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Top 10 Issue #270, February 24, 2021
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This Week in Canadian EdTech with Dean Shareski 
  Experienced Speaker, Presenter, Teacher Coach and Community Builder on the Future of Professional Learning & Strategic Partnerships

Dear Thought Leader, 


Today we honour #PinkShirtDay as we harness the power of technology to spread the word against bullying. Be sure to tag #EdwinClassroom as our friends at Nelson will contribute $1 to Kids Help Phone. 


What a difference a year makes. One year ago we were in Whitehorse, Yukon with C21 Canada co-hosting a National Summit of education leaders in partnership with the Yukon Department of Education. Besides the natural beauty of the terrain, it was fascinating to learn about Yukon's commitment to indigenizing education. It had a profound impact on my understanding of the challenges and opportunities for our education systems across Canada to better represent first nations history by indigenizing curriculum as well as EdTech too. Our visit with an elder at Carcross First Nations instilled deep learning and appreciation for their culture, history and importance of storytelling. I vowed to return last summer, then, our world changed. I will go back to the Yukon with my family to explore its beauty, the history and connect with my new friends and colleagues too! Something to look forward to amidst the pandemic.


A few notable highlights in this issue: 


1. This Week checkout my 'Unboxing of the World Education Summit' podcast;

2. Recorded Webinar C21 Canada 10th Anniversary CIO Alliance Webinar Series>> Future Proofing Education, providing excellent insight into the evolution of teaching and learning with technology and new forms of learning emerging across Canadian schools;

3. This Week I am excited to support the BIT Conference hosted by ECOO in Ontario, February 26-27. I believe this will mark my 24th year participating in BIT, either as an exhibitor, sponsor, presenter and past committee member. It truly is a 'must do' event for education and EdTech leaders based in Ontario and beyond. Yesterday, I had the honour to podcast with a Canadian legend in learning & innovation, Doug Peterson former ECOO president & BIT Conference Chair, to reflect on the evolution of the learning technology. Tune in here


I hope you enjoy this week's Top 10 news stories as we scan the country to bring you the most relevant and insightful news to keep you at the forefront of learning & innovation. Hence, we welcome your feedback and watch for our reader survey next 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!

P.S. Teachers Take Note! We've extended the Bitmoji Classroom Challenge to Friday, February 26th! 


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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For #PinkShirtDay this #EdwinCollection shows students effective rants on bullying & encourages them to develop persuasive skills for writing a rant. Understand rant structure & apply revision skills to improve word choice & sentence fluency. Please wear your pink shirt on Wednesday #PinkShirtDay. Everyone with the # @EdwinClassroom who posts a photo @NelsonClassroom will donate $1 to the great cause.
 Bitmoji Classroom Challenge Extended to Friday, February 26th! 
Tweet your Bitmoji Class @mindsharelearn #bitmojiMindsharecontest beginning today through to February 26th! WIN one of three $100 Indigo Gift Cards!
 C21 Canada Special 10th Anniversary K12 CIO Recorded Webinar, "Future Proofing Education"
This Week in Canadian EdTech UnboxingEdTech on the upcoming World Education Summit March 22-24 with Stephen Cox, Conference Chair & CEO,
Osiris Educational

Quote of the Week 

" If you do good for people, good will come back to you."

                         --Former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion on her 100th Birthday                  


A parade of people, school buses with kids and emergency vehicles flowed past Hazel's house last weekend in honour of the impact she made on the Mississauga community.


K-12 Top News Stories 
1. Girls Who Game brings new opportunities for students February 22, 2021
Sadie Cutts, like most kids in Canada her age, has played a lot of video games. A Grade 8 student at École Charleswood School, she has learned over the past year and a half that a passion for gaming can be honed and channeled into valuable skills – skills that can lead to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The opportunity to discover her own passion was provided by an extracurricular program known as Girls Who Game (GWG).
2. Tech Spark Canada Collaborates with IBM Canada, Interac, Pixel Dreams, RBC, Shopify, and TikTok Canada to Empower 70,000 Future Tech Entrepreneurs February 18, 2021
TORONTO, Feb. 18, 2021 /CNW/ - To adapt, adjust and thrive in today's digital world requires continuous innovation, and that's precisely what Tech Spark's new Tech Entrepreneurship Course will teach grade 11 students across Canada.
3. Advocacy Group Files Complaint Against Math Game February 22, 2021
If you own a smart phone, you probably know the drill. That fun game that you downloaded for free and continue to play for free starts nudging you to spend money. That level you’re stuck on? For just a few bucks, you can get some extra assistance. And if you’d like to buy a subscription, a whole new world of bonuses and rewards opens up for you.
4. Renaissance and Nearpod, Coming Together to Empower Teachers and Accelerate Student Growth February 23, 2021
Bloomington, Minn. (Feb. 23, 2021) – Renaissance, a global leader in student-centered, pre-K–12 personalized practice and assessment, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Nearpod, the leader in teacher-facilitated instructional delivery, to unlock an unparalleled level of student insights.
5. EdCan Network's Mental Wellbeing Coaching Program for K-12 School and District Leaders Designed with BTS Spark  February 24, 2021
The EdCan Network, a Canadian organization with a 129-year history as the only national, nonpartisan, bilingual, non-profit organization representing 110,000 educators, has launched a new coaching program tailored to the individualized mental wellbeing needs and challenges of school principals and school district superintendents.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Sustainable Development and Education in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), November, 2020
7. UM helps launch first-of-its-kind COVID-19 Indigenous app: Supports Indigenous communities as they respond to COVID-19 February 22, 2021
8. Humber College and Siemens Canada partner on technologies and training for post-pandemic recovery February 22, 2021
OAKVILLE, ON, Feb. 22, 2021 /CNW/ - Humber College and Siemens Canada have announced the next chapter in their decades-long partnership through a recently signed memorandum of understanding (MOU). The organizations plan to address the challenges facing the Canadian economy including the pandemic, shifting demographics, urbanization, climate change and sustainability. The development and deployment of technologies by a skilled and well-trained workforce is critical for Canada, and this partnership will continue to prepare graduates for these roles.
9. Remote Work May Transform Higher Education. But Will Printers and Alexa Undermine Its Privacy? February 22, 2021 
An “uber trend” of remote work for higher education information security is coming, at a time when more connections are being forged between higher ed and other state data. Plus: printers, smart speakers and privacy (oh my!) — all in this Edtech Reports Recap.
10. Competition augments local reality with environmentalism February 16, 2021
#vBIT21 Bring IT, Together! ECOO 
February 27-28, 2021                           
February 27-28, 2021                           
CoSN 2021 Conference
March 2-4, 2021                           
ELL WEBINAR SERIES: Inspiring Apprentices:The Master Teacher’s Toolbox
March 11, 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. A Principal's Reflections 

Reflections on teaching, learning, and leadership. Strategies to Accelerate Family Engagement.

2. How Principals Affect Students and Schools: A Systematic Synthesis of Two Decades of Research
An effective principal’s impact is stronger and broader than previously thought, making it “difficult to envision” a higher return on investment in K-12 education than the cultivation of high-quality school leadership, according to this research synthesis.

3. Free Resources to Help with Remote Learning in 2021

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Mirella Rossi, Superintendent of Education, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
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