February Top Ten News Stories

Dear Thought Leader,

As we ‘plough’ through the February blahs, hope springs eternal with some of the great news stories that emerged this month in our Top 10.

Coming off the heels of last week’s C21 Canada Summit, I’m inspired and challenged by education stakeholders in Canada to envision the road ahead for learners, who clearly need to be at the centre. Congratulations to my C21 Canada colleagues and to the C21 Canada’s Shifting Minds National Award recipients for leadership in 21st century Learning and Innovation. Check out the C21 videos and blog conversations. We encourage you to join the C21 conversation!

Take a look at the fabulous study, Future Tense: Adapting Canadian Education Systems for 21st Century Learning by youth leaders from Action Canada that was presented at the C21 Summit.

As a proud partner in CONNECT 2013, don’t miss out on the CONNECT 2013 Learning & Technology Conference SUPER Early Bird Discount that ends Thursday, February 28. We hope to see you there! Limited presentersponsor, and exhibitor opportunities are still available.

Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!

R.M.

P.S. New for 2013: We encourage guest blog submissions on topics related to leadership, learning and technology that will be featured in our monthly report!

1. CONNECT 2013

Join us at CONNECT 2013 – Canada’s First National Learning & Technology Conference in iconic Niagara Falls. MindShare Learning is proud to partner with DSBN and Brock University’s Faculty of Education to host this unique event geared to K12 and post-secondary educators. Register by February 28 to make the SUPER early bird deadline!

2. C21 Canada Summit
From the fireside chat with the Right Honourable Paul Martin to the Shifting Minds Award Recipients to the collaborative group discussions, C21 Canada’s Summit 13 was a huge success and developed next steps for continued transformation of 21st Century learning in Canada.

3. FETC vs. BETT: A Video Showdown
MindShare Learning Moment Video Series featuring K12 Editor Tim Gard’s learning adventure at the massive BETT conference in London, England and our excellent adventure down at the FETC conference in Florida for a global perspective via our video chat.

4. Video Challenge Winners
A huge congratulations to the winners of the 2012/13 MindShare Learning Video Challenge. Our Eastern winner is Ian Fogarty from Riverview High School in New Brunswick; our Central winner is the teachers from Joyce Public School in Ontario; and our Western winner is Judi Poole, Katie Quinney, Sarah Lewis, Julia Dobbelsteyn, Jillian Masson from École Edwards Elementary School in Alberta.

5. A Vision for Learning 
The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association produced this paper, which is a call for the Government of Ontario and the Ministry of Education to lead the way in establishing a vision for Learning and Teaching in the Digital Age. View the documenthere.

6. K12 Editor Tim Gard’s Reflections from BETT
It was: “Overwhelming. In fact, between the venue – The London Excel Centre, host to various 2012 Olympic events – and the   45,000 people who attended this year’s conference, I’m not sure what was more overwhelming.” Read more about the event here.

7. Digital Learning Day
What did you do for Digital Learning Day? Check out the Twitter hashtag #DLDay to see how educators around the world celebrated!

8. Study Shows How Classroom Design Affects Student Learning
A new study shows how colour, lighting and other classroom design choices can have a huge impact on student progress. Read the article here.

9. Tech trends: Tablet ownership has doubled
Tablet ownership is growing explosively in Canada, according to a new report on tech trends. Read the rest of the story here.

10. My Journey Towards 21st C Learning
As part of a new series, we are featuring a post every month to showcase the best education bloggers in Canada. This month we highlighted a post from Ian Fogarty, our East Coast winner of the MindShare Learning Video Challenge. Read about his journey towards becoming a 21st century teacher and learner here.