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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShare TV  ‘Sneak Peek’ podcast on his Opening Keynote,14th Canadian EdTech Summit with Daniel Sax, Co-Founder & CEO, Canadian Space Mining Corporation on Solving BIG Challenges in Space and on Earth

Dear Thought Leader, 

41 Days to Go to the Canadian EdTech Summit, November 2-3, Ottawa! The excitement and wonder is truly building as is evidence with this week's MindShareTV podcast featuring a visionary leader 'Sneak Peek' podcast on his opening keynote, Daniel Sax, Co-Founder & CEO, Canadian Space Mining Corporation on Inspiring the Next Generation: Solving Big Problems in Space and on Earth.
Kudos to our friend & colleague Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, founder on celebrating 30 years of her visionary not for profit, Let's Talk Science and putting STEM on the map in Canada. Incidentally Dr. Schmidt will be presenting at the Canadian EdTech Summit! 
Re-connecting is a theme that is emerging as we prepare to host our 14th Canadian EdTech Summit in Ottawa. The human connection is vitally important when designing professional learning, hence, we're staying focused on the Summit as an 'in-person' event.
We hope you can join us in Ottawa for this PreK-12 & Post-secondary event, connecting teachers,students, professors, not-for-profits ed leaders and edtechs. We're appealing to all education stakeholders to join us in re-imagining the future of learning to innovate, connect and grow! Please do share with a colleague who you think might benefit from attending! 
Dr. Randy LaBonte, CEO, CANelearn, " Congrats on a great Summit, Robert.  Shout out  to sponsors, speakers, organizers, and all those who contributed!" past EdTech Summit attendee. 
Issue Highlights!
  1. Celebrating 30 Years of Let’s Talk Science: President and Founder, Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, on Humble Origins and Hopeful Tomorrows.
  2. A Majority of New Teachers Aren’t Prepared to Teach With Technology. What’s the Fix?
  3. Global University Systems Canada Hosts Symposium at UN Headquarters: Bridging the Education Gap for Sustainable Development Goals Advancement.
  4. Sky’s the limit: A McMaster Engineering student’s ascent to a career in aerospace.
  5. We are honoured to partner with the following upcoming events featured in this report: Serious Play Conference (Toronto), EdTech Week NYC and the ICDE World Conference (Costa Rica). We welcome and greatly value strategic partnerships that support learning & innovation.   


In late breaking news from our valued partner TakingItGlobal! A TDSB student, Nodin Outten-Joseph, was selected as one of the two National winners of the Your Voice is Power coding and music program we run with Amazon Future Engineer. Nodin is a recent graduate of Wandering Spirit School. Nodin was recognized this week in the House of Commons by his MP Julie Dabrusin, and in the Senate by Senator Marilou McPhedran. You can see a video of Nodin's MP speaking in the House about him here:


Special thanks to our team, student interns and advisory board members for their incredible commitment and support in getting off to a great start for back to school 2023.  


In closing, we are always looking for MindShareTV newsworthy stories to share around learning & innovation across Canada and beyond. And, do let us know how we can help you with your digital transformation as we specialize in connecting the dots between education and the EdTech sector to help all students thrive!  


I hope you can join us at our upcoming Canadian EdTech Summit! Do reach out to me if you have any further questions, or wish to participate as an EdTech partner sponsor. 


Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe, and keep the digital learning curve steep!
P.S. Don't forget to for the Canadian EdTech Awards & Dragon's Den EdTech Startup Challenge
Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Founder, MindShare Workspace
CEO & Co-founder, C21 Canada™ -- A not for profit, Canadians for 21st Century Learning & Innovation

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41 Days to Go! Canadian EdTech Summit 2023, Ottawa, Canada 
Register now!
Topic: "The Future of Post-secondary Education, Bridging the Gap with K12"
C21 Canada Spotlight

Thank you Nelson for hosting the C21 Canada Board of Advisory Meeting

Quote of the Week  

Schools of education assume that many of their students are “digital natives” who instinctively understand technology, Conan Simpson said in an interview. “ But just because you know how to use TikTok does not mean that you know how to integrate technology in a classroom.” ISTE Research Report
Book of the Week


AI isn't science fiction anymore. It's here. It can help us teach. And it can help our students learn.

AI for Educators is a readable, relatable book about the impact of AI on the classroom -- today and in the future. It's super practical, giving you ideas and strategies you can use in class right away.

Teachers will find hope in this book -- hope that AI isn't all about cheating, hope that AI can save them time and empower them to do more, hope that all is not lost.

It's written by Matt Miller, author of six books including Ditch That Textbook. Tens of thousands of educators all over the world have followed his ideas, guidance and wisdom for more than 10 years in his email newsletter, books, social media, and more. His clear, compelling voice makes this a page turner that'll equip you, inspire you, and entertain you.
8th Canadian EdTech Awards
We are thrilled to announce our 8th Annual Canadian EdTech Awards Honouring Excellence in Innovation in Education. Please submit your nominations by Friday, October 20, 2023
Enter Now! 8th Dragon's Den
Startup Challenge
The 8th Dragon Den's Start-Up Challenge—inspired by the hugely popular TV show Dragon's Den. This challenge is an opportunity for EdTech startups across North America to showcase their innovative solutions. In this competition taking place at the 14th Canadian EdTech Summit 2023, each participant can give a 2-minute pitch to showcase their innovative EdTech solutions and impress our expert panel of judges, comprised of North America's leading EdTech thought leaders. The winning startup will get the opportunity to be mentored by MindShare Learning in their EdTech Incubator Program for a year and receive exclusive booth space at FETC. Please complete the form below to enter your EdTech start up into this year's challenge!
This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShare TV with
John Gamba, Entrepreneur in Residence, UPenn Catalyst, for a ‘Sneak Peek’ podcast on the upcoming EdTech Week in New York.

The 2023 State EdTech Trends survey and report tracks how state education agencies and policymakers are adapting to a digital world post-pandemic while also identifying state priorities relating to technology and education.

Conducted in collaboration with Whiteboard Advisors, the report includes responses from SETDA members, state superintendents, and other senior state officials from 45 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), and Guam.

The report complements the survey data with state spotlights that showcase the work states are leading to support cybersecurity efforts, the effective and equitable use of edtech tools, and the development of policy to guide the use of AI in K-12 classrooms.
K-12 Top News Stories
1. Celebrating 30 Years of Let’s Talk Science: President and Founder, Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, on Humble Origins and Hopeful Tomorrows, September 15, 2023

The economic recession of the early 1990s hit scientific research hard—there were cuts to funding, grants disappeared, and, because there is very little public outreach, the negative impacts were not recognized by the public. It was a time of uncertainty, and in the science community, the recession forced some hard questions about whether the public valued scientific research. While this was happening, in 1991, Bonnie Schmidt was working towards her PhD in Physiology at Western University in London, Ontario. Having changed paths after failing the manual carving test on the Dental Aptitude Test—twice—Schmidt was still figuring out exactly where she wanted her life to go when she began noticing the division between the metaphorical town and gown. She started bridging that divide by mobilizing university students to bring science into classrooms across their community. With just a handful of graduate students and support from some key mentors, Schmidt began to lay the foundation for what would become the national, award-winning, charitable organization Let’s Talk Science.
2.  A Majority of New Teachers Aren’t Prepared to Teach With Technology. What’s the Fix?
ISTE, September 14, 2023

Think all incoming teachers have a natural facility with technology just because most are digital natives? Think again.


Teacher preparation programs have a long way to go in preparing prospective educators to teach with technology, according to a report released September 12 by the International Society for Technology in Education, a nonprofit.
3. An Esports Arena for All Abilities to Shine, September 19, 2023

The Development Learning Center of Warren’s esports arena has been designed for students with autism and autistic-like behavior  


Offering a wide variety of experiences and enrichment activities in and out of the classroom for students of all abilities is key to leveling the playing field. Esports, in particular, can provide engaging opportunities to help all students build skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving.
4. Nowly, Teachers Life award over $60,000 in grants to young Canadian entrepreneurs, September 19, 2023

Insurance platform Nowly and Teachers Life Insurance have named the nine grant recipients of the Press Start CoLab Program.


With $50,000 in seed funding from Nowly and Teachers Life, alongside an additional $11,000 from OTIP, these recipients can continue developing original programs that address mental health issues impacting communities across Canada.
5. “Your Voice Is Power” Merges Coding and History to Make a Difference, September 18, 2023

Students from the Ottawa Catholic School Board recently took part in the “Your Voice is Power” Hackathons, where they developed coding and music skills while learning about Indigenous histories. The program teaches them about the history of Hip-Hop, introduces them to Indigenous role models, and encourages them to reflect on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

The education charity TakingITGlobal delivers the program with support from Amazon Future Engineer and the CanCode program. The program was designed by Indigenous educators in collaboration with the University of British Columbia’s Cloud Innovation Centre.

MindShare is pleased to Partner with PennGSE Catalyst and EdTechWeek in NYC!

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Global University Systems Canada Hosts Symposium at UN Headquarters: Bridging the Education Gap for Sustainable Development Goals Advancement, September 20, 2023

NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2023 /CNW/ - Today, Global University Systems Canada (GUS Canada) is hosting a momentous event titled "Bridging the Educational Divide" right at the heart of the United Nations General Assembly headquarters in New York. As a leading network of independent higher education institutions, GUS Canada is committed to delivering quality independent education and driving economic impact in Canada while also dedicating efforts to play a global role in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This significant gathering will address the educational and digital disparities prevalent in Ibero-America. As part of this symposium, GUS Canada proudly announces a groundbreaking collaboration with the International Youth Organization for Ibero-America (OIJ).
7. New CrimsonZip website aims to get Harvard community off couch by helping people find others looking for a workout — or just a walk,  September 13, 2023

New CrimsonZip website aims to get Harvard community off couch by helping people find others looking for a workout — or just a walk


Exercise’s health benefits are clear — it lowers the risk of everything from cardiovascular disease to cancer, obesity to depression. But even for those aware of all this, getting off the couch and out the door can be a challenge.

Enter CrimsonZip, a new effort debuting this fall to get Harvard moving with the help of a mobile phone app and a new website. It is designed especially for the University community and encourages all kinds of physical activity, from rigorous endeavors like running, swimming, lifting, and exercise classes to just going for a walk or a leisurely bike ride.
8. BCIT announces $33M in funding for new Trades and Technology Complex showcasing industry support and demand for grads, September 19, 2023

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) today announced a milestone of $33 million in funding towards a new state-of-the-art Trades and Technology Complex. The Trades and Technology Complex will increase access for students pursuing a trades and technology education and career, which will help the Province of BC meet the demand for an estimated 85,000 new trades jobs expected over the next 10 years. Contributions from over 45 organizations and individuals towards the construction of the Trades and Technology Complex demonstrates the incredible connectivity and collaboration between BCIT and industry.
9. Sky’s the limit: A McMaster Engineering student’s ascent to a career in aerospace September 20, 2023

Sky Bjel’s passion for aerospace started at a young age. In fact, she can’t recall a time when she wasn’t consumed by the idea of aerospace. “I remember looking up at the sky at birds and thinking, how can I fly?” she says.  

Supported by her mother and grandmother and inspired by a grandfather in engineering, Bjel relished an eighth-grade assignment to create a wooden airplane and twelfth-grade class party to celebrate the Apollo 8 Mission. Her first taste of postsecondary options in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) came through a McMaster Engineering community outreach program for high school students.
10. 5-year Kennedy Scholarship awarded to Alberta students with powerful stories, September 5, 2023

anisha Mattapalli moved from India to Canada without knowing a word of English. Entering kindergarten in Calgary, she found that she didn’t have a voice. Throughout her school years, she worked hard to overcome the language barriers, immersing herself in her studies and dreaming of one day connecting the worlds of computer science and business.

After immigrating from South Africa at the age of 11, Samuel Ergando had to deal with massive cultural differences between Canada and his home country — everything from living non-communally to different expectations from school. With dreams of joining the world of finance when he grew up, he focused on academics to make it through his hardest years transitioning to a new country and way of life.
Professional Learning Events 
3rd Annual Fall EdTech Industry Charity Golf Tournament 
September 25, 2023                           
International Conference on Information Technology for Higher Education, Costa Rica 
October 9-10, 2023                           
2023 Serious Play Conference at TMU 
October 11-13, 2023                            
Sustainability: Transdisciplinary Theory, Practice, and Action Conference 
October 11-13, 2023                            
Ontario Edtech Export Business Mission to DIDAC India APPLY NOW 
October 16-19, 2023                            
14th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit (Save the Date)
November 2-3, 2023                           
29th ICDE World Conference 2023 Costa Rica
November 6-10, 2023                         
November 7-9, 2023                           
EduTech East
November 21, 2023                  

Teacher/Parent Resources Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 

Have you used chatbots in your science classroom? Generative artificial intelligence (AI) can help support your instructional planning this school year. You can use chatbots like ChatGPT, Bard, or Claude to gather ideas for activities, assessments, and more. Today on the blog, I have 24 ChatGPT prompts for science teachers.
2. Classroom videos to use in class TODAY -- crowdsourced from educators like you.

Ever find a video for your students that’s just right? Perfect even?

You show it to them (or they watch it on their own). It engages them. Makes them think. Starts really great conversations.

A video can be the right tool to kickstart great learning.

3. School Mental Health Ontario: Grab & Go Tools: Simple Learning Activities 


As we begin our second week back, we recognize that students may be experiencing a range of emotions as they return to school - excited, nervous, sad - a simple check-in activity can help!

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Our goal is to keep you current and at the forefront of innovation in Canadian education through our weekly eMag. Be sure to connect with us:

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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  & Marketing Associate 
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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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