Top 10 Issue #283, September 30, 2021
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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV Podcast >> What to Expect at the 12th Canadian International EdTech Leadership Summit October 27-28 Featuring Global Education Thought Leaders
Dr. Sugata Mitra & Stephen Cox, Osiris edu

Dear Thought Leader, 


Today is an opportunity to learn about, reflect and honour the lost children and survivors

of residential schools, their families and communities #NationalDayforTruthandReconciliation. Click here for resources to explore and learn more. Don't forget to wear your orange shirt!


As part of our upcoming 12th Canadian International EdTech Leadership Summit, we are donating all proceeds from the sale of tickets to the Connected North program that fosters student engagement and enhanced education outcomes in remote Indigenous communities. This leading-edge program delivers immersive and interactive education services, through Cisco's high definition, two-way TelePresence video technology. The program is made possible through a strong ecosystem of supporters with program delivery managed by TakingITGlobal.


Issue highlights:

  1.  Dr. Sugata Mitra & Stephen Cox, Global Education thought leaders give a Sneak Peek of what to expect at the upcoming Canadian International EdTech Leadership Summit, October 27-28. 28 Days to Go! Don't miss out on special ticket pricing!
  2.  Canadian EdTech Industry Leaders raise $15,000 to help bridge the digital divide for students in the TDSB in first annual charity golf day.
  3.   FREE Well-Being & Diversity in the Classroom Webinar today 4pm ET featuring Dr. Kari Stubbs, BrainPOP in partnership with Mindshare. Click here to register.
  4. Nelson CEO, Steve Brown and National Director of Indigenous Education, Linda Isaac discussing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and the importance of education on CBC TV this evening at 9pm ET. 
  5. Waterloo eLearning software company, D2L set to go public next month, joining rush of Canadian tech companies to list on TSX: sources

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.


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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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Many thanks to our Canadian EdTech Industry colleagues who participated in MindShare's 1st Annual EdTech Industry Golf Tourney, Royal Woodbine Golf Club recently in support of TDSB "Bridging the Digital Divide."  The event raised $15,000 in cash and donations.
Happening Today at 4pm ET! BrainPOP Partners with MindShare to Host FREE Well-Being Webinar Featuring Dr. Kari Stubbs
Watch Steve Brown, Nelson, CEO and National Director of Indigenous Education, Linda Isaac discussing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and the importance of education Tonite at 9pm ET on CBC

Tweet of the Week  

Education is key to eradicating racism & discrimination. Unless we are dogged in our commitment to equity for all, through our actions & practices, we’ll fall short in reaching our goal: Success for each student, every day, no exceptions. You make a difference!"
--Chris Usih, Chief Superintendent, Calgary Board of Education
Olympic star Simone Biles' life has been marked by profound challenges. She wants to pass on positive mental health lessons during the Gold Over America Tour coming to Southern California.
Featured Book of the Week 
In this lively and approachable volume based on his popular blog series, Martin Weller demonstrates a rich history of innovation and effective implementation of ed tech across higher education. From Bulletin Board Systems to blockchain, Weller follows the trajectory of education by focusing each chapter on a technology, theory, or concept that has influenced each year since 1994. Calling for both caution and enthusiasm, Weller advocates for a critical and research-based approach to new technologies, particularly in light of disinformation, the impact of social media on politics, and data surveillance trends. A concise and necessary retrospective, this book will be valuable to educators, ed tech practitioners, and higher education administrators, as well as students.
C21 New Back to School Resource  

K-12 Top News Stories 
1. Mental health funding for residential school survivors on its way to Indigenous groups in B.C.
cbc.ca, September 28, 2021
$1.5M pledged to Métis Nation B.C., Indian Residential School Survivors Society and Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society
2. BrainPOP integrates with Immersive Reader to make learning more accessible for all
techcommunity.microsoft.com, September 21, 2021
Today we are excited to announce that BrainPOP has integrated Microsoft’s Immersive Reader!  Students around the world are engaged in learning with BrainPOP's animated movies featuring relatable characters that connect to students through humor and empathy. Educators love that BrainPOP helps them meets the unique academic and social-emotional needs of each student with content across the curriculum. 
3. Waterloo software star D2L set to go public next month, joining rush of Canadian tech companies to list on TSX: sources
theglobeandmail.com, September 23, 2021
4. Revving the revenue engine
communitech.ca: September 24, 2021
Tech companies launched by founders in Waterloo Region are well represented on a list of top growing Canadian companies published by the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business.
The Canadian Shield, which makes personal protective equipment and designs related manufacturing systems, was ranked No. 4 nationwide with three-year revenue growth of 10,139 per cent.
5. CyberNB Launches Interactive Cyberwar Game That Puts Students on the Front-line to Tackle Real-world Cyber Attack Scenarios
prweb.com, September 13, 2021
CyberNB in partnership with CYBERPRO Global, a world-class cyber education and training provider, announced today that it has launched CYWARIA League North, Canada’s Elite cybersecurity league.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Universities mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
universityaffairs.ca: September 29, 2021
Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a new federal statutory holiday, takes place on Sept. 30. The day is meant to honour and commemorate the Indigenous children that were lost to, or who are survivors of, the Indian Residential School System, and to remember the painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools.
7. Team tasked with reimagining course delivery
yfile.news.yorku.ca, September 23, 2021
A small, multidisciplinary team has been hard at work exploring new ways to enhance online courses and the experiences of instructors, students and administrative staff. They’ve developed an innovative course design concept known as the perpetual course model.
8. With a focus on education and technology, U of T PhD candidate Mai Ali aims to help others

utoronto.ca: September 21, 2021
Mai Ali still remembers the feeling of holding her first cell phone back in the early 2000s.
“The idea that this small, handheld device could connect me to my aunt who lived on another continent, more than a thousand miles away from where I was in Khartoum, was amazing,” says Ali, a PhD candidate in the University of Toronto’s Edward S. Rogers department of electrical and computer engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. “I knew I wanted to build technologies that could have that kind of impact.”
9. First-ever virtual reality class launches at Mount Royal University in Calgary
calgary.ctvnews.ca: September 23, 2021
CALGARY - With many students nervous about a return to in-person classes amid a surge in COVID-19 cases during the fourth wave, one course at Mount Royal University is offering a different way of learning among peers – virtual reality.
10. University of Waterloo announces $1.6-million partnership for autonomous vehicle research
boundless.utoronto.ca: August 30, 2021
The University of Waterloo has announced a $1.6-million partnership with the federal government and Magna International to help ensure the safety and security of vehicles as they become increasingly autonomous.
Professional Learning for Ontario Educators
September 1- November 16, 2021                           
Contact North: FREE 1hr Webinar: EdTech for Teachers by Teachers. With Fred Dixon of Blindside Networks.
September 30, 2021                           
Virtual Bring IT Together
November 5-6, 2021                           
12th EdTech Leadership Summit 2021 'Shifting from a Crisis to Future-Proofing Learning 
October 27-28, 2021                           
FETC Conference 
January 25-28, 2022                           
Cosn 2022
April 11-13, 2022                           

Parent Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. Interactive lesson planner template, a one-stop shop.
2. CBC Kids Educational Games
3. Educational Sites & Resources for Canadian Students – On and offline activities
Much of the country has closed schools as COVID-19 spreads around the globe. In an effort to keep the kids busy, learning and their minds on the positive, we have compiled this list of FREE Educational activities, printables and game resources for you.

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Mirella Rossi, Superintendent of Education, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
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