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October 12, 2018

Dear Thought Leader,

A memorable week for sure, having hosted our 9th Canadian EdTech Summit, Ignite Talks and EdTech Industry Boot Camp. Checkout twitter social media highlights via #CDNEdTech18.

Our challenge for next year's special 10th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit will be to top the excellent keynotes and the level of collaborative engagement that captivated our delegates. If you missed this year's Summit, no worries, we've got keynote podcasts courtesy of our partner, VoideEd Radio. 

Congratulations to the  3rd Annual Canadian EdTech Award Winners announced at the Summit:
Special thanks to presenters, delegates, sponsors, volunteers, University of Toronto (Mississauga) and our team for making this year's Summit a most memorable one! 

I hope you enjoy this week's Top 10  news stories! Please keep your success stories and comments coming! 

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!


Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech 
President, MindShare Learning Technology™ 
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™ 
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™
Founder & CEO, MindShare Workspace

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“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”

- Albert Einstein

1. This Week in Canadian EdTech is our Pre-EdTech Summit Discussion
This Week in Canadian EdTech with Robert Martellacci, Chief Digital Publisher, Mindshare Learning Report & Stephen Hurley, Founder, VoicEd Radio Simulcast on Twitter (Periscope & VoiceEd). Check us out every Tuesday at 10am est!
2. How do we teach students to identify fake news?
EdCan Network - October 5, 2018

In a “post-truth” era where people are increasingly influenced by their emotions and beliefs over factual information, fact and fiction can be difficult to distinguish, and fake news can spread rapidly through mainstream media sources and social networks. Moreover, fake news is often meant to do harm, by tricking us into believing a lie or unfairly discrediting a person or political movement.

3. Sidewalk Toronto has only one beneficiary and it is not Toronto
The Globe and Mail - October 5, 2018
With politicians rushing to show Canada’s innovation chops, “smart cities” have emerged as their new frontier. Most consequential of these is a high-profile agreement between Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet. A year ago, Canadians were treated to an announcement involving the leaders of all three levels of government gushing and fawning about an enlightened urban partnership with a foreign company whose business model is built exclusively on the principle of mass surveillance.
4. The Government of Canada invests in protecting nature with Engaging Canadian Kids in Wildlife Conservation
CISION - October 5, 2018

Canada is protecting its natural heritage, wildlife, and biodiversity by engaging the next generation of environmental stewards across the country in species at risk. This initiative will inspire and enable Canadian children to take an active role in the protection of wildlife—including species at risk—and their habitat.

5. Why Generation Z learners Prefer Youtube Lessons Over Printed Books
Education Week - September 11, 2018

In a survey released last month of people ages 14 to 23—the so-called Generation Z group—YouTube ranked the highest as a preferred learning tool. Fifty-nine percent picked YouTube as a learning preference, 57 percent chose in-person group activities, 47 percent picked learning apps or games, and 47 percent chose printed books. The study—conducted by a global market research firm, The Harris Poll, on behalf of education company Pearson—examines the differences between Generation Z and Millennials—defined as ages 24-40—when it comes to their outlooks, values, and experiences in education and the use of technology.

6. More work-integrated learning, research funding among the major themes of pre-budget submissions
University Affairs - October 9, 2018

Several groups call for increased support for Canadian students wishing to study abroad. Universities Canada is one of several groups to support a new national initiative, Go Global Canada, to support 15,000 Canadian postsecondary students per year to go abroad within five years, rising to 30,000 per year within 10 years. The Canadian Bureau for International Education also strongly endorses efforts to boost the number of students going abroad both as a way to nurture future “global leaders” and to boost Canada’s international competitiveness.

7. Taking the lead in tech
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology - October 11, 2018

We're poised to become a Western Canadian leader in robotics training.

SAIT and automation powerhouse ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB) recently signed a memorandum of understanding - officially announced Wednesday, Oct. 10 - naming SAIT as the Alberta training provider for ABB robot operator and programmer courses. "Being able to bring this technology to students shows ABB's commitment to education, the advancement of automation and the preparation of a highly skilled workforce," says Brent Matthews, Business Unit Manager, ABB.

8. Education Technology Serves Equity when used with Purpose
EdSurge - September 12, 2018
In my time as a classroom teacher, principal and superintendent, I became professionally and emotionally vested in leading and supporting a vision for educational equity, which is shared by many of my colleagues. That vision is to create the best conditions that can lead to equitable learning outcomes and to provide all students with the right resources they need to learn, regardless of race, gender, income and other factors.
9. Great schools give great opportunities to a variety of students
The Globe and Mail - September 27, 2018

Ali Poonja had a chance to travel internationally in high school to compete in speech and debate competitions. He tried telemark skiing, mountain biking and camping while doing the international baccalaureate program at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School between 2009 and 2012.

10. Canada 2067 Learning Roadmap: Key Recommendations
Let's Talk Science - October 11, 2018

In a time when most Canadian youth disengage from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) studies before high school graduation, we need to better prepare them for a future where disruptive technologies and changes in the labour market will reward highly skilled workers. Thousands of Canadians contributed to the development of the Canada 2067 Learning Roadmap – a set of key recommendations to ensure Canadian youth will be prepared to contribute and thrive in an ever more complex and technologically intensive world.

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