Can/Am Thanksgiving October Edition 2021, Volume 14 Issue 8
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This Week in Canadian EdTech with Michael Furdyk, Announcing the CDN EdTech Summit Partnership with ConnectedNorth in Support of Bridging the Digital Divide for Indigenous Students in Remote Communities
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving holiday Monday! I hope you will take the opportunity to enjoy this holiday with your family. My one word that comes to mind today is grateful. During the past 18 months I've gained a real appreciation and respect for the passionate teachers and leaders, like yourself, whose resiliency has enabled our school systems across Canada sustain and grow under the most extreme conditions. 
Hence, on this special day, I want to sincerely thank you for contributing to our world-class education systems across Canada that make this country one of the most desirable to live. Yes, we're far from perfect, however, our quality of life and standard of living, can be traced back to your dedication and hard work in helping our future leaders thrive. 
Now it's time to look ahead and harness the lessons learned, 'Beyond the Crisis to Future-Proofing Learning,' is the theme of our Upcoming Summit!  Only 17 Days to Go! 
It's hard to believe we're hosting our 12th Canadian International EdTech Leadership Summit to which much of this report is devoted to featuring 'world-class' speakers and podcast highlights. And the last weekend to take advantage of the special discount offer. 
Teachers and Edleaders, if you register today, it's FREE with the discount Code:MSL50. Thanks to our generous sponsors for making this special offer possible!
Our theme: "Beyond the Crisis to Future Proofing Learning," will provide both global and national insights on successful practices and learnings from the pandemic to make our systems more innovative, agile and resilient in the future. 
I hope you will join us to learn and share your experiences in an effort to avoid the 'Great Snapback," a concept coined by Dr. Steve Joordens, UofT, Psychology professor suggested during a MindShareTV podcast, is a very real possibility and quite simply human nature to want to return to the old way of teaching and learning. 
We are thrilled to share that this year we are giving back and will be directing all registration proceeds from our Summit to the ConnectedNorth program in support of bridging this digital gap for Indigenous Students.  
Our 6th Canadian EdTech Awards were inspired by the Summit. Cast your vote to recognized both education and industry leaders, who went beyond the call of duty to help teachers and students succeed.
I feel extremely fortunate to be amongst some of the brightest minds in the learning & technology that inspires my growth mindset. I truly subscribe to the notion of the smartest person in the room today, is the room. Hence, I feel grateful for the awesome team we have here at MindShare Learning & our Workspace. Our board of advisors both at Mindshare and C21 Canada are among the most passionate and committed leaders who truly want to make a difference in the lives of young people to help all thrive. 
This past week I was honoured to be invited to visit and celebrate one of this past year's Schools of the Future Challenge winners, St. David Catholic Elementary School in Sudbury, Ontario. This recently built, state-of-the art designed school honours First Nations history and culture inside and outside the school. Be sure to checkout my blog in this report. It truly ranks as one of the most advanced schools from a design thinking perspective in Canada. I was particularly impressed with the inspirational school design thinking that included an outdoor classroom and a nature learning trail. 

Issue Highlights:


  1. Quote of the Month in memory of a Giant in Education Technology,
    Dr. Dave Moursund, ISTE Founder.
  2. Michael Furdyk, ConnectedNorth MindShareTV Podcast on forging a partnership to support Indigenous students in the north to bridge the digital divide. 
  3. MindShare goes on the road with a site visit St. David Catholic Elementary  Canadian Schools of the Future Winner. 
  4. This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV podcast with EdTech Industry leaders & legends, Lisa Schmucki, CEO, edweb.net, & Kathy Hurley, Global EdTech Thought Leader, author and strategist.
  5. 6th Annual Canadian EdTech Awards. Cast your Votes! Deadline: October 22, Midnight. Winners to be announced at the Canadian EdTech Summit.
  6. This Week in Canadian EdTech MindshareTV Sneak Peek with 
    Janet Omstead, PLAY Coach | Executive Health PLAY Program Director |Author| Speaker on What to Expect at the EdTech Summit! We Promise it will NOT be All Work & No Play!
  7. Dr. Kari Stubbs, VP Strategic Alliances, BrainPop on Equity and Well-being in the Classroom Recorded Webinar, 
Be sure to scan the issue as you will no doubt find a golden nugget or two! 


Educators and EdTech industry leaders, do drop us a note if you are interested in contributing a blog or podcast in a future report. 


On this special day, I want to especially thank our much-valued support of our community: educators, sponsors, partners, students, parents, advisory board members, and our team. You inspire excellence in everything we do to help support your collective efforts in helping every student thrive.


Please don't hesitate to reach out to me and share your success stories, news, research and events with us! We love hearing from you! Feel free to call me at 416-569-2106 if we can be of further assistance with our strategic consulting services.  


On this holiday Monday let's take the time to reflect and appreciate how fortunate we are, thanks to the thousands of educators, leaders and education technology colleagues, who contribute vastly to this massive Canadian learning ecosystem. 


And a shout out to our neighbours to the south in the U.S. for their support in enabling our 'world-class' education systems too1


Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe and keep the digital learning curve steep! 


Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
Founder & President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Founder, MindShare Workspace--Your Place to Work & Learning
CEO & Co-founder, C21 Canada--Canadians for 21st Century Learning & Innovation

Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn @c21can @mindsharework

All Registration Proceeds will be donated to the Connected North program that fosters student engagement and enhanced education outcomes in remote Indigenous communities
A School of the Future Today! MindShare Goes Back on the Road with a Site Visit to Sudbury Catholic Schools to Celebrate St. David Catholic Elementary School, Winner,
Canada's Schools of the Future Challenge 
It was a memorable site visit last week to share our generous sponsor prizes and learn with teachers and students at St. David's Catholic Elementary School in Sudbury, Ontario. A wonderful opportunity to connect with teachers, students and leaders to learn about the design thinking of the 5-year-old innovative building. The Indigenous theme infused throughout the school is inspirational as is the outdoor classroom and learning trail--Truly a most deserving winner this past year. 
Special thanks to Christina Raso, teacher winner, Dawn Wemigwans, principal; Superintendents Rossella Bagnato and Peter Prochilo for being gracious hosts and to the generous sponosors of the 13th Schools of the Future Challenge for making it possible.
This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV podcast with EdTech Industry Legends Lisa Schmucki, CEO, edweb.net, & Kathy Hurley, Global EdTech Thought Leader
 6th Annual Canadian EdTech Awards
Cost your Votes! Deadline: October 22, Midnight
Quote of the Month in Memory of a Giant in Education Technology,
Dr. Dave Moursund, ISTE Founder
Dr. Dave Moursund in his own words: “A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child."
CAN/AM EdTech Industry Spotlight 
This Week in Canadian EdTech MindshareTV Sneak Peek with 
Janet Omstead, PLAY Coach | Executive Health PLAY Program Director |Author| Speaker on What to Expect at the EdTech Summit! We Promise it will NOT be All Work & No Play! 
Featured Books of the Month
Upcoming FREE edWebinars Hosted by EdWeb.net 
Digital adoption in the classroom has created a new set of skills for Teachers to Acquire.  21st Century Digital Skills Report summarizes our findings on best practices for #DigitalEducation across Canada
ICTC, October 8, 2021

Disasters Are Becoming More Common. It’s Time to Future-Shock-Proof Our Schools.

edsurge.com, October 4, 2021
Leading Education Companies Collaborate to Address the Urgent Mental Health Crisis in Young People
prnewswire.com, September 10, 2021
Indian edtech giant Byju's valued at $18 billion in new funding
ca.finance.yahoo.com, October 4, 2021

There's Havoc in the Hybrid

torontostarreplica.pressreader.com, October 5, 2021

Can the ‘Netflix For Textbooks’ Model Actually Improve Access?

edsurge.com, September 30, 2021

Why Canada needs free universal high-speed internet


theglobeandmail.com, October 4, 2021

Searching for the next Google: launch of McGill Innovation Fund to make history

mcgill.ca, September 28, 2021

York University launches first-of-its-kind initiative to address barriers for Black youth across Canada


yfile.news.yorku.ca, October 5, 2021

Aviation parts made one at a time, any time, just in time


uwaterloo.ca, September 22, 2021
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Lauren Burman, M.B.A., Chief Client Officer, POSSIBLE 
Kevin Custer, Founding Principal, Arc Capital Development 
Chip Fesko, President, Fesko Inc.
Ian Fogarty, Educator, Riverview High School | MindShare National Video Challenge Award Winner 
Dr. Guy Tetrault, Award Winning Sun West 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, Director of Learning, 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
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Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams
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