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Top 10 Issue #263, September 30, 2020
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Dear Thought Leader, 

It's been an inspiring week to connect with a number of winners in the Schools of the Future Challenge and more to come! I look forward to sharing the winners next week! Stay tuned! 

I was humbled to take part in #OrangeShirtDay that honours indigenous children who attended residential schools and the harm that was inflicted.  

5 Reasons to attend our 11 Canadian International EdTech Virtual Leadership Summit October 28-29:

  1. Gain valuable insight on how to adapt learning during a crisis and beyond
  2. Receive a complimentary book when you register from keynoter and Global thought Leader, Tom Vander Ark, author, Power of Place: Authentic Learning Through Place Based Education
  3. Network with Canada's foremost education thought leaders through our state-of-the-art virtual Summit platform as well as connect with sponsor and exhibitors
  4. Receive a MindShare EdTech Summit Micro Credentila on the Blockchain
  5. Receive a Canadian EdTech Summit Task Force Report Playbook Report

28 Days to Go!  11th Canadian International EdTech Summit October 28-29 to serve as a 'Task Force' approach to explore, 'The Future of Learning in Crisis and Beyond."  A Best Practice Report for Learning in Canada will emerge from this critical Summit. I hope you will join us.

Note: A portion of the proceeds from registration will go toward buying much needed tech for schools.

I'm pleased to share this Week's edition of the MindShare Report Top 10 news stories infused with insight and inspiration to help you navigate the complexities teaching in a pandemic. I encourage you to share this report with your colleagues who are newer to EdTech. 

We value your contribution to the Mindshare learning community and welcome your latest news stories, jobs and upcoming events!

Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if I can be of further assistance.

Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe, 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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Enter Canada's 5th Annual EdTech Awards  
Last year’s winners:

1. K12 Leader of the Year: Dr. Mario Chiasson,
2. PSE Leader of the Year: Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl UBC
3. EdTech Company of the Year:
4. EdTech Startup of the Year:@Classcraft

Quote of the Week 

“We don’t have a playbook on this. There isn’t a quick Google search,” said Bourassa. “I’ve always considered myself a lifelong learner, and for any teacher who’s returning to the classrooms or from a context where you’re teaching students, and you’re using a program like Microsoft Teams, it’s new.”
This Week in Canadian EdTechTV Podcast

Inspiring Career Awareness: Let's Talk Science with ChatterHigh Welcomes Skills/Compétences Canada as a Partner for the Soon to Launch Let’s Talk Careers Competition

K-12 Top News Stories 
1. Successful education systems tend to have more schools that have guidelines and practices to enhance teaching and learning using digital devices
2. Boards pivot to Plan B as outbreaks close schools September 22, 2020

Local school boards say they're prepared to pivot to remote learning if and when an outbreak of the coronavirus forces them to halt classes and send students home.

An Ottawa elementary school has become the first elementary school in Ontario to close due to COVID-19 after two staff members and two students tested positive.

3. Celebrate the Commitment and Leadership of Educators by Joining a 24-Hour Global Look at Teaching and Learning during COVID-19 September 29, 2020

After a year marred by disruption and crises, teachers are taking the lead to effect real change in their classrooms, communities and around the world. On October 5th, World Teachers' Day, Education International is hosting the largest online meeting of teachers in history via a 24-hour webcast with live programming on every continent. 

The webcast will feature the stories of teachers from a variety of countries and contexts and their experience teaching and supporting their students through a global pandemic.

4. ROYBI Robot Launches Exclusively At Best Buy Canada September 25, 2020
ROYBI INC, the creator of Roybi Robot, the first-ever AI-powered educational toy to teach languages and basic STEM skills, announced today its debut in Canada exclusively with Best Buy in all stores and online. Named by Time Magazine, the Best Invention of 2019, and by Fast Company, the world-changing idea of 2019, Roybi Robot is poised to bring a new learning way to all children in Canada. Now available on the shelves of 131 stores across the county, this partnership allows ROYBI to respond faster to the growing need for smart remote learning technology at home and on the go.
5. Inspiring Career Awareness: Let’s Talk Science, with ChatterHigh, welcomes Skills/Compétences Canada as a Partner for the Let’s Talk Careers Competition

Let's Talk Science:: September 29, 2020

You've likely heard of the summer slide: where students might start the school year having lost some numeracy and literacy skills after a two-month break in formal learning.

But families, educators and researchers alike are concerned that this year's summer setback compounded by last spring's pandemic school shutdowns could have lasting, detrimental effects on the achievement of Canadian students if not intentionally addressed this school year.

How schools will tackle this extended period of learning loss — with most kids having physically been out of class for five to six months — is a concern for many parents, says Toronto parent Anna-Kay Brown, co-chair of the Jane and Finch Education Action Group.

Post Secondary News Stories 
6. Marketing professor receives Award of Excellence from ministry September 10, 2020


In this webinar, first-time and experienced online learners get practical advice on how to be a successful online learner from an experienced online professor and gain insight and perspective from a seasoned online learner.

7. U of T prof uses VR to bring the Lake Huron shoreline to his students September 16, 2020
For decades, the rocky north shore of Lake Huron has served as a lab and lecture hall for second-year University of Toronto students learning fundamental geological field skills.

The course, designed for students pursuing an Earth sciences career in research or industry, teaches basic skills such as how to locate yourself on a map by taking compass bearings on landmarks such as islands or hilltops, how to map a shoreline or geological feature such as an outcropping of rock and how to take accurate notes while in the field.

8. TELUS agreement promises 5G campus connectivity September 25, 2020 
The University of Windsor announced Wednesday an agreement with TELUS to transform the institution into a 5G connected campus.

A memorandum of understanding will see TELUS conduct analysis and propose upgrades to the University's wireless network in targeted buildings and properties over the next five years. TELUS will invest in the installation of 5G equipment on campus to promote and support the integration of world-class technology to enhance teaching and research.

"I'm delighted that our university community will have privileged access to this emerging technology," said UWindsor Vice-President Research and Innovation, K. Michael Siu.


9. Digital skills and responsible cloud spending part of Microsoft’s Canada Skills Program curriculum September 23, 2020 

Toronto, September 17, 2020 – Today, Microsoft Canada and 12 post-secondary institutions announced the Canada Skills Program. Launching this fall, the program will bolster the data & AI skills and employability of more than 4,500 students in diploma, degree and continuing education programs.

10. Migrating an entire university to the cloud, during a pandemic: lessons learned September 25, 2020

 It’s said that change is the only constant in life, and that holds true in the world of IT. This year has brought about lots of change for society—the way we socialize, the way we work, the way we learn, the way we teach. The way we stockpile unnecessary amounts of toilet paper. I could keep going.

For some, the global pandemic has put projects on hold as we wait to see what the fallout is, but for others, like our organization, we embarked on one of the biggest transformation projects to date—while mainly working from home.


COVID Resources
Featured Book of the Week 


Parent Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 

1. Learn at home Ontario Government

Find made-in-Ontario activities, courses and more to keep the learning going, from home.

2. Back-to-School Resources for Parents

Find information on easing transition jitters, managing kids’ tech use, getting involved in the school, and more.

3. 4 Tips for Supporting Parents During Remote Learning

Here’s how school and IT leaders can help parents and guardians navigating online platforms and digital tools with their children this year.


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The MindShare Learning Report team is made up of the following individuals: 

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

MindShare Advisory Board 

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, 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, Principal, Toronto 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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