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Top 10 Issue #281, September 16, 2021
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[Recorded] podcast with education experts Dwayne Matthews  & Dr. Steve Joordens Unpacking Back to School with a Lens on Wellbeing  &  Innovators Mindset

Dear Thought Leader, 


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


Issue highlights:

  1. [Recorded] podcast with education experts Dwayne Matthews & Dr. Steve Joordens Unpacking Back to School with a Lens on Wellbeing  &  Innovators Mindset
  2.  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!
  3.  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. 


--Frank McKenna, former beloved NB Premier on donating $5 Millon to UNB.



Featured Book of the Week 
“Janet Omstead is the embodiment of fun and play. And in “The Play Book”, she infuses her contagious joy to make getting and staying fit and healthy fun. 
In a world where so many plans promote “no pain, no gain”, Janet’s approach to being fit and well is refreshing and sustainable. 
This is a must read for anyone who values their health and wants to live a long and healthy life without punishing their body in the process.”
Register Now for the 12th Canadian LeaderShip Summit to get a Free copy of the book
Coming Soon! 

K-12 Top News Stories 
1. Blackboard to Merge With Anthology in $3 Billion EdTech Deal, September 13, 2021
(Bloomberg) -- Blackboard Inc., an education technology provider backed by Providence Equity Partners, is combining with Veritas Capital’s portfolio company Anthology, according to a statement Monday.
2. What is digital citizenship? – A guide for teachers, 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?, 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.
4. 6 Ways the Pandemic Transformed Schooling — But Will It Last? August 18, 2021
After nearly a year and a half of pandemic-related disruption, going back to school this year will look unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. And that’s a good thing — or at least it should be. 
5. EdTech Innovation to Drive K-12 Equity
thecosnpodcast, September 9, 2021
“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?

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Work-study students to provide U of T professors with tech support this fall, 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.
7. Frank McKenna donates $5M to create UNB institute focused on digital technology September 9, 2021
FREDERICTON -- The University of New Brunswick announced Tuesday a new institute intended to create jobs and prosperity in the field of digital technology and transformation.
8. LS employee blends traditional Indigenous knowledge with mainstream science after enrolling in USask’s STEM Accelerator courses 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 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.
10. Remote learning helped parents and teachers relate to each other, study suggests August 30, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic caused major upheaval, sending students home to remote learning and leaving teachers and parents scrambling to adapt.

But it also created the opportunity for a deeper appreciation of their respective roles and challenges, according to a study led by a University of Alberta researcher.
Professional Learning for Ontario Educators
September 1- November 16, 2021                           
The Future of Learning 2021
September 23, 2021                           
12th EdTech Leadership Summit 2021 'Shifting from a Crisis to Future-Proofing Learning 
October 27-28, 2021                           
FETC Conference 
January 25-28, 2022                           
Cosn 2022
April 11-13, 2022                           

Parent Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. Let's Talk Science Lessons: Innovating with Form and Function
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.
3. Free Online Educational Resources

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The MindShare Learning Report team is made up of the following individuals: 

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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