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April 27th, 2018

Dear Thought Leader,

It’s been another hectic week in the world of Edtech across Canada and beyond! We’re back with our “This Week in Canadian EdTech Show,”  live from the Mindshare Workspace,  along with Stephen Hurley, simulcasting on Periscope and VoiceEd Radio. Take your pick, watch and/or listen!

On the international front, I came across some interesting stats around the projected growth of EdTech sector. According to data compiled by Research and Markets, the global educational technology market is expected to reach $40.9 billion by 22 and growing at a CAGR of 18.3 percent. The primary drivers for the market are demand for technological demands and innovations to create a more efficient learning environment. Education technologies have reshaped the learning system as many students have transitioned to computers and tablets, digital textbooks, interactive programs and digitized lessons. It is predicted that in the near future, the market will keep advancing with emerging additions such as virtual reality and augmented learning.

While EdTech is far from going away, there is a growing concern amongst education leaders in striking a balance with screen time and student physical activity. One of our featured blogs comes courtesy of the OECD, that makes the connection of regular physical activity and enhanced student performance. Be sure to have a read!

Congratulations to my friend and colleague, Doug Currie,  former educator, Provincial Minister of Education, and head of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, who joins Nelson Learning as Vice President, Government Relations.

I hope you enjoy this week’s Top10.  We’re inspired by the pockets of excellence we see across Canadian education systems, and welcome your comments and continued updates!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S. Be sure to have a listen to this week’s featured podcast with grade 5 students from McMurrich P. S. who share their startup experience at their recent Business Showcase event.
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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“Mahatma Gandhi once said: "it is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver". And indeed, our physical well-being is key to how we live our lives. But while we don't always make the link between our minds and our bodies, physical health is important for learning, too.”   

- OECD Education Blog: 
Is physical health linked to better learning?

1. Women need Technology, and Technology needs Women.
UNHCR - April 26th, 2018
Every day, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is used in ground-breaking ways to improve the lives of millions around the world. UNHCR is at the forefront of developing and implementing cutting-edge ICT solutions to provide effective and lasting assistance and protection to people forced to flee their homes.
2. Former educator, Provincial Minister of Education, and head of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, Douglas Currie has joined Nelson Learning as Vice President, Government Relations.
The Globe and Mail - April 24th, 2018

Steve Brown, CEO of NELSON, is pleased to announce Douglas Currie has joined the company as Vice President, Government Relations. As a former educator, Provincial Minister of Education, and head of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, Mr. Currie brings extensive experience to this role, and NELSON’s efforts towards equity and accessibility of learning resources.

3. Ontario art student receives more than $2M in scholarship offers
CTV News - April 26th, 2018

An Ontario high school student has received what she calls an "overwhelming" number of scholarship offers, totalling more than $2 million from universities across Canada and the United States.

4. Children who exercise regularly, have good nutrition and sleep well are more likely to attend school and excel
OECD Education - April 25th, 2018
Children who exercise regularly, have good nutrition and sleep well are more likely to attend school, and do well at school. And the benefits are not just for children: good physical health is associated with enhanced quality of life, increased productivity in the workplace and increased participation in the community and society. 
5. Ryerson's DMZ incubator creates Playbook, a sales accelerator program for startups
April 17th, 2018 - Lingo Media
6. Google’s latest AI experiments let you talk to books and test word association skills
The Verge - April 13th, 2018
Google today announced a pair of new artificial intelligence experiments from its research division that let web users dabble in semantics and natural language processing. For Google, a company that’s primary product is a search engine that traffics mostly in text, these advances in AI are integral to its business and to its goals of making software that can understand and parse elements of human language.
7. Government announces funding in school technology for better student learning
Canadian Education News - April 6th, 2018

The Government of Yukon will invest $1.9 million in 2018-19 to improve school-based information technology and embrace modern teaching and learning practices.

This funding will support equipping schools with more computing devices to create mobile computer labs that bring digital learning directly to the classroom. It will also support connectivity projects to increase student access to global information. These projects will support the redesigned curriculum and enable flexible, collaborative learning environments in all Yukon schools.

8. But seriously: Why are we building new universities in the GTA?
TVO - April 25th, 2018

There is a world after the June 7 election, and it’s still the government’s job to plan for it. Which is why the ministry responsible for planning the province’s colleges and universities has announced that two new university campuses will be built in the Greater Toronto Area sometime in the 2020s: one in Brampton and one in Milton.

9. To censor the internet, 10 countries use Canadian filtering technology, researchers say
CBC News - April 25th, 2018

Ahmed Mansoor has been threatened, spied on, and beaten — all payback, the human rights activist believes, for his outspoken criticism of the United Arab Emirates' numerous human rights violations, and its soaring crackdowns on dissent.

10. THIS WEEK IN EDTECH recorded Periscope Podcast between Robert Martellacci and Stephen Hurley from VoicEd Radio

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