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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV Podcast Featuring Dr. Kecia Ray, Co-producer of Tech & Learning EdExec Summit

Dear Thought Leader, 

I trust you are enjoying the summer relaxing, reflecting and recharging for back to school that is seemingly arriving at an accelerated pace with age! 
This past week I was honoured to attend the ERDI U.S. Summer Institute in D.C. as an EdTech Expert Network Advisor. This event attracts senior district leaders from across America who connect with education industry leaders in a collegial setting to solve some of the most complex challenges in K12 education; in my estimation unparalleled summer professional learning led by ERDI CEO, Dr. Jennifer Ferrari. 
While I presented on the Future of AI in Education and guided EdTech industry partners on strategy as part of my role in being there, I'm equally grateful for the collaborative learning community conversations that stretched my thinking and vision for the future of education across North America and beyond. 
Why am I going down this professional learning rabbit hole when everyone in education appeared so done with the academic year? 
My worry is that we are on the cusp of the most significant technology revolution (driven in large part by A.I.) in education since the industrial revolution and we are not ready for it. According to one of our Top 10 articles in this issue, "86% of Canadians say they are not prepared to meet the digital skills requirements of the future."
Hence, our inspiration for our upcoming 14th Canadian EdTech Summit -- Empowering Innovative & Sustainable Learning Environments for the Future, with a lens on equity and inclusion. We need to collectively do our part to prepare our next generation students with the essential skills like the 7Cs (competencies for deep learning) crafted by C21 Canada to help all students be resilient and agile learners and leaders to be better prepared for an increasingly complex world.
Issue Highlights!
  1. Announcing the Opening Keynote at the 14th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit -- Daniel Sax, CEO & Co-founder, Canadian Space Mining Corporation. Daniel will surely provide inspiration to innovating education as he and his team work with CSA and NASA to solve greater challenges beyond earth.
  2. Be sure to tune into my podcast with renowned education technology expert,        Dr. Kecia Ray, MindShare TV Podcast on EdTech Trends and Unpacking the EdExec Summit for Industry and Education leaders
  3.  Rosedale girls are national champs for reinventing a more sustainable Sarnia on Minecraft
  4. Educators 'wholly unprepared' for student use of artificial intelligence
  5. Concordians launch the first space-bound student-built satellite in Quebec
  6. Canada struggles to prepare its workforce for changing digital economy
  7. Thinking of making a pivot into the education technology industry and not sure where to start? Register for our soon-to-release EdTech Professional Microcredential Course Launch & Summer Institute (hybrid) August 22. Only $50 for the first 50 people! 

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 Back-to-School 2023! Our passion is to connect the dots between education and EdTech partners to help all students achieve their full potential.


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 your 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. Don't forget to register for the MindShare EdTech Industry golf tournament 
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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14th Canadian EdTech Summit 2023 
Announcing our Opening Keynote,
Daniel Sax, Co-founder & CEO, Canadian Space Mining Corporation
Summer Institute EdTech Industry Bootcamp--EdTech Professional Microcredential as a Career Option Course $50 for the First 50 Special
To celebrate the highly anticipated EdTech Professional course, MindShare Learning is running a special promotion $50 for the first 50 people to register for the course launching in mid August! Reserve your spot now!  
Register NOW for the EdTech Industry Bootcamp Launching the EdTech as a Career Option Course & Receive the Course for FREE (Valued at $399)
STEAM Works Studio Canada Robotics & Coding Summer Camps at the MindShare Workspace
So much learning, excitement & growth taking place at MindShare Workspace! Our enthusiastic Summer Campers embarked on a thrilling adventure of building robots & coding cool games!
ERDI Conference Highlights 
Amazing few days at ERDI US Summer Institute in Washington DC! Honoured to present at the Executive Briefing on the Future of AI in Education with EdTech legend Kathy Hurley. Kudos to the ERDI US team!
Congratulations to our dear friend & colleague, Berg Akian, CEO Classlink, Recipient of the ERDI Kathy Hurley Distinctive Mentor Award for his selfless and inspirational leadership
Congratulations to the 15th Schools of the Future [Student Invention] Challenges Winners!
C21 Canada Spotlight
Register NOW for the School Leadership in the Era of ChatGPT Webinar Hosted by Dell Technologies Education Strategy Team


During this webinar, you will explore essential concepts, analyze district resources in light of recent ChatGPT breakthroughs, and provide examples of how educational institutions and businesses are already adapting. Date: July 25th Time: 11:00 am CST

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This approachable, in-depth guide unites the adaptability of Universal Design for Learning with the flexibility of blended learning, equipping educators with the tools they need to create relevant, authentic, and meaningful learning pathways to meet students where they’re at, no matter the time and place or their pace and path. With step-by-step guidance and clear strategies, authors Katie Novak and Catlin Tucker empower teachers to implement these frameworks in the classroom, with a focus on cultivating community, building equity, and increasing accessibility for all learners.
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K-12 Top News Stories
1. N.S. students win chance to drive lunar rover here on Earth, June 20, 2023

It's not every day Grade 9 students can try their hand at operating a real lunar rover, but that’s what a class at Centre Scolaire de la Rive Sud did Wednesday. From their Cookville, N.S., classroom, about a dozen students split into teams working together to remotely maneuver the small robotic machine on a mock lunar surface located in Stratford, Ont.
2. EV summer camp in Sudbury aims to train the minds of the future, July 17, 2023

A summer camp aimed at introducing young people to careers in the electric automotive industry began in Sudbury on Monday. Dubbed 'Electrifying the Future,' the camp was organized by Laurentian University in partnership with Cambrian College and Collège Boréal. The camp is free for ages nine to 14 thanks to $500,000 in funding from the provincial government designed to address a workforce gap in the automotive industry.
3. New Partnership Enhances Students Access to Technology, July 6, 2023

York Region District School Board's partnership with ComKids is helping to help bridge the technology gap for students. The program aims to provide technology to students who may not have access, and promote digital literacy skills. This year, students at Deer Park P.S., Jersey P.S. and Morning Glory P.S. benefited from the program. Hear from students about how they felt receiving their new laptops and how they are using them to support schoolwork and learning.
4. The Future of Generative AI in Edtech, July 12, 2023

The EdExec Summit is a new event from Tech & Learning that brings together senior executives from companies serving the K-12 industry for a three-day networking conference dedicated to the business of education. Presenter Adam Garry, Senior Director of Education Strategy with Dell, discusses the future of generative AI in K-12 edtech.

“Since the pandemic, we have shifted the nature of how technology is used in schools,” says Garry. “Future Source data shows that 98% of school districts have a one-to-one system for their students. From one watershed moment to the next and current one—generative AI—we have changed how we utilize technology in the education process as tools for both learning and operations.”
5. Rosedale girls are national champs for reinventing a more sustainable Sarnia on Minecraft, July 5, 2023

An all-girl team of Grade 6 and 7 students from Rosedale School has placed first in Canada in a contest that required them to design a better Sarnia, create it using Minecraft, and narrate a four-minute video being shared with the world.


The challenge put to them was to study global sustainability goals as set out by the United Nations and envision what their own community would look like if it met those goals.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Educators 'wholly unprepared' for student use of artificial intelligence, July 4, 2023

As students gain access to an exploding array of artificial intelligence applications — from ChatGPT to Bing and Bard AI — public schools and universities are scrambling to address the sea change to ensure academic integrity is upheld.


But instead of banning AI tools or policing student work, experts say educators must reinvent how they teach through critical thinking, comparing original work to AI outputs and providing “authentic” assessments for stronger learning outcomes.


“Educators at every level are wholly unprepared for teaching with ChatGPT or any AI app for the coming school year,” says Sarah Elaine Eaton, an associate professor and ethics expert with the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education.
7. "Let's Talk AI" Podcast Series, July 11, 2023

Waterloo.AI’s “Let’s Talk AI” podcast series, enables connectivity to learn about our AI researchers behind the projects and breakthroughs. Through an informal discussion, we shed light on the researcher’s area of focus, what started them in AI, and what insights and vision they have for the path ahead.
8. Brock explores future of AI with advisory group, academic integrity study, July 17, 2023

With the future impact of artificial intelligence (AI) in educational settings still unknown, Brock experts are gathering critical data to help navigate the new technological landscape while also providing valuable insight for post-secondary institutions.


Rahul Kumar and Michael Mindzak, researchers with AI expertise and Assistant Professors in the Department of Educational Studies, are representing Brock in the Canada-wide Artificial Intelligence and Academic Integrity Study (AIAI Study), which builds on a previous AI pilot study the pair completed in spring 2022.
9. Concordians launch the first space-bound student-built satellite in Quebec, July 6, 2023

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on a resupply mission to the International Space Station on June 5. On board was Space Concordia’s Orbital Dust Imaging Nanosat (SC-ODIN), the first space-bound student-built satellite in Quebec.


SC-ODIN was developed in partnership with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and Nanoracks — a satellite rideshare service provider. Its primary mission is to gather multispectral images of aerosol particles from dust storms on the Namibian coast to provide data for climate research.
10. Canada struggles to prepare its workforce for changing digital economy July 14, 2023
Canadians have been falling behind when it comes to adopting digital skills, leaving its work force ill-prepared to meet the needs of an increasingly digital economy. Now, organizations are partnering with educational institutions to offer new alternatives to traditional degree programs.
According to Salesforce Canada’s 2022 Digital Skills Index, 81 per cent of Canadians say they don’t have the resources to learn the digital skills required by businesses today, and 86 per cent say they are not prepared to meet the digital skills requirements of the future.
Professional Learning Events 
School Leadership in the Era of ChatGPT Webinar Hosted by Dell Technologies Education Strategy Team
July 25, 2023                           
Summer Institute EdTech Industry Bootcamp
August 22, 2023                           
Tech & Learning Ed Exec Summit 
September 6-8, 2023                           
3rd Annual Fall EdTech Industry Charity Golf Tournament 
September 25, 2023                           
14th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit (Save the Date)
November 2-3, 2023                           
November 7-9, 2023                           
EduTech East
November 21, 2023                  

Teacher/Parent Resources Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. Tiny Tap Games

Break the limits of your child’s education with over 250K games made by teachers worldwide
2. Blackboyscode: Introduction to Computer Science with Python 3
Join the session for an Introduction To Computer Science With Python 3 Workshop on Saturday, July 22, 2023 and July 29, 2023 for boys ages 13-17.
Did you know in the GTA alone, there are over 4100 job postings for Python developers?
3. Code Club Canada 


A Nationwide Network Of Volunteer-Led Coding Clubs For Children Aged 8-12

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Maxim Jean-Louis, CEO, Contact North/Contact Nord, 
Gary Kern, Principal, St. George's School 
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David Marsi, Senior Manager Training Initiatives, ScotiaMcLeod  
Mirella Rossi, Superintendent of Education, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
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