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June 2018, Volume 11 Issue 4

Dear Thought Leader,

Yesterday I was honoured to interview Andreas Schleicher, Global Director of Education and Skills for the OECD on the launch of his recent book: World Class: How to Build a 21st Century School System.

What struck me and what humbled me was Andreas’ passionate for education and innovation. He reinforced that it’s never been a more exciting time to be in education. Andreas further praised Canada on being one of the top performing countries globally; something that we as Canadians perhaps take for granted. I hope you enjoy the podcast!

Excellent News! I’m pleased to share that Adreas Schleicher will be keynoting at our 9th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, October 11.

Other keynotes include best-selling author and education leader, Thomas Murray. Adding their student voice is Ananya Chadha,a 16 year-old Canadian pilot. She is the youngest Brain Computer Interface developer in the world, and has controlled various robots with her brain, and is working with SickKids hospital in genomics.

Thank you for you for your continued support and inspiration in pushing the innovation envelope in Canadian education.

Please keep us in the loop with your news, events and comments. We love to hear from you!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!


Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™

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P.S. Take advantage of the 9th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit Early Bird Pricing!

World Class - How to build a 21st Century School System
In honour of all the graduates this month. Sage words from Ellen DeGeneres.

“The wheels are falling off technology in schools.”

5 Ideas for Improving Professional Learning Experience
George Couros - June 5, 2018
It has been and always is, a blessing to be a part of district professional learning days.  These past two weeks, I have been so caught up in the passion of so many teachers who are on “summer break,” that are excitedly taking part in their professional learning.  Their enthusiasm has been contagious and has it has been such an invigorating experience, which I feel puts my learning and excitement into another gear.

Learning to read begins with a single sound. Start your students’ reading adventures on Ooka Island, a foundational reading program for grades PreK–2

Chris Kennedy, Superintendent & CEO, West Vancouver School District & C21 CEO Academy Member Blog

When I get asked about my advice for June, I share a hockey metaphor – “Dump the puck in deep and play the trap.”

June is a great time in schools.  It is full of celebrations.  There are track meets, music concerts, year-end field trips, awards ceremonies, final exams, graduation ceremonies and more.  And the energy, oh the energy!

MindShare was honoured recently to host Anthony Edwards, Superintendent, Peel District School Board Alternative Programs and his team for an Innovation Retreat at the MindShare Workspace. Robert Martellacci, founder & CEO delivered the morning keynote on change leadership and innovation.
The following link captures a nice video retrospective of the innovation retreat that was created by a non-techie team member who had just learned to use the video production tool.
Book your accommodation NOW and get a preferential rate at Courtyard by Marriott, Saturn Lane (walking distance to the Conference venue)
University of Toronto Engineering, Actua and Google Canada present third annual YOUTH Inspiring Future Innovators
Actua - June 5, 2018
The Wheels are Falling off Technology in Schools: Microsoft
The Sydney Morning Herald - June 4, 2018
Even Apple is acknowledging that the "iPad in education" fad is coming to an end
Quartz - May 24, 2018
Work on developing passive air sampler earns this PhD Canada's top academic award
UofT - June 4, 2018
University of Toronto accelorator launches stream for space startups with Chris Hadfield at the controls
UofT - June 6, 2018
This Week in Canadian EdTech with Robert Martellacci and Stephen Hurley VoicEd Radio
Connected North Program Lauded
Rainy River District - April 18, 2018
Polytechnics Canada Conference Offer Insights into Tomorrow's Work
Sheridan College - May 22, 2018
Humber Students Win Big at Skills Canada Competition
Humber College - June 8, 2018
Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Dalhousie University Launch Interactive Map to help protect North Atlantic right Whales
Cision - June 6, 2018
Learning Never Stops | Set yourself up for Success this Summer

It’s the home stretch – the last month of school before the much-anticipated and deserved summer break! You’ve worked hard to teach, engage, and inspire your students and you should be proud of your hard work. It’ll soon be time to relax, slow the pace, and spend valuable time with friends and family.

But we know the learning journey doesn’t end with the school year, and here at Microsoft Canada we’ve been gearing up to provide you with resources to sharpen your skills over the summer months, so you can start the new year off with your best foot forward.

We’re excited to share with you Summer School – a five-part digital Professional Development program where you’ll learn how to implement exciting and innovative free tools into your classroom.

Summer School is free to join and allows you to learn at your own pace with two different streams to choose from – Beginner: Summer School 101 for intro level courses and Intermediate: Summer School 201 for those more familiar with some of our tools and who may have participated in Summer School in the past.

The Summer School program will help you #BadgeUp and sharpen your #EdTech skills throughout the summer months! You’ll graduate as a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator and earn the exclusive Summer School 2018 badge on the Microsoft Educator Community.

Ready to learn? Register now at! We’re also hosting a webinar on June 18th to wrap up the school year and kick-off the Summer School program! Register here for the webinar!

We hope to see you in Summer School!

Kudos to Dr. Gina Cherkowski, CEO, Stem Learning Lab and her team, who continue to do amazing work in inspiring girls in STEM.
Bring a Girl to STEM Day!
River Valley School, Million Women Mentors Canada and STEM Learning Lab Inc. are excited to announce "Bring a Girl to STEM" Day on Saturday!

Congratulations to MindShare’s friend and colleague, Dr. Bill Hogarth, former Director, York Region District School Board, who was recently honoured with a school in his name

Official opening last evening of Bill Hogarth Secondary School in York Region--a stunning reflection of the future by students in a school where the 6Cs (citizenship, character, collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking) are pervasive. Via @MichelFullan1
James Proulx from Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario won this year’s Dan Cousineau outstanding volunteer award

If you have news or an upcoming event to share, please drop us a note!
We love to hear from you!

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

Educational Developer
York University - Toronto, ON, CA
EdTech and Teachers - Technology
Unisus International School, Summerland, BC, CA
Educational Technology Specialist
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Edmonton, AB, CA
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Social Media Week 2018
June 12 - 14, 2018
ISTE 2018
June 24 - 27, 2018
EduTeach 2018
July 28 - 30, 2018
ERDI Fall 2018
Oct. 10 - 13, 2018
9th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit 2018
October 11th, 2018
IOT, Big Data Waste Management Summit 2018
November 6, 2018
IOT, 3rd Annual Intelligent Cities Summit 2018
November 5-6, 2018
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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