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MindShare Musings – May Edition

The Connectors, Leaders, and People on the Move

I feel blessed to do what I do for a living. I like to say that every day is a learning day for me. While I’m immersed with technology on a daily basis, I’m also surrounded by incredibly smart and successful people…hopefully it’s rubbing off on me! I’m seeing a trend when it comes to leadership skills, be it in education, or industry. Striking a balance in how one uses tech to teach and work is extremely challenging and and a key ingredient to leading successfully.

The awards keep piling up for Joyce Public School. The were recently the recipients of the TDSB award of Excellence for Teachers helping Teachers. Cheryl Paige, Principal is a great case study for a high performing leader who empowers her teachers to perform at their best while providing essential classroom tools to support teaching and learning.

Speaking of tools, SMART Technologies veteran western Canada regional manager, Darcy Ling, my conference buddy, shared some exciting news while we were recently at ERDI in Montreal. He’s been promoted to western regional manager in California. Congrats Darcy…I look forward to visiting in your new surroundings!

California Dreamin'. Darcy Ling, SMART Technologies, is all smiles as he shares with MindShare's Publisher, Robert Martellacci, his new post as SMART's regional manager covering California.

Staying with SMART… they recently announced the New Vice President Marketing appointment of Jeff Lowe as Vice President, Marketing.

On the University front, UOIT Faculty of Education welcomes Dr. Suzanne de Castell from Simon Fraser University.

Canada’s national science and technology museums are now on Canada’s fastest digital network
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The Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA) is pleased to announce the election of its new President, Sandi Urban Hall of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association. Presidents of the eight provincial school board associations participated in the election at the Board of Directors Spring Meeting in Montreal, where they unanimously selected Ms. Urban Hall to a one-year term, effective July 4th, 2012.

Here’s an interesting stat: IWBs Used in 29.5% of Classrooms for At Least 5.1 Hours (U.S.). I’m told by my friend and colleague, Anita Townsend, consultant and former Superintendent in Simcoe County District School Board shared a very exciting international initiative she’s currently working on. The Global Teenager Project (GTP) is a dynamic online resource which provides students with the opportunity to research curriculum-connected topics using Learning Circles and Web 2.0Tools. The Learning Circle is a methodology designed and researched by Dr. Margaret Riel of Pepperdine University in California. There are two Learning Circles in a year, commencing in September and again in February, lasting for ten weeks each. These are created by connecting groups of 8 to 12 classes from all over the world online in a Wiki environment. Participating teachers select a theme which connects to their curriculum from the circle topics listed on the GTP website. These topics enable cross curricular study and are those which impact the lives of most students around the world such as the millennium development goals.

Teachers are able to choose appropriate curriculum topics for students to become more globally aware and create 21 century learning experiences. Visit the website at globalteenager.org and contact anita@globalteenager.org for more information.
They’ve got the spirit! An amazing visit to Beverley Public School, Winners of the MindShare Learning Digital Classroom Challenge Spirit Award. Featured on 60 Minutes this past year, it was incredible to see the magic of students with disabilities using iPads for various learning activities and to communicate with teachers. Principal Alana Grossman (pictured left with students for the cake cutting ceremony), was most welcoming and toured me around the school situated in downtown Toronto. Thanks so much and congratulations once again for the excellent work of the teachers and Ms. Grossman.

Top Tweet! Asking “why” you want iPads is a critical question… – iPads in Education | goo.gl/zOIav via @GMontgomery10

Late breaking news

This just in! StatsCan: Education Matters: Insights on Education, Learning and Training in Canada, May 2012

Until next time, walk the digital talk! Cheers, R.M.

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