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Top 10 Issue #274, April 25, 2021
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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV Podcast Unboxing Special Edition featuring Aida Kane, founder of Picnotes an Educational Hub for Lifelong Learners
Dear Thought Leader, 
As I reflect on this past week's learning moments that inspired our Top 10 selection, I'm reminded of how grateful I am to connect with so many amazing and talented education and technology leaders across Canada on a weekly basis.
Make no mistake, you represent one of the key reasons why Canada ranked #1 in the World as the most desirable country to live. Kudos and please do savour the moment! Our excellent public education systems across the country are a key catalyst for new immigrants. Your resilient and innovative spirit during challenging times further reinforces the growth mindset as educators, education leaders. and EdTech solution partners. It truly takes a digital village to raise a child in the 21st century to help support ALL students to thrive! Keep leading and please keep sharing your powerful stories!


As CEO of C21 Canada, I'm truly honoured to share a very important recorded webinar C21 Canada 10th Anniversary CEO Academy Leadership Series, "Diversity-led Inclusion through an Equity Lens.” Be sure to tune it as it will be time well spent to gain national insights and inspiration from top district Superintendents and Directors. 


This Week in Canadian EdTech MindshareTV Podcast features Unboxing EdTech with Picnotes. We welcome you to recommend products that you'd like to see "Unboxed!"


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. 


Special thanks to our team, board of advisors and valued partners, who enable us to share and stay connected with you on a weekly basis.

Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe and keep the learning curve steep! 
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K-12 Top News Stories 
1. An Exercise in Innovation, April 19, 2021
Four Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) physical education teachers have been acknowledged with a Physical and Health Educators (PHE) of Manitoba Innovator Award for their professional contribution to the promotion of physical and health education. 
These four teachers are EdTech Mentors for other physical education teachers throughout the division.  The EdTech Mentorship Program provides professional learning opportunities to help teachers bring technology and innovation into their classrooms. The EdTech Mentors guide teachers in integrating the technology into lesson design and everyday teaching. 
2. Making money matter to Alberta students 
educationnewscanada, April 22, 2021

Alberta's government is getting students the training they need to better understand saving, budgeting, spending and investing.


To make sure junior and senior high students have the financial knowledge for today's world, Alberta's government is releasing a call for grant proposals totaling $1 million. The successful organization, or group of organizations, will work with schools to provide financial literacy programming to students starting in fall 2021.

3. Carnegie Learning acquires Canadian educational Math software platform Zorbit's Math April 21, 2021
Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Learning acquired Canada-based software platform Zorbit’s Math, according to a news release.  
Zorbit’s Math, founded in 2014, offers a software-as-a-service platform that uses game-based learning techniques to help K-12 students with math. As students use it, the software system collects and analyzes data and provides teachers with individualized recommendations for students.
4. Excellent news from the Feds Federal Budget 2021 on Cancode funding 》》$80M in Funding over the next 3 years to nurture digital skills & coding in Canadian for k12 students and teachers April 19, 2021
5. Surrey, White Rock students win awards at virtual science fair April 21, 2021
Five Surrey students from the BC/Yukon Virtual Science Fair were named 2021 Canada-Wide Science Fair finalists.
That’s in addition to the 21 Surrey and White Rock students taking home 31 awards, which included 14 provincial awards, 16 divisional awards and one special award.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Colleges and Institutes to Gather for first Online National Conference April 22, 2021
Leaders and educators from across the country and around the world will be gathering online from April 26 to 28 for Colleges and Institutes Canada's (CICan) annual Connection Conference. Like so many things this year, this will be an entirely virtual event. It will be an opportunity to exchange on this year's theme, Changing Narratives, which reflects how the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced post-secondary institutions to dramatically change the way they operate.
7. Investments to improve access to technology for students; experiential learning opportunities April 21, 2021
FREDERICTON (GNB) – This year’s $1.4-billion budget for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development represents a 4.4 per cent increase from the previous year. The department’s 2021-22 budget was tabled today at the legislative assembly.
Included are investments to increase access to technology and virtual learning opportunities, to support experiential learning in communities, and to help ensure schools stay safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
8.QPI’s Growth Accelerator gave AST Microwave a path to the future April 20, 2021

AST Microwave participates in programs offered by Queen’s Partnerships and Innovation (QPI), made possible with support from the Government of Canada to Queen’s University through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and the Scale-up Platform Project.

9. Calgary software company Absorb gets $500M US investment from private equity firm April 20, 2021 
A Calgary company that makes cloud-based learning and performance management software has secured a half-billion investment from a private equity firm.
Absorb Software CEO Mike Owens told the Calgary Eyeopener on Wednesday that New York-based Welsh, Carson, Anderson and Stowe has invested $500 million US in the company, which is headquartered in Calgary's Telus Sky building.
10. Tech-Access Canada Welcomes Strong Support for Technology Access Centres and College Applied Research in Budget 2021, April 19, 2021

OTTAWA, ON, April 19, 2021 /CNW/ - Tech-Access Canada, the national network of Canada's 60 Technology Access Centres (TACs), welcomes Budget 2021's support for the Interactive Visits Program and the numerous initiatives to support innovation and applied research at Canada's colleges and cégeps.

Canadian EdTech Florida Playbook Launch Webinar
May 12, 2021                           
National Girls Learning Code Week 
May 16-22, 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. CBC Kids Parent Resources 
Educational games, videos and more. 
2. Mathies Educational Resoucres & Learning Tools

This site is designed for Ontario K-12 students, educators and parents/guardians.
3. A Nationwide Network Of Volunteer-Led Coding Clubs For Children Aged 8-12
Code Club Canada is a nationwide network of free, volunteer-led coding clubs for children aged 8-12 to build and share their ideas and learning along the way.

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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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