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Top 10 Issue #266, November 23, 2020
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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV with Dwayne Matthews, OCT, Chief Innovation Evangelist, Tomorrow Now Learning Labs

Dear Thought Leader, 

What a difference a year makes. This time last year, I was honoured to be an invited presenter at the 5th China Education Innovation Expo along side global education thought leaders, Sugata Mitra, founder, The Hole In the Wall - 2013 TED Prize winner; Richard Culatta, CEO, ISTE; and Patricia Gartland, Superintendent & CEO, Coquitlam SD 43, B.C, to name a few notables in education. 


Talk about a learning adventure, I had no Visa and was told I could pick one up on arrival in Hong Kong. When I arrived at the Visa office I was starring at a jail cell behind the officers which made me slightly nervous. Thankfully my colleague on the ground in China, Adam Turnball, was quite correct and the photo truly does say it all as I needed an artifact to share my excitement and relief after travelling 14 hours on a plane.


Fast forward to November 23 and our lives have been turned upside down testing our resiliency for a 2nd time as we face yet another lockdown. Ironically, the epicentre of COVID-19 is very much back to normal. I'm hopeful that we will see normalcy back in our lives very soon as well! Let's continue to take the necessary precautionary measures and encourage others to do the same.


My 5 lessons from my China trip:


1. Yes you can easily get a 10-Day China Visa upon arrival in Hong Kong. 

2. Your PLC should include local, national and international connections to give you a broader perspective and lens on education. I learned a ton!

2. Don't settle for mediocrity as you will be left behind. Excellence is infectious! 

3. Take a more wholistic or balanced focus on academics, infusing physical activity as part of the daily curriculum has too many benefits to mention here. School design thinking is a key conduit that got my attention while on school tours in China.

4. Technology is a tool that should have a pedagogical means to an end. 

5.  Canadian education is the envy of much of the world. Savor this reality as you embrace the innovator's mindset. 


As ISTE20 is fast approaching November 29 to December 5.... it's not too late to register for both ISTE Live Virtual and the 18th CanAm Celebration of Excellence Virtual Meetup at #ISTE20. Save the Date: Tuesday, December 1, 4-6pm ET.  We also plan to release our Canadian EdTech Summit Playbook at this event! Connect with your ISTE EdTech Colleagues and meet new friends too! We are using a very cool collaboration tool call Remo! 


I'm pleased to share this Week's edition of the MindShare Report Top 10 news stories filled with insight and inspiration to help you navigate the complexities teaching during a pandemic, along with our new Learning @Home Resources. I encourage you to share this report with your colleagues newer to EdTech. 


Be sure to tune into my MindShareTV Podcast with Dwayne Matthews, educator, edupreneur and motivational speaker. 

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. 

To my American friends and colleagues, have a memorable and safe Thanksgiving Weekend! 


Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe, and keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S. EdTech Sector Partners Take note! The Consulate of Canada in Los Angeles invites you to join a webinar on December 3rd, 10-11am Pacific Time (1-2pm Eastern) where they will present the findings of the EdTech Southern California market study as well as provide an opportunity for Q&A with representatives from RYE Consulting and our Education & ICT trade commissioners.

Register in advance for this webinar no later than December 1st:

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
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Save the Date: December 1, 4-6pm ET. 18th CanAm We'll be Launching our EdTech Summit Playbook!
Recorded Webinar on Canadian Education Presented at EduTech Asia

Quote of the Week 

"“Learning what educators are planning, where they are challenged, and what they are hoping to achieve is invaluable. The insights and conversations often inspire new ideas and the kind of impactful solutions that allow us to be a better technology partner to our school board customers across Canada. This recognition is particularly gratifying given the impact education has on every child. We believe technology has an important role to play both in bringing education to more children, and eliminating barriers for those who find some elements of learning a challenge”  
- Jeremy Erlick, Compugen’s Vice President of Sales, Central and East, on Compugen being Awarded the Canadian EdTech Partner of the Year
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K-12 Top News Stories 
1. Thriving in an Online World 
Ontario Tech University, November 2020
2. Helping educators with innovative teaching tools November 18, 2020
With K-12 students across Ontario continuing their studies at home, many teachers are looking for training opportunities in digital learning.
To support these educators, Ontario Tech University researchers at the STEAM3D Maker Lab are offering upskilling opportunities for teachers where they can learn new skills and technologies to enhance virtual learning for their students.
3. Global $234 Billion Edtech and Smart Classroom Markets, 2020-2027: Cloud Based Solutions Fueling the Adoption of EdTech Solutions November 17, 2020
Dublin, Nov. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Edtech and Smart Classroom Market Forecast to 2027 - COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis by Component, Deployment Type, and End-User" report has been added to's offering.

The market was valued at US$ 75.24 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach US$ 234.41 billion by 2027; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15.3% from 2020 to 2027. The report highlights key factors driving the market growth and prominent players with their developments in the market.
Cloud-based software solutions provide easy scalability and high operational flexibility to e-learning companies and institutions while reducing their overall costs and operational risks.
4. N.S. to purchase $21.5-million in computers for students, network upgrades for schools November 23, 2020
HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia has announced a large investment in purchasing computers for students and upgrading technology at schools across the province.
In an announcement Monday, Zach Churchill, Nova Scotia’s Minister of Education & Early Childhood Development announced the province will invest $21.5-million to purchase 32,000 new Chromebooks so students can learn from home, as well as upgrading Wi-Fi, servers and routers at schools across the province.
5. Is the Canadian Education System Properly Equipping the Next Generation of Social Innovators? November 17, 2020
In the face of a global pandemic that has upended the education system and equal access to it, specialized tools and strategies are needed now more than ever to nurture a new generation of social innovators. This is our third story in partnership with the Rideau Hall Foundation in celebration of #CanadianInnovationWeek.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Is online learning at a tipping point?, November 19, 2020
In March 2020, some 1.6 billion learners around the world were suddenly being taught through online learning, with many instructors and learners experiencing an online platform or hybrid platforms for the first time. For others, it was a chance to showcase new approaches to teaching and learning they wanted to try for some time. For a growing number of faculty and students with experience in distance education and online learning, it was an opportunity to do even more online as more programs and courses were available in this mode than ever before.
7. Reimagining education and learning at the heart of Sheridan's Open Innovation Challenge November 19, 2020


OAKVILLE, ON, Nov. 19, 2020 /CNW/ - Participants across Canada are invited to engage in an open innovation challenge focused on reimagining learning and education in a time of unrelenting disruption. As a trailblazing postsecondary institution and well-connected community and industry partner, Sheridan College is facilitating the Reimagine Learning and Education in our Communities Challenge to reach and amplify underrepresented voices, spark inclusive dialogue, embrace - not hide from - the forces of disruption prevalent in industry and society, and cultivate meaningful solutions.
8. Faculty of Education workshops to help equip Ontario teachers for online learning October 15, 2020
Due to increased demand and a sudden rise in virtual learning, Ontario Tech University’s Faculty of Education is offering a new conference on Sharing Excellence in Online Learning.
During the final week of October and the first week of November, Ontario Tech will offer more than 50 workshops on best practices in teaching and learning online for Kindergarten to Grade-12 teachers.
Back in mid-August, the Faculty of Education’s Best Practices in Online and Blended Learning conference was so popular (nearly 500 participants from across the country), organizers anticipated potential demand for a second set of workshops.
9. Ontario Tech Engineering scores well again in U.S. News and World Report 2021 rankings November 19, 2020 
Ontario Tech University's engineering research portfolio continues to demonstrate strong results in the influential U.S. News and World Report international survey of engineering schools (left: third-year Mechanical Engineering student Fiona Man works on the Ontario Tech Racing electric car).

A new survey of the top universities in Canada and the world for engineering places Ontario Tech University in impressive company.The annual publication by U.S. News and World Report examines university reputation and research productivity in the field of engineering (note: the survey lists Ontario Tech by its former brand name).
10. A social dilemma: The heavy burden on schools during lockdown

 Canadian Inquirer: November 10, 2020 

Australia is gradually emerging from an unprecedented lockdown, where we continue to face major threats to our health and economy.


Schools have acted as shock absorbers during this period, switching in a short period of time to online learning, and supporting children and their families to learn from home while simultaneously attempting to remotely manage the health and wellbeing of their pupils.

COVID Resources

Global Teaching InSights

A Video Study of Teaching

Featured Book of the Week 

The Dime Box’ is Now Free to Download for Five Days (23/11/2020)

By: Karen Grose 

Parent Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. Learning from Home: Top Ten Tips for Parents to Keep Kids on Track 


Ways to cope with re-adapting to online learning throughout the school year

2. Learning at Home: Resources for Families
At Pearson we recognize that millions of students across Canada are having their education disrupted by the spread of Coronavirus.


3. Learn at Home resources 
Find made-in-Ontario activities, courses and more to keep the learning going, from home.


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Dr. Susanne Lajoie, Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University 
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Mirella Rossi, Superintendent of Education, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
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