Dear Thought Leader,
I’m pleased to share our Top 10 news stories of this month with you. Watch for the next month’s Professional Learning Summer Edition that includes the first Mindshare Guide to Canadian Eduction #Hashtags. We’re also thrilled to be launching our 2nd Annual Canadian Blogger Awards in this issue.
With June coming to a close, we’re off to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in San Antonio, where we’ll be celebrating our 10th Anniversary at our Can/Am Celebration of Excellence reception. Watch for conference highlights via our twitter hashtags!
In closing, best of luck to our K12 colleagues as you wrap-up the school year. Be sure to share this past year’s success stories with us!!!
Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President & Publisher
1. A Snapshot of K-12 BYOD Program
2. Interview with Diane Williamson at Canada 3.0
3. Vancouver School District Drafts Social Media Policy
Don’t post anything on social media that reflects poorly on you or your school district.
That’s the main message from the Vancouver school district in proposed guidelines for employees using Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.
The guidelines, among the first to be developed in such detail by a B.C. school district, are on the agenda for discussion at a meeting Tuesday of the board’s education and student services committee.
Vancouver Sun 05.26.13
4. MindShare Learning at CONNECT 2013
5. Government of New Brunswick Awards FrontRow Classroom Audio with Province-Wide Contract of Supply
FrontRow (formerly Phonic Ear) has once again
won the province-wide tender to be the sole provider of classroom audio systems in schools across New Brunswick.
6. Interviewing Jennifer Corriero, co-founder TakingITglobal
I enjoyed interviewing Jennifer Corriero, co-founder TakingITglobal at the SCDSB Learning With Technology Conference: Parents and Teachers Working Together.
7. Zoe Branigan-Pipe – Winner of Microsoft Canada’s Virtual Innovative Educator Forum 2013
Zoe Branigan-Pipe is a Gifted Special Education teacher at Dalewood School in Hamilton Wentworth School district. She is also a fourth generation teacher who attributes her success to the likes of her mother and grandmother. Zoe is a 21st century teacher who believes in using the most current tools to access information and in particular to using tools to network and collaborate beyond her classroom walls. It was her passion and commitment to inquiry and social justice issues that resulted in Zoe winning Microsoft Canada’s Virtual Innovative Educator Forum 2013.
Microsoft Partners in Learning 05.30.13
8.CONNECT 2013 – Doodle by Giulia Forsythe
This amazing doodle by Giulia Forsythe (@giuliaforsythe) depicts Bonnie Stewarts (@bonstewart) CONNECT 2013 presentation ‘Networked Educators & Leaders’ about identity, legitimacy and our many selves online’
9. Education Technology Success Story Edsby Wins $100,000 Startup Prize
Canadian education technology company emerges victorious in Backbone Magazine’s 2013 Start Me Up Innovation Campaign.
Hot on the heels of their recent board-wide win in Florida’s Hillsborough County Public Schools, Canadian education technology start-up Edsby has much to celebrate this week as the winners of Backbone Magazine’s 2013 Start Me Up Innovation Campaign.
10. ArtsSmarts 21st Century Youth Creativity Challenge (21YCC)
“The Power of One?: The Great Big Water Bottle Project” was a school-wide project that engaged students in an exploration of the negative impact of plastic water bottles on the environment as well as the power of the individual to impact environmental change.
Watch their video here.
Arts Smarts 04.10.13