Hope Springs eternal with the many religious celebrations and warmer weather upon us! I'm grateful for having had the opportunity last week to attend the CoSN Leadership Summit in Nashville, where district education leaders, CTO’s, CIO’s and edtech leaders gathered to
explore the power of One—the theme of the conference. Be sure to tune into my MindShareTV podcast for a Canadian perspective with Wayne Toms, Executive Director, ECNO (Education Computing Network of Ontario) and former CIO Limestone District School Board, who was in attendance. Wayne provides a glimpse into the challenges and opportunities school districts are facing to optimize digital learning technologies to support teachers, students, and now parents too!
CoSN, while focused on EdTech, made diversity, equity and inclusion priority topics for the Summit. The closing keynote with Dr. Chris Emdin, Chair of Education, USC was fascinating
and inspiring. He challenged our thinking on EdTech, describing its value as being pliability and that ‘good learning is like sole food vs fast food.’
I caught up with my former professor at Pepperdine Univeristy while at CoSN, Dr. Gary Stager,
always edgy and thought provoking, Dr. Gary Stager, our featured MindShareTV podcast will
not disappoint on his new STEAM inspired book, 20 things to do with a Computer--Forward 50 years. His vision of one-to-one computing came to be a reality 30 plus years later. Dr. Stager provides excellent insights on the evolution of EdTech and the importance of creating learning experiences for students by giving them agency and real-world experiences.
Being back in conference mode is a welcomed change after two years of COVID. I have to say
it was refreshing not be on back-to-back zooms daily. While hand shaking was a bit weird, I value the importance of building relationships in education. The informal learning at
conferences is as powerful as the learning in sessions.
One theme that resonated throughout the CoSN conference is that relationships matter and making people feel valued and heard will solve many challenges we face moving forward in getting back to a sense of normalcy. Also critically important, let’s rediscover the joy of learning which has been lost for much of the past two years. I was also grateful to connect with many of my education and industry colleagues. My curiosity also found me connecting with new and innovative leaders further learning, sharing and expanding my learning community.
Here's a couple of takeaway tips from a Superintendent panel I attended: One district created
a student tech support service where students garnered awesome experiential learning
repairing computers. It was estimated they managed to complete 95% of the repair work required, saving the district a significant funding. The other interesting tech idea came from an award-winning Superintendent in the Chicago area where they initiated a parent university program. The goal is to give parents the tools to help support their child in with their tech and homework. Two remarkably simple, but impactful initiatives that proved to be a win-win for all.
We're seeing our Canadian colleagues as well getting back in the saddle in Canada with
face-to-face conferences given their power and potential. Speaking of which watch for more details on our 13th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit – The State of EdTech: Driving Innovation through Evidence-based Research, as plans are unfolding for Montreal, October 20th, co-hosted with McGill University, Faculty of Education.
For more insight on CoSN 2022 checkout #CoSN2022.
If you’re wondering about Nashville as a place to visit? It’s a must do trip! I made a special
effort to enjoy it in all its splendor, taking in the Country Music Awards, a Predators hockey game, and yes, the Grand Old Opry too! COVID has taught be to enjoy life more to its fullest. One day I clocked 26K steps while on a self-guided historical and architectural walking tour!
Yes, I continue to subscribe to the notion of healthy mind, healthy body! Although my feet paid the price that day!
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Congratulations to Dell Technologies, Adam Garry (C), Sr. Director Education Strategy on receiving the prestigious CoSN Hurley Private Sector Champion Award for his leadership and impact. On left Keith Kreuger, CEO, CoSN & Kathy Hurley, CEO, Hurley Associates
Honoured to be amongst legends in EdTech. Robert Martellacci (L), Richard Culatta, CEO, ISTE (C), Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN. MindShare is honoured to be a media partner at the upcoming ISTE22 conference June 26-29.
CoSN Tweet of the Week Closing Keynote
That's a Wrap! The Country Music Awards Featured Brian Adams with Jason Aldean
Can't be all work and no play! MindShare was on hand for the live show on Broadway that happended to be taking place during the CoSN conference.
In 1971, Cynthia Solomon and Seymour Papert published Twenty Things to Do with a Computer, a revolutionary document that would set the course of education for the next fifty years and beyond. This book, Twenty Things to Do with a Computer Forward 50, is a celebration of the vision set forth by Papert and Solomon a half-century ago. Four dozen experts from around the world invite us to consider the original provocations, reflect on their implementation, and chart a course for the future through personal recollections, learning stories, and imaginative scenarios.
Three SD43 students received awards at the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair Awards Ceremony on April 12, 2022. This event is the largest STEAM-based Grade 7-12 competition in the Province of British Columbia and is held annually at UBC.
Two students from Centennial Secondary (Joseph Chiao and Joseph Goyder) won silver medals and $2000 scholarships each to UBC for their project on a system that captures thermal energy directly from the atmosphere for conversion into electricity. They were also nominated for another $2,400 award at the provincial level with results to follow in the future. A Riverside Secondary student (Rachel Smid) won a bronze medal for her work on CRISPR technology (gene editing for utilization in potential Ebola vaccines).
Superintendent Mark Pearmain Takes The Helm Of Surrey Schools
1. $7M in funding announced for Manitoba students who need extra classroom support
cbc.ca, April 7, 2022
Manitoba students who need specific supports in the classroom will have more access to those supports in the coming school year, thanks to an addition $7 million in funding, the province said Thursday.
Education and Early Childhood Learning Minister Wayne Ewasko announced the funding at a press conference at General Byng School in the Pembina Trails School Division.
2. The Impact on Education During the Pandemic and Beyond
dell.com, April 7, 2022
In the Spring of 2020, the world of education was transformed – seemingly overnight – as living rooms turned into classrooms and technology turned into one of the primary solutions for keeping learning alive.
Right off the bat however, many school districts ran into serious obstacles as they rolled out remote learning. Pre-pandemic estimates put the number of unconnected students in grades K-12 at 12 million. On top of this, the pandemic heightened preexisting issues across national and global education systems including a lack of digital inclusion, personalization to meet the needs of individual students and support for the development of teachers to match the skills needed for technology-based learning.
3. From no classes to 'blended learning,' the Class of '22 has been through a lot
cbc.ca, April 12, 2022
In four years of high school, the Class of 2022 has only had one year that could be called normal.
There were three lost months in 2020 at the end of Grade 10. They spent Grade 11 apart from half of their classmates while they learned from home every other day, and in Grade 12, two weeks were lost to a CUPE strike in November, and three weeks in January were spent learning at home.
4. CoSN22: Leaders Speak on Educational Equity Through Tech in Conference Keynote
edtechmagazine.com, April 11, 2022
The Consortium for School Networking kicked off its annual conference Monday in Nashville, Tenn., with a keynote session featuring three leaders in policy, education and technology. Musician Benji Harris, the master of ceremonies for the conference, introduced Steve Langford, CIO for Oregon’s Beaverton School District and CoSN chair, and Holly Doe, CTO for New Hampshire’s Pelham School District and CoSN conference co-chair.
Langford and Doe introduced the keynote speakers for “Leadership Matters”: Arlington (Va.) Public Schools Assistant Superintendent and CIO Raj Adusumilli; Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa; and Commissioner Geoffrey Starks of the Federal Communications Commission, who stepped in for FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel when she was unable to travel to the event due to COVID-19.
5. Nelson announces that My Math Path 1-8 has been approved by the Ministry of Education for the Trillium List for use in Ontario classrooms!
mailchi.mp/nelson: April 12, 2022
My Math Path is 100% aligned to the 2020 math curriculum expectations for Ontario Grades 1-8 and follows the proven Singapore Math approach. It's also Ontario's only complete print and digital math solution for Grades 1-8
A Canadian e-commerce marketplace that brings together consumers and car dealerships from across the country is relying on UVic expertise in artificial intelligence (AI) to improve its operations and enhance its customers’ online experience.
VINN Auto offers both a place for paying dealerships to list their new and used cars for sale, and free, personalized support to consumers looking to purchase their next vehicle.
“The company wants to incorporate effective artificial intelligence tools into its operations—and that’s a very good match with what our research group focuses on,” says Kin Fun Li, a computer engineering researcher at UVic. For about two years, Li and his team of engineering graduate students have worked on a series of projects, identifying areas for improvement and providing recommendations and tools to VINN.
7. New interactive portal guides you through Waterloo's entrepreneurial ecosystem
uwaterloo.ca, April 5, 2022
The University of Waterloo brings together bold ideas and brilliant minds, landing it as the top university in the country for founders. As the entrepreneurial ecosystem at Waterloo continues to grow, creators and change-makers need a simple way to navigate the many resources and programs.
That’s why the University has updated its entrepreneurship website and launched a new microsite that hosts an interactive portal that allows users to easily explore more than 45 entrepreneurship programs, spaces and opportunities.
8. Innovative applications pave way for golden age of drones
news.westernu.ca, April 8, 2022
A team of Western researchers are leveraging the capabilities of autonomous aerial vehicles, most commonly drones, to deliver innovative, safe and secure methods of data collection for an extensive list of commercial and non-commercial operations.
9. U of T ranked first in Canada across all five categories in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022
utoronto.ca: April 11, 2022
The University of Toronto ranked first in Canada across all five of the broad subject categories evaluated in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022 – and remained the only university in the world to rank in the top 50 for 46 specific subjects.
The 2022 subject rankings, released this week by London-based Quacquarelli Symonds, placed U of T in the top 10 globally in seven subject areas: education (4), sports-related subjects (5), anatomy and physiology (8), pharmacy and pharmacology (9), philosophy (10), medicine (10) and nursing (10).
10.Digital literacy program expands in time of need
newswire.ca: April 12, 2022
TORONTO, April 12, 2022 /CNW/ - ABC Life Literacy Canada is pleased to announce that its ABC Internet Matters program, supported by the Canadian Bankers Association, is expanding to offer new resources. The program provides introductory digital literacy education for older Canadians who are not comfortable using the Internet and adult learners who need help in strengthening their digital skills.
ABC Internet Matters released its latest workbook in November 2020, at the height of the pandemic, which put a spotlight on how vital the Internet is to our modern way of life. As the pandemic continued, it was clear that strong digital literacy skills were needed for tasks such as filling out an application for social assistance, booking a vaccine appointment, staying up to date on current affairs, or staying connected with friends and family.
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