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MindShareTV Podcast at ERDI Institute Tucson, AZ, Reflecting on EdTech Trends & Ai for 2024 with Mary Batiwalla, Senior Director of Data and Analytics & Jerri Kemble, National Academic Officer and Evangelist, ClassLink

Dear Thought Leader, 


Welcome to our weekly Canadian EdTech Report, Top 10 issue #330, powered by the MindShare Learning Report. I recently returned from Tucson, Arizona, and the Education Research & Development Institute Winter conference, where I was honoured to serve as a member of the expert ERDI Network and present on AI and Future Trends in EdTech impacting education in 2024. It was truly one of the best professional learning experiences, connecting with passionate senior education and industry leaders collaborating to solve some of the most complex challenges in education today.


In this special issue, we encapsulate the essence of innovation in educational technology, reflecting on insights and trends that are shaping the future of education.


At my opening presentation at ERDI, I highlighted my view that we are now entering one of the most transformational periods in modern times, defined by a "Digital Renaissance," where we will witness a pace of change like no other. Generative AI will by far exceed the impact of tech innovations like the iPad, the Internet, and Google. Buckle up and embrace the change! It's never been a more exciting time to be in education, where we will have the ability to offer true personalized student learning to help all students reach their full potential.


On that note, we are thrilled to share that each of our future issues, beginning today, will feature a Generative AI Tool of the Week for Education to help you navigate the complexities of this transformation upon us. Tops on our list this week, shared by one of my Superintendent friends, who is implementing the platform in their District after doing their homework, is Magic School! This not-for-profit serves as an AI assistant for teachers and has quickly garnered over 1 million users in a very short time. We welcome you to share your top picks for future issues!


This edition kicks off with an in-depth reflection on the ERDI Conference in Tucson, where EdTech industry luminaries from ClassLink, Mary Batiwalla and Jerri Kemble, unveiled critical EdTech trends and the burgeoning role of AI for 2024. Their perspectives underscore the pivotal role technology plays in enhancing educational outcomes and the importance of staying abreast of these developments. Be sure to have a listen!


Key Highlights from This Issue:


16th Schools of the Future Student Invention Challenge: We proudly announce the continuation of this tradition, inviting new sponsors to support the ingenuity of our youth in harnessing technology for creative solutions.


Driving K-12 Innovation: Our engagement with CoSN’s initiative brings to light the concerted efforts of over 140 international experts. Together, they dissect the complexities of integrating technology in K-12 education, identifying significant hurdles, accelerators, and enablers for the year ahead.
C21 Canada's Newly Minted CEO Academy Members

Top News Stories & Insights: From promoting digital wellbeing among kids and teens to the pivotal addition of mandatory Black history learning in Ontario's curriculum, we delve into stories that matter. These narratives not only inform but also inspire actions that enrich the educational tapestry.


Upcoming Professional Learning Events: With an eye towards professional development, we spotlight significant events like SXSW EDU, CoSN 2024, and the ISTE Conference. These gatherings are crucibles of innovation, offering unparalleled opportunities for learning and networking.
Resources for Teachers and Parents: In an era where technology's role in education is ever-expanding, providing accessible resources for educators and families is paramount. This issue features invaluable tools and guides, from Internet safety to leveraging AI in the classroom.


As we navigate these exciting times, our mission remains to connect, inform, and empower the education community. Your engagement and feedback fuel our journey, and we invite you to share this knowledge-rich issue with peers and colleagues who are equally passionate about the transformative power of educational technology.


Thank you for your unwavering support and commitment to excellence. Together, we are not just witnessing but actively participating in the evolution of education in the digital age.


This edition is packed with insights, opportunities, and resources tailored for educators, administrators, technology enthusiasts, and parents too! 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!


Please drop me a note directly to learn more about how we can support your strategic growth and digital transformation through our value-added services.


Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe, and keep the digital learning curve steep!
P.S. As we prepare for our March launch of the 16th Schools of the Future [Student Invention] Challenge, 'New' Sponsors partners are Welcomed! 
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ERDI US Spotlight
Congratulations to Jennifer Ferrari & the ERDI US Leadership team on an outstanding Winter Institute Tucson. Grateful to be a member of the Expert Network & honoured to present along side EdTech legend Kathy Hurley on the Future of AI & Top EdTech Trends impacting Education in 2024. Wonderful to connect with the Team Canada delegation, colleagues & edleaders!
16th Schools of the Future Student Invention Challenge
Coming Soon! New Sponsors Welcome!
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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV Podcast Featuring Naomi Harm, Author, Influential STEM leader, Author & Educator, Diving into her Inspiring Book ‘The Unique Individual You.’
Featured AI Tool of Week
Magic School
Join over a million teachers saving hours of time using MagicSchool to help lesson plan, differentiate, write assessments, write IEPs, communicate clearly, and more. The most used and loved AI platform for teachers worldwide.
Driving K-12 Innovation: 2024 Hurdles, Accelerators, Tech Enablers


CoSN’s Driving K-12 Innovation initiative proudly convenes an international Advisory Board of approximately 140+ education and technology experts to select the most important Hurdles (challenges), Accelerators (mega-trends), and Tech Enablers (tools) Driving K-12 Innovation for the year ahead.


The Advisory Board engages in discussion via CoSN’s online forum, synchronous virtual calls via Zoom, and also participates in two surveys to select the top themes in each category that are transforming teaching and learning. This year, the Advisory Board’s work took place over approximately 10 weeks.
C21 Canada Spotlight

Tweet of the Week
Book of the Week

AI for Educators: Learning Strategies, Teacher Efficiencies, and a Vision for an Artificial Intelligence Future


Artificial intelligence may change the world more than the iPhone, the internet, or even electricity. It’s bound to change education. (It already has.)


But how? AI for Educators is a readable guide for educators.


• It translates AI through a teacher lens.

• It provides practical ideas you can use in class right away.

• It unlocks powerful ways to streamline teaching and save time.

It also paints a picture of the future our students will face—and provides questions you can help them grapple with.

We can use AI to empower teaching and learning. And it can start today.
K-12 Top News Stories
1. A new commitment to digital wellbeing for kids and teens, February 6, 2024
The internet has helped millions of kids learn, connect and prepare for their futures in ways that were impossible even a decade ago. As more young people come online and new innovations like AI are introduced, people are asking important questions about how they can help kids — from preschool to high school — create and maintain safe and healthy relationships with technology.
2. Schooled by AI: What parents should know about the programs reshaping early education, January 30, 2024

High school senior Alex Bordeaux was scrolling through social media to check out Taylor Swift’s latest outfits when she stumbled on disturbing pornographic images of the pop music icon.


Bordeaux, 17, has studied artificial intelligence in her journalism and yearbook class at Dawson County High School in Dawsonville, Ga., so she knew immediately that she was looking at “deepfakes”—AI-manipulated video, audio, or photos created using someone’s voice or likeness without their permission.
3. Dual credit TekX program introduces high school students to post-secondary education, February 5, 2024

High school students interested in pursuing a career in technology will soon get a head start with the new experiential Technology Exploration Dual Credit (TekX) program. TekX is a collaboration between the College of New Caledonia (CNC), the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and School District 57 (SD57) that gives Grade 11 students an introduction to the rapidly growing tech sector.


Applications for the first cohort of TekX are now open. Students and parents can learn more by visiting CNC’s and UNBC’s TekX information pages or by speaking with a SD57 secondary school guidance counsellor.
4. Ontario adding mandatory Black history learning to Grades 7, 8 and 10 courses, February 8, 2024

Ontario's education minister says the province is introducing mandatory learning on the contributions of Black Canadians to history courses in Grades 7, 8 and 10. Stephen Lecce said Black history is Canadian history and adding it as a mandatory part of the curriculum will ensure the next generation will better appreciate the sacrifices and commitments Black Canadians have made


"We are committed to ensuring every child, especially Black and racialized children, see themselves reflected within our schools. It is long overdue," Lecce said during a Thursday morning news conference at Lincoln Alexander Public School in Ajax.
5. Instead of a ban, group wants to draft open guidelines, February 10, 2024

A GROUP of tech-savvy teachers is calling on the province to create guidelines on cellphone use in schools and offering to help get it done. The Manitoba Association of Education Technology Leaders has taken a firm stance against introducing a sweeping ban of personal wireless devices in kindergarten-to-Grade 12 buildings. Manitoba Education has no policy in place. School divisions create their own appropriate use policies, while most buildings allow teachers to make rules for their own classrooms. Tuxedo’s Laidlaw School, Collège Béliveau in Windsor Park and West Kildonan Collegiate are among Winnipeg facilities that have imposed stricter measures this year.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. UNB using virtual reality to help train LPNs to become RNs without having to relocate, February 7, 2023

Some licensed practical nurses in New Brunswick are working toward their bachelor of nursing degrees without having to leave their home communities — using virtual reality for their coursework, and clinical lessons at the hospitals where they live.


It's a University of New Brunswick pilot project, currently in its first year and running in Moncton and Miramichi. It's part of the Learn Where You Live program, a pathway for licensed practical nurses to become registered nurses.
7. Empowering Black youth to pursue STEM,  February 5, 2024

The University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering Outreach program STEMpowered provides Black youth with opportunities to engage in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities to inspire their interest in exploring further studies and careers in STEM. In just one year, the program has increased its reach by 680 per cent.


Waterloo Engineering Outreach created STEMpowered in partnership with the Caribbean Association of Waterloo Region and BrainSTEM Alliance and launched in 2022 with funding from Scotiabank. There were 101 participants that first year. In 2023, 780 Black youth in grades K-6, 7-8 and 9-12 participated in various initiatives over the March school break and the summer holidays.
8. Aerospace accelerator ready for launch at Waterloo region's airport, February 12 , 2024

A new program aims to help with the development of cutting-edge aerospace technology in the Waterloo region through education and mentorship. The Accelerator Centre is preparing its new, nine-month Aerospace Accelerator Program for launch. The program is a collaboration between the centre, the Region of Waterloo and Waterloo software company Navblue. Applications will be open until Feb. 22. The program will "foster the growth and development of cutting-edge aerospace technologies while contributing to the economic and technological advancement of the region, the region said in a media release.
9. Role models make a difference for girls in USask science camps, January 31, 2024

“I was really excited, especially because last semester we only had three girls in the camp,” said Lightheart, who is studying engineering physics at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and works part-time as an instructor with SCI-FI Science Camps. “I feel like a lot of times boys get encouraged to go into math and engineering while girls don’t get encouraged to apply and it makes a big difference.”
10. Digital agriculture program creates new careers for physics grads, January 22, 2024

If you picture a career in agriculture, physics probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But as computers and technology rapidly change how we farm, a research team at The University of Winnipeg has found an unexpected niche in the growing industry of digital agriculture.


“It’s just so non-obvious to people that a physicist would have any business working in this field,” said UWinnipeg  Professor, , “but they are, and they’re doing really well.”
Professional Learning Events 
March 4-7, 2024                          
COSN 2024
April 8-10, 2024                           
ASU + GSV Summit
April 14-17, 2024                           
June 15-16, 2024                           
ISTE Conference
June 23-26, 2024                          
EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
October 21-24, 2024                 

Teacher/Parent Resources Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. Zoe and Molly Internet Safety FREE Resources 


Zoe and Molly are all about online gaming. Their favourite games are Blocker and House Pets. Sometimes weird stuff happens when they’re online and they don’t always know what to do. Join Zoe and Molly as they build epic castles and collect cats while learning about how to play safely online.
2. Minecraft Education Family Resources & Parent Guide

Everyone loves a good game… but good games depend on good online communities where people feel safe. And everyone has a part to play! Online gaming is an important space where young people socialize and connect. Just think of the camaraderie players build as they work through challenges together, the conversations they have between matches, and the rich friendships they develop over time. But it’s about more than just gaming. Multiplayer games are only one part of young people’s online universe.

3. WCDSB AI Guidelines
What is Artificial Intelligence and GenerativeAI?
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an advanced computer technology that can do tasks typically requiring human intelligence. These tasks include understanding spoken language, learning from experiences, and solving complex problems.

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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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