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March 23rd, 2018

Dear Thought Leader,

Another busy week in Canadian learning & technology. And, a very controversial one at that in light of this past week’s Canadian whistleblower, Christopher Wiley, formerly of Cambridge Analytica presents a learning opportunity around the highly sensitive issue of privacy and personal data in education. We’ll be delving deeper into this issue which will surely impact both K12 and post-secondary education.  

I was fortunate to facilitate a lunch meeting at MaRSDD this week with Australian and Canadian trade commissioners focused on exploring synergies in EdTech knowledge exchanges. I’m looking to invite a notable keynote from Australia to our 9th Canadian Learning & Technology Leadership Summit--Designing Next Generation Sustainable Learning Environments. Save the Date! Thursday, October 11.

It was also cool host our newest partner, Osmo education from Silicon Valley for school site visits and meeting with the ministry of education as they prepare to launch their education focused version across Canada.

I hope you’re enjoying our new weekly Top10 reports. We were humbled by the many positive comments received and welcome your continued feedback and personal updates!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S GTA Colleagues you are welcome to join us at our New MindShare Workspace for a tour and stay as my guest!

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Curator, The MindShare Learning Report™
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™


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“Our government has heard the concerns of industry and we’re committed to ensuring that our higher education institutions are preparing Albertans for the economy of the future.”

(Alberta spends $50 million to boost enrolment in technical education)

- Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt 
THIS WEEK IN EDTECH recorded Periscope Podcast between Robert Martellacci and Stephen Hurley from VoicEd Radio
1. Alberta spends $50 million to boost enrolment in technical education
March 14th, 2018 - Global News
“Our government has heard the concerns of industry and we’re committed to ensuring that our higher education institutions are preparing Albertans for the economy of the future.”
2. Businesses, academia can make a difference in Indigenous education and employment gaps
March 20th, 2018 - CBC News

In my travels throughout Canada and abroad, I am often asked, "What does reconciliation look like?" as we try to repair the damage done by residential schools and other colonial policies that have had an impact on generations of Indigenous people.

3. Preparing teachers for 21st century challenges
March 22nd, 2018 - OECD Education
Preparing today’s students to thrive in their society is no easy task. The skills and knowledge they’ll need to succeed in the future are constantly changing, while others are quickly being digitised, automated or outsourced.
4. Blockchain Education Heads to Canadian Capital
March 21st, 2018 - Legal Tech News
A new blockchain-focused lab at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Law, Technology and Society is the latest in a string of new academic efforts to incorporate blockchain into law school curriculum. The University of Ottawa’s lab joins schools such as Cardozo Law, Duke and Vanderbilt, among others, currently providing curricular content for law students around blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.
5. 10 Facts you Need to know about online Blended Learning
March 21st, 2018 - Contact North
Blended learning is more than just learning in the classroom and online Blended learning is the thoughtful integration of classroom and online learning that aims at taking the best advantage of the strengths of the two learning modes. Classroom activities must support online activities and vice versa for the full potential of blended learning to be realized. 
6. Statement from Minister Friesen and Minister Wishart on Innovating the Delivery of New Public Schools
March 12th, 2018 - Manitoba Education
As a key deliverable of our 2018 provincial budget, we are pleased to confirm the Manitoba government will be proceeding with the construction of five new schools with initial capacity for 3,300 students and 392 child-care spaces.
7. Learn about Cool University of Ontario Insitute of
Technology Research
March 8th, 2018 - UOIT

Here’s your chance to get the scoop on some innovative research projects at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Join the university community Tuesday, March 27 for the annual Research Excellence Award Speaker Series.

Recipients of the university’s 2017 Research Excellence Award will share highlights of their work and its potential to positively impact society.

8. Microsoft Robotics Team of the Week - Team 6485
March 8th, 2018 - First Canada Robotics

Thank you to Microsoft for supporting  FIRST Robotics Competition! Throughout the FRC season, we will get to know Microsoft-sponsored teams. This week we talked to  FIRST team 6485, Mecha Mustangs from L.A. Matheson Secondary School in Surrey, British Columbia.

9. Entrepreneurship by design: Introducing the Sandbox Student Grant Program
March 9th, 2018 - Brookfield Institute
We are excited to announce a new partnership that will bring the Sheldon and Tracy Levy Aspiring Innovators Fellows program to a whole new level. In collaboration with Sandbox by DMZ and Zone Learning at Ryerson University, we are proud to contribute to the launch of the new Sandbox Student Grant Program.
10. Smart Cities Need Smart People
March 13th, 2018 - Medium
The Code for Canada team is pretty fortunate. In the past year, we’ve visited communities across the country, and shared exciting discussions with innovators from every sector — from the public to private and non-profit — and every level of government.

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