March 2013 Top Ten News Stories

Dear Thought Leader,

Hope does officially Spring eternal, despite the cold Winter blast of air that lingers. It serves as a great reminder that the winds of change across the Canadian education landscape are very much in the air. Our March Top 10 news stories reflect the realities of the digital revolution that cannot be ignored. It is an exciting, yet daunting time to be in education, where we are attempting to prepare students for a future with many unknowns. We trust that through our efforts at the Mindshare Learning Report, we can offer some clarity to the road ahead.

Our March BYOD issue garnered significant attention. It also spawned further news. Checkout the excellent BYOD report published by the province of Alberta: “Bring Your Own Device: A Guide for Schools”

Speaking of BYOD, I recently heard a prediction that in 5 years all students will have access to a learning device. Take the Poll, do you agree or disagree?

As a proud partner in CONNECT 2013, don’t miss out on the CONNECT 2013 Learning & Technology Conference May 6-7 in iconic Niagara Falls, Canada. Register now and qualify to win FREE accommodation! We hope to see you there! Limited presenter,sponsor, and exhibitor opportunities are still available.

Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President & Publisher
MindShare Learning

P. S.  Learning & Technology solution providers take note! Be sure to take part in our April Buyer’s Guide Special edition!

1. Feature Interview with Mark Keating, CIO, PDSB
MindShare Learning catches up with Mark Keating, the CIO of Peel District School Board, Canada’s first large school board to invest in and implement a BYOD strategy. Click here to listen.

2. C21 Canada Summit Outcomes
John Kershaw, President of C21 Canada and the former Deputy Minister of Education for New Brunswick, summarizes the C21 Canada Summit and outlines the next steps.

3. C21 Canada Honours Innovative Educators
Doug Prescott, Alexandra Dunn, Bill Kierstead, Naomi Johnson and Ron Owston were honoured with theinaugural Shifting Minds Award, presented by the Right Honourable Paul Martin.

4. 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 March 20 to make the SUPER early bird deadline!

5. Edutopia: Challenging the Model of 1:1 with BYOD
A look at a school district in Vermont that ventured into a BYOD/1:1 hybrid program. Read the articlehere.

6. Open Textbook Project B.C.
BCcampus is calling for proposals in mid to late-march for itsOpen Textbook Project. BCcampus is also hosting an Open Textbook summit on April 8-9, 2013.

7. Massive round of layoffs looms at University of Saskatchewan
The University of Saskatchewan is gearing up to execute a second and more extensive round of job cuts between now and the end of April.

8. Honouring Canada’s 21st Century Classroom Video Challenge Winners at Joyce Public School
Joyce Public School, Central winners of theMindShare Learning 21st Century Video Contest, hosted the annual celebration and prize presentation.

9. K12 Editor Review of the Dell Latitude
Educator Tim Gard reviews the fully-loaded Dell Latitude 10″ Tablet with Windows 8 Pro. Read the review here.

10. Podcast with Kathy Cassidy
An interview with Kathy Cassidy, Grade 1 teacher and regular blogger from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.