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MindshareTV Student Corner on the Future of Learning >> Co-op Experience Wrap Up & Reflection

Dear Thought Leader, 


As we gear up for an exciting week at the FETC, we're thrilled to bring you the latest edition of the Top 10 report. Packed with the forefront of educational technology developments, this issue is designed to keep you at the cutting edge of innovation.


This week's featured podcast we are so proud of our student interns from both Peel District School Board & Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board for demonstrating great poise & professionalism on our featured podcast. Those who question the value CO-OP during high school, check out this culminating video reflection featuring our awesome student interns.


Highlights in this issue: 

  1. 1. FETC 2024 Highlights: Explore three exciting ways to connect with us, including our 28th CanAm VIP Partnering Reception. RSVP here.
  2. 2. MindShareTV Insights: Tune in to our latest episode featuring Robert Duke and Dr. Kelly May-Vollmar as they delve into the Blaschke Report on Navigating Student Device 1:1 Sustainability.
  3. 3. Book of the Week: "The AI Infused Classroom" – a must-read for educators navigating AI’s impact on teaching and learning.
  4. 4. K-12 and Post-Secondary Top News Stories: From Pascal Siakam's surprise school visit to the latest AI developments in education.
  5. 5. Professional Learning Events: Mark your calendars for key upcoming events like the SXSW EDU and COSN 2024.
  6. 6. Teacher/Parent Resources Corner: Find valuable resources to enhance learning experiences, including our guide on teaching in the age of AI and Minecraft Education resources for families.
  7. 7. 16th Schools of the Future Student Invention Challenge: New sponsors are welcome! Reach out to learn more about this exciting opportunity.
  8. 8. C21 Canada Spotlight: Checkout our recorded webinar on The Future of AI in K-12 Education.

This edition is packed with insights, opportunities, and resources tailored for educators, administrators, and technology enthusiasts. Whether you're seeking inspiration, professional development, or the latest industry trends, the Top 10 EdTech Report is your go-to source. Kindly share with a colleague who you feel would benefit from the contents of this report. 


Let's connect, explore, and innovate together. Our one word for 2024 is #Thrive. It's our hope that we can support you and your organization to achieve your full potential. Please drop me a note directly to learn more about how we can support your strategic growth through our value-added services.


Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe, and keep the digital learning curve steep!
P. S. Don't miss our Top 10 EdTech Trends Shaping the Future of Education Report in this issue! 
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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Who's going to FETC This week?  
Three ways to connect!
1. Schedule a podcast, or meeting? 
2. Catch my presentation on Top Trends in EdTech for 2024
3. Join Us at our 28th CanAm VIP partnering reception!
16th Schools of the Future Student Invention Challenge
Coming Soon! New Sponsors Welcome!
 Email Us to learn more!
This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV with Robert Duke, Chief Operating Officer, CoSN & Dr. Kelly May-Vollmar, Superintendent, Desert Sands Unified School District (CA) exploring the Blaschke Report Navigating Student Device 1:1 Sustainability
Blaschke Report: Navigating Student Device 1:1 Sustainability
This action-oriented report delves into the critical issues facing K-12 educational institutions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the realm of 1:1 student device programs. As educational technology evolves, schools encounter complex challenges related to sustainability, fiscal responsibility, and equitable access. The report identifies these challenges and offers innovative solutions to ensure the long-term viability of 1:1 initiatives.
From extending the lifespan of school devices and navigating fiscal cliffs to uncovering hidden costs and fostering sustainability through various operational models, this executive summary provides a comprehensive overview of the report’s key findings.
This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV featuring Janet Omstead, behaviour change health coach, author & Director, Red January & Pete Bombaci, Founder & Executive Director, The GenWell Project on RED January Movement Challenge
C21 Canada Spotlight
C21 Canada Webinar Series: The Future of AI in K12 Education Recorded Webinar

Tweet of the Week
Book of the Week

The AI Infused Classroom


Ready or not . . . AI is here. Now. And it has concerned and curious educators asking questions:


1. What are the strengths and weaknesses of artificial intelligence (AI) models, like ChatGPT?

2. How do ChatGPT and other large language models change things like the writing process?
3. What do we need to understand about large language models (LLMs) and AI’s ability to transform how—and how quickly—we can communicate with our students and peers?
4. How can we teach students to use AI appropriately and in ways that enhance their learning experiences?
K-12 Top News Stories
1. Raptors all-star Pascal Siakam pays Toronto students a surprise visit, December 19, 2024

Shrieks and cheers echoed through the gymnasium at Monsignor Percy Johnson Catholic Secondary School in Rexdale when Pascal Siakam walked in.


The Toronto Raptor surprised students during an event for data science program Data Dunkers for kids grades 5 to 12, which the star forward’s PS43 Foundation collaborated on with Dell Technologies, Callysto and Digital Movement.
2. Schooled by AI: What parents should know about the programs reshaping early education, December 24, 2024

From an iPad on their kitchen table, a digital voice reads out a story to Dipti Bhide and her son, Rohan.


It's about an astronaut that went to Mars, met an alien and found some space rocks before coming back to Earth. The pair, who live in Coquitlam, B.C., are the first people to ever hear the story, which was created using suggestions from Rohan, which were then keyed into the artificial intelligence (AI) program his mother created. Rohan, who is eight years old, is completely absorbed in the story.
3. TDSB to debate cellphone bans in classrooms: 'What we have isn’t working', January 17, 2024
It’s a sentiment echoed by Robert Martellacci, president of MindShare Learning, a consulting firm that promotes innovation in learning by connecting school boards with tech industry leaders. He says it would be better to teach students about digital citizenship and self-regulation.


“If there's a problem with discipline and appropriate use – then teach it. It's not about taking things away from people, because that's not going to promote innovation,” he said.
4. New shop gives lift to aerospace training opportunities at Winnipeg vocational school, January 11, 2024

Students at a vocational school in Winnipeg have a shiny new shop to help them prepare for careers in aerospace. Tec Voc High School's 5,000-square-foot addition and 5,800-square foot renovation project was completed last month and unveiled to the public during a news conference on Thursday. "The students couldn't wait to get in here. They were incredibly excited," said Tec Voc aerospace teacher Drew Tapley.
5. 'Dream come true' for young GTA students controlling moon rover in simulated space mission, January 16, 2023

A group of Grade 6 students in Mississauga put their heads together for a simulated space mission where they remote controlled a rover to find ice on the moon.


“It feels really good,” said Aubrey Smale, who acted as a rover heath monitor during the mission. “When I was really little, I wanted to do stuff like this and it’s like a dream come true.”

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Microsoft is giving you ChatGPT Plus for free — here's how, January 12, 2023

Microsoft has quietly updated its Copilot artificial intelligence assistants with the latest version of OpenAI’s large language model GPT-4-Turbo. 


This version of the model was previously only available with a paid subscription to ChatGPT Plus which costs $20 per month. It allows for more complex queries and responses.
7. New Georgian partnerships take Indigenous language VR program across Canada,  January 9, 2024
Students in Ontario and Saskatchewan will soon explore Indigenous language and cultures using virtual reality (VR) as part of their school curriculums thanks to new Georgian College partnerships involving its immersive learning technology.
8. US university enrolling AI-generated students to participate in lessons and assignments, November 11 , 2023

A Michigan university is believed to be the first in the US to enrol artificial intelligence students onto its classes. Students at Ferris State University will be sharing a classroom with Ann and Fry, two AI students developed by the university, this semester starting in spring.The AI students won’t have a physical, robotic form but will be attending classes virtually. Ferris State associate professor Kasey Thompson said the two virtual students will tune in to lectures, interact in hybrid classes, and complete assignments.
9. Legal Innovation Lab leading digital transformation of N.B.’s justice system, January 17, 2023

New Brunswick’s justice system will soon experience a digital overhaul that will improve access to justice for all its residents. In its current state, the system is heavily reliant on paper and in-person proceedings, creating slow and often inaccessible processes for both users and practitioners.
10. AI risks turning organizations into self-serving organisms if humans removed, December 20, 2023
With human bias removed, organizations looking to improve performance by harnessing digital technology can expect changes to how information is scrutinized.

The proliferation of digital technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) within organizations risks removing human oversight and could lead institutions to autonomously enact information to create the environment of their choosing, a new study has found.
Professional Learning Events 
FETC Future of Education Technology Conference
January 23-26, 2024                           
28th CanAm EdTech Reception
January 25, 2024                           
Ontario Library Association 
January 24-27, 2024                           
March 4-7, 2024                          
COSN 2024
April 8-10, 2024                           
June 15-16, 2024                           
ISTE Conference
June 23-26, 2024                 

Teacher/Parent Resources Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. 5 ways to teach and assess learning in the age of AI


With a little creativity, educators can easily promote engagement and support the development of critical thinking skills in the classroom.
2. Minecraft Education Family Resources & Parent Guide
Explore ways to play and learn with Minecraft at home.
3. Dance Party: AI Edition
Learn about artificial intelligence (AI) concepts to create your own virtual dance party showcasing today's top artists. With dozens of songs to choose from, reach every student no matter their music taste. It's time to strut your stuff!

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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 
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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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