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Dear Thought Leader, 


This week's edition of the Top 10 MindShare Report really demonstrates how Canada is embracing diversity, inclusion and women in STEM. On that note, next week, we are very much looking forward to celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th.
This past week, I was honoured to present at the Education Research and Development Institute (ERDI) U.S. conference in Florida on EdTech Trends in North America. Also participating from Canada were our friends at Edsby, D2L and Paper Learning, to name a few. Stay tuned for more news and reflections on this event in our CanAm EdTech Report next issue! 
Be sure to tune into our MindShareTV recorded podcast with Dwayne Matthews, Head of Innovation at OVS, on skills of the future and how OVS is now offering free career counselling to support students, allowing them to discover their passion and pathways to success.
I hope you enjoy this week's Top 10 curated news stories that 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 later this March! 
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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Two Former TLC School Execs Team Up to Present at ERDI U.S.
EdTech Industry Legend Kathy Hurley, presented alongside Robert Martellacci, MindShare Learning on Future Trends in EdTech. Both worked for "Mr. Wonderful" Kevin O'Leary back in the day. Watch for Kathy's podcast next week on her new book, INNOVATE(HER)S. 

 Quote of the Week  

Featured Book of the Week 
What's it really like to learn online?
Learning Online: The Student Experience
Online learning is ubiquitous for millions of students worldwide, yet our understanding of student experiences in online learning settings is limited. The geographic distance that separates faculty from students in an online environment is its signature feature, but it is also one that risks widening the gulf between teachers and learners.
C21 Canada Spotlight 

K-12 Top News Stories 
1. A Minecraft build can be used to teach almost any subject, according to Concordia researchers

Concordia University, February 22, 2022
For all its massive popularity, Minecraft — the highest-selling video game of all time — is not highly regarded among the gaming world’s snob class. The graphics are blocky, and there isn’t much of a point to it. It’s for kids.
But according to many millions of users, including some Concordia faculty and students, Minecraft’s malleability is its strength. Free from constraints and easily modifiable, the game can be used in countless ways, including as a game-based teaching method. In a period when classrooms have had to pivot online with little warning or prep time, the realm of Minecraft has provided educators with a massive sandbox in which to play, experiment and teach.
2. Amazon Canada launches new program to teach coding through music from Indigenous artists
finance.yahoo.com, February 23, 2022
Amazon Canada partners with youth empowerment charity TakingITGlobal for a new program that builds technology skills while promoting social justice

Students will remix music from Indigenous artists and enter for the chance to win $5,000 scholarships funded by Amazon Music
Your Voice is Power aims to create opportunities for underserved and underrepresented students: only 1.39% of tech workers in Canada identify as First Nations, Inuit or Métis, according to a Ryerson University Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship Report
3. For some children, online learning had unexpected benefits
theglobeandmail.com, February 21, 2022
Before the pandemic, when students were in classrooms and the term “remote learning” was mostly just a theory, Kearie Daniel’s eldest child, now 11, required a nudge to complete homework. He was a bright young student and generally happy in school, but he was pulling some Cs and B-minus grades on report cards. His teachers were concerned about his behaviour, including how he stood in line and how he responded to being teased by a classmate.

When the first wave of COVID-19 forced schools to go virtual, Ms. Daniel noticed a sudden change in her son. He was taking more responsibility with his work, even completing an extra project on Black Lives Matter using PowerPoint.
4. Huge tournament win for local team of ‘Girls Who Game’
thesarniajournal.ca, February 28, 2022
A local girls’ eSport team has won international recognition with a first-place finish at the annual Girls Who Game STEM tournament.
“It’s just amazing,” said co-coach Melissa Dent, a Grade7 virtual teacher with the Lambton Kent District School Board.
5. District hit with demand to contribute $25M toward costly new Coquitlam school 
tricitynews.com: February 9, 2022
Officials will have to dig deep to find $25 million for its contribution toward a $150 million school for a fast-growing Coquitlam neighbourhood.
B.C. is hanging its final approval for the building on a business plan and a promise School District 43 (SD43) will fork over a significant chunk of cash for the long-awaited joint middle and high school project.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Level Up! With Skills/Compétences Canada For An Exciting Day of Virtual Career Exploration
globenewswire.com: February 22, 2022
OTTAWA, Feb. 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) is hosting Level Up! With Skills Canada, a one-day FREE interactive virtual career exploration event for students, teachers, parents, apprentices, and career seekers interested in learning more about skilled trade and technology careers. Level Up! With Skills Canada will be held on February 24, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST on a virtual platform.
7. Juliet Daniel on Black students in STEM fields
brighterworld.mcmaster.ca, February 23, 2022
Young Black Canadians need better and ongoing support to pursue their research dreams, and need to see themselves represented among scientists, says cancer biologist Juliet Daniel, a lifelong advocate for Black students.
“We need more Black scientists,” Daniel tells CBC in an article and video as part of the Being Black in Canada series, which explores the experiences of Black Canadian immigrants. “Kids in Canada, they just don’t see that representation of Black doctors and lawyers,” says Daniel, who for decades was the only Black female faculty member in McMaster’s Faculty of Science.
8. Alberta investing in women’s success in IT

chatnewstoday.ca, February 22, 2022
Calgary – The Alberta government is investing $1.9 million to support development training for women in the information technology field.
Momentum Community Economic Development Society received a two-year Research and Innovation Grant to create a new education program to help women enter the field of IT. The information technology sector is growing in Canada, yet women hold only 26 per cent of tech jobs around the country.
9. National cybersecurity consortium co-founded by UNB awarded nearly $80 million in federal funding

UNB: February 22, 2022
The Government of Canada announced that the National Cybersecurity Consortium (NCC) will lead Canada's new Cyber Security Innovation Network (CSIN). The consortium, which counts the University of New Brunswick as a founding member, will receive up to $80 million in matching funds over four years to advance Canada's cybersecurity infrastructure, knowledge and workforce.
10. Investigating a passion for cyber security

www.viu.ca: February 21, 2022
The best way to find out if you are truly passionate about something is to try it out for a while. That’s just what fourth-year Computer Science student Nina Gill did with her recent co-operative education experience. After taking a course on cyber security, the 25-year-old wanted to explore whether a career in this area was for her.
Nina works for VIU’s Information Technology department, part-time as a Student Technical Support Assistant, while she finishes her degree. She has been working for the department since 2017, after graduating from VIU’s Information Technology and Applied Systems diploma program, at first full-time and then part-time after starting on her degree in 2018.
Professional Learning Events 
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 Resources Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. 5 Awesome Live Quiz Apps You Can Use in The Classroom
Children love competition – be that through sports, online gaming, traditional learning games, puzzles or even the drive to acquire more house points/plus points than their peers. Quiz-based apps, however, are unique in that they have finally allowed teachers to bring a healthy level of technology-driven rivalry into the remote, hybrid and traditional classrooms.
2. The Science of Effective School Community Engagement
Edweb.net recorded webinar: School districts nationwide have both the challenge and the opportunity to decide on how they want to constructively reengage with their community stakeholders, while moving away from the vitriol and divisiveness—for the sake of their students and their districts—to conjure and co-design a better future for both.
3. 11 Tips For Protecting Student Data Privacy And Security In Education Technology
Experts in K-12 edtech and data protection share their expertise and advice in this panel discussion recap. EdTech Student Data Privacy And Security Tips
#1.) Know that you have a problem
As with most challenges in life, knowing that you have a problem in the first place is the first step to recovery. Most of the ManagedMethods customers that I’ve talked to have said it: “You don’t know what you don’t know.” Many IT leaders simply don’t (or didn’t) know that 3rd party apps create risks to both data privacy and data security.

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The MindShare Learning Report team is made up of the following individuals: 

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 
Hanan Mousa, M.B.A, B.C. S. Digital Media Specialist

Ivana Zelich, Digital Media University Intern
MindShare Advisory Board 

The MindShare Report is grateful for the guidance and support provided by our esteemed advisory board. Members include: 

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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