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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV Podcast with Amanda Rose, Educator, Tomken Road Middle School, last year's Schools of the Future Challenge 1st Place Winner on Secrets of Success & Tips on Entering the Contest

Dear Thought Leader, 

Happy Monday! It's great to be back in the saddle pun intended! Last week I had the opportunity to take a bit of a breather vacation in Arizona which I found incredibly inspiring for its sheer beauty of the redrock mountains reminiscent of the backdrop in the legendary John Wayne cowboy movies. 
Hiking in Sedona further challenged me in a different way physically climbing heights that I've never done. It also spurred my creativity, where I found myself reflecting on our national Schools of the Future Challenge contest. How about teachers challenging their students to re-imagine school and their classrooms spaces and the tools they want to help them succeed? 
It's a good segue to our featured MindShareTV podcast with award winning educator, Amanda Rose that you won't want to miss. Amanda shared that she developed a growth mindset  later in her career (thanks to a mentor colleague), embracing STEM and tech-infused pedagogy to help her students thrive. As the first prize winner last year, Amanda won an awesome classroom makeover! 
Let's not kid ourselves when it comes to change leadership. "Innovation Moves at the Speed of Trust," coined by Stephen Covey. I first heard this quote at one of our C21 Canada CEO Academy Summits a number of years ago.  Nurturing trusting relationship will be the key to your organization thriving as we enter a period in our history where the future is not clearly understood. Amanda is a great example of the human spirit and how innovation can happen at the grassroots level.
Issue highlights: 
  1.  MindShareTV Podcast with Amanda Rose, Educator, Tomken Road Middle School, last year's Schools of the Future Challenge 1st Place Winner on Secrets of Success & Tips on Entering the Contest 
  2. Teachers take note! Challenge your students in the 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.

    Along with eCampusOntario, Ontario colleges, universities and Indigenous Institutes are inviting EdTech companies to join them online to introduce products and services and to collaborate with educators

  4.  Join us tomorrow as we play host to Award Winning 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!
  5. Eastern Ontario School District wants to try a four-day school week
  6. OECD Report: Building a Skilled Cyber Security Workforce in Five Countries
    Insights from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and United States
  7. Speaking of well-being, checkout this Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV Unboxing Edition with Dr. Julian Reed, founder of ActivEd and Walkabouts & Professor of  Health Science at Furman University on Healthy Active Learning & Living


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


Do reach out to us if you're looking to solve your digital transformation challenges and garner insights on the Top 10 EdTech Trends as we take to 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!
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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Enter the 15th Canadian Schools of the Future Challenge
Deadline: May 19, 2023 Midnight
You are invited to Award Winning Vireo's Innovative Schools Challenge Launch Party, March 28th, 2023, 5-7 PM ET hosted at the MindShare Workspace! Join us for complimentary food, drinks and learn about how you can qualify to WIN a $12,000 indoor garden for your school! Please RSVP Here
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 Register Here

CANAM Spotlight

This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV Unboxing Edition with Dr. Julian Reed, founder of ActivEd and Walkabouts & Professor of  Health Science at Furman University on Healthy Active Learning & Living

OECD Report

Building a Skilled Cyber Security Workforce in Five Countries
Insights from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and United States

Quote of the Week  

“Tomken Road Middle School is extremely grateful for winning this Canadian School of the Future Innovation Challenge! We know that the students will enjoy putting all of the incredible prizes to good use!” 
- Amanda Rose, 2022 Schools of the Future Challenge Winner & Educator, Tomken Road Middle School 
Tomken Road Middle School Students Creating 3D Designs using their NEW Wacom Tablets one of their Prizes from their 1st Place Win in last years Schools of the Future Challenge
C21 Canada Spotlight
Book of the Week
As educators, we have tremendous opportunities to create unconventional learning experiences for every one of our students. Sometimes we just need a push, some encouragement to let us know that we can do things differently, and think outside the box. 
Unconventional will empower educators to take risks, explore new ideas and emerging technologies, and bring amazing changes to classrooms. Dive in to transform student learning and thrive in edu!
K-12 Top News Stories
1. Augmented Reality Sets High School Students up for Success, March 21, 2023
The welding lab at Charles Spencer High School looks and sounds a lot different. There are not as many sparks, yet more students are excelling at welding. It's all thanks to augmented reality (AR) simulators.
Each AR set consists of a wireless board and welding wand, and associated software that has a catalogue of preloaded settings. Students can choose their project and work on a touch screen device or a face mask with a built-in screen.
2. 'New and upgraded': Calgary students, staff enjoy new southeast school, March 21, 2023

Families in the southeast Calgary community of Auburn Bay now have a new school for their children to attend.The Calgary Board of Education's Lakeshore School, located at 430 Auburn Bay Dr. S.E., actually first began teaching students last fall, but it's one of three new schools in the city to officially open this month.
3. Education Community Collaborates to Offer Current and Connected Open Education STEM Resources, March 21, 2023

TORONTO, March 21, 2023 /CNW/ - As classrooms evolve and student engagement with updated science, technology, engineering and math curricula necessitated new ways of cross-curricular and integrated learning, three associations came together to launch SciTechOntario. is a real-time, free and bilingual open education resource established to develop the transferrable skills required of learners from grades one through eight. Supported by the Ministry of Education grant to create awareness, access and understanding of the newly revised curriculum, the site  cultivates community across educators, students and parents.
4. Waterloo high school reveals new robot, March 3, 2023

St. David Catholic Secondary School’s robotics Team Dave, unveiled their newest robot, MORGAN, to a crowd of family and friends on Thursday. MORGAN is the thirteenth machine built by Team Dave.


“I think MORGAN has amazing chances at the competitions. I don’t want to jinx anything, but I think we could do really well,” said Barbara Magolon, the lead admin.

The robot will compete against other high school teams at local events in March. The machines score points based on how efficiently they perform certain tasks. Last year's competition was focussed on throwing an object into a goal. This year, the challenge is picking up an object and placing it in a certain spot.
5. A 4-day school week? An eastern Ontario school board wants to try it out, March 23, 2023

A French Catholic school board in and around Ottawa wants to let families at two elementary schools try a four-day school week next year, if the province approves.

In a news release Thursday, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) said, pending approval from the education ministry, families who opt in would start the school year a week early, spend 38 minutes more learning per day and end the school year three days later than students on the traditional five-day week.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Three U of T students win NFL analytic's competition with tool that measures quarterback pressure, March 18, 2023

A trio of students from the University of Toronto just won the Super Bowl… of sports analytics. That would be the NFL’s Big Data Bowl, of course.


The students came away with a $20,000 USD prize from the annual sports data and analytics contest, by developing a tool that tracks and measures the pressure a quarterback faces when they have the ball.
7. St. Lawrence College to Showcase Virtual Reality in Culinary Instruction at College Day March 21, 2023

St. Lawrence College (SLC) is proud to be among several Ontario colleges chosen to represent advances in culinary education innovation at College Day at Queen’s Park in Toronto on Tuesday, March 21, 2023. 


The College Day showcase is an opportunity for students and college faculty to demonstrate their culinary and hospitality expertise to MPPs, college presidents, and community leaders. This year's College Day is specifically looking to highlight new techniques, technologies, or innovations within the culinary industry.
8. Anthropic launches Claude, a chatbot to rival OpenAI’s ChatGPT March 14, 2023

Anthropic, a startup co-founded by ex-OpenAI employees, today launched something of a rival to the viral sensation ChatGPT.


Called Claude, Anthropic’s AI — a chatbot — can be instructed to perform a range of tasks, including searching across documents, summarizing, writing and coding, and answering questions about particular topics. In these ways, it’s similar to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. But Anthropic makes the case that Claude is “much less likely to produce harmful outputs,” “easier to converse with” and “more steerable.”
9. New UBC water treatment zaps ‘forever chemicals’ for good March 22, 2023

Engineers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new water treatment that removes “forever chemicals” from drinking water safely, efficiently – and for good.

“Think Brita filter, but a thousand times better,” says UBC chemical and biological engineering professor Dr. Madjid Mohseni, who developed the technology.
10. McGill remains the top university in Canada, according to these rankings, March 23, 2023
It beat out University of Toronto and UBC in the authoritative ranking publication.
McGill University can once again boast at being the best university in the country. The QS World University Rankings released this week show McGill as the 31st-ranked university overall, the highest for a Canadian university.
Professional Learning Events 
Vireo's Hybrid Canadian Innovative Schools Challenge Launch 
March 28, 2023                          
EdTech Opportunities in Southeast Asia 
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                           
EduTech West
April 18, 2023                           
Ontario ICT Mission to World IT Show Korea 2023
April 19-21, 2023                           
June 12-14, 2023                           
ISTE Conference  
June 25-28, 2023                           
EduTech East
November 21, 2023                  

Teacher/Parent Resources Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. Microsoft Resources for Teachers at SIGCSE 2023
As technology continues to have an important role in education, educators have asked for help in staying current on the latest developments and resources in order to provide their students with the best tools and platforms available. The Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) conference brings together educators from K-12 to college and university to discuss the most recent research, developments, and best practices in computer science education.
2. Paper Game-based learning activities by grade level
You wouldn’t hand a kindergartener a trigonometry textbook and then quiz them on what they learned half an hour later, right?


It’s a bit of a silly example, but it illustrates an important concept: We use the term “K-12” to describe one subset of education, but there’s a whole universe of different student needs within that category that we have to address.

3. Great Courses. Great Professors. No Homework!

Are you interested in taking a class with some of the world’s greatest professors without essays, exams or homework? Try “The Great Courses,” a popular lecture series now available from Mississauga Library. The Great Courses is an online learning platform offered free of charge with a Mississauga Library card. With a click, you have the opportunity to learn from award-winning experts and professors from respected institutions such as the Smithsonian, National Geographic, the University of Toronto and Harvard University.

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Dr. GuyTetrault, Award Winning Sun West School Division, Director & CEO  (Retired)
Michael Furdyk, Co-Founder, TakingItGlobal 
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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
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