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Dear MindShare Learning Community Member, 


Welcome to this week's Top 10 Edition, Issue #332. As we continue to navigate the intersection of technology and education, this issue brings you the latest trends, tools, and insights to empower and inspire. Here's a concise overview of what to expect:


MindShareTV Podcast: Join us for a special Pi Day conversation with EdTech legends Michael Quinn and Peter Skillen, exploring the CanCode Project which is drawing to a close March 31 and honoring Dr. Seymour Papert.


Student Invention Challenge: Get ready for the 16th Schools of the Future Student Invention Challenge, launching March 20th, showcasing the brilliance of young innovators.


GenAI Featured Tool of the Week: Discover how CANVA's Magic Design uses AI to transform your creative projects with ease and efficiency. Quite possibly the most widely used app in education! Why you ask? It democratizes 


Partner Spotlight: A sneak peek into the future with Keith Krueger in our podcast, as we discuss the CoSN24 Conference and innovation in educational leadership.


Leadership Insights: Dive into our C21 Canada Leadership Podcast Series featuring a conversation with Christopher Usih, a beacon of educational leadership.


This issue also delves into key educational themes, from the crisis of teacher shortages, the impact of class sizes on student outcomes, cybersecurity in education, the evolution of teacher preparation, and groundbreaking research in AI diagnostics. Moreover, we feature the launch of an AI degree at an Ivy League school, highlighting the expanding horizons of AI in education. While we embrace GenAI, the future is truly about nurturing essential skills (C21 Canada 7cs) to prepare students for new and emerging careers pathways to thrive.


Check out our professional learning events, resources for teachers and parents, and the opportunity to connect with fellow thought leaders in education technology. We invite you to explore these stories and join us in pushing the boundaries of educational innovation. Together, let's shape a future where technology enhances learning for all.


Be sure drop me a note with your inspiring news, research, careers and upcoming events.

As always we are grateful for the growing MindShare Learning community we are nurturing across Canada and many countries beyond. With thanks to you, our board of advisors, partners and team who continue to inspire me on a daily basis!


Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe, and keep the digital learning curve steep!
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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16th Schools of the Future Student Invention Challenge
Launching March 20th at the Dell Education Summit
Featured GenAI Tool of Week
CANVA: Magic Design
An AI design generator that uses AI to create custom, on-brand, and attention-grabbing designs in seconds. Describe what you'd like to see or upload your media, and Magic Design crafts professional social posts, presentations, and even videos. No coding and advanced design skills are required.
Partner Spotlight! MindShareTV podcast with internationally award-winning edtech leader Keith Krueger, CEO at CoSN. A ‘sneak peek’ of the upcoming CoSN24 Conference, ‘Leading for Innovation at Warp Speed’ from April 8-10!
C21 Canada Leader Spotlight

C21 Canada Leadership Podcast Series featuring CEO Academy Member Christopher Usih, Superintendent of Schools in Conversation with Robert Martellacci

Tweet of the Week
Book of the Week

The Edupreneur: Your Blueprint To Jumpstart And Scale Your Education Business


Authored by an educator, this book goes beyond the conventional business literature, providing a comprehensive roadmap from the initial concept to the successful establishment and expansion of an education-focused entity. Covering topics such as niching down, personal branding, developing a Most Viable Product (MVP), and leveraging content marketing and automation strategies, The Edupreneur equips educators with the tools they need to navigate the entrepreneurial landscape.


What sets this book apart is its authenticity, featuring firsthand narratives from real educators who have successfully monetized their talents beyond traditional classrooms. Their stories serve as inspiring examples, offering valuable insights and practical advice. If you're ready to transform your educational expertise into a flourishing business, The Edupreneur is your go-to resource.
K-12 Top News Stories
1. Teacher shortage has staff across Canada working 'in survival mode', March 11, 2024

School boards across the country are struggling to find — and keep — teachers. Educators are calling it a crisis, and they say efforts to get teachers into schools faster may have a negative impact on learning. Schools are relying on non-teaching staff, non-certified teachers to wade through shortage.
2. New App Uses AI to Generate Practice Tests from Course Content, March 11, 2024
The CreateMyTest app allows students to upload course notes, videos, PDFs and other educational materials, which the app then analyzes and uses to create practice tests based on key topics in the material.
3. Does class size matter? Educators have their say on a new study’s findings, March 08, 2024

Amid calls from teachers and unions that represent them for more reasonable class sizes across Canada, a new study is suggesting “smaller class sizes” may not give students a boost after all. The study found minimizing the number of students in classrooms did not lead to better grades, and suggests it may even decrease their odds at achieving the best results.
4. School District 67 says it may have been breached by a cyberattack, March 06, 2024

An eye-opening email was recently sent out to parents of students in School District 67 (Okanagan-Skaha). Families have learned that the personal information of both students and parents may have been compromised during a cyberattack last month. The school district, which operates in Penticton and Summerland, confirmed that some “unusual activity” was detected last month, followed by a shutdown of key online services.
5. AI Is Coming to Teacher Prep. Here’s What That Looks Like, March 07, 2024

Will artificial intelligence transform the way teachers are trained? At least one preparation program is banking on it.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Researchers teach AI skin-cancer diagnosis tool to see colour, March 04, 2024

McMaster oncology researchers are harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to improve health outcomes for people of colour.AI has been shown to accurately diagnose skin conditions like cancer, but has limitations.“This lack of diversity is a real problem when it comes to diagnosing certain skin lesions which present differently in people of colour,” explains Eman Rezk, a PhD candidate in the School of Computational Science and Engineering.

7. Toronto Metropolitan University receives $3.79M to research emerging technologies, March 13, 2024

Two research projects led by Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) have received a total of $3.79 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for novel research projects exploring new and emerging technologies.
8. School of trades and technologies to build new partnerships and strategies for student success, March 07, 2024

CNC’s trades and technologies team is excited to set a new course for student success while strengthening relationships with industry partners. 

CNC’s School of Trades and Technologies is one of four schools at the college, providing training to nearly 30 per cent of CNC’s student population. In addition to a wide range of trades discovery, foundations, and apprenticeship programs, the school also trains students in fields such as civil engineering technology as well as information technology and networking.
9. Helping women take charge of their health, March 07, 2024

Grad student’s startup develops tech that enables women to screen themselves for HPV and cervical cancer.
10. An Ivy League school just announced its first AI degree, February 13, 2024

At the University of Pennsylvania, undergraduate students in its school of engineering will soon be able to study for a bachelor of science degree in artificial intelligence.

What can one do with an AI degree? The University of Pennsylvania says students will be able to apply the skills they learn in school to build responsible AI tools, develop materials for emerging chips and hardware, and create AI-driven breakthroughs in healthcare through new antibiotics, among other things.
Professional Learning Events 
K12: Education: Unleash the Creative Potential of AI with Dell Technologies and Microsoft
March 20, 2024                          
AQUOPS 42nd conference 2024
March 26-28, 2024                          
ERDI Conference
April 3-6, 2024                          
COSN 2024
April 8-10, 2024                           
ASU + GSV Summit
April 14-17, 2024                           
CAP 2024 Toronto, Canadian Association of Principals
April 23-26, 2024                           
ECNO Conference
June 2-4, 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. Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education: STEM Lesson Plans for K-12 Teachers


There is a wealth of STEM curricula and classroom resources available to assist educators in developing in students thinking, reasoning, teamwork, investigative and creative skills that they can use in all areas of their lives. The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education is committed to providing relevant educational materials and teacher resources to assist educators in engaging students in STEM subjects. Below you will find activities and free STEM lesson plans that support classroom learning.
2. TeachEngineering

"Engineering is the ultimate human endeavor, creating solutions to the world’s challenges and designing the products that support our quality of life. TeachEngineering makes engineering easy and hands-on for students of all grade levels and in any setting. Browse our extensive curricular collection, learn about the different types of engineering, or watch our YouTube videos that provide step-by-step guidance on how to teach hands-on engineering to anyone, in any setting!"

3. Free edWeb webinars with CE certificates

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David Marsi, Senior Manager Training Initiatives, ScotiaMcLeod  
Mirella Rossi, Superintendent of Education, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
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