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Learning to Change/Changing to Learn: A Canadian Perspective Premiered at the MindShare Learning 21st Century Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit
Our “All About 21st Century Learning Issue” was inspired by the amazing work of educators & the momentum that continues to build across Canada with respect to learning & innovation.It is an exciting time to be in the education space whether you’re an educator or industry solution provider given Canada’s strong performance on the global stage. It’s been said that education is the killer app of the 21st Century. Countries will rise and fall based on their choice investments in preparing future leaders for the global knowledge based economy.Below are a few highlights in this issue that you don’t want to miss!
- MindShare Learning EdTech Summit Success! Pearson Foundation Premiers video Learning; to Change/Changing to Learn: A Canadian Perspective;
- C21 Canada-Canadians for 21st Century Skills becomes a reality;
- Publisher podcast interview with Dr. Michael Barbour, author State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada;
- Checkout Aislinn Malszecki’s timely podcast interview with Canada’s foremost Anti-bullying expert Dr. Debra Peplar, York University;
- Awesome to see mainstream media (Globe & Mail) profiling Innovative teachers. We’ve been at this for the past four years through the MSL 21st Century Classroom Video Challenge. Entry deadline : December 16th!
- Congratulations to Bitstrips Inc.– Canadian DigiAwards Best in eLearning category winner!
- The State of E-Learning in Canadian Universities 2011: If Students Are Digital Natives, Why Don’t They Like E-Learning?
Our recent 21st Century EdTech Leadership Summit was a success thanks in part to the education and industry leaders who filled a packed room at the York University Institute for Research on Learning Technology. We were honoured to premier Pearson’s release of Learning to Change/Changing to Learn: A Canadian Perspective video.
I extend my sincere appreciation to our MSL Report advisory board members for their excellent advice and counsel through the year. Special thanks to our sponsors for their generous support through the year.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season! Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!
P.S. Don’t miss our “Top 10 People to Watch” in EdTech coming later this month! We welcome your suggestions!
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Advisory Board Members
The MindShare Report is grateful of the guidance and support provided by our esteemed advisory board. Members include:
Dr. Greg Malszecki, Department of Kinesiology & Health Sciences, York University
Dr. Ron Owston, Director, Institute for Research on Learning Technology, York University
Dr. Eric Hamilton, Associate Dean of Education, Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Cheryl Paige, Principal, Joyce Public School, Toronto District School Board
Jamie McNamara, Superintendent of Schools, St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Schools, Leduc, Alberta
Joni Turville, B.Ed, M. Ed (Instructional Technology), Educator, AISI Coordinator, St. Albert Protestant Schools
Timothy Gard, Educator – Media Literacy & Technology, Toronto District School Board
Gary Kern, Principal, Technology & Innovation, West Vancouver School District
Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams
Marty Keast, President, Pearson Learning K-12 Canada
David Marsi, AVP, Learning & Development, Invesco
Chip Fesko, Sr. Director of Advertising & Strategic Alliances, George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia Magazine
Quotes of the Month
“Royal Roads University has led the way with our unique blended learning model of short, intense residencies and online collaborative approach, and the opening of the LIC allows us to take this approach to the next level.”
–Allan Cahoon, president and vice-chancellor, Royal Roads University on the recent opening of the new Learning & Innovation Centre
Our 2nd Annual Mindshare Learning 21st Century EdTech Leadership Summit-“MakingITHappen” has come and gone, yet the conversations continue. A passionate of collection of EdTech leaders gathered at the York University’s Institute for Research on Learning technology from broad spectrum of education and industry leaders from K12, post-secondary and industry.
There’s no question, despite the growing trend toward eLearning, face-to-face interaction remains critical to the learning process. Hence, I’m a real proponent of blended learning, which enables the magic of deep learning to happen. If you missed our event, please click here to view the recorded webcast, courtesy of ABEL. Checkout the pix below that captures highlights of the day.
Our survey responses revealed that 85% would attend a future Summit and 15% likely would attend. As the momentum continues to buiild, we’re looking at a larger venue for next year!
Special thanks to our esteemed delegates and sponsors for helping us “MakeITHappen” in 2011! R.M.
A Kodak moment with our MindShare Learning 21st Century EdTech Leadership Summit delegates at York University’s Institute for Research on Learning Technology
Cross Canada Check-Up Panel
Talented musicians from the TDSB entertain the post-Summit reception
MindShare Learning Advisory Board (L-R) Dr. Eric Hamilton, Dr. Ron Owston, David Marsi, Robert Martellacci, Dr. Greg Malszecki, Aislinn Malszecki
Maxim Jean-Louis on the Cross Canada Check-Up Panel
MSL Summit Presenters, along with delegates and MindShare Publisher Enjoyed a great day of learning and collaboration at York University
Thoughts: 2nd Annual MindShare Learning EdTech Leadership Summit 2011A Teacher’s ReﬂectionJoseph Romano, OCT, B.Ed, BFA
The role of a teacher is that which is constantly undergoing redeﬁnition and reformation. On the tipping point, today teachers work less as conveyors of knowledge and more as facilitators along a journey of discovery who learn with their students within a shared learning space. As a teacher, I understand that my role has much to do with what I do as it does with what my students do. It is with this that I think about how my actions shape the learning experience(s) of my students, now and tomorrow, and how I may play an integral part in it all.As a teacher, my job is about learning. I promote it, I attempt it and I practice it. This thought process is one which, in my opinion, is essential in breaking new ground with innovative ideas and critical pedagogical thought. If we are not thinking about our learning, how can we consider that of others? With a worldwide wealth of knowledge available for our taking, why not go ahead and take it?
C21 Canada–Canadian for 21st Century Skills Goes from Vision to RealityAfter teaming up approximately one year ago with a mission to form a national 21st Century Learning organization John Kershaw, Co-founder 21st Century Associates, and Robert Martellacci, President & Publisher, MindShare Learning have laid the foundation for success teaming up with education and industry leaders.
Click here to read John Kershaw’s recent block. Watch for more details!
MindShare Learning @NYSCATE in Rochester: MindShare Publisher Robert Martellacci always enjoys catching up with Dr. Gary Stager, former Pepperdine University professor in the Masters in EdTech program
MindShare Learning was pleased to sponsor EdCampQuinte this past weekend. Checkout theirWikispace for more information.
The count down continues! Fill out of the contest form by December 16th midnight!
For tips and tricks to submitting a winning video we hosted a webinar with our past winner Mali Bickley with the help of TakingITGlobal and CGE.
Government of Canada Supports Science and Tech Programming for Southern Ontario Youth
Innovative learning tools will be used to teach thousands more southern Ontario students about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields thanks to a Government of Canada investment of nearly $1 million in Partners In Research.
Read more$2.1 million boosts Okanagan’s high-tech sector
KelownaA $2.1-million investment by the governments of Canada and British Columbia, through the BC Innovation Council, will help Accelerate Okanagan increase the number of technology companies that start and grow in the region.
K-12 Feature Headlines
Learning to Change/Changing to Learn: A Canadian Perspective
Premieres at the MindShare Learning 21st Century Canadian EdTech Leadership SummitThe Pearson Foundation today announced the launch ofLearning to Change/Changing to Learn: A Canadian Perspective, the first in a new series of films about opportunities for system-wide change in Canadian learning. The inaugural film features perspectives of key Canadian education leaders, each of whom discusses the role that new teaching and learning strategies can have in helping young people to develop the skills they need for success in an increasingly global knowledge-based economy.Learning to Change/Changing to Learn: A Canadian Perspective can be viewed at http://youtu.be/0e1-ZtFX35EGlobe readers nominate innovators – teachers leading classrooms of the future
The Globe & Mail 3/12/11
Bill Belsey has never known teaching without a little help from technology.
Read moreCMEC reported the results of the second PCAP test, PCAP-2010 Report on the Pan-Canadian Assessment of Mathematics, Science, and Reading
Super boost for province’s SuperNet schools 24/11/11, Alberta LearningIncreased funding means faster service for students and teachersEdmonton… Students and teachers will have quicker access to educational resources thanks to government funding to increase network connection speed in schools.The Future of EducationThis fall, Graham Johnson gave up lecturing to his students. YouTube, he figured, could handle that.
So he had his math classes at Okanagan Mission Secondary School in Kelowna, B.C., watch prerecorded video lessons from home – freeing up school time for one-on-one work.
Read moreTimeline: Classroom technology from papyrus to iPads
Read moreAstronomer, Researcher, App Designer – BC’s brightest science students explore their future
A 72″ reflecting telescope, an enchanting undersea virtual observatory, an interactive plate tectonics workshop and a visit to the UVic Genome Proteomics Lab – just a highlight of the activities sixty-eight BC secondary school students experienced as part of BCIC’s Innovation Exploration (IE) program. The two-day program held on October 24 and 25 took place in Victoria for the first time, providing an incredible opportunity for secondary school students to explore post-secondary education and career options in the region.
New educational initiative aims to ignite social action by connecting Canadian students, authors and books
23/11/2011, Canadian Teacher’ Federation
Through its Imagineaction program, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is partnering with the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU), the Public Lending Right Commission (PLRC) and Indigo Books and Music to launch a project called Listen, I read. This initiative will bring Canadian students together with authors and books to encourage them to share their opinions and to use literature and video to become socially involved.
Success Story: Brock University Prepares Future Educators with Tech-Enhanced Learning
Learn how Brock University is using PowerLite® 83+ projectors to prepare its 600 Teacher Education students for today’s 21st century classrooms, and discover how the future educators are using technology to enhance curriculum and engage students.
K-12 Upcoming Events
Date:………. December 8, 2011
Location:… London, Ontario
Date:……….January, 11-14, 2012
Date:……….January, 23-26, 2012
Date:……….January 27, 2012
Date:……….February 10th, 2012
Location:…York University, Toronto, Ontario
Please share your conference news with us and we’ll do our best to include your event, and/or reflections. Email: Robert@mindsharelearning.com
21st Century Spotlight
Exclusive Publisher Podcast with Dr. Michael Barbour – State of the Nation K-12 Online Learning in Canada Dr. Michael Barbour, Assistant Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.Recent research: State of the Nation K-12 Online Learning in CanadaOnline and blended learning are educational innovations providing access to courses, teachers and educational opportunities for students in Canada, who may not otherwise have because of the geographic isolation of where they live.Twitter: @mkbwsu
Blog: Virtual School Meanderings
Quick Facts: Carbon Emission from the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Industry
- According to some studies, the ICT sector currently represents between two and eight per cent of all global energy consumption and some experts believe that number is expected to grow to about 20 per cent in certain countries by 2020.
- In a typical building, IT represents 40 per cent of all energy consumed, making it the second biggest energy drain, after heating and cooling (which represents 50-60% of a typical building’s energy consumption).
Read moreAbout the CANARIE Green IT Program
CANARIE provided $2.4 million in funding for four ground-breaking Green IT projects aimed at reducing ICT’s carbon footprint and measuring the impact of ICT and cyberinfrastructure on university electric consumption.
Watch for Tim Gard’s column next issue!
Timothy Gard, Educator, Toronto District School Board @soligard
Web 2.0 Technology Spotlight
Projeqt is a unique way to tell a story online. It’s unique because it’s ex-tremely flexible and it allows you to include your social feeds. And the sto-ries are ‘real-time’. Give your stories a heartbeat.
From the ‘mouth’ of Projeqt: “With Projeqt, your story never has to re-main static. By pulling live tweets or blog feeds, inserting an interactive map, adding audio or streaming vide-os, it can live in real-time. Let your
TikTok is another online publishing site for elementary students. Unlike Sto-ryjumper however they’re affiliated with a major book vendor (Barnes & Noble) and they offer a more refined book creation process.
Hall.com looks like a great site to use in a high school or post-secondary class setting. It offers students and teachers a suite of chat and collaboration tools that build collaboration and teamwork. You have accdess to polls, a notepad, To-Dos and a ranker to create a real collaborative and teambuilding site. The developers create Hall.com because they were “Frustrated by communication tools that were siloed and did not solve real prob-lems. Looks like they’re on their way!
In the words of the creators: “Wibbitz is the Play-Button for the Web. We auto-matically convert text-based posts and articles into engaging, interactive videos. The Wibbitz Play Button or Player can be easily added to entire websites, single articles, or just on a home page. Just add one line of code to your site and Wibbitz will automatically start creating summa-rized video-versions of your content.”
First Principles for Great Relationships
By Robin Sharma
The quality of your life comes down to the quality of your relationships. With your Customers, with your suppliers, with your loved ones, with your self (big idea there). Commit to insanely great relationships (Steve Jobs coined the “insanely great” standard BTW- I adore it) and you”ll have an insanely great life. And being a great human connector is pretty easy stuff. Remember, success is all about a precise consistency around fundamentals.
Post-Secondary Feature Headlines
Canadian Distance Learning on the Rise, According to New ReportBusinessWire 09/11/11A new report on online learning in Canada indicates that distance learning continues to grow and is now available in all thirteen provinces and territories.Read moreRoyal Roads University celebrates global connections25/11/11, B.C. Government
Opportunities for students to engage in global dialogue on world issues are part of an enhanced learning environment at Royal Roads University’s recently completed Learning and Innovation Centre.
Canarie and Cuccio enable research, Discovery and Learning on the Move 24/11/11, CANARIE
Hundreds of thousands of Canadian students enjoy seamless access to wireless campus networks and web-based resources when they are visiting another institution CANARIE, Canada’s Advanced Resource and Innovation Network, and the Canadian University Council of CIOs (CUCCIO) today announced another milestone in the transition of the Canadian Access Federation service from CUCCIO to CANARIE, with the launch of a robust information portal on the CANARIE website.
Blackboard Opens Canadian Data Centre New Facility Meets Rising Demand for In-Region Hosting Services
Blackboard today announced the official opening of a new data centre in Calgary, Alberta to support growing interest from Canadian institutions for an in-region facility to host and manage their learning environments. The centre, which began production earlier this year, already hosts systems for several Canadian higher education institutions including Dalhousie University, the University of Ottawa and George Brown College.
Ryerson looking at switch to Gmail
11/22/2011, Ryerson University
Ryerson University could soon join the growing number of universities across the continent to farm out email services to a private company as a way to improve service and cut costs, a move that has raised privacy and security concerns.
Concordia University’s library will lend out iPads to students starting this month. OpenFile Montreal reports that the library has acquired 25 of the tablet computers and they’re almost ready to go.
The State of E-Learning in Canadian Universities
If Students Are Digital Natives, Why Don’t They Like E-Learning?
How a Toronto college is unleashing a ‘toolbox of wonder’ online
24/11/11, The Star
Today’s World Wide Web is Flat Stanley, while its soon-to-arrive successor is more like Avatar in Imax 3-D.
Post Secondary Education: Upcoming Events
Event……… Higher EdTECHDate:………. January 10-13, 2011Location:….Co-located with CES at the Las Vegas Convention CenterEvent:…….. Brock University Teaching & Technology Showcase
Date:……….January 27, 2012
Location:….Brock University, Hamilton Campus
Date:……….February 1-4, 2012
Date………..February 28-19, 2012
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Podcast interview with Dr. Debra Pepler on bullying and promoting healthy relationships
By Aislinn Malszecki, Digital Media Specialist, MindShare Learning
Recently, I caught up with Dr. Debra Pepler, Professor and Researcher from York University and co-founder of PREVNet a national network of Canadian researchers focusing on bullying.
Although cell phones and the Internet help us learn, connect, and communicate in new and exciting ways, these tools have permanently changed how we interact with each other. An instant message, photo or video can be broadcasted to thousands, instantly. In light of this, new kinds of harassment and bullying have emerged and it’s affecting the majority of youth in Canada.
Lady Gaga recently got in touch with a high school student at Etobicoke School of the Arts in Toronto. Student council president Jacques St. Pierre reached out to the pop star earlier this fall, in response Lady Gaga shot a short video thanking him and his schools efforts combating bullying and ending discrimination. Celebrity forces such as Gaga have been essential in sparking the anti-bullying conversation and help young people seek avenues to deal with harassment and prevent it from happening. Inspiring work!
It was a pleasure speaking with Dr. Debra Pepler on anit-bullying about her researcher and PREVNet and advice to all of us to help promote healthy relationships for young people in Canada.
Research and Innovation
Michael Owen on getting sponsorship for researchThe associate provost of research at the University of Ontario’s Institute of Technology discusses how he identifies partners in the public and private sectors who are willing to work closely with faculty members to help support their research.Calgary technology companies see global opportunities, diversify Alberta’s industry
Emerging technologies and new digital media applications are a strong sign of the diversification of the Alberta’s industry, even as oil and gas remain its underpinning.
Read moreHigh-tech vs. no-tech: Two views of school
Last week, Education Minister George Abbott announced a new teaching plan for the province to modernize our schools. Gutenberg was out: Google was in. School desks will one day be digitized with laptops. Tablets and smartphones will supplant un-interactive textbooks as primary sources of research. Our children will type, Skype and hyperlink.
Read moreCanadian Technology Innovators are Honoured by The Quest For Canada’s Smartest IT and Info-Tech Research Group 21/11/11, CNW
The second annual Quest for Canada’s Smartest IT campaign in association with Info-Tech Research Group announced the winners of the 2011 Smartest and Greenest IT departments in Canadaat a gala event held at the Capital Event Theatre in Toronto on November 17th.
Facebook expanding its Canadian operations to Kitchener/Waterloo
The world’s largest social networking company appears to be expanding its Canadian operations in a big way. Facebook, which has its Canadian headquarters in Toronto, is reportedly planning a major presence in the nearby Kitchener/Waterloo region.
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The Connectors, Leaders and People on the MoveThe moniker– 21st Century learning has been around for many years. Yet it gets a bad rap by some who consider it too cliche. So, I ask, fad or trend? Perhaps an era in time where 21st Century inspires change and innovation that will transform learing–a defining moment. In fact, I recently had coffee with the friend and colleague who is considering a master’s thesis focusing on trends and fads with integrating technology in education. Here’s I try to narrow the focus. Firstly, does the technology solve a problem? Is it easy to use? Does it link well to the curriculum? These are just a few key questions educators need to address when selecting their technology of choice. BTW, I think it’s a fabulous thesis topic!Congratulations to Marty Keast, president Pearson K12 and member of MindShare’s advisory board, who was recently appointed to the Council of the Canadian Education Association (CEA).
This past month we partnered with the folks at Canadian Teachers Federation and the Media Awareness Network to promote Media Literacy week…they have some great resources and are doing amazing things to help teachers support students in being more media savvy… a critical skill in the 21st Century.
It’s awards season!
Edublog Awards deadline fast approaching December 13. I can think of a few deserving educators. Can you?
Association of Education Publishers Hall of Fame inductees. Unfortunately, I missed this fabulous event this year as there was too much going on back home in Canada…Congratulations to Don Johnston, Charlotte K. Frank, Ph.D., and Paul McFall on their induction into the Educational Publishing Hall of Fame! Congrats to the SIIA Announces Innovation Incubator Award Winners ‘Most Innovative Product’ and ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ recognized at industry event. And the winners are!
2011 Pat Clifford Award Winner is Dr. Jessica Toste: Positive Teacher-Student Relationships play a unique role for students with special needs CEA is pleased to recognize Dr. Jessica Toste, postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University and adjunct professor in the Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology at McGill University, for showing how teacher-student relationships can make a significant contribution to student success, particularly among those with special needs. Read more
Renewed Computers for Schools (RCT) Board members Recognized at Awards Ceremony Toronto City Hall
David Dollimore (former Director), John May (former Chair), and David Wai (former Chair and current Director)
It was great to connect with former RCT board members recently to catch-up and share in their celebration. David Dollimore and David Wai were honoured for their contributions to the RCT board over the years. Their volunteer efforts helped extend the life of thousands of computers that made it in the hands of students across Ontario.
David Dollimore (former Director), John May (former Chair), and David Wai (former Chair and current Director)
A power generating stationary bike spotted at NYSCATE Conference recently. Hmmm, I thought of this concept some 25 years ago! Goes to show that things don’t happen overnight!
Congratulations to Bitstrips Inc.– Canadian DigiAwards Best in eLearning category winner!
21st Century Learning Resources
Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence and Excellence in Early Childhood Education
Until next time, walk the digital talk! R.M
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