Peter brings 23+ years of K-12 sector technology know-how to his CTO portfolio. He has been at the forefront of bringing innovative technologies to the Toronto District School Board. He’s a practitioner of emotional intelligence who is spearheading the TDSB “Information Technology Services” team from a digital era to Quantum Age of Information Technology.]]>
Personalized Learning is not a new concept, despite its current spotlight. The difference is that technology is now allowing for seamless change and transformation to occur within our education systems. With today’s technology, schools and educators around the globe can design customizable learning pathways for students and offer data-rich feedback cycles for teachers.2
One excellent resource for transitioning to a Personalized Learning environment is UNESCO’s 12 key elements of Personalized Learning, created to help schools, teachers, and students succeed.3 These elements highlight key components and facts around Personalized Learning, including that children will learn best when their unique differences are considered; allowing students choice in their learning motivates this learning; activities that are culturally relevant and perceived to be useful in real life result in more authentic learning and better knowledge transfer. You can see UNESCO’s full document of key elements here.
Schools around the world are creatively using technology to step towards creating personalized learning environments for all. Want to learn about new ways to add creativity and technology in your schools? Join us February 28th from 12:00-1:00PM EST for the first webinar in our Executive Learning Series, Makerspaces: Transforming Learning Environments. This webinar, led by Brian Aspinall, Director of STEM Education at Fair Chance Learning, will highlight best practices for creating engaging and immersive Makerspaces in your schools and will explore exciting new tools such as Minecraft: Education Edition and micro:bits to enhance your students’ personal learning experiences. Register now!
Microsoft is committed to helping schools improve education and personalized learning through 21st century transformation. No matter what component of the framework you’re at, Microsoft has resources, tools, and partners to help streamline this transition. You can view Microsoft’s Ten Critical Components of School Transformation here and the full whitepaper on Personalized Learning here. Don’t forget to check back next month in the Education Transformation Corner of the MindShare Learning Report to continue your transformation journey!
1. OECD, (2006). Education at a Glance. Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, France.
2. Patrick, S., Kennedy, K., & Powell, A. (2013). Mean what you say: Defining and integrating personalized, blended and competency education. Vienna, VA: iNACOL.
3. Vosniadou, S. (2001). How children learn. UNESCO International Academy of Education, International Bureau of Education.
The impact was almost immediate, our students were thrilled and amazed and so very happy. Many had doubts when we said we were going to try the competition,and this really changed attitudes, that their small population competing against other larger schools in Canada could actually win a competition! When the students asked what we had won, the belief in their abilities grew, as did their confidence and their joy. This was an amazing gift in itself, the school started with minimal technology and we now were moving into the future of technology!
When the prizes started arriving, the students’ joy continued to grow, as did their curiosity. What can we make, design, build? What does that do? How does that work? When can we use that? Suddenly technology has become a front runner of interest, and the students are self-motivated, their desire to figure things out on their own or together has really grown. They are eager to come to technology classes, to see what new ideas and challenges await them. They have started looking for solutions and working together as a team, with these new tools, to investigate, to learn and to persevere. Students and teachers are learning together, teachers are no longer the provider of the lesson, the students arrive with their own ideas, can we try……..? And with the new equipment, programs, technology and furniture, our maker space is developing, with the help of the students and the support of our school.
The problem-based learning and innovation that has taken off in Highland Park have been a transformation in more ways than we thought possible. We are growing every day, in our learning, our confidence, our pride in our achievements and our creations. Thank you Mindshare Learning!]]>
Dr. Guy G. Tétrault started his career in education in 1976. He received his B.Ed. from the University of Calgary, his M.Ed. from the U of Saskatchewan and his Ed.D. from the U of Toronto. He taught French as a Second Language and French Immersion, was the principal of 5 different schools in Alberta and Saskatchewan, was an Educational Consultant for Alberta Education for 7 years, was the Deputy Superintendent for Red Deer Catholic Schools, the Superintendent of Schools (CEO) for Medicine Hat Catholic and is now the Director of Education (CEO) for our Sun West School Division No. 207. Guy is a member of the C21 Canada Board and Founding member of the CEO Academy.]]>
Michael’s research has focused on K-12 online teaching and learning. My research agenda is aimed at improving the design and delivery of these online learning opportunities to enable all students, particularly those in rural areas, the opportunity for success. Over the past decade, I have published approximately two dozen peer-reviewed manuscripts about a variety of topics, including the differences in retention and student achievement based upon delivery model and urban-rural distinctions, and the factors accounting for these differences; components of online learning that K-12 students find helpful and challenging; characteristics of effectively designed and delivered K-12 online courses; whether new technologies, particularly those that allow for interaction, in K-12 online learning affect how students learn; what students do in their schools when scheduled for online learning environment and where they turn to when they need content-based assistance; the preparation of teachers to be able to design, delivery, and support K-12 online learning; and policy and regulatory issues related to the introduction and growth of K-12 online learning at state and national levels.]]>
Since joining Microsoft Canada in 2004, Marc Seaman has held the position of national director of corporate and public affairs, including responsibility for leading and managing corporate communications and citizenship across Canada. Seaman was recognized as Manager of the Year for Microsoft Canada in 2007 and was awarded the J. Elder Award as Microsoft’s Leader of the Year in 2009. His professional achievements have earned him the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Award of Excellence for Marketing, as well as the Capitale Excel Award for Communications. He was a recipient of Ottawa’s 40 under 40 by the Ottawa Business Journal in 2007.]]>
MindShare Learning Technology is Canada’s leading EdTech strategy consulting, news, and professional learning events company. Its hallmark is providing strategic solutions to learning and technology providers in the K-12, higher ed and lifelong learning space, to support student success. MindShare’s approach creates synergy within West’s Education Ecosystem by meeting emerging market needs, making connections to key players in the U.S and Canada and being a driver for collaboration and successful partnerships.
“Mindshare Learning Technology is thrilled to partner with the West Education Ecosystem, one of the premier leaders in the edtech space, as its agent in Canada” said MindShare Learning Technology’s Robert Martellacci, president & founder. “Our partnership will offer valued added services to our Canadian EdTech partners.”
The West Education Ecosystem program was created to offer organizations a new avenue for piloting, promoting, and deploying web-based education products and services that help solve education stakeholders’ biggest challenges, such as researching, evaluating, and trying new solutions for their schools and districts.
West’s Ecosystem partnership initiative was launched with the release of SchoolMessenger Passport, the single sign-on and roster data account provisioning product for school districts. Since its launch, the Education Ecosystem has added a wide variety of complementary partners representing different areas of education technology. The program itself has expanded beyond Passport to include other SchoolMessenger solutions in its family of products, reflecting school district preferences and needs.
“The West Education Ecosystem reflects innovative and market-leading products,” said Carmi Paris, vice president of business development. “We’re pleased to welcome MindShare Learning Technology to help schools simplify their discovery and use of interesting and effective edtech products.”
More details on MindShare Learning Technology’s Ecosystem participation as a representative for the Ecosystem is available at www.mindsharelearning.com
About MindShare Learning Technology
MindShare Learning is Canada’s leading EdTech industry consulting, news and events media company. MindShare counsels education and industry leaders in understanding the emerging needs of learners to succeed in the 21st Century global knowledge-based digital economy to support student success.
For more information contact:
Robert Martellacci, President & Chief Digital Curator
MindShare Learning Technology
Bradley Grant, Digital Learning Specialist
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Jack Blum is the Executive Director for REEL CANADA. He is known as a Canadian writer, producer, director, story editor, actor, educator and communications consultant based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.]]>