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MindShare Learning Report >> Top 10 Canadian EdTech News Stories of the Week

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April 13th, 2018

Dear Thought Leader,

Happy Friday the 13th! I see it as a lucky day as I was born on the 13th!

Our highlight of the week was hosting the Hon. Minister, Mitzie Hunter, Ontario Minister of  Advanced Learning & Skills at our MindShare Workspace yesterday in partnership with MBOT and Sheridan College. A key announcement was made around the creation of an Ontario Training Bank– An investment of $63m over 3 years. Check out the facebook
stream here.

I was humbled by Minister Hunter raving about our new MindShare Workspace!

It was fortuitous to connect with colleague,  Dr. Randy LaBonte, President, CanLearn from Victoria, B.C. this week while in Toronto for a conference. Excellent discussion comparing notes on the latest trends in online learning across Canada, Speaking of which CanLearn has a super interesting Digital Learning Symposium next week in Vancouver. The always insightful Dr.Tony Bates will be keynoting. I can’t be there, but perhaps you can. It’s not too late to register!

We’re once again proud to partner with ISTE taking place in Chicago, June 24 -27. Members of our community attending, please drop me a note if you’d to attend our 14th CanAm Celebration of Excellence Meetup, June 25th, 5:30pm.

Save the date! Thursday, October 11th, 9th Canadian EdTech Leadership SummitDesigning Next Generation Sustainable & Equitable Learning Spaces, New Location! University of Toronto, School of Management & Innovation, Mississauga Campus. Drop me an email if you are interested in speaking or sponsoring!

I hope you’re enjoying our new weekly Top10 reports. We were humbled by the many positive comments received and welcome your continued feedback and
personal updates!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Curator, The MindShare Learning Report™
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™

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LIONS FAMILY MOURNS LOSS OF MEN’S HOCKEY ALUMNUS MARK CROSS

As past chair of the York University hockey alumni, I would like to honour fellow York alumnus Mark Cross, a 5-year player with the Lions and assistant Captain, who was tragically killed in last week’s Humboldt Broncos bus accident in Sask. Mark was hired this season as an assistant coach with his roots in Sask.

– Robert Martellacci

For those that want to support and keep Mark’s memory thriving at York, the Athletics & Recreation department has established a fund to support the Men’s Hockey program in Mark’s honour.  The department will also be matching dollar for dollar the first $50,000 in donations. You can show your support by clicking  here or going to giving.yorku.ca/markcross.

Team Canada at the Global E2 Microsoft Conference.
1. Honourable Mitzie Hunter, Ontario Minister of Advanced Education and Skills, Announces the Ontario Training Bank An investment of $63m over 3 yrs
April 13th, 2018 – MindShare Learning
Robert Martellacci (right) presents Honourable Mitzie Hunter (middle) with a MindShare Workspace athletic wear in preparation for her upcoming election marathon.
2. Announcing Canada’s 10th Classroom of the Future Video Challenge Extreme Makeover Winners
April 13th, 2018 – MindShare Learning
The Classroom of the Future contest challenged Canadian publicly funded school teachers to create and capture innovative teaching & learning with technology practices depicting how they engaged and motivated their students through a short video.
3. THIS WEEK IN EDTECH recorded Periscope Podcast between Robert Martellacci and Stephen Hurley from VoicEd Radio
4. TakingITGlobal Receives $2.5M for coding & digital skills to help young Canadians, particularly Indigenous youth, build digital skills and benefit from innovations in technology
5. The man who’s fighting girls’ ‘mathematophobia’
April 9th, 2018 – Toronto Star

As a teenager beginning high school in his Ivory Coast homeland, Ismael Mourifié looked around his classroom and understood something was inherently wrong.

He’d been placed in the math stream based on an admission exam that determined aptitude. But among the almost 45 students, there were only four or five girls. The next year, that number dropped to two.

It didn’t make any sense, Mourifié thought. Math isn’t an innate skill; there shouldn’t be such a dramatic gender disparity.

6. My Classroom, my Space Station!
March 29th, 2018 – Canadian Space Agency

Participating students will explore how environmental conditions influence mental and physical health, and identify the best conditions for healthy and effective living. This knowledge is important not only on Earth, but also on the International Space Station and someday maybe even on the Moon or Mars!

7. Creating the Tech Leaders of Tomorrow is Critical to Fueling Canada’s Innovation Economy
April 9th, 2018 – Microsoft Canada

Being a proud Canadian, I am extremely passionate about this country’s future. There is so much energy and innovation transcending in our true North and I believe that Canada’s future will be defined by the innovation economy. Since 2016, the digital economy has grown by $2.43 billion or 3.4% – 1% higher than the growth seen in the Canadian economy overall – and in 2017, the employment of ICT professionals outpaced the entire economy by a rate of 6 to 1.

8. Malgosia Green Departs Top Hat to Take on Role as Plenty of Fish CEO
April 12th, 2018 – Betakit

Top Hat’s former chief product officer Malgosia Green has departed from the company and taken on the role as CEO of Plenty of Fish.

Prior to Top Hat, which develops a cloud-based teaching platform for universities and colleges to share content, Green acted as CEO of Savvica, a marketing and recruiting services company for academic institutions.

9. Memorial University launches K-6 STEM teacher education program
April 13th, 2018 – Academica

An innovative program launched by Memorial’s Faculty of Education will help to position the institution at the leading edge of STEM teacher education in Canada.

“The program responds to increasing local, national and international focus on the sciences, digital technologies, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in schools,” said Dr. Kirk Anderson, dean, Faculty of Education.

10. Canvas by Instructure Now Available in Canada
April 3rd, 2018 – Cision
Canvas by Instructure, Inc. (NYSE:  INST), the open online learning management system (LMS) that makes teaching and learning easier, is now available in Canada. Higher education and K-12 learning institutions across the country now have the ability to access the full cloud-native Canvas LMS platform through AWS Canada.

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