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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV with Robert Martellacci in conversation with Sarah Prevette, CEO, future design school on the release of their new report>> The Future of Education Report 2022

Dear Thought Leader, 


As we prepare for a Family Day Weekend and enjoy a PD Day, or a snow day in many parts of Canada, I sense a great deal of hope and optimism in the air for what's in store for 2022 in Canadian education. Yes, I embrace the growth mindset! And, yes it's a skill that can be nurtured and modeled too! 


Our featured podcast is not to be missed with one of Canada's most innovative minds in education, Sarah Prevette, Founder & CEO, Future Design School, on their release of the Future of Education 2022. 


A  BIG week on the news front with a number of stories worth highlighting! Taking centre stage is Canada's very own Paper Learning, EdTech darling who won our MindShare Startup Challenge just 5 years ago and recently teamed up with us at FETC, where we co-hosted a CanAM event, announced a significant Series D round of financing to the tune of $343 Million. In total to date, Paper has raised almost half a billion dollars to democratize tutoring at the school district level throughout North America. Kudos to Phil Cutler, CEO, who we featured in last week's podcast for their early success in addressing the learning gaps during COVID in the U.S. 


Canada needs to embrace their innovative tutoring and essay support services, especially given the learning gaps that are evident amongst K12 students. 


More excellent news on the national front with CanCode funding finally announced from the Feds this past week to the tune of $80 million over the next two years with programs offered by some 19 providers launching this Spring. Schools across Canada will once again enjoy FREE STEM/Coding classes. These skills are essential for students to garner to prepare them for jobs of the future and to keep Canada at the forefront of innovation. 


BCIT makes the headlines thanks to the Feds investment of $162.6M to upgrade their training facilities. 


C21 Canada welcomes Peter Singh, Executive Officer, IT Services, TDSB as the incoming Chair, CIO Alliance, who is looking to Champion innovation learning best practices in K12 education across Canada. 


I hope you enjoy this week's Top 10 curated news stories that really provide a national and international lens and pulse for some of the incredible innovation happening across our vast Canadian landscape and beyond. 


Special thanks to you, our loyal readership, our team, board of advisors and valued partners, who enable us to share and stay connected with you on a weekly basis through our growing community.


We love hearing from you and truly appreciate the sharing of news, jobs and welcome your suggestions for MindShareTV podcast guests!  Please do inquire about our strategic marketing and pedagogical EdTech consulting services.


Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe and keep the learning curve steep!

P.S. Watch for our Schools of the Future Student Challenge Launching Next Month! 
Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Founder, MindShare Workspace
CEO & Co-founder, C21 Canada™

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K-12 Top News Stories 
betakit.com, February 15, 2022
On a mission to “democratize access” to academic supports outside of the classroom, Montréal-based EdTech startup Paper has secured $343 million CAD ($270 million USD) in Series D capital to do just that.

The round comes less than a year after Paper closed a $123 million Series C round. Paper has seen significant growth in that time, doubling the number of students it serves – from one million last year to two million students now.
2. Government of Canada announces funding recipients that will help prepare millions of students for the digital world
newswire.ca, February 11, 2022
An $80 million investment that will see 29 organizations give 3 million training opportunities to help youth gain coding and digital skills
OTTAWA, ON, Feb. 11, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ - Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Canada needs a workforce that is strong in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and capable of taking on challenges to compete in the digital economy. To make sure the next generation of young Canadians can thrive in that digital reality, the Government of Canada is supporting millions of students in improving their digital skills.
3. Ontario Launches Largest Tutoring Support Program
news.ontario.ca, February 17, 2022
TORONTO — Following two years of global learning disruption, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario government announced record funding for the 2022-23 school year. The funding will support learning recovery and mental health supports for students to enable them to return to a more normal school year next year.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce today introduced Ontario’s Learning Recovery Action Plan – a five-point plan to strengthen learning recovery in reading and math, anchored by the largest provincial investment in tutoring supports, summer learning and mental health. The government outlined investments that will bridge learning gaps, supporting academic success and focus on overall mental health and wellness.
4. The power and influence of women in STEM
theglobeandmail, February 11, 2022
Let’s Talk Science and the Royal Society of Canada have partnered to provide Globe and Mail readers with relevant coverage about issues that affect us all – from education to the impact of leading-edge scientific discoveries. Caroline Huang is a high school student, winner of Sanofi Biogenius Canada and International BioGENEius and Let’s Talk Science Student Intern.
“Hey, it’s the power of women in STEM,” I joked with the rest of the only girls in my physics class. We were the first to finish in a race to complete some trivial energy-related lab, and I gave a half-hearted fist pump to celebrate the occasion. But inside, I was proud because I felt an unmistakable synergy in our pursuit of science problem-solving, the feeling I love most about STEM.
5. D2L and Class Join Forces to Provide Comprehensive Digital Learning Built on the Zoom Platform
D2L.com: February 16, 2022
A global learning technology company D2L, and Class Technologies Inc. (Class) a company built on the Zoom platform, which adds features and functionality to expand teachers’ workflow, have announced their partnership to provide an integrated online learning experience for students, educators and workers around the world.

D2L will harness the combined power of Zoom and Class within D2L Brightspace, its award-winning learning innovation platform, to deliver a solution for blended and hybrid learning.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. McMaster awarded Cisco Fast Future Innovation Award for Smart Campus Initiative
dailynews.mcmaster.ca: February 10, 2022
McMaster University is one of three recipients selected for the 2021 Cisco Fast Future Innovation Awards and has been awarded $200K CAD in funding from Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration program.
7. Trades and technology students at BCIT get new and renewed $162.6M training facilities
commons.bcit.ca, February 17, 2022
Students, staff, and faculty in BCIT trades and technology programs will soon have access to new training facilities with an investment of $162.6 million in the Trades and Technology Complex (TTC) at the Burnaby campus. A collection of new and renovated buildings and enhanced campus infrastructure, the TTC will create increased access to world-leading, adaptive learning environments for 21st-century trades education. The investment builds on BCIT’s outstanding leadership in trades training and contributes directly to BC’s economic and workforce development priorities.
8. LlamaZOO Launches Guardian, Progressive Cultural Data Preservation and Land Management Software for Indigenous Peoples

newswire.ca, February 17, 2022
VICTORIA, BC, Feb. 17, 2022 /CNW/ - LlamaZOO, a Spatial Business Intelligence provider with a SaaS platform, has launched Guardian, a cultural data preservation and land management software tool designed for Indigenous Peoples. Inspired by LlamaZOO's TimberOps software, Guardian was adapted and innovated through collaborations with First Nations across British Columbia to create a product that best serves their communities and priorities. The Guardian software, currently in use by 15 Nations with additional partners in discussion, is a powerful stewardship tool that will manage the cultural, ecological, and industrial data that impact each territory.
9. New tool helps Canadian higher education institutions navigate the global talent competition
financialpost.com: February 16, 2022
Canadian international education technology (EdTech) company ApplyBoard has developed a real-time, big data SaaS (software as a service) tool to help higher education (HE) Canadian institutions drive their student populations’ diversity forward. 

Dubbed ApplyBoard Insights Dashboard, the tool contextualizes government data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) about international students and converts it into insights in the form of customized data visualizations of government and industry data, as well as information on an institution’s prospective students, that the school can review and act on, Craig Haney, director of business development at ApplyBoard, told IT World Canada. 
10. Building Ontario with $583 Million to Modernize Postsecondary Infrastructure

news.ontario.ca: February 2, 2022
MIDLAND— The Ontario government is investing $583 million over three years to help colleges and universities provide a modern and safe learning environment for students, faculty and staff, both virtually and on campuses. This funding will help institutions modernize classrooms by upgrading technology, carrying out critical repairs, improving their environmental sustainability and supporting virtual learning projects that increase access to postsecondary education for students.
World Education Summit
March 21-24, 2022                           
April 4-6, 2022                           
Cosn 2022
April 11-13, 2022                           
ISTE Live 2022: Empowering Educators. Elevating Equity. 
June 26-29, 2022                           

Parent Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
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Teach Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy in a Positive Way! 
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Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Chief Digital Publisher

Dr. Ron Owston, PhD., Research Associate, University Professor Emeritus, Former Dean of Faculty, York University 
Chris Kim, PhD., Research Associate, Software Engineer, software studio, Fresco Industries

Timothy Gard, B.Ed., OCT, M.A, Chief Learning Strategist 
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Laurent Burman, M.B.A., Chief Commercial Officer, Sound Commerce 
Kevin Custer, Founding Principal, Arc Capital Development 
Chip Fesko, Principal, Chip Fesko & Associates
Ian Fogarty, Educator, Riverview High School | MindShare National Video Challenge Award Winner 
Dr. GuyTetrault, Award Winning Sun West School Division, Director & CEO  (Retired)
Michael Furdyk, Co-Founder, TakingItGlobal 
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
Sandra Chow, Award Winning Teacher, Toronto District School Board (On Leave serving as a Director of Technology & Instruction at a School in China
Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams

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