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Top 10 Issue #269, February 16, 2021
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This Week in Canadian EdTech with Award Winning Author, Eric Walters, on his Career & Inspiration behind #IReadCanadianDayTomorrow

Dear Thought Leader, 


I trust you had a memorable family day yesterday celebrated in most Canadian provinces, along with Islander day in PEI, and Louis Riel day in MB (and President's Day in the US, to give a shoutout to our American readership!). It was a much-needed break and opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and our backyard skating rink!


Today, I was honoured to connect with award-winning author and educator, Eric Walters on our MindShareTV podcast in preparation for tomorrow's #IReadCanadianDay. Coincidentally, Eric is a fellow York U alumnus and former Mississaugan, who shared his inspirational story on how he became an author, thanks in large part to his reluctant student readers (Vista Heights Public School). His students not only became part of his first book, they inspired the next one too! Be sure to have a listen as Eric shares his secrets to his success and advice for Canadian authors on the need to pivot to succeed in the digital age. 


A couple of takeaways: the notion of belonging and community are two themes that resonated with me from my convo with Eric. It reinforces the importance of essential grassroots supports and the notion that, "it takes a digital village to raise a child," especially during the pandemic. To that end, Eric's other passion is his charity, Creation of Hope in Kenya to support orphaned children. 


A few notable highlights in this issue: 


1. Checkout our 'NEW' MindShareTV Unboxing EdTech Edsby podcast; 

2. Reminder! February 18th>>Free Webinar C21 Canada 10th Anniversary CIO Alliance Webinar Series>> Future Proofing Education, a CIO's Perspective;

3. Teachers! Final day to enter the Bitmoji Classroom Challenge tomorrow! 


In late breaking news! Mindshare is honoured to partner with the World Education Summit, March 22-24 featuring notable Canadian education and global leaders! Special pricing has been negotiated! We embrace the notion of interconnected global human networks powered by technology enabling us to thrive! By 'mindsharing' you're leading and you're learning. 


We welcome your comments on our Top10 picks of the week!


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


We love hearing from you! Drop me a note with your comments, news, research, events and career opportunities. 


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

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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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February 18! FREE Webinar! C21 Canada 10th Anniversary CIO Alliance Webinar Series>> Future Proofing Education
UnBoxing EdTech Special Edition
This Week in Canadian EdTech Unboxing Edsby Edition 

Quote of the Week 

" Learning has essentially ceased for a lot of the surgeons around the world,"

                             --Dr. Danny Goel


The orthopedic surgeon saw the problem as an opportunity for an idea germinated when he met two video game developers in a Vancouver pub in 2016. They got talking, and PrecisionOS was born. Read full story in Post-secondary section.

K-12 Top News Stories 
1. Canadian Youth Are Turning to Coding as the New Language to Gain Critical Skills February 8, 2021
CALGARY, AB, Feb. 8, 2021 /CNW/ - With schools and parents opting for online learning as a safe alternative to in-classroom learning for their child's education, youth are picking up more tech-savvy skills. This includes the valuable skill of coding, with one nonprofit reporting an increase of more than 80 million hours of youth coding since the start of the pandemic in 2020.
2. Best Buy Canada's School Tech Grant program, in partnership with Samsung Canada, awards more than $125,000 to elementary and secondary schools across Canada February 9, 2021
BURNABY, BC, Feb. 9, 2021 /CNW/ - Best Buy Canada is proud to announce the 13 elementary and secondary schools, selected from more than 730 applications, to receive a combined $128,000 in funding for tech-based curriculums through the Best Buy School Tech Grant program. Through these grants, students will be able to access the latest technology to help keep them motivated and focused as they move towards post-secondary education.
3. Microsoft Canada, Minecraft: Education Edition and Louis Riel School Division partner to create the world's first Indigenous teaching resource built in the world of Minecraft February 8, 2021
After more than 14 months of collaboration, Microsoft Canada, Minecraft: Education Edition, and the Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) are proud to announce the release of Manito Ahbee Aki, the first Minecraft teaching resource in the world that honours, celebrates and explores the Manitoba Anishinaabe community.
4. Shopify, Technovation take Women in STEM Partnership Global January 28, 2021
With the help of global tech education non-profit Technovation, Shopify has increased its young women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) training ambitions, boosting the program’s efforts in Canada and expanding it to four other countries.
5. Edtech: Going beyond bricks-and-mortar classrooms
The Edge Markets:  February 8, 2021
Digital learning has been around for some time. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, there was already high growth and adoption of education technology (edtech) around the world.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. USask and Innovate Canmore partner to boost technology innovation and impact, February 1, 2021
The University of Saskatchewan (USask) is building on its long-standing presence in the Town of Canmore and the broader Bow Valley Region in Alberta by engaging with The Innovate Canmore Group.
7. Top Hat Embarks on Next Phase of Growth with $130M USD Series E Fundraise and New CEO February 4, 2021
Existing investor Georgian provides $130M USD in funding to accelerate Top Hat’s transformation of the $10B North American higher education courseware industry at a time when it is more critical than ever for educators and institutions to provide engaging, affordable, and equitable learning experiences to students.

Dawson College: February 16, 2021
Stories are central to the oral cultures of Indigenous peoples in Canada. A unique project in Quebec, led by teachers from Dawson College, uses stories to advance the inclusion and welcome of Indigenous cultures and students in higher education institutions. “Our project aims to change the culture in post-secondary institutions, highlight the need for Indigenous peoples to take a leadership role in these institutions, and ensure that Indigenous perspectives are reflected and part of the process. everyone's educational experience, ”explains Michelle Smith, teacher in Dawson's Cinema and Communication Department and Principal Investigator.
9. How a Canadian invention is keeping surgical skills sharp while COVID-19 idles many ORs
CBC News: February 10 2021 

As COVID-19 surged across Canada, many operating rooms were idled, freeing up needed space for infected patients and redirecting medical staff and students to care for them. But the unprecedented move came at a cost.


"Learning has essentially ceased for a lot of the surgeons around the world," Dr. Danny Goel said.

10. A story for children navigating the guidelines of COVID-19 and back to school: Undergraduate Science student finds a way to address children's back to school anxiety during the pandemic February 11, 2021
When Sara Ibrahim was at home over the summer of 2020, she recognized that her younger siblings and many of their friends were anxious and confused about going back to school, especially as the guidelines were changing often.
K-12 Conference Manitoba 
February 19, 2021                           
February 27-28, 2021                           
CoSN 2021 Conference
March 2-4, 2021                           
International Conference on Mobile Education and Learning Technologies 2021
March 12, 2021                           
2nd International Conference on Integrating Technology in Education (ITE 2021)
March 12, 2021                           
ICEAT 2021: 15. International Conference on Educational Animations and Technology
June 15-16, 2021                           

Parent Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. K-12 Education for Canada


Encourage achievement in your students — and in yourself — with our wide range of effective, engaging learning solutions and educator professional development resources.

2. Resources: Online Learning For Parents

3. Ontario Ministry of Education Parent Resources

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Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Chief Digital Publisher
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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, 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
Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams

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