Can/Am September Edition 2023, Volume 16 Issue 7
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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShare TV Back to School Tips with Award Winning Educator Melissa Dent, Recipient of Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence & Winner of the 15th Schools of the Future [Student Invention] Challenge 
Have a listen to an inspirational conversation with Ms. Dent who shares her story on how she became immersed in STEM and eSports with her students. Admittedly not that tech savvy, Ms. Dent learned to empower he students to take the lead and problem solve projects. Melissa will be sharing her story at the upcoming 14th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, November 2-3, Ottawa.
MindShare TV with Dr. Michael Fullan, Co-Director, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, CDN EdTech Summit Master of Ceremonies & Closing Keynote on his New Book, The Drivers: Transforming Learning for Students, Schools & Systems

Welcome back to what promises to be a new school year filled with untapped potential for learning as we get 'back on track' with a greater sense of normalcy, fingers crossed!


Our team has been hard at work over the summer focused on a number of new and exciting initiatives to support your professional growth and development.


While AI has dominated the news and Chat GPT recently released a teacher version, it's really about using the right EdTech tool at the right time. To that end, we are pleased to share our 'Essential Tools for Back to School' infograph' along with master Educator, Timothy Gard, Chief Learning Officer's blog to help you optimize tech integration plans in the classroom. Whether you're in your first or tenth year of teaching, we recognize that everyone is at a different place as we adapt our teaching practice through 'tech-infused' pedagogy. " Technology, if not judiciously integrated, can distract students and burden teachers. The challenge lies in leveraging educational technology to transform teaching and learning genuinely," says Tim Gard. Have a read of his complete blog, Integrating Technology in the Classroom with Purpose.


And for EdTech industry folks and retired educators looking to pivot into the EdTEch sector, we're Officially launching a Micro Credential, the 'Business of EdTech 101' to give you a deep dive into growing career option. This marks a first in North America!


Issue highlights below:


  1. Featured Podcast: Back to School Teacher Tips with National Schools of the Future & Prime Minister STEM Award Winner, Melissa Dent.
  2. Dr. Michael Fullan to MC & deliver closing keynote at MindShare's 14th Canadian EdTech Summit-- Empowering Innovative & Sustainable Learning Environments for the Future, Nov 2-3 Ottawa along with a 'World-Class' speaker lineup. Receive a special Time-Limited $100 off coupon as a valued Mindshare Learning community member! Tune into our recent podcast wtih Dr. Fullan on his new book!
  3. Join Us on Monday September 25th for our September Institute EdTech Industry Bootcamp launching The Business of EdTech 101 Course, followed by the 3rd Fall EdTech Industry Charity 9&Dine Golf Tournament in support of student nourishment programs in schools.
  4. MindShare is proud to partner with NYC EdTech Week October 2-5
  5. Toronto Metropolitan University President Visits MindShare to talk innovation, work integrated learning & partnerships! Stay tuned!
  6. Coming soon! C21 CIO Alliance the Future of AI in K12 Education.
  7. In case you missed it! Here's a great blog article by educator, Alice Keeler on helping you leverage #AI in the classroom>> 100 prompts for teachers to ask ChatGPT
  8. Late Breaking News! While popular with Canadian students, six in 10 consider generative AI tools cheating>>Students are looking for more resources and guidelines around generative AI, saying it has become a critical skill for the future, finds recent KPMG in Canada survey.
We look forward to staying connected with you throughout the school year to support your teaching & learning practices and to celebrate your students' projects! Please do forward this EdTech Report to a colleague who you think might benefit! As always, we welcome your constructive thoughts to help us stay at the forefront of innovation in education.  

As a member of our growing MindShare community, we are grateful for your kind and constructive feedback that motivates our team to provide you with mission-critical research and insights to keep you at the forefront of innovation in education. Do plan to join us at the upcoming Canadian EdTech Summit! Hope to see you there!  


Thank you again for making us part of your learning day!


Welcome back! And here's to making this year your 'best-ever' with your students! 


Special thanks to our team, valued partners and board of advisors for sharing their passion in moving the innovation needle forward in education across Canada and beyond. 


Until next time, keep the learning and innovation curve steep!
P.S. Be sure to stay active and healthy throughout the school year! I'm looking forward to resuming my ice hockey season this week! 
Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
Founder & President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Founder, MindShare Workspace--Your Place to Work & Learning
CEO & Co-founder, C21 Canada--Canadians for 21st Century Learning & Innovation

Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn @c21can @mindsharework
Canadian EdTech Industry PD &
Charity Golf!
2 Events! ONE Day! September 25
Join Us on Monday, September 25th for our September Institute EdTech Industry Bootcamp launching The Business of EdTech 101 Course & the 3rd Fall EdTech Industry Charity Golf Tournament! This Year's Charity of Choice is School Breakfast & Food Programs for Students
Thinking of a Career in EdTech but Don't Know Where to Start? Register for our Newly Created Business of EdTech 101 Course
To celebrate the highly anticipated EdTech Professional course, MindShare Learning is running a special promotion $99 for the first 10 people to register for the course launching September 25th!
14th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit
Special Back2School Offer $100 off! Register now!
8th Canadian EdTech Awards
We are thrilled to announce our 8th Annual Canadian EdTech Awards Honouring Excellence in Innovation in Education. Please submit your nominations by Friday, October 20, 2023
Enter Now! 8th Dragon's Den
Startup Challenge
The 8th Dragon Den's Start-Up Challenge—inspired by the hugely popular TV show Dragon's Den. This challenge is an opportunity for EdTech startups across North America to showcase their innovative solutions. In this competition taking place at the 14th Canadian EdTech Summit 2023, each participant can give a 2-minute pitch to showcase their innovative EdTech solutions and impress our expert panel of judges, comprised of North America's leading EdTech thought leaders. The winning startup will get the opportunity to be mentored by MindShare Learning in their EdTech Incubator Program for a year and receive an exclusive booth space at FETC. Please complete the form below to enter your EdTech start up into this years challenge!
Its Not too late to Register! As a proud media partner, MindShare Learning newsletter readers receive 20% off admission for the EdExec Summit by registering via this LINK
 C21 Canada Spotlight
Robert Martellacci, Co-Founder and CEO, C21 Canada, was honoured to host Dr. Mohamed Lachemi, President, Toronto Metropolitan University recently at the MindShare WorkSpace where they discussed innovation, work integrated learning and future partnering opportunities. Stay tuned!
Quote of the Month
Featured Books of the Month
MindShare is pleased to Partner with PennGSE Catalyst and EdTechWeek in NYC!
Upcoming FREE Professional Learning edWebinars Hosted by our Parntner

Guiding Students to Assess the Merits of Artificial Intelligence Tools, August 14, 2023
Teachers turn to AI to make workload more manageable, chart lesson plans, Aug 27, 2023

Clearlake Capital-Backed Discovery Education to Acquire DreamBox Learning, August 29, 2023
How Schools Can Survive (and Maybe Even Thrive) With A.I. This Fall, August 24, 2023
Manitoba teachers benefit from AI helper, August 25, 2023
 Integrating Educational Technology
   By Timothy Gard, Chief Learning Strategist 

The infusion of technology into K-12 classrooms has long been heralded as a transformative force capable of enhancing student engagement, fostering collaboration, and personalizing learning experiences. While the digital revolution promised revolutionary change, the reality has often been less impactful. Technology, if not judiciously integrated, can distract students and burden teachers. The challenge lies in leveraging educational technology to transform teaching and learning genuinely.

Prioritizing Students’ Needs

First and foremost, your technological decisions must be guided by the unique learning needs, well-being, and empowerment of your students. A needs assessment conducted at the beginning of the academic year is instrumental in tailoring a learning environment that synergizes with the unique requirements of each student. A genuinely engaging, secure, and risk-tolerant classroom environment will naturally cultivate students’ passion for learning.

Who Should Be Regulating AI Classroom Tools?, August 18, 2023

Hoping to Get More of Their Teachers to Try AI, Students Organize a National Conference, Aug 24,, 2023

Meet The Future Of AI. It’s Not ChatGPT, Bard AI, Or Code Whisperer. It’s A Texas A&M Second Year Undergraduate Named Hannah, August 24, 2023

Brock University, New VR tool facilitates student learning on ableism and accessibility, August 23, 2023

MCMASTER UNIVERSITY, Summer program inspires Black high school students to pursue a future in STEM, August 28, 2023
  Feature your Cool EdTech Tool 4 Back 2 School with Us for our next MindShare Learning Report
  Career Opportunities
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International STEAM Educators, New Brunswick, Canada 
September 17-19, 2023         
International Conference on Information Technology for Higher Education, Costa Rica 
October 9-10, 2023         
Ontario Edtech Export Business Mission to DIDAC India APPLY NOW
October 16-19, 2023         
14th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit
November 2-3, 2023         
29th ICDE World Conference 2023 Costa Rica
November 6-10, 2023             
November 7-8, 2023             
EduTech East
November 21, 2023
MindShare Advisory Board
The MindShare Report is grateful for the guidance and support provided by our esteemed advisory board. 

Kevin Custer, Founding Principal, Arc Capital Development 
Chip Fesko, President, Fesko Inc.
Ian Fogarty, Educator, Riverview High School | MindShare National Video Challenge Award Winner 
Dr. Guy Tetrault, Award Winning Sun West Director & CEO (Retired)
Michael Furdyk, Co-Founder, TakingItGlobal 
Dr. Eric Hamilton, Associate Dean of Education, Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology 
Maxim Jean-Louis, CEO, Contact North/Contact Nord, 
Gary Kern, Director of Learning, St. George's School 
Dr. Susanne Lajoie, Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University 
David Marsi, Practice Management Consultant - Private Wealth (Specialist, Developing Talent), BMO Private Wealth
Mirella Rossi, Superintendent of Education, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
Sandra Chow, Award Winning Teacher, Toronto District School Board 
Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams
Zelia Capatao-Tavares, Award-Winning Educator, Toronto District School Board
About Us

The MindShare Learning team is made up of the following awesome individuals: 

Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Chief Digital Curator 

Dr. Ron Owston, PhD., Research Associate, University Professor Emeritus, Former Dean of Faculty, York University 

Chris Kim, PhD., Research Associate, Software Engineer, software studio, Fresco Industries
Timothy Gard, B.Ed., OCT, M.A, Chief Learning Strategist
Hanan Mousa, M.B.A, B.C. S. Digital Media Specialist
Ivana Zelich, Digital Media & Marketing Associate
Valerie Rusnov, B.A. Hons., B.Ed., Editor 
Filomena Martellacci, B.A. Hons., B.Ed., OCT, Editor

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