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My Creative Classroom: Transforming Education

My Creative Classroom: Transforming Education

By Bryan Ouellette
My Creative Classroom (@MyCreativePod) is a series that focuses on interviewing industry experts to help inform educators around the world about the tools, technologies and services that are available to them to help them transform learning, in or out of the classroom. We talk about EduTech, EduTools, EduServices and Education! Our conversations with these leading experts are authentic, genuine and personal, in order to bring the listeners the best information in order to support them in their journey through making education creative!
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Ep. 38 - Teach Symposium Co-Founders: Trevor Terry & Céline Gallien
On this episode I chat with Co-Founders of the Teach Symposium held August 24, 2021, Trevor Terry  and Celine Galien (@Celine_Gallien). We walk through why they decided to create this free event for educators around the world, a sneak peak of what to expect and a little behind the scenes of what goes into create such and amazing event! Don’t miss our conversation and even more important don’t miss My Creative Classroom at the Teach SYmposium presenting the How, Why and What of creating a podcast in your school. Twitter: @teachsymposium Website: Registration:
August 12, 2021
Ep 37 AEI Session: Ramy Ghattas- Logics Academy
On this episode I chat with Co-Founder & CEO of Logics Academy Ramy Ghattas about their upcoming sessions at the 2021 Atlantic Education Institute.
July 19, 2021
Ep 36. AEI Session: Jami Moyer- Steel Case
On this episode I chat with Jami Moyer from Steel Case (@SteelCaseLearn) about what participants can expect from their upcoming session at the 2021 Atlantic Education Institute. 
July 19, 2021
Ep. 35 IAE Francais: Gillian Madeley
Dans cet épisode, je discute avec Gillian Madeley, éducatrice distinguée Apple et spécialiste de l'apprentissage professionnel Apple, au sujet de ses prochaines sessions à l'Atlantic Education Institute. Inscrivez-vous aujourd'hui :
July 15, 2021
Ep. 35. AEI Session: Gillian Madeley- Apple Distinguished Educator & Apple Professional Learning Specialist
On this episode I chat with Gillian Madeley an Apple Distinguished Educator and Apple Professional Learning Specialist about her upcoming sessions at the Atlantic Education Institute. Register today:
July 15, 2021
Ep. 34 AEI Keynote: Jeremy Hedges- Founder & CEO InkSmith
On this episode for the Atlantic Education Institute ( on July 26- August 6, I chat with their closing keynote Founder and CEO of InkSmith, Jeremy Hedges. We discuss how as a leader of an EdTech Company, he was able to shift not only their focus but their purpose during the Global Pandemic to help solve a real life problem. From selling 3D printers and Laser Cutters, to utilizing them to print and make PPE shields and more, we walk through how Jeremy brought to life the Canadian Shield.
July 14, 2021
Ep. 33: AEI Keynote Speaker- Patricia Gartland
On this episode I chat with one of the Atlantic Education Institutes keynote speakers: Patricia Gartland CEO/Superintendent of School District No. 43 located in Metro Vancouver, BC, Canada. We discuss what it means to be an Innovative Leader and how Patricia worked closely with her team to build a vision for her district that all members can feel a part of. Join us as we walk through how her district adapted to the Global Pandemic and how she plans to continue moving forward in innovation.
July 12, 2021
Ep. 32 @ AEI: Dr. Richard Kelly- Author Constructing Leadership 4.0
On this episode I chat with the opening keynote speaker from the Atlantic Education Institute held virtually from July 26-August 6th, Dr. Richard Kelly. He supports shaping organizations and systems at the structure and leadership level to achieve innovation and excellence. We talk about his upcoming book, what to expect during his keynote address and why organizations and systems can often be compared to a fish in a fish bowl, bees in a beehive and even ants. Check out to register
July 05, 2021
Ep 31: Atlantic Education Institute- President Dr. Mario Chiasson
On this episode I chat with President of the Atlantic Education Institute Dr. Mario Chiasson.
June 16, 2021
Ep 31: L'institue Atlantique d'education- president Dr. Mario Chiasson
Sur cette emission je parle avec president de L'institue Atlantique D'education, Dr. Mario Chiasson.
June 16, 2021
Ep. 30: Canva for Education: Empowering the World to Design Anywhere ft. Jason Wilmot
On this episode I chat with the Head of Education for Canva (@canvaedu), Jason Wilmot (@wilmotjason). Canva for Education is a free tool that empowers everyone to design, and it is a simple tool to get started. Whether you are creating infographics, social posts, presentations as well as many other options within Canva, this tool helps you create the best by keeping it simple. Join Jason and I as we highlight some key features and tools to get teachers started with Canva for Education.
May 31, 2021
Ep. 29- Vico SmartBoard- Bring lifelike learning experience to both teachers and students w/ Max and Gleb
On this episode I chat with Max Kabanov ( and Gleb Matichov from VICO Communications the creators of VICO Smartboard ( This tool is designed to bring a lifelike learning experience both teachers and students, while being FREE and SIMPLE! This smartboard uses iOS devices to bring you a collaborative learning experience with the option to use audio to speak to your class. We talk about how the design of the tool is meant to be easy for teachers to use both while in person teaching and even in distance learning models.
May 25, 2021
Ep. 28: Amazon Future Engineer- Equitable access to computer science education to underserved and underrepresented youth Ft. Susan Ibach, Martha Jez & Bushra Ul-Haq
On this episode I chat with a few guests about the amazing Amazon Future Engineer program and how it helps teachers connect coding to a real world context. We talk about taking a virtual tour on the floors of the Amazon fulfillment centres to see how items go from keyboard to door step. Join me as I chat with Fair Chance Learning (@FCLedu) CEO Martha Jez (@marthajez) and their director of Learning Productions Bushra UL-Haq as well as the Head of Amazons Future Engineer Program in Canada- Susan Ibach. This is a conversation you don’t want to miss! To learn more about the Virtual Field Trip visit To register for a tour visit - #AmazonFutureEngineer #AmazonFCTours Contact:
May 10, 2021
Ep. 27- Jeremy Hedges & Michelle Valtas- InkSmith: Maximizing the potential of students through purposeful technology.
On this episode I chat with InkSmith CEO and Founder Jeremy Hedges (@JeremyHedges77) and their Senior Marketing Manager Michelle Valtas (@MValtas). We walk through the amazing Climate Action kits that have been developed to make learning both purposeful and meaning while aligning to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We talk about the evolution of 3D printing and how the InkSmith (@InkSmith3D) created 3D printing course helps teachers and students realize the real life potential of both the process and the tool. Our conversation showcases how this great company not only believes in having EdTech with purpose but also demonstrates this by utilizing their very own tools to help build PPE Shiels through their program the Canadian Shield.
May 03, 2021
Ep. 26: Steve Spangler- Inspiring the next generation of Scientists and Engineers
On this episode I chat with Steve Spangler (@stevespangler) who is a best selling author, STEM Educator, Emmy award winner and a regular on the Ellen Degeneres show. Steve has been dubbed America’s Science Teacher and has been branded by TIME magazine as one of “the most influential people of the year” for his passion in inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers. Join Steve and I as we talk his early days as a Science communicator and how he has grown to be known as America’s Science Teacher. Steve Spangler - 855-228-8780  Facebook -   Instagram -   Twitter -   TikTok -
April 19, 2021
Ep. 25: Aerin Bowers- Canvas LMS: Solutions for School and Beyond
On the this episode I chat with Regional Director for K-12 from Canvas Aerin Bowers ( Canvas (@canvaslms) is a Learning Management System (LMS) created by Instructure(@instructure) that provides a learning environment conducive for all. We walk through what an LMS is and does for education as well as the amazing features that make Canvas the LMS for you. Whether you are looking at using this service as a teacher, school, district or beyond, Canvas has built in features that make their learning ecosystem user friendly.
March 29, 2021
Ep. 24: Rob Bennet @ Bloxels - Anyone can build a video game
On this episode I chat with Rob Bennet (@rwbennet), Co-Founder and CEO of Pixel Press the company behind the amazing and engaging Bloxels (@bloxels). What is Bloxels ( Well the foundation of the tool is that anyone and everyone and can design and build a video game. It utilizes the virtual world as well as the physical world (pixel board) to help users bring their games to life. Rob and I talk about how this all got started, and how these tools can help redefine education through collaboration, creativity, communication, problem solving, critical thinking and so much more! Check out the video version on YouTube!
March 08, 2021
Ep. 23: Dan Meyer @ Desmos- Helping every student learn math and love learning math
On this episode I chat with Dan Meyer ( from Desmos, which offers digital graphing/scientific calculators and online activities for free to educators to engage students in learning, discovering and exploring math. These tools go beyond the screen and provide students the opportunity to explore their brilliance by finding joy in math while being creative in their journey. We dive into their new curriculum that was created to support teachers in their journey in using these tools and so much more. We talk about how to use these tools in the classroom and their commitment to educators to keep these tools free.
February 15, 2021
Ep. 21: BreakOut EDU- Co-Founder Adam Bellow
On this episode I chat with Adam Bellow ( Co-Founder of the amazing BreakOut Edu (@breakoutedu). We discuss the origins of this amazing tool that encourages students and teachers to implement and build on the 4Cs. We discuss how this could be used in a classroom while connecting to curriculum standards, as well as how it can be used at a distance, using their virtual games and puzzles to build the same capacity in students. Our conversation brings to light the importance of problem solving and how they strive to unlock the love of learning through games.
February 01, 2021
Ep. 20: MindShare Learning Top 20 Edtech of 2020 - CEO Robert Martellacci
In this episode, I chat with Robert Martellacci the CEO of MindShare Learning (@mindsharelearn) about the Top 20 EdTech of 2020 that was just published by MindShare Learning Technology. We dive into the Top 20 Edtech, but we also give a sneak peak of the Top 10 EdTech trends of 2021. All of this and more can be found on the Twitter page as well as at their website:
January 18, 2021
Ep. 19: Squiggle Park & Dreamscape - Julia Rivard Co-Founder EyeRead
On this episode we dive into the world of Literacy and some amazing tools that can help provide purposeful screen time, in the form of Squiggle Park (@squiggleparkedu)and Dreamscape (@dreamscapeEDU). I chat with Co-Founder Julia Rivard ( her journey and inspiration to creating these amazing tools for young readers while working our way into how educators and Learning Guardians can implement these tools into their daily routine.
January 11, 2021
Ep 18- Canada Learning Code: Shelby Bastarache (Communication Lead) and Steve Dawson (Education Lead)
On this episode I chat with Shelby and Steve about the origins and functions of Canada Learning Code ( We dive into how their Code Mobile (@learningcode) has evolved and is available for FREE across Canada! Their goal to help everyone be able to understand code and how they can support both teachers and students learn about how to create this translation from human into computer. Contact: Check out their resources: Lesson Crosswalks: A Pan-Canadian K-12 Computer Science Education Framework:
January 04, 2021
Ep. 17: Candace Stump from Mangahigh
On this episode I chat with Candace Stump from Mangahigh (, is a math supplement support program that offers genuinely engaging learning opportunities for students from kindergarten to grade 10. Candace and I dive into how this platform supports students success by providing bite sized rigor in this game based learning environment that allows students to engage in their math learning. We talk about how the platform is accessible to learners from any device and how their learning environment makes is safe to lose while students are temporarily inconvenience on their way to success. 
November 17, 2020
Ep. 16- Dave Bakker Co-Founder PocketLab/ScIC Conference
On this episode I dive into the world of sensors with Dave Bakker ( Co-Founder of Pocketlab @thepocketlab. We talk about how these sensors, are both cost effective, and contain a multipurpose function because of the amount of sensors that each Pocketlab tool contains These simple to use tools are geared towards inspiring curiosity as soon as you hold the device and provide a sense of open ended exploration. We also dive into upcoming conferences that Dave and his team are working on, especially the Science is Cool series ( that brings together thousands of teachers from around the world and is completely free for you to attend. We walk through how to register for these free sessions, where to find the recordings for past events and even a Facebook group that connects teachers to an amazing Professional Learning Community.
September 29, 2020
Ep 15- Steve Nelson CEO of Nelson Canada
On this episode I chat with CEO of Nelson Canada Steve Brown(@NelsonSteveB). We discuss how how Nelson, a 106 years old company that many of us know as the Text book company, has transformed its delivery method from Paper to digital. This digital form is known as Edwin (@edwinclassroom), which stands for Educational Win, which is a progressive Web app that features live materials allowing Edwin to update both its content and curriculum standards over a short period of time ( As an organization, the focus is Creating communities for teachers by teachers to help educators connect all over the world. Steve talks about how Edwin creates both equity and flexibility for learning whether you're in the classroom or at the kitchen table.
September 14, 2020
Ep. 14: Susan Crouse CEO Traxart Toys- Kinazium
On this episode I chat with Susan Crouse ( who is the CEO of Traxart Toys which is the company behind Kinazium @Kinazium, a tool kit that helps amplify robotics by connecting walls, arches, zig zags to their mats by using pegs, and even the possibility of sensors.  They pride themselves on providing students the opportunity to work on engineering , invention, creativity, communication and so much more! Susan and I talk about how Kinazium is a start up company that began in her garage with her son and his friends and focuses on playing more on the floor. Listen to find how you can claim your 25% discount from Susan!
August 31, 2020
Ep. 13: Lucas Pacentrilli - Education Director @ Phidgets
On todays episode I chat with Lucas Pacentrilli ( who is the Education Director and an Engineer for Phidgets (@phidgetsedu). These small, versatile tools offer a range of sensors, from sound, light, distance, temperature, and connect to a variety of machines like a PC, mac, raspberry pi etc. Phidgets is looking to support educators by introducing real world tools in classrooms to help move away from a more toy based sensor approach, and to do this, phidgets is giving away eduction kits for free! That's right, listen to my conversation with Lucas to find out how you can get your Free kit courtesy of phidgets.
August 17, 2020
Ep. 12- Lionel Loganathan | Director of Academic Partnerships @ Knowledgehook
On this episode I chat with Lionel Loganathan who is the Director of Academic Partnerships at Knowledgehook (@knowledgehook) which is an Instructional Guidance System (IGS) that uses engaging student assessments to unlock insights and expert guidance for math teachers. We dive into the robust features that Knowledgehook offers teachers such as their Game Show Feature, Individual Student Missions and even Paper Mode. This award winning company focuses on creating valuable tools for teachers that can help identify potential strategies to help students who may be struggling with a given math concept. These engaging questions align to the curriculum standards for your given area and even offers a teacher and parent dashboard to see student progress. Knowledgehook offers more to students than just trophies, it provides them with the ability to say I Can.
August 04, 2020
Ep. 11: Edwin | Megan Farrell (VP Edwin Account Management) & Ashley McLellan (Director of Professional Learning and Atlantic Account Management)
On this episode I am joined by Megan Farrell (@meganmfarrell) and Ashley McLellan (@ashmac205) from Edwin by Nelson (@NelsonPK20). Edwin (@EdwinClassroom) is a digital Ecosystem that supports both teachers and students by providing trusted digital content that aligns with the given curriculum depending on the province. We talk about how Edwin focuses on creating a equitable learning environment for students whether they are in or out of the classroom through their easy to use web based platform that even allows the user to cache some content to be used offline. We discuss how the Professional Learning communities, made up of Edwin users from around the globe work on supporting one another not only on implementation but on transformation while using the tool. Edwin ( is a tool that engages the teachers to be collaborative and promotes students ability to connect the dots between subjects.
July 20, 2020
Ep. 10: Unruly Splats | Bryanne Leeming- Founder and CEO
On this episode I chat with Bryanne Leeming (@bryanneleeming) CEO and Founder of Unruly Studios (@unruly_studios), the company behind Unruly Splats ( which is a codable floor button that encourages physical play in STEM Education. We talk about how Bryanne came up with the product and why, as well as how Unruly Studios supports teachers in implementing this cross curricular tool into their school so that it doesn’t just sit on the shelf. We walk through using the web based coding platform that offers a virtual splat so that users can Splat without Splats. This durable coding tool takes the students away from the computer screen and engages them in a way that allows them to get the wiggles out
July 06, 2020
MCC at AES | clevr | Mihaela Pal
On this conference edition of MCC we chat with Mihaela Pal ( who is the Director of Marketing at clevr ( who was a feature spotlight speaker during the 2020 Atlantic Education Summit ( We discuss how they support school districts with transforming their paper based forms into web forms that allow for cloud storage and automation of data collection. We discuss supporting this transition as an individual as well as a system and how clevr has helped districts across Canada evolve into the digital age.
June 26, 2020
LIVE MCC at AES | Dr. Alec Couros
We go LIVE from the Atlantic Education Summit to discuss education, EdTech and so much more with Keynote speaker Dr. Alec Couros ( We talk about education during and post pandemic as well as strategies to better prepare not only the students but educators as well prior to entering a new school year. We discuss the value of passion projects as well as the need for a blended approach towards learning for students to truly buy in whether in person or at home. Twitter: @courosa  materials:
June 25, 2020
Ep. 9: Sphero | Jeremy MacDonald Senior Education Content and Training Manager
On this episode I chat with Jeremy MacDonald (, the Senior Education Content and Training Manager with Sphero (@Sphero, @SpheroEDU). We dive into the various tools and supports that Sphero has to offer educators, from free lessons to Professional Learning communities with the Sphero Lead Educator Program and the Sphero Hero Ambassadors and how Sphero works towards making sure that every teacher has what they need when they need it and how play is built into the DNA that is Sphero.
June 22, 2020
MCC at AES | David Whelan CEO- VR Education
On this conference edition of My Creative Classroom I chat with David Whelan who is the CEO of VR Education which looks after the Engage program that will be hosting the VR segment of the Atlantic Education Summit. We talk about how the users can access content, take part in this virtual space and what it offers education in the sense of global learning and interactive opportunities.
June 19, 2020
MCC at AES | Robert Martellacci CEO/Co-Founder C21 Canada and Founder/CEO Mindshare Learn Tech
On this special episode of MCC at AES, I chat with Robert Martellacci (@mindsharelearn) Co-Founder and CEO of C21 Canada (@C21Can) and Founder and CEO of Mindshare Learn Tech. We dive into what it means to be learning during the current Global Pandemic as well as what we can look forward to during his Cross Canada Panel during the June 23-26 2020 Atlantic Education Summit (
June 16, 2020
MCC at AES | Dr. Mario Chiasson- Chair of the Atlantic Education Summit
On this special edition MCC Conference episode, I chat with Dr. Mario Chiasson the Chair of the Atlantic Education Summit ( about how this conference has adapted and evolved to offer participates a new and engaging experience through Virtual Reality. We talk about how the support of sponsors has helped the committee lower the cost of the conference we walk through what participants can expect on June 23-26, 2020.
June 12, 2020
Ep. 8: Let's Talk Science | Brittany Lawrence
On this episode I am joined by Brittany Lawrence ( from Let’s Talk Science @letstalkscience which is a national Organization with over 3,900 volunteers that offers a multitude of services all in the effort of providing High quality learning experiences for both teachers and students. Brittany talks about how her journey has led her to her current role with Let's Talk Science as the Education Program Manager for Professional Learning and how they pride themselves on using evidence based approaches to their learning experiences. CORRECTION: LTS has 3,900 volunteers and not 39,000 volunteers as mentioned in our conversation.
June 08, 2020
MCC | Trailer | Zorbit's Math Adventure | Matt Murphy
This is a sneak peak of the amazing conversation that I had with Matt Murphy from Zorbit's Math Adventure, and how their Blended platform can help transform learning.
May 26, 2020
Ep. 7- Zorbit's Math Adventure | Matt Murphy
On this episode of My Creative Classroom, I chat with Matt Murphy (@MattMAttacks) from Zorbit's Math Adventure (@ZorbitsMath) which is a blended learning platform with a math first game design that focuses providing a multitude of supports for both the learner and the educator. We discuss their home learning kits that are available until June 31, 2020 as well as their Teaching Activities Library that has vetted tools and activities to provide the true blended model for teachers. Listen to how we go from chocolate covered broccoli, gumbo and back to onions.
May 25, 2020
Ep. 6- Flipgrid | Adam Parker Goldberg
On todays episode I chat with Adam Parker Goldberg @AdamShortShorts from Flipgrid @flipgrid, a program that allows a teacher to connect with students virtually through short videos by creating topics and prompts. Adam discusses how Flipgrid provides a global professional learning community through their GridPals, a Disco Library to help teachers get started, and their partnership with Microsoft that allows FLipgrid to be free for educators.
May 11, 2020
Ep. 5- SWIVL | Amanda Regan
On todays episode I chat with Amanda Regan from SWIVL @swivl, an EdTech company that offers a small attachment to your device, that allows you to record with multiple audio inputs and spins to give a 360 degree view of the venue. The SWIVL is this small base that can run on battery or be plugged in, that provides the user with a clear video and audio. Listen to my conversation with Amanda about SWIVL can help transform the learning in and out of the classroom. Visit SWIVL for more information:
April 27, 2020
Ep. 4- Fair Chance Learning | Dustin & Martha Jez
On this episode I chat with Dustin and Martha Jez (@marthajez) Co-Founders of Fair Chance Learning (@FCLEDU) about how their company offers a variety of supports to teachers to help them enhance their implementation of tools and strategies in the classroom. We discuss why they founded the company and their work and partnerships in the decade that they have been around. Listen to my discussion with Dustin and Martha and find out why they encourage educators to engage with them and not just follow them by using their weekly virtual staff chats as an example. 
April 13, 2020
Ep. 3- Logics Academy | Ramy Ghattas
On this episode, I chat with Ramy Ghattas ( from Logics Academy ( a Toronto based company that provides Digital Literacy tools to teachers and students to help transform the classroom. We walk through the Top 5 ways that Logics Academy can not only support learners while at school but also while at home. Ramy reveals the launch of a new platform that will provide opportunities for students and adults at home to pursue inquiry through emulators. We talk about the difference between learning to code and coding to learn. Stick around for my chat with Logics Academy! #makelearningcreative
April 06, 2020
Ep. 2- | Catherine Connors
On this episode of the Creative Classroom we chat with Catherine Connors ( from to discuss how this online learning platform supports language learners, as well as all learners in a variety of subject areas. A company that started in Sweden, has now setup shop in Halifax NS Canada, to build its Canadian content library to better align to the provincial curriculum. prides itself in personalizing its content to the location they are serving, so they are constantly seeking input from its users. Head over to to get you free platform license as they support both students and teachers in the COVID-19 Pandemic (offer valid until July 2020). #makelearningcreative 
March 29, 2020
Ep. 1- PASCO Sensors | Craig Ecclestone
On todays episode we talk with our product specialist from Ayva Educational Solutions @AYVAEducational, Craig Ecclestone. ( From temperature sensors, motions sensors, optical sensors and beyond, Ayva and Pasco @pascoscientific are leading the curve with Sense Technology.  Craig walks us through his top 5 must have sensors for teachers, a few price points and how classrooms can get started in the introduction of sensors to their programs.  SPOILER ALERT! Links to Craigs Top 5! Wireless Smart Carts PASCO’s number one selling product for the last two years.  Great for teaching Kinematics, Dynamics and Momentum and integrating Math and Physics. Wireless Temperature Completely sealed for water damaged protection and can collect data remotely for weeks at a time Wireless Weather Sensor with GPS Fully portable and can be used with GIS display software to investigate microclimates and ecosystems Wireless Carbon Dioxide This is the sensor Biology teachers can’t live without.  Ideal for respiration, photosynthesis and pollution investigations Wireless Motion The motion sensor still features the ingenious pivot head of prior models while incorporating wireless capabilities.
March 22, 2020