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This Week in Edtech MindShareTV Live Podcast from Education Research Development Institute Palm Springs with Sage Salvo founder, Wordsliive, Award-Winning Music-based Literacy App, Rotman UofT MBA alumni

Dear Thought Leader, 


Happy Valentine's Day! One of my BIG takeaways from the Education Research and Development Institute last week is the importance placed on relationships in education by leaders. Related to that and this special day, a recent Harvard study revealed that the top determinant to longevity is....drum roll please, 'positive relationships.' #1 over diet and exercise. 


Although this notion of positive relationships may be obvious, we are all guilty of neglecting our family and people around us. On this special day, make a point going out of your way to show your love and caring for people who you interact with. It will go a long way in paying its dividends! Pun intended.


It was an honour to return to the ERDI Winter Institute to share the Top 10 Trends shaping the future of education. As an expert network advisor, I had the opportunity to interact with education and industry leaders from across north america and beyond. Kudos ERDI on an excellent professional learning institute, and to the Consulate General of Canada Los Angeles and New York for supporting several Canadian EdTech startups including: iBlum, StemMinds, Peekapak, Cyber Legends, Studyo and Vireo. You made Canada proud! 


Not unlike Canadian actors, singers and comedians, EdTech startups tend to go into the U.S. first to validate their technology before achieving success in Canada. We need to do a better job at embracing our home-grown innovation. Let's celebrate our innovators and take more risks in test driving their innovative solutions!


Be sure to have a listen to Sage Salvo's lead MindShareTV interview that is a groundbreaking technology meeting students where they are at with their passion for music. 


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


We are taking our Top 10 Trends on the road to share with leaders and EdTechs alike in a workshop format to support. 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
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Founder, MindShare Workspace
CEO & Co-founder, C21 Canada™ -- A not for profit, Canadians for 21st Century Learning & Innovation

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15th Schools of the Future Challenge

Coming Soon! Launching March, 2023
ERDI US Spotlight

Beautiful places and spaces inspire innovation. ERDI nailed it on the Winter Summit in Palm Springs
Robert Martellacci & Kathy Hurley presented the Top 10 EdTech Trends in North America to a most receptive audience, a number of whom stayed around for more!
Excellent connecting with team Paper at ERDI. (L-R) P.J. Garcia, Robert Martellacci, Hunter Moreau, Chloe Carpenter
Team Canada EdTech Startups at the Education Research & Development Institute in Palm Springs

 Quote of the Week  

"I've been going to ERDI for 21 years, this was the best ever!"
-- John Gamba, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Entrepreneur in Residence & Director of Innovative Programs
C21 Canada Spotlight
C21 Canada Learning Series
Robert Martellacci, C21 Canada, CEO in conversation with Sean Slade, BTS Spark US, Head of Education on his new book Questioning Education and his new role as the C21 Board of Advisors.
Book of the Week
Three of the world’s most accomplished and deep thinkers come together to explore Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the way it is transforming human society—and what this technology means for us all.

K-12 Top News Stories 
1. Some Ontario boards plan to keep virtual learning even if province doesn't require it, February 2, 2023
Several Ontario school boards are planning to continue offering virtual learning next year, forging ahead before provincial direction is set, and saying it's now more about a different mode of learning rather than a pandemic response.
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board and Toronto District School Board are all set to continue remote learning in 2023-24.
The Durham, Peel and Lambton Kent district school boards plan to offer virtual learning again, subject to enrolment. They are surveying families on their preferences for the upcoming year to find out if there will be enough interest in remote offerings.
2. ‘Numberless math’ gets kids thinking about and visualizing algebra, February 6, 2023
Today, elementary mathematics classrooms look and sound very different than what many parents may have experienced.
Many mathematics education researchers note that getting learners talking about mathematics and developing their own explanations is important.
To build students’ comfort and capabilities talking about math, sharing tasks that involve only pictures — what we call numberless or textless tasks — can elicit fascinating mathematical ideas. This puts learners in the driver’s seat, noticing, wondering and actually doing mathematics for themselves.
3. Equity in Teaching and Learning, January 25, 2023
Let’s put aside the myth that K–12 teachers and leaders who identify as Indigenous, Black and People of Colour (IBPOC) are experts in equity, making them naturally inclined to discuss race, class, or gender at the drop of a hat. Let’s also put aside the assumption that only racialized and Indigenous people should be engaged in equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonization work. Let’s recognize that all educators and leaders should be committing to and engaging in anti-racism, anti-oppression and decolonization practices.
4. Surgeon General says 13 is ‘too early’ to join social media, January 29, 2023
US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says he believes 13 is too young for children to be on social media platforms, because although sites allow children of that age to join, kids are still “developing their identity.” Meta, Twitter, and a host of other social media giants currently allow 13-year-olds to join their platforms.
“I, personally, based on the data I’ve seen, believe that 13 is too early … It’s a time where it’s really important for us to be thoughtful about what’s going into how they think about their own self-worth and their relationships and the skewed and often distorted environment of social media often does a disservice to many of those children,” Murthy said on “CNN Newsroom.”
5. D2L Welcomes Educators to Refreshed Teaching and Learning Studio, January 24, 2023
TORONTO, Jan. 24, 2023 /CNW/ - D2L, a global learning technology company, today relaunches the D2L Teaching and Learning Studio––a space for teachers, professors, instructional designers, and education leaders to find new, innovative, and strategic ways to help build better learning experiences. With access to experts and up-to-date research, the D2L Teaching and Learning Studio gives educators the chance to build personal and professional skills, become part of a community of likeminded educators, and learn about both new and current teaching techniques and practices.
International Corner
Mindshare's CEO Robert Martellacci M.A. EdTech & team were honoured to host Louis-Thomas Laurin, MBA Canada's Senior International Business Officer, South East Asia Nations to explore future trade missions for Canadian EdTech Co's

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. New researchers will help shape the evolving landscape of AI, January 31, 2023
Artificial intelligence research was once the sole domain of computing scientists with expertise in coding and machine learning models. But that’s no longer the case. Today’s AI world looks a lot different — researchers from diverse disciplines are weaving together their expertise to solve countless real-world problems.
The Canada CIFAR AI Chairs, a foundational component of the CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy, are research powerhouses leading the charge — and thanks to a $30-million investment, the University of Alberta and the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) will soon be home to 20 faculty members who will be eligible to join their ranks, helping Alberta maintain its world-leading status in AI research and technology.
7. Canadian universities crafting ChatGPT policies as French school bans AI program February 1, 2023
Several Canadian universities are crafting policies on ChatGPT, a popular artificial intelligence (AI) tool that is raising plagiarism concerns in the education sector.

ChatGPT, an AI text generator released to the public last November by developer OpenAI, can be anything the user makes of it — it can take on the role of a chef and provide recipes, make business plans for marketers, create press releases for public relations specialists or give advice like a therapist.
8. Technology layoffs hit international education sector February 3, 2023
International education has been no exception to the widely reported layoffs across the technology sector, with a number of digital student recruitment companies and online program management providers cutting staff numbers.
Among technology companies that have reduced staff numbers in the past year are ApplyBoard, which laid off some 6% of its global workforce in late 2022, and Adventus, which saw almost 40 customer success and admissions, sales and HR staff cut. The company said the cuts were mainly down to “amalgamation of divisions”.
9. RBC and Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst at Toronto Metropolitan University join forces to expand CyberStart Canada program February 1, 2023
February 1, 2023 (Brampton) – Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst and RBC are pleased to announce a new partnership that will help support the growth of CyberStart Canada, allowing hundreds of young Canadians to discover cybersecurity as a potential career path for the future.
CyberStart Canada uses gamification to measurably improve cyber-related knowledge and skills, and increase interest in cybersecurity careers among an engaged community of 13-18 year-olds across the country. As Canada is currently facing a considerable talent and diversity gap in the cybersecurity sector, one of the aims of CyberStart Canada is to promote greater diversity and inclusion. With RBC’s generous support, the scope of the program has expanded to introduce cybersecurity to underserved and underrepresented groups across Canada.
10. Government of Canada helps youth build the digital skills they need for the evolving digital economy,  February 8, 2023
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is pleased to announce the launch of the 2023– 25 Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) competition.
The 2023– 25 DS4Y competition is looking for o rganizations to help deliver the program. Delivery organizations should have a strong network of small to medium-sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations that can create employment opportunities to help youth build the digital skills needed in the digital economy. The opportunities should help prepare youth to adapt to the major changes expected in tomorrow’s workplace, including in emerging areas where the jobs may not yet exist, such as those related to cyber security, the automation of knowledge tasks, big data and artificial intelligence, among others.
Professional Learning Events 
March 6-9, 2023                          
Cosn Conference  
March 20-23, 2023                           
BETT Conference  
March 29-31, 2023                           
Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC) Summit on Public Education in Canada
April 3-4, 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. Chat GPT Teaching Time-Savers
Check these 14 teaching time savers utilizing ChatGPT.
2. User Generated Education: ChatGPT with my students 
A great resource to harness ChatGPT with your Students.
3. Let's Talk Science Challenge 2023
The Let’s Talk Science Challenge provides a unique, stimulating and fun way to experience STEM for participants across Canada through a combination of enrichment activities and a competitive team-based event. All the Let’s Talk Science Challenge activities and resources are offered in French and English.

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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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