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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV Podcast International Women's Week Special Guest Olympian turned EdTech Leader, Julia Rivard, Co-founder & CEO, Shoelace Learning Selected to the World's Most Innovate EdTech Startup Top 20 GSV Cup
$1 Million Prize Competition

Dear Thought Leader, 


As we reflect and honour the incredible women leaders during International Women's Week, who have made an impact on the lives of students and teachers, I'm thrilled to share two 'must watch' MindShareTV podcasts:
  1. Julia Rivard, former Canadian Olympian, who discovered her skills weren't appreciated by prospective employers and decided to start her own business that eventually led her into edtech as a passionate mom-turned-entrepreneur. She has since exited and sold one of her companies as an award-winning producer of curriculum-based learning software. Now on to her next venture, Shoelace Learning to engage kids through gamification.
  2. Jane Ji, a Biomedical Engineer turned-game designer and parlayed her skills into a thriving edtech career embracing environmental sustainability as the Co-founder of SpringBay Studios.


The reality is, the pathway to career success is not always direct, as evidenced by our podcast guests. More often than not, it's through the struggle and adersity where emerging leaders thrive and ideas emerge. Kudos to all the women who have courageously shattered those barriers to success in tech and to the many incredible women leaders in learning and technology week have the honour of engaging with on a regular basis. 


Today marks the soft launch of our 15th Canadian Schools of the Future [Student Invention] Challenge, where we empower students to solve real world 'community' issues aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and qualify to WIN awesome tech prizes for your school! Over $1 million in prizes have been awarded to date! Deadline to enter is: Friday, May 19th.


As many parents and teachers prepare for Spring Break, I'm reminded of the recent study in the U.S. that is relatable to Canada, where 90% of teachers reported experiencing burnout. Please be reminded of the importance of self-car and take a well-deserved break and embrace the outdoors! 


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


We are taking our Top 10 EdTech Trends on the road to share with education leaders and EdTechs alike in a Mindshare design-thinking workshop format. Feel free to email, or call me directly to discuss how we can support your digital transformation strategy and edtech growth plans for 2023!


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. Join us as we're honoured to host Vireo's Hybrid Canadian Innovative Schools Challenge Launch Party! @ MindShare Workspace or online, March 28th, 5-7 PM ET You could win a Vireo hydroponic garden worth $12,000 for your School!
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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Quote of the Week  

"On this International Women's Day, we honour and thank the trailblazing women in education who have tirelessly dedicated themselves to advancing knowledge and empowering others. Your intelligence, perseverance, and hard work have paved the way for a more equitable and inclusive world. May your passion for learning continue to inspire and guide us as we work together to create a brighter future for all." - Finessed with the support of ChatGPT
15th Schools of the Future Challenge

Officially Launched! Deadline: May 19, 2023
Join us as we're honoured to host Vireo's Hybrid Canadian Innovative Schools Challenge Launch Party! @ MindShare Workspace or online, March 28th, 5-7 PM ET You could win a Vireo hydroponic Garden worth $12,000 for your School!
New Report Courtesy of ICTC-CTIC Buying Into Learning Outcomes Educational Technology Procurement Policy and Practice in Canada
"School districts across Canada need responsive and efficient procurement systems to evaluate educational technology (edtech) and integrate the best solutions into schools."
This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV Podcast Unboxing Edition with Jane Ji, Founder, Springbay Studio on International Women's Day
It's Not too Late to Register! We are Pleased to Announce our Media Partnership with the Largest Global EdTech conference Bett,
March 29-31 in London, England
New epsiode of The Canadian-ED Leadership Show - I'm Here to Leave a Legacy featuring Robert Martellacci of MindShare Learning shares the work of innovation across Canada.
C21 Canada Spotlight
In Honour of Internation Women's day we Featured the Inspiring C21 Canada Women Leaders in Canadian Education. Thank you for your dedication and passion in making a difference in the lives of students.
Book of the Week
Catlin Tucker and Katie Novak have worked with too many educators who are frustrated and disillusioned with the teaching profession. They know that teachers are drowning in work and unrealistic demands. Many are mentally and emotionally exhausted by the uncertainty and constant change created by the pandemic.

K-12 Top News Stories 
1. 2023 EdTech Evidence Mid-Year Report, March 7, 2023
There are thousands of edtech solutions—in fact, we’ve cataloged over 11,000 in the LearnPlatform Community Library. With so many tools in the market, it is challenging to know which are safe, which “play nice” with other systems, which are compliant with regulations and policies, which are eligible to be purchased using federal funds, and which will have the most impact for which students in which context. 
We wanted to know how the 100 most accessed solutions in K12 classrooms stack up, so we looked at the evidence from reputable third-party organizations that is publicly available across key domains of privacy, interoperability, other certifications and effectiveness.
2. Your Voice is Power Returns to Engage Thousands of Canadian Students in Coding Education, March 3, 2023
TORONTO, March 3, 2023 /CNW/ - Amazon Canada and TakingITGlobal are proud to launch the 2023 edition of Your Voice is Power, an educational program and remix competition that teaches coding skills to middle and high school students using music from Indigenous artists. After engaging more than 5,000 students in its inaugural year, Your Voice is Power has expanded for 2023 to include new songs from artists Twin Flames and an enhanced curriculum that leverages music and technology as vehicles to promote social justice.
3. Robot Helps Children With Learning Disabilities Stay Focused, March 2, 2023
A team of engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo has successfully developed and used a robot to help keep children with learning disabilities focused on their work.
This was part of a larger study that also found both the children and their instructors valued the positive classroom contributions that the robot made.
The research paper titled “User Evaluation of Social Robots as a Tool in One-to-one Instructional Settings for Students with Learning Disabilities” was presented at the International Conference on Social Robotics in Florence, Italy.
4. Encouraging girls to enter STEM fields, March 8, 2023
With women being underrepresented in STEM fields, programs like Girls Who Game are looking to make systemic change. Dilshad Burman with the reasons and possible solutions to the ongoing inequities.
5. Canadian group on front line of efforts to ensure Afghan girls, women get an education, March 8, 2023
After taking attendance and greeting each bright voice chiming in from behind the colourful circles on her screen, the teacher launches into her lesson. She lectures as she scrolls through slides, moving through rainbow-hued maps, photos of mountain ranges and geographical facts about Asia.
It seems like a typical virtual lesson — a format now familiar to most Canadians after the prevalence of online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic — but this Grade 7 geography class is actually a clandestine one: The students are all girls in Afghanistan taking remote classes from their homes thanks to the work of a Canadian non-governmental organization.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Canadian Post-secondary Institutions Come Together During SDG Week Canada to Share Best Practices for a Sustainable Future, March 6, 2023
Ottawa, March 6, 2023 – Colleges and institutes Canada (CICan), SDSN Canada hosted by the University of Waterloo, and the Sustainability Hub at UBC, today, officially opened the first-ever SDG Week Canada. Modelled after the United Nations’ Global Goals Week, SDG Week Canada is a chance to showcase and accelerate action on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across college, institute, and university campuses in coordinated and collaborative ways that are also uniquely Canadian. 
Throughout the week of March 6-10, over 100 independently organized workshops, panels, and other interactive programming will take place on participating campuses across the country to raise awareness of and engagement with the 17 SDGs.
7. My students are using ChatGPT to write papers and answer exam questions—and I support it March 3, 2023
I’ve been a professor in the University of Toronto’s biochemistry department since 2001. Last fall, I taught a first-year course on the foundations of computational biology, a field that applies computer-science principles to the study of biological processes. For the final assignment, I asked each of my 16 students to examine data on some genes involved in damage repair in human cells and write a short report on their findings. There was something off about two or three of the responses I received.
8. Gen Z has a tech skills gap at work. Here’s why March 2, 2023
According to a recent study by Dell, 37% of Gen Z said their education did not adequately prepare them with technology skills they would need for their job. Meanwhile, 44% said they only learned very basic computing skills. These results are particularly surprising given that Gen Z is the first generation to grow up fully immersed in computers and phones.
Fast Company spoke with Adam Garry, Dell’s senior director of education strategy. Garry leads a team of Dell educators who partner with schools and universities to develop strategies for teaching technology skills in the classroom. He’s also published two books. We asked him why so many members of Gen Z—the digital-native generation—feel technologically underprepared for the workforce, and what some possible solutions could be.
9. Experts see growing need for cybersecurity workers as one in six jobs go unfilled March 5, 2023
A few years ago, Francois Guay, founder of the Canadian Cybersecurity Network, an organization of more than 17,000 cybersecurity professionals, remembers interviewing a candidate for a cybersecurity analyst role. When he asked the woman about her salary expectations, she sheepishly quoted a number that was 40-per-cent less than what she could demand and likely get. Mr. Guay said he chatted with the woman briefly about her bright prospects in the rapidly growing field of cybersecurity. More importantly, he told her to never sell herself short.
10. The Power Of Self-Disruption: How Old Industries Can Embrace New Technology, March 3, 2023
Technology is increasingly disrupting established industries and changing the way legacy companies deliver value to their team and clients. In a post-pandemic world, the need to incorporate technological innovations is more important than ever.
Once referring largely to the internet, new technology now encompasses areas like cloud computing, automation and artificial intelligence (AI).
Professional Learning Events 
Cosn Conference  
March 20-23, 2023                           
Vireo's Hybrid Canadian and Innovative Schools Challenge Launch 
March 28, 2023                          
7th annual DELL Tech Edu Roadshow 
March 30, 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                           
ASU+GSV Summit 
April 17-18, 2023                           
June 12-14, 2023                           
ISTE Conference  
June 25-28, 2023                  

Teacher/Parent Resources Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. Amazon Future Engineer Program 
Amazon Future Engineer is a comprehensive childhood-to-career program aimed at increasing access to computer science education for students from underserved and underrepresented communities.
2. International Women’s Day Roundup: Empowering the Next Generation of Women in STEM
This year marks 25 years since The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action for women’s rights. While it goes without saying that at STEM Minds we work to empower girls (and all of our students) to be fearless learners and become the next generation of innovators and problem solvers all year round, International Women’s Day is the perfect time to amplify that message!
3.Free cybersecurity program for youth - CyberStart Canada
Cybersecurity is a hands-on subject that is difficult to bring to life. This free program teaches cybersecurity to youth through an immersive game platform, perfect for all abilities.

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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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