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Top 10 Issue #267, December 14, 2020
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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV Podcast CSedWeek Featuring Leo & Max from Heritage Woods S.S., Coquitlam SD43 Newly minted Global Champions in the Minecraft Education Build Challenge

Dear Thought Leader, 

As we approach the semester/term finish line and the end of 2020, I want to congratulate you, and thank you again for your dedication and relentless efforts in sustaining learning for students across Canada. You helped make a tremendous impact on education as is evident in our 'Best Ever' Top 10 news stories this week. 


We want to celebrate with you! And with this in mind, you are invited to join us for our Mindshare Virtual Holiday Networking Reception as we celebrate our 3rd anniversary of our work & learning space, Thursday, December 17, 4-6pm. Join us in our state-of-the-art networking tool to connect with colleagues and meet new friends from across Canada and beyond. 


Be sure to tune into my MindShareTV Podcasts featuring students Max & Leo, winners of the Global Minecraft Challenge; Sandra Nagy, FDS, shares how they pivoted to offer their Design Thinking solutions virtually to schools and districts across the Globe. Finally, tune into Spirit Award Winning Buffalo Trail School Division on  MindShareTV podcast as they share how they have adpated to remote learning successfully. 


Special thanks to Dr. Bonnie Schmidt and her team at Let's Talk Science for sharing the science behind their fabulous Holiday recipes! I can't wait to try one!  


Checkout the Quote of the Week and the accompanying Video. I think we can relate! 


“If we can ensure all houses have garbage pick-up, we surely can ensure that all houses have WIFI. A Culture of Yes"
- Chris Kennedy, Superintendent, West Vancouver School District & C21 CEO Academy Board Member


We truly 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 we can be of further assistance with our strategic consulting services. 


Special thanks to our valued partners and our team: educators, designers and board members, who are so passionate about making an impact on learning today and tomorrow. 


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


Happy Holidays from our Team to Yours! 

P.S.  Watch for next Monday's MindShare Top 20 Newsmakers in Learning & Innovaiton for 2020! Feel free to DM your picks!  

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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You are invited to the Join Us this Thursday, December 17, 4-6pm ET for our  Mindshare Virtual Holiday Celebration & 3rd Anniversary of the MindShare Workspace 

This Week in Canadian EdTech MindshareTV podcast with Sandra Nagy, Managing Director, Future Design School 
on their release of the Future of Education Report 
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.
This Week in Canadian EdTech Mindshare TV with Future of Schools 2020 Spirit Award Winners, Buffalo Trail Public School Staff, Alberta 

Quote of the Week 

“If we can ensure all houses have garbage pick-up, we surely can ensure that all houses have WIFI. A Culture of Yes"
- Chris Kennedy, Superintendent, West Vancouver School District
Chris Kennedy keynote address to the Computer Using Educators of BC
Chris chronicles the technology use through the pandemic, proposing a robust agenda for challenge and change and what an accelerator it continues to serve learning and leading.
Celebrating 10 Years of 21st Century Learning and Innovation in 2021.
We are delighted to ring in the new year with an Anniversary Webinar featuring CEO Academy Founding members and hosted by David Roberts, C21 Canada President. 
These prominent CEOs have led the decade in change leadership. While the pandemic has amplified the empathy, insight and understanding that Canadian school district leaders bring to communities in crisis, systemic weaknesses have also moved into the spotlight.
CEO Academy founding members will share cross-country perspectives on the future of education in Canada and what is needed next. Save the date, join the webinar.

K-12 Top News Stories 
1. Governor General to Virtually Visit with Students in Iqaluit, Nunavut, December 2020
OTTAWA, ON, Dec. 10, 2020 /CNW/ - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will virtually visit the grade 10 students of Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit, Nunavut, on Thursday, December 10, 2020. This is the first GGinteractive session to be held with a classroom in Nunavut.
2. Surveys give voice to Surrey & White Rock students on return to school December 9, 2020
The results are in, and secondary students across the district are sharing their experiences on returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Surrey Schools recently conducted two surveys with Grade 10-12 students at secondary schools and learning centres across the district, focusing on learning and safety. The surveys are part of a student leadership series on student voice, in an effort to hear feedback on the benefits and challenges of their experiences this year. This feedback was shared with principals and student leaders to determine next steps to improve issues facing our school populations.
3. Safe Schools Plan: More Than $37 Million Allocated to School Divisions in Second Round of Funding Decemer 10, 2020
Today, the Government of Saskatchewan is announcing $37.5 million in approved funding for classrooms for emergent, one-time expenses associated with keeping staff and students safe in schools.  This is in addition to the $51 million in funding that was announced in September.  This funding is from the more than $150 million in the COVID contingency fund for education from provincial, federal and school division savings.

“Our more than $37 million funding commitment, which is in addition to the $51 million we approved in the fall, will provide divisions with the resources necessary to keep our schools safe,” Education Minister Dustin Duncan said.  “This funding will provide for additional cleaning supplies, supports for online learning and the more than 400 staff that have been hired through the first phase of funding.”
4. Seaspan Shipyards Invests $300,000 to Engage Canadian Youth in Marine Industry STEM Careers through Let's Talk Science December 8, 2020
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC, Dec. 8, 2020 /CNW/ - Today, Seaspan Shipyards announced a $300,000 investment in Let's Talk Science, an award-winning national charitable organization that has been providing Canadian youth and educators with engaging science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for more than 25 years. Seaspan's three-year commitment will support the roll-out of new Kindergarten–Grade 12 (K-12) programming across Canada designed to educate and inspire youth about STEM careers in the marine and shipbuilding industries.
5. Computers being distributed to students in Newfoundland and Labrador December 10, 2020
The distribution of 30,000 Chromebooks to students in Grade 7 to Grade 12 will begin early next week, a news release from the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) said on Thursday.
“The first 1,500 Chromebooks to arrive in the province are on the ground in Labrador,” the news release stated. “After being configured … (the computers) will move into the hands of students.”In July, the provincial government purchased those Chromebooks, as well as 5,000 laptops for teachers.
“Since the provincial government provided $20 million to support digital learning, we have been working with suppliers and distributors and determining the best approaches to getting these resources into students' hands,” said Goronwy Price, chair of the NLESD board of trustees.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Government is investing $50 million in virtual learning and educational technologies
educationnewscanada, December 14, 2020
The Ontario government is investing $50 million in virtual learning and educational technologies to help expand access to high-quality, market-responsive, and globally competitive "Ontario Made" education. The move will strengthen the province's position as a global leader in the postsecondary sector.

"This is an historic investment that will support lifelong learners in achieving their educational and professional aspirations," said Ross Romano, Minister of College and Universities. "It's the first of its kind in our province's history - providing dedicated funding to support virtual learning at publicly-assisted colleges, universities, and Indigenous Institutes."
7. McGill's Faculty of Education receives $7.3 million in philanthropic support to aid student teachers and launch Canada's first teaching and learning lab December 9, 2020


MONTREAL, Dec. 9, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ - At a time when school teachers everywhere are being challenged by the second wave of the pandemic and by technological advances that are changing where, when and how students learn, McGill's Faculty of Education is pleased to announce over $7 million in new philanthropic support through a pair of generous gifts from longstanding donors.
8. Training Canadian’s future CTOs through the NextGen CTO Program December 11, 2020
November 20th marked the end of the University of Windsor EPICentre’s inaugural NextGen CTO Program. Funded by FedDev Ontario, the five-week program aimed to develop and guide the future generation of CTOs (Chief Technology/Technical Officers) by equipping participants with knowledge in intellectual property (IP) fundamentals and strategies. Participants gained the skills to lead in this executive-level position in overseeing the development of innovative products and services within a company. For a company to have a CTO who understands  IP and how it can be leveraged in business decisions will set them apart from their competitors.
“We hope this program will help our students develop IP savviness that will give them a competitive advantage in their future careers whether as CTOs at their own startups or at other organizations,” said Wen Teoh, EPICentre Director.
9. Niagara College Teaching Brewery finishes year with gold-medal performance at U.S. competition December 11, 2020 
Staff and students at the Niagara College Teaching Brewery are clinking beer steins this week after three student-made beers medalled at the U.S. Open Beer Championships, including winning gold.
10. 'Tis the season to be cyber aware: 9 tips from BCIT computer crime experts October 23, 2020 
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), commonly referred to as drones, may prove to be a valuable tool in the battle against pandemics like COVID-19. Researchers at the University of Calgary, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Alberta Health Services (AHS), and Alberta Precision Laboratories (APL) are partnering with the Stoney Nakoda Nations (SNN) to deliver medical equipment and test kits for COVID-19 to remote areas, and to connect these communities to laboratories more quickly using these remotely piloted aircraft.

Parent Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. Mental Health Resources for Parents


Resources to promote mental health and well-being​

2. 5 Ways to Keep Kids Learning Math Through the Holidays
Try these fun and easy ways to keep the math learning alive over the holiday season.


3. Parent Tips: 6 Ways to Keep Your Child Learning Over the Holiday Break
Here’s simple ideas to sneak in a little learning at home amidst the holiday fun and festivities.

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Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Chief Digital Publisher
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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, Superintendent of Education, Simcoe Muskoka 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
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