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A MindShareTV Learning Moment >> A Canadian Perspective at NYCSCATE23 Mission: Possible Conference

Dear Thought Leader, 

Last week I apparently stirred some emotion in our readership with my reference to the 'archaic industrial learning environments' that still exist today. Perhaps it was taken out of context as the point I was trying to make, we need to get beyond pockets of innovation. I've seen many great examples of innovative classrooms and schools, however it truly is an equity issue when limited to a select number of classrooms or schools across a district.
I can appreciate scaling district-wide is costly, however, there are creative & cost-effective methods, where strategic partnerships can perhaps also accelerate this process. 
Did you know? Classroom design can account for 16% of the difference in students’ academic progress according to edutopia research.  
In this issue, I'm pleased to share a reflection and images from our #CDNEdTech23 Summit site visit to the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Education newly renovated learning spaces.
I'd love to hear from our readership on your journey of how you envisioned & scaled your innovative schools/learning environments. We are happy to feature you on a MindshareTV podcast, or in a feature blog. 
Watch for our Schools of the Future SDGs Student Invention Challenge launching February 2024! New partners are welcome! Over the past 15 years we've donated over $1 million in prizing toward transforming classroom spaces!
This week I had the good fortune of attending the NYSCATE conference with our neighours across Lake Ontario. It was interesting to get a Canadian perspective (have a listen to our MindShareTV podcast) as fellow Canadians, Aman, Henry and Warren provided some great insight on trends and how they are helping transform learning with a diversity and inclusion lens.  AI was truly top-of-mind amongst attendees and presenters. I came across three AI books published by teachers and leaders, including a MindShareTV podcast featuring legendary edleader, keynoter and podcaster, Carl Hooker. Generative AI cannot be ignored and can certainly be leveraged as a tool to support student inquiry and enhance teacher classroom management efficiencies. 
As it's been a busy conference month, checkout more highlights from the ICDE global conference. 


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. 


Happy Thanksgiving to our friends & colleagues in the U.S.!


Friends and colleagues in the GTA, join us for our 6th anniversary Holiday reception, Wednesday, December 6, 5-8pm at the MindShare Workspace! Please RSVP! Hope to see you there! 


Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe, and keep the digital learning curve steep!
P.S. I would be remiss not to shine a light on Financial Literacy Month given the current economic conditions across Canada. I'm pleased to share some resources provided by our Federal Government. It truly is a critical literacy and life skill students need to garner to navigate the complexities of living and thriving in their careers and life in general.
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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Join Us for our 6th Anniversary Holiday Party at the MindShare Workspace, December 6th, 2023, 5-8PM
NYSCATE Spotlight
Congratulations to Amy DelCorvo & the NYSCATE
 team on a successful Nyscate23! Deep insights on Generative AI, Project Based Learning, EdTech & STEM!  Great to see Canada well presented! Looking forward to building a CanAm partnership next year!
16th Schools of the Future Student Invention Challenge
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ICDE World Conference 2023 Highlights
That's a wrap! ICDEWC23 Global Conference Costa Rica Honoured to have been a media partner MindShare Learning amongst an esteemed Canadian delegation from Contact North | Contact Nord. You made Canada proud!
U of Ottawa Faculty of Ed Innovative Classrooms
I was inspired to share some photos from CDNEdTech23 last week. One of the biggest challenges I see, How to cost-effectively create innovative and equitable learning spaces to support helping all students thrive? I'm sharing an inspirational tour of the innovative U of Ottawa faculty of Ed classroom where eSports is played as well. It includes a HUGE media wall and movable furniture among other elements you can see. There is a separate podcasting studio which I would recommend too! sorry to miss your conference as I'm ICDE - International Council for Open and Distance Education in Costa Rica exchanging expert ideas on the future of online learning!
MindShare Learning Moment with Edleader, Author, Keynoter, Carl Hooker at NYSCATE23 on this New Book: Learning Evolution>>The New Era of AI In the Classroom
Slam Dunking Data: Dell and Raptors’ Basketball Star Team Up for Data Science Initiative Blog
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C21 Canada Spotlight
Coming Soon! The C21 CIO Alliance The Future of AI in K12 Education Report

Tweet of the Week
Book of the Week

Learning Evolution: New Era of AI in the Classroom



As artificial intelligence transforms how we live, work, and learn, this book guides educators on navigating the AI revolution in a thoughtful and ethical way. It explores how generative AI tools are disrupting classrooms while also unlocking new opportunities to enhance teaching and learning.Through a blend of storytelling, practical strategies, and over 50 expert interviews, the book lays the groundwork on AI's capabilities, limitations, and potential biases. It delves into the challenges AI poses for academic integrity while offering solutions for AI-enhanced assessment in the future.This book is more than just theory, it is also jam-packed with the latest generative AI tools as well as strategies for implementing its usage at a variety of levels.
K-12 Top News Stories
1. Grade 5 Students Build Digital Arcade using Coding, November 3, 2023
At E.G. Wahlstrom School in Slave Lake, Class 5D, under the guidance of their teacher Leonard Oliver, has developed a digital arcade. Five years ago, Mr. Oliver enrolled in a 5-day course provided by The Northern Coding Academy, equipping himself with the knowledge to harness available technologies and bring these valuable resources into his classroom.
2. Top 5 Insights from the Canadian Ed Tech Summit 2023, November 16, 2023
In the ever-evolving landscape of education, one event stood out as a beacon of insight and innovation: the Canadian EdTech Summit. This remarkable gathering brought together thought leaders, educators, technology providers, and government officials, all with a shared vision of empowering innovative and sustainable learning environments for the future. As we delve into the top 5 insights that emerged from the summit, we’re transported to a realm where collaboration and partnerships are the keys to success, where security and privacy take center stage, where student engagement and innovation light the path forward, where inclusivity and equity are non-negotiable principles, and where the inertia of traditional education is met head-on, challenging the very narrative of how we prepare students for tomorrow’s world. Welcome to a world of transformation, where education technology shapes the future.
3. Esri Canada K-12 Program receives Alex Trebek Medal for Geographic Literacy, November 16, 2023

TORONTO, ON—November 16, 2023—Esri Canada, the country's leading provider of geographic information system (GIS) solutions, today announced that its K-12 Education Program has been awarded the prestigious Alex Trebek Medal for Geographic Literacy by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS). The Alex Trebek Medal is presented to a group or individual significantly contributing to advancing geographic literacy in Canada—creating a brighter future for young Canadians. The medal was presented by RCGS in Ottawa on GIS day.
4. Students in Winnipeg animation, graphics program 'blown away' by gifts of high-end tablets, November 16, 2023

Kaya Schulz was "blown away" after being gifted something that may help realize dreams of a career in animation.


Schulz, 19, was one of 60 students in Sisler High School's Create program pursuing careers in animation, game design and motion graphics to be surprised with high-end drawing tablets for free Thursday.
5. K-12 schools improve protection against online attacks, but many are vulnerable to ransomware gangs, November 19, 2023

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some K-12 public schools are racing to improve protection against the threat of online attacks, but lax cybersecurity means thousands of others are vulnerable to ransomware gangs that can steal confidential data and disrupt operations.

Since a White House conference in August on ransomware threats, dozens of school districts have signed up for free cybersecurity services, and federal officials have hosted exercises with schools to help them learn how to better secure their networks, said Anne Neuberger, the Biden’s administration’s deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging technology.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Government of Canada launches applications for $170 million Low Carbon Economy Challenge, highlighting University of Victoria pollution-cutting project, November 17, 2023
Canadians are calling for action to fight climate change in a way that will build a strong economy, keep life affordable, and ensure clean air for communities. The Low Carbon Economy Challenge is just one of the many ways the Government of Canada is working with partners across the country to leverage Canadian ingenuity to fight climate change, generate clean growth, build resilient communities, and create good jobs for Canadians.
7. Generative AI: The teacher that can help close the skills gap?,  November 17, 2023

The global talent gap is long-lamented and continues to grow — in the U.S. alone, there are currently 9.6 million job openings compared to 6.5 million unemployed. 


This has many calling for upskilling and re-skilling of existing workforces. However, while many business leaders recognize that need, they are hampered by a lack of time, resources and funds to develop materials on which to train their workers.
8. RoboGarden and University of Northen British Columbia Continuing Studies Partner to Launch New Machine Learning & AI Bootcamp, November 21 , 2023
CALGARY, AB, Nov. 21, 2023 /CNW/ - RoboGarden – an industry-leading cloud-based publisher that excels in delivering interactive, AI-driven digital skills learning experiences – announces a new collaboration with University of Northern British Columbia Continuing Studies to offer its singular Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Bootcamp experience to the UNBC CS workforce upskilling and lifelong learning community.
9. Sheridan first in Canada to invest in pair of innovative nursing education technologies, November 17, 2023
HoloAnatomy Learning Platform has been integrated into curriculum of the Practical Nursing diploma, the new Honours Bachelor of Sciences — Nursing (BScN) degree and several other programs in Sheridan’s Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies (FAHCS), including the Athletic Therapy, Kinesiology and Osteopathy degrees. HoloAnatomy’s 3D mixed reality software uses holographic imagery to display structures and systems in the body — including difficult-to-see anatomy such as the diaphragm, nervous and circulatory systems — to better support students in challenging courses such as anatomy and physiology.
10. Harnessing AI to help pinpoint cancerous tumours
University of Waterloo engineers use AI to advance cancer treatment monitoring 
UofW, November 20, 2023

Engineers from the University of Waterloo are harnessing artificial intelligence to help doctors better see and control a non-invasive cancer treatment and, in the process, save lives.


Their imaging system will allow for the safer and more effective use of high-intensity, focused ultrasound to destroy a wide range of cancerous, often deadly, tumours.
Professional Learning Events 
AWS re:Invent 
November 27- December 21, 2023                           
FETC Future of Education Technology Conference
January 23-26, 2023                           
March 4-7, 2023                           
COSN 2024
April 8-10, 2023                           
June 15-16, 2023                           
ISTE Conference
June 23-26, 2023                  

Teacher/Parent Resources Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. Helping Children Become Thoughtful Users of AI - Part 3

Last spring my grade 6 students and teaching partner, Tim Groenewegen, were part of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board's professional collaborative inquiry into ChatGPT. About 30 educators from kindergarten to grade 12 were provided with a VPN-enabled iPad that allowed us to access OpenAI. Our job was to explore the potential of ChatGPT for learning and then make recommendations to the board as to whether or not ChatGPT should be made available to all teachers and students. I invite you to follow this series of articles about the experience.
2. Teaching Financial Literacy Through Play with Minecraft: Education Edition
Were you taught about money matters in school? Financial literacy is often overlooked in K–12 education, but it sets students up for success and security as they make decisions in adult life. Canadian Learning Experience Designer Blaise Patterson recognized an opportunity for learning and decided to create the Financial Literacy World, a city where students can explore everyday economic decisions. This guest post shares the inspiration for the world, the process of creating it, and how this open-ended activity can help your students explore financial decisions.
3. TD Bank WOW! Zone Financial Education Resources

Educators and students can work on financial literacy with a full curriculum of downloadable lesson plans and age-appropriate activities for grades K–12. Designed to help students learn valuable information about saving, banking, spending, credit scores and investing, all lesson plans are written to meet the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards.

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Chris Kim, PhD., Research Associate, Software Engineer, software studio, Fresco Industries

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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
Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams

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