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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV Podcast with Educator, Daniel Rolo, Holy Family Catholic School. Last Year's Schools of the Future Challenge Winner on Tips for Entering the Schools of the Future Challenge

Dear Thought Leader, 

Happy Friday! Today is National Superhero Day! Let's celebrate our teachers and school leaders who embrace their daily challenges to educate our next generation of leaders.
This past week I was honoured to be invited to my alma mater, Toronto District School Board Unleashing Learning conference. There is something to be said about the power of human connections that deepens learning experiences. TDSB's Director, Colleen Russell-Rawlins kicked off the day with an inspirational keynote. Kudos to Peter Singh, Kevin Bradbeer & their team members for a fabulous learning day showcasing the work of teachers and students. 
We are thrilled to announce we are forging a partnership with North America's largest EdTech Conference ISTELive23 in Philadelphia as media partners. Early Bird ends May 1st!
Issue highlights: 
  1. MindShareTV Podcast with Educator, Daniel Rolo, Holy Family Catholic School. Last Year's Schools of the Future Challenge Winner on Tips to Entering the Schools of the Future Challenge
  2. A progress report on Indigenous education in Ontario's publicly funded schools
  3. “Talking Textbook” on Homelessness Wins International Innovation Award for Trent University Team
  4. Esport Canada to Host 2023 Annual General Meeting at EsportsTravel Summit
  5. How will AI chatbots impact education at universities and in our workplaces?
  6. Ground broken for new Innovation Arena in downtown Kitchener in partnership with UofW.
  7. This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV Unboxing Clever, Digital learning platform for K12 with Federico Velarde, Educator,  Account Executive District Partnerships Team
Only 21 Days to Go! Teachers share your students' creativity & problem-solving projects in our 15th Schools of the Future [Student Invention] Challenge. WIN a Classroom Makeover!
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21 Days to Go! 15th Schools of the Future [Student Invention] Challenge
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Deadline: May 19, 2023 Midnight

TDSB Unleashing Learning 

Congratulations to Peter Singh, Kevin Bradbeer & TDSB team on a successful TDSBUL23 event. Great energy and engagement among teachers, edLeaders, students, edtechs.
This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV Unboxing Clever, Digital learning platform for K12 with Federico Velarde, Educator,  Account Executive District Partnerships Team

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K-12 Top News Stories
1. Winners Announced For 2023 Surrey Schools Minecraft Challenge, April 20, 2023

The winners have been announced for the 2023 Surrey Schools Minecraft Challenge, which saw students take on bridge engineering for this year’s build. Entries were divided into three age groups, Primary (K-3), Intermediate (Grades 4-7) and Secondary (Grades 8-12).
2. Robots to the rescue: Students build robots programmed to respond to natural disasters, April 18, 2023

Students in the Gifted Enrichment Centre (GEC) Robotics & Engineering cohort were given the following prompt: “Disaster has struck, and the provincial government has hired your robotics engineering firm to be part of the recovery and restoration process.”


Student groups each selected a local natural disaster to solve. Disasters included: a Stanley Park windstorm, a landslide on a major highway, an earthquake in Vancouver, an avalanche on a local North Shore mountain, and a forest fire in the Interior.
3. A progress report on Indigenous education in Ontario's publicly funded schools, April 26, 2023
New report by People for Education shows that publicly funded schools in Ontario have made significant progress towards Indigenous education over the last decade but we still have a long way to go to fulfill the education-related Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
4. EdCan announces the schools selected as the 2023 Desjardins Tech Donation Program Recipients, April 20, 2023
TORONTO – April 20, 2023 – Desjardins Group, in collaboration with EdCan, is pleased to announce that the following 20 schools were selected as the 2023 Desjardins Tech Donation Program recipients and will each receive a $5,000 donation.
5. Esport Canada to Host 2023 Annual General Meeting at EsportsTravel Summit, April 26, 2023

Winnipeg, Manitoba - Esport Canada and Northstar Meetings Group, a division of Northstar Travel Group, have announced an agreement that makes the EsportsTravel Summit the exclusive home to the 2023 Esport Canada Annual General Meeting, a national organization dedicated to the development and promotion of esports in Canada. Esport Canada is a federally registered Not-For-Profit and is recognized by the International Esports Federation as the national governing body for esports in Canada responsible for fielding competitive teams at IESF events.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. “Talking Textbook” on Homelessness Wins International Innovation Award for Trent University Team, April 24, 2023

Trent University's Dr. Kristy Buccieri has been advocating for an end to homelessness since her early days as a student when she volunteered at a youth drop-in centre. Her passion for this issue has only grown with time, leading her to develop an innovative approach to educating a new generation of students about homelessness. 


Earlier this month at a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee, Professor Buccieri (Otonabee College fellow) and her colleagues took home the award for Excellence in Online and Blended Learning Innovation from the Online Learning Consortium.
7. Lassonde showcases SARIT to Toronto corporate leaders April 19, 2023

Members of the Lassonde School of Engineering attended the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s (TRBOT) “Above the Radar” event to expand awareness of SARIT, the three-wheeled micro-mobility electric vehicle with a 100-kilometer range, in anticipation of the start of full production in mid-2023.


As the world moves towards a more sustainable future, micro-mobility solutions such as SARIT – which stands for Safe, Affordable Reliable, Innovative Transit – will become increasingly important to reduce greenhouse gases, ease traffic jams and solve parking problems. The SARIT project is a collaboration between manufacturer, and former governor of York University, Frank Stronach, and the SARIT Project Team at Lassonde. Since 2021, York has served as a living lab for the vehicle, with faculty, students and more than two dozen York staff, who are running real-life tests of the cars through their work in areas such as maintenance, security and parking.
8. Ground broken for new Innovation Arena in downtown Kitchener, April 13, 2023

The University of Waterloo and Velocity are officially expanding their presence in downtown Kitchener today with a groundbreaking event at the new Innovation Arena building on Waterloo's Health Sciences campus. 


The new site is part of Waterloo's expanding pipeline for health innovation in southwestern Ontario, thanks to funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), Ontario's provincial government, the City of Kitchener and philanthropic gifts.
9. How will AI chatbots impact education at universities and in our workplaces? April 14, 2023

Technological advancements have allowed humans to use tools to perform tasks on their behalf, even automating them to save people time and increase their convenience. From manufacturing to household items, automation is everywhere. But what happens when you automate language and writing, the cornerstone of our culture and our means to express and communicate with one another?


With the advent of generative artificial intelligence (AI) language models such as ChatGPT (Chat Generative Pre-Trained Transformer), researchers at Ontario Tech University are attempting to answer that question and what AI technology means to education and our world as a whole.
10. UWinnipeg continues to lead in campus sustainability April 17, 2023

As Earth Day 2023 arrives, The University of Winnipeg is recognizing the programs and projects that continue to make it a leader in campus sustainability.


UWinnipeg’s multi-faceted sustainability strategy continues to produce results for people and the planet.
Professional Learning Events 
k2i academy within the Lassonde School of Engineering Grade 9 De-Streamed Resources 
May 16 & 23, 2023                           
Clever Webinar: Securely Powering Digital Learning for All Canadian Schools
May 18, 2023                           
Ontario EdTech Trade Mission to India: Exploring India’s Edtech Sector Webinar 
May 24, 2023                           
Explore 2023 STEM, Robotics and Coding in Education for Educators 
May 27, 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. Little Inventors STEM Challenge Card Set
Let’s Play! Scenario/Problem - Play is not only fun for you and your friends. Play helps both your brain and body grow and be healthy. It has been decided that play is a Human Right and that everyone of all abilities deserves the right to play. Design Challenge - Find a park within your area and observe it critically. You can do this by testing it out and taking notes on what you like and dislike. Redesign the space so that any child would be able to play there, enjoy the space, and feel included.
2. The brain-changing benefits of exercise TED Talk

What's the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood and memory -- and protects your brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.

3. Dealing With Digital Stress

Are your students feeling overwhelmed by technology? Use this free resource to help them manage digital stress and develop healthy digital habits:

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