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Dear Thought Leader, 


16 Days to Go! Now in our 14th year, the Canadian Schools of the Future [Student] Innovation Challenge mission remains to inspire and share best practices in learning & innovation in K12 publicly funded Schools. This year we added a new twist to engaging student teams to solve real-world challenges infusing the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. 


Given the adversity students have faced the past two years, the Schools of the Future Challenge provides a great team-building project opportunity for teachers to weave into their lesson planning, thereby nurturing project-base learning and a greater sense of normalcy in the classroom.


As an added Bonus, we are giving away fabulous tech prizes to enhance your school classroom, learning commons and makers spaces! To date, $1 million plus in prizing has been awarded!


If you're still unsure about the Challenge and the impact, this teacher quote captures it all from our first prize winning school. “This year our students have shown us how to be adaptable and resilient in the face of adversity. They have demonstrated kindness, inclusivity, critical thinking, and excellence while enhancing their learning and finding their voice in these new digital spaces. They are a constant source of hope and inspiration,” said Melissa Burns, teacher, Archwood Elementary. Checkout their winning video of middle school students who redesigned their school in Minecraft. Click here to learn how to enter. Special thanks to our valued sponsors who make this contest possible!


As we embrace the notion of digital equity, I'm excited to share that we'll be co-hosting a 'must attend' webinar in partnership with Class, Thursday, May 17, 3pm ET entitled, The Future of Digital Learning: Creating Equitable Opportunities for All Students, presented by Dr.. Kim Oppelt. 


I hope you enjoy this month's Top 10 Canadian EdTech Report powered by MindShare Learning. Be sure to checkout the newly released Parent Impact Report by Parent Square and CoSN.


Please don't hesitate to reach out to me and share your comments, success stories, news, research, and events with us! We love hearing from you! Feel free to call me directly at

416-569-2106, or drop me an email, if we can be of further support to your organization's innovation, or edtech growth plans through our strategic consulting services.


Thank you for the inspiration and kind feedback that motivates our team to provide you with mission critical research and insights to optimize your learning and technology strategy.


Until next time, stay healthy & active and keep the digital learning curve steep! 


P.S. Happy International Girls in ICT Day! We embrace this special day as do our clients and partners. Special shoutout to Katina Papulkas, Senior Education Strategist, Dell Technologies for her leadership and support for girls in tech and STEM across Canada and beyond.
Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
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Congratulations Rania Pirbhai MindShare Co-op Student Accepted to UBC Sauder Business School!
Congratulations to our
CO-OP Student Rania Pirbhai on accepting her admissions offer to UBC Sauder School, the number one business school in Canada!
Keep up the great work!
Awards Program to Honour Top Companies and Leaders! 
MindShare is proud to join as a sponsor of the inaugural Excellence in Equity Awards, presented by the American Consortium for Equity in Education. This awards program is designed to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of both educators and industry to improving opportunity and outcomes for all students. 
We are sponsoring a special category, Best Canadian Company, set up specifically to recognise your efforts! Further, there are 16 additional categories for companies and leaders, in which you can also submit a nomination. Nominate by the end of April using code APR10 to receive a 10% discount: https://www.ace-ed.org/awards
EdTech Professional Learning Spotlight 
3 Days left to apply for the 2022 Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition! Submit your application by next Friday, April 29th for the chance to win more than $130,000 in cash and prizes. 

 Tweet of the Week  

Featured Book of the Week 
As a woman, how can you foster an entrepreneurial mindset to succeed in business? How do you take an idea, dream or goal and transform that into a strategy for success in a purpose driven organization? How can you align your purpose and passion to help you do well and do good in your profession?
Authors Barbara Kurshan and Kathleen Hurley, both experienced and highly regarded business and education leaders, wanted to know how today’s top female leaders might answer these questions. So, they asked. The result is InnovateHERs: Why Purpose-Driven Entrepreneurial Women Rise to the Top.
C21 Member Spotlight
Congratulations to West Vancouver Schools Premier Academies, on finishing 20 out of 75 teams at the FRC World Robotics Championship!

K-12 Top News Stories 
1. St. Mary robotics demonstrates winning attitude at Ontario District FIRST event
hwcdsb.ca, April 20, 2022
St. Mary MakeShift Robotics is gearing up for another championship season after capturing first place at the Ontario District FIRST Robotics Competition this past weekend at York University. The win puts them in contention for the Worlds, held this year in Houston, Texas on April 20-23, 2022.
This year’s robot game, “Rapid React” delved into transportation and the importance of logistics, infrastructure and investments to support today’s complex transportation needs. Teams were challenged to build and program an autonomous robot to perform a number of structured tasks within a limited time period. Tasks included retrieving cargo (picking up a ball), scoring it into the hub and engaging with the hangar (climbing metal bars) to prepare cargo for transport.
2. State of EdTech Leadership Report
cosn.org, April 26, 2022
betakit.com, April 19, 2022
Teachers’ Innovation Platform plans to rebrand as Teachers’ Venture Growth (TVG) and pursue a growth plan to more than double the size of its portfolio investments.
The venture capital and growth equity arm of the $242 billion CAD Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (Ontario Teachers’), TVG said it will increase its portfolio to comprise seven to 10 percent of Ontario Teachers’ net assets over the next five to 10 years, up from approximately three percent today.
4. Game-Based Leader Prodigy Education Announces Major Expansion with Launch of Prodigy English
newswire.ca: April 21, 2022
TORONTO, April 21, 2022 /CNW/ -  Prodigy Education ('Prodigy'), leaders in game-based learning and creators of the globally popular Prodigy Math game, today announced a major expansion of its educational games portfolio with the release of Prodigy English. This engaging new game is available to play now and provides teachers and parents with a fun way to support English learning in the classroom and at home.
5. How Seeing and Using Gestures Make Ideas More Memorable
kqed.org, October 25, 2017
A teacher stands at a white board in front of her fourth-grade class and begins teaching one of math’s most fundamental concepts: the meaning of an equal sign in the middle of an equation. This is not easy. Young students tend to think of the equal sign as the endpoint of a problem. Now, instead of the usual 8 + 4 = ?, they are asked to ponder 8 + 4 = ? + 6. Mastering this concept will open the door to algebra and higher math.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Meet five innovative U of T professors who are rethinking their classrooms
utoronto.ca: April 18, 2022
From drawing on Indigenous ways of knowing to making space for diverse voices and perspectives, five University of Toronto professors are being recognized for their efforts to inspire students and make learning more engaging and inclusive.
The recipients of this year’s University of Toronto Early Career Teaching Award – Funké Aladejebi, Keith Adamson, Angela Mashford-Pringle, Obidimma Ezezika and Sherry Fukuzawa – have worked to enhance the student experience through community-engaged, land-based and experiential learning opportunities.
7. Post-secondary students help Saskatchewan small businesses with e-commerce and digital presence
saskpolytech.ca: April 19, 2022
Saskatchewan Polytechnic is creating work-integrated learning opportunities for post-secondary students interested in assisting small businesses grow their e-commerce and digital presence online. These opportunities are made possible by Connected Saskatchewan, a consortium of Saskatchewan organizations that are working to implement digital enhancement strategies for Saskatchewan businesses over the next three years.
Connected Saskatchewan is the Saskatchewan delivery agent for the Government of Canada's Canada Digital Adoption Program - Grow Your Business Online and includes Saskatchewan Economic Development Alliance (SEDA), Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Economic Development Regina and Digital Main Street. 
8.Waterloo RoboHub helps Avidbots advance robotics innovation
uwaterloo.ca: April 14, 2022
When Pablo Molina (BASc ’11), chairman, CTO, VP of Product and co-founder of Avidbots, went searching for additional talent to improve his company's flagship autonomous floor-scrubbing robot, he turned to his former University of Waterloo professor and mentor, William Melek, for help.

“When I attended Waterloo, I co-founded a robotics team and Professor Melek was instrumental in helping us all the way through,” Molina says. “We now have a global company and have to solve really hard problems. I reached out and asked if we could collaborate on research because Waterloo talent is truly among the brightest in the country.”
9. Transfer and Student Mobility in Ontario: Here’s What the Research Tells Us
forum.academica.ca, April 3, 2022
Over 60,000 students transfer between Ontario’s colleges, universities, and Indigenous Institutes every year in Ontario. However, little is known about these transfer students and the pathways they take to and from postsecondary intuitions across the province.   
10. Where textbooks are in short supply, restricted internet access can help: U of T researcher
utoronto.ca, April 4, 2022
Smartphones are often seen as a distraction in schools, but a new study co-authored by a University of Toronto development economist suggests they can be useful in under-resourced institutions – under the right conditions.

A paper co-written by Laura Derksen, of U of T Mississauga and the Rotman School of Management, showed that some high school students in Malawi who were given restricted access to Wikipedia via smartphones after school and on weekends improved their English and biology exam scores. 
Professional Learning Events 
Actua's IDEAS Summit 2022
May 26-27, 2022                           
10th Digital Education Summit
May 5-6, 2022                           
EdTech World Forum 2022
May 30-31, 2022                           
ECNO Conferences: “IT: Integral Today – Securing the Future”
June 5-7, 2022                           
ISTE Live 2022: Empowering Educators. Elevating Equity. 
June 26-29, 2022                           

Parent Resources Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. Everything you need to teach Digital Citizenship 
All students need digital citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life. 
2. Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide
Your involvement in your child’s education can lead to better learning results and outcomes. This “Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide” will inform you, as a parent or caregiver, as you monitor your child’s progress as your child accesses and uses technology for learning.
This guide aims to help all parents and caregivers, including those who have limited experience with digital tools, those who are expert with these tools, and anywhere in between. Each section starts with foundational pieces and builds from there.
3. Logics Academy Free Live Events 
Logic Academy's experienced educational team provides free, live webinar sessions on a range of topics to teachers across Canada. CMC Week 2022, Investigate! Invent! Innovate!, Coding Quest, Minecraft, Inclusive App Design, Robotics & Coding

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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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