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Top 10 Issue #253, May 11, 2020
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Insight from Digital Lead Educators with TDSB Provide Tips for Remote Learning at Home During Covid-19

Dear Thought Leader, 

This marks week 8 or 9 in COVID 'teaching time,' depending where you are in Canada or abroad. I can see light at the end of the tunnel with schools preparing to resume in some parts of Canada. 

One thing for sure, I appreciate the regional differences and challenges facing provincial and territorial bodies crafting strategies for the continuation of learning. 

It's not going to be a perfect science with so many moving parts required for remote and blended learning and returning back to some form of face to face learning. I feel for teachers and parents when they are being asked to go beyond the call of duty in super stressful times. You are the unsung heroes and frontline workers behind the scenes. Thank you for you patience and commitment to supporting student learning.

Innovation happens at the speed of trust. There are key challenges around the notion of synchronous live learning. Are teacher unions being engaged in this process? Ontario's recent news caused a twitter storm over the weekend. While Minister Lecce was well intentioned, teachers require access to proper technology, professional learning and of course students need access too. I'm hearing that there are still devices being shipped to kids without computers. 

Education in Canada is in crisis mode. Unfortunately, we got caught with our proverbial pants down when it comes emergency preparedness for the continuation of learning. Provinces and School districts no doubt had emergency plans and redundancy for servers going down. However, I'm curious as to whether any provinces, territories or districts had an emergency response strategy for situations arising such as COVID-19? 
I'm advocating for a National Task Force on the Future of Education so this does not happen again. Education is the lifeline to Canada's growth and prosperity. In fact, this theme will be embedded in our Fall Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit,  October 29 I welcome your thoughts and support to participate?  

A collective national effort in "problem solving" the pandemic remote learning challenge is essential to ensuring that all students across Canada have a level playing field when it comes to learning. The current COVID19 learning time is analogous to the notion that we're building the plane as we fly. 

B.C. is a good test case for a province that is preparing for school re-openings.  Be sure to checkout Dr. Jordan Tinney's video address to students and parents from Surrey School Division in this issue, who demonstrates caring and compassionate leadership that is essential during these challenging times. 

I'm honoured to be moderating this upcoming C21 Canada CIO Alliance Webinar on Remote Learning and What's Next? May 20th at 12 noon ET, as part of the Canadian Coalition for Learning @Home during COVID-19.  Register here.


This weeks MindShareTV videocast, features Award-Winning Toronto District School Board Lead Learning educators who share tips on Remote Learning and engaging students through project based learning activities.

Be inspired to enter our "REMOTE LEARNING" Schools of the Future Challenge and WIN fabulous prizes! Here's an inspirational Video to last Year's Winning School, St. Mary - St. Cecelia.  Deadline May 31! Please share with your colleagues!

This Week's Top10 News Stories are intended to provide futher insight, research and best practices to give you a pulse for how K12, post-secondary institutions and EdTech solution providers are innovating globally in challenging times due to COVID-19 and beyond. Be sure to checkout the OECD Education inspiring quote from Dr. Andreas Schleicher and their recent news reports on best practices on returning back to school.

Our FREE resources HUB keeps growing! Thanks to the generosity of the EdTech community, we've added many new resource partners to our  FREE Canadian Learning @Home Resource Hub, to support teachers, students and parents, courtesy of Canada's EdTech providers, educators and not for profit organizations. We welcome you to recommend a resource! 

I hope you enjoy this week's resource rich Top 10 Canadian stories in EdTech powered by the MindShare Learning Report - Canada's Learning & Technology eMagazine.  

We welcome you sharing your news, research, and information. Please feel free to drop me a note if we can be of further support to your organization. 


Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe, be mindful of social distancing, and keep the digital learning curve steep!

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

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1. Week 7 message - COVID. How Surrey Schools B.C. is Moving forward with Re-Opening Schools? What options will parents have? 

Surrey School Division: May 8, 2020 

2. 'Global effort needed' on worldwide online teaching

World University Rankings: May 6, 2020 

A lack of access to technology, unprepared teachers and faculty, and ethical concerns are among the challenges facing the implementation of online education worldwide, according to Unesco’s assistant director-general for education.

About 40 per cent of students do not have access to the Internet, Stefania Giannini warned. Unesco reported in March that about half of the world’s student population was not attending physical classes. 

“Global cooperation is the only answer to this crisis – especially to support countries that don't have the capacity to know how, or have the resources to deploy, distance learning,” Ms Giannini added during a dialogue on online education and the pandemic co-hosted



3. C21 Canada CIO Alliance Webinar: Adapting to Remotelearning. What's Next?

C21 Canada: April 23, 2020 

4. Schools Are Opening Worldwide, Providing a Model for the U.S.

Edutopia: May 8, 2020

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report setting out guidelines for opening child-care programs, day camps, and K-12 schools—or the report leaked, depending on who you read. 

The guidelines break school reopening into three phases—each with incrementally more relaxed rules, if infection rates decline—but the big picture provides some good news: the recommendations reveal a path forward for schools to reopen, albeit with restrictions. 

5. The EdTech Awards 2020 Finalists & Winners Announced

EdTech Digest: May 7, 2020

The edtech ecosystem is now more than 15,000 companies strong, with hundreds of thousands of educators globally using technology to enhance, improve, and transform their everyday work.

The EdTech Awards program was established in 2010 to recognize, acknowledge, and celebrate the most exceptional innovators, leaders, and trendsetters in education technology.

More than US $50 Billion has been invested worldwide across the global edtech landscape in just the last several years.

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6. Here's how B.C. schools will return to classroom learning Social Sharing

CBC News: May 7, 2020


The provincial government announced a gradual return to normal life in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic this week and it includes a five-stage plan to resuming in-class learning for B.C. students from kindergarten to Grade 12.

According to the Ministry of Education, stage one is the final step and includes the full return of all students to their classrooms. Currently, all 60 school districts and independent schools are in stage four in which classroom programs are available only to select students.

Stephanie Higginson, president of the B.C. School Trustees Association, said the stages will look different in each district as it decides how best to introduce them.

7. Canadian Students Take Prom Online in Support of Kids Help Phone

SLN: May 8, 2020
Canadian high school grads are coming together and refusing to let COVID-19 take away one of the biggest nights of their lives, making sure that prom is on for 2020 - online that is.

The live-streamed #PromIsOn2020 event is being planned by a national prom committee made up of 36 student leaders representing every province and territory in the country. During the event, grads will show off their prom wear, meet students from across the country and dance to a live DJ set by Juno-winning artist, Loud Luxury, with other special guests set to be announced soon.
8. New video series offers a crash course on digital teaching and learning
Commonwealth of Learning: April 28, 2020

What are the underlying principles that guide effective teaching and learning in a Digital Age and how can every instructor help students develop the thinking and attitudes that will set them up for success? A 12-part video series produced by COL features insights from Dr Tony Bates, renowned leader in the field of online and distance education, and aims to become a key resource for educators facing the forced transition to online teaching caused by COVID19.

The videos are based on the key ideas discussed in Dr Bates’ seminal book “Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for Designing Teaching and Learning” and offer theoretical as well as practical tips to improve the quality of teaching in campus-based, blended or fully online learning environments. Topics range from the choice of teaching methods to ideas on how to implement online learning to understanding different learner needs and providing targeted supports to the use of emerging technologies, and much more.


9. What Professors Can Learn from YouTubers: Off-Camera Options for Teaching Online

:Mike Wesch: May 8, 2020 

Featuring awesome eduTubers like @Knowing Better@Taran Van Hemert@Destiny@ContraPoints@The School of Life@Rationality Rules@Philosophy Tube@Jabrils@Sally Le Page@Mark Rober@Gawx Art@You Suck At Cooking@CGP Grey@PolyMatter@Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell@PowerPoint School@Leila Gharani2:00 Journey to YouTube University 3:35 5 Options when you don't want to be on camera 3:40 POV 4:12 Stock Video and Stock Audio,,, YouTube Audio Library Graphic Design Tutorials for Merge Shapes Awesome Series by Polymatter,,, Coolors,com 5:24 Animation PowerPoint Animation tutorials (Morph Transition) Screen Recording 6:28 Video Editor Recommendation: DaVinci Resolve


Resolve Tutoial: Storytelling 7:23 The Y & the XY Formula of Storytelling 7:36 Y1 - The Surprising Fact 8:10 Y2 - Eelavate a Great Example 8:52 Y3 - The Hero's Journey 9:10 The Gloria Gaynor Hero Cycle 10:00 Invite them into the Journey 10:15 Jabril's Story The Art of Being Human


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Social Media: @mwesch

10. Responding to Coronavirus: Back to school

OECD Network Forum: April 26, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has challenged the world. But although there is an overload of information, there is still much that is unknown. Aggressive testing in South Korea and Germany, and massive early lockdown in New Zealand contained the virus early. But questions remain about whether and how containment and immunity work. For countries in lockdown, it is not clear what the best exit strategy is.

The sobering reality is that there is likely to be recurring waves of contagion, similar to the 1918 H1N1 "Spanish flu'', the 1957 H2N2 "Asian flu'' and the 1968 H3N2 "Hong Kong flu''. As a result, many countries could face a series of rolling school closures over the next months or even year.

Disruption is the new normal, at least for the next 18 months

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