April 2012 | Buyer's Guide Edition
Spotlight on Quebec  
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Exclusive podcast interview with Dr. Richard Schmid, Chair, Concordia University, Department of Education, who shares his research on the positive impact of learning technology 




Welcome to our Cross Canada Spotlight on Quebec, special Buyer's Guide edition. This marks one of our most exciting issues ever given the global growth in the learning technology space that we're witnessing today. Quebec is no exception and a hotbed of activity.

Some of the highlights in this issue not to be missed include:  

  • Exclusive podcast interview with Dr. Richard Schmid, Chair, Concordia University, Department of Education, who shares his research on the positive impact of learning technology;
  • Our inaugural Buyer's Guide and Top 10 Tips to maximize your investment in ICT; 
  • Canada's Governor General is BIG on Innovation and visits SpongeLab;
  • Keith Kruger, CEO, CoSN reflects on their recent Reimagining the 21st Century Classroom Conference via an exclusive podcast;
  • MindShare welcomes guest blogger, Angela Maiers, Award-Winning Educational leader, Author, Speaker and Social Media Expert;
  • Teachers take note! Be sure to complete our national survey on EdTech. Qualify to WIN an iPad3! 
  • The updated C21 Canada Shifting Minds Discussion document is now available for your further comments! Be a part of this national movement to transform learning in the 21st Century across Canada! 

In these times of economic restraint, it's vital for education leaders to find creative ways to partner with industry to maximize resources. We're pleased to share with you valuable tips and advice on how to stretch dollars with your ICT purchases. Our first ever Buyer's Guide provides a listing of some of the top solution providers in Canada.  


We trust you'll find a few nuggets of news in this issue that will be sure to inspire you to explore, learn and share with your professional learning network.

Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!





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Publisher & Managing Editor, The MindShare Learning Report™

President, MindShare Learning™-- Connecting Education & Business to Support Student Success 

Go Green  Before printing think about the Environment. Avant l' impression, il faut penser � l'Environnement.  



Advisory Board Members 


The MindShare Report is grateful of the guidance and support provided by our esteemed advisory board.  Members include: 


Laurent Burman, M.B.A., Vice President of Sales and Business Development, GlobalScholar 

Chip Fesko, Sr. Director of Advertising & Strategic Alliances, George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia Magazine

Timothy Gard, Educator - Media Literacy & Technology, Toronto District School Board
Dr. Eric Hamilton, Associate Dean of Education, Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Marty Keast, President, Pearson Learning K-12 Canada
Gary Kern, Principal, Technology & Innovation, West Vancouver School District
Dr. Greg Malszecki, Professor, Department of Kinesiology & Health Sciences, York University
David Marsi, AVP, Learning & Development, Invesco
Jamie McNamara, Superintendent of Schools, St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Schools, Leduc, Alberta
Dr. Ron Owston, Director, Institute for Research on Learning Technology, York University
Cheryl Paige, Principal, Joyce Public School, Toronto District School Board

Dr. Camille Rutherford, Associate Professor, Education at Brock University
Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams
Joni Turville, B.Ed, M. Ed (Instructional Technology), Educator, AISI Coordinator, St. Albert Protestant Schools

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MindShare Learning's 5th Anniversary Quotes of the Month

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"Just a quick note of congratulations on your 5th anniversary.  Well done!  I am an avid reader and supporter/advocate of technology in education.  I'd be happy to lend my support to your organization in the future."  

- Dr. Barry Carbol

"If we are going to accelerate progress in student learning we have to integrate: technology, pedagogy, and change knowledge"  

- Dr. Michael Fullan

"Congratulations on the 5th Anniversary of MindShare Learning Report, which provides an invaluable service to our entire community."

- Maxim Jean Louis, CEO, Contact North

Interview with Mike Doyle, Special Skills Development Coordinator at DSBN
Cross Canada Spotlight on Quebec
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Quick Facts on Quebec
  • Number of school boards: 72 (60 French / 9 English / 3 special boards)  
  • School board enrollments ranging from 800 to 76 100, for a median size of approximately 9 380 students  
  • Government spending on education in Qu�bec was estimated at $11.8 billion in 2004-2005, $2.2 billion more than in 1998-1999  

  • Total per-student educational expenditures for 2002-03: 
    • Elementary and secondary - $8 208
    • College - $13 564
    • University - $19 531    
  • School board operating expenses for 2003-04: $8 303.7 (million)  
Motivation, support and evaluation: Keys to student success research program on student retention and academic success
By virtue of the strategies they use to motivate students, the support they provide and the evaluation practices they favour, teachers have a profound impact on their students' perseverance and commitment to learning and, consequently, on their academic success.
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Professional Development and Innovation Grants - Quebec's English Schools
Project grants are available for teachers, library personnel and administrators who are looking for ways to improve student achievement in Qu�bec's English schools.
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Quebec schools have excelled during the first festival of robotics
17/03/12, FIRST Robotics Quebec

The first Festival of robotics, presented by Bombardier, BMO Financial Group, Youth Fusion , FIRST Robotics Quebec and Montreal Hooked, gathered more than 5,000 people from 67 schools in Quebec, an Ontario school and 4 U.S. schools, and has featured high school students and elementary through major technological challenges. This initiative was designed in particular to introduce students to science and new technologies and to promote student retention and academic success of young Quebecers.

Visit: festivalderobotique.ca  

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Be sure to check out our featured suppliers in our Buyer's Guide on the MindShare Learning website.    

Buyer's Guide Top 10 tips on making the most of your IT purchases

by Tim Gard and Robert Martellacci  

1. Don't work in isolation--Engage key stakeholders across the curriculum to determine priorities. With the classroom converging, its essential to be mindful of the BIGGER picture. Look to the leaders inside and outside your district for inspiration in designing a classroom, or school of the future today.

2. Do your homework! Set out priorities by developing a sustainable ICT plan at the start of the year and allocate a realistic budget. It's surprising how many districts and schools don't have up-to-date plans.

3. How to get FREE Stuff! EdTech Solution providers are always looking for proof of concept and will support pilot projects. Forging such a strategic partnership can be highly beneficial provided there is an Action Research component to the project. True partnerships create a Win/Win situation.

4. Make a link to the Curriculum when it comes to any deployment of ICT-- Cheryl Paige, an award-winning principal and member of our advisory board, has continually stressed this point. It will pay its dividends down the road in the way of measurable results.

5. Look for grants and contests such e.g. SMART Technologies, BestBuy and MindShare Learning Classroom Challenge. Shootout competitions say a lot about vendors and their level of commitment to education.

6. The Principal is the gatekeeper in a school and should be engaged as a proponent to liaise with school district officials and industry partners.

7, Have an agreement in place in the way of an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) to ensure there are clear expectations for both parties involved. Ensure that ongoing support metrics are in place with timelines and multiple contacts with clearly defined roles.

8. Share your success! Engage and draw others into the project within your school and family of schools. Hold a showcase event that can be motivating to fellow teachers, students and parents. 

9. School Councils often have funds available for valued projects. One district CIO estimated that approximately 50% of funding for ICT now coming from School Councils.

10. Last but probably most important, Integrate ongoing PD, lunch & learn activities and engaging in social networking is a must in developing your PLC (Professional Learning Community).

Conference Corner



 Podcast Interview with Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN reflects on their recent Reimagining the 21st Century Classroom Conference 





My time at EdCamp Waterloo this past weekend was awesome! I was given a tour of a uniquely new school in a  mature neighborhood by the Peter Berndt, principal at Ryerson P.S. in Cambridge, Ontario, which is part of the Waterloo District School Board. Airy and bright with one hallway that allows the principal to get a quick view of happenings is only one element of a state-of-the-art school. I learned about the process of designing the school and the infusion of technology. Mr. Berndt visited a number of schools in various districts in order to integrate best in "class" design concepts. Uplighting, sensors that reduce light volumes, SMART Boards, amplification systems and a computer for every teacher are the norm. Collaborating with Mark Carbone, CIO of WDSB was also critically important to their overall success in designing a school of the future. It's not surprising that local kids from the Catholic board have been transferring over. Ryerson P.S. is on the move. 


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Kim Gill, EdCamp Waterloo organizer

Sorry I digress! My real purpose of being at Ryerson P.S. was to attend EdCamp Waterloo that was led by teacher Kim Gill, a rock star educator in her own right, who can be found on Twitter on a daily basis sharing amongst her PLN. Why would 100 plus educators travel up to 5 hrs on a Saturday to participate in this one day PD think-tank? It's about sharing success stories, building knowledge, problem solving and inspiring each other, not to mention connecting with old and new friends and colleagues.  I had the opportunity to sit in on the DS 106 Radio session that was pretty much a spontaneous topic and up came Andrew Forgrave and Stephen Hurley, two resident experts who gladly shared how they launched their own radio show on the web; a powerful and cost-effective blended learning tool for teachers to reach across broad regions. 

You might ask how inspired I was in the process? How does MindShare Learning Talk Radio sound? We've been bouncing the idea around. Thanks to Andrew and Stephen, they sparked a little innovation into MindShare Learning. We're pleased to have sponsored a very worthwhile day for those teachers and students who attended. My only regret was that I had to leave early! Congrats to Kim Gill and the team of organizers on a most successful event. Every school should do an EdCamp. 




Next up is ERDI Canada in Montreal later this month where education directors and industry leaders converge to explore, share and problem solve in a very collegial environment. If you'd like to learn more about participating, I can put you in touch with Michael Lee, CEO, ERDI Canada. Everyday is a learning day! RM  

Congrats to Heather Verbaa, Chair EMS Programs, Lakeland College. Winner of the Flip Mino HD Cam courtesy of MindShare Learning at the EdTech Strategies Summit

If you have an upcoming conference that you'd like us to share, cover, or sponsor, please drop us a note as we're happy to amplify your message. 

Podcast interview with Lia De Cicco-Remu, Director, Partners in Learning: Innovative Education Strategies at Microsoft Canada 
Lia is the Director of the Partners in Learning program for Microsoft Canada, a global MSFT/UNESCO partnership to transform schools for 21st century learning. As a teacher, with many years of experience in the IT sector, Lia is passionate about creating strong partnerships to enable new ways of teaching and learning.
Funding Opportunities

McGill dances for cancer research... lipdub!
The Goodman Cancer Research Centre at McGill University gathered some of their top scientists, students, lab techs and dedicated volunteers to danced support advancing cancer research.
Visit: cancercentre.mcgill.ca
View our videos on YouTube

The Discovery Grants Northern Research Supplements (NRS) Program  
The NRS Program is aimed at NSERC-funded researchers who intend to conduct research in Canada 's North. Successful applicants will receive a supplement to their NSERC Discovery Grant of between $10,000 and $25,000 per year, for the duration of their Discovery Grant.  

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Compute Canada allocates nearly $80 Million worth of powerful computing resources to support Canadian researcher

27/02/12, Canarie
Compute Canada, Canada's national platform of High Performance Computing (HPC) resources and partners, today announced grants of nearly $80 million worth of state-of-the-art computing, storage, and support resources allocated to 159 leading edge Canadian research projects across the country.  

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K-12 Feature Headlines

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Governor General's official visit to Spongelab Interactive
9/03/2012, Spongelab Interactive | (photo Peter Power/The Globe and Mail)

The Governor General of Canada will be paying an official visit to Spongelab Interactive, an online science education company based in Toronto.   
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Tech Class
Professionally Speaking, Ontario College of Teachers
Meet four teachers who are using computers, social media, webcams and other tools to help launch learning to a whole new level.
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Peel board to encourage students to BYOD-bring your own device
Board approves major investment in learning technology plan to boost 21st Century learning

28/03/12, Peel District School Board
At its Regular Meeting of the Board on March 27, 2012, Peel District School Board trustees approved the transfer of $7 million from its Working Fund Reserve to cover the cost of information technology infrastructure to support the board's Vision for Learning and Instructional Technology Plan.

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New online tool provides parents with information about what their child is learning
27/03/12, Gov`t of Alberta
Edmonton... Parents can now access a new, easy to use online tool that will allow them to get information about what their child is learning and how their child might be assessed for every subject and grade level at school.
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Toward a more innovative public sector
05/03/12, Toronto Star
Consider K-12 education, where we desperately need to discover the best way to teach the new generations of "digital natives." How can we instill the critical faculties appropriate for an information-besotted culture?
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Pearson Canada announces new partnership with ASCD
29/03/12, Pearson Canada
Pearson Canada, the education services and technology company, and ASCD, the global provider of programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, today announced a distribution agreement providing the entire spectrum of Canadian educators access to ASCD's powerful professional development resources.
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Teachers are using Kinect for Xbox 360 to engage students and bring learning to life
06/03/12, Micorsoft.com
Interactive learning is key to motivating and engaging students in today's technologically advanced world. Given the digital nature of students' lives, including their avid interest in playing video games, more and more educators are using immersive and game-based learning approaches to help students develop critical 21st century skills.
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The iPad 3:  Revolution or evolution for tablets in education
22/03/12, ISTE
The first shipments of the new iPad 3 went out last Friday, March 16, and more than 3 million devices were sold over the weekend.
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Our school systems are so last century  
08/03/12, The Globe and Mail

Relations between the government and the teachers union in B.C. have been toxic for as long as anyone can remember.
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K-12 Upcoming Events


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ERDI 2012 Spring Conference | April 10-14, 2012 | Montreal, Quebec


Canada 3.0 Digital Media Forum | April 24-25, 2012 | Stratford, Ontario 

Ultimate Gaming Challenge Niagara | May 5-6, 2012 | Niagara Falls, Ontario  


OASBO 69th Annual Conference and Education Industry ShowMay 9-11, 2012 | Ottawa Convention Centre


Canadian Principal Association National Conference
Leadership Under Construction: Tools for the 21st Century | May 24-26, 2012 | Montreal, Quebec


IT4K12 2012 IT: Supporting 21st Century Learning | June 12-13 , 2012 | Richmond, British Columbia  


Canada International Conference on Education June 18-21, 2012 | Guelph, Ontario 


IPN Conference 2012 | September 25-28, 2012 | Durban, South Africa








Please share your conference news with us and we'll do our best to include your event, and/or reflections. 

Email: robert @ mindsharelearning.com

Endeavour: Innovative learning, building & living
Endeavour teaches sustainable building and design with unique immersion programs that provide real-life experience on precedent-setting green buildings.

Enbridge and the University of Calgary partner to launch Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability   
27/03/12, Think Green
Unique in Canada, independent centre will advance corporate responsibility practices nationally and internationally.
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Connect. Learn. Teach.

Top 5 ways to improve your chances of landing your first teaching job

 TJBy TJ Fennell, Jr. Digital Education Consultant, MindShare Learning 


"More New Teachers are Unemployed" reads one of the most recent headlines in the Ontario College of Teacher's monthly publication, Professionally Speaking.  If you're one of those new teachers, this is not exactly a shocker.  While the unemployment and underemployment rate is upwards to 70%, we need to keep focused and committed to our aspiration to be educators.  This has sparked some thought as to what we should be doing in the meantime as unemployed teachers.  How do we, as new teachers, continue to stay in the loop of 21st century learning & technology if we are not actively involved in a classroom?

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Web 2.0 Technology Spotlightweb2.0

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Talk. Listen. TodaysMeet helps you embrace the backchannel and connect with your audience in realtime. Encourage the room to use the live stream to make comments, ask questions, and use that feedback to tailor your presentation, sharpen your points, and address audience needs.

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- Finds age-appropriate educational content on any topic presented with interactive multimedia interfaces

- Generates quiz questions based on student's research activity and skill level

- Supports creation of research journals and concept maps for learning assessment.


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Salon is a high-power web platform where users can read, annotate, and discuss visual media.

The 12 most important ways to let people know they matter

 By Angela Maiers, Award-Winning Educational leader, Author, Speaker and Social Media Expert


The measure of a life is not what that life accomplishes but rather the impact that life has on others.

-Jackie Robinson

When I think of people who made the biggest impact in my life, it was not their expertise or accomplishments that provided me with the direction, guidance and reassurance I needed to accomplish my goals. It was their sincere belief in me. They let me know through their words and actions that I mattered.

The people in your life want that same validation. In fact, every single person you will ever meet shares this common desire. They want to know they matter.

Mattering, a universal human need, and one you have the opportunity to satisfy. But that depends on whether the people in your life can answer, "yes" to the following questions:

  • Do you see me?
  • Do you hear me?
  • Do you care about me?
  • Do I matter to you?

Here are The 12 Important things to do now to ensure a "yes" every time you encounter or interact with someone significant or yet-to-be significant in your life.
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Post-Secondary Feature Headlines

The tablet classroom

13/03/12, Macleans.ca on campus
All incoming first-years enrolled in full-time post-secondary programs at Coll�ge Bor�al in Sudbury, Ontario will receive iPads for the start of the 2012 school year.     

Blackboard acquires moodlerooms, NetSpot

26/03/12, CeLEA  
Blackboard Inc. announced a major investment in open source today with news that it has acquired Moodlerooms and NetSpot, two leading providers of open source online learning solutions to the education industry.

UBC offers new $20,000 scholarships for Aboriginal students 21/03/2012, UBC
The University of British Columbia has launched two new major entrance scholarships to help attract and support outstanding Canadian Aboriginal high school students to UBC. 
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A university expert's guide on how to beg for government money
20/03/12, The Star  

Call it Begging for Government Money 101 - a crash course for colleges and universities in how to ask for public funding at one of the worst fiscal moments in recent memory. 
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Canada shines in world reputation rankings
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Post Secondary Education: Upcoming Events


2012 ORION THINK Conference | April 16, 2012 | Toronto, Ontario


Canada 3.0 Digital Media Forum | April 24 - 25, 2012 | Stratford, Ontario


BCNET | May 1-3, 2012 | Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia 


The Bridges to Learning | May 10-12, 2012 | University of Toronto, Mississauga, Ontario


World Congress 2012 | May 26-29, 2012 | Halifax, Nova Scotia 


CANHEIT: Building the Digital University | June 10 - 13, 2012 | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


2012 International E-Learning Awards - Business Division is Now Open for Submissions

CeLEA 04/12/11

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Youth Fusion: Helping curb Quebec's high dropout rate

By Aislinn Malszecki, Digital Media Specialist, MindShare Learning  

Find me on Twitter @MindShareYouth  


Let's face it: Canada (and the world) is more complex, connected and interdependent than ever before. The new generation of Canadian leaders face challenges that are said to be more daunting and difficult than ever and can't simply be overcome by our current collective set of strategies, models and attitudes. To really address these challenges in a sustainable and meaningful way requires fresh ideas, rethinking strategies, and dynamic new ways of collaborating to develop innovative solutions that are distinctly Canadian but also encompass the world that we all live in.

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Research and Innovation  


A boom time for education start-ups
18/03/12, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Harsh economic realities mean trouble for college leaders. But where administrators perceive an impending crisis, investors increasingly see opportunity.   
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New survey finds dramatic increase in tablet ownership among college students and high school seniors

14/03/12, Pearson Foundation
Just a week after the release of the much-anticipated new Apple iPad, a new study from the Pearson Foundation reveals that students believe tablets and other mobile devices will transform learning.    

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Harper government investing in research excellence at Canadian universities, creating jobs and economic growth
13/03/12, Canada Research Chairs

Researchers at universities across Canada will continue to make advances in disease prevention and treatment, informational technology, sustainable development, and business and management practices, among many other areas, thanks to a federal investment in the Canada Research Chairs Program. The funding announcement was made today by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for Science and Technology, while speaking at the University of Ottawa.
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G-G's 'great expectations' for a culture of innovation
14/03/12, Globe & Mail  
As a university president, David Johnston always felt grateful to see the words "innovation," "entrepreneurship," "creativity" and "productivity" repeated often in the federal government's Speech from the Throne.

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CANARIE helps take students to the ocean floor

28/02/12, CANARIE
CANARIE-funded web portal lets students watch live feeds from

cameras on the ocean floor and engage with real-time research data.
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Product Announcements   

NEW FROM EPSON! Innovation for today's interactive classrooms. Three new Ultra-Short-Throw BrightLink models  
Epson's three new ultra-short throw BrightLink models offer dual pen interactivity and are the first interactive projectors with built-in annotation technology that allows teachers and students to instantly interact directly with a projected image from a variety of devices beyond the PC, including tablets, Blu-ray players, VCRs, document cameras, and more.  
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ePals announces custom content solutions
13/03/12, Marketwire
ePals Corporation, an education media company and leading safe social learning network, announced today the availability of their Custom Knowledge Libraries™ for use by schools, publishers and application developers in the creation of innovative curriculum and other instructional products.
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Investing in a SMART Board in the locker room could have a winning impact
09/03/12, Advanced News Portal
Advanced Inc. offers a new interactive coaching tool to help athletes study plays and analyze games
Coaches, put the dry erase markers away and turn your attention to the latest in coaching and learning technology.
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Amplify all classroom audio with FrontRow

20/03/12, Advanced News Portal
FrontRow provides best-in-class sound amplification but that's not all!  FrontRow ties all other classroom techology together, creating an environment that encourages interaction and student/teacher engagement.

Epsons new Brightlink Projectors broaden interactive possibilities in the classroom
23/03/12, Epson.ca
Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide, reinforced its leadership in the interactive projector market with the introduction of a complete line of short throw and ultra-short throw interactive BrightLink projectors. All six models offer an interactive projector + pen combination with advanced connectivity options to project onto any existing whiteboard, wall or other smooth, light-coloured, hard surface.
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Children with hearing impairments benefit from FrontRow
22/03/12, Advanced News Portal
FrontRow provides best-in-class sound amplification but that's not all! FrontRow classroom sound systems allow you to easily connect to personal FM systems so children with hearing impairments have a full learning experience!
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Featured Job Postings   

Each month MindShare Learning, in partnership with Education Canada Network, features 3 employment opportunities from education employers from around the country. For more information on each feature opportunity click on the following links. If you would like to search for further opportunities we encourage you to visit Education Canada Network at educationcanada.com



Technology Education Teachers

Peace Wapiti School Division No. 76

The Peace Wapiti School Division is comprised of the former Spirit River School Division No. 47, the schools of the County of Grande Prairie No.1, the former Grovedale School District #4910 and the Ridgevalley area. 

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Director of Health Services

Songhees First Nation 

The Songhees First Nation, in Victoria BC, is recruiting a Director of Health Services to lead their team of health professionals. This position reports to and is accountable to the Director of Operations, and is part of the management team. The Director of Health Services is responsible for the operation and management of all departments within the Health Services division and for consistent division-wide services that adhere to the Nation�€™s policy and administration expectations. 
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South Slave Divisional Education Council

First Nations Education Council 

The South Slave Divisional Education Council is seeking a positive, dynamic and experienced individual for the position of Technology & Finance Officer. Under the supervision of the Technology Manager and the Comptroller, the Officer is responsible for maintaining the financial, administrative, payroll, and student information computer systems and related procedures for the South Slave Divisional Education Council (SSDEC) in order to ensure effective, efficient and accurate operations. The incumbent will be responsible for assisting in the delivery of technical support for computer users in response to specific requests as well as developing and maintaining database and web-based technology tools and resources. 

Learn more and apply  

If you are an employer and would like to have your job featured in our next issue email mindshare@educationcanada.com

MindShare Musings 

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There's been a flurry of activity around 21st Century learning of late in Canada with the launch of C21Canada.org. Interesting to note that the ECOO conference folks settled on a theme of Learning in the "now" century as opposed to the latter. Perhaps perceived as a clich� by some, it's a brand that reflects an era in time. Regardless, be sure to check this fall's agenda to what promises to be a BIGGER and better ECOO event this year!

A perfect segue to share "A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning." This comes courtesy of Edutopia, a not-for-profit education publisher funded by George Lucas -- an organization on the move that embraces the notion of 21st century learning. Incidentally, we're fortunate to have Chip Fesko, Sr. Director of Advertising and Strategic Alliances from Edutopia on our advisory board. 

Speaking of innovation, do you remember when the fax first emerged as a cutting-edge technology back in the '80's? We no longer do faxing, didn't even put a number on my biz card. The question I ponder: will the 3D printer be the next BIG digital replication tool of the future? Here's what sparked the thought below that has great potential for education: 3D Printing Lets Kids Combine LEGO And Lincoln Logs Into One Toy

Checkout 2012 MindShare Learning contest winner and CEA guest blogger, @HeidiSiwak, who shares her blueprint for provoking innovation in schools: http://bit.ly/H4cAoF via max_cooke. Speaking of the CEA, it was great to connect with Ron Canuel's brother, Michael, who is the Executive Director of Learn Quebec, a not-for-profit that serves primarily the English speaking school districts in Quebec. As we ran out of time for a podcast, I promised I'd give them a plug. They offer some great solutions including their own web conferencing system that is designed for education and well-priced.

Despite the rumour that the long awaited Ontario Online Institute has been mothballed, I am impressed with Hon. Glen Murray, who recently presented at the Canadian Club in Toronto. The theme of his talk: "Education in the Age of Acceleration." I recommend you check it out here. I do plan to follow-up with him on the OOI fiasco later this month and will keep you, our readership, posted.

I congratulated Ontario Rock Star Blogger, Doug Peterson, last weekend on his Top 10 Blog recognition. He was humble as always and questioned the source like any savvy educator would. Doug, regardless, you're Top 10 in our books too! You can follow Doug on twitter via @dougpete The following is a link to the site who ranked him,Online College Blog

CEA's 2012 Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research in Education could recognize your emerging research and its considerable promise in contributing to the transformation of education in Canada. Deadline for submissions, Thursday, May 31, 2012 www.cea-ace.ca/cliffordaward

I'm becoming a BIG fan of infographics. This one is super relevant these days, given the hype around eTextbooks, and most thought provoking: When will iBooks become the norm in schools' Infographic

In late breaking news....Dr. Margaret Riel, Chair, Pepperdine University MALT program (my former thesis advisor) announced that she'll be stepping down from her role after two years of heading up the program. Janet Murphy, Program Manager at the ABEL project is rumoured to be heading to the Ontario Ministry of Education. Congratulations to the both of you for outstanding contributions to your respective programs.

In closing, I'm continually impressed by the work ethic I see amongst education leaders who share regularly and collaborate through twitter and other web 2.0 tools well beyond normal working hours. This speaks to your true passion to make a difference and strive for excellence. It's inspiring to me (and others, I'm sure) as it helps me keep a pulse for what's really happening in the classrooms across Canada and beyond. Keep up the great work! Cheers, R.M.   


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The MindShare Learning Report team is made up of the following individuals:


Robert Martellacci,  M.A. Ed Tech., Publisher and Managing Editor, contact: robert@mindsharelearning.com

Timothy Gard, M.A., B.Ed K-12 Editor, contact: tim.gard@gmail.com

Aislinn Malszecki, B.A. Hons., Digital Media Specialist, contact: aislinn@mindsharelearning.com  

Valerie Rusnov, B.A. Hons., B.Ed., Editor

Terri-Jo Fennell, B.A., B.Ed, Jr. Digital Education Consultant



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MindShare Learning is a privately held company based in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada. Its hallmark is providing strategic marketing solutions to learning & technology solution providers in the K-12, HED and corporate learning markets, to support new market expansion and revenue growth. MindShare Learning's partial client list includes: Adobe (Macromedia), Blackboard Inc., EPSON, GlobalScholar, Learning.com, RM PLC UK, Softease Ltd. UK, netTrekker, IMSI (ClipArt.com), CERC (Canadian Education Resources Council), Tech4Learning, Xoolon, NECTAR Foundation and ERDI Canada.



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