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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV Podcast Featuring Students at the Vireo Education Exhibit,  AQUOPS41, Quebec City

Dear Thought Leader, 

Last week I was honoured to be a guest of AQUOPS, the Quebec provincial EdTech conference in Quebec City. I came away so impressed by the culture of innovation amongst EdTech innovators in Quebec and the passion teachers have for tech integration in the classroom. I further had the opportunity to connect with students featured in this issue on how the are embracing project-based learning. Be sure to have a listen to the opening MindShareTV podcast.
With conference season upon us, I'm looking forward to venturing out to the Education Research Development & Innovation (ERDI) Canada conference in Victoria, B.C. this week. I will be hosting a panel with school district CEOs probing the impact of EdTech in schools, what drives innovation and what might be holding school districts back. I look forward to sharing some of my research in next week's report! 
As we finalize plans for our 15th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit--Beyond Pockets of Excellence in Ottawa, be sure to Save the Date, November 2-3, 2023. We are accepting applications for presenters and sponsors!
Issue highlights: 
  1.  Yukon students learn coding, Indigenous history during hackathon in Whitehorse
  2. MindShareTV launch highlights with Amanda Rose, Educator, Tomken Road Middle School, last year's Schools of the Future [Student Invention] Challenge recorded launch party featuring great tips from Amanda for teachers entering the contest! 
  3. Province of Nova Scotia Invests in Technology for Students, Teachers
  4. New app uses AI to monitor for early signs of mental-health issues in youth
  5. Cape Breton University to build $84-million green facility for research, teaching
  6.  Vireo's Hybrid Canadian Innovative Schools Challenge, Qualify to Win a Vireo hydroponic garden worth $12,000 for your School! Ontario teachers it's not too late to enter
  7. C21 Canada CEO Academy Welcomes Rashmi Swarup, Director of Education, Peel District School Board and Paul Landry, Regional Executive Director of Education, Strait Regional Centre for Education


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


How can we help? 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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Merci AQUOPS for Hosting a Memorable Conference in Quebec City with some Amazing EdTechs!
Enter the 15th Canadian Schools of the Future Challenge
Deadline: May 19, 2023 Midnight
Official Live Launch! Thank you to last year's 1st Place Winners for hosting us! It was a Pleasure to Celebrate With Tomken Road Middle School, Educator, Amanda Rose and Students to Kick Off this year's Student Invention Challenge!

Quote of the Week
C21 Canada Spotlight
Book of the Week
A comprehensive collection of materials from around the world with chapters on key topics such as prior learning assessment (Diane Conrad), creating community in online learning (Martha Cleveland Innis and Jenine Hawryluk), learner support systems (Santosh Panda), learning analytics (Paul Prinsloo) and non-formal distance education with a focus on developing countries (Sanjaya Mishra and Pradeep Misra).
K-12 Top News Stories
1. Province Invests in Technology for Students, Teachers, April 5, 2023

Nova Scotia is purchasing more Chromebooks, iPads and laptops to support students and teachers across the province. The $10-million EdTech Refresh Plan complements other recent technological investments, including more support for the Nova Scotia Virtual School.


“This investment will make a real impact in our classrooms,” said Becky Druhan, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “Students will benefit from Chromebooks and other classroom technologies that will provide them opportunities to explore and learn with modern learning tools for our digital world.”
2. Yukon students learn coding, Indigenous history during hackathon in Whitehorse, April 8, 2023

About 80 students from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Secondary School in Whitehorse participated at a live hackathon event as part of the 2023 Your Voice is Power, an educational program and remix competition that teaches coding skills to high school students using music from Indigenous artists.


The hackathon, held on March 28, was organized by Amazon Canada and TakingITGlobal, teaching the basics of computer science and coding while also engaging participants in discussions on the First Nations, Inuit and Métis experiences in Canada.
3. Intellectual spark on display at high school robotics competition, April 3, 2023

The bulky-but-nimble robot-on-wheels swivels across the surface, dodging bumps and obstacles before extending its arm to pick up an inflated cube.


It’s not people or controllers who are guiding it. It’s an artificial intelligence camera, trained to spot, retrieve and return objects in the name of fun. Students at Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School spent six weeks developing the green-plated robot, which debuted at the FIRST Robotics Competition at McMaster University over the weekend.
4. New app uses AI to monitor for early signs of mental-health issues in youth, April 9, 2023

When Emmanuel Akindele was in high school, he was afraid to speak openly about his struggle with anxiety, as he wouldn’t receive the support he was looking for by doing so.

“I remember the first time I actually shared it with an educator. They straight up just laughed in my face,” he said. “That was fairly disappointing.”


Now an economics student at Western University, Mr. Akindele is the co-founder of a new app, Blue Guardian, that uses artificial intelligence to detect early signs of mental-health issues in youth. He hopes the technology, created with fellow student Kyle Lacroix, can provide the kind of help he couldn’t find when he was younger.
5. Five electric buses to begin serving 15 St. Albert schools in 2024, March 30, 2023

The buses, funded through a joint partnership between Infrastructure Canada and Highland Electric Fleets, will lower the Alberta school district’s carbon footprint and improve air quality for students.

Five new electric school buses are coming to St. Albert, Alta., in a $2.9-million deal between the federal government and Highland Electric Fleets.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Computer Science PhD candidate on the cutting edge of VR training for surgeons, April 3, 2023

When Ben Sainsbury started his doctoral studies at Ontario Tech in 2013, the Oakville resident was interested in building the next great virtual reality video game. But Sainsbury’s interest was drawn to how the technology could help professionals and people in the health care field. 


Sainsbury, a Computer Science PhD candidate in the Faculty of Science, was originally a student in Ontario Tech’s Faculty of Business and Information Technology taking a course called Serious Gaming when he began to think about further applications for virtual reality (VR) technology.
7. Study sheds light on the dark side of AI April 5, 2023

Artificial intelligence is touted as a panacea for almost every computational problem these days, from medical diagnostics to driverless cars to fraud prevention.


But when AI fails, it does so “quite spectacularly,” says Vern Glaser of the Alberta School of Business. In his recent study, “When Algorithms Rule, Values Can Wither,” Glaser explains how human values are often subsumed by AI’s efficiency imperative, and why the costs can be high.
8. Humber College Project taps into the Potential of the Metaverse April 4, 2023

A pair of Humber College professors are exploring the educational potential of the metaverse through a project that created a virtual, immersive environment.


Eva Ziemsen is a professor with the Faculty of Media and Creative Arts’ Bachelor of Film and Media Production program and Elizabeth Fenuta is a program coordinator and professor with the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology’s Architectural Technology program.
9. Saskatchewan Polytechnic adopts Canada’s new, official credential wallet for its learners and graduates March 29, 2023
Effective today, Saskatchewan Polytechnic learners and graduates will now have 24/7 access to their transcripts along with other official academic documents through MyCreds™, a virtual credential wallet. This virtual wallet was successfully piloted with specific programs in the fall and has now expanded to include parchments, official transcripts, enrolment verifications and documents specifically required by international students including letters of acceptance and post-graduation work permit letters.
10. Cape Breton University to build $84-million green facility for research, teaching, April 4, 2023

SYDNEY, N.S. - Cape Breton University has raised $84 million to create an energy-efficient facility for teaching and research at its campus in Sydney, N.S.

Ottawa is investing $20 million, the province $35 million, and the university is contributing about $29.5 million for the building, with work set to begin this spring. The centre for discovery and innovation is being touted as a facility that will receive its energy from geothermal and solar systems, and help reduce the university's carbon emissions.
Professional Learning Events 
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                           
14th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit (Save the Date)
November 2-3, 2023                           
EduTech East
November 21, 2023                  

Teacher/Parent Resources Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. Let's Talk Science's 10-week online Professional Learning event - Creating Space for STEAM! Earn a course certificate and $50 reward while learning innovative ways to integrate STEM into your classroom
Creating Space for STEAM: Assessing and Supporting Teacher Efficacy in STEM Education Dr. Julie Mueller (Faculty of Education), Krysten Spencer-Mueller (Psychology Department), and Dr. Karin Archer (Let’s Talk Science) You are invited to participate in a research study.
2. Lesson planning with AI: Save time and get ideas

Planning lessons has always been a struggle for me. When I have planned lessons for my high school Spanish classes, I've almost always over-thought them. I would worry about engaging my students. Making my lessons relevant and interesting.

3. Canva for Education - Learning Consultant Program 

Wasserman Next Gen partners with Canva for Education to share the #CanvaLove with as many teachers, students, and staff members as possible. The goal of the program is to increase usage of Canva for Education at school districts across the US, empowering EVERYONE to be a creator through a simple interface and thousands of easy-to-use templates.

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Mirella Rossi, Superintendent of Education, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
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