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Top 10 Issue #276, May 21, 2021
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This Week in Canadian EdTech Unboxing FrontRow Canada as part of the 13th Schools of the Future Challenge, Contest Prizing with Scott Vandenberg, Country Manager 
Dear Thought Leader, 
I couldn't resist sharing this inspiring quote below from Eric Walters, renowned Canadian author and educator I came across on twitter yesterday. It's a brilliant perspective on coping with the pandemic. 
"More and more I dream about the story I’m writing instead of the pandemic I’m living. It’s not only good for my soul it’s a subconscious signal I believe the light at the end of the tunnel is hope."                                       
                                         --Eric Walters, Author/Educator
It's a wonderful message to embrace a vision beyond the pandemic and while we're not yet out of it, we're thrilled to at least be resuming previously restricted outdoor activities on our Victoria Day long weekend!
We had a memorable MindShare Report AGM this week with our valued education and industry board of advisors. We look forward to infusing a greater focus education and industry expert insights as well as featuring innovative partnerships between education & business. We of course always value our readership feedback as well!   
In appreciation of our board volunteers, I treated them to a gnocchi cooking class inspired by Dennis the Prescott, author of global Best-Selling Cookbook, Eat Delicious. Dennis is the son of C21 CEO academy member and friend, Doug Prescott, Supt of Schools, Canadian International Schools of Beijing, Dennis resides in N.B. and also hosts a highly popular Netflix show, Restaurants on the Edge. Incidentally, Dennis' journey beyond high school to his current career as a chef was not a direct path. It began first with a 10-year gig as a musician in Nashville, followed by a Business degree in the UK, and then a discovery and passion for cooking. A reminder that our kids and students will not likely be pursing one career in their lifetime.  

As CEO of C21 Canada, I'm truly honoured to share and important webinar in our C21 Canada 10th Anniversary CIO Alliance Leadership Series, "Planning for Back to School>> Digital Equity & Internet Access Best Practices>> Emerging Models for Learning, June 11, 12 noon ET."


On the post-secondary front, be sure to checkout our MindShareTV podcast with Dr. Claude Martel, Concordia University, Director of the Institute of Co-operative Education on a mission to provide students with formative opportunities to thrive in this evolving global landscape. It was fascinating to explore the future of post-secondary education. 


This Week in Canadian EdTech MindshareTV Podcast features Unboxing EdTech features the Schools of the Future [Student Engagement] Challenge product sponsor FrontRow with the latest product innovation. 


Be sure to also tune into our MindshareTV podcast with the always inspiring and insightful Angela Maiers, educator, author & global keynoter on planning your summer professional learning program in preparation for back to school.


We are excited to be partnering with the Serious Play Conference June 23-25


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! 
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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ENTER NOW! Contest Ends June 4th, 2021
We are Pleased to Share Our Latest Issue in the Dell Technologies Learning Blog Series: Soar with Mentor by Dr. Ron Owston, Dean Emeritus, York U
MindShare Learning Report Board of Advisors Meeting 
Thank you to our valued Board of Advisors Volunteers Composed of Education and Industry Leaders
Join in on the CanAm Clubhouse Community Social Radio Tuesday's @ 8pm ET
This Week in Canadian EdTech with Angela Maiers, Founder of Choose2Matter, Keynote, Author, & Change Maker, Exploring Back to School and Planning for Summer Professional Learning 

Quote of the Week 

"More and more I dream about the story I’m writing instead of the pandemic I’m living. It’s not only good for my soul it’s a subconscious signal I believe the light at the end of the tunnel is hope."   
                                         --Eric Walters, Author/Educator
C21 Canada CIO Alliance Webinar >> Planning for Back to School>> Digital Equity & Internet Access Best Practices>> Emerging Models for Learning
Recorded Webinar! C21 Canada 10th Anniversary Webinar Series >> CEO Academy Members Share Insights on leading in Crisis and Beyond "A Culture of Wellbeing and Support for
Mental Health" 
Officially Launched! 
PlayBook Sneak Peek 

“Florida continues to grow and therefore will be a great market for anyone that has a great product. I believe you can succeed in any market if you are willing to work hard and give yourself a minimum of two to three years.“ —Frank Nanfara, CEO, Studica, a Canadian EdTech Company successfully doing business in Florida.
Click here to check out the Canadian Edtech Playbook (Florida) 

K-12 Top News Stories 
1. Minister Osborne Announces High Schools Chosen for First Year of Technology Career Pathway Pilot Program, May 17, 2021
Today the Honourable Tom Osborne, Minister of Education, announced the 10 high schools taking part in the first year of the Technology Career Pathway (TCP) program starting in September 2021.
2. E-learning is here to stay, but it won't look anything like what COVID has created, experts say, May 19, 2021
If there’s one thing families with children have learned during the pandemic, it’s the friction of living in a world where there are no boundaries between work, school and home.
“I’m used to having to do two jobs, but not having to do them both at the same time,” said Nadine LeBlanc, a Stittsville, Ont., human resources manager and mother of two.
3. How can parents keep their daughters interested in STEM? Encourage curiosity, May 18, 2021
4. The TDSB STEM equity conference 2021 May 20, 2021
5. Halton District School Board trustees appoint new Director of Education
HDSB: May 19, 2021
Trustees of the Halton District School Board are pleased to announce the appointment of Curtis Ennis as the new Director of Education, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary to the Board, effective August 1, 2021.  
Featured Post-Secondary Podcast This Week in Canadian with Dr. Claude Martel, Concordia University, Director of the Institute of Co-operative Education on a mission to provide students with formative opportunities to thrive in this evolving global landscape

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Google commits $2 Million to prepare young Canadian workers from underserved communities for Tech Careers May 17, 2021
Google Canada has committed $2 million CAD to four nonprofits, NPower Canada, Pathways to Education, the Toronto Public Library, and the YMCA to help young workers in underserved communities re-skill for jobs in tech.
Youth and underserved communities have been hit hard by the pandemic. In response, Google’s investment aims to help retrain members of these groups for careers in tech and the digital economy “in under six months.” Since Google’s courses are virtual, its programs will be available across Canada.
7. Province provides postsecondary students with more flexibility and access to high-quality education and retraining opportunities May 18, 2021
The Ontario government is transforming virtual learning by supporting nearly 400 innovative projects at colleges, universities and Indigenous Institutes. These projects are part of the province's Virtual Learning Strategy and will provide students with more flexibility and access to high-quality postsecondary education and retraining opportunities.
8. Launch of the Skills for Success program, Minister of Employment, Workforce Dev. & Disability Inclusion Investing over $300m May 18, 2021
9. From Problems To Possibilities – Canadian Innovation Week 2021 May 17, 2021
The 4th annual Canadian Innovation Week will be held May 17-21, 2021. Join the virtual celebration on social media and discover ingenious stories in the fields of accessibility, health and medical tech, agriculture, education and more. Join the conversation on social media and use #CanadianInnovationWeek to share and discover stories of extraordinary and everyday innovations.
10. Ryerson University's Diversity Institute and TECHNATION Create new Pathways to Technology Roles for Under-represented Groups May 18, 2021
TORONTO, May 18, 2021 - Today, Ryerson University's Diversity Institute, external link, opens in new window and TECHNATION, external link, Canada's leading national technology industry association, announced the expansion of the Advanced Digital and Professional Training (ADaPT), a skills development and work placement program, Defining Digital Competencies project.
National Girls Learning Code Week 
May 16-22, 2021                           
May 25, 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                           
Serious Play Online Conference 
June 23-26, 2021                           
ISTE Live 21 Designing a New Learning Landscape
June 26-30, 2021                           
FETC Conference 
January 25-28, 2022                           

Parent Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 

1. Scratch MIT for Parents 
Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.
2. The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing: CEMC at Home 

CEMC at Home was developed in 2020 to support teachers, students and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic. It included materials at each of four grade levels: Grade 4 to 6, Grade 7/8, Grade 9/10 and Grade 11/12. The goal was to provide a wide variety of fun and educational ways to do mathematics and computer science while at home practicing physical distancing. The resources included games, new problems to solve, applications, videos, pointers to existing materials and more.
3. Digital Safety Resources
Tools for the home. The Be Internet Awesome Family Guide gives families the tools and resources to learn about online safety and citizenship at home. We’ve created this guide for families to make it easier to incorporate and practice good digital habits in your everyday lives. Packed with good stuff, this guide will help you and your kids discuss, learn, and think about online safety together.

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The MindShare Learning Report team is made up of the following individuals: 

Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Chief Digital Publisher
Dr. Karen Grose, MindShare Learning Partner Associate
Timothy Gard, B.Ed., OCT, M.A, Chief Learning Strategist 
Hanan Mousa, Associate Digital Media Specialist

Ivana Zelich, Digital Media University Intern
MindShare Advisory Board 

The MindShare Report is grateful for the guidance and support provided by our esteemed advisory board. Members include: 

Laurent 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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