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Unboxing EdTech with Robert Martellacci & Dr. Paul Darvasi, Chair, Serious Play Conference @TMU

Dear MindShare Learning Community Members,


Today, on National Indigenous Day, we honor the rich cultures and contributions of Indigenous peoples across Canada and beyond. 


Our team is thrilled to bring you the latest edition of the Canadian EdTech MindShare Report, Issue #339. We have a number of BIG news highlights to end the week!


In this special ISTE Preview edition, we feature an array of exciting sessions and opportunities to connect with innovators in educational technology:



1. Unboxing EdTech Podcast: Featuring Dr. Paul Darvasi

Don't miss our latest episode of the Unboxing EdTech podcast with Dr. Paul Darvasi, Chair of the Serious Play Conference at TMU. Watch Here


2. Recorded Webinar with Committee for Children on Social-Emotional Learning

In case you missed it, catch the recorded session to understand the critical role of SEL in today's educational landscape. Watch Here


3. Announcing Keynote Presenters>>15th MindShare Canadian EdTech Summit

We are thrilled to announce Three keynote presenters for this year’s summit. Don't miss out on our Super Earlybird registration! Read More | Register | Sponsorship Opportunities | Speaker Opportunities


4. ISTELive24 in Denver

Join MindShare at ISTELive24 for our 29th CanAm VIP Celebration Event. Stay tuned for live updates from Denver. Register for ISTELive or Online | RSVP Here


5. Collision Conference Recap

Grateful for an insightful session on 'Navigating the AI-Inspired EdTech Ecosystem in Canada & Beyond!' Special thanks to our esteemed presenters: Ramy Ghattas, Nesmith Chingcuanco, and Katina Papulkas. 


6. Announcing the Winners of Canada's Schools of the Future Contest!

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 16th Canadian Schools of the Future Student Innovation Contest! Congratulations to:

  • St. Albert Learning Centre for their innovative project on sustainable energy solutions.
  • Caledonia Regional School for their groundbreaking work in robotics and AI.
  • St. Gregory the Great for their creative approach to integrating virtual reality in education.

These remarkable students have demonstrated outstanding creativity, innovation, and dedication to advancing educational technology. We celebrate their achievements and look forward to seeing their projects shape the future of learning. Special thanks to our valued sponsors for providing the 'Classroom Makeover' prizes!


7. Featured GenAI Tool: Pear Deck Learning

Explore Pear Deck Learning, an innovative ecosystem providing real-time feedback and differentiated instruction to keep students engaged and excelling. Learn More


8. Research on AI in K12 by the Walton Foundation

Discover how AI is enhancing efficiency and productivity in classrooms, helping students stay engaged and learn faster. Learn More


9. Book of the Week: Brave New Words by Salman Khan

Dive into Salman Khan's vision on how AI and GPT technology will revolutionize education. Email


ISTE Preview Sessions:


  • 10:30 AM: The Generative Age: An AI Symposium - Room 111/3
  • 2:30 PM: Debugging Creativity & Imagination - Innovation Arcade: AI Classroom


  • 10:30 AM: Creativity Playground - Playground B
  • 2:00 PM: Innovation Slam: The Best Generative AI - Bluebird Ballroom 3GH
  • 4:00 PM: Lift Student Voice Through Podcasting - WeVideo Booth #2200


  • 8:30 AM: Empowering Leaders to Adapt to the AI-Driven Future - Room 103/5
  • 11:30 AM: Breaking Bias: AI/Media Literacy in the Generative Age - Innovation Arcade: AI Classroom
  • 1:00 PM: Unboxing Umety Classroom 3.0 with Mindshare. Exhibit 624. Register to Qualify and Win a VR headset with the Umety Classroom resources! 

Top News Stories:


  1. ISTELive 24 Preview: Join us from June 23-26 in Denver.
  2. Best Buy Canada’s Teen Tech for Tomorrow: Improving tech equity in Canada.


  1. Budget 2024: Nearly $5 billion investment in Canadian research and innovation
  2. TMU in Top 15% of Universities: According to the latest QS Rankings.

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!


Stay connected and continue to lead innovation in education!


Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe, and keep the digital learning curve steep!
P.S. Let’s connect at ISTELive! I'm eager to meet with innovative EdTech professionals from both the U.S. and Canada. Let's explore podcasting opportunities and discuss how we can better bridge the gap with education leaders to drive impactful change. See you there!
Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
Founder & President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Founder, MindShare Workspace--Your Place to Work & Learning
CEO & Co-founder, C21 Canada--Canadians for 21st Century Learning & Innovation
Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn @c21can @mindsharework
In case you missed it, here is the recorded webinar with Committee for Children on Social-Emotional Learning!
15th MindShare Canadian EdTech Summit Announces Keynote Presenters
Super Earlybird Registration!
Congratulations to our team member Hana on her recent graduation from TMU in Retail Management, we're thrilled to have you as part of the MindShare Team!
MindShare Learning is a Proud Media Partner with ISTE Hosting our 29th CanAm VIP Celebration Event At ISTELive24 Denver. Watch for Live Updates!
Announcing this year's 16th Canadian Schools of the Future Student Innovation Winners! Congratulations to students from St. Albert Learning Centre, Caledonia Regional School and St.Gregory the Great!
Collision Conference Spotlight: EdTech Leaders Present on the Future of AI @ Canada's Largest Technology Conference  

Canadian Trade Commissioner Service Announces United States education technology - Canadian Technology Accelerator

The Education Tech (EdTech) Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) is a seven-month hybrid program meant to accelerate the business development of high-growth potential startup companies in the United States (US). Deadline to enter, August 31, 2024
Grateful for an insightful session on 'Navigating the AI-Inspired #EdTech Ecosystem in Canada & Beyond!' at the Collision conference. Special thanks to our esteemed presenters, Ramy Ghattas @RamyGhattas of @LOGICSAcademy, Nesmith Chingcuanco of @iBlumLearning, Katina Papulkas @KatPapulkas @DellTechLearn, and host Robert Martellacci of MindShare Learning. Your expertise and vision are shaping the future of education. Special thanks to partner, Canada's Trade Commissioner Service.
C21 Spotlight
Featured GenAI Tool of Week
Pear Deck Learning
Pear Deck Learning is a powerful ecosystem of education tools that assess progress, offer real-time feedback, and provide the differentiated instruction and gamified practice that keeps students engaged and excelling.
Insightful new research on AI in K12  from the Walton Foundation. Teachers say AI's most positive student impact is on efficiency & productivity helping them stay engaged & learn faster!

Quote of the Week
Book of the Week
Whether we like it or not, the AI revolution is coming to education. In Brave New Words, Salman Khan, the visionary behind Khan Academy, explores how artificial intelligence and GPT technology will transform learning, and offers a road map for teachers, parents, and students to navigate this exciting (and sometimes intimidating) new world.
K-12 Top News Stories
1. MindShare Learning Media Partner Previews @ISTELive 24 Juen 23 - 26, Denver, June 20, 2024

We’re thrilled to introduce you to ISTELive 24 – one of the world’s most comprehensive and influential edtech events! This conference offers you an unparalleled learning experience, no matter where you are on your journey to leverage technology to transform teaching and learning.
2. Best Buy Canada introduces Teen Tech for Tomorrow, June 7, 2024
With a goal to improve tech equity in Canada, Best Buy Canada proudly announces the “Teen Tech for Tomorrow” program. This initiative is designed to equip Canadian teenagers with the crucial technology they need to thrive in their educational journeys and beyond. Applications for Teen Tech Grants and Teen Tech Teams programs are open until June 28.
3. Modernizing K-12 Education: Info-Tech Research Group Says to Adopt an Exponential IT Mindset to Meet Evolving Needs of Students and Educators, June 05, 2024

TORONTO, June 5, 2024 /CNW/ - As K-12 education institutions grapple with rapid technological advancements and increasing demands for digital transformation, schools are under pressure to modernize their operations to remain relevant and effective, as well as to meet the evolving needs of students and educators. However, balancing the need for cost optimization in a constrained environment while investing in technology can be challenging.
4. 'Minimum standards': Alberta Education bans personal mobile devices in classrooms, June 17, 2024

Starting next school year, students will have limits placed on their personal mobile devices, which officials say can harm student achievement and their mental health.

"The use of cellphones is of significant concern and additional measures should be taken to limit cellphone use in our classrooms," said Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides during a conference in Calgary on Monday.
5. Edmonton Grade 9 student headed to NASA to present zero gravity project, June 16, 2024

A Grade 9 student from Edmonton is headed to NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. 

A team of five Avalon Junior High School students were selected by the Edmonton Public Schools board as a semi-finalist of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). But among them only Samantha Luchkow will present her findings on July 1, to more than 100 participants from the United States and Canada.
Subscribing to the MindShare EdTech Report ensures you are always at the forefront of K20 educational innovation & equipped with the knowledge and resources to enhance learning outcomes
Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Budget 2024: Supporting the Next Generation of Researchers and Innovators - investing nearly $5 billion in Canadian brain power, May 30, 2024
To unlock good-paying opportunities for every generation and secure Canada’s position at the forefront of the world’s advanced economies, we need to ensure our homegrown research talent can reach their full potential. To keep making scientific advances—from tech and AI to climate change and marine sciences—students and researchers today need cutting-edge facilities, grants to fund new projects, and more generous scholarships and fellowships to attract top-tier, homegrown talent.
7. TMU moves into the world’s top 15 per cent of universities in latest QS Rankings, June 07, 2024

TMU continues to strengthen its academic and scholarly, research and creative (SRC) excellence, as highlighted in the 2025 QS World University Rankings. Its position among the top 15 per cent of universities worldwide demonstrates TMU’s contributions to SRC and growing reputation in higher education.
8. Better health outcomes through data-focused partnerships at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, June 05, 2024

A growing number of organizations collect information about every aspect of their operation with the intent to convert it into a value-added business advantage. They often arrive at the question, “What do we do with all this data?”

That’s where Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Digital Integration Centre of Excellence (DICE) comes into the picture.
9. Know your source: RAGE tool unveils ChatGPT’s sources, June 04, 2024

A team of researchers based at the University of Waterloo have created a new tool – nicknamed “RAGE” – that reveals where large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT are getting their information and whether that information can be trusted.
10. VARLab recognized globally for innovation and supporting mental health, May 30, 2024

Conestoga’s Virtual and Augmented Reality Lab (VARLab) was recently named in an international report that profiles key trends, challenges and opportunities shaping the future of teaching and learning.

The EDUCAUSE 2024 Horizons Report identified Conestoga as a post-secondary institution that incorporates educational practices with technology in meaningful ways, focusing on VARLab projects as examples that support mental health and well-being for students.
Career Opportunities
SAVE THE DATE: 15th Canadian EdTech Summit UofT Toronto October 31- November 2. Call for Speakers and Sponsors! Get your SUPER early bird tickets before June 30th!
Professional Learning Events 
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. Epic Games: Heatwave Hideout – Cooling Urban Heat Islands


We’ve seen how games can change classrooms and communities for the better. Can they really help all of humanity thrive? The United Nations has 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) consisting of must-reach targets for the year 2030. These SDGs were specifically crafted with the purpose of supporting continued comfortable human life on Earth.
2. Minecraft Education: BUILD YOUR JOY

Dive into a world where emotions come to life and find what brings you joy!  In this Minecraft Education build challenge you will meet Joy and Anxiety from Inside Out 2. Solve a puzzle using Microsoft MakeCode then use Minecraft as a canvas to build a representation of something that brings joy to your life.


3. Free edWeb webinars with CE certificates

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MindShare Learning is Canada’s Leading EdTech Media, Marketing & Strategy Consulting Company. We offer expert insight to the learning technology sector to help leaders and learners thrive in the 21st Century global knowledge-based digital economy.


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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:

  1. Contribute a story, or suggest a MindShareTV podcast
  2. Feedback, or suggestions on how to improve this report
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The MindShare Learning Report team is made up of the following individuals: 

Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Founder & Chief Digital Publisher

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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