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I trust by now you've settled back into a routine of back to school in the new normal.
There's no going back. We're moving beyond the worst of times into new and innovative ways to reach every learner to help them thrive. Yes their will be pandemic flair-ups, however, we cannot get distracted with getting our students back on track with their well-being in mind.
I drove past the local elementary school earlier this week and it was wonderful to see and hear children at play outdoors.
The notion of agile learning comes to mind as we get settled back into classrooms across Canada. You got this! And we're cheering for you each of you as education and EdTech leaders, teachers, parents and students. Never before has it been more evident that it takes a digital village in the new normal to meet the emerging needs of learners.
I'm pleased to share that our MindShare Work & Learning space is now operating at a greater capacity with a pent-up demand for workers to get back to business.
We've also been invited to expand into other malls in our region as new and innovative work & learning spaces are required to accommodate employees who are seeking hybrid work options.
The pandemic challenges have inspired our theme for the 12th Canadian International EdTech Leadership [Online] Summit--"
Moving from a Crisis to Future-Proofing Learning." Mark your calendars! October 27-28. Newly added World-Class speakers include: Dr.Sugata Mitra, "Whole in the Wall" computer project pioneer and TED Talks Prize Winner and Eric Walters, one of Canada's most prized children's book authors. Early Bird ends September 30th! The first 50 registrants will get a copy of The Play Book, How to Get in the Habit of Good Health. Author Janet Omstead will be leading us on a health break at the Summit
[Recorded] podcast with education experts Dwayne Matthews & Dr. Steve Joordens Unpacking Back to School with a Lens on Wellbeing & Innovators Mindset
MindShare to host first ever EdTech Industry Charity Golf Tournament, September 27 in support of bridging the digital divide to help all students thrive. Spaces are limited! Click here to register. Meet the voice of the Toronto Raptors, Paul Jones, TDSB alumni and former school principal!
MindShare Learning celebrates its 20th anniversary with a new and fresh logo design to represent diversity and inclusion with an eye on the future.
Be sure to checkout the 'New' Mindshare Marketplace with a vast array of curated free resources!
I hope you enjoy this week's Top 10 curated news stories that really provide a national lens and pulse for some of the incredible innovation happening across our vast Canadian landscape.
Special thanks to you, our loyal readership, our team, board of advisors and valued partners, who enable us to share and stay connected with you on a weekly basis through our growing community.
Please don't hesitate to connect with us to share news, suggest a podcast speaker, or inquire about our strategic consulting services.
Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe and keep the learning curve steep!
Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Founder, MindShare Workspace
CEO & Co-founder, C21 Canada™
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Tweet of the Week
"The whole world went topsy-turvy 18 months ago, and all of a sudden all of those things we never thought we could do -- having millions of people working from home and continuing to function as a society -- all of a sudden were being done."
He said it became obvious that people needed to have the digital tools in order to survive in this world.
2. What is digital citizenship? – A guide for teachers
futurelearn.com, September 3, 2021
The world has changed dramatically in the last 30 years. The rise of the internet means that much of our lives now takes place online, and the process of digitising society only seems to be accelerating. With this rapid change comes the need to know about digital citizenship – the roles, responsibilities, and skills for navigating digital life.
3. How can we foster lifelong learning attitudes in students?
oecdedutoday.com, June 15, 2021
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the disruption of face-to-face teaching in schools led to 1.6 billion students being forced to adapt to a more challenging alternative, remote schooling. While some students were able to keep up with the transition to remote learning, many others, particularly young and socio-economically disadvantaged learners, experienced large learning losses.
“Innovative” may be an overused buzzword in some corners of the education technology marketplace, but that doesn’t contradict the reality that innovation is happening in schools across the U.S. However, to better understand the meaningful trends happening in K-12, we must connect innovative practices with their practical purpose, particularly the ways in which innovation improves equity, access and outcomes. So, what does a truly innovative school look like and what might we expect to see develop within the next 5-10 years?
6. Work-study students to provide U of T professors with tech support this fall
utoronto.ca, September 7, 2021
The University of Toronto has launched a new pilot program that will pair instructors with work-study students to provide their classes with tech support during the fall semester – part of a broader effort to foster technological and instructional innovation in the classroom.
8. LS employee blends traditional Indigenous knowledge with mainstream science after enrolling in USask’s STEM Accelerator courses
news.usask.ca: September 7, 2021
Petit, who works at the Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron on campus, enrolled in 90-level courses offered through the Indigenous Student Achievement Pathways (ISAP) program in USask’s College of Arts and Science.
9. While you were away… U of T was busy building for the future
boundless.utoronto.ca: August 30, 2021
While many University of Toronto students, staff, faculty and librarians studied, taught and worked from home over the past year, U of T’s three campuses remained a hub of activity as construction forged ahead on several transformational projects.
2. Supporting Student Well-being for the Return to School
As part of our ongoing work to assist students and families during the transition back to school, we wanted to remind families of the many resources available to support student mental health and well-being.
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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 Hanan Mousa, M.B.A, B.C. S. Digital Media Specialist
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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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