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Top 10 Issue #255, May 25, 2020
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What's Next for Education in the Context of COVID19? An OECD Canadian & Global Perspective on Back to School

Dear Thought Leader, 

Happy Monday and week 10 in COVID 'learning time.'

Another busy week of learning and sharing the latest happenings around the country and beyond to provide you insight to address the current challenges of implementing remote learning with an eye on looking ahead to Back to school. 

Be sure to checkout my exclusive interview with fellow Canadian, Dr. Tracey Burns, Sr. Analyst at the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills. Her insight is critical to garnering knowledge as to how other countries have approached schools re-opening. 

We had a highly engaging and deeply insightful C21 Canada CIO Alliance Webinar last week on Remote Learning and What's Next? I'm pleased to share the recorded link here. Special thanks to Dr. Mario Chiasson, Peter Singh and Stephen Whiffin


FINAL WEEK  to enter our adapted "REMOTE LEARNING" Schools of the Future Challenge and WIN fabulous prizes! Here's an inspirational Video to one of last Year's Winning Schools, Weledah Catholic School, Yellowknife, NT -  Deadline May 31! Teachers share your success stories with implementing Remote Learning in a 2-3 minute video! Submit your entry here.

This Week's Top10 News Stories provide amazing insight, inspiration, research and best practices to give you a pulse for how K12, post-secondary institutions and EdTech solution providers are innovating globally in challenging times due to COVID-19 and beyond. Congrats to D2L a double award winner for their excellence in supporting online learning with the Brightspace LMS platform. 

Checkout the FREE learning resources HUB that keeps growing! Thanks to the generosity of the EdTech community, we've added many new resource partners to our  FREE Canadian Learning @Home Resource Hub, to support teachers, students and parents, courtesy of Canada's EdTech providers, educators, C21 Canada Coalition for Remote Learning and not for profit organizations. We welcome you to recommend a resource! 

A cool student problem-solving success story shared by our advisory board member, Michael Furdyk >>Fraser Votes (John Fraser High School, PeelSB) is a project student open-source election platform on GitHub and supported by the generous support of #RisingYouth, a project by TakingITGlobal and funded by the Canadian government drove an increase of 165% in student votes! Read full story below #9.

This week's number one story features the Virtual Experience of Parliament building to life through innovative technologies. A coproduction by the Library of Parliament and the National Film Board of Canada. MindShare Learning was honoured to play a consulting role on this project. Be sure to checkout the sneak peek video! 


I hope you enjoy this week's resource rich Top 10 Canadian stories in EdTech powered by the MindShare Learning Report - Canada's Learning & Technology eMagazine.  

We welcome you sharing your news, research, and information. Please feel free to drop me a note if we can be of further support to your organization. 


Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe, be mindful of social distancing, 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™

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12th Schools of the Future Challenge "Share your Innovative Remote Learning Success Stories!"
An Inspirnig Video from One of Last Year's Winners! 
Deadline to Entry Sunday, May 31 Midnight!
Share your Remote Learning Student Success Stories
Win Fabulous Prizes! 
1. Virtual Experience brings historic Parliament building to life through innovative technologies. A coproduction by the Library of Parliament and the National Film Board of Canada

Gov of Canada: May 13, 2020 

A new experience is opening the doors to the historical seat of Parliament in virtual reality (VR), online and in the classroom. It provides Canadians who are at home during the COVID-19 pandemic with a new way to step inside the centre of federal democracy.

Parliament: The Virtual Experience offers an innovative look inside Centre Block, which closed last year for long-term rehabilitation. This landmark building was the site of debates and decisions that shaped Canada for almost 100 years, a rich legacy that is showcased to the public in this new work.

The 15-minute experience highlights key public spaces, including the Senate, House of Commons, Library of Parliament and Peace Tower. Each chapter offers a new perspective on Parliament – its history, its art and its role in the lives of Canadians.

2. As you navigate COVID-19, imagine working from home by design: UCalgary professor and architect ponders change in residential design

Uof C: May 21, 2020

Whether a takeover of the dining room table or an isolated retreat in a corner of the basement, landing on the ideal home-work space can be an elusive goal.

Due to COVID-19,
 upwards of 40 per cent of Canada’s overall workforce is toiling from home; that’s nearly five million more people than usual suddenly faced with working in cramped or otherwise awkward home-work environments. As many people have discovered, an evening on the sofa with your laptop once in a while is a far cry from 40 or more hours per week of deadlines and videoconferencing taking place alongside homeschooling, cooking and other necessary distractions.



3. C21 Canada CIO Alliance Recorded Webinar: Adapting to Remotelearning. What's Next?

C21 Canada: April 23, 2020 

4.  TDSB director John Malloy to leave post early for new school board job in San Francisco area

The Toronto Star, May 21

John Malloy, who was set to retire as director of the Toronto public school board in November, is now leaving this summer and heading to California to run a small school district in the San Francisco area.

Malloy was chosen to be superintendent of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and is expected to start Aug. 1.

5. Desire2Learn Wins Two Prestigious Technology and Industry Leadership Awards
D2L: May 28, 2020

Desire2Learn Incorporated (“Desire2Learn”), a leader in providing innovative learning solutions, today announced it recently won two prestigious industry awards. The Company won the Canadian Digital Media Network Moonshot Award for “Digital Media Company of the Year” and the “Best Implementation of Big Data and Analytics” in Ovum’s inaugural “On the Radar” awards.

“We’re extremely proud to receive recognition from two prestigious organizations,” said John Baker, President and CEO, Desire2learn. “The awards demonstrate the commitment that Desire2Learn has for providing innovative solutions that impact the education market and personal learning experiences. Through this commitment, we’re honored to be able to help contribute to the growth of the technology and digital media industry.”

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Education Talk Radio Pre K12: May 19, 2020


 A MUST FOR THOSE EDUCATORS INTERESTED IN ED TECH, SCHOOL NETWORKING AND STUDENT ACCESS..... A REVIEW OF COSN'S FIRST EVER VIRTUAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE ....CoSN's National Conference  was scheduled for early  March in DC and, like all conferences, was cancelled due to the pandemic, but that didn't stop CoSN from getting together this past week. Conference  Co-Chairs Steve Langford  of Beaverton OR schools and Marlo Gaddis of Wake County Schools, North Carolina give us the full report.

7. How the Surrey School Division is Innovating to Re-Open Schools During #COVID19 A MindShare Learning Moment w/ Dr. Jordan Tinney

MSL: May 20, 2020
8. Coronavirus: When teaching during a disaster, students need to be partners

The Conversation: May 19, 2020 

Many universities and colleges are planning to teach most of their courses online in the fall, even though there are still many unknowns.

Post-secondary institutions first transitioned from face-to-face to online learning in March, when the threat of COVID-19 emerged. Institutions brought differing levels of experience and preparedness to this endeavour. Experts in educational technology weighed in on the best ways to both understand and implement such a rapid transition.



9. Student Council Elections in the Age of COVID

A post-mortem of electing student executives — without being in school
:MediumMay 22, 2020 

May 22, 2020, the 1,600 students of John Fraser Secondary School would have lined up in the atrium to cast their ballots for next year’s Student Activity Council (SAC) executives. In previous years, it was a crowded affair. This year, crowds are illegal.

Fraser Votes was initially conceived in late 2019 as part of the school’s effort to transition to digital infrastructure. JFSS had already rolled out digital timetables, obsoleting the thousands of printed timetables distributed at the start of every term. We created the system with our values in mind: democracy and student's voice.

As a novel student-built election management solution, there were challenges. Nevertheless, 44% of the student population successfully cast their digital vote — a 165% year-over-year increase.


10. What If Named the Best Science & Education Video Series at the 24th Annual Webby Awards

Cision: May 19, 2020
 Underknown's  What If show has been named the Best Science & Education video series at the 24th annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the "Internet's highest honour" by The New York Times, the Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honouring excellence on the Internet. The IADAS is comprised of Internet industry experts, including Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, Mozilla chairwoman Mitchell Baker, and 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki. This year's event, WFH: Webbys From Home, was hosted by acclaimed actor and comedian Patton Oswalt.
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The MindShare Learning Report team is made up of the following individuals: 

Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Chief Digital Curator 
Dr. Karen Grose, MindShare Learning Partner Associate
Timothy Gard, B.Ed., OCT, M.A, Chief Learning Strategist 
Hanan Mousa, Associate Digital Media Specialist
Valerie Rusnov,B.A. Hons., B.Ed., Editor 
Filomena Martellacci, B.A. Hons., B.Ed., OCT, Editor

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The MindShare Report is grateful for the guidance and support provided by our esteemed advisory board. Members include: 

Lauren Burman, M.B.A., Chief Commercial Officer, Sound Commerce 
Kevin Custer, Founding Principal, Arc Capital Development 
Chip Fesko, National Advertising Director, Edmodo
Ian Fogarty, Educator, Riverview High School | MindShare National Video Challenge Award Winner 
Dr. GuyTetrault, Award Winning Sun West School Division, Director & CEO 
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, Director of Learning, St. George's School 
Dr. Susanne Lajoie, Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University 
David Marsi, Senior Manager Training Initiatives, ScotiaMcLeod 
Jamie McNamara, Executive Director, Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta 
Mirella Rossi, Principal, Toronto Catholic District School Board
Sandra Chow, Award Winning Teacher, Toronto District School Board 
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