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13 Days to Go CDNEdTech23 Summit Ottawa! Robert Martellacci in Conversation with Dr. Michael Fullan, Author, Keynoter & Legendary Education Change Leader for a 'Sneak Peek on What to Expect at the Summit!

Dear Thought Leader, 

Happy Media Literacy Week! Checkout Canada's Media Smarts, a great resource for teachers on topics such as media & digital literacy, digital citizenship and cyber safety, to help future-proof your students. 
On that note, with only 10 Days to Go, I'm also pleased to also share our Special Canadian EdTech Summit edition! In less than two weeks, education stakeholders from across North America and Internationally will be gathering at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa for the 14th Canadian EdTech Summit. Do have a listen to today's special 'Sneak Peek' podcast featuring, Order of Canada recipient, Dr. Michael Fullan, keynoter and Master of Ceremonies, who reflects on his deep learning journey and how he eventually discovered the potential value of technology as an accelerator.
I'm having a brief flashback to the inaugural EdTech Summit that took place a York University, my alma mater, in partnership with Dr. Ron Owston, Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Education over a decade ago. 
The catalyst at the time was the belief that we needed to spark a national conversation to get beyond 'pockets of innovation,' with the hope of making learning more accessible and equitable.'  If you recall, it was the early days of the iPad, twitter was still relatively undiscovered by educators and C21 Canada was yet to be imagined. 
Fast forward to today, the complexities of teaching & learning have grown exponentially with EdTech taking on a more mission critical role from LMS platforms, to an array of between 200-600 apps available in some districts and students carrying multiple devices. And, just as schools were getting settled back to a sense of 'normalcy,' post COVID, teachers are thrown yet another curve ball with ChatGPT and Generative AI. 
We are by all accounts in the most transformational and pivotal time in education since the arrival of the Internet. 
This monumental challenge and more, will be addressed at the upcoming Summit with an eye on 'Empowering Innovative & Sustainable Learning Environments for the Future.' 
I challenge you as an education and industry innovator to join our 'World-class' speakers in conversation in Ottawa to envision your future learning ecosystem, where you will connect with other like-minded stakeholders to grapple with the challenges and opportunities to keep Canada at the forefront of innovation in education. 
Bonus offer! While Generative AI has great potential for education, schools, colleges and universities require some runway to adapt and make sense of it the Generative AI. We will be releasing the C21 Canada CIO Alliance, Future of AI in K12 Report for attendees at the Summit. 
I hope you enjoy this week's Top 10 Featuring Canada's Prime Minister teaching Award Winners and much more!


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. 


Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe, and keep the digital learning curve steep, especially during Media Literacy Week!
P.S. Checkout the Slam Dunking Data: Dell and Raptors’ Basketball Star Team Up for Data Science Initiative Blog by Dr. Ron Owston, Dean Emeritus, York University
Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
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10 Days to Go! Canadian EdTech Summit 2023, Ottawa, Canada 
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Fireside Chat Expert Panel
Cross Canada Checkup Panel
3 Expert Panel Presentations
Slam Dunking Data: Dell and Raptors’ Basketball Star Team Up for Data Science Initiative Blog
C21 Canada Spotlight
Coming Soon! The C21 CIO Alliance The Future of AI in K12 Education Report will be released at the 14th Canadian EdTech Summit November 2-3, Ottawa! BONUS: Register for the Summit & Receive a Free Copy!

Tweet of the Week
Book of the Week


AI and the Future of Education: Teaching in the Age of Artificial Intelligence 



Clear away the fog surrounding AI in education―and regain your peace of mind

Among teachers, there is a cloud of rumors, confusion, and fear surrounding the rise of artificial intelligence. AI and the Future of Education is a timely response to this general state of panic, showing you that AI is a tool to leverage, not a threat to teaching and learning. By understanding what AI is, what it does, and how it can be used to enhance education, you can let go of anxiety and uncertainty, and learn to embrace artificial intelligence.
Sponsor Spotlight
Kami will be attending the 14th Ontario Ed Tech Summit November 2-3rd in Ottawa. As you gear up for the upcoming school year SY23-24, we invite you to explore Kami—a tool designed to enhance education by reducing teacher stress, boosting student engagement, and igniting a passion for learning. 


We invite you to trial Kami and let's revolutionize your classroom together. Contact: or schedule a chat via my Calendly link:

Discover Kami's impact by reviewing our videos here:
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
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 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 MindShareTV Podcast on the Kwikwetlem First Nation, School District No. 43 (Coquitlam), & Microsoft Release Minecraft Education Pacific Northwest Experience
K-12 Top News Stories
1. Top educators in Canada honoured with Prime Minister’s Awards in recognition of their unwavering dedication and commitment to students, October 5, 2023

Every day, Canada’s world-class educators are empowering young people to shape our future. They provide the students in their care with the skills, tools and experiences they need to become thriving adults in Canada’s innovation economy.


Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and the Honourable Jenna Sudds, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, on behalf of the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, announced that 74 of Canada’s top educators have received this year’s Prime Minister Awards for Teaching Excellence and Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and for Excellence in Early Childhood Education at the regional and national levels.
2. BlackBerry and D2L Partner to Support STEM Learning in K-12, October 17, 2023

TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2023 /CNW/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) ("BlackBerry") a global IoT and cybersecurity software company and D2L Inc. (TSX: DTOL) ("D2L") a global learning technology company, today announced their partnership to support STEM education for K-12 students in North America, with BlackBerry naming D2L its Sustainability Partner.


As partners in technology-enabled missions, BlackBerry and D2L have chosen Actua, a national STEM outreach organization, for the first investment. BlackBerry believes a sustainable world is one that is increasingly connected and has security and privacy built in. The company leverages its expertise and innovations to help achieve a sustainable world. D2L is committed to reducing cybersecurity burdens through innovative learning and education solutions has partnered with BlackBerry to identify Actua to help advance its sustainability agenda.
3. Kwikwetlem First Nation, SD43, and Microsoft release Minecraft Education Pacific Northwest Experience, October 3, 2023

Coquitlam, BC (October 3, 2023) - kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation and School District 43 (Coquitlam) Indigenous Education and SD43 STEAM, with the generous support of Microsoft Canada, is excited to announce the creation of the new Minecraft Education Pacific Northwest Coast Experience. Students will now be able to explore an immersive, virtual world within Minecraft Education that simulates cultural and traditional experiences of the Indigenous Peoples of the Pacific Northwest.
4. EdTech Company Forward Education Working with Let's Talk Science to Advance Climate Action Education, October 16, 2023
KITCHENER, ON, Oct. 16, 2023 /CNW/ - Amid the surge of record-breaking wildfires, storms, floods, and scorching heat waves, Canadian edtech company Forward Education is working with Let's Talk Science to accelerate the global adoption of climate change education in K-12 classrooms. Let's Talk Science is a national charitable organization that provides programs and resources to promote STEM-based learning. Let's Talk Science will distribute over 1,000 Climate Action Kits, created by Forward Education, to equity-deserving youth across Canada.
5. What's Really Getting in the Way of Teachers Embracing Edtech?, October 18, 2023

Amy Ballard, Ph.D., a math teacher and instructional coach at Brashier Middle College Charter High School in Simpsonville, South Carolina, has more than two decades of experience and spends a lot of time thinking about edtech. Yet Ballard’s main focus is not the tools themselves, but rather, how to support teachers leveraging edtech to help improve student learning.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Innovating better ways to care for people using technology, October 14, 2023

From automating a medical imaging device to developing a health-care platform to reduce anxiety, the Velocity health stream is creating the next generation of innovators working to transform their research into real-world technological solutions.


In March 2023, Velocity launched a new initiative, Velocity health, which aims to help early-stage startup companies in the health-tech sector access a wide range of support and resources. From ideation to clinical trials, market validation and adoption, the inaugural group of entrepreneurs will receive support in making their products and services available to those who need them.
7. New online curriculum vitae tool coming to York U,  October 15, 2023

When OpenAI debuted ChatGPT nearly a year ago, Western University professor Mark Daley was “gobsmacked.” It’s not as if this expert in artificial intelligence and leader in neural computation research didn’t know this technology was possible in principle — research goes back to the 1940s. Rather, he just never thought he would see such a sophisticated, easily accessible large language model solving real-world problems in his lifetime.
8. Revolutionizing Industries: Why Every Canadian Should Consider AI Stocks, October 17, 2023

Canadians are increasingly turning their attention to artificial intelligence (AI) stocks. AI stocks are not just the future, they’re the present. For Canadian investors looking to diversify their portfolios and tap into the thriving tech sector, investing in AI stocks is a compelling choice.


One such company that stands out is Docebo (TSX:DCBO), a leading provider of learning platforms rooted in AI and innovation. Docebo stock has recently announced a strategic partnership with Google Cloud, setting the stage for exciting developments in the world of AI-powered education.
9. Deloitte and Google Public Sector Expand Strategic Alliance to Accelerate Technology Innovation in Government and Higher Education, October 17, 2023

NEW YORK and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 17, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Deloitte and Google Public Sector today announced a major expansion of their strategic alliance to accelerate innovation and harness new technologies like generative AI (gen AI) to help government and higher education clients solve complex problems. With deep experience at the federal, state, and local levels, Deloitte and Google Public Sector will launch a portfolio of new solutions that combine Google Cloud's leading AI/ML, gen AI, and data analytics capabilities with Deloitte's deep mission experience and engineering capabilities to enhance constituent engagement, improve geospatial planning, and drive better mission insights.


Through the expanded alliance, Deloitte will quadruple its Google Public Sector resources to better help public sector organizations adopt and scale vital transformation programs that achieve their mission-driven objectives. The organizations' initial focus will be on three critical areas primed for modernization:
10. Canada's Best Universities by Reputation: Rankings 2024, October 11, 2023
Maclean's surveyed university faculty and senior administrators, as well as a variety of business people across the country, asking for their views on quality and innovation at Canadian universities. These charts display the results of the survey, combining all the universities from the Primarily Undergraduate, Comprehensive and Medical Doctoral categories into one group.
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November 2-3, 2023                           
SETDA Leadership Summit and Ed Forum 2023
November 5-8, 2023                         
29th ICDE World Conference 2023 Costa Rica
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NYSCATE 23 Annual Conference: Mission Possible
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EduTech East
November 21, 2023                  

Teacher/Parent Resources Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. AI K12 Resources: The Artificial Intelligence (AI) for K-12 initiative (AI4K12) is jointly sponsored by AAAI and CSTA. 

The initiative is developing (1) national guidelines for AI education for K-12, (2) an online, curated resource Directory to facilitate AI instruction, and (3) a community of practitioners, researchers, resource and tool developers focused on the AI for K-12 audience. Check out the following information to learn about this initiative.
2. Media Literacy Week Teachers’ Hub

This space is designed to provide you with plug and play lessons and resources on digital and media literacy topics that relate to this year’s event, brought to you by MediaSmarts and supported by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation.

The teachers’ hub features five days of lesson plans and activities curated around five media literacy themes - use, understand, engage (including activities for Digital Citizen Day), access and verify! We’ve also brought you special pre-recorded plug and play lessons, led by MediaSmarts experts, covering topics like body image, online hate and identifying what’s real online.


Incorporate these digital media literacy activities into your classroom activities during Media Literacy Week October 23-27, 2023 and beyond!

3. October is Cyber Security Awareness Month in Canada

Cyber Security Awareness Month (Cyber Month) is an internationally recognized campaign held each October to help the public learn more about the importance of cyber security. The campaign helps Canadians stay secure online by teaching them simple steps to protect themselves and their devices.


The theme for Cyber Security Awareness Month 2023 is Step up your cyber fitness. It’s all about stretching your cyber security muscles and taking things one step at a time! Cyber security is a shared responsibility, so join us and other organizations across Canada in promoting cyber security by participating in Cyber Month.

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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
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