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April 2018, Volume 11 Issue 2
Mr. Librande is an Arts and 21st Century Lead Teacher at Our Lady of Victory Catholic School in Milton, Ontario.  He sat down for an exclusive podcast with Robert Martellacci, Chief Digital Curator, MindShare Report to reflect on his school winning 1st prize in Canada’s 10th Classroom of the Future Extreme Makeover.

I hope you enjoyed our inaugural ‘new look’ version of the MindShare Learning Report last month!

Our April issue is one of the most special of the year as we are thrilled to announce our 10th Classroom of the Future Challenge: Extreme Classroom Makeover Winners!

1st Prize: Teacher, Arend Librande, Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, Milton, Ontario.

2nd Prize: Teacher, Dean Vendramin, Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School, Regina, Sask.

3rd Prize: Teacher, Martine Paquet, Moncton High School, Moncton, N.B.

Congratulations to our national winners!  And, thanks to all contest entrants. Collectively your innovative teaching practices demonstrating how you inspire your students to learn on a daily basis are making a national impact; thanks again for sharing your stories.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors who helped make this contest possible: Title sponsor: DELL EMC; Dremel, Logics Academy, Microsoft Education, Stem Learning Lab and Ergotron. During the past 10 years we have provided over $500,000 in tech tools for schools across Canada.

Be sure to check out some great insights and new stories in this issue, including:

  1. Education Indicators in Canada: Report of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program March 2018

  2. There is a future for jobs – we’re just not ready for it.

  3. The architecture of Ideal Learning Environments. We talked to some of the leading architects in the country about five key principles in K-12 school design.

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. Save the Date! Thursday, October 11, 2018 Canada’s 9th Canadian EdTech Leadership SummIT--Designing Next Generation Sustainable & Inspiring 
Learning Spaces.

"Remember to look up at the star and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up."

Stephen Hawking
“First off, I want to give a huge congratulations to all the winners! Since the beginning, Dell EMC has been very excited by this strategic partnership with MindShare Learning and the opportunity to reach teachers and students through the Classroom of the Future Challenge. There is tremendous potential for more accessible and up-to-date digital resources in classrooms, and through programs like this, we’re committed to working with innovative partners like MindShare Learning to bring these technologies to every classroom and school.”    
- Jon Dermott, Vice President of Sales for Dell EMC Canada on the announcement of the 10th Annual Classroom of the Future Contest Winners
"We were impressed by the powerful teaching and learning that we witnessed in the videos that were submitted to this year's MindShare Classroom of the Future Contest. If these videos were a testament to what is happening in classrooms around this country we can be confident that Canadian students will continue to be at the forefront of learning achievement on the world stage."

-Timothy Gard Lead Judge and Chief Learning Strategist
Automation to impact at least 50% of Canadian jobs in the next decade: RBC research
Cision - March 3rd, 2018

Dr. Steve Joordens Accepts his EdTech Award

U of Toronto Scarborough Honoured at MarSDD voted MindShare's Canadian Post-Secondary EdTech Leader of the Year--finally gets his award!
Education Indicators in Canada: Report of the Pan-Canadian Education Indicators Program March 2018
Stats Canada - March 21st, 2018
Developed Teacher Candidates in a Networked World
EdCan - March 23rd, 2018
TVDSB Aims to Improve Math Achievement with Engaging
Gamifying Software

Cision - March 27th, 2018
Pivot Toward the Market: How Peekapak Teaches Empathy and Social Skills to Kids in 90 Countries
Startup Toronto - March 13th, 2018
Union Gas Supports POWER UP(SM) FIRST Robotics Canada with $50,000 Gold-Level Sponsorship
Cision - March 3rd, 2018
The Architecture of Ideal Learning Environments
Edutopia - March 2nd, 2018
There is a future for Jobs - We are just not ready for it.
The Globe and Mail - March 26th, 2018
Blockchain Education Heads to Canadian Capital
LegalTechNews - March 21st, 2018
Canada 150 program results in 'brain gain' for Canadian Universities
Ottawa Citizen - March 29th, 2018
A Focus on Screen Time

The C21 CEO Academy cares deeply about all facets of student learning. Screen time has become a major priority challenge that led to a national conference call to share insights on how screen time is being managed across member districts.  Below is a compilation of articles and research to assist educators and parents to strike a balance for their students and children.


Increasingly, research by psychiatrists, neuroscientists, marketers and public health experts shows - smartphones are causing damage to our minds and relationships, measurable in seconds shaved off the average attention span, reduced brain power, declines in work-life balance and hours less family time.

They have impaired our ability to remember, increased our vulnerability for anxiety, make it more difficulty to daydream and think creatively.  

They make parents ignore their children.  And they are addictive, if not in the clinical sense, for all intents and purposes.  


Your Smartphone is Making You Stupid, Antisocial and Unhealthy
Globe and Mail, January 6, 2018

Screen Time and Young Children:
Position Statement Canadian Pediatric Society, November 27, 2017

Parent Information on Screen Time and Young Children
Canadian Pediatric Society, June 2017

Screen Time - Overview from Hospital for Sick Kids
July 18th 2018 About Kids Health - Trusted Answers from the Hospital for Sick Children

Effects of Electronic Screens on Children's Vision Recommendations for Safe Use
Joint Position Statement Canadian Associations of Optometrists and Ophthalmologists

Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight - Common Sense Media

ISTE Standards for Students



What a very cool and insightful site visit I had recently with John Heinrich, Principal at St. Elizabeth High School in York Region on the periphery of the Greater Toronto Area. Fred Galang, Digital Design teacher coincidentally is a past national winner of the Classroom of the Future Challenge.  A visit to John Heinrich’s office makes a statement. Modern, sleek white furniture convey’s innovation. I was given a tour of the library in transition to a learning commons. Partnership opportunities are available for interested
EdTech companies!

I was intrigued to learn about Project Flow that will provide grade 9 and 10 students the opportunity to experience integrative learning. Teachers are currently exploring design thinking in preparation of the implementation for back to school in September.

Principal John Heinrich, St. Elizabeth High School walks the talk when it comes to innovation. While it doesn’t happen overnight, his passion and vision to implement Project Flow will provide students transformative learning experiences.
Exclusive Videocast with Dr. Michael Fox on His Inspiration for Sackville 2020
What an awesome TDSB Unleashing Learning conference I attended along with some 1,600 delegates yesterday hosted by my alma mater district. Despite being on deadline for this Report, I managed to carve out enough time experience connecting with amazing teacher leaders at the poster sessions; drop by the EdTech partner booths and connect with the senior leadership team at Canada’s largest school district. Thanks to Peter Singh, CTO, for the kind invitation.
This sketchnote nicely captures the highlights of TDSB Director, John Malloy’s keynote
(L-R)  Bell Canada Representative; Peter Singh, CIO, TDSB; Carlene Jackson, Associate Director, TDSB; Robert Martellacci, President, MindShare Learning Technology
Thanks to fellow fellow York U alum Jeff Hainbuch, Global Head of We Schools & Educational Partnerships  MeToWE. for an awesome and inspiring meeting & tour of the new headquarters downtown in Toronto. Thanks for the new book the WEconomy.

Jeff Hainbuch, Head of Educational Partnerships, WE, presents Robert Martellacci with the newly published WEconomy book.

Making Connections! Thanks to David Smith, Senior Trade Commissioner, Canadian Consulate of Denver, is the consummate connecter looping me in with Sunil (forefront) TechStars recently, who is nurturing startups here in Canada.
Sunil Sharma (forefront) pictured with visiting Ryerson (DMZ) execs.

We welcome your comments, news stories and upcoming events!

Until next time keep the digital learning curve steep! R.M.

SMART Technologies, Manager, Project Manager
NPI Operations, Calrgary, AB, CA
Associate Director, Experiential Education
York University, North York, ON, CA
Marketing Manager K-12
Nelson, Toronto, Ontario, CA
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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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