MindShare Musings – The Connectors, Leaders, and People on the Move

What do Connect 2013, The Learning Partnership RTT Mini Summit on 21st Century Literacies,  Canada 3.0, SCDSB Learning with Technology, IT4K12 (an event proudly sponsored by MSL), and ECNO 2013 all have in common? MindShare Learning has actively participated in each of these conferences this past month. We are fortunate to be at the forefront of innovation in learning and technology which enables us to curate and share the latest in news, research, and advancing developments in edtech. We proudly provide deep insights as strategy consultants to the education community to foster the 21st century skills important to not only students, but all global citizens.

I enjoyed interviewing Jennifer Corriero, co-founder TakingITglobal at the SCDSB Learning With Technology Conference: Parents and Teachers Working Together. Checkout the video.
TIG and MSL Snap shot

Meeting of the Minds! At our recent MindShare Learning Report board meeting we welcomed the following new members:

  • Michael Furdyk, Co-founder, TakingITglobal
  • Dr. Susanne Lajoie, professor at McGill University
  • Dino Miele, CIO, District School Board of Niagara


Special thanks to our departing board members:
Tim Gard, TDSB, and Dr. Ron Owston, York University, recipients of the MindShare Learning Leader award for their valued contribution to the MindShare Learning Report advisory board and 21st century learning.

People on the move! Pearson Canada has announced Normand Cleroux will replace Marty Keast as acting president of the school division. The talented Tania Sterling will continue her secondment from YRDSB with Pearson Canada, putting her in the new role of Research and Efficacy Director. Congrats!

We’re getting set for our 5th annual Can/Am event at ISTE2013 in San Antonio on June 24th, in partnership with the Canadian Government and generously sponsored by Intel Canada. Speaking of ISTE, I got a heads up from Dr. Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez that Invent to Learn will be hosting a pre-conference workshop at ISTE 2013 about making in the classroom. Join colleagues on Sunday, June 23 for an energizing day of “hard fun” as we invent, tinker, and “learn learning.” Participants will engage in a variety of projects using modern tools and technology – the perfect way to get ready for ISTE. Each attendee will also receive a copy of the just released book, Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. To register, click here.

It was great teaming up with our newest client, Mona Lam-Deslippe, CEO, MLD Solutions at ECNO2013.  Districts take note – create online interactive content with your students using MLD Solutions! MLD is offering an opportunity for innovative teachers and students to be part of a test group. You will have access to a website that offers tools to create interactive lessons including games, eBooks, videos, etc. Contact us for information and a login – info@mldsolutions.com

I enjoyed MindSharing with Mark Carbone, CIO, WRDSB at the ECNO2013 conference as well. After chatting about the success of the Google Summit, we were joined by a long lost colleague and new team member to WRDSB,  Michael Morgan, Sr. Manager of Information Technology – congratulations! Continuing on the ECNO front, Nora Young, Host of CBC Radio’s Spark: Tech Trends and Fresh Ideas, was a captivating keynote. One particularly interesting idea for me is the potential for BIG data in transforming education. Checkout her book in our recommended reading list.

You never know who you’ll meet or what opportunities might arise when you’re hanging out in a parking lot desperate for a cell signal! This would have made a great Seinfeld episode. Not sure the Nottawasaga Inn really cares. Nice reno, but  someone forgot the Rogers tower install. Congrats to Bell for winning the full bars competition. Back to the parking lot. I ran into industry colleague, Joe Clark (famous in his own right, but not the ex-PM), who shared he’s made the move to PCG Education. Good luck with your new gig!

Debby Kurti, Fellow Pepperdine University EdTech alum is now focused on WRI3D – 3D Printing for Education. Checkout this helpful newsletter on how to get started. Congrats Debby!

KathyCassidyI would be remiss if I didn’t mention Kathy Cassidy‘s new book, Connected From the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades. Kathy is a former MindShare Learning National Video Content winner and dedicated teacher. You can find her book highlighter in our recommended reading section.

Here’s a great infographic on B.C. Education funding.

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Until next time, walk the digital talk!