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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV with EdTech Expert Dwayne Matthews on the Future of AI in Education

Dear Thought Leader, 

Happy National Smile Day! I challenge you to show your pearly whites as you walk into your class, or office to set the tone for the day! You'll be amazed at the difference it makes! One of my reasons to smile today is that it marks the last day to enter Canada's Schools of the Future [Student Invention] Challenge. It's not too late to nominate, or enter an awesome video capturing student innovation in action aligned to the UN SDGs! 
We're excited to be announcing our national winners next month and the awesome 'Classroom Makeover' prizes to be shared across Canada. Over $1 Million in prizing awarded to date! Deadline today at 12 Midnight PST!
Issue Highlights!
  1. As the AI education space continues to heat up, I tapped education technology expert, Dwayne Matthews for a MindShareTV deep dive yesterday. Tune into our recorded podcast to get to help you grapple with this new technology that will continue to shape the future of education.
  2. Speaking of AI, in this issue we share the U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology Report on Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Teaching and Learning.
  3. D2L Desk. How can you possibly innovate a student desk? Leave it to John Baker, CEO, D2L, who this past week announced the launch of the D2L Desk as a metaphor for learning. 
  4. Canadian EdTech Industry Meetup on the Impact of AI in education panel discussion. Join us at the MindShare Workspace, June 20, 5-8pm. Did you know there are some 500 EdTechs in Canada serving the K-20 market? Click to register!
  5. 19th Annual McMurrich Business Day highlights. If you want to see Gr 4-6 students thrive, engage them in a UN SDGs business startup competition and showcase. This cross-curricular two-month competition is designed to hit all the essential provincial curriculum expectations while students are having fun! This issue captures a few of the highlights!
  6. ISTE23 Live! 26th CanAm VIP reception. Don't miss this year's largest North America-wide EdTech conference in Philly! As proud hosts of our 26th CanAm Celebration of Excellence meetup, we're thrilled to showcase the Centre for Architecture & Design. It's not too late to register! Special thanks to our valued partners, ISTE, ClassLink, Government of Canada, to name a few!Win two Comp Passes to ISTELive23 Philadelphia valued at $1,250 U.S.! Educators and Ed Leaders simply write a 250 word blog sharing why you'd like to attend ISTELive23 and how you leveraged tech infused pedagogy this year to engage your students!
  7. Assistive device tech designed for daughter by Saskatchewan Polytechnic Engineering Design and Drafting Technology student has life-changing market potential

One of the key benefits of being in the GTA, I get the opportunity to take in many professional learning events. This past week I was back down at the awesome Microsoft Canada facilities for the Logics Academy Explore23 STEM Camp. I was impressed to see some 100 educators gather on a Saturday to hone their STEM skills. One of my fav sayings, "Passion Has No Clock." Kudos to Logics Academy & Microsoft Canada for being gracious hosts! 


I'm looking forward to the ECNO conference that kicks off this weekend! Watch for updates!


Looking ahead, we're in deep planning mode for our 14th Canadian EdTech Summit --'Empowering Sustainable and Equitable Learning Environments.' Ottawa. Speakers & Sponsors Welcome! Drop me a personal note!


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!


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, student interns and advisory board members for their incredible commitment and support in raising the bar of excellence each week! 


In closing, we are always looking for MindShareTV newsworthy stories to share around learning & innovation across Canada and beyond. And, do let us know how we can help you with you EdTech implementations as that's our wheelhouse as well!  


Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe, and keep the digital learning curve steep!
P.S. This week I was back up at my old stompin grounds, York University for #OTESSA23 Co-hosted by Dr. Valerie Irvine, who heads up the EdTech program at UofVictoria. I look forward to sharing a reflection podcast. It was so great to connect & learn with Dr. Bonnie Stewart from the University of Windsor and other national leaders focused on post-secondary EdTech! We need to strengthen that K20 connection! 
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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MindShare is Pleased to be a Media Partner with ISTE23! Register Now! Join MindShare for the 26th CanAm VIP Reception
19th Annual Business Day Event at 
McMurrich Junior Public School
Always a pleasure to attend the McMurrich Junior Public School business day event, the students developed outstanding STEAM inspired products/services related to the UN SDGs and all proceeds donated to Kids Help Phone, Water First Education & Training Inc. & David Suzuki FDN.
Explore 2023 Spotlight
Awesome hanging out & co-learning at Explore 2023 with Logics Academy & Microsoft Education, great connecting with innovative Stem teachers and edleaders!
Deadline Extended! Today Wednesday, May 31 is the last day to Enter at 12 Midnight PST
CanAm Spotlight
Office of Educational Technology Report on Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Teaching and Learning

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology’s new policy report, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Teaching and Learning: Insights and Recommendations, addresses the clear need for sharing knowledge, engaging educators, and refining technology plans and policies for artificial intelligence (AI) use in education. 


The report describes AI as a rapidly-advancing set of technologies for recognizing patterns in data and automating actions, and guides educators in understanding what these emerging technologies can do to advance educational goals—while evaluating and limiting key risks.
C21 Canada Spotlight

Tweet of the Week
Book of the Week


Teachers often find it difficult to implement lessons that help students go beyond rote memorization and repetitive calculations. In fact, institutional norms and habits that permeate all classrooms can actually be enabling “non-thinking” student behavior. Sparked by observing teachers struggle to implement rich mathematics tasks to engage students in deep thinking, Peter Liljedahl has translated his 15 years of research into this practical guide on how to move toward a thinking classroom.


 Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics, Grades K–12 helps teachers implement 14 optimal practices for thinking that create an ideal setting for deep mathematics learning to occur.
K-12 Top News Stories
1. Tackling misinformation with Minecraft: How these B.C. students are learning to separate fact from fiction, May 23, 2023

Students at a Coquitlam middle school are learning about the dangers of online misinformation using tools to help spot the difference between fact and fiction.

Mason Foulkes, a grade 6/7 teacher at Maple Creek Middle School, says children are inundated daily with online misinformation and disinformation.

"All of your information now is coming from social media feeds. Unverified sources. Misinformation spreads like wildfire. It's the new way we need to prepare our kids for the future." 


Foulkes's lesson plan takes a non-traditional approach to teaching.

Instead of the students simply completing a worksheet, they're exploring a new world in the popular video game Minecraft.
2. ‘Canada is facing an ongoing cyber talent-shortage’: Ontario student teams heading to Waterloo for CyberTitan competition, May 23, 2023

On Monday, May 8, Ontario teams composed of high school and middle school students will be heading to the University of Waterloo for one of Canada’s largest cyber defence competitions. Hosted by the university’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute (CPI), the sixth CyberTitan national finals organized by the Information and Communications Technology Council of Canada (ICTC) will challenge students with real-world cybersecurity situations.


In the rounds of competition, participants will be given test environments where they will be challenged to find cybersecurity vulnerabilities and ways to protect the system while maintaining critical services.
3. How Tech Is Helping Teachers Unlock Student Potential, May 5, 2023
Teachers today are faced with a unique challenge. Education has never been one-size-fits-all, but student needs are more diverse than they’ve ever been. Imagine designing a personalized learning plan for each student—it’s like putting together a puzzle where every piece is unique. And that’s just the start! Teachers also need to give thoughtful feedback, offer more practice opportunities, and track each student’s progress—all without breaking a sweat.
4. Tech and games at the heart of tomorrow’s education, May 30, 2023
It is no secret that technology and digital skills have become a must in today’s world. In our increasingly interconnected and digitalized society, technology permeates nearly every aspect of our lives. From communication and information access to education, business, and even entertainment, the impact of technology is undeniable. As a result, possessing digital skills has become crucial for individuals to thrive and succeed in various domains.
5. D2L Launched a Unique and Adaptable School Desk, May 24, 2023
D2L, a leading global edtech company, in collaboration with Toronto-based creative agency Zulu Alpha Kilo, has reinvented the conventional school desk to align with its vision of personalized learning. The unique, adaptable desk symbolizes D2L's belief in the transformative power of learning and echoes the adaptability of its online learning platforms, such as D2L Brightspace.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. How AI has helped a Newfoundland start-up develop an online exam proctoring process that could have an impact on education technology worldwide, May 23, 2023

In March 2020, as educational institutions made a haphazard transition to the digital world, Ebuka Amaefula found himself surprised. A few months before, Amaefula had moved to St. John’s, N.L., to pursue a Master’s degree in computer science at Memorial University. Before that, while working in India, he and his friend, Isaac Uloko, had developed the first version of Owlya, an artificial intelligence-powered online assessment platform that helps proctors and trainers to detect if a student is cheating.


“It was a solution to a problem that we had,” recalls Amaefula, who, at the time, was working as a software developer but also needed to train teams of fellow employees.

Before the trainees could service clients, however, they needed to pass a test, and Amaefula’s job was to monitor them.“I built a tool that would let me monitor them when they were taking the test without neglecting my responsibilities as a software developer,” he said.
7. Assistive device designed for daughter by Saskatchewan Polytechnic Engineering Design and Drafting Technology student has life-changing market potential, May 29, 2023

When Sheryl Deal headed to Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Moose Jaw campus in 2018 as her daughter Megan’s medical aid, she couldn’t have known where it would lead. Expecting to remain in the background of Megan’s classes unless needed, she found herself with time on her hands and an interest in what was being taught.


“Megan uses a wheelchair and doesn’t need me all the time,” explains Deal. “She’s an independent-minded 23-year-old and really attacks life. My role while she was in class was just being there if needed. I had lots of time to listen in and think.”
8. Seneca Polytechnic and the National Film Board of Canada expand partnership in film animation May 23, 2023

TORONTO, May 23, 2023 /CNW/ - Seneca Polytechnic and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) are strengthening their existing relationship with the signing of a collaboration agreement to enhance ties between the institutions. The agreement creates a formal framework, committing both organizations to ongoing collaboration and engagement.


Through the pact, Seneca students will have opportunities to work on new NFB projects and learn from NFB-sponsored speaker sessions, workshops and presentations. Seneca will provide technical and creative consultation services, develop technical prototypes and tests and promote NFB films within its animation programs and spaces.
9. Lighthouse Labs Releases New Student Outcomes Report, Finds Canada’s Tech Ecosystem Is Still Healthy, May 24, 2023

TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lighthouse Labs, a tech education leader, released results from its 2022 Student Outcomes Report. The report highlights employment outcomes from its Web Development, Data Science, and Cyber Security bootcamps, including graduation rates, employment status and average starting salaries of alumni. The Lighthouse Labs Career Services team supported over 570 graduates looking for jobs from January 2022 to March 2023.


“As digital transformation continues to accelerate rapidly across every industry, the findings from our Student Outcomes Report demonstrate that regardless of external economic disruptions, there will always be opportunities for skilled tech professionals,” said Jeremy Shaki, CEO of Lighthouse Labs. “At Lighthouse Labs, we’ll continue to look for innovative ways to support the next generation of tech talent and provide high-quality tech education that’s accessible to all. We’ve recently rolled out our Flex Initiative across all programs so that students can tailor their learning experience to fit their personal circumstances. We look forward to helping transform the lives and careers of many more students in the future.”
10. McKenna's bold vision featured nationally, cites New Brunswick's "vibrant tech ecosystem" May 12, 2023

New Brunswickers know that, in the words of Frank McKenna, we are "rocking the world of digital transformation" with initiatives like the McKenna Institute.Recent news coverage shows the province is being recognized on the national stage for its world-leading work.Institute founder Frank McKenna was recently featured by The Globe and Mail European correspondent and news veteran Paul Waldie, who highlighted McKenna's uncompromising vision of New Brunswick as a global powerhouse in technological advancement.At the same time, McKenna shared an op-ed in The Hill Times, a trusted Ottawa-based news source in Canadian politics and government.McKenna told Waldie and The Globe and Mail that he is looking to do, "something that would be truly transformational."He sees the University of New Brunswick (UNB), home to Canada's oldest English-language university, first engineering program, faculty of computer science and the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity, as the perfect cradle in which to nurse this revolution.
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Teacher/Parent Resources Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. YouTube Kids Channels That Promote STEM
Fun, engaging videos about science, technology, engineering, and math. The best way to spark kids' interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is to lean into their innate curiosity. And, of course, to make it fun. These videos feature silly experiments, kid-friendly coding skills, smart problem-solving, and more.
2. Your Kids First Solo Steps Online
Your child will rejoice in self-selecting their own videos on YouTube or Netflix, or they love it when you let them play games on their iPad or on your phone. You may be right there co-viewing with them, but eventually, they will engage in some activities solo. You are not alone if you are wondering when you should let this happen, and how often.
3. PBS Kids Summer of Adventure 

Explore and play all summer long with a variety of free resources from PBS KIDS. Spark curiosity and creativity with hands-on activities and games supporting literacy, math, science, and fun. Get started here with summer fun for the whole family!

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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
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