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Top 10 Issue #272, March 28, 2021
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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV Featured Recorded Podcast with Best-Selling Author & Educator, George Couros
A Fascinating Convo on the Impact of the Pandemic, Being a Dad and the Future of Learning through an Innovator's Mindset Lens  
Dear Thought Leader, 
Hope springs eternal (with caution) this year as we gradually return to some sense of normalcy with our daily lives. 


Many thanks for the kind comments I received from last week's 5 lessons for the future of work & learning blog. It truly is our time now to 'seize' the moment and redefine our priorities and the impact we want to make on the lives of people we serve. 


Speaking of servant leadership, I was truly honoured to connect with Canada's very own George Couros who was very giving of this time this past week on our featured MindShareTV recorded podcast. It was a fascinating hour-long deep learning dive with George, where he shared his personal transformation, on being a dad, well-being, how he leveraged technology to adapt and redefine himself. We further explore the notion of an 'innovator's mindset' approach to the future of teaching and learning. 


On the well-being and innovation front, please checkout our recorded MindShareTV podcast with Dr. Steve Joordens and Dwayne Matthews, where we grappled with Dr. Joorden's  'Great Snap Back' theory.


I hope you enjoy this week's Top 10 curated news stories that really provide a national lens and pulse for some of the incredible innovation happening across our vast Canadian landscape.


Join us this Tuesday afternoon as I'm honoured to be moderating the C21 Canada 10th Anniversary Webinar Series "Task Forces on Future Proofing Education," featuring top names in education: Dr. Alec Couros, Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, Steve Brown and Jeremy Erlick. Click here to register. 


We've changed our newsletter distribution schedule to Sunday mornings. Please let me know if you enjoy receiving our report on a Sunday morning rather than during the week? 


I am thrilled to share our inaugural Dell Technologies Student-Centered Learning Blog Series featuring the TDSB and Girls Who Game written by Dr. Ron Owston


A special shoutout to our frontline workers, our community members: education leaders, teachers, edtech industry leaders and parents, who have helped keep it all together to sustain work and learning during the most challenging period in modern times. This is what give me great hope, the human spirit that exists within you. 

Here's to a happy Sunday and a great week of learning ahead! Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe and keep the learning curve steep! 
P.S. Speaking of the human spirit, checkout this heart warming student interview shared by Patricia Gartland, Superintendent, SD43 
Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
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Quote of the Week 

"Three key factors that impact learning: The Skill (prior knowledge), The Will (learner dispositions) and The Thrill (learner motivation)" --  Dr. John Hattie, World Education Summit Keynote
Dell Technologies Student-Centered Learning Blog Series 
Unboxing EdTech MindShareTV Podcast featuring Ez Robot with Dennis Kambeitz, CEO, EZ Robot 

K-12 Top News Stories 
1. The future of education is not digital technology driven. The future of education is human led, purpose driven and technology augmented (Recorded MindShareTV Podcast)
MindShareTV March 25, 2021
Digital technology is a tool. We don’t start with a hammer. We start with an understanding of the type of house we want to build, and then we go out to get the tools and resources we need to build it. Sometimes we need a hammer, sometimes we need a nail gun or sometimes we just need to 3D print the house, get rid of the formal dinner room and replace it with an outdoor living room because we prefer to eat outside. Digital technology tools augment our ability to get more personalized at scale and reimagine the design of the house. by Dwayne Matthews 
2. The Innovation Imperative: Why Canada needs to bridge the digital divide to reach its innovation potential March 17, 2021
Canada’s embrace of digital technologies has accelerated dramatically during this past year of COVID-19 economic and social disruption. Research, education, innovation, commerce and socializing increasingly rely on digital platforms and technologies and people with the skills to use them. Some are thriving in the new digital reality, and there is evidence that others are making investments that will equip them to participate and succeed. But there are persistent gaps in access and uptake that threaten innovation, prosperity and the well-being of people and communities across the country.
3. Level Up Kids Launches new AI summer camps in Canada March 22, 2021
RIVERVIEW, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA, March 22, 2021 / -- Level Up Kids, Canada's top choice for coding camps since 2015 is launching a brand new camp to introduce Artificial Intelligence to kids.
Artificial Intelligence for Kids is a new camp that teaches AI basics and machine learning basics for kids and beginners of all ages. It provides the perfect opportunity to learn AI and machine learning in an interactive and playful manner from the safety and comfort of home, or in our learning centers with new Covid-19 protocols in place.
4. Port Moody hoop hero starring in commercial airing during March Madness March 23, 2021
5. NHL honours Red Deer teacher with $10,000 technology grant  March 18, 2021
Hockey, math and science teacher Jeremy Spink has been teaching at Eastview Middle School for 25 years
A Red Deer teacher is among the NHL and the NHL Players' Association Most Valuable Teachers this school year, meaning his school's technology budget is $10,000 richer. 

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. $15-million investment focuses U of A’s innovation and commercialization capacity in areas of strength, starting with precision agriculture and autonomous vehicle systems.

U of Alberta: March 23, 2021

The University of Alberta announced a five-year partnership with TELUS to establish a 5G “Living Lab” at the U of A that will contribute to a pipeline of new research and technology with commercial applications, while supporting the development of the talent pool needed to enhance economic recovery and diversification in Alberta.


The $15-million investment from TELUS will provide the 5G infrastructure that will allow TELUS and the U of A to accelerate research and drive technology roadmaps to address society’s most pressing challenges now and into the future. 

7. Calgary companies launch their own tech upskilling program due to talent shortage March 23, 2021
A consortium of companies in Calgary has started a worker upskilling program, saying there aren't enough technology sector professionals in the city to keep up with demand. 
Vog App Developers, Immigrant Services Calgary, Windmill Microlending and Finney-Taylor Consulting have banded together to train and place immigrant workers in tech careers. 
8. Canada Skills Program Expanded to Eight Additional Post-Secondary Institutions March 23, 2021
TORONTO, March 23, 2021 /CNW/ - Today, Microsoft Canada announced the addition of eight post-secondary institutions to the Canada Skills Program, bringing the total to 20 schools in six provinces across Canada.
Launched last fall, the program allows students to acquire in-demand cloud, data and AI skills and Microsoft certifications alongside their institutions' credentials, enhancing their employability as they enter the job market. In the first six months, over 20,000 students have participated.
New data from the Information and Communication Technology Council of Canada (ICTC) found that 50 percent of all information technology (IT) departments of companies surveyed in North America currently identified as either short-staffed or understaffed in ICT roles and the innovation economy is expected to create an additional 149 million new jobs by 2025. For Canada to take advantage of this opportunity, we must address the persistent challenge of the tech talent pipeline.
9. Survey: About Half of Faculty are More Positive About Online Learning Today Than Pre-Pandemic, And Expect to Keep New Teaching Techniques and Digital Materials in Place Post-Pandemic March 24, 2021 
BOSTON, March 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- As the pandemic has moved U.S. higher education online, half of faculty (51 percent) are more positive about online learning today than pre-pandemic. Most faculty (71 percent) said their teaching in Fall 2020 was "very different" or included a "number of changes" and almost half (47 percent) expect those changes to remain post-pandemic. The data is from the third edition of the Digital Learning Pulse Survey, an ongoing four-part series to better understand the needs of colleges in the wake of the disruption brought on by COVID-19. The final survey installment will incorporate students' views of their learning experiences during the pandemic.
10. Canadian College of Technology and Business launches in Vancouver, March 18, 2021
The Canadian College of Technology and Business (@CanadianCTB) has today (17 Mar) announced its official launch, offering programs set to prepare students to stand out in the modern workforce.
Based in Vancouver, CCTB offers a wide variety of programs at differing levels. The curricula focus on some of the disciplines and knowledge that have become a crucial part in the development of businesses and employees across a variety of industries.
Understanding and Boosting Student Engagement in Today’s 21st Century Learning Environments
March 31, 2021                           
How to Ensure Success in Online Learning Programs Webinar
March 31, 2021                           
EdTech World Forum Virtual Conference 2021 
May 25-26, 2021                           
June 12-13, 2021                           
ICEAT 2021: 15. International Conference on Educational Animations and Technology
June 15-16, 2021                           

Parent Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 

2. Google and Headspace collaborate on new mindfulness resources for kids
Headspace and Google have teamed up to launch a new resource for families and educators interested in practicing mindfulness with their young children. 
2. Discover activities for preschool – grade 12

Find Resources for learning at home.

3. Understanding and Boosting Student Engagement in Today’s 21st Century Learning Environments Webinar 
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Over the last year, we’ve seen tremendous shifts in learning. Educators are reimagining ways to engage students in meaningful 21st century learning, both in the classroom and in digital learning environments. As districts continue to develop and integrate tools, processes, instructional approaches, and assessments to meet the learning needs of all students, understanding and defining student engagement will become an increasingly critical component of ensuring equitable and deeper learning outcomes.

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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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