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Top 10 Issue #278, June 18, 2021
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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindshareTV podcast with Professor & Architect, Alice Covatta, Universite de Montreal, on the evolution of work & learning environments.
Dear Thought Leader, 

Happy Friday! A great opportunity to kick back and have a quick read of this past week's highlights in learning & innovation across Canada and beyond!


Earlier this week, I was engaged in a debate on Clubhouse over students experiencing 'learning loss,' a term that I'm not fond of at all. I think we can all agree that 'COVID' learning this past year enabled some students to thrive and others were more challenged. It presents opportunities to create for more personalized learning models that addresses equity and well-being, where all students can thrive. (Checkout Project Tomorrow's Speak Up recently released research in the way of Infographs featured in this report provide a glimpse into students well-being and their preferred modes of learning). 


My hope is that we don't experience a 4th wave and that students in both K12 and post-secondary education return to in class learning, where great EdTech tools continue to be leveraged at the right time.  


Speaking of which, this week we are honoured to have a special guest educator blog by award-winning, Zelia Capatao-Tavares, TDSB>> 5 Tips for choosing a New EdTech Tools for your classroom.


While EdTech tools and platforms provided mission critical services during the pandemic, we have an opportunity to redefine learning environments and how we interface with EdTech. Be sure to tune into my MindShareTV lead podcast with Dr. Alice Covatta, University de Montreal, a fascinating conversation with this professor of architecture on designing student centered learning environments with a focus on well-being. 


Before I get too deep into back to school, we have much to celebrate with your successes of this past year.  As life returns to some sense of normalcy, I hope you can take the opportunity to unwind and recharge over the summer. We are currently planning a quick little getaway to Quebec over the long weekend. 


The judges have spoken! Watch for Canada's Schools of the Future [Student Engagement] Challenge Winners in next week's issue! Special thanks to all entrants and sponsors! As a proud media partner, a reminder that it's not too late to register for ISTE21, June 26-30, where we'll be hosting our 21st CanAm EdTech Celebration of Excellence (Virtual Meetup), honouring our Schools of the Future Challenge winners, June 28


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 you, our loyal readership,  our team, board of advisors and valued partners, who enable us to share and stay connected with you on a weekly basis through our growing community.

Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe and keep the learning curve steep!
P.S. Congrats to the Girls Who Game National Winners Announced in this Report! 
Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
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Winners of the Schools of the Future Student Engagement Challenge to be Annouced in next week's issue of the MindShare Learning Top 10 Report
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Quote of the Week 

"When it comes to raising children in a digital world, every parent feels underprepared and overwhelmed. We worry that our children will become addicted to online games, be victims of cyberbullying, or get lost down the rabbit hole of social media. We warn them about all the things they shouldn't do online, but we don't do nearly enough to teach them the skills of digital well-being."
                                     --- Richard Culatta, CEO, ISTE
                                     on the release of his new book:                                         DIGITAL for GOOD 
Featured Book of the Week 
Kids deserve a better digital future. Help them create it.
When it comes to raising children in a digital world, every parent feels underprepared and overwhelmed. We worry that our children will become addicted to online games, be victims of cyberbullying, or get lost down the rabbit hole of social media. We warn them about all the things they shouldn't do online, but we don't do nearly enough to teach them the skills of digital well-being.
It's time to start a new conversation. In  Digital for Good, EdTech expert Richard Culatta argues that technology can be a powerful tool for learning, solving humanity's toughest problems, and bringing us closer together.
OECD Education and Skills Today: How can we foster lifelong learning attitudes in students?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the disruption of face-to-face teaching in schools led to 1.6 billion students being forced to adapt to a more challenging alternative, remote schooling. While some students were able to keep up with the transition to remote learning, many others, particularly young and socio-economically disadvantaged learners, experienced large learning losses. For example, a study in Belgium showed that school closures led to sharp increases in educational inequalities within and across schools. Unless these learning losses are tackled, our economies will suffer in the long term due to lower productivity and growth.
C21 Canada CIO Alliance [Recorded] Webinar >> Planning for Back to School>> Digital Equity & Internet Access Best Practices>> Emerging Models for Learning
Congratulations to the Girls Who Game National Build Challenge Winners: 1st place: Archwood School, 2nd place: Toronto District School Board & 3rd place Lambton Kent District School Board 
Consulate General of Canada's Bi-Coastal EdTech Accelerator Program: Apply Today!
Featured Infograph of the Week......

K-12 Top News Stories 
1. Google updates its kids online safety curriculum with lessons on gaming, video and more, June 13, 2021
Google announced today it’s updating and expanding its digital safety and citizenship curriculum called Be Internet Awesome, which is aimed at helping school-aged children learn to navigate the internet responsibly. First introduced four years ago, the curriculum now reaches 30 countries and millions of kids, says Google. In the update rolling out today, Google has added nearly a dozen more lessons for parents and educators that tackle areas like online gaming, search engines, video consumption, online empathy, cyberbullying and more.
2. K–12 Education Post-Pandemic: What We Take With Us And What We Leave Behind, June 17, 2021
As we turn the page on the 2020-21 school year, reflections around what we’ve learned are running rampant. Despite the chaos, many educators have discovered and built new practices that they are eager to hold onto—as well as several that they’d love to let go as soon as possible.

My friend and colleague Michael Petrilli offered his own take on five K–12 pandemic-era practices that deserve the dustbin in this piece for Education Next that I recommend.
spark.adobe, June 14, 2021
How do I create inclusive and engaging learning experiences using TDSB approved digital tools? How do I access these tools? Which online content and resources should I use?
4. Leveraging Technology to Create More Learner-Centered Experiences June 14, 2021
When I first heard that my kids were going back to school in person I thought it would be great to abandon the computers and just be in community– I still think this is very important– but my thinking shifted when I assumed my son Zack was so ready to be done with the computer. He surprised me and said, “no actually, I like knowing what my assignments are and what I am supposed to do upfront. I like being able to choose when I do things and I know when I have completed my work.”
5. Immersive STEM learning program debuting this fall for Indigenous high school students June 9, 2021
A Science Escape at UNBC is a free immersive program which will offer participating Indigenous youth from Northern BC an opportunity to expand their STEM knowledge through active online learning, at-home experiments, and, when it becomes possible, a week-long on-campus experience.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. ApplyBoard Announces C$375M Investment Round with a Valuation of C$4B, June 15, 2021
ApplyBoard is thrilled to announce that we have raised C$375M (US$300M) in Series D funding at a post-money valuation of C$4B (US$3.2B)! The round was led by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, through its Teachers’ Innovation Platform (TIP). TIP focuses on late-stage venture and growth equity investments in companies developing innovative technologies. Existing investors Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC, BDC, Harmonic, Index Ventures, Garage Capital, and Blue Cloud Ventures also participated in the round.
7. Largest esports facility in Canada coming to St. Clair College in 2022 June 9, 2021
Canada’s first varsity esports program will soon have a new home in a state-of-the-art facility at St. Clair College as part of a $23 million project.
The esports facility at the school’s South Campus in Windsor, Ont., will be the largest publicly accessible facility of its kind at over 15,000 square feet, setting the bar for varsity esports in North America and further cementing St. Clair as a destination college for aspiring students, gamers and esports enthusiasts.
8. New funding for immersive technologies makes virtual a reality at UBCO June 10, 2021
$1.65 million federal grant creates futuristic learning and applied research opportunities

Funding from the Government of Canada will help establish one of the world’s first truly interdisciplinary immersive technologies graduate programs at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
9. Concordia lands $1.6M grant for artificial intelligence and software engineering research June 10, 2021
Concordia has earned another prestigious Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program grant, valued at $1.6 million over six years.

Emad Shihab, associate professor of computer science and software engineering and Concordia University Research Chair in Software Analytics, and his team secured the grant. The funds will support their NSERC CREATE training program on the Development, Deployment and Servicing of Artificial Intelligence-based Software Systems.
10. Contact North Webinar: Envisioning the Future of ExperientialLearning: A worldwide address by Dana Stephenson Co-founder and CEO of Riipen 
contactnorth: June 16, 2021
NEW! 5 Tips for choosing a New EdTech Tool for your classroom
Zelia Capitao-Tavares, Elementary Teacher, Grade 4, McMurrich Junior Public School 
As this school year comes to an end, it is the reflections and stories shared by educators who have worked exhaustively to consider how to reimagine building community and student engagement online. As well as, exploring instructional strategies to support our class community of learners. A big part of this involves designing lessons that build in opportunities for both synchronous and asynchronous learning while leveraging digital learning tools to capture student learning. Especially during the pandemic moving from in-person to remote teaching or dedicated virtual school for the current school year and thinking ahead to prepare for back-to-school.
EdTech World Forum Virtual Conference 2021 
June 24-25, 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                           
2021 Atlantic Education Institute: A New Direction in Education
July 26- August 6, 2021                           
FETC Conference 
January 25-28, 2022                           

Parent Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. Explore Curriculum Connected Resources
Nelson is committed to providing parents and students with the right tools to support distance learning. We have curated activities across math, reading and writing, and mental health and well- being to deliver the right tools to support your learning needs at home.
2. Government of Canada: Educational activities

In addition to the fun activities below, we propose resources for elementary and secondary students as well as activities to do in class, interesting videos and information on space careers.
3. List of Free Online Resources for Canadians During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Dealhack Canada Guide to Free Online Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic is a compilation of online courses, software, academic journals, and apps that you can access for free during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can download and print this guide in PDF format so you can access it even without Internet access.

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