valued community member! Use discount code: mslpc50

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. A MindShare Moment Video Podcast with Brian Aspinall

On his new gig with Actua, STEM, Coding and what to expect at the 8th EdTech Summit150 Ignite the Night event November 6 at MaRSDD
Brian is a public school teacher in Ontario, Canada on a mission to hack education by coding a classroom for students to create, communicate, think critically and collaborate, and highlights his current work with actua.

Follow Brian on Twitter @mraspinall

2. NEW’ Ed Leader Spotlight withMaxim Jean-Louis, CEO, Contact North 

Maxim Jean-Louis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Contact North | Contact Nord, Ontario’s Distance Education and Training Network, headquartered in Thunder Bay, Ontario and Chair of the World Conference on Online Learning, October 16-19, taking place in Toronto, Ontario.

Maxim leads a team of 300 supporting the delivery of education and training opportunities from the province’s 24 public colleges, 22 public universities, and 250 literacy and basic skills and other training providers to Ontarians living in 600 small, rural, remote, Aboriginal and Francophone communities.

3. New Research from the OECD : Schools at the Crossroads of Innovation in Cities and Regions

Many people would not consider schools among the most innovative institutions of modern societies. This perception is not entirely accurate, since education is innovating in many ways in order to meet the demands of the 21st century economies and societies. But teachers and schools cannot do it alone. They should be seen as actors and partners in broader ecosystems of innovation and learning at the local and regional levels.

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4. Ontario Making College and University More Affordable with Free Online Textbooks

Ontario is investing in free online textbooks and educational resources for students to make college and university more affordable and accessible.

Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Digital Government, made the announcement today at eCampusOntario, alongside partners in digital education.

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5. Building Classrooms for the Leaders of Tomorrow by Terry Mirza, Vice President of Sales, Compugen

Outside of the classroom, today’s children live technology enhanced lives. They communicate through messaging apps, learn skills through YouTube, and coordinate much of their social existence through mobile devices. But elementary, and high schools have not kept pace. They are not in a race for the future, but a race just to catch up to the present. While this presents a challenge, there are ways to bridge the gap.

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6. Teacher Talk: 12 MakerSpace Must Haves

Makerspaces are becoming a classroom staple. As these shared spaces for student-led learning continue to flourish, the concepts, tools and applications of makerspaces have reached a new level of variety. For those new to “making,” developing the blueprints for a classroom makerspace this back-to-school season can be intimidating.

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7. Exclusive MindShare Reflections podcast with my dear friend and colleague, Vicki Bigham

A MindShare Moment with friend and Colleague, Vicki Bigham, EdTech Legend who founded TCEA, and managed the World’s Leading EdTech Strategy Summit for Over 25 Years. Congrats on a Successful Career!

8. Minister Patty Hajdu kicks off unique nation wide student work integrated for the digital economy

Today, the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is delighted to announce the official launch of the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program WIL Digital to develop industry and innovation ready talent for the digital economy.

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9. MindShare Book Review by Timothy Gard

Disruptive classroom Technologies: A Framework for Innovation in Education

The T3 Framework – translational, transformation, and transcendent – is poised to move us forward into an actual realization of the way technology should be viewed, and used to make an impact in the classroom. Dr. Magana’s framework makes sense, and it gives us a usable system to use technology in innovative ways. We know that in recent studies technology has been shown to have a low to middling effect on learning outcomes.

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10. Staples Canada brings The Genius Lab coding and robotics programs to 5 GTA locations

Staples Canada is teaming up with Logics Academy to provide STEM education programs, called The Genius Labs, to students at five of its GTA locations this October.

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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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