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End of 2020 Special December Edition 2020, Volume 13 Issue 7
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C21 Canada CEO Academy Leadership Podcast Spotlight, Kurt Sacher, Superintendent of Schools, SESD73, AB 

Happy Monday!  I trust you enjoyed some down time with family after another 'zoomed out' week. Fortunately, the holiday season will be soon upon us!


You, as leaders and teachers across Canada and beyond (being mindful of your CanAm special issue) have gone beyond what's humanly possible in such a short time frame to sustain, achieve the impossible, and support student learning. While it hasn't always been perfect interfacing with new technologies, you innovated, pivoted and elevated learning to new heights to engage students.


You too are the heroes of education in these most challenging times in our modern history. Thank you!  


I've had the good fortunate of connecting with many of you, and the honour of sharing your stories. Please do keep connecting with us as we need to diverse perspectives and voices to capture best practices and what's working across Canada, U.S. and around the world. 


This past week, I've been to California and back (virtually), participating in ISTE20 (largest global EdTech Conference) where we hosted our 18th CanAm Celebration of Excellence meetup. Checkout this week's many highlights in our Monthly CanAm Report. One of the inspirations this week in keeping with the CanAm theme is that we're shifting, or 'pivoting' to creating the CanAm EdTech Alliance as we are so closely aligned with our much valued neighbours to our south. 


Issue highlights:

  1. C21 Canada CEO Academy Leadership Series podcast with Curt Sacher, Superintendent, Chinook's Edge School Division, AB.
  2. ISTE20 & CanAm Celebration highlights
  3. Featured EdTech Summit Recorded Keynotes from Tom Vander Ark and Katina Papulkus, along with the Final Souvenir Digital Copy of the EdTech Summit Playbook. Receive a Blockchain MindShare EdTech Convergence.Tech credential by reviewing the Summit playbook and sharing 'My three things I plan to do professionally in 2021.' 
  4. Melissa Burns, Schools of the Future Spirit Award Winner Podcast will inspire you as she shares her passion for music education, STEM, eSports and sings for us too!
  5. Watch for Canada's Top 20 Newsmakers for 2020 next week! Who do you think should make the list? Share your picks! 
  6. Share your innovative learning success stories with us from 2020! As a year-end wrap-up we will be compiling successful practices given the year it's been and one to remember.
  7. New Future Skills Report: Canada as a Learning Nation  This is especially critical to education and rethinking career pathways for students and the notion of lifelong learning. This past week I chaired our local Erin Mills Connects Learning community meeting. A grassroots stakeholder NFP to support learning in K12 schools in the region. It's clearly evident there are significant skills challenges and lack of understanding between parents, students, teachers and employers when it comes to preparing our future leaders. The pandemic has definitely added more complexities to the situation. I look forward to having more dialogue with experts. Of course C21 Canada is a great resource site for future proofing skills.

We are especially grateful during these challenging times for the valued support of our sponsors, partners and advisory board members, and our team, who inspire excellence in everything we do and help make this report possible. 


Now that winter is upon us, I look forward to getting back on the 'outdoor ice' for some pond hockey and exercise with my sons this week. I know it's most challenging with all the restrictions upon us due to pandemic, however, try and be mindful of getting in some regular exercise to balance off your day. 


Before I wrap-up, I realized this past week we celebrated our 3rd anniversary at the MindShare Workspace where we're redefining the future of work and learning as an incubator/coworking space. Fortunately, we're still open for business (Erin Mills Town Centre Shopping Mall) as people need a safe place to work. We're actually seeing a growth in demand for suburban coworking and very much in growth mode! Drop me note if you'd like to learn more. 

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


P.S. Checkout our growing Career Section! Drop us a note if you have a job to advertise! 
Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Founder, MindShare Workspace
CEO & Co-founder, C21 Canada™

Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn @c21can @mindsharework

Tom Vander Ark –  CEO of  GETTING SMART
The Future of Learing in Crisis & Beyond
Katina Papulkas –
Canadian Education Strategist at Dell, 
The Future of Learning 2020-2021
This Week in Canadian EdTech with teacher Melissa Burns Podcast Spirit Award Winner
"Quote of the Month"
Conference Corner
CanAM ISTE Wrap-up
ISTE20 wrapped up this past weekend with more than 10,000 attendees who participated virtually. I believe it marked my 22nd year of attending. While the plan was to host in Anaheim, California, ISTE conference organizers pivoted to create their own online conference hosting platform. In my estimation, one of the best I've experienced, despite some initial audio glitches. In the event that you were unable to attend, I shared the daily recap podcast link below for you to garner insight on future trends in education from world-class presenters. 
In the spirit of the show must go on! We were honoured to host our 18th CanAm virtual celebration of Excellence Meetup. It was so great to connect with many passionate education and industry leaders at our Virtual CanAm that reinforced the importance of connecting via video as well as audio in building community. Teachers take note as students who opt out of participating virtually in an online class will not get the same experience, or allow you to build community. The key to engagement is leveraging the 'Flipped Classroom,' model to get your students sharing and illuminating their learning. Back to our event. We once again leverage Remo to connect. this tool provides a visual depiction of a meeting room with the ability to click on a table and meet via video with the folks at the table. I was then able to present to the entire group at a click of a button to welcome everyone. This format has sparked a product innovation around creating a hybrid learning model that puts students at home and in class in an interactive and immersive space. Stay tuned for more details on this. 
In closing, the virtual CanAm did provide for deeper learning conversations and community building which was greatly appreciate on the part of participants. I did infuse some fun as well in the form of a contest. Dr. Mario Chaisson, N.B was the winner of the most travelled from afar. He clocked some 5,000 virtual kms to Anaheim, CA. Peter Skillen, Code2Learn guru won the Canadian EdTech Legend category. Rumour has it that he's been messing around with logo language (Dr. Seymour Papert's creation) since the early 70's. Dr. Gary Bitter, one of my mentors, and ISTE's first president won the Global EdTech legend award. Each will receive a copy of Tom Vander Arks latest book, The Power of Place--Authentic Learning Through Place-Based Learning.
As I reflect on this past week's ISTE20 and CanAm events, two things stood out for me from a professional learning, or lifelong learning perspective. The importance of community and relationships as well as infusing the fun or joy in the process. We had a great time connecting with new and old friends sharing crisis learning experiences and connecting on potential future projects. The other important lesson is go outside of your typical circle to get other perspectives. Think both locally and globally as you expand your PLN as it will ignite new ideas and take you to cool new place, although virtually for now!
Thanks again to all who joined us for the CanAm in helping make it a success. Special thanks to our partners, ISTE and the Government of Canada International Trade Commission.  
Stay safe! R.M. 
Are virtual worlds the future? I'm not sure about that, but it served their purpose at ISTE20 as my fellow Pepperdine University alum, Hal Davidson hosted his Fireside Chat in the Engage platform to a full house. 

ISTE Announces New Board Members

ISTE, December 1, 2020
WASHINGTON – The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), an education nonprofit that supports the use of technology to accelerate innovation in education, announced the results of its election for board of directors. Newly elected to the ISTE board are Cathy Collins, technology specialist at Sharon Public Schools, and Sophia Mendoza, director of the instructional technology initiative at Los Angeles Unified School District. In July 2020, Thuan Nguyen, chief operating officer of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), joined the ISTE Board of Directors. Red full story
In the face of global change, Canada remains at the forefront of innovative thinking and action. 
Check out the new Future Skills report on the current workforce and skills trends and the shifted employment outlook in light of the COVID19 pandemic:   
Featured Books of the Month
DDSB@Home Students Start the Day with Campus Connect
EduactionNewsCanada, December 2, 2020

Laptops for all means school closures will no longer interrupt learning across Catholic school board

Stratfordbeaconherald, November 26, 2020
Reforming public education in Australia: An interview with Mark Scott AO
Mckinsey, October 9th, 2020

Indigenous Land-Based STEM Education - The Classroom of the Future

Newswire, November 26th, 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on student equity and inclusion: Supporting vulnerable students during school closures and school re-openings

OECD, November 19th, 2020
Canadian EdTech Summit Best Practices Playbook
On October 28-29, 2020, Mindshare Learning held its Annual EdTech Leadership Summit. Facilitated virtually, the Summit brought together national and international #EdLeaders, #Academics, #Teachers, #Parents, #Students and #EdTech industry partners to discuss and address the most pressing challenges the world has encountered in education since the onset of COVID-19.

As with any pandemic, conditions change at a rapid pace. Leadership during disruption requires flexibility. As conditions evolve, the ability to pivot frequently to adjust to new conditions is essential. 

With this in mind, the playbook has been intentionally created as an Open Source reference Document. Its purpose is to offer a welcome and open space to crowdsource new ideas, thoughts, research and insights as the pandemic evolves. As such, we invite you to come back frequently.


University of Toronto ranked best in Canada for graduate employability, November 26th, 2020
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D2L Garners National Recogonition with Prestigious Award, November 26th, 2020
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Alberta Post-Secondaries Offering Smart Opportunities in Artificial Intelligence
EducationNewsCanada, December 2, 2020

From Maths Failure To Global Educator: How Knowledgehook Thinks Edtech Can Transform Teaching, November 24, 2020

Athabasca University to create one-of-a-kind online learning environment: Leading-edge technology benefits students at Canada’s Online University

GlobeNewsWire, November 17, 2020
Career Opportunities


Director of Technology - Ed-Tech Startup, ADECCO, Toronto, ON 

Manager, Educational Technologies, York University, Toronto, ON 
Education Marketing Programs Manager, Apple, Toronto, ON 
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MindShare Musings--
5th Canadian International Conference on Advances in Education, Teaching & Technology 2020                                                                           
December 12-13, 2020
FetC Future of Education Technology Conference: A free interactive online event                                                                         
Janurary 26-29, 2020
ICITE 2021 - 9th International Conference on Information Technology in Education
July 10–11, 2021
MindShare Advisory Board
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Members include: 

Lauren Burman, M.B.A., Chief Client Officer, POSSIBLE 
Kevin Custer, Founding Principal, Arc Capital Development 
Chip Fesko, President, Fesko Inc.
Ian Fogarty, Educator, Riverview High School | MindShare National Video Challenge Award Winner 
Dr. GuyTetrault, Award Winning Sun West 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, 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 
Mirella Rossi, Superintendent of Education, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
Sandra Chow, Award Winning Teacher, Toronto District School Board 
Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams
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