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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindshareTV [Recorded[ Podcast with Canadian Prime Minister Award Recipient for Teaching Excellence Dr. Anju Bajaj, STEM Educator, Winnipeg, MB

Dear Thought Leader, 


Happy Black Friday! Here's wishing family, friends and colleagues to the south a memorable Thanksgiving Weekend!


Our thoughts and prayers go out to our colleagues and families affected by the severe flooding in parts of  BC, NS and NFLD. Stay safe friends. 


In this issue we celebrate our recent Prime Minister Award for Teaching Excellence Winners, we'll be honouring these stellar educators on our MindShareTV Podcast. Be sure to have a listen our first in the series with the inspiring Dr. Anju Bajaj, associate principal and STEM educator based in Winnipeg at Holy Cross Catholic School


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 and beyond. 


Issue highlights:

1. Chris Usih, Chief Superintendent, Recorded Opening Keynote, Canadian International EdTech Leadership Summit.

3. EdTech Industry Leaders Take note! We're part of a Canadian EdTech Trade Mission to FETC (Future of Education Technology Conference), January 25-28. Drop me a note if you're interested.

4. C21 Canada 10th Anniversary CIO Alliance Webinar>>EdTech Integration Strategies to Future-Proof Learning, December 15, 4pm ET.

5. Newly Released Book of the Week featuring my former Pepperdine U EdTech Prof.

Dr. Gary Stager pays homage to Dr. Seymour Papert, Twenty Things to Do with a Computer.

6. Maya Burhanpurkar ’22, Harvard alumna and past keynoter at the Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit, one of the 11 Canadian Rhodes recipients and will join over 100 Rhodes scholars from across the globe. 

7. Kudos to Trox with Canadian roots, brothers Saar and Erez Pikar teamed up to take their CDI Computers success story into the U.S. and continue to thrive, recently receiving a Phoenix Business Award as one of the fastest growing companies in the region.


Be sure to checkout the inspirational story on my fine colleague, David Roberts, C21 Canada, president, who is a double lung transplant survivor, recently started a mentorship and support program for other patients.


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.


Have a wonderful weekend! Remember to get outdoors!


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

P.S. Share you picks with me for consideration in our annual Top EdTech Newsmakers of the Year for 2021 to be released next month!
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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Quote of the Week  

“The great promise of public education is the belief that ALL students regardless of background, identity or lived experience, are able to achieve their full potential. Fulfilling this promise means we must remove barriers that impede learning& well-being to ensure success for all"
- Christopher Usih, Chief Superintendent of Schools, Calgary Board of Education, @UsihChristopher
Featured Book of the Week 
In 1971, Cynthia Solomon and Seymour Papert published Twenty Things to Do with a Computer, a revolutionary document that would set the course of education for the next fifty years and beyond. This book, Twenty Things to Do with a Computer Forward 50, is a celebration of the vision set forth by Papert and Solomon a half-century ago. Four dozen experts from around the world invite us to consider the original provocations, reflect on their implementation, and chart a course for the future through personal recollections, learning stories, and imaginative scenarios.
Twenty Things to Do with a Computer Forward 50 can inspire parents, educators, and aspiring teachers to make the world a better place for learning.
The impact of Twenty Things is all around us. In 1971, Solomon and Papert predicted 1:1 personal computing, the maker movement, the rise of computational thinking, children programming computers.

K-12 Top News Stories 
1. Canada's top educators receive Prime Minister's Awards for significant impact made in their communities
newswire.ca, November 19, 2021
OTTAWA, ON, Nov. 19, 2021 /CNW/ - Day in and day out, educators across Canada are nurturing a culture of curiosity and encouraging young people to ask questions, to dream and to think outside the box. Teachers and early childhood educators have shown unparalleled resilience, determination and compassion in the face of COVID-19, continuing to keep children safe while equipping them with the skills, tools and experience they need to succeed to the fullest.
Today, on the eve of World Children's Day, the Prime Minister awarded 68 of Canada's top educators with the country's highest honours for Teaching Excellence, Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Excellence in Early Childhood Education. These award recipients are an inspiration to us all as their diverse and innovative approaches to teaching are helping shape the youth who will be building the Canada of tomorrow.
2. Canada's largest cybersecurity education program for high schools launches in partnership between Cisco and STEM Fellowship
finance.yahoo.com, November 23, 2021
$12 million investment from Cisco will help 40,000 students gain practical digital skills and safety knowledge through the Cybersecurity Classroom Training Program
3. New OECD Report:World corporate top R&D investors: Paving the way for climate neutrality
oecd.org, November 24, 2021
This report sheds light on the innovative activities of top 2000 R&D investors worldwide, and the way they contribute to shape the development of future technologies, by looking at their Intellectual Property (IP) portfolios. The fourth edition focuses on the role that top R&D investors play in the development and commercialisation of new climate change mitigation or adaptation technologies. It proposes for the first time an analysis of climate-related trademarks, which complement patent data on climate-related technologies.
4. IBM Canada, ISA Cybersecurity partner to help protect student data
itworldcanada.com, November 22, 2021
There’s no industry or organization that is not at risk of a cyberattack today, and the education industry is particularly vulnerable, as many schools continue to have online learning. 
Safety and education must go hand in hand, said a spokesperson for Toronto-based cybersecurity managed services provider ISA Cybersecurity in a conversation with IT World Canada. 
5. Trox Named Fastest-Growing Company at Phoenix Business Journal's ACE Awards
prnewswire.com: November 24, 2021
PHOENIX, Nov. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Trox, a leading provider of education technology in the United States and Canada, received two honors on Monday, November 15, at the well-renowned Phoenix Business Journal's 27th annual Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) Awards. Trox captured the top overall prize as the Valley of the Sun's "Fastest Growing Company" of 2021, as well as the ninth position on the Valley's list of "Top 50 Largest Private Companies."

C21 Canada Spotlight
UHN lung transplant recipient, David Roberts, President & Co-Founder C21 Canada starts support and mentorship program
Three years have passed since David Roberts got a new lease on life.
A retired teacher from Atlantic Canada, David inspired many with his journey in 2018 as he got back to the sports he loves just five months after receiving a double-lung transplant at the Toronto Lung Transplant Program, part of UHN's Ajmera Transplant Centre.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. York University School of Continuing Studies Joins D2L Wave
globenewswire.com: November 23, 2021

Toronto, Nov. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- D2L Inc. (TSX: DTOL), a global learning technology leader, announced today that the York University School of Continuing Studies has joined the D2L Wave platform to provide working professionals with opportunities to upskill and reskill within one centralized and easy-to-use cloud-based platform.

7. ApplyBoard Releases First Annual Trends Report on Top Trends and Future Opportunity in the International Education Industry
finance.yahoo.com, November 23, 2021
KITCHENER, ONTARIO, CANADA, Nov. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ApplyBoard, the EdTech platform revolutionizing the international student journey, launched their first annual trends report on the future of international education.
To help shape recruitment plans and improve global access to education around the world, ApplyBoard gathered data to uncover the latest trends in sector recovery, key factors motivating student decision-making, emerging markets for student recruitment, and predictions for the next decade. The report is designed to inform and guide international students, recruitment partners and higher education institutions.
8. St. Clair College using technology to help students gain independence
windsor.ctvnews.ca: November 8, 2021
WINDSOR, ONT. - Temi Robots is breaking down academic and social barriers for students in “The Community Integration Through Cooperative Education (CICE) program.
“Here at the college it can be very intimidating and so I think the idea of having a robot with them it does give them a sense of security,” says Stephanie De Francheschi, a faculty member in the CICE program.
9. Amazon, Plug and Play, Mphasis drive huge demand for tech workers among Calgary's IT talent
concordia.ca: November 9, 2021
Calgary is experiencing a boom in its information technology (IT) industry, with more than one large tech company planning to set up shop in the city.
10.Two Canadian Harvard Seniors Tapped for Rhodes Scholarship, Joining Four Americans
The Crimson: November 22, 2021
Two Canadian Harvard seniors were awarded the Rhodes Scholarship, the Canadian secretary of the Rhodes Trust announced Sunday, joining the four Harvard seniors announced as American Rhodes Scholars the day before.
Maya Burhanpurkar ’22 and Ramiz A. Razzak ’22 make up two of the 11 Canadian Rhodes recipients and will join over 100 Rhodes scholars from across the globe. The scholarship pays for recipients’ postgraduate studies at Oxford University beginning in October 2022.
Professional Learning for Ontario Educators
November 1-December 7, 2021                           
TECHNOLOGY IN AND FOR SOCIETY: Innovating well for inclusive transitions
December 6-7, 2021                           
Virtual Holiday Book Launch: Publishing in the Digital Age
Decemeber 17, 2021                           
FETC Conference 
January 25-28, 2022                           
ICTC-CTIC Horizon: 2022 Digital Future Summit
February 1-2, 2022                           
Cosn 2022
April 11-13, 2022                           
ISTE Live 2022: Empowering Educators. Elevating Equity. 
June 26-29, 2022                           

Parent Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
Harness the power of code to travel back in time and save the future in this year’s new Hour of Code lesson for Minecraft: Education Edition: TimeCraft! It doesn’t matter if you’re new to coding or have experience, anyone can do an Hour of Code. Begin learning computational thinking with block-based coding in MakeCode or code with text if you’re already ready to use Python! See code come to life in an exciting, immersive Minecraft world.
2. Native Land Digital
Learn about the land you live on by searching this interactive map to explore the native territories, languages, and treaties for any location on the globe.
3. Free K–12 Resources to Help with Remote and Blended Learning in 2022
As you seek out software and services to augment online and blended instruction this year, start here.

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Ian Fogarty, Educator, Riverview High School | MindShare National Video Challenge Award Winner 
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Mirella Rossi, Superintendent of Education, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
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