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MindShareTV podcast in Conversation with Robert Martellacci and Dr. Nidhi Sachdeva, Educator and Learning Consultant on The Future of Online & Micro Learning

Dear MindShare Learning Community Member, 


As we usher in the Spring season, it's with great hope that I present to you this week's Canadian EdTech Report Top10, Issue 333. This week, we've curated content that reflects our shared dreams for a future where technology and education blend seamlessly to create unparalleled learning experiences. You will no doubt find a least one item that ignites your curiosity!


I encourage you to to please share this Top10 with a colleague to help us continue our mission and journey of supporting education in getting beyond pockets of innovation and make learning equitable amongst all students across our great country.


This Week on MindShareTV: I had the great pleasure of engaging in an insightful conversation with Dr. Nidhi Sachdeva on her groundbreaking doctoral research. Her shared vision on the future of Micro Learning is fascinating and not to be missed!


Highlight of the Week: The launch of the 16th Canadian Schools of the Future Student Invention Challenge at the Dell Technologies Education Summit. This initiative is a testament to the brilliance and creativity of our young innovators. It’s an open invitation to teachers nationwide: let’s inspire our students to reach for the stars and solve wicked problems aligned with the UN SDGs. With over $1 million in prizes awarded to date, this challenge is more than a competition; it's a launchpad for future change-makers.


GenAI Spotlight: This week, we're thrilled to introduce VideoGen, a tool at the forefront of AI innovation in video creation. Imagine the stories we can tell and the lessons we can share with such powerful technology at our fingertips.


Inspirational Read: "AI and the Future of Education" by Priten Shah is our book of the week. Amidst the swirl of rumors and uncertainties surrounding AI, this book emerges as a beacon of clarity, demonstrating AI's role as a catalyst for educational transformation. I had the pleasure of interviewing Priten on a previous MindShareTV podcast


Our Community's Achievements: From the West Kelowna robotics team’s inspiring journey to the world stage to the innovative solutions emerging from our post-secondary institutions, the stories in this issue are a mirror to the incredible potential within our community. 


Upcoming Events and Resources: I encourage you to explore the wealth of professional learning events and resources we've highlighted. These opportunities are gateways to enriching our practices and enhancing our learning environments.


As we continue to forge this path together, your stories, research, and achievements provide the fuel that drives us forward. I invite you to share these with us, adding your unique voice to our collective narrative.


Thank you for being an integral part of this journey. Your dedication, curiosity, and passion are the cornerstone of our community's strength and resilience.


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!
P.S. This past week I was invited to keynote at St. Rose of Lima during a career exploration day. Connecting with grade 3-8 students was probably one of my most challenging talks ever! I dug deep into my archives to retrieve early school and hockey photos to paint a picture and share my journey as to how I arrived at where I am today. It was not a direct path for sure. I leveraged something I was passionate and skilled (hockey) to achieve my goals in school and my career. Most importantly I encouraged students to discover their passion, dream big and know that life can be hard at times, but hope will help you overcome life challenges. Every student in gym acknowledged they are good at something. We need to continue to nurture those gifts and help all students get through life challenges many are currently experiencing.
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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School's of the Future Contest Corner>> Official Launch at the Dell Education Summit
MindShare Learning Founder & CEO Launches School of The Future Innovation Challenge at the DELL Technologies Education Summit!
After a successful Schools of the Future Challenge launch last week at the Dell Technologies Education Summit, watch for weekly updates, teacher tips and new tech prizes that will be featured in our weekly 'Sneak Peek' Unboxing that you can qualify to WIN as part of a 'Classroom Makeover.'
Featured GenAI Tool of Week
Welcome to the world's most powerful AI video generator. All you need to start is an idea. VideoGen's AI will help you brainstorm, write, narrate, find relevant clips and edit them all together.

Quote of the Week

Inspiration from a National Winner, Educator, Melissa Dent
Book of the Week

AI and the Future of Education:
Teaching in the Age of Artificial


Among teachers, there is a cloud of rumors, confusion, and fear surrounding the rise of artificial intelligence. AI and the Future of Education is a timely response to this general state of panic, showing you that AI is a tool to leverage, not a threat to teaching and learning. By understanding what AI is, what it does, and how it can be used to enhance education, you can let go of anxiety and uncertainty, and learn to embrace artificial intelligence.


It's true that, along with tremendous opportunities, AI presents some challenges for the field of education. In this book, Priten Shah, a Harvard M.Ed. with a robust background in educational innovation, helps you face these challenges head on, so you can gain the knowledge and skills you need to use AI effectively in your classroom.
K-12 Top News Stories
1. West Kelowna robotics team qualifies for world championships, March 13, 2024

A group of West Kelowna high school students is taking the robot they made to Texas, where they’re going to take on the world.

The West Kelowna robotics team gained entry to the world competition when they placed first at the First Robotics Competition (FRC) Canadian Regional Qualifying Tournament in Victoria at the beginning of March.
2. AI will revolutionize education — and reality, March 18, 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. Youth Science Canada Announces Team Canada-ISEF 2024, March 18, 2024

Youth Science Canada selects eight high school students to represent Canada at ISEF 2024 – world’s largest STEM project competition, May 11 to 17

Students will present their projects and vie for a portion of more than $9 million in awards, prizes and scholarships.
4. Guelph students among Canadian kids learning math concepts through Métis beading practices, March 18, 2024

Grade 6 students at St. John Catholic Elementary School in Guelph, Ont., recently worked on bracelets with the help of Métis knowledge keeper Alicia Hamilton, left, as part of an elementary school initiative that explores math concepts while incorporating Indigenous practices
5. Will AI Use in Schools Increase Next Year? 56 Percent of Educators Say Yes, February 29, 2024

The majority of educators expect use of artificial intelligence tools will increase in their school or district over the next year, according to an EdWeek Research Center survey.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. New Aerospace Innovation Hub launches in Calgary, propelling industry forward, March 12, 2024

Calgary has marked a milestone in aerospace innovation with the launch of the Aerospace Innovation Hub (AIH), led by Innovate Calgary. The move is a significant step toward positioning the city as a global leader in aerospace innovation.


With an investment of $3.9 million over four years from the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund (OCIF), alongside the support of inaugural industry partners including WestJet, the Calgary Airport Authority, and Chapter AI Ventures, the AIH aims to revolutionize aerospace innovation.
7. Meet GIGAS, the U of G Robot Using AI to Pick Tomatoes, March 12, 2024

At Dr. Medhat Moussa’s laboratory in the University of Guelph’s School of Engineering, a yellow-armed robot stands on a platform facing a model tomato plant. It cranes toward the tomato when the start button is clicked.


The robot examines the plant with embedded cameras, tilting its head as if “thinking” with its machine vision algorithm. It grabs the tomato with finger-like grippers and sets the product perfectly into a bin.
8. UNBC Innovation Hub to test cutting-edge AI wound care technologies, March 12, 2024

The Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North (CTAAN) at the University of Northern British Columbia is involved in a national research initiative that aims to revolutionize wound care treatment, using artificial intelligence technologies to standardize treatment and improve patient outcomes.
9. New Atlantic Zero-Emission Energy System Laboratory to be established at UPEI, March 15, 2024

Dr. Yulin Hu, an assistant professor in the UPEI Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering, has received funding from the federal and provincial governments to establish a new Atlantic Zero-Emission Energy System Laboratory (AZEESL) that will produce clean and sustainable fuels and materials from biowaste.
10. York Study Explores Movement in Space
York U, March 19, 2024
Researchers at York University, led by principle investigator Professor Laurence Harris, in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency and NASA, published a study in Nature Microgravity investigating whether the distance humans perceive themselves to move changes in the microgravity of space.
Professional Learning Events 
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                           
Mental Health Summit
May 17, 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. SMART: Teaching and learning with EdTech 101


Learn more about the top teaching strategies, tools, and technologies that educators can use to deliver positive K-12 learning outcomes today.
2. Canva: Everything you need to teach engaging lessons

Engage every learner, bring lessons to life, and teach your way with Canva. These resources are 100% free to power up your classroom today, and every day. Explore K-8 Maths, Science, English, ELA and Art resources, grouped into lessons, made by teachers for teachers.

3. Free edWeb webinars with CE certificates

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Our goal is to keep you current and at the forefront of innovation in Canadian education through our weekly eMag. Be sure to connect with us:

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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 
Hanan Mousa, M.B.A, B.C. S. Digital Media Specialist

Hana Elsayed, Digital Media & Marketing Associate 
MindShare Advisory Board 
The MindShare Report is grateful for the guidance and support provided by our esteemed advisory board. Members include: 
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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