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May 11th, 2018

Dear Thought Leader,

It’s an especially ‘Happy Friday’ with ‘Canada’s’ hockey team, the Winnipeg Jets advancing to the conference final! #GoJetsGo!

One of the highlights of this week’s Top 10 features a podcast interview with Mark Breadner, President & Founder, First Robotics Canada fresh back from the World Championships in Detroit.  We had a great conversation about the evolution of robotics and STEM in education, its impact on student learning, careers and global competencies, and the importance of making learning fun! It was also interesting to learn about our new Governor General keynoting and the security detailed involved.

Be sure to check out  this week in Canadian EdTech recorded periscope for deeper insights on what’s happening across the Canadian landscape and beyond.

Kudos to featured award winners from Peel DSB and ORION!

We’re busy finalizing plans for ISTE18 and our CanAm Celebration of Excellence Meetup. Check out the ISTE keynotes just announced in this issue.

I hope you enjoy this week’s Top10.  We’re inspired by the many 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. Our Super Early Bird Registration is now open! Canada’s 9th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit >> Reimagining Next Generation Sustainable Learning Environments.
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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1. ISTE Announces Keynotes
David Eagleman, Nadia Lopez, Andy Weir, Katie Martin, Michael Cohen
2. Independent Review of Assessment & Reporting. Important conversations & considerations of future actions to improve student assessment in Ontario
Government of Ontario - May 5th, 2018
I think we need to cater the assessments towards each student more. Not [ every ] student learns the same and can express what they have learned the same way.
3. An exclusive podcast with Robert Martellacci and Doug Currie, former Minister of Education and Head of Council Ministers of Education Canada.
MindShare Learning - May 4th, 2018
4. The Role of Education in AI (and vice versa)
McKinsey & Company - April 2018
Princeton’s head of computer science, Jennifer Rexford, explains how artificial intelligence is set to change not only  what teachers teach but  how they teach.
5. 3D printing offers Ontario students a foundation for 21st century skills
OCE - April 25th, 2018
The concept of 3D printing always conjures thoughts of the future. Imagine having the ability to create any item right in front of you, as explored by many futuristic movies and TV shows. All you need is a plan and a printer.
6. What we can learn from classrooms in the world’s top-performing education system
OECD - May 7th, 2018
Lucy Crehan, education author and former teacher, spent months visiting classrooms in countries and education systems that rank highest in the Programme for International Student Assessment (or PISA). She wanted to learn first-hand what teachers in these systems are doing differently for their students to perform so well. On this episode of TopClass, Lucy joins us to discuss her travels and the ways in which countries like Japan and Finland approach education.
7. Canadian Startup Raises Multi-million Round With K-12 Digital Permission Slips
EdSurge - March 27th, 2018
a Winnipeg, Canada-based developer of digital forms designed for K-12 schools and districts, has raised an undisclosed, “multimillion-dollar capital raise led by an international strategic investor,” according to a company  announcement. With the cash, the company plans to add to its headcount of 15 staff by making more than a dozen hires for sales, marketing and product development roles.
8. SMART Technologies and The Conrad Foundation Join Forces to Recognize Students Solving Global Education Challenges
Cision - May 3rd, 2018

SMART Technologies Inc. and The  Conrad Foundation today announced the Transforming Education through Technology Award aimed to bring together global teachers and students to advance learning through technology. 

9. Rick Hansen’s robotics team are championship winners at 2018 FIRST World Championships
Peel District School Board - May 11th, 2018

More than 15,000 students from across the globe put their innovation skills to the test at the  2018 FIRST Championship event on April 29 in Detroit, Michigan.  Rick Hansen Secondary School's robotics team, Team 1241 THEORY6, placed 3rd in the world and were named GM Team of the Year.

Team 1241 THEORY6 competed in the Tesla Subdivision category and went undefeated with a 10-0 score which led the team to finish 3rd in the world.

10. ORION Presents 2018 Leadership Award Winners
ORION - May 2nd, 2018

ORION has honoured three distinguished members of Ontario’s research, education and innovation community with a 2018 Leadership Award at its annual  THINK Conference.  

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