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March 2018, Volume 11 Issue 1
Dr. Michael K. Barbour is Associate Professor of Instructional Design for the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University California. He has been involved with K-12 online learning in a variety of countries for well over a decade as a researcher, teacher, course designer and administrator. Michael's research focuses on creating local environments and policy regimes to ensure the effective design, delivery and support of
K-12 online learning, particularly for students located in rural jurisdictions.

Welcome to our ‘new’ look version of the MindShare Learning Report to celebrate our 11th year of publishing!

Our promise: To deliver more timely, relevant and concise news beyond EdTech,  focusing on leadership, learning & innovation encompassing K12 to post-secondary and lifelong learning.

Special thanks to our readership and advisory board for the insight and feedback from our recent survey that provided inspiration for us to make a number of tweaks to our format of Canada’s leadership, learning & technology eMagazine!

I’m especially excited to share that we’ll be increasing our frequency to weekly with the addition of our Top 10 News Stories: This week in EdTech each week.

We hope you enjoy our new format and shift to a broader lense of modern and deep learning. Thanks to our team, valued sponsors, and to you, for your continuing support. I welcome your feedback.

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S. Watch for our Classroom of the Future winners announced later this month!

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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Jeremy Kerr, university research chair in macroecology and conservation at the
University of Ottawa, called the budget a “landmark” document, stating that the various funding boosts to science amount to “a truly massive increase of C$3.9 billion over the next five years."  

Times Higher Education

C21 CEO Academy Ottawa Spotlight Hosted by Ottawa Catholic School Board

Member School District Directors and CEOs from across Canada gathered in Ottawa recently as part of the C21 CEO Academy Leadership Summit hosted by Denise Andre, Director of Education, Ottawa Catholic School Board and member C21 CEO Academy. Ms. Andre kicked off the Summit sharing OCSB’s journey into deep learning and how it scaled across the district over a five year journey.  C21 CEOs shared their own journeys through EdCamp style conversations followed deepening the Inquiry and through sharing of practices on challenging issues and opportunities to transform their districts to prepare students for a complex digital world.

One of the highlights of the Summit were the site visits to local schools (St. Mother Theresa High School and St. Cecelia), where C21 CEOs and C21 Board members got a glimpse into deep learning in action.  The site visits provided valuable insights and inspiration for further dialogue around the shift toward global competencies, modern learning environments, equity and inclusion.

Writable wall technology is becoming highly popular promoting student collaboration and learning
more visible.
Students demonstrate their digital skills
Modern Learning environments engage students in many ways!. Sometimes you just need to get on the bike!
Sometimes you just need to get outdoors! Exploring downtown Ottawa.
That’s a wrap! C21 CEO Academy and Board meetings gathered on the final Summit day to debrief and reflect.
Exclusive interview between Robert Martellacci and CEO and Cofounder of Classcraft,
Shawn Young.
Exclusive interview between MindShare's Robert Martellacci and collaborators of the book "Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution."
MindShare’s recent Edtech Meetup featured a triple cast interview with New Brunswick’s Riverview H.S,  Ian Fogarty and Armand Doucet to discuss their latest collaboration soon be be a best selling book, "Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”  The book has already sold out in the print edition!

You can watch the full interview on our periscope. 
Closing the Digital Skills Gap

In today's rapidly changing world, there is an ever-increasing need for digital talent. This need for digitally-skilled workers is outpacing the economy at a rate of 6 to 1. By the time our students who are currently in the system graduate, there will be approximately 216,000 Canadian careers in technology. The ICTC recently published a study – The Digital Talent Dividend: Shifting Gears in a Changing Economy – containing these and many other eye-opening statistics. How can we ensure we're setting our students up for success?

It's time we draw attention to this issue, prepare our students for the future, and close the gap. On March 1st, Microsoft in Education Canada hosted a discussion with an incredible panel of industry leaders and experts. Along with the Toronto District School Board, RBC, 7 Generations Education Institute, and Humber River Hospital, we discussed this digital skills gap, focusing on how industry, community, and school members can come together as one on this important topic and support our youth.

You can watch a recording of the panel livestream on our Microsoft in Education Canada Facebook page. Join the conversation using the hashtag #MSFTDigitalSkills and together let’s close the digital skills gap.

I see a massive shift happening in the way we work and learn. It’s never been a more exciting time to be immersed in education with the promise technology brings.  Yet the challenge is a bit daunting in managing growth, through leadership renewal and succession planning and how emerging technologies will interplay with the digital revolution upon us.

Making those global connections will be vital to our continued leadership and innovation in education in Canada. It was fortuitous that Ismail Farag the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, focused on the EdTech sector recently reached out and visited the MindShare Workspace. Australia’s innovative spirit when it comes to education is very evident during my 20 years plus being immersed in the Edtech space.  We look forward to collaborating on perhaps a trade mission to Australia and inviting a keynoter to present at our fall 9th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit.  Stay tuned for more details!

MindShare was honoured to be a guest at a reception of the new Australian high commissioner to Canada, Her Excellency Natasha Smith. Looking forward to forging mutually beneficial partnerships in the EdTech space.
It was an honour to be part of CanCode’s national launch recently with TakingITGlobal through a C21 Canada partnership that took place at the Cisco headquarters in Toronto.

Peter Skillen, former TDSB educator and mindshare colleague leads the Toronto CanCode launch

What an awesome professional learning day I experienced last weekend at the EdCamp905 we sponsored at St. Roch’s in the Dufferin Peel District School Board. For my tech industry colleagues I’m surprised I don’t see more of you there as this grassroots low tech experience would help you gain insight to the trends happening in education. It was fascinating to connect with teachers, students and tour Peter Fujiwara’s production studio!  Kudos to the organizing team for making this a deep learning adventure for me and the delegates!

In late breaking news….congrats to Eddie Sawyer, Vancouver Public Schools for being recognized by global tech leadership organization CoSN as one of Five emerging K-12 technology leaders who are changing the game in education.
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April 4 - 7 2018
CANeLearn 2018 Digital Learning Symposium
April 18 - 20, 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 
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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