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Top 10 Issue #273, April 19, 2021
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This Week in Canadian EdTech with Ramy Ghattas, Logics Academy on the launch of Canadian Minecraft Challenge...Future Frontiers with last year's teacher Winner, Matthew McTavish 
Dear Thought Leader, 
I trust my teacher friends and colleagues in Ontario had an opportunity to relax and recharge during the delayed spring break. As you to return to class in yet another round of remote learning, while not ideal, it's deemed necessary as a result of Ontario's inability to get COVID under control.  
Today also marks the release of the much anticpated Federal budget. I'm predicting some good news with continued investment in STEM through the CanCode funding. The program will likely be tweaked for the next phase to promote the continued focus on nurturing 21st century skills. Stay tuned!  


Watch for the launch of our Canadian Schools of the Future [Student Engagement] Challenge 2021 next month! We're Challenging teachers to share how they helped their students thrive in challenging times, in an effort to capture and share effective teaching practices during the pandemic. This year we'll be accepting digital artifacts in the form of blogs, videos and podcasts. This year's prize packages will be Bigger and Better too! To date we've awarded over $1 million in prizes! 


Further hope for Ontario, I was encouraged to learn about Fed funding news (likely in today's budget for other provinces) in partnership with and Ontario government making a significant investment to of $656 million for infrastructure upgrades to protect student and teachers from COVID in Ontario schools. All hot spots in Ontario, Quebec and beyond should be tackled head on. The obvious next step is to mandate vaccinating all teachers and education workers across Canada. 


I'm all for evidence-based decision making to get our country through the tough weeks ahead before we return back to some sense of normalcy in our daily lives. While I received my first vaccine this past week, I would have happily given mine to a teacher if I could have. 


On the post-secondary front, a very timely article given the goings on at Laurentian University. To ‘future proof’ universities, leaders have to engage faculty to make tough decisions.


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. 


Be sure to join this Wednesday the C21 Canada 10th Anniversary Webinar Series: C21 CEO Academy Leadership Series, "Diversity-led Inclusion through an Equity Lens.” Details in this week's report.


This Week in Canadian EdTech MindshareTV Podcast features Unboxing EdTech with Ergotron on active learning and adapting to hybridlearning at home and school.


We are pleased to be media partners in the Logics Canadian Minecraft Challenge...Future Frontiers recently launched as we are proud media partners. Checkout our lead podcast with Ramy Ghattas and educator, Matthew McTavish, one of last year's winners for inspiration.


There will be brighter days ahead. The key is to stay positive, stay active (hopefully we'll be back golfing soon in Ontario!) and stay safe. 

Until next time, keep the learning curve steep! 
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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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindshareTV Podcast Unboxing EdTech with Ergotron on active learning and adapting to hybrid learning at home and school

Quote of the Week 

" FreshGrade’s ability to capture both qualitative and quantitative learning outcomes make it a natural fit with a Montessori curriculum."
—  Lane Merrifield, co-founder and CEO of FreshGrade and CBC Dragon's Den Star on the sale of Freshgrade
Coming Up This Week.....

K-12 Top News Stories 
1. The governments of Canada and Ontario announced $656.5 million in funding to provide critical infrastructure upgrades to protect students and staff from COVID-19 in the province's schools., April 9, 2021
The governments of Canada and Ontario announced $656.5 million in funding to provide critical infrastructure upgrades to protect students and staff from COVID-19 in the province's schools.

The infrastructure upgrades were announced by the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure for Ontario, and the Honourable Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education for Ontario. 
2. New Director of Public Schools Announced in P.E.I.  
PEI Gov, April 14, 2021

The Public Schools Branch Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Norbert Carpenter as director of the Public Schools Branch.


Mr. Carpenter has served as the acting director since July 2020.  The board of directors has been consistently impressed with his skills and leadership.  He has navigated the many challenges of a return to school during a worldwide pandemic, while simultaneously overseeing the day-to-day operations and management of the Branch’s 56 schools and offices. 

3. Dev Clever inks agreement to acquire Veative Labs and education materials April 12, 2021
Mobile and immersive experiences Dev Clever said it has entered into an agreement with Veative to acquire the latter's subsidiary Veative Labs and education materials in a cash and shares deal.
The deal would accelerate the company's content and platform development, allowing it to leverage Veative Labs' workforce and unlock new revenue streams, Dev Clever said.
4. Higher Ground Education Raises $30M Series D and Acquires Award-Winning FreshGrade Platform to Accelerate ‘Montessori Everywhere’ Mission April 8, 2021
The new funding and acquisition will support Higher Ground’s continued investments in curriculum, training, technology, and international growth
5. New Outdoor Learning Fund for Nova Scotia's Elementary Schools April 14, 2021

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. McMaster projects will 'shock-proof' the future of Canadian industries March 23, 2021
How will the COVID-19 pandemic shape non-profit work? How might smart technologies improve a hospital patient's experience? What are the skills engineering students need to develop today to lead teams through a technology-driven revolution?

In an effort to address these questions and shock-proof the future of work across Canadian industries, the Future Skills Centre (FSC) has awarded more than $300,000 to a McMaster community partnership between the DeGroote School of Business and Faculty of Humanities, and more than $900,000 to the W Booth School of Engineering Practice & Technology.
7. How digital literacy can help close the digital divide April 13, 2021
A national digital literacy strategy, with a strong education component, would empower more Canadians to meaningfully engage online.
8.Businesses and entrepreneurs are changing the game for digital health
UofWaterloo: April 14, 2021

To Dr. Louise Schaper, Amazon’s plan to start selling health-care services is a gamechanger.


If you can afford to pay for it great, but what happens to people who can’t pay for private health care?” she asked.

9. Meet the Concordia student who raised $5M in seed funding for a successful tech startup February 26, 2021 
How do you go from being a student in Concordia’s Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science to raising $5 million in seed funding for a technology company? Ask Charlotte Savage, the chief innovation officer at HaiLa Technologies who is a year away from completing her Bachelor of Engineering degree.
10.U of T accepts all 56 recommendations of Anti-Black Racism Task Force
UofT, April 14, 2021

The University of Toronto’s Anti-Black Racism Task Force has delivered its final report, which includes more than 50 action-oriented measures and solutions to tackle anti-Black racism and promote Black inclusion and excellence on the university’s three campuses.


The university administration has accepted all 56 recommendations.

Innovation & Impact Summit 2021
April 18-22, 2021                           
C21 Canada 10th Anniversary Webinar Series: "Diversity-led Inclusion through an Equity Lens”
April 21, 2021                           
DELL Tech Interactive Virtual Education Roadshow
April 21, 2021                           
Canadian EdTech Florida Playbook Launch Webinar
May 12, 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 

1. SEL Activities for Virtual Learning
The recent change for many schools from in-person to virtual learning has had a drastic impact on the ways that lessons are taught, and educators may be left struggling with how to incorporate SEL activities for virtual learning. With students feeling more stress, anxiety, and sadness due to the pandemic, SEL is as important as ever.

Online learning is becoming one of the most popular methods of studying because of convenience and flexibility. While it comes with its fair share of advantages, you will face a few challenges when you sign up for an online course. 

3. Educational Resources for Parents for April 2021
Continuing their series of monthly programming for parents and educators pursuing at-home learning, here is our latest offering of films and resources to help you celebrate Earth Day and National Poetry Month.

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Gary Kern, Principal, St. George's School 
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Mirella Rossi, Superintendent of Education, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
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