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May 20, 2019

This Week In Canadian EdTech Top 10 News Stories MindShare Learning Report >> Issue #228>>Victoria Day Long Weekend Edition

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Top 10 Issue #228, May 17, 2019

Dear Thought Leader,
Welcome to our special Victoria Day Long Weekend edition of this Week in Canadian EdTech Top 10 eMagazine brought to you by the MindShare Learning Report.
With Spring-like weather finally upon us, I look forward to enjoying some gardening and perhaps a hike with our family later in the day.
A great segue to a “must read” blog I just stumbled upon this morning, Developing Strong Resilient Kids, by Chris Smeaton, Superintendent, Holy Spirit Catholic Schools, a colleague and valued member of the C21 Canada CEO Academy. The genesis of the blog speaks to kids enjoying unstructured play outdoors with a healthy dose of stress. One of the ways in which I achieved this with my kids and for me personally is also through sport. I find playing hockey, golf, hiking, gardening and other fitness & leisure related activites to be my life coping mechanism.
I see too many parents over programming their kids, or not managing their ‘family’ screen time. Spring is a good time to re-calibrate the live, work, learn & play schedule. Hence, it’s time for me to wrap this up and move outdoors!
In closing, I’m looking forward to sharing and learning next week at the OECD Education 2030 Conference co-hosted with the B.C. Ministry of Education in Vancouver. Watch for my social media updates!

We hope you enjoy this week’s edition of This Week in Canadian EdTech Top10! Thanks for inspiring us to raise the bar with every issue we publish! Don’t forget to send us your comments, tips, research, success stories and upcoming events!
Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S. Be sure to have a listen to this week’s featured podcast with two awesome John Fraser High School Students having built a drone from scratch and now off to compete in the Destination Imagination World competition in Kansas City Next Week. We’re a proud Supporters!

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Founder, MindShare Workspace
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn

Quote of the Week
Featured Podcast of the Week: Pratham & Milan off to the Worlds as Champions of Regional & Provincial Destination Imagination Competition
This Week in Canadian EdTech
Robert Martellacci, Founder & Chief Digital Publisher, MindShare Report and Stephen Hurley, Founder of VoicEd Radio tackle the hot issues of the week in learning & innovation simulcast on VoicEd and twitter (Periscope)
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1. University education is ripe for disruption
theglobeandmail, May 12, 2019

Former Microsoft and Nokia executive Stephen Elop is McMaster University’s distinguished engineering executive in residence. Ishwar Puri is McMaster’s dean of engineering.

It’s pretty clear we’re living in an age of rapid disruption.

The internet disrupted information. Cellphones, e-mail and social media disrupted communication. Ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft have disrupted cab companies. On-demand food-delivery apps such as Skip the Dishes are upending the restaurant business, while Airbnb does the same to hotels. Netflix is reinventing television before our eyes.

2. How software company D2L revolutionized the way classrooms function

When John Baker was a third-year student at the University of Waterloo, he found himself musing on this not-at-all-grandiose question: “What’s the key problem that I could solve that would have the biggest impact on the world?” As an engineering student in 1999, Baker needed only look around his classroom for an answer. Assignments were still printed and delivered by hand; professors used markers and acetate slides for their lectures; cellphones were absolutely not allowed in class. “It was easy to see how technology could change your life,” says Baker.

3. City students medal at Skills Ontario competition, next stop Halifax
barrietoday.com, May 9, 2019

The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) sent 41 students from 10 schools to the  2019 Skills Ontario Competition held in Toronto from May 6 to 8.

SCDSB competitors won medals in nine categories: three gold, five silver and one bronze. In addition, the SCDSB won the School Board Award of Distinction, presented to the school board that places in the top ten in the most contests.

4. Ontario Tech University experts sharing high-tech discoveries on the international stage.
Technological innovation in today’s world changes so rapidly, it’s almost impossible for consumers to keep pace. It doesn’t take long for last year’s newest software or must-have gadget to suddenly be passé, superseded by something faster or more functional.

Researchers at Ontario Tech University focus on how technology can improve our quality of life. They explore the moral and conscience-related aspects of tech pertaining to human-computer interaction (CHI).

5. Canadian teams on the world stage

Toronto, ON (April 29, 2019) More than 40 Canadian High school teams, 6  FIRST LEGO League and 4  FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams competed at the 2019  FIRST Robotics World Championship this weekend in Detroit, MI. 43,000 attendees watched students from 37 countries compete with Team-Built Robots and Showcase Innovation Skills through all FIRST programs.  With thousands of cheering fans, the four-day event came to close this Saturday where one thing was clear: Canada would dominate. And they did.

6. Seventeen countries sign promise to fight spread of online extremist content
www.itworldcanada.com, May 15, 2019

Canada is among 17 countries and eight technology companies that today endorsed the so-called  Christchurch Call to Action for governments and industry to improve fighting the spread of terrorist and extremist content online. The signings took place in Paris.

The non-binding declaration is named after a call to action following the March 15 shootings in two mosques in the New Zealand city, where the shooter was able to live stream his actions across social media.

7. Group will use $10M prize to teach tech skills across Nunavut
nunatsiaq.com, May 15, 2019

A group of Nunavut organizations has won a $10-million prize from the Canadian Smart Cities Challenge through Infrastructure Canada, which they’ll use to teach technology and digital arts skills throughout Nunavut.

The Pinnguaq Association, a Pangnirtung-based organization that operates the Iqaluit Makerspace, partnered with the Nunavut Association of Municipalities, the Embrace Life Council and Qaujigiartiit Health Research to submit a proposal to create a network of makerspace hubs across the territory.

The Iqaluit Makerspace program opened in September 2018 and offers a daily after-school program that focuses on teaching kids coding and digital arts.

8.”8 Students, 1 Ancient Computer. Why Ontario Isn’t Ready For E-Learning”

huffingtonpost.ca, May 16, 2019

TORONTO — When Amal Qayum works on her online social science class, she usually can’t connect to the spotty internet at her Niagara Falls high school.

Instead, the Grade 12, straight-A student at Westlane Secondary School links her personal laptop to her phone data, despite the school touting a specialized technology learning stream. The plan costs $100 a month,which Qayum said she pays for using money she saved up from her summer job.

When Qayum heard about the provincial government’s  plan to require all high school students earn credits for four courses online starting in the 2020 school year, she questioned how schools would make it work.

9. Montreal’s Dow Planetarium reopens as university entrepreneurship hub

After two years of renovations,  Montreal’s Dow Planetarium became the new home of technology entrepreneurship centre, Centech, last fall. The centre’s objective is to provide a unique work environment for entrepreneurs in the early stages of their projects, and the iconic round building has become a place of new possibilities for École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS).

The former planetarium resembles a bustling spacecraft, with its recognizable dome, tall glass bays and circular hallways. It serves as a workspace for over a hundred businesses and some 300 students in entrepreneurship courses. ÉTS chose this well-known Montreal building as its incubator for entrepreneurs because of “the building’s scientific character” and “the connection that will be forged between innovation and new technologies,” says Richard Chénier, general manager of Centech.

10. Industry, government, academics form group to help solve Canada’s cyber talent shortage
itworldcanada.com, May 16, 2019

Another piece of the Information Technology Association of Canada’s strategy for increasing the number of cyber security professionals has fallen into place.

ITAC said Wednesday a group of industry, governments and academics have formed the Cybersecurity Talent Alliance to craft a plan for cyber security education and workforce development.

“The purpose is to energize and promote a collaborate network for cyber security education, training and workforce development by co-ordinating with governments, academia and industry partners to build on existing programs and facilitate change innovation,” Gina van Dalen, executive director of ITAC’s talent and business technical forum, said in an interview.

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May 10, 2019

CanAm Special Classroom Of The Future National Winners Edition Of The MindShare Learning Report >>May 2019, Volume 12 Issue 4

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May 2019, Volume 12 Issue 4
Happy teacher appreciation week to all the awesome teachers across Canada and beyond who deserve a HUGE thank you during this special week!

I’m honoured to be surrounded by teachers in my family and within my professional circles on a daily basis!

As you prepare our next generation of leaders of today and tomorrow, never underestimate the impact you make on your students as I can think of a number of teachers who helped shape me and whose words of wisdom I continue to share. Case in point, Mrs. Fogarty, Grade 12 English, “the only sign of life is grow.” This simple statement instilled a ‘growth’ mindset very early in life.

It’s most fitting during this special week that I announce our 11th Classroom of the Future Challenge: Extreme Classroom Makeover National Winners! Congratulations to the following:

 

1st Prize: Teacher, Blair Fitzsimons, St. Mary-St. Cecilia Catholic Elementary School, Morrisburg, Ontario.

https://youtu.be/INLW5xVBn_g

 

2nd Prize: Teacher, Robert Cannone, Blessed Trinity Catholic Elementary School, Maple, ON.  https://youtu.be/FSNxOt-M1LU

 

3rd Prize: Teacher, Trent Hamm, Weledeh Catholic School

Yellowknife.

https://youtu.be/99_k9MMckik

 

Congratulations to our national winners!  And, thanks to all contest entrants, whose videos will be profiled through our MindShare Report in social media and through our MindShare Report. Collectively, your innovative teaching practices demonstrating how you inspire your students to learn on a daily basis are making a national impact; thanks again for sharing your transformational learning journeys!

Special thanks to our judge’s panel: Tim Gard (Lead Judge), Katina Papulkas (Dell EMC Education Lead) and Dean Vendramin (Last year’s Contest Winner).
We’re exciting to share that next year we’ll be transforming our conference into a ‘Schools of the Future Challenge 2020.’ Stay tuned!

Special thanks to our generous sponsors who helped make this contest possible: Title sponsor: DELL EMC; Dremel, Logics Academy, Microsoft Education, C21 Canada and Ergotron. During the past 11 years we have provided over $500,000 in tech tools for schools across Canada. Equally important is the knowledge sharing amongst peers was grow our vast learning community.

Looking ahead …. SAVE the DATE! We’re proud to be hosting our  11th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit—The Future of Education and Skills 2030, December 5-6, Vancouver, B.C. in partnership with the Coquitlam SD43. Speaker and sponsorship opportunities are available! Please drop me a note!

I hope you enjoy our May issue of the CanAm Special MindShare Report. We enjoy receiving your news and comments. Thank you for your continued support!
Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S. Thanks to my supporters for the ConnectedNorth in a  #Hockey Tournament #Fundraiser #Tech4Good to Raise Funds for Indigenous  #Student #Learning! Collectively, we raised over $400K!

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn

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The Best Way of Learning is by Doing!
By Dr. Karen Grose, Associate Partner MindShare Learning Technology

Last week, the Ontario Cooperative Education Association (OCEA) held their annual conference in Niagara Falls. A professional organization of Ontario Cooperative Education and Experiential Learning Professionals, nearly 400 teachers attended to network, learn and share best practices to support excellence in the education of all students in Ontario. The conference kicked off with a compelling keynote address by Jamie MacMillan, a journeyman, ironworker and boilermaker, who discussed the huge potential for opportunity and career satisfaction in the trades, as well as the difficulties still faced by women entering these areas of work. Highlights also included a wide variety of professional learning opportunities including a trip to Niagara College where teachers learned about available programs, toured the campus facilities and participated in a hands-on horticulture activity and a series of interactive learning sessions focused on course delivery, career and life planning, and educational technology.

K12 Stories

Both Sides Of The EdTech Debate Are Wrong – Here’s Why

forbes.com: May 6, 2019

Nova Scotia H.S. drawing international attention for Indigenous language Beatles’ song

Memorial High School: April 25, 2019

Charlottetown teen first P.E.I. student ever selected to Math Team Canada

journalpioneer.com: May 3rd,2019

Middle school students meet at U of L to Talk Science

Fresh from the Farm enrollment now open to schools across the province for 2019

Imagine a Canada – youth leading Reconciliation

news.umanitoba.ca: May 1, 2019

Twenty Ontario high school entrepreneurs will ‘Make their Pitch’ at Discovery 2019

news.umanitoba.ca: May 2, 2019
Post-Secondary Stories

Canadian universities score big in new sustainable development rankings

universityaffairs.ca: April 29, 2019

NBCC learner wins Innovation Award

University of Montreal and Classcraft Team Up to Research and Advance Responsible Use of AI in K-12

einnews.com: Apr 25, 2019

Are we preparing new graduates to succeed in an age of automation?

thespec.com: May 2, 2019

Immersive training simulator brings job sites to classrooms

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Musings – Connectors, Leaders, People on the Move!

What an honour an treat participate in the Tech4Good Hockey Tourney as part of the Connected North project. It was awesome and inspiring meeting some of the NHL alumni on the ice and after the games socially. They were very genuine and humble and were happy to go down memory lane and share stories. Notable names were Brian Trottier and Gary Leeman, who I really connected with. Many of these players volunteer their time in an effort to inspire aboriginal youth travelling to the north to visit schools and instruct and play in shinney hockey games.

The excellent news is that over $400K was raised for the project! It was especially fun to meet up with some of our C21 members in Compugen, and TakingITGlobal, who were organizers of the event in partnershp with Cisco. This initiative will help enable teachers in the north connect their students to renowned experts and peers in classrooms around the world.

Next year I’m planning to enter a Canada EdTech Team. So please reach out to me if you’re interested!

My one word for 2019 as you may know is hashtag #Balance. Having just returned from vacation (partly inspired by a friend who recently told me I’m a workaholic!), I wanted to share this special family ‘roadtrip’ experience to Phoenix, Sedona and the Grand Canyon. All very special and spiritual places. I believed it was super important to carve out special time to celebrate the recent achievements of our kids at university. Our time together hiking, golfing and lounging by the pool with little access to tech brought us closer together and was most memorable. While I love tech I’m reminded that it’s use needs to be purposeful and balanced. And that our work, learning & leisure environments will impact our well-being. Hence, I challenge you to strive for balance. Share you to create inspired moments with family and friends that will no doubt energize you and your colleagues just as I am in preparation for a busy week ahead! Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!

If you have an event or story to share, please tell us about it! We also encourage you to share your comments!
Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!
R.M.

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April 29, 2019

This Week In Canadian EdTech Top 10 News Stories MindShare Learning Report >> Issue #227>> April 26

A newsletter from a Canadian educational technology organization from Friday’s inbox.

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Top 10 Issue #227, April 26, 2019

Dear Thought Leader,
Welcome to our This Week in Canadian EdTech Top 10 newsletter brought to you by the MindShare Report.
One of the highlights of my week; my son Michael just wrote his final exam yesterday to complete his undergraduate degree at UofT Rotman commerce. I’m so proud of this highly focused young man, who will go on to complete his summer post-graduate accounting program, then on to KPMG. For my educator colleagues, you’ll be pleased to know that Michael’s declared that he’d like to become a professor as he thoroughly enjoyed his role as a teaching assistant that last three years.
Tonight was a late but memorable NHL alumni draft party with teammates in preparation for tomorrow’s Tech4Good hockey tournament fundraiser.
I’m honoured to be playing on a team with the Cisco Blades! Connected North is a breakthrough program leveraging interactive, high definition video to deliver education and youth mental health and wellness services to students in Indigenous communities in Canada’s remote north. I will be among 300 players who will hit the ice at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex in Oakville, Ontario to help raise critically needed funds to enable the program to serve more communities and add more schools and students to the network. Special thanks to my generous supporters! It’s not too late to lend your support!

https://secure.connectednorth.org/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?RegistrationID=4376943#&panel1-2

There is no shortage of insightful and inspiring K12 & post-secondary learning & tech news from across our vast Canadian landscape and beyond this week.
We hope you enjoy this week’s edition of This Week in Canadian EdTech Top10! Thanks for inspiring us to raise the bar with every issue we publish! Don’t forget to send us your comments, news stories and upcoming events!
Until next time, 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
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn

Quote of the Week

“BCIT is committed to providing flexible pathways to learning, to facilitating reskilling, and to improving learner access—particularly for underrepresented groups, said President Kathy Kinloch. “This announcement will enable us to continue the important work of supporting Indigenous communities and students through delivery of skills training and providing opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the marine industry.”


                                                 
    Kathy Kinloch
                                                     President, British Columbia Institute of Technology

This Week in Canadian EdTech
1. U of T named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2019
utoronto.ca, April 22, 2019

The University of Toronto has been recognized as  one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2019 for the sixth consecutive year.

This designation, issued by editors of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project at Mediacorp Canada Inc., recognizes employers who are leaders in developing exceptional sustainability initiatives and creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations.

2. Reveling In STEM Education As An Adult Learner
forbes.com, April 19, 2019

Practical science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills are crucial in order to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s world.

There are many who are working hard to provide our youth with what they need to succeed in STEM careers. This can be difficult, however, for those who didn’t experience a robust education themselves.

3. AI tech company receives $3M in funding
greenhousecanada.com, April 22, 2019

Federal foundation, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) has announced an investment of $3 million in an AI-based platform for pest management and yield prediction technology.

The investment’s recipient is Ecoation Innovation Solutions, a BC company that combines robotics, machine learning and measurements of plant health and biochemistry to created automated solutions ..
4. Nine leading global universities are working together to design an infrastructure for digital verifiable credentials of academic achievement.
Digital technology has had a profound effect on the way we learn.
A wealth of materials is available to us at all times. We can easily connect with other learners, or communicate with our professors. Increasingly, technology is acting as personal guide that can support our individual interests and pathways. But the way we issue and manage academic credentials has not changed that much – and doesn’t take advantage of the possibilities of digital technology.
5. Minecraft can increase problem solving, collaboration and learning – yes, at school
nationalpost.com, April 22, 2019

A video game like Minecraft in schools might trouble some parents. As a Canada research chair in technologies and education, my hope is both parents and educators take the time to learn about how using Minecraft at school could be beneficial.

Firstly, parents and teachers are right to ask questions about video gaming, particularly given sometimes conflicting messages about its impact. Some researchers caution about the possible impacts of child and youth exposure to violence or problems of gaming addiction or screen saturation, while others say fears may be exaggerated and it’s a matter of balance.

6. Innovators aim for a cleaner environment
sfu.ca.com, April 18, 2019

Hassan Murad is making waves in the clean technology sector. Recently named one of Forbes Magazine’s top five to watch in artificial intelligence (AI), the Simon Fraser University Surrey alumnus is also demonstrating the value of post-secondary opportunities in the sustainable technology field.

Murad is the co-creator of Oscar – an AI-powered visual sorting system that automatically identifies recycling from trash and instructs users on how to sustainably dispose of their waste.

7. Red Deer student selected for $80,000 STEM scholarship
lacombeonline.com, April 18, 2019

Grade 12 student Allison Guthrie has been offered $80,000 to attend the University of Calgary after being selected for a prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship.

Schulich Leader Scholarships are Canada’s most coveted undergraduate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) scholarships. 25 scholarships are valued at $100,000 for engineering and 25 are valued at $80,000 for science and math. All award recipients must be entrepreneurial-minded high school students enrolling in a science, technology, engineering or math program at 20 partner universities across Canada.

Every high school in Canada can nominate one graduating student each year to apply for the scholarship. According to their website, 320 scholarships have been awarded across Canada.

8. Ford government poised to spend $1.6B to ensure no teachers lose jobs due to larger class sizes

cbc.ca, April 25, 2019

Ontario’s education minister will issue a directive to school boards Friday about $1.6 billion being put toward ensuring no teachers are laid off because of higher class sizes.

Boards will also learn their funding allocations for the next school year. The funding, known as Grants for Student Needs, will increase from last year — it was $24.5 billion for 2018-19 — though “not massively,” senior government sources said.

9. Government of Canada invests in marine training for women, Northerners, Inuit and Indigenous peoples through the Oceans Protection Plan

Cision, April 24, 2019

Indigenous coastal communities share ties to Canada’s oceans that span generations. They value them as a source of livelihood, food security, and transportation routes. The Oceans Protection Plan is providing Indigenous peoples with new opportunities to protect and preserve Canada’s oceans and sea routes.

Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport announced that the Government of Canada is providing funding over three years to the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) to deliver a program to increase access to marine training courses for Indigenous communities.

This $6.2 million in funding under the Oceans Protection Plan to BCIT will deliver a joint project with Camosun College to engage and consult with Indigenous communities to establish the full scope of training to be delivered and provide options to deliver training in Indigenous communities. BCIT and Camosun will also work with a number of industry partners, marine employers, and Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary to offer opportunities to work and gain experience at sea.

10. Leading universities partner with IBM to Accelerate joint research and drive educational opportunities in quantum computing
Cision, April 25, 2019

 

IIBM (NYSE:  IBM) today announced the expansion of the IBM Q Network to include a number of global universities with the intent to partner with IBM to accelerate joint research in quantum computing, and develop curricula to help prepare students for careers that will be influenced by this next era of computing, across science and business.

 

The  IBM Q Network™ is the world’s first community of Fortune 500 companies, startups, academic institutions and research labs working to advance quantum computing and explore practical applications.

 

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April 22, 2019

This Week in Canadian EdTech Top 10 News Stories MindShare Learning Report >> Issue #225>> April 19

A newsletter from a Canadian-based educational technology organization from this past Friday.

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Top 10 Issue #225, April 19, 2019

Dear Thought Leader,
Welcome to the Easter long weekend edition of This Week in Canadian EdTech Top 10 brought to you by the MindShare Report.
There is no shortage of insightful and inspiring K12 & post-secondary learning & tech news from across our vast Canadian landscape and beyond this week.
Be sure to checkout our featured podcast of the week: Lia De Cicco-Remu, Director, Teacher Engagement Strategy, Microsoft Education Canada.
Save the date! Going to ISTE19? Email me to join us at our16th CanAm Celebration of Excellence Meetup, Tuesday, June 25th, Philadelphia, PA
We hope you enjoy this week’s edition of This Week in Canadian EdTech Top10! Thanks for inspiring us to raise the bar with every issue we publish! Don’t forget to send us your comments, news stories and upcoming events!
Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S. I’m honoured to be participating in the Tech4Good hockey tournament with the Cisco Blades! Connected North is a breakthrough program leveraging interactive, high definition video to deliver education and youth mental health and wellness services to students in Indigenous communities in Canada’s remote north. On April 27th, 2019, I will be among 300 players who will hit the ice at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex in Oakville, Ontario to help raise critically needed funds to enable the program to serve more communities and add more schools and students to the network. You can help support me by making a secure online donation using your credit card. Click on the link below: 

https://secure.connectednorth.org/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?RegistrationID=4376943#&panel1-2

 

Help us bring this new learning model into communities that need it most. By coming together, we can be a powerful force for change! Whatever you can do is appreciated! Thanks for your support! R.

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
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Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Founder, MindShare Workspace
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™Follow us on Twitter @MindShareLearn

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Featured Podcast of the Week: Lia De Cicco-Remu, Director, Teacher Engagement Strategy, Microsoft Education Canada
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1. Canada aims to attract more international students by expanding presence overseas
globalnews.ca, April 14, 2019

OTTAWA — Canada plans to attract more international students by expanding its presence overseas in an effort to advance classroom diversity and boost economic benefits that already amount to billions per year.

The economic effects of foreign students nearly doubled between 2010 and 2016, when they reached a total of $15.5 billion in Canada for everything from tuition fees to rent and groceries, according to a federal analysis.

2. Ford government stopping university, college profs from ‘double-dipping’
www.cbc.ca, April 16, 2019

 

University and college professors will no longer be allowed to “double-dip” by drawing a full salary and pension simultaneously, if legislation proposed by Premier Doug Ford’s government passes.

 

The provision is contained in Finance Minister Vic Fedeli’s omnibus budget bill, which would change 61 different pieces of legislation, including the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act.

 

3. Trading tuition for a slice of future income
cbc.ca, April 16, 2019

Canadians who are interested in learning to code but are short on cash can now trade a stake in their future earnings for an education.

Toronto-based HackerYou College of Technology is launching a new payment option known as an Income Share Agreement, an arrangement that essentially enables a student to go to school for free in exchange for handing over a predetermined portion of their earnings later on.

4. 4-H Canada Launches the Discover Science Initiative
Yorkton This Week, April 10, 2019

4-H Canada is pleased to announce the launch of its newest club outreach initiative Discover Science, offering 4-H youth members the unique opportunity to develop their skills and interest in the area of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

5. BEYOND LOCAL: We need to change how we assess literacy, experts say
elliotlaketoday.com, April 13, 2019

Large-scale testing, or what many know as standardized testing, often carries important consequences for students. The results of large-scale tests may be used by schools or policy-makers to make important decisions such as grouping students by ability or assessing how well schools are doing.

Yet when it comes to literacy testing, while the competencies of literacy have changed in our digital, globalized world, the methods that many educational systems use to assess literacy have not.

6. Ten Canadian schools win $20,000 in new technology from Staples Canada for their environmental contributions
newswire.ca.com, April 17, 2019

RICHMOND HILL, ON, April 17, 2019 /CNW/ – Ten eco-conscious schools across Canada have each won $20,000 in new technology products from Staples Canada as part of the 2019 Superpower your School Contest. The $200,000 in technology awarded by Staples Canada will provide the winning schools with tools to support students’ educational growth. The ten winning schools were chosen by an external judging panel that consists of environmental leaders for their commitment to helping the environment.

7. TED 2019: Prize to online classes project causes controversy
bbc.com, April 17, 2019

The TED talk organisers have announced the Audacious Project, a $280m (£215m) prize fund to be shared across eight projects it feels tackle the world’s toughest challenges.

But already one of the recipients of the funding has been criticised.

Waterford Upstart plans to provide online pre-school education to 250,000 children in the US.

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) has called on TED to reconsider the award.

8. Concordia hosts a knowledge exchange forum on accessibility in digital learning environments

concordia.ca, April 16, 2019

Traditional ideas of what constitutes a normative learning environment are quickly becoming a thing of the past.

For today’s universities to be as inclusive and accessible as possible, all options have to be considered — including questions of physical design and digital pedagogical tools for people with disabilities.

With this in mind, Concordia is putting on a two-day knowledge exchange forum that will examine issues of accessibility and inclusivity in digital learning environments.

9. Tech with a social conscience: Why you should care
The Globe and Mail, April 17, 2019

President and vice-chancellor of Ontario Tech University in Oshawa, Ont.

Want to be a tech entrepreneur? The sage wisdom is to start by solving a problem.

That is what university students Hamayal Choudhry and Samin Khan did. Through their startup smartARM, they created a 3D-printed robotic prosthetic hand for amputees that costs less than $1,000. The smartARM team competed in and won the worldwide competition, Microsoft Imagine Cup, becoming the first team to bring the award to Canada. The bionic arm invention by smartARM is a great example of tech with a social conscience.

10. Education Technology Market to Witness Huge Growth by 2024

The global education technology market is expected to witness a CAGR of 15.4% to reach revenue of $34.10 billion by 2024
North America, followed by Europe, is leading the education technology market.
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April 12, 2019

CanAm EdTech Special Edition, MindShare Learning Report >>April 2019, Volume 12 Issue 3

A newsletter from a Canadian-based educational technology organization.

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I’m honoured to share our CanAm monthly EdTech MindShare Report as we cast our net North America-wide to bring you the latest news and research, to help you make informed decisions, and harness the power of technology infused pedagogy.

I’m fresh back from travels to the CoSN Envision 2030: Leadership for Learning conference in Portland, OR, it was fortuitous that I connected with two fascinating global leaders for exclusive podcasts: Olli Heinonen, Director General of the Finnish National Agency for Education, a perennial global leader in student performance according to the OECD PISA rankings. Be sure to have a listen to gain valuable insights on the secrets to success!

On the ISTE front, it was great to catchup on a podcast with Bill Bass, President of the International Society for Technology in Education, which celebrates its 40th anniversary, shares the latest research from ISTE and what to expect from North Americas largest EdTech conference, ISTE19, June 23-26 in Philadelphia. Incidentally, we are once again a proud media partner. SAVE the Date for our 16th CanAm Celebration of Excellence meetup, June 25th, Philadelphia!

Kudos to Durham College for launching the first of it’s kind eSports Arena. There is much to be gained from the innovative spirit of the Canadian College system that doesn’t always get the credit it deserves! We need to do a better job at illuminating their success stories to inspire K12 students and parents to not always think of university as the sole post-secondary option.

Our MindShare Dell EMC Classroom of the Future Challenge is now closed. This year’s crop of video submissions continue to raise the bar exemplifying Canada’s most innovative classrooms. Watch for contest winners in our May issue!

Looking ahead …. SAVE the DATE! We’re proud to be hosting our 10th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit—The Future of Education and Skills 2030, December 5-6, Vancouver, B.C. in partnership with the Coquitlam SD43. Speaker and sponsorship opportunities are available! Please drop me a note!

I hope you enjoy our April issue of the CanAm Special Report brought to you by MindShare. We welcome your news and comments. Thank you for your continued support!

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!

P.S. Please join me in supporting the ConnectedNorth in a  #Hockey Tournament #Fundraiser #Tech4Good to Raise Funds for Indigenous  #Student #Learning April 27th! You can help support me by clicking the following  link. Thank You!

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
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 C21 Canada Rocks Microsoft E2 in Paris

Lia De Cicco-Remu, Director of Education, Microsoft Canada recently led a delegation of educators and administrators from Canada to share their world-class innovative change leadership and learning practices to transform classrooms across Canada.

” We were delighted to join an international panel at the Microsoft E2 Global Education Exchange in the City of Lights to present how we drive system-wide innovation and take change to scale,”  Patricia Gartland, Superintendent of School Division SD 43 & C21 Canada, CEO Academy Board Member. ” I am proud that three C21 CEO Academy members attended (Dr. Jordan Tinney, Director, Surrey School Division & Christian Michalik, Superintendent, Louis Riel, School Division)  this “by invitation only” global leadership forum on educational transformation for the 21st century and the class of 2030.”

 

C21 Canada Participates in CoSN Global Symposium: Envision 2030, Portland, OR
Opening General Session CoSN Global Symposium Envision 2030 a f ull house with world class presenters; Karen Cator (Founder, Digital Promise), Melissa Dodd (San Francisco Unified CTO), &  Dr. Yong Zhao (Foundations Distinguished Professor School of Education University of Kansas). 
Forging Global Partnerships! Robert Martellacci, Co-founder & President, C21 Canada; Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN and Peter Singh, CTO, TDSB partnering to launch the C21 Canada CIO Alliance.
One of the highlights of the CoSN Envision 2030 conference without a doubt was the student panel that featured the entire K12 spectrum. The insights and inspiration they each provided was impactful learning for conference delegates.
Using design thinking to Reimagine Learning 》》college student Fabian Bartos plays for the 1st time in public his 3D printed cello  Envision2030  Leadership for Learning Conference closing session. To borrow a baseball analogy, he hit it out of the park!
Students and Educators As Designers of Learning Blog By Dr. Karen Grose, Associate Partner MindShare Learning Technology

With the proliferation of digital tools in the pre-K to post-secondary environment, I often hear educational technology providers wonder why their products are not more widely adopted to support learning in classrooms.

  • Is it an overcrowded market?
  • Are educators undertrained and/or overwhelmed?
  • Do school district policies or alignment goals restrict access?
  • Are there current software and/or hardware barriers?

MindShare Learning Moment Podcast with Dr. Gina Cherkowski Chief Education Officer, EdgeMakers, Inc., & Chris Besse, CEO of EdgeMakers Announcing the Merger between EdgeMakers & Stem Learning Lab

K12 Stories

EDSBY FEATURED AS BUSINESS SUCCESS

edsby.com: April 2, 2019

Program for future teachers in Ontario aims to boost math skills with lessons in coding

 The globe and mail: April 1, 2019

School boards will respect law and apply Bill 21, Jolin-Barrette says

montrealgazette: March 29,2019

Connecting to success: Technology in Ontario schools

People for Education: April 9, 2019

Makerspace inspires students to explore technology

Globe & Mail: April 4, 2019

High School Students Plan Walkout

ctvnews.ca: April 4, 2019
Post-Secondary Stories

Lethbridge College launches high-tech programs

Lethbridgeherald.com: April 3, 2019

Exciting new brand unfolding at Ontario Tech University

Northumberland news: April 4, 2019

International Partnership of Business Schools adds Brock University as its only Canadian partner

Education news Canada: March 29, 2019

Durham College opens first-of-its-kind Esports Gaming Arena

Durham College: April 2, 2019

University of Guelph Receives $21-Million Gift, Business School Gets New Name

CISION: April 3, 2019
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 PlagiarismCheck.org Product Review 

by Tim Gard, Chief Learning Officer

I’m pretty sure that plagiarism is not going away anytime soon. I also think that if you are going to plagiarize, then there’s an increasing likelihood you’re going to be caught. With more and more sophisticated algorithms being developed to check for plagiarism, especially in light of AI, you can be pretty sure that if you’re submitting your paper or article to be published or evaluated your work will be scanned for plagiarism. Plagiarismcheck.org is a UK based online platform (Figure 1) dedicated to ensuring academic integrity. According to their website, they offer a plagiarism-checking tool based on advanced technology. With the plethora of tools available to students to make writing ‘easier,’ it makes complete sense to use a tool that is automated and covers large databases of information. From what I observed and experienced on this site I was impressed. At the very least I would recommend that if you’re looking for a robust online plagiarism checker, you should carefully investigate the features offered by Plagiarismcheck.org. Let me give you an overview of what you can expect.

Musings – Connectors, Leaders, People on the Move!

Congratulations to my former Stong College Master, Professor Hédi Bouraoui, York University’s writer in residence, was formally invested as a member of the Order of Canada during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Thursday, March 14. Bouraoui was recognized for his tremendous body of work and tireless advocacy for French-language literature.

What an honour to connect with Dr. Ruben Puentedura learning theorist behind the SAMR model, on how teachers can apply the model – from modification to redefinition – to transform teaching and learning.  It was fortuitous that we connected at the Portland, OR airport on our way home from   #CoSN2019  I look forward podcasting & perhaps having him keynote in Canada!

SAMR is a model designed to help educators infuse technology into teaching and learning. Popularized by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, the model supports and enables teachers to design, develop, and infuse digital learning experiences that utilize technology.

So proud of my nieces participating in the recent  Queens Park rally against the provincial government proposed cuts! What an amazing learning opportunity! #StudentVoice!

Please join me in supporting the ConnectedNorth in a #Hockey Tournament #Fundraiser #Tech4Good to Raise Funds for Indigenous #Student #Learning April 27th! You can help support me by clicking the link below. Thank You! https://secure.connectednorth.org/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?RegistrationID=4376943#&panel1-2 … #EdTech

If you have an event or story to share, please tell us about it! We also encourage you to share your comments!
Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!
R.M.
P.S. Watch for a very special 100 Years Canada Film Day April 17th!

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Jamie McNamara, Executive Director, Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta
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