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Dear Thought Leader, 


Happy first day of Summer! Today also marks 'National Indigenous Peoples Day,' a day recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples of Canada.


As the school year draws to a close, it's a great opportunity to reflect, celebrate student achievements and innovations in post-secondary and K12, and to look ahead to summer professional learning opportunities, and dare I suggest Back2School planning! 


There is no shortage of insights and inspirations in this issue. Check out a few highlights below:

  1. Be sure to have a listen to the impressive University of Western Ontario Student and Canadian Armed forces reservist, Emmanuel Akindele, Founder and CEO at Blue Guardian
  2.  Recorded C21 Canada CIO Alliance webinar. It was an honour to moderate last week's webinar on Cybersecurity and Data Privacy on the heels of a Canadian school district recently being compromised. Be sure to have a listen to it in this issue.
  3. ISTE22. As proud media partners, we're off to New Orleans next week to bring you the latest insights and trends in EdTech at the largest conference in North America that returns to the first-in-person event in three years. Drop me a note if you plan to attend and would like to connect! We're excited to be hosting our 24th CanAm Celebration of Excellence Meetup at ISTE22 New Orleans. Click here to register.
  4. Congrats to our partner McGill U on their #1 Ranking in Canada! I'm just back from planning meetings at the faculty of education in preparation for our 13th Canadian EdTech Summit, October 19-20. It was fortuitous to mix in a little pleasure with our valued Dell Technologies partner, attending the Formula 1 Grand Prix. I really came to appreciate the innovation behind F1, driven by a growth mindset and always striving for excellence. It really resonated for me given the relatability to education. It's no wonder eSports is gaining a lot of traction in education with students. Did you know there are 140 sensors in an F1 car? 
  5. Big News from Applyboard--New Analysis Identifies 35 Canadian Tech Companies on Path to $1 Billion in Annual Revenue.
  6. Don't miss tomorrow's sure to be fascinating webinar, Beyond the Pandemic, The Future of Digital Learning, featuring two EdTech Industry champions, Steve Brown, CEO, Nelson and Jason Bedford, VP, Class. Click here to register.


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


Be sure to check out the amazing parent resources featured this week that includes STEM resources from NASA, Canadian space agency and Canada Learning Code! 


The judges have spoken! Watch for Canada's 14th Schools of the Future Challenge winners to be announced next week! 


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 transformation, or edtech growth plans through our strategic consulting services and our upcoming Fall EdTech leadership Summit.


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. Be sure to checkout Calgary Chief Superintendent, Chris Usih's  tweet of the Week that is sure to inspire offering tips to graduating students!
Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
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Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
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McGill University Summit Site Visit & F1 Dell Technologies Experential Learning!
ISTE22 Spotlight 
Sneak Peek ISTE22 Conference in New Orleans, What to Expect with Special Guest, Justin Payeur, North American GM, Matific

 Tweet of the Week
Chris Usih, Chief Superintendent of Schools 
Calgary Board of Education
C21 Canada Spotlight
Canadian EdTech Industry Spotlight
Featured Book of the Week
Educators in the 21st century are teaching diverse learners across a range of learning environments, while attending to critical issues related to equity, inclusion, and social justice. Now there's a resource to help you merge the essential skills of embedding culturally responsive teaching practices into online and in person learning settings. Using the Dynamic Equitable Learning Environments (DELE) framework, you can build the knowledge, awareness, skills, and dispositions to pivot instruction to facilitate equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist learning experiences that transcend cultural, social, and linguistic backgrounds, no matter where, when, or how your students do their learning.

K-12 Top News Stories 
1. Sprig Learning Partners With Joyful Literacy To Develop a New Evidence-Based Early Literacy Teacher App, June 16, 2022
Post-pandemic, there are sporadic glimpses of learning recovery across Canada and the US. But progress is slow. Many young learners in preschool, kindergarten and the early elementary grades are still struggling from missed or interrupted learning opportunities. Now more than ever, research indicates that many students are not reading at grade-level. It is estimated that 25% of Canadian students, and 65% of American students, are not reading at grade level by the end of grade 3 and 4, respectively. Low literacy rates are even higher for marginalized students and the last few years of the pandemic have exacerbated the low literacy challenge.
2. Canva and Wakelet Partner to Enhance Content Curation, June 13, 2022
We’re excited to announce our new integration with Wakelet, a powerful curation tool—think Pinterest for education. Students use Wakelet for all sorts of individual assignments and group projects ranging from digital portfolios to book reports. Teachers compile reading lists, share information with parents, organize professional development resources, and collaborate directly with students on Wakelet collections. As students learn how to better curate and organize information, they’ll develop an important life skill to navigate our information-packed world.
3. Nureva XT wins 2022 InfoComm Best of Show, June 15, 2022
Calgary, Alberta – June 15, 2022 – Nureva Inc., an innovator in advanced audio conferencing solutions, announces that its Nureva® XT solution was chosen as a winner in Tech & Learning’s Best of Show at InfoComm 2022. According to the editors at Future PLC, the organizers of the awards, the percentage of exhibitors entering the awards was greater than any year in recent history.
4. Northern elementary school students learning with Legos, June 16, 2022
A Grade 6/7 class in northern Ontario is using a popular building block toy to learn science, technology, engineering and math. What once was an after school program is now available in the classroom. The FIRST LEGO League Class Pack program is wrapping up its first year in the classroom at St. Luke Catholic Elementary School in North Bay. The Grade 6 and 7 students who are a part of the course are involved in project-based learning by building robots and innovation projects.
5. Babbly Secures $3.2 Million CAD to Scale Speech Development Software for Children, June 14, 2022
Representing Babbly’s first institutional raise, the financing was led by Esplanade Ventures and with participation from American Family Insurance Institute for Social Impact, and Trend Forward Capital. Esplanade Ventures’ Sheldon Elman will join Babbly’s board of directors.
Founded in 2018 by Maryam Nabavi (CEO) and Carla Margalef Bentabol (CTO), Babbly is developing a speech and language development platform for infants using artificial intelligence (AI). Babbly collects video and audio recordings from parents and leverages machine learning models to analyze children’s speech patterns.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Starting with Ontario, Kruzee aims to become North America's Leading Online Driving School June 7, 2022
Toronto-based driver’s education platform Kruzee has raised $500,000 CAD in pre-seed funding to fuel its Ontario launch.
According to Kruzee co-founder and co-CEO Mikael Castaldo, the pandemic revealed “the underlying structural issues” with the driver’s ed industry.
7. New Analysis Identifies 35 Canadian Tech Companies on Path to $1 Billion in Annual Revenue June 15, 2022
Thirty-five privately-held Canadian tech startups are on their way towards reaching $1 billion in annual revenue, according to a new data-based initiative from Kitchener-Waterloo tech hub Communitech.
Communitech has identified companies like Burnaby-based legaltech startup Clio, Kitchener-Waterloo EdTech firm ApplyBoard, and Montréal-based construction company RenoRun as among the 35 Canadian startups on the path to hitting $1 billion in annual revenue, based on their current annual revenue and growth rate.
8. Microsoft, RBC, HCL Technologies, and Sobeys collaborate on Canada Skills Program to bring skilling opportunities to Canadians Coast-to-Coast June 15, 2022
Overcoming the digital skills gap and recruiting talent continue to be pressing challenges for organizations across Canada, and the world. The future of work relies on people with digital literacy and arming students with the technical skills they need is critical for Canada to lead in a digital-first world. To combat this, Microsoft is collaborating with Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), HCL Technologies Canada, and Sobeys, to launch the next generation of the Canada Skills Program. This program aims to inspire future generations to expand their technical skills by equipping them with accessible digital skilling opportunities at no cost.
9. Three Canadian universities land high scores on new global ranking June 15, 2022
In the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings, only three Canadian universities made it into the top 50, with McGill University placing the highest.
The rankings are released yearly by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a U.K. based company which specializes in analyzing higher education and providing comparative data.
McGill University was number 31 on the 2023 list, scored an 81.9 out of 100 possible points. University of Toronto wasn’t far behind, at 34 on the list, achieving a score of 81.5. Rounding out the top three Canadian universities on the list was the University of British Columbia at number 47, with 77 points.
10. Future-proofing Canadian innovation starts with equity in STEM education, June 11, 2022
Canada has an appetite for innovation but it’s one that’s not always easy to satisfy, especially coming out of a pandemic. Many business leaders rightfully recognize that investments in digital transformation and innovation will be essential for Canada’s economic recovery, future self-sufficiency, and collective social well-being.
Professional Learning Events 
ISTE Live 2022: Empowering Educators. Elevating Equity. 
June 26-29, 2022                  
24th Annual CanAm Meetup "Celebrating Excellence in Innovation & Learning" 
June 28, 2022 @ 5:30-7:30pm                  
United Nations Transforming Education Summit September 2022
September 2022                           
13th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit Save the Date
October 19-20, 2022                  
IT4K12 Conference 2022 
November 25-26, 2022                  

Parent Resources Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. Discover Free NASA Resources: A Universe of Learning at Your Fingertips
Searching for resources on the NASA website to challenge and inspire budding scientists can be a bit like exploring the universe: You’ll find a vast expanse of interesting data, visuals, stories and creations. And once you set out, you never know what you may discover!
2. Canadian Innovation Space: Educational Resources
Classroom ready resources for teachers
3. Canada Learning Code Lesson Plans
Free coding resources for kids!

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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
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