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Top 10 Issue #257, June 11, 2020
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Leading with the Heart>> A Special C21 Canada CEO Academy Podcast honouring Shifting Minds Award Recipient, Denise Andre, Director, Ottawa Catholic School Board 

Dear Thought Leader, 

The month of June is especially memorable thanks to the human spirit and creativity of students, teachers and leaders coming together virtually to celebrate the Class of 2020  in many unique ways, despite the global COVID-19 crisis. Checkout the awesome and inspiring tribute by global celebrities with a Canadian flavour in this week's Top 10!

It's no doubt been a challenging time for you as teacher, leader, parent and EdTech partner. You've pivoted, innovated and problem solved and persevered through the greatest digital learning transformation in our lifetime. The summer will be a welcomed time to recharge.

Unfortunately, we're not out of the woods yet and remain in 'COVID learning time' as I call it. The next major shift underway is back to school planning for September.  Kudos to
Dr. Michael Fullan for his recent Report in partnership with Microsoft that is a super practical guide to planning a safe return for K12 schools  Reimagining education: From remote to hybrid learning   

This week's Top 10 Canadian in EdTech powered by the MindShare Learning Report features back to school insight and strategy, both nationally and internationally. I also draw your attention to ICTC's research on the impact of EdTech in Canada that his highlighted in our quote of the month. 

If you're planning for a re-opening, be sure to checkout an excellent blog from TLP: Re-opening schools in British Columbia: A tale in three acts (so far!) By Dr. Kevin Godden, Superintendent of Schools/CEO, Abbotsford School District.

It was such an honour to podcast recently with C21 Canada Shifting Minds Shifting Systems Learning and Innovation Award recipient, Denise Andre, Director, Ottawa Catholic School Board. Be sure to tune in as she reflects and shares insight and wisdom on the boards 21st century learning journey as she prepares to enter active retirement having led one of Canada's high performing and innovative school boards. 

Only Two weeks to Go! 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! While this initiative is scheduled to end this month, we'll be looking to extend over the summer. 

Kudos to D2L Canada's LMS company recently honoured in the U.S. as a d ouble SIIA CODIE Award recipient for excellence in their learning managment solution category. 

We welcome your comments, success stories and events to share! Please feel free to drop me a note if we can be of further support to your organization through our strategic learning technology consulting services

In closing, be sure to SAVE the DATE, Thursday, October 29th, MindShare's 11th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit --  Future Vision 2020. This will be a highly interactive event looking beyond COVID-19 and how learning must transform to ensure students, schools, districts and post-secondary institutions thrive in the future.  

Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe, be mindful of social distancing, and keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S. Excellent news!  Two great contests in one! We've teamed up with Logics Academy and the Great Canadian Minecraft Challenge. Hence, we've adapted and extended our adapted "REMOTE LEARNING" Schools of the Future Challenge due to COVID-19. WIN fabulous prizes! NEW Deadline June 26! Principals, Teachers and students share your success stories with implementing Remote Learning in a 2-3 minute video and your Minecraft Student created stories! Submit your entry  here

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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Quote of the Week
“As the world continues to address the socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, EdTech is destined to play a critical role in shaping tomorrow’s educational system in Canada. There is much to look forward to in this initiative as we explore the evolving digital learning models and their applications for students, teachers, and workers.”

--Namir Anani, ICTC President & CEO.

ICTC’s recent research report titled  “Class, Take Out Your Tablets: The Impact of Technology on Learning and Teaching in Canada”
We've Extended the Deadline to
Friday, June 26, Midnight!

Two Great Contests in One! Share your Remote Learning Student Learning Success Stories
Win Fabulous Prizes! We've Teamed up with Logics Academy! Enter the Logics Great Canadian Minecraft Story Telling Challenge and Qaulify to Win 
1. Reimagining education: From remote to hybrid learning

Michael Fullan NPDL: June 8, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has generated a torrent of individual and small-group responses as to how education could be transformed. We have found a groundswell of interest in the question, “How best to take advantage of the new opportunities arising from the disruption?” What people desperately need are opportunities to team up and find pathways of action that can deepen learning for students and teachers and to engage in new ways of learning that result in better outcomes.

In the paper, we argue that the solutions lie before us. We have the opportunity to creatively manage the immediate issues and learn from this remote experience, while building a bridge to a reimagined education system.

2.  Re-opening schools in British Columbia: A tale in three acts (so far!)

TLP: June 9, 2020

British Columbia was among the first provinces in Canada to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, reporting its first COVID-19 case on March 5, 2020. On March 17, while students were on March break, the province announced that schools would be closed indefinitely. Leading the way at the other end of the COVID-19 response, B.C. was also among the first to return to in-class learning with schools re-opening as of June 1, 2020.
Dr. Kevin Godden is Superintendent of Schools/CEO of Abbotsford School District. Located in the heart of the Fraser Valley, Abby Schools, as the district is fondly known, serves more than 19,000 students in 46 elementary, middle and secondary schools.



3. Lambton College Partners with Tiidal Gaming to Create Experiential Learning Opportunities for Esports Students

Lambton College: June 3, 2020 

As the gaming and esports industry continues to expand, it brings with it an increased demand for entrepreneurial-minded young people who aren’t just passionate about playing games, but who are also skilled in the strategy, marketing, and business development aspects of this burgeoning sector.

Lambton College and Tiidal Gaming Group Inc., a professional esports and entertainment organization, have formed a new partnership designed to enhance the learning experience for students enrolled in the popular Esports Entrepreneurship & Administration program. As part of the new collaboration, Tiidal will provide internships within Lazarus Esports, the company’s competitive gaming and content division, to five students enrolled in the program.

4.  Dear Class of 2020 Inspirational Tribute with a Canadian Connection

Youtube: June 7, 2020



5. How do we plan for education after the pandemic? (Post-Secondary)
ICDE: June 2, 2020

In these uncertain times due to the Coronavirus COVID-19, many of us are struggling with the adjustment to working and teaching online. Where do you begin? How do you manage the process?

To address these questions and many others, EDEN is organising a series of practical webinars entitled “EDEN webinar series: Education in time of a pandemic #onlinetogether #covid19”. These webinars are featuring experts and experienced practitioners within the field of open, distance, and e-learning.

The weekly, one-hour sessions are held every Monday at 17:00 CEST, from March through June, 2020.

6. Alberta expects students will return to ‘near normal’ school conditions in September, minister says
G&M: June 11, 2020


Students across Alberta should plan for a return to classrooms under “near normal” conditions in September, according to Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange.

The Alberta government announced on Wednesday that schools will reopen for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year with students attending daily classes in-person with some health measures in place. From the three scenarios that the province outlined in early May, schools will follow the first scenario, which involves the lightest restrictions on preventive and physical-distancing measures.

“We all know that students learn best in the classroom with their teachers and their peers, provided that it’s safe to do so,” Ms. LaGrange said. “Based on the information we have at hand right now, we expect that students will be at school in September."

7.  Sisler's CA PRIME - CyberTitan National Champions - Canada largest cyber security competition! #CyberTitan
ICTC: June 11, 2020
8.Recorded Webinar with Andreas Schleicher OECD and Feranando Reimers Harvard University discussing their new report on school re-opening strategies, and how  COVID19 is changing education
Student Voice and Leadership in Ottawa Catholic School Board

OCDSB: May 28, 2020 

We know our students have many questions about #COVID19 and their education. Watch our fantastic Student Senate, Denise Andre, Director of Education and Tom D'Amico, Associate Director answer them in this new video created FOR students BY students. #ocsbAtHome


10. Pandemic Planning for Distance Learning: Scenarios and Considerations for PreK–12 Education Leaders

New America: May 27, 2020

PreK–12 districts are currently considering multiple options for the 2020–21 school year and beyond. Fully returning to traditional in-person settings seems unlikely next year, and recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control lists the many safeguards that would need to be in place before buildings reopen and students are back to classrooms that resemble what they had before.1 It is clear that some type of distance learning—as well as efforts to ensure all students can get online—must be a part of districts' planning for the next school year and beyond. But terms used to describe distance learning are often muddled and misused, leading to misunderstandings about what students, parents, and teachers should expect.

As educators with expertise in designing, planning for, and implementing learning experiences using online tools and digital materials, we have created this resource to clarify the various types of distance learning that will likely take place this fall, as well as propose four possible scenarios for PreK–12 during and in the wake of this pandemic. In addition, we provide categorized lists of questions and considerations that school and district leaders will need to keep in mind. Where possible we provide links to resources and guidance published by organizations we know and trust that have specialized knowledge on the topics we outline.

These new models of teaching and learning require frequent and transparent communication. In the likelihood of these proposed scenarios, we encourage leaders to be as clear as possible to ensure every student, teacher, support staff, parent, and caregiver remains safe, healthy, and connected. Teachers and support staff need to know they are supported through successes and failures. Students need to know they are seen and heard, despite not always being together in person in school buildings. Parents also need to know they are seen, heard, and supported through these transitions. The well-being of every single stakeholder in and around the school is of utmost importance, and we encourage leaders to check in regularly with their community.

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