December 2017 Volume 10, Issue 10
A MindShare Moment Podcast with STEM Educator Brian Aspinall on the Launch of his New Book "Code Breaker"
Brian Aspinall is an educator, three-time TEDx speaker, coder, and consultant. Having worked with ministries, unions, universities, district and school teams, and corporations, he is an internationally recognized thought leader in digital skills education. As a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in coding and computational thinking, Brian empowers educators to achieve more in the classroom using modern teaching tools and technology.

Dear thought leader,

At our recent Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, I questioned why we are still talking about, ‘pockets of innovation.’ Every school and district across Canada has the potential to be a beacon of innovation. It’s no longer an option to be status quo in this highly competitive global economy. I challenged educators and tech leaders to get beyond the fear factor and take risks and innovate as our kids’ future depends on you.

This December issue provides strategic insights from our Summit, including, keynote podcasts and highlights that I hope will spark your imagination and inspire you to innovate your classroom, school or district. Special thanks to our team, delegates, presenters and sponsors for helping make it our best ever summit!

As you may know, this week incidentally marks Hour of Code Week, which is a great catalyst for innovation in your school. Speaking of which, I’m fortunate to have attended the Can2067STEM conference today for a national conversation on scaling STEM and innovation across Canada. The ‘stars’ do appear aligned!

With that, I’m thrilled to share our December MindShare Report featuring one of Canada’s STEM educator guru’s podcast, Brian Aspinall on his newly released book, Code Breaker.

In closing, this week marks an important milestone for MindShare Learning as we had our official ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Bonnie Crombie, City of Mississauga, launching Canada’s first shopping mall located MindShare Workspace nnovation Centre. The state-of-the-art facility will serve K12, post-secondary with respect to startup weekends, robotics camps, co-op and internship opportunities as well as professional learning opportunities for teachers. We’re fortunate to feature many of our technology partners to keep us at the leading-edge! Drop me a note to come by and visit!

Join us at the 'NEW' MindShare Workspace for a GTA Open House Meeup Holiday Reception and announcement of Canada’s Top10 Newsmakers of the Year in EdTech, Thursday, December 14, 5-8pm at Erin Mills Town Centre. Please reserve your tickets as soon as possible. Drop me an email with your nominations by Monday, December 11!

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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P.S. Be sure to enter our 10th Classroom of the Future Challenge - Extreme Classroom Makeover that officially launches in this issue!

Conference Corner
8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit Highlights and Keynote Podcasts, courtesy of VoicEd Radio

Dr. Karen Grose, VP Digital, TVO, was masterful in her role as MC for this year’s summit. Thank you!

Lord Jim Knight Opening Keynote Podcast

Lord Jim Knight is Chief Education Adviser at Tes Global, was our excellent opening keynote speaker.
Randall Fielding Podcast

Randall Fielding, world renowned and award winning school design architect.
Bridgette Alomes Closing keynote Podcast

Bridgette Alomes, CEO of Natural Pod and our closing keynote, was nothing short of amazing.
The Cross Canada Checkup Panel Moderated by Dr. Bill Hogarth was one of the highlights of the Summit

Always great to have students a part of the programming demonstrating their passion for learning. Special Thanks to Sir Adam Beck and Tim Gard.

Congratulations to the 2017 Canadian EdTech Award Winners

Dr. Steve Joordens

Professor of Psychology

University of Toronto

Lee Taal

Chatter High Communications Inc.

Mike Hengeveld

STEM Program Co-ordinator

Vancouver School Board

Dragon’s Den Startup Challenge Challenge Was Highly Contested and the Winner is…….Dr. Vinay Singh, Co-founder & CEO, Orange Neurosciences

Congrats to all participants in this highly contested startup challenge. Special thanks to our awesome judges panel!

Special Thanks to Jennifer Casa-Todd and Brian Aspinall for Co-hosting a Stellar Ignite Talk Evening as part of the Summit. What an amazing group of passionate teacher presenters! Thank You!

A fantastic, fast-paced finale to a day of innovative #edtech learning. Thanks to all the speakers who made #CDNedTech17 truly special! Courtesy of Microsoft Canada

Special Thanks to Jen Giffen for sharing an awesome Sketchnote of the Ignite Talks

Quotes of the Month

Congratulations on another successful Canadian EdTech Summit! I was pleased to be able to be there for such a great event and I was particularly impressed by the caliber of EdTech startups participating in the Dragon’s Den competition.”

David B. Smith

Trade Commissioner / Délégué commercial

Commercial Division / Division commerciale

Canadian Consulate General, Denver, Colorado


I'm so glad I came and got to experience your Summit. Definitely learned a lot both from you and the speakers. The energy and participation was incredible and I felt inspired being a part of it.”

Kristina James

Marketing Leader, MDR

C21 Canada Update

C21 Canada continues to advocate for standards of practice to optimize stakeholder integrity for collaboration that targets deeper learning for students and system-wide innovation. A national scan seeks to uncover the question

What does technology integration look like where cultures of deep learning and innovative practice are flourishing?

The CEO Academy continues to focus on system-wide innovation scaling, diving deeper into professional inquiry around Data and New Metrics in the face of accountability and public access to large-scale data.While new technologies can offer great insights, it is the wisdom in the questions that will uncover the path.

Data Insights: How are systems using data to determine priorities? ensure equity? gather evidence? Integrate and apply tech?

The CEO Academy is pleased to welcome its newest members this fall:

Nicole Morgan
Assistant Deputy Minister from Yukon Education
Jody DiRocco
Director of Education from Algonquin & Lakeshore District School Board
Rory McGuckin
Director of Education from Toronto Catholic District School Board
John Malloy
Director of Education the
Toronto District School Board
Anthony Stack
Director of Education and CEO
Newfoundland & Labrador
English School District
The Future of Work & Learning
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie Officially Opened Canada’s First Shopping Mall-Located Coworking Innovation Space on Monday

MindShare Workspace, Canada’s first shopping mall-located coworking innovation space officially opened its doors at Erin Mills Town Centre in Mississauga, Monday, December 4th, 12:30pm, Erin Mills Town Centre, Unit E100A. Join us for a FREE stay this week!

K-12 Featured News
Post-Secondary Featured News
Some Thoughts on Coding in Honour of The Hour of Code Week
Tim Gard Chief Digital Learning Strategist

We are well into the Hour of Code movement this week. Millions of students in many different countries have spent time coding using various online and offline coding tools, and by the end of the week, these students will write millions of lines of code.You can keep track of the statistics at the Hour of Code website.Why code? I think most of us have heard the reasons why we should teach students to code. In fact, many municipalities around the world have made coding a part of their local curriculum, and the reasons for initiating this are varied. Some of stated that students will need to know how to code like they need to learn to read and write. Others have noted that learning to code is a way to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and enhance creativity and collaboration. Others have stated that our economies will need a legion of programmers to keep up with the demand of economies as we further integrate technology across all of our key industries and systems.

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International Featured News
Industry News
Research, Funding, Innovation & Start-ups
EdTech Leader Spotlight
Dr. David Guerin Shares his Inspiration behind his new book "Future Driven"
David is a principal and lead learner at Bolivar High School in Bolivar, Missouri. He is passionate about creating the best learning environment possible for his 800 students.

EdTech Industry Spotlight
Chatter High named EdTech Partner of the Year
We are proud to announce that Chatter High won our EdTech Partner of the Year award. Chatter High is a Vancouver Island Tech Park-based online resource that teaches teens, parents and educators how to best navigate the web to find job market, post-secondary, financial, health and other information, knows this well.

Keep up the great work!

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MindShare Musings - Connectors, Leaders, People on the Move

Just when I thought I was getting some time back in my life as an empty nester with three kids in university, I hit a new stratosphere in the workload category.

Embarking on the MindShare Workspace journey has been super exciting, daunting at the same time. Once I overcame the fear factor, and some tweaking to the business plan, we recently wrapped up the space reno in a record six weeks, or less!

Thanks to Stephen Hurley for joining us on opening day for live broadcasting via Voiced Radio. We’re offering a first day is on us promo. Drop me a note if you’re interested in coming by the space for a tour?

Congrats to Dr. Bonnie Schmit for realizing her vision of hosting the Canada2067 Summit this week. Great to connect with former Doug Currie, former Minister of Education, PEI and CMEC Chair.
Thanks to Bruce Rodrigues, Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Education for hosting, MindShare, LIngo Media and a delegation from China Education Publishing House. We had a rich exchange of innovative ideas on the future of digital publishing.
Be sure to drop us your news tips or upcoming events. We always enjoy hearing from you! Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep! R.M.
Microsoft Education Transformation Corner

With Computer Science Education Week upon us, we thought what better to focus on than STEM education and the importance of coding and technical skills for youth.

So why do we celebrate this week? The value of integrating computer science into everyday learning is more evident and critical than ever. With technology playing an ever-increasing role in our everyday lives, technological competence is no longer a nice-to-have, but a necessity for today’s curriculum and society.

Did you know that 50% of today’s jobs require some degree of technological skill? Further to this, in the next decade, this percentage is expected to increase to 77%. This represents a significant percentile of our students’ future jobs that will have technological fluency as a mandatory skillset. Not convinced yet? Keep reading.

The growth rate of digital jobs has already outpaced the overall economy’s rate by a ratio of over 4 to 1. In order to keep up with this rapid job growth, Canada will need approximately 43,000 IT students per year, yet in 2015, there were only 29,000 students – 6% of graduates – who graduated into the IT field. The skills gap is already an
evident issue.

So, what are educators doing to prepare the future of our workforce? They’re integrating STEM and technology into their everyday curriculum, they’re educating students on the wide variety of ICT jobs available in the market, and they’re teaching kids to code.

Microsoft is a strong supporter of the Hour of Code, a global movement led by The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to coding and computer science, designed to show that anyone can learn the basics! Tens of millions of students and over 200,000 teachers in 180 countries have engaged in an Hour of Code.

Want to host an hour but don’t know where to start? Check out this page for Minecraft coding tutorials, resources, and places you can go (like the Microsoft Stores) to attend an Hour of Code workshop!

Make an impact on your students’ future careers with digital literacy. Celebrate Computer Science Education Week and host an Hour of Code!

Career Opportunities
Featured Conferences

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

Orlando, Florida January 23-26 2018

London, England | January 24-27

OLA Super Conference 2018
Toronto, ON | January 31-February 3

Toronto, ON | May 31-June 1

THAT'S A WRAP! Thanks to our MindShare Team for helping make this year's Summit our Best Ever!
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
Daniel Voci, Web and Graphic Designer
Valerie Rusnov,B.A. Hons., B.Ed., Editor
Filomena Martellacci, Hons., B.Ed., OCT, Editor

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