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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShare TV. podcast featuring
Dr. Andy Hargreaves uOttawa | Faculté d'éducation | Faculty of Education, speaker, author, & CanadianEdTech Professor of the Year Award Winner, exploring his new book: The Age of Identity: Who Do Our Kids Think They Are

Dear Thought Leader, 

What an eventful week it's been! On the heels of the OpenAI CEO drama, ChatGPT celebrated its 1st anniversary this week. At Mindshare, we harness it every day for idea generation, problem solving and content creation. Our coop students are permitted to leverage the tool as part of the learning, creativity and discovery process. Here are some excellent curated resources I'm sharing for educators and education leaders courtesy of trusted not for profit ISTE/ASCD
I had the honour and pleasure of connecting with three of our national awarding winning leaders this week. The legendary Dr. Andy Hargreaves, Professor of the Year Award Winner on a podcast featuring his most recent book, the Age of Identity. Be sure to tune in! We then had a surprise visit from  D.J. Cunningham, Founder & CEO of Canada's leading SpecEd EdTech Learn Style, EdTech Company of the Year and Randy Osei, Founder & CEO, EdTech Startup Company of the Year, Training Ground.
Last but not least, I connected with the awesome Alana Winnick, Author, Podcaster @Generative_Age, Speaker, Ed Tech Director, Pocantico Hills Central School Division, who I met at NYSCATE. One observation based on several conferences I've recently attended in the U.S., we lag behind our neighbours to the south with the adoption of Generative AI in schools. Perhaps cautionary measures will yield more cohesive policies as we loosen the reins on access to ChatGPT and other generative AI tools. 
I'd love to hear from our readership on your journey to embracing generative AI, or not. We are happy to feature you on a MindshareTV podcast, or in a blog. Please drop me a note!
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Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe, and keep the digital learning curve steep!
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UNESCO Guidance for Generative AI in Education and
Research Report
Publicly available generative AI (GenAI) tools are rapidly emerging, and the release of iterative versions is outpacing the adaptation of national regulatory frameworks. The absence of national regulations on GenAI in most countries leaves the data privacy of users unprotected and educational institutions largely unprepared to validate the tools. 
UNESCO’s first global guidance on GenAI in education aims to support countries to implement immediate actions, plan long-term policies and develop human capacity to ensure a human-centred vision of these new technologies.
The Guidance presents an assessment of potential risks GenAI could pose to core humanistic values that promote human agency, inclusion, equity, gender equality, and linguistic and cultural diversities, as well as plural opinions and expressions.
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Tweet of the Week
Book of the Week

The Age of Identity: Who Do Our Kids Think They Are . . . and How Do We Help Them Belong?


A perfect storm is upon us and educators are in the middle of it. Identity issues often incite and divide us, but they are actually our way out of the storm. No one should be oppressed or have to hide who they are, and young people need to be prepared for a future where they can learn to live together and help others belong.


In their beautifully written book, Dennis Shirley and Andy Hargreaves brilliantly show how we can and must engage with young people’s identities in their fullness and complexity.
K-12 Top News Stories
1. These B.C. teens are being immersed in local Indigenous culture — by playing Minecraft, November 26, 2023

As puffs of smoke rise from a fire inside a kʷikʷəƛəm (Kwikwetlem) big house, middle school student Elsa Romey reaches over to help her twin sister Maya turn soft cedar wood into a box with an inlay-carved lid. "This is a bentwood box," she tells CBC News. "You can store stuff in it." "Important stuff," Maya adds. "Things that have meaning to you."


On this day, their class is busy placing cedar bark they collected in the forest into the boxes they made. Elsa explains the soft bark can be used for everything from multi-coloured blankets to hats and weavings.
2. Victoria 11-year-old with autism creates compassionate robot companion, November 23, 2023

VICTORIA - While dogs have long been dubbed 'man’s best friend,' Alex Rose is walking his pup during a break from creating a companion for everyone.
“I want to make it so this [artificial intelligence] stuff is more accessible,” the 11-year-old says.


Alex’s mom, Amanda Rose, says her boy has built a robot. “He was always wanting to take everything apart and figure out how it worked."
3. Blessed Carlo Student Wins Two Awards in the Canada-wide Let’s Talk Science Competition, November 7, 2023

Canada hosts the Let’s Talk Science Challenge yearly, a team-based competition for Grades 6-8 students. The competition includes an Ultimate Quiz, a Final Engineering Challenge, a Grand Champion, and the Lorna Collins Spirit Award, which recognizes a student’s exceptional spirit, dedication, enthusiasm, and creativity. We are excited to share that Ethan Farmer, a Blessed Carlo Virtual School student, participated in the 2023 Let’s Talk Science Challenge and emerged as the Grand Champion and recipient of the Lorna Collins Spirit Award. Congratulations, Ethan – we are incredibly proud of you!
4. Calgary Catholic School District hosting parents’ meeting about impact of AI on learning, November 26, 2023

It’s now been a year since  ChatGPT was launched by OpenAI and in that time students and teachers have been applying the technology as it becomes part of learning.

“The fear levels may be going down and there’s more of an acceptance that it’s not going anywhere. And also right now artificial intelligence is the least developed and the least sophisticated that it’s ever going to be,” said Sarah Elaine Eaton an associate professor at the University of Calgary Werklund School of Education.
5. Project Tomorrow Releases Report on K-12 Student Digital Learning Experiences 
EdWeb,net, November 30, 2023
Project Tomorrow released the first of four reports from a special series of 2003-2023 Speak Up Research Initiative findings. The first report, What Do K-12 Students Say about Their Digital Learning Experiences Today? focuses on technology in education throughout the past 20 years from the student perspective. So what do the students have to say?

Students have made it evident that they want to be content producers, not just content consumers. They see the future-ready skill of effective communications, including the ability to create content and present that content to new audiences for commentary and feedback.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Algonquin College hosts 8th Annual Canadian EdTech Awards, November 3, 2023
Algonquin College hosted the 8th Annual Canadian EdTech Awards Honouring Excellence in Innovation in Education on Friday, Nov. 3, the culmination of the 14th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit. In partnership with the College, Ottawa Catholic School Board and University of Ottawa, the Summit focused on innovative learning environments and transformative technology under the theme "Empowering Innovative & Sustainable Learning Environments for the Future."
7. This Calgary-born astronaut's love for the night sky started in Kananaskis Country,  November 23, 2023

Many kids around the world have dreamed of one day becoming an astronaut, but it came true for Jenni Gibbons.


The Calgary-born astronaut was the youngest ever to be chosen by the Canadian Space Agency to join their ranks in 2017, along with pilot Joshua Kutryk. This week it was announced that Kutryk has been assigned a six-month mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2025, and Gibbons will be a backup for the Artemis II mission expected to launch no earlier than November 2024.
8. Microsoft, Google, Harvard, and DeepLearning have all released free courses on AI and ChatGPT., November 11 , 2023
Microsoft, Google, Harvard, and DeepLearning have joined forces to offer a suite of free courses on artificial intelligence (AI) and ChatGPT. This collective effort marks a significant step towards democratizing AI education and making this transformative technology accessible to a wider audience.
9. ChatGPT: Curse and/or Blessing for Education and Learning & Development?, November 13, 2023
ChatGPT (and other generative AI-applications) has different opportunities and challenges for education, and learning and development. In this article, Wilfred Rubens describes opportunities to reduce the workload of ‘learning professionals’ and opportunities to use ChatGPT to foster education, training, and learning. However, applications like ChatGPT also present different challenges. At the next Online Educa in Berlin, Wilfred will give a presentation on this topic.
10. Rogers Communications and RBC commit additional $16 Million to Cybersecure Catalyst, November 22, 2023

The Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst is receiving $16 million in renewed funding from founding partners Rogers Communications and RBC. 


Rogers invested $15 million over the next five years while RBC provided an investment of $1 million, bringing the cybersecurity hub’s total funding over $56 million. The new investment is aimed to support the hub’s workforce training programs and research.
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Teacher/Parent Resources Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. 6 ways to prepare students for an AI future

Artificial intelligence has been growing by leaps and bounds. 

Some of us look at it and think about today. "How can this help me plan my lessons?" "How can AI help me cut my grading time in half?"  And we should. We should be thinking about AI can help us today. But some of us are thinking farther into the future. We're wondering where all of this is heading and how we can help prepare students for this future where AI changes many things.
2. Canada Learning Code Week

During Canada Learning Code Week, students around Canada will collectively code to unlock Emoji World and make it a better place for all emojis.


Teachers, with you as the Commanders and us as your co-pilots, our mission is to mitigate the CO₂ emissions caused by thousands of poop emojis from Canada Learning Code Week last year. Get your Canada Learning Code week lesson plans.

3. Hour of Code; Creativity with AI 
The Hour of Code is a free introduction to computer science through fun activities and videos for learners of all skill levels. This year's celebration of both coding and AI is supported by over 400 partners, 20,000 educators, and 58,000 volunteers.

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Michael Furdyk, Co-Founder, TakingItGlobal 
Dr. Eric Hamilton, Associate Dean of Education, Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology 
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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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