The exhilaration and the accolades received from hosting a complex interactive summit is rewarding, however, tempered by the reality that schools are back adapting to the new normal. Teachers and students are generally exhausted and no doubt looking forward to the December holiday break. I heard this first hand yesterday while on a webinar offered by Nelson and Peekapak on SEL. It stopped me in my tracks.
I ponder the question. What can the EdTech sector do to better support school systems across Canada and beyond. The fascinating thing about our Summit was that well-being and personal relationships mattered most. The human connections that were enabled through meaningful conversations using seamless technology tools are highly valued. As are resources catering to well-being and social emotional learning.
The Summit was very much an experiment in an effort to create an innovative 3D immersive online environment for professional learning purposes to overcome some of the backlash of online education this past year. While it wasn't perfect, it was powerful and we collectively learned vastly from each other.
If you didn't have an opportunity to attend the Summit, hopefully this issue of the CanAm Report will give you a glimpse into the promise and potential for the future of learning. It really comes down to design thinking and preparation to set the virtual stage, or in a hybrid format. Our Twitter Quotes of the Month Capture the essence of the experience. We extend our sincere gratitude to our gold partner Wacom and our presenting partner, Remo for powering our virtual platform that we will now be offering to our community; initially for professional learning purposes only.
We are now in the midst of creating our Future-proofiing EdTech Summit Playbook V2 that will be released next month featuring highlights of the Summit.
Special thanks to our presenters, sponsors, partners and delegates for making it an enriching learning experience.
In this issue:
12th Canadian International EdTech Leadership Summit Cross Canada Checkup Panel Video Recorded version and Sketchnote highlights, courtesy of Sam Bradd.
Princeton STEM Pioneer SteamWorks Studio Founder Visits MindShare Featured on MindShareTV.
Canada's EdTech darling, D2L goes public.
Friends & colleagues, educators and EdTech industry folks, do drop us a note if you are interested in contributing a blog or podcast in a future report.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to me and share your success stories, news, research and events with us! We love hearing from you! Feel free to call me at 416-569-2106 if we can be of further assistance with our strategic consulting services.
Many thanks to the thousands of educators, leaders and education technology colleagues, who contribute vastly to this massive North American learning ecosystem.
Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe and keep the digital learning curve steep!
P.S. Please share this Report with a colleague to help nurture future leaders and the growth mindset!
Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
Founder & President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Founder, MindShare Workspace--Your Place to Work & Learning
CEO & Co-founder, C21 Canada--Canadians for 21st Century Learning & Innovation
The MindShare Report is grateful for the guidance and support provided by our esteemed advisory board.
Kevin Custer, Founding Principal, Arc Capital Development
Chip Fesko, President, Fesko Inc.
Ian Fogarty, Educator, Riverview High School | MindShare National Video Challenge Award Winner
Dr. Guy Tetrault, Award Winning Sun West Director & CEO (Retired)
Michael Furdyk, Co-Founder, TakingItGlobal
Dr. Eric Hamilton, Associate Dean of Education, Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Maxim Jean-Louis, CEO, Contact North/Contact Nord,
Gary Kern, Director of Learning, St. George's School
Dr. Susanne Lajoie, Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University
David Marsi, Practice Management Consultant - Private Wealth (Specialist, Developing Talent), BMO Private Wealth
Mirella Rossi, Superintendent of Education, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board Sandra Chow, Award Winning Teacher, Toronto District School Board
Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams
Zelia Capatao-Tavares, Award-Winning Educator, Toronto District School Board
The MindShare Learning team is made up of the following awesome individuals:
Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Chief Digital Curator
Dr. Ron Owston, PhD., Research Associate, University Professor Emeritus, Former Dean of Faculty, York University
Chris Kim, PhD., Research Associate, Software Engineer, software studio, Fresco Industries Timothy Gard, B.Ed., OCT, M.A, Chief Learning Strategist
Hanan Mousa, M.B.A, B.C. S. Digital Media Specialist Ivana Zelich, Mindshare Digital Media Student
Valerie Rusnov, B.A. Hons., B.Ed., Editor
Filomena Martellacci, B.A. Hons., B.Ed., OCT, Editor
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