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Secrets of Success! Last Year's National Winning Educator, Dean Vendramin, Shares Tips on Entering Schools of the Future Challenge, Student Impact & Professional Learning

Dear Thought Leader, 

Happy Friday! Eid Mubarak to everyone celebrating across Canada and beyond!
The Education Research Development & Innovation (ERDI) Canada conference in Victoria, B.C. was an outstanding success! Kudos to the organizers! Connecting with school district superintendents and business partner colleagues was incredibly insightful and inspiring. Our panel session provided deep learning into the challenges and opportunities to deploying EdTech across  Canada.  Partnerships in achieving mutually beneficial goals has never been more vital and relevant. What we know that is consistent across the country, the state of well-being amongst students remains a challenge. Teacher shortages are also problematic which presents opportunities for innovative solutions in both of those areas. 
As a result, professional learning of any kind remains a challenge and a key element to successfully implementing new EdTech solutions; hence job embedded training is optimal. The bottom line is that EdTech solutions that are intuitive, impactful and time-saving, will provide the greatest value. Just a few insights to share! Please feel do reach out to me if you'd like to have a deeper discussion. 
Insights we garnered will be infused in the program of our upcoming 15th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit--Beyond Pockets of Excellence in Ottawa.  Save the Date! November 2-3, 2023. We are accepting applications for presenters and sponsors!
Checkout this past week's featured keynote at ASU-GSV with Bill Gates and JessieWoolley-Wilson. Gates takes a deep dive in the world of EdTech, AI and why it remains a challenging space. It truly is about 'social entrepreneurship' as one of my masters profs once described; impact on student learning & teacher efficacy is equally as important as profit! Click here to view video.
Issue highlights: 
  1. MindShareTV Podcast with educator Dean Vendramin reflects on his journey with students in transforming a combustion go cart into an electric one, as their entry to the Schools of the Future Challenge garnering a 2nd prize win! Dean provides tip and inspiration for teachers to enter student projects aligned to SDGs. 
  2. Robots to the rescue: Vancouver Students build robots programmed to respond to natural disasters 
  3. University Achieves Carbon Neutrality Ahead of 2030 Target
  4. K12 and Post-secondary institutions take note! Millions of dollars are available to you as a result of a settlement for software, hardware and PD vouchers. click here to learn more!
  5. Concordia announces its bold climate initiative, PLAN/NET ZERØ
  6. MindShare Learning Sponsored Team 1325 at FIRST Robotics Competition at the World Championship in Houston, TX


I hope you enjoy this week's Top 10 Canadian EdTech Report powered by MindShare Learning. Do reach out to us to share your innovation, or digital transformation story!


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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ERDI Canada 

That's a wrap! ERDI Canada Conference in Victoria, BC. Excellent Professional Learning amongst national K12 Business & Education leaders.
It was a pleasure to host Peel District School Boards's John Fraser Secondary School Entrepreneurship Class
in the MindShare Innovation Centre WorkSpace.
Robert Martellacci, CEO & Founder, presented on entrepreneurship & challenged  students with a Design Thinking Startup Business Planning activity!

Quote of the Week  

" The impact on Student Learning & Teacher Efficacy is 'Equally as Important as Profit, EdTechs are really about Social Entrepreneurship."  Robert Martellacci, inspired by Bill Gates ASU+GSV Conference Keynote
C21 Canada CEO Summit
Book of the Week

This book is a collection of 40 world leading teachers, academics, influencers, critics and practitioners who have answered the question "have you ever walked out the door to go to work, the shops, the gym, etc. and realised you’d forgotten to pick up your smartphone? And then turned around and gone right back for it?"


Have you ever got half-way to work and panicked about how you’d survive the day without the device (or devices) you rely on so heavily (your smartphone, tablet, USB stick, Moleskine notebook, PowerBar charger, etc.)? Do you have a device you don’t mind being without, for a short time, but others you just can’t bear to be apart from?
K-12 Top News Stories
1. MindShare Learning Sponsored Team 1325 at FIRST Robotics Competition at the World Championship in Houston, TX, April 20, 2023

MindShare Learning Sponsored Team 1325 at the Provincial Championship in Hamilton a week ago, made the finals in the Science division before losing some very close matches to the team that eventually finished second in the province. They were also one of two teams to win the Provincial Excellence in Engineering award. Finishing the season with a 9th place ranking in Ontario.


All told, they did enough to qualify for the FIRST Robotics World Championship in Houston, TX. There will be 625 teams competing over 8 divisions. They are in the Daly division. The event takes place on Thursday April 20 from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm EDT, Friday April 21 from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm EDT, and Saturday April 22 from 7:45 am to 6:30 pm EDT. Livestream will be on one of the streams here somewhere -
2. Mississauga student heads to prestigious international STEM competition, April 6, 2023

A Mississauga student is one of eight youth from Canada competing in an international STEM project competition.


Grade 11 Woodlands Secondary School student Aditya Dewan, 17, heads to Dallas, Texas May 14 to 19 for the 2023 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest and most prestigious pre-college STEM competition, according to a press release from Youth Science Canada, the national charitable organization behind Team Canada-ISEF since 1995.
3. Teachers are split on bringing ChatGPT into elementary, high schools, April 8, 2023

When high school teacher Jamie Mitchell asked his students about ChatGPT this week, he wasn't surprised when the vast majority said they already knew about or had used the artificial intelligence tool that seemingly everyone is talking about.


"It's everywhere. It's hard to ignore," noted the Burlington, Ont., math teacher. "Some kids are using it because … it's a fun laugh to get it to answer different questions. Some kids are using it for their schoolwork."
4.Ontario announces $180 million to help students build math, reading and writing skills, April 16, 2023

Ontario's education ministry says it will invest over $180 million in classroom and at-home supports to boost students' math, reading and writing skills.


In a press conference Sunday, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced the funding will bring in over 300 educators to help boost math competency and some 700 other educators to improve student literacy.
5. Nine Canadian Kids Finalists in Global Design Competition, April 13, 2023

TORONTO, ON – APRIL 13, 2023 – Nine Canadian kids were named finalists in a global design competition after coming up with innovative solutions to some of society’s biggest challenges. From environmental issues to social tensions, the nine kids from across Canada each designed a unique vehicle to help make the world a better place, and now their innovations will now compete against other designs on the world stage.


Every year, Toyota invites kids across Canada (and around the world) to design a ‘dream car’ to help make the world a better place.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Micro-program seeking to humanize digital learning, April 12, 2023

“Is the technology we use in our classroom dehumanizing us and our students?” This is the question being asked by the folks in the Office of Open Learning. If you are wondering the same thing, consider registering for the first course of the new Humanizing Digital Learning micro-program. Learn more about it on the Humanizing Digital Learning website.

Designed for faculty, instructors, staff, and students with teaching responsibilities, this micro-program will offer the opportunity to learn, unlearn, and practice implementing concepts related to student engagement; accessibility; equity, diversity, inclusion, decolonization, and Indigenization; ethical educational technologies; digital assessment strategies; and open education.
7. Concordia announces its bold climate initiative, PLAN/NET ZERØ April 14, 2023

In line with Concordia’s pledge to have sustainability guide every aspect of its activities and be a leader in climate action, the university has launched PLAN/NET ZERØ.

The bold project aims to show how large institutions can work with diverse partners to target net-zero emissions now. As one of Canada’s largest and most urban universities, Concordia aims to achieve carbon neutrality before 2040. To do so, it will transform its two Montreal campuses into living labs that reduce energy consumption, optimize heating systems and encourage behavioural change.
8. Designs of 100 graduating students to light up Wilson School of Design April 14, 2023

Graduating students from the Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) are set to showcase their innovative work for a new interdisciplinary exhibition.

Watch Out! is a two-day graduate showcase, April 20 and 21, featuring final projects and portfolios of more than 100 students in their final semester.


“This is the first time graduating students from all seven Wilson School of Design programs will present their final projects and portfolios together. Students have a unique opportunity to put their talents and creativity on display before embarking on rewarding careers in design,” says Andhra Goundrey, dean of the Wilson School of Design.
9. Students make device to save people in peril from powerful waves at Peggy's Cove April 11, 2023

Peggy’s Cove is one of the most iconic sites in Canada. With its red and white picturesque lighthouse, the busy Nova Scotia tourist attraction draws in 800,000 visitors each year.

As iconic as the lighthouse may be, the rocks at Peggy’s Cove are also very dangerous. Over the years, the landmark has been site to multiple drownings, the most recent occurring last year. Regular visitors of the area will tell you to stay away from the black rocks, but some choose to disregard the warnings.
10. D3 renovation results in bright, innovative workspace, April 14, 2023

Significant renovations have led to a bright, collaborative space on the third floor of Abbotsford’s Building D (D3).


With a modern design intended to maximize natural light and interpersonal connection, D3 features a mix of private and shared areas divided into four sections — each servicing a strategic cluster of departments.
Professional Learning Events 
Ontario EdTech Trade Mission to India: Exploring India’s Edtech Sector Webinar 
May 24, 2023                           
June 12-14, 2023                           
ISTE Conference  
June 25-28, 2023                           
14th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit (Save the Date)
November 2-3, 2023                           
November 7-8, 2023                           
EduTech East
November 21, 2023                  

Teacher/Parent Resources Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. Micro:bit New Resources to run the do your :bit challenge & teach your students about the UN's Global Goals
Do your :bit brings together the microbit & Global Goals to challenge students to come up with tech solutions.
2. HIGH SCHOOL COURSES - Keep up with studies

During this time of school closure, teacher-facilitated online courses are being temporarily adapted to allow for independent study. These courses were written by Ontario teachers for Ontario students. You can begin when you like and work at your own pace.

3. Handwriting app for kids

Inspire kids to pick up a pen before a device. Your child is the creator. Technology is just the enabler. Children connect to their written words as the Narrator AR app launches letters off the page in augmented reality (AR). Great for visual learners, letters levitate off the page as a rocket or a rainbow unicorn trail and teach correct letter formation. 


The app is safe, ad free, offline and its simplicity ensures that inquisitive fingers have an easy and fun experience.

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The MindShare Report is grateful for the guidance and support provided by our esteemed advisory board. Members include: 
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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