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November 2017 Volume 10, Issue 9
Announcing Closing Keynote, Bridgitte Alomes, CEO, Award-Winning Natural Pod
Creative Thought Leader, Inspiring Classroom Design World-Wide. 8th Canadian Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, November 6. See a Sneak-peek TedExWest VancouverEd Talk below.

Bridgitte Alomes, CEO of Natural Pod, is a thought leader dedicated to better environments for play, learning and collaboration using sustainable furniture. In her work with Natural Pod, she has helped create over 5,000 learning environments throughout the world. She’s engaged over 20,000 educators through her workshops and presentations and has been dedicated to creating play-based pedagogy and sharing the importance of the learning environment design. Bridgitte also serves as President on the board of the Green Schools National Network, creating broad-based initiatives and successful strategies aimed at fostering healthy, sustainable K-12 schools across the United States.

Dear thought leader,

I’m pleased to share our November MindShare Report Spotlight on Online Learning edition inspired by the recent World Conference on Online Learning hosted in Toronto by ContactNorth. I trust you’ll enjoy the deep insights from global experts on the future of online learning in Canada and beyond!

Be sure to check out my blog — Next Generation Schools Are No Longer An Option in Preparing Future Leaders. I can’t underscore enough the power of global collaboration and the impactful learning experienced both formally in sessions and informally in the hallways and on-site visits with delegates, at the recent World Conference on Online Learning that helped inspire my blog.

Below are just a few additional highlights not to miss in this issue!

  1. ‘I’ve had a good run’: Doug Currie former PEI Minister of Eduacation and CMEC Chair resigns from politics

  2. We are pleased to announce closing keynote, Bridgitte Alomes, CEO, of Award-Winning Natural Pod – Creative Thought Leader Inspiring Classroom Design World-Wide at our upcoming 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, November 6. Check out her TedTalk for a sneak peak of her keynote!

  3. Exclusive podcast with Gard Titlestad, Secretary General, ICDE Reflects on World Online Conference Highlights

  4. Insights on Canada’s first Online Learning study, exclusive podcast with Dr. Tony Bates, professor emeritus UBC and visiting scholar with ContactNorth

  5. 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.

  6. HRPA Ground breaking report: The Intelligence Revolution: Future Proofing Canada’s Workforce with skills of the future NOT jobs!

  7. C21 Canada Site Visits to West Vancouver School District & Coquitlam School District Highlights

With less than a week to go to our 8th EdTech Leadership Summit next week at MaRsDD, don’t miss your opportunity to explore the world of EdTech and Design thinking to meet the needs of today’s student. It’s not too late to register!

Until next time, keep the 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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P.S. A BONUS addition to our Canadian EdTech Summit, Ignite the Night with education thought leaders Brian Aspinall, Jennifer Casa-Todd and friends, promises a fast-paced series of passionate educator presentations that will inspire all leaders!

Quote of the Month

“Anyone, anywhere in the world should have free, unhindered access to not just my research, but to the research of every great and enquiring mind across the spectrum of human understanding.”

–Stephen Hawking Step inside the mind of the young Stephen Hawking as his PhD thesis goes online for first time


“Reforming education to ensure Canadians enter the workforce with the future-proofed skills they need to succeed in a digital world are among the key.”

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

C21 Canada District Site Visits Provide a Glimpse into the Future of K12 Learning in Canada

My recent travels to Vancouver enabled me to connect with two C21 CEO Academy board members: Chris Kennedy, Superintendent, West Vancouver SD and Patricia Gartland, Superintendent. Coquitlam SD. While we often hear of High Tech-High as a Model School for the Future of Learning in Silicon Valley, I would argue that Canada boasts many of its own innovative schools and districts of tomorrow today. No need to travel south any longer if you’re searching for excellent examples of future schools today!

Special thanks to Chris, Patricia and their passionate educators and students for a most inspired visit!

One gets a strong sense of personalization at West Vancouver SD, beginning with District office chamber doors featuring Indigenous art. Pictured (L-R) Robert Martellacci, President, C21 Canada & Chris Kennedy, Superintendent & CEO
Caulfield Elementary in West Vancouver SD transformed an existing school into a State-of-the-Art Learning Environments to facilitate Inquiry-Based Learning
Patricia Gartland provided the leadership to support the transformation of a school slated for closure into an InquiryHub Secondary School, while Coquitlam’s Riverside Secondary journeyed down a path of one to one computing. Here’s a link to their innovation story
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.


Ed Leader Spotlight with School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)’s Director of Instruction Stephen Whiffin
Stephen is the recipient of Microsoft EDU Canada’s Bob Allison Memorial Award – honouring the top educational technology leader in Canada – at the CLC conference in Whistler!
Marc Seaman, VP Education, Microsoft Canada, pictured with Stephen Whiffen, Director of Instruction, SD43 Recipient of the Microsoft EDU Canada’s Bob Allison Memorial Award – honouring the top educational technology leader
The Future of Work & Learning
Watch for the Major News Announcement on the Future of Work and Learning at the Upcoming 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, Monday, November 6, MaRsDD, Toronto
An amazing learning adventure experienced recently as we prepare to launch our MindShare Workspace redefining the Future of Work and Learning Photo courtesy of GCUC Canada
K-12 Featured News
Post-Secondary Featured News
International Featured News
Industry News
Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups
Conference Corner
The World Conference on Online Learning in Toronto, recently hosted by ContactNorth,lived up to expectations with a world-class line-up of presenters and a record number of some 1,400 delegates in attendance from around the world. Tune into exclusive podcasts with Gard Titlestad, Secretary General, ICDE who reflects on World Online Conference Highlights, and insights on Canada’s first Online Learning study with Dr. Tony Bates, Professor Emeritus UBC and visiting scholar with ContactNorth. Congratulations to Maxim Jean-Louis, conference chair, his organizing committee and ICDE for an outstanding event.
EdTech Leader Spotlight with Gard 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.


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.


ICDE Site Tours as part of the WCOOL Conference to Ryerson University DMZ Innovation Zones & MaRSDD Facilitated by MindShare Learning Provided International Delegation with a Rich Learning Exchange
MindShare Musings

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?

In recent weeks I’ve had the good fortune of visiting a number of leading-edge schools in the K12 and post-secondary space across Canada. Last week I hosted a delegation from Oslo, Norway on a study visit in town for the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning. I see a number of themes emerging that I’d like to share in supporting and nurturing our country’s schools in getting beyond pockets of innovation. My top 5 takeaways from recent school visits:

  1. Cross collaboration with peers nationally and internationally to share and learn is vital to embedding a culture of innovation.

  2. Creating innovative learning environments can be done cost effectively through strategic partnerships and planning.

  3. Collaborative and inspirational spaces are replacing straight row desks and SMARTboards.

  4. Inquiry-based learning, where students solve real-world problems, is one of the most powerful forms of learning teachers can infuse in their teaching practice to nurture 21st century skills.

  5. Leadership is required at all levels by engaging key stakeholders in the success equation to inspire a shift from the industrial-age classroom to a true 21st century digital learning environment.

  6. Bonus. Instilling the notion of agile and lifelong learning is vital to nurturing student success.

I look forward to taking a deeper dive into some of these themes, and more, at our upcoming 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit — Designing Next Generation Schools for Today’s Student Conference, Monday, November 6, MaRsDD, Toronto.

You are most welcome to join us! A limited number of spaces are still available. As a member of my network, please enjoy a $50 discount coupon by using code: MSL50.

Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

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

When technology is within their reach, students and educators can do remarkable things. When provided with the right tools and given the opportunity to collaborate, create, and problem solve, a student’s true potential is unlocked, and the mind is free to think and do amazing things.

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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Career Opportunities
Featured Conferences


Kitchener-Waterloo: National Girls Learning Code Day Kitchener, ON November 7

CANADA LEARNING CODE various dates and cities, November

BRING IT TOGETHER #BIT1 7 Niagara Falls, ON November 8-10

CANARIE NATIONAL SUMMIT 2017 Ottawa, ON, November 14-15

The QUEST, YRDSB Richmond Hill November 15-17

eCAMPUS ONTARIO TESS Toronto, ON November 20-21

5th Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit 2017 Toronto, ON November 29-30

learningforward 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE Orlando, Florida December 2-6,

FETC: FUTURE OF EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY Orlando, Florida January 23-26 2018

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MindShare Advisory Board
The MindShare Report is grateful for 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
Dr. GuyTetrault, Award Winning Sun West Director & CEO
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
Valerie Rusnov,B.A. Hons., B.Ed., Editor

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