New! 9.7-inch iPad Pro in Canada

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Apple unveiled the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, successor to the iPad Air 2 and a smaller version of the iPad Pro that launched last year. The 9.7" iPad Pro is available now in Canada. Colors to choose from are: Silver, Gold, Space Grey and Rose Gold. The new iPad features the same A9X processor found in Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro, as well as the same Smart Connector that allows the tablet to work in conjunction with the Apple Pencil and the company’s Smart Keyboard accessory. In addition, the 9.7-inch...
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Canadian Teachers’ Unions Demands No Wi-Fi in Schools

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Two teacher's unions in Ontario are urging schools to turn off  Wi-Fi due to the health concerns it might pose to students. “'WiFi emits microwave radiation and it’s linked to cancer by the World Health Organization,' said Andrea Loken, Kingston area President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF). In the United States at least, most schools are equipped with Wi-Fi and officials are not discussing the potential health risks. A recent study in Greece confirmed that Wi-Fi...
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8th Annual Classroom of the Future Challenge Launches

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The 8th annual contest challenges Canadian teachers to capture innovative teaching and learning practices and upload a two to four minute video, podcast, or digital portfolio showcasing  the role pedagogy and technology play in engaging and motivating their students in the 21st century classroom. Submissions will be accepted until midnight EST on Friday, March 11, 2016. For Entry Form & Contest Rules, visit http://mindsharelearning.ca/classroomchallenge2016/2014-15/   &...
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Chrome Takes the Crown From Apple In the US

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Chromebook sales have surpassed 51% in the K-12 market for the the third quarter reported USA Today, beating out Apple and establishing themselves as the new leader in the U.S educational market. There is "a fundamental shift in how American schools are buying tech in bulk and assessing students online, with an emphasis on low-cost, easy-to-manage machines." Chromebook may not be the leader for long, however, Microsoft is partnering with Lightspeed, a software firm, to better manage a range o...
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New! HP announced Chromebook 11 G4 Education Edition

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HP today announced a new Chromebook designed specifically for students and teachers with an ‘Education Edition’ model of its Chromebook 11 G4. A durable, lightweight Chromebook designed fro students as well as educators. The G4 Education Edition is 20 mm thin and at just 2.7 pounds the Chromebook 11 G4 EE is the thinnest rugged Chromebook for Education designed to pass MIL-STD testing. Features rugged construction accents like co-molded rubber edges and has been tested with HP’s 70 cm drop te...
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CONNECT 2016 Canada’s Learning & Technology Conference April 26th-29th

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CONNECT is Canada's largest education technology conference attracting 1600 educators, leaders, CIO's, directors of education and IT experts to learn, debate and exchange ideas, network and be inspired through a smorgasbord of world class speakers, presenters, exhibits and seminars. It is the only event in Canada that brings together the complete life-cycle of learning, from kindergarten to Higher Education, libraries and workplace learning. Our mission is to connect all sectors in order to h...
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Werklund School Awarded for Leadership in 21st Century Learning

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The Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary was recognized for its achievements by C21 Canada, an organization whose focus is the future of education. . The C21 Canada Shifting Minds National Awards for Leadership in 21st Century Learning and Innovation are presented on an annual basis. The award honors new models of learning in Canadian education systems. The Werklund School has been at the forefront of the evolution in education and especially 21C learning. For more informati...
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Google to Introduce Canadian Kids to Coding

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Google announced a 1.5 million grant on Wednesday to help introduce 100,000 Canadian kids to coding and working with cutting-edge technologies. The program is called Codemakers that is part of Actua, an educational charity that has a three year plan to run summer camps and school workshops across the country. Actua is mandated to target under-served populations, including girls, aboriginal youth, children of immigrants and kids from homes facing socioeconomic challenges. In Canada, coding is...
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Chromebooks Outnumber All Others in American Classrooms

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Google has come to dominate the education technology market by offering an inexpensive device that doesn't require additional software. According to market research firm, IDC, Chromebooks make up more than 50% of the market share. The free apps like Google Drive and Docs, a learning management tool that let's teachers collect assignments and give feedback are a strong selling point for schools. Check out the full article here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mollyhensleyclancy/in-schools-google-l...
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The iPad in Education

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  What do 6,000 Quebec (Canada) students do with their iPads every day? What benefits does this technology have for education? What are the challenges for students and teachers? This questions are answered in this study that surveyed 6,057 students and 302 teachers in Quebec. The results shows the benefits outweigh the challenges. The many benefits found in the classroom include: Increases motivation Facilitates sharing of information Improves computer literacy Nurtures student...
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