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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindshareTV podcast with Helen Pereira-Raso, Head of School Holy Trinity, HTS Richmond Hill
 on Future Proofing Learning

Dear Thought Leader, 


As we come down the home stretch of the fall term, I'm heartened to hear of some of the amazing work by educators and students and innovations happening in schools across Canada.


However, this is tempered by the reality that school systems across Canada are very much all over the map. It pains me to learn of the added challenges teachers, professors, students and parents are facing today as we attempt to return to some sense of normalcy. From labour strive, to bare bones, no frills straight row desks, zero tactile learning and minimal extracurriculars, it's only exacerbating the crisis. Some universities have yet become fully operational. My alma mater included. 


It very much takes a digital learning village to raise a child in the 21st Century. I share this inspiring article on Sisler High School CREATE program, who were featured as a catalyst in helping Winnipeg being named the world's Most Intelligent City


Dr. Steve Joordens, UofT Professor of Psychology warned of the 'Great Snapback' to the way things were. Sorry Dr. Joordens, you didn't quite nail it. Some systems, schools are regressing to the point that students are suffering beyond the impact of COVID. 


Let's not use the pandemic as an excuse to further regress. This is about courageous leadership and taking calculated risks in re-positioning students at the centre. Let's get the labs, learning commons, maker spaces and outdoor activities going again. One astute minister of education once said, sometimes you have to break the rules to innovate. 


It's my promise to share continue to share the success stories (and learnings from failures) of schools and systems thriving in this country to inspire others, who for a multitude of reasons are not. I get it, there are a lot of moving parts. However, our kids' well being and futures are at stake. 


My gift today to help nurture the journey of future proofing our learning systems. I'm resharing an essential playbook document released by C21 Canada: School Beyond Covid 19: Accelerating the Changes that Matter for K – 12 Learners in Canada Report.  This evidence based national report connects insights from CEO Academy members to a national and global conversation about the future of education. It focuses on themes that the pandemic magnified, including

  1. The central importance of wellbeing,
  2. Equity and inclusion
  3. The growing use of technology to support learning. 
Be sure to checkout our Canadian EdTech Featured recordings this week. Watch for our Future Proofing Summit eBook coming December. 

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.


Please do connect us to share news, suggest a MindShareTV podcast guest, or inquire about our strategic consulting services.


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

P.S. Have a wonderful weekend! Get off your computers and get outdoors as David Suzuki once suggested to me on what kids need most! I promise to do the same! 
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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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV with Diana Al Dajani, eduTechnoz, Founder on being selected one of Canada's EdTech Startups of the year

Quote of the Week  

Congratulations on a successful event! Love the energy you put into it, and the immersive environment looks amazing!"
Dr. Tracey Burns, Chief of Research, OECD - OCDE Centre for Educational Research and Innovation #CDNEdTech21 Watch recorded Welcome Briefing from Dr. Burns below.
Featured Book of the Week 
In this important and timely book, workplace well-being expert Jennifer Moss helps leaders and individuals prevent burnout and create healthier, happier, and more productive workplaces.
We tend to think of burnout as a problem we can solve with self-care: more yoga, better breathing techniques, and more resilience. But evidence is mounting that applying personal, Band-Aid solutions to an epic and rapidly evolving workplace phenomenon isn't enough—in fact, it's not even close. If we're going to solve this problem, organizations must take the lead in developing an antiburnout strategy that moves beyond apps, wellness programs, and perks.

K-12 Top News Stories 
1. The Great STEM Race, Starting in Austin

delltechnologies.com, November 8, 2021
In the ever-increasing digital economy, every job will be rooted in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). Dell Technologies is providing a real opportunity for students to discover where their career interests lie by bringing a simulated workplace to school. When students are given exposure to real-world devices in a professional environment, they discover their passion and turn what they love into a lifetime of persona fulfillment and career success. 
2. Majority of high school students ill-prepared for university due to pandemic: poll
toronto.citynews.ca, November 6, 2021
As the deadline for 2022 university applications approaches, a recent survey is shedding light on another fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The study suggests an overwhelming majority of Canadian high school students, in grade 11 and 12, feel ill-prepared for post-secondary education.
3. New tech attempts to level playing field for student success in SD8
thestar.com, November 8, 2021
A new age in learning has dawned as the school district has commenced provision of laptops for some students to augment their studies for the first time in its history.
Last spring School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) board of trustees approved the lease of laptop computers for all students in Grade 7 and Grade 10 across the district.
In September and October the Student Laptops for Success initiative was delivered and 850 laptops made their way out to students across the district.
4. Construction Underway On New $47 Million Joint-Use Elementary School In South Regina
saskatchewan.ca: November 8, 2021
Construction continues on the new joint facility that will replace Argyle Elementary School and École St. Pius X in Regina. Residents who pass the site in south Regina can now see construction crews from the Saskatchewan company Quorex Construction Services Ltd. hard at work, putting steel structures into place as the school begins to take shape.
The school will have a unique design, featuring a two-storey school for the Regina Public Schools portion and a three-storey school for the Regina Catholic Schools section. Once finished, the building will be able to accommodate 800 students - 400 on each side. Both schools will be built to expand their capacity to 500 students through the addition of relocatable classrooms.
5. The Middle East and Africa’s Edtech and Smart Classroom Market Expected to be Worth AED 27 Billion by 2027
teachmiddleeastmag.com, October 13, 2021
The Middle East and Africa Edtech and smart classroom market is poised to grow in value to AED26billion in 2027, driven by the adoption of Edtech-focused products and solutions in classrooms across the region.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. LaSalle College unveils its new generation of FLEX classrooms
lasallecollege.com: October 21, 2021
After more than a year of online classes, a number of students have developed a taste for— if not a sense of well-being from— learning in the comfort of their own homes. This teaching method certainly offers flexibility and makes it easier to balance school, work and family.
7. How Covid-19 Re-shaped Our Relationships
linkedin.com, November 9, 2021
It’s hard to put into words how the last 600+ days have changed us as people and as a society. We may never fully understand what it is that we lost, but we can feel its aftermath.

It happened in waves for me. First, I missed the big things; my family and friends, the busy evenings with activities and swimming lessons with my son. I missed my normal. 

8. Meet the University of Saskatchewan student behind Canada's COVID-19 tracker

macleans.ca: October 19, 2021
There wasn’t one case of COVID-19 in his home province of Saskatchewan when Noah Little started collecting pandemic data on March 8, 2020. With just 67 cases in all of Canada, there were no provincial or national dashboards displaying the latest numbers of cases, hospitalizations or deaths. So Little, then a second-year undergrad studying biomedical neuroscience at the University of Saskatchewan, “put together a little something” to start keeping track. And almost overnight, his website, COVID-19 Tracker Canada, “got a bit more popular,” he recalls.
9. Let’s Talk Science Concordia volunteers deliver rewarding STEM education
concordia.ca: November 9, 2021
Like so many others, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020 the volunteers at the Concordia chapter of Let’s Talk Science were forced to switch to remote-only outreach — and now they’re looking forward to returning to in-person activities.
10. Preparing youth for work: What really works in career guidance?
oecdedutoday.com: October 27, 2021
Key points:
– New OECD analysis highlights 11 confirmed indicators of teenage career readiness.
– Career guidance that incorporates these indicators can lead to better employment outcomes for young people.
– During the COVID recovery, effective career guidance will play a central role in helping young people navigate the turbulent labour market.
As young people stay in education and training longer, more of the decisions they make will have long-term consequences when they seek to find desirable work as adults. Young people turn to their families for support, but families are inevitably limited in the extent of the help they can provide. This is where schools come in.
FETC Conference 
January 25-28, 2022                           
Cosn 2022
April 11-13, 2022                           
ISTE Live 2022: Empowering Educators. Elevating Equity. 
June 26-29, 2022                           

Parent Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. Best EdTech Tools of 2021: Ultimate Guide to Technology in the Classroom
If the past school year has taught us anything about technology in the classroom, it’s that quality trumps quantity every time. We live in a world with no shortage of tech teaching tools quantity-wise, so the key lies in sorting through them all to find the gems.
2. Ontario Ministry of Education Parent Resources 
Support, resources and actitivies for parents. 
3. Explore the Meaning of Digital Literacy

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Dr. Ron Owston, PhD., Research Associate, University Professor Emeritus, Former Dean of Faculty, York University 
Chris Kim, PhD., Research Associate, Software Engineer, software studio, Fresco Industries

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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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