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MindShareTV Podcast with Sarah Rankin, Learning Specialist, NBed
on the inspiration for Canada’s first AI 'Think Tank' in K12

Dear MindShare Learning Community Members,


Happy Tuesday!


I am excited to bring you the latest edition of the Canadian EdTech MindShare Report. This week, we have several exciting updates, with a special focus on the recent C21 CEO Academy Summit and the launch of the Future of AI in K12 Report at the University of Calgary.


C21 CEO Academy Summit Highlights:
It was an incredible honor to participate in the C21 CEO Academy Summit, where we announced the launch of the C21 CIO Alliance Future of AI in K12 Report. The summit, hosted in partnership University of Calgary, was a testament to the power of collaboration and innovation in education. The report sets a practical roadmap for integrating AI in K12 education ethically and effectively. We are excited about the next phase, where we will establish a national task force to create a comprehensive framework and guidelines.


This Week on MindShareTV: MindShareTV Podcast with Sarah Rankin, Learning Specialist, NBed on the inspiration for Canada’s first AI 'Think Tank' in K12.


Highlight of the Week: We are proud to spotlight the 16th Canadian Schools of the Future Student Invention Challenge, which has been extended! This initiative encourages students to address real-world problems with innovative solutions aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It’s a testament to young creativity and serves as a call to action for educators everywhere to inspire their students.


GenAI Tool of the Week Spotlight: This week's GenAI spotlight is on Diffit, use existing curriculum, or generate standards-aligned content from scratch with real, cited sources. 


K-12 News: Edmonton, AB, Team Wins ICTC’s National Cybersecurity Competition for Youth. OCSB to begin testing AI in classrooms.


Post-Secondary News: Meet the students that broke the vending machine story!


Upcoming Events and Resources: We're thrilled to forge our strategic partnership with ISTETLive24 in Denver hosting our 29th CanAm Celebration of Excellence VIP Reception! Closer to home, also looking forward to attending the upcoming ECNO conference! SAVE THE DATES! We've confirmed our partnership with UofT Scarborough as the host partner of the MindShare 15th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit & Teacher STEM Showcase, November 1-2! More news to come next week! 


In late breaking news! I just had an excellent conversation with Ash Kaluarachchi CEO and Managing Director, StartEd Accelerator, producers of EdTechWeek NYC this Fall! Looking forward to announcing a partnership next week! Stay tuned for more!


Feel free to drop me a note with your inspiring news, research, careers, and upcoming events. We love to hear from our much valued community! And, please do share this eMag with a colleague to help nurture continued innovation across Canada and beyond! 


On behalf of our team, we are grateful for the growing MindShare Learning community we are nurturing across Canada and beyond (over 25 countries receive our eMag!). Special thanks to you, our board of advisors, partners, and our team who continue to inspire me every day!


Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe, and keep the digital learning curve steep!
P.S. Extended! Only 11 Days to Go in Canada's Schools of the Future [Student Innovation] Challenge! ENTER NOW to WIN!
Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
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Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
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Teachers Take Note! Deadline has been EXTENDED till May 31! ENTER NOW! WIN a Classroom Makeover!
Committee for Children Now Offers a Pre-K-12 Full-Suite Solution with the Highly Anticipated Launch of Second Step® High School
SEATTLE — March 29, 2024 — Adolescence isn’t just a phase; it’s a time of unparalleled growth and an opportunity for developing strengths that will influence our adult lives. Recognizing the potential of this developmental stage, Committee for Children a global nonprofit and the market leader in research-based social-emotional learning (SEL) programs is introducing Second Step High School—a new research-based program meticulously designed to equip high schoolers with practical social and emotional skills to navigate this pivotal phase with confidence.
C21 Canada CEO Academy Leader Summit
That's a wrap! What an incredible honour to be part of this awesome C21 Canada national #PLN that met for our annual C21 CEO Academy Summit where we announced the launch of C21 CIO Alliance Future of #AI in #K12 Report. As I reflected on the next phase where we will be establishing a national task force to create a framework and guidelines, I was inspired by the beauty of the sunset that I captured in flight! Thanks to the collective knowledge of our membership (Board of Advisors, CEO Academy and CIO Alliance) for your inspiring leadership and insight on this very important undertaking. Grateful for our partnership with University of Calgary for hosting the Summit. Stay tuned for the next phase! We will be looking for critical partners to collaborate nationally. DM if you're interested! RM
Canadian EdTech Leaders Meetup June 8, 10am.
Save The Date!
PRESS RELEASE: C21 CIO Alliance The Future of AI in K12 Education Report
Peter Singh, Chair of the CIO Alliance, expressed his enthusiasm about the report’s potential impact, stating, “We are standing at the cusp of a technological revolution in education. This report not only highlights the transformative possibilities of AI but also sets forth a practical roadmap for ethically integrating these technologies into our classrooms. We aim to equip educators and policymakers with the insights needed to harness AI responsibly and innovatively."
Featured GenAI Tool of Week
Use existing curriculum, or generate standards-aligned content from scratch with real, cited sources. Choose a grade level and language, and watch. Diffit creates complete, differentiated resources.

Quote of the Week
Book of the Week
School leaders and administrators often view themselves as the instructional leaders of their schools, and for good reason. So much of what happens in a school revolves around leaders guiding educators to provide high-quality, engaging instruction. But due to their multiple responsibilities, some administrators are not fully aware of the technology and tools teachers are using, and could use additional insight into how technology can be used to innovate instruction and foster equity.
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K-12 Top News Stories
1. C21 Canada CIO Alliance Announces Launch of Landmark Report on the Future of AI in K12 Education, May 16, 2024
As we stand on the brink of revolutionary changes in education, it is our pleasure to introduce the C21 Canada  "Future of AI in K12 Education" report, a milestone document prepared in collaboration with the C21 Canada CIO Alliance, CEO Academy and Board of Advisors. This report embodies our commitment to leading Canadian education into a future where artificial intelligence (AI) enhances learning environments in profound and positive ways.
2. Ontario Strengthening Safeguards for Children’s Personal Information, May 09, 2024

The Ontario government intends to introduce legislation that would prohibit the misuse of data created by children and youth engaging with schools and children’s aid societies.

The regulatory changes would enable the creation of protections to better safeguard children’s information from being stolen or used inappropriately due to cyber incidents.
3. Edmonton, AB, Team Wins ICTC’s National Cybersecurity Competition for Youth, May 13, 2024

OTTAWA, ON. May 13, 2024—Olympians Poseidon of Old Scona Academic in Edmonton, AB, clinched the top spot in this year’s ICTC CyberTitan National Competition Finals. 

Sudo rm –rf/ of Pembina Trails Collegiate in Winnipeg, MB, placed second, followed by Synaptic Cerebellum of Sisler High School in Winnipeg, MB, in third place. CyberDragons of Nashwaaksis Middle School in Fredericton, NB, won first place in the middle school division.
4. Why STEM Education Matters and What Needs to Change, May 07, 2024

“The extent to which young people are able to critically engage with and use scientific knowledge and competencies in their lives beyond the classroom will be important not only for them personally, but also for the health, fairness, and prosperity of all societies globally.” ~PISA Expert Strategic Visioning Group, March 2020
5. OCSB to begin testing AI in classrooms, May 1, 2024

The Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) will start teaching students about the potential benefits and risks of generative artificial intelligence as early as this fall.

The OCSB has spent the last year testing AI tools such as ChatGPT and Gemini, which let users generate images or responses to text-based requests.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Meet the students that broke the vending machine story, May 07, 2024

“It won’t get any bigger than this,” says River Stanley, a fourth-year University of Waterloo student in the Computer Science program, as they reminisce about the story they uncovered with three fellow undergraduates that would go on to make national and international headlines.
7. Ontario Improving Mental Health Care for Postsecondary Students, May 09, 2024

The Ontario government is supporting students by investing $5 million towards mental health and addictions services in primary care across 10 postsecondary institutions in the province. Mental health projects will provide learners in underserved communities in northeastern, eastern and south-central Ontario with care from trained mental health professionals.
8. Carleton University, CHEO teaming up to create AI-powered pediatric surgery simulator, May 06, 2024

The AI-powered simulator aims to help surgeons in training hone their skills for highly technical laparoscopic procedures. In these procedures, long, narrow wands equipped with a camera and a light are inserted through slits as tiny as two to three millimetres long, allowing surgeons to operate inside pediatric patients, causing less stress on their bodies.
9. Ontario supports the development of smarter, more sustainable transportation technologies with $1.5M in funding to York University through OVIN, May 13, 2024

Today, the Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN), with support from the Ontario Government, announced $1.5 million in funding to York University and in partnership with Centennial College to support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and startups in developing and testing innovative automotive technologies and smart mobility solutions.

Overall, OVIN is supporting an investment of $4.77 million including the Province’s $1.5 million contribution.
10. Demo Day features capstone projects by Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology students, May 10, 2024

Graduating students from Conestoga's Electronics Engineering Technology and Computer Engineering Technology programs shared working solutions to real-world challenges at their capstone Demo Day.The event held April 11 at the Cambridge - Fountain Street campus featured six capstone projects, along with the announcement of leadership and academic excellence award winners and Best in Program capstone projects.
Career Opportunities
SAVE THE DATE: 15th Canadian EdTech Summit UofT Toronto October 31- November 2. Call for Speakers and Sponsors!
Professional Learning Events 
ECNO Conference
June 2-4, 2024                           
June 15-16, 2024                           
ISTE Conference
June 23-26, 2024                          
HolonIQ 2024 'Back to School' Summit
September 10-11, 2024                          
EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
October 21-24, 2024                 

Teacher/Parent Resources Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. Amazon Music: Careers Behind the Beats


Students gain exposure to the careers of the future as they discover how professionals use computer science and science to record music, license songs, and build the front and and back end of the Amazon Music app, allowing people to stream songs from anywhere, at any time.
2. Free Classes from Google and Adobe That Certify Educators Have Basic AI Literacy

Want to empower school staff to use generative artificial intelligence (gen AI) but are unsure they’ll know how to use it effectively and responsibly? Google and Adobe are stepping up to help by providing free introductory courses on AI literacy designed specifically for educators.


3. Free edWeb webinars with CE certificates

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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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