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MindShareTV Podcast featuring Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, Founder & President, Lets Talk Science on Celebrating 30 Years of Impact on Science & STEM Learning in Schools, What's Next? Looking Ahead to the 14th Canadian EdTech Summit Nov 2-3

Dear Thought Leader, 

Breaking news on the 14th Canadian EdTech Summit, November 2-3, with only 35 Days to Go! We are thrilled to announce our closing keynote, Dr. Alec Couros, legendary award-winning professor of educational technology & media, Director for the Centre of Teaching & Learning, University of Regina. Don't delay as time is running out to register and stay at our iconic host hotel, Chateau Laurier. 
Canadian EdTech Awards Nomination deadline is fast approaching! Please consider nominating in the following categories: K12 Teacher of the year, K12 School District of the Year, Professor of the Year, EdTech Company of the Year. See past winners here. To be announced at the Canadian EdTech Summit! 
Issue Highlights!
  1. In Honour of Orange Shirt Day this Saturday U of A releases report outlining progress on Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.  
  2. NFLD Provincial Government to Introduce New Model of Assessment and Evaluation for High School Students
  3. MindShareTV Podcast featuring Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, Founder & President, Lets Talk Science on Celebrating 30 Years of Impact on Science & STEM Learning in Schools, What's Next? Dr. Schmidt will be presenting at the 14th Canadian EdTech Summit Nov 2-3.
  4. Students and Technology Report: Flexibility, Choice, and Equity in the Student Experience released by Educause podcast.
  5. This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShare TV Podcast with Maynor Barrientos, Organizing team member, ICDE World Conference, November 6-10,Costa Rica. 
  6. Special Fall Canadian EdTech Industry Bootcamp MindShareTV Podcast with Aman Sahota, Co-Founder, Ei Amplified.
  7. Edtech integration, student engagement are top goals for new school year (Report).
  8. The University of Waterloo and Rogers Communications are joining forces to revolutionize NHL hockey analytics using 5G technology. 

As conference season is upon us, I'm looking forward to augmenting my professional learning next week at EdTech Week NYC. Do reach out to me if you are going to be attending! 


Special thanks to our team, student interns and advisory board members for their incredible commitment and passion in sourcing & sharing the news that we deliver weekly.  


Digital transformation in education and stortytelling is our wheelhouse. We specialize in connecting the dots between education and the EdTech sector to help all students thrive!  Drop me a note if you'd like to explore further with us!


In closing, we are grateful to you for your support and commitment to honing your craft. Please keep us in mind as we are always looking for newsworthy stories to share around learning & innovation across Canada and beyond. 


This week we honour Orange Shirt Day Commemorating the residential school experience, witnessing and honouring the healing journey of the survivors and their families. Every child matters.


Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe, and keep the digital learning curve steep!
P.S. Special thanks to the golfers who joined us this week at our 3rd Annual Golf outing in support of GTA School District Breakfast Programs.
Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Founder, MindShare Workspace
CEO & Co-founder, C21 Canada™ -- A not for profit, Canadians for 21st Century Learning & Innovation

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Special Fall Canadian EdTech Industry Bootcamp MindShareTV Podcast with Aman Sahota, Co-Founder, Ei Amplified
Thank you to all those who attended MindShare's 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament! It was a memorable event in support of the GTA School Boards!
35 Days to Go! Canadian EdTech Summit 2023, Ottawa, Canada 
Register now!
Join us in extending a warm welcome to our incoming CO-Op students from Gonzaga, DPCDSB & John Fraser, PDSB. Your enthusiasm and dedication are valued, and we're excited to have you on board!
C21 Canada Spotlight

Tweet of the Week
U of A releases report outlining progress on Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action
Book of the Week

Advancements in Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain Technology, and IoT in Higher Education: Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 


With a need to find alternatives to the traditional face-to-face teaching and learning during the pandemic, this topical volume discusses the best use of technologies in higher education, addressing the growing role of AI in the digital transformation of higher education systems. With chapters from eminent professors, researchers, and others involved in higher education from a selection of different countries, the volume looks at blockchain and IoT technologies to create smart universities now and for the future.
In Celebration of International Podcast Day Subscribe to the MindShare Learning Podcast & Stay up to Date on the Lastest Trends & Insights into the EdTech Industry!
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 DenStartup 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 exclusive booth space at FETC. Please complete the form below to enter your EdTech start up into this year's challenge!
This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShare TV Podcast with Maynor Barrientos, Organizing team member, ICDE World Conference 2023
K-12 Top News Stories
1. Provincial Government to Introduce New Model of Assessment and Evaluation for High School Students, September 22, 2023

As part of the ongoing work to modernize the K-12 education system, the Provincial Government will be engaging with its partners in education to introduce a new evaluation framework for high school students. This step marks the elimination of public exams from the public education system.


A consultation process will launch this fall with parents/guardians and educators on proposed options for assessing high school students as the development process continues. It is anticipated that a new model of assessment and evaluation will be implemented for the 2025-26 school year.
2.  Edtech integration, student engagement are top goals for new school year, September 25, 2023

Educators conveyed excitement about leveraging increased engagement, reconnecting with their students, and using new technologies and strategies


Educators are optimistic about implementing new education technology tools, including AI and gamified learning, and are prioritizing student engagement as the new school year gets underway, according to a new survey from GoGuardian.
3. Edwin Classroom Success Team, September 25, 2023

Edwin Educators help you achieve your classroom goals, answer your pressing questions, and bring interactive learning to life. Make the most of Edwin in the way that's right for you!
4. Canadian youth celebrate double victory at prestigious European science contest, September 19, 2023

Ottawa, September 19, 2023 – Youth Science Canada celebrates the outstanding performance of Elizabeth Chen from Edmonton and Arushi Nath of Toronto, who earned top awards at the 34th European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) held in Brussels, Belgium, September 12-17.


Chen was awarded first prize for her project, Optimization of CAR-T Cell Therapy using RNA-Sequencing Analysis for Biomarker Identification, which earned her the Best Project (Discovery) Award at the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) in May of this year. Nath won second prize for her project, Developing algorithms to determine asteroid’s physical properties and success of deflection missions, which earned her Best Project (Innovation) Award at CWSF 2023.
5. Xello Honored with 2023 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence, September 26, 2023

TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2023 /CNW/ - Xello, the award-winning K-12 college and career readiness program, was recognized as the recipient of two 2023 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence in the Best for Back to School Primary and Best for Back to School Secondary categories.


The Awards of Excellence are based on evaluations by educators using education technology every day to support effective teaching and learning practices. It is Xello's second straight year to be honored in the Primary category and its first in the Secondary category.
MindShare is pleased to Partner with PennGSE Catalyst and EdTechWeek in NYC!

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Game-changing insights using 5G technologies, September 25, 2023

In a unique collaboration, the University of Waterloo and Rogers Communications are joining forces to revolutionize the world of hockey analytics using 5G technology. This partnership could help reshape how hockey fans engage with the game and provide teams with valuable insights for data-driven decision making. This research partnership emerged from a 2020 hockey hackathon that was organized by Velocity, where Waterloo students had the opportunity to access proprietary NHL data sets and were tasked with generating ideas and offer new solutions that Rogers owned Sportsnet could incorporate into their viewing experiences.
7. New online curriculum vitae tool coming to York U,  September 22, 2023

York University is testing a new tool – Discover York Academics – that will help faculty members centralize and showcase their academic and professional work online.  
Discover York Academics is an electronic curriculum vitae tool that acts as a searchable, online database for faculty to document and share their research, publications, scholarly and creative works, and related teaching and professional activities. Faculty can also display their availability for graduate student supervision, academic and industry collaborations and more.
8. $3.75 M for new Global Climate Center on AI and Biodiversity Change, September 19, 2023

Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Global Centres Initiative, announced the creation of a new Global Climate Center on AI and Biodiversity Change (ABC) to help provide solutions and to meet the challenges posed by the biodiversity crisis. The ABC Centre, which will be located at the University of Ohio, brings together researchers from six universities in the United States and Canada, including McGill, with partners in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia, to develop new AI-enabled, data-supported approaches to study how changes in climate are impacting life – including mammals, birds, insects, and plants – on Earth. The Canadian team unites researchers from McGill, the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the University of Guelph, which was awarded a $3.75 million grant through the NSERC Alliance program in support of the Centre’s research activities.
9. Brock partners with NOTL Museum to create interactive historical display software, September 25, 2023

The Brock University Assistant Professor of Computer Science has a long-standing interest in using his software expertise to educate the public, particularly young people, about the past.

As a professor, it’s very important for me to give back to the community,” he says.

With a little help from Professor of Computer Science Beatrice Ombuki-Berman, Ezzati-Jivan approached the Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) Museum, connecting with Managing Director and Curator Sarah Kaufman.


Together, Ezzati-Jivan and Kaufman created the “ Innovating an Interactive Experience Software for the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum” project.


This collaboration allowed us to extend the educational impact beyond the classroom, engage with local history and create meaningful connections within the community,” says Ezzati-Jivan.
10. Racing to the future: RRC Polytech and AWS team up to showcase the value of AI and machine learning, September 21, 2023

Today, the Agora of Red River College Polytechnic’s (RRC Polytech) Manitou a bi Bii daziigae building will transform into an action-packed racetrack. It’s no Formula 1 – more like Formula 1/18 – as the vehicles in question are 1/18th scale, fully autonomous race cars with all-wheel drive, monster truck tires, an HD video camera, and on-board computer.


It’s all part of the Winnipeg DeepRacer Competition, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) – a race that invites anyone aspiring to gain machine learning skills to compete. Eight student teams from RRC Polytech are in the running to achieve AI greatness, all while deepening their learning and building on skills they’ve built in the classroom.
Professional Learning Events 
International Conference on Information Technology for Higher Education, Costa Rica 
October 9-10, 2023                           
2023 Serious Play Conference at TMU 
October 11-13, 2023                            
Sustainability: Transdisciplinary Theory, Practice, and Action Conference 
October 11-13, 2023                            
Ontario Edtech Export Business Mission to DIDAC India APPLY NOW 
October 16-19, 2023                            
14th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit Register Now!
November 2-3, 2023                           
SETDA Leadership Summit and Ed Forum 2023
November 5-8, 2023                         
29th ICDE World Conference 2023 Costa Rica
November 6-10, 2023                         
November 7-9, 2023                           
NYSCATE 23 Annual Conference: Mission Possible
November 18-21, 2023                           
EduTech East
November 21, 2023                  

Teacher/Parent Resources Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. STEAM Hub x FIRST Canada Student Live Stream Workshops (2023-2024)

Proudly Sponsored by First Canada and CanCode | For Grades 4-9 | 2023-2024 School Year. Get started with coding and STEM with a FREE virtual workshop and online course for your class!


Join us LIVE with your class to get hands-on with coding as we explore some of our favourite tools including Scratch, MakeCode Arcade, and Micro:Bit! Our expert instructors will lead you and your class through a fully curriculum-connected, hands-on learning journey like you’ve never seen.  Please let us know how many students will be joining the class for reporting purposes.
2. Your Personalized EdTech Professional Development Journey Brought to You by TakingITGlobal's Code to Learn Program and ISTE!

Explore effective strategies for implementing technology seamlessly into your classroom through a series of webinars focused on teaching with technology from expert practitioners. 


Our 45-minute webinars feature a variety of topics and allow you to design your personalized PD path by adding ISTE books, ISTE Online Teaching Academy and ISTE Membership to your journey. This opportunity is FREE to educators throughout Canada, but space is limited!

3. Media Smarts Teacher Resources 


You can use our search tool to help you find lesson plans, tip sheets and other resources on various media topics. 


While MediaSmarts’ research shows that teachers place considerable importance on teaching their students digital literacy skills such as authenticating information, managing privacy, addressing cyber bullying, and being safe online, evidence suggests this is not reflected in Canadian classrooms. The intent of these resources is to support teachers in implementing digital literacy into their teaching practice and to help them to develop digital literacy lessons and activities that suit their students' needs.

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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 
MindShare Advisory Board 
The MindShare Report is grateful for the guidance and support provided by our esteemed advisory board. Members include: 
Laurent Burman, M.B.A., Chief Commercial Officer, Sound Commerce 
Kevin Custer, Founding Principal, Arc Capital Development 
Chip Fesko, Principal, Chip Fesko & Associates
Ian Fogarty, Educator, Riverview High School | MindShare National Video Challenge Award Winner 
Dr. GuyTetrault, Award Winning Sun West School Division, 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, Principal, St. George's School 
Dr. Susanne Lajoie, Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University 
David Marsi, Senior Manager Training Initiatives, ScotiaMcLeod  
Mirella Rossi, Superintendent of Education, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
Sandra Chow, Award Winning Teacher, Toronto District School Board (On Leave serving as a Director of Technology & Instruction at a School in China
Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams

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