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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV with Dwayne Matthews as We Unpack the Top10 EdTech Trends Shaping Education for 2023

Dear Thought Leader, 


Happy Monday! As I pen this intro, we are in the midst of preparing to leave for the Future of Education Conference (FETC) in New Orleans tomorrow where we will be hosting our 25th CanAm EdTech Celebration of Excellence Partnering Reception. 


With some 300 plus Canadian education and industry delegates at FETC, we are now over capacity for our CanAm reception. A nice problem to have! However, if you are attending and haven't registered, please do drop by to say hello! Here's the invite link. We'd love to see you!


Last week's Top 10 Trends for 2023 was our most popular EdTech Report edition ever garnering almost a 60% open rate! Thank you for you continued support which fuels our passion to bring you the very best news and insights from across Canada and beyond! 


Upon reflection, I had one miss-- Infusing the notion of Storytelling in the Top10. As we give students more agency, storytelling is all the rage! Teachers can allow students to leverage tech creativity tools, whether it's through an animated movie, Minecraft, or podcast which engages the student where they are at, while nurturing formative assessment opportunities . 


Kick off your morning with an inspirational 'New' Leaders & Legends podcast featuring one of Canada's most notable education commentators. Dwayne Matthews seen on national television on a very regular basis and I unpacked last week's Top 10 EdTech Trends for 2023. It was so great to finally meet Dwayne in person, where we had a deep discussion over lunch focused ChatGPT, digital transformation and cyber security with plans for further collaboration in the future. Stay tuned!


Checkout our Quote of the Month MindShareTV podcast in conversation with John Baker CEO & Board Chair D2L. Learn what's new at D2L, what drives innovation, emerging models of online learning, skills of the future and what growth looks like this year. D2L is a company on the move for 2023! 


On the national educational leadership front, don't miss the C21 Canada Learning Series podcast in conversation with Dr. Chris Kennedy, Superintendent & CEO, West Vancouver Schools on celebrating his 20th year in education; his inspiration and lessons on leadership. 


We had such a memorable school visit last week at McMurrich Junior School, TDSB to Present Ms. Capitao-Tavares, Canada's EdTech Teacher of the Year (also Prime Minister Award Winner). See photo highlights! Looking forward to presenting Paper and Vireo their awards at FETC! 


New for 2023 we'll be featuring regular monthly Product Reviews to bring you the very latest in EdTech tools. Drop me a note if you like to recommend a new product, or suggest your company's product as well! 


As we continue to drive digital transformation to enhance work & learning, it's never been more evident that it's about people and building community to help each other thrive. Hence, I continue to pen my long awaited book! "The Art of Networking in the Digital Age--Your Playbook to Building Human Connections to Thrive." I welcome you to share your stories that I might infuse in the book as I'm taking a 'crowdsourcing' approach.


I hope you enjoy this week's Top 10 Canadian EdTech Report powered by MindShare Learning. 


Feel free to email, or call me directly to discuss how we can support your digital transformation strategy, or edtech growth plans for 2023!!


Thank you for the inspiration and kind feedback that motivates our team to provide you with mission critical research and insights to optimize your learning and technology planning and implementation in the classroom and across your school district.


Special thanks to our team and advisory board members for their incredible commitment and support in raising the bar of excellence each week! 


Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe and keep the digital learning curve steep!
P.S. Launching this March the 15th Schools of the Future Innovation Challenge. Over $1 million in prizes award to date! New sponsors are welcome!
Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
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Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
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 Quote of the Week  

" If we can help equip students with those transferable durable skills, it's going to have a real impact on their ability to thrive in the new economy....I'm a big believer that education doesn't end when you finish university."
-- John Baker, CEO & Chairman D2L
A Memorable School Visit, McMurrich Junior School, TDSB to Present Ms. Capitao-Tavares, Canada's EdTech Teacher of the Year (also Prime Minister Award Winner). Joining in the Celebration, her students, principal Whitfield, Dr. Aman Iqbal, MindShare Board Advisor & Robert Martellacci
This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV podcast
in Conversation with Global EdTech Legend
George DeBakey on International Trends and Opportunities in K12 education
C21 Canada Spotlight
C21 Canada Learning Series
In conversation with Dr. Chris Kennedy, Superintendent & CEO, West Vancouver Schools on celebrating his 20th year in education; his inspiration and lessons on leadership
Book of the Week
Guidelines for designing teaching and learning

K-12 Top News Stories 
1. Revolutionary Edtech Integration Connects Canadian Parents and Educators -- Kids & Company, MarcoPolo Learning and Kindertales Deliver First-of-its-Kind Partnership, January 17, 2023
TORONTO, Jan. 17, 2023 /CNW/ -- In a first-of-its-kind partnership that brings digital innovation into the classroom, MarcoPolo Learning and Kindertales have partnered to integrate MarcoPolo's award-winning curriculum-aligned digital content with Kindertales' childcare management software, securing Canada's largest early childhood education group, Kids & Company. This partnership provides over 100 Kids & Company child care centers across Canada and its teachers, administrators and parents, with access to award-winning, developmentally-appropriate digital content, including more than 1,200 videos.
2. Canada’s Fastest Growing Indie Publisher Expands to Boston and Sydney, January 16, 2023
TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA, January 16, 2023 / -- Code Breaker Inc. began in 2010 as a consulting business owned and operated by Brian Aspinall. A pivot in 2019 into publishing saw the company grow exponentially overnight in the education space.
In 2021, Code Breaker Inc. connected with Dr. Matthew X. Joseph of the Boston, Massachusetts area collaborating on Joseph’s Power of Connections project. As the book topped best seller lists in multiple categories, Joseph took an interest in building his own brand in the space. Under the mentorship of CEO Aspinall and Managing Director, Daphne McMenemy, Joseph built X-Factor EDU. Code Breaker Inc. partnered with Joseph, expanding the publishing arm of the company to Boston, MA. In just over a year, X-Factor EDU published its tenth book in the education leadership space.
3. Video gaming can bolster classroom learning, but not without teacher support, January 18, 2023
One highlight of my Grade 3 life was dying from dysentery at the hands of a video game. I was ahead on schoolwork, and allowed to use the classroom computer to pioneer a family across America in the game The Oregon Trail.
It was odd that I played this in a Canadian school—rather than exploring something like the challenges of long-haul trucking in the game Crosscountry Canada.
4. ​Virtual Reality Supports Career Development, January 9, 2023
Virtual reality technology has been growing in popularity and its potential uses go far beyond just gaming and entertainment. The Sun West Career Development Lead Teacher Team recently had the opportunity to explore some of its uses in helping students with career development and planning for their future.
5. Can We Please Not Jump to Banning Stuff!, January 17, 2023
I think I am sounding like the old guy telling you I have seen this all before.
Last week, I wrote about Chat GPT, which is getting a lot of interest in education.  I ended that post saying, “What a great opportunity to not make the mistakes of the past and see technology as a threat, but rather an opportunity for us to rethink how it could add value to our work.”
To go back a few years, I was there for the great calculator debates.  I had classes that banned the use of calculators, or restricted the use of calculators, or allowed calculators for certain parts of classes or exams but not others.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Should students use apps to write assignments? Attitudes on U of C campus surveyed, December 2, 2022
Can professors tell the difference between AI-generated writing and words written by a student? And could technologies such as ChatGPT be used ethically for course work? Or would using them be akin to plagiarism? 
These kinds of questions will soon be put to University of Calgary professors and their students as part of a research project led by Sarah Elaine Eaton, an associate professor at the Werklund School of Education.
7. Ubisoft LA forge and Humber College Collaborate on project developing New Tech for Video Games January 17, 2023
Humber College and the research and development division of video game publisher Ubisoft, the maker behind popular titles including Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry, recently collaborated on a project to support the development of new technology to be used for video games.
8. Introduction to AWS Robomaker January 11, 2022
AWS RoboMaker is a cloud-based platform for developing, testing, and deploying robotics applications. It provides a range of tools and services that make it easy for developers to build and deploy robots that can interact with the real world.

The core of AWS RoboMaker is the Robot Operating System (ROS), an open-source framework for building robot applications. ROS provides a set of libraries and tools for building and running robot applications, including support for sensor data processing, control and planning, visualization, and more.
9. Le CTIC lance les Journées de la Cybersécurité en français pour les élèves francophones de l’Ontario January 10, 2023
Ottawa, le 10 janvier 2023 – Aujourd’hui, le Conseil des technologies de l’information et des communications (CTIC) a lancé son projet pilote « Journées de la cybersécurité en français ». Ce projet a pour but de renforcer les compétences liées à la cybersécurité pour les élèves francophones de l’Ontario de la 11e et la 12e année.  
Ce projet est financé par le ministère des Affaires Francophones de l’Ontario et c’est une occasion unique pour les élèves de participer à la toute première compétition CyberTitan en français.
10. Bridging the digital divide: NAIT students take on Canada’s connectivity problem,  January 17, 2022
Patrick Potiuk (Wireless Systems Engineering Technology ’22) grew up well connected. He lived in a suburban city near Edmonton and never worried about access to the internet.
In fact, he spent much of his life in virtual environments. He’s tech savvy and, as part of the gaming community, the type who has friends online he’s never met in person.
For Potiuk, the web was like electricity or clean water. A given.
Professional Learning Events 
FETC Conference
Janurary 23-26, 2023                           
25th Annual Can/Am reception "Celebrating Excellence in Learning & Innovation" SAVE THE DATE
Janurary 25, 2023                           
OLA Super Conference 2023
February 1-4, 2023                          
March 6-9, 2023                          
Cosn Conference  
March 20-23, 2023                           
BETT Conference  
March 29-31, 2023                           
Alberta Teachers' Association presents: uLead The Summit of Educational Leadership 
April 15-18, 2023                           
June 12-14, 2023                           
ISTE Conference  
June 25-28, 2023                  

Teacher/Parent Resources Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. Students, kick-start your tech career with Microsoft Certification!
Microsoft is making certifications, and the resources to learn, prepare, and get certified, free to all eligible students, starting with fundamentals certifications through June 2023!
2. A Teacher's Prompt Guide to ChatGPT
Short instructional teachers guide to using ChatGPT. ChatGPT is a powerful tool that can help teachers enhance student learning - remember to keep asking it questions to refine the outcome. Sometimes, when you're close to getting exactly what you want, it's helpful to restart the conversation with your newly clarified prompt.
3. Canadian Youth Cyber Education Initiative
CyberTitan prepares middle and secondary school students with learning opportunities through hands-on simulated environments that develop the critical, digital skills necessary to pursue post-secondary education STEM programs; to learn skills essential to work in many fields, and to identify roles students can play help to secure our systems.

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Dr. GuyTetrault, Award Winning Sun West School Division, Director & CEO  (Retired)
Michael Furdyk, Co-Founder, TakingItGlobal 
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Mirella Rossi, Superintendent of Education, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
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