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Final Day to Enter 14th Canadian Schools of the Future Challenge! Here's Some Inspiration to Enter from Last Year's Winner, Melissa Burns, Educator, Archwood School, LRSD

Dear Thought Leader, 


1 Day to Go! 14th year, the Canadian Schools of the Future [Student] Innovation Challenge mission remains to inspire and share the awesome work by teachers across Canada who engage their students in new and innovative ways. We're not looking for you to recreate the wheel. You can enter an existing video, or nominate a video created by your students, or colleagues too! 


It's been a whirlwind week with the contest coming to a close, exploring work and learning spaces in FL. Yesterday I traveled up to Washington DC where I was honoured to attend the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET) Gala Ball with colleagues in education and technology partners from across Canada and the United States. We have a lot to learn from this esteemed lobby organization. Stay tuned for more on how we might team up in the future! 


Much of my professional learning comes from connecting with colleagues, some of whom I've known for 25 years as was the case at the NCTET Ball. The passion to make an impact overrides the money and other benefits. The theme around the conference panels prior to the gala focused on digital equity and security. Which reminds me of the C21 CIO Alliance national zoom meeting I curated recently, we have a number of audacious challenges in education to overcome such as supply chain issues, employee retention and escalating costs of technologies. In combination with the economic challenges, strategic partnerships have become more vital than ever before in school districts. Be innovative and be creative in your problem solving. We're happy to have that conversation with you whether you're in education or industry. 


This coming week, I'm looking forward to participating in our first C21 CEO Academy Summit in Winnipeg where we will be exploring indigenizing education through truth and reconciliation. Watch for social media updates! 


I hope you enjoy this month's Top 10 Canadian EdTech Report powered by MindShare Learning. 


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 as we approach the end of the school year and critical planning for back to school.


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


P.S. Don't forget to register for this coming Tuesday's Webinar in partnership with Class, focused on The Future of Digital Learning & Equity for all students!  
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President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
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NCTET Gala Spotlight
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 
EdTech Professional Learning Spotlight 
PowerSchool acquires Canadian K-12 analytics company
Education cloud software company PowerSchool Holdings Inc. acquired its third company since going public last summer, the company said on a conference call with investors and analysts.
PowerSchool (NYSE: PWSC) CEO Hardeep Gulati said Thursday that the Folsom-based company has completed its deal to buy Chalk.com Education Inc. of Ontario, Canada. Chalk.com offers an integrated curriculum analytics platform.

 Tweet of the Week  

Featured Book of the Week 
Contrary to popular belief, ed tech did not begin with videos on the internet. The idea of technology that would allow students to "go at their own pace" did not originate in Silicon Valley. In Teaching Machines, education writer Audrey Watters offers a lively history of predigital educational technology, from Sidney Pressey's mechanized positive-reinforcement provider to B. F. Skinner's behaviorist bell-ringing box. Watters shows that these machines and the pedagogy that accompanied them sprang from ideas--bite-sized content, individualized instruction--that had legs and were later picked up by textbook publishers and early advocates for computerized learning.
C21 Spotlight
Watch out for an update next week!

K-12 Top News Stories 
1. The Metaverse: 5 Things Educators Should Know
techlearning.com, May 11, 2022
As the metaverse draws increasing attention, a team of leading researchers has put together an evidence-based guide for educators.
A group of leading virtual and extended reality (XR) educators have authored a report on the metaverse – a network of interconnected 3D virtual worlds that may be the next evolution of social communication and collaboration – and its potential in education. 
2. Game-Based Learning Prepares K–12 Students for a Digital Future
edtechmagazine.com, May 11, 2022
As educators seek tools for online environments, one of the solutions they’re increasingly turning to is game-based learning. One of the best ways for students to learn is through play, and growing up in a digital world, they are already playing video games outside the classroom.
Bringing learning to students in a format with which they’re already familiar can help K–12 educators deliver important lessons. Video games can be used to teach students about the complex problems in the modern world, and they can teach students how to be better prepared for the future.
3. Ontario school board putting learners first in digital-first era
itworldcanada.com, May 4, 2022
The CDSBEO currently serves roughly 13,000 students in 39 schools in eight counties in Eastern Ontario, and employs approximately 1,400 staff and faculty. “In terms of size we’re not on the scale of, say, the Toronto District School Board,” said James Proulx, CIO at CDSBEO, “but 13,000 is still a lot of students – each with their own particular path and way of learning.”

Proulx said the CDSBEO’s focus on putting learners’ needs first has driven its adoption of the newest technology, which makes it easier to accommodate virtually any kind of learner. “In an age of differentiated learning, we’re always looking for ways to be progressive and proactive. Technology has been instrumental in making that happen.”
4. Staples Canada launches 'We Love Teachers' contest to recognize inspiring educators
newswire.ca, May 12, 2022
RICHMOND HILL, ON, May 12, 2022 /CNW/ - Teachers inspire the future and Staples Canada has launched the We Love Teachers contest to thank educators for everything that they do. Parents, students and fellow educators are encouraged to nominate a teacher in their community that's making an impact.
The We Love Teachers contest is accepting nominations from now until June 15. Eight teachers from across Canada will be selected for a chance to win a $1,000 Staples gift card for their classroom or to upgrade any technology and $250 cash for self-care.
5. EAM Teapot From North York, Ontario, Wins CyberTitan IV National Finals
newswire.ca: April 21, 2022
OTTAWA, ON. May 19, 2021—The CyberTitan IV National Finals wrapped up with Teapot from William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute in North York, ON, taking the top prize. 
Two other North York teams captured the remaining podium spots, with Premature Optimization, also from William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute, in second place; and third place went to 6ixside from Earl Haig Secondary School in North York, ON.
“It’s our second year competing and, once again, we all had a wonderful time participating in this spectacular event,” said Steven G, Teapot’s Captain.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. London’s UCL Edtech Labs chooses Toronto, Canada to launch inaugural Americas accelerator with Knowledgehook
finance.yahoo.com: May 12, 2022
University College London’s (UCL) edtech accelerator programme called Edtech Labs has launched into the Americas today with their first cohort of startups inducted, and all set to begin the 12-week experience. In partnership with Knowledgehook, a leading fast growth Canada-based edtech, the programme will shine a spotlight on ambitious founders who see the importance of applying UCL’s robust research methods in building their products to reach tangible educational impact in a world of gamified and technology first edtechs. Innovative edtechs companies will join from across the continent, representing Canada, The United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, and more in the first group.
7. Delphi Technology Corp Wins 2021 Canadian Startup Business of the Year
financialpost.com: May 9, 2022
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Delphi Technology Corp is honoured to receive the prestigious Startup Business of the Year Award from CanadaSME (Small and Medium Enterprises) Business Magazine. The award was presented Friday, May 6 at a virtual celebration to Delphi Founders, Alan Tay and Mike Bogaars. This national prize is awarded to startup companies that have shown significant promise through their growth and successful business strategy.
8.Multi-Cloud Storage Center Stage At Dell Technologies World
forbes.com: May 4, 2022
The battle between on-prem and public cloud infrastructure is over. That was the message that Michael Dell conveyed, kicking off the first in-person Dell Technologies World in three years. Who won that battle? The IT department did.
IT infrastructure is more expansive than it has ever been. Enterprise IT resources live on-prem. They also live in the cloud. And at the edge. It seems like data and compute are everywhere. Workloads can be placed where it makes the most sense. That's powerful flexibility for IT architects.
9. New Brunswick academic institutions helping drive digital transformation
canada.ca, May 6, 2022
Supporting digital transformation across all sectors of the economy is key to Canada’s economic recovery. Post-secondary institutions and colleges will play a crucial role in fueling an innovation ecosystem and talent development while building the digital economy of tomorrow. This will help prepare workers for the jobs of the future, support business growth and attract investments right here in Canada.
University programming will support talent development. Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA, announced a total investment of $3,958,000 for two projects to help drive digital transformation in New Brunswick.
10. The Government of Yukon, Yukon University and ComIT partner to bring coding training to Yukon First Nations students
yukon.ca, May 5, 2022
The Government of Yukon has reached an agreement with Yukon University and ComIT, with the support of Google, to host a coding training program for Yukon First Nations students. The agreement will last for a period of one year.
Participants in the program will be provided with free coding training and have an opportunity to join an entry-level technology position upon graduation from the program.
Professional Learning Events 
Ontario Tech's 2022 - Future of Education Conference 
May 24-26, 2022                           
Actua's IDEAS Summit 2022
May 26-27, 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                           
United Nations Transforming Education Summit September 2022
September, 2022                           

Parent Resources Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. Black Boys Code: Zookeeper’s Coding Adventure 
Saturday May 28th 2022 and Saturday June 4th. 2022, new workshop Zookeeper’s Coding Adventure for Boys 8 to 12.

Combining Coding with Animals! Does your boy show an interest in animals and ever wonder what it takes to be a zookeeper? Well, the answer may surprise them. 
2. Brilliant Labs: Explore all Cross Curricular Steam Projects 
Browse Hundreds of Unique Maker Centered Projects
3. Canada Learning Code: Learning Experiences
Check out live online coding workshops 

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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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