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Top 10 Issue #286, November 19, 2021                                       Back Issues click here
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This Week in Canadian EdTech MindshareTV [Recorded[ Podcast with Eric Sheninger as we explore his new book Disruptive Thinking in Our Classrooms: Preparing Learners for Their Future

Dear Thought Leader, 

 

Happy Friday!  Yesterday I was honoured to connect on MindshareTV with one of the most sought after education leaders on the speaker/workshop circuit Eric Sheninger for a deep dive into his new book, Disruptive Thinking in the Classroom: Preparing Learners for their Future

 

If nothing else, take 22 minutes to have a listen as it is packed with practical strategies for educators and leaders. A former principal, Eric really takes a pragmatic approach to professional learning and has a real pulse for the emerging needs of leaders, teachers, & learners. His inspiration is comes from speaking directly to those in the trenches, principals and teachers that drive his passion and desire to help make change happen. 

 

As I was driving to the office this week from my 7am hockey game all energized for the day. I thought about the notion of 'Fit Leadership.' So, I googled it. Lots of inspiring people writing and speaking about this notion. It's not new. However, given the pressures we are all feeling in education today, everyone, including students need an outlet. I'm hearing from parents and students that there are little extra curriculars going on in schools. College and university students can't access their facilities. It's time to get back in the saddle! I can guarantee you that spending 30 minutes a day doing some form of physical activity will energize you to be at your best. And weather should be no excuse! I'm once again signing up this year for the volunteer ice rink making team at our local park. Yes, I took full advantage of skating and playing hockey daily last winter. One of the COVID silver linings.

 

I'd love for you to share your COVID silver lining that's enriched your life? I'd like to feature inspirational leaders and teachers on a weekly basis with your tips! Please do share! 

 

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 and beyond. 

 

Issue highlights:

1. Join us in partnership with EdWeb for a North American Virtual Holiday Party Book Launch, "Publishing in the Digital Age, authored by Michael N. Ross, Friday, December 17, noon-2pm. Click here to register

2. Richard Culatta, CEO, ISTE Recorded keynote, Canadian International EdTech Leadership Summit

3. Surrey Schools helps students and parents navigate the internet and media safely

4. Top 10 IT Issues, 2022: The Higher Education We Deserve

5. How Important Is Technology in Education? Benefits, Challenges, and Impact on Students Report.

 

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 do connect us to share news, suggest a MindShareTV podcast guest, or inquire about our strategic consulting services.

 

Have a wonderful weekend! Remember to get outdoors!

 

Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe and keep the learning curve steep!

P.S. Winter weather also reminds me of the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), January 25-28, Orlando, FL. As we are proud media partners and hosting our 23 CanAm Celebration of Excellence Meetup, you can qualify to get 15% off registration. Do consider joining us! Click here for more information. 
 
Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
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RECORDED 12th CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL EDTECH SUMMIT FEATURE KEYNOTE

Quote of the Week  

Engage students so they want to come to school. Empower students so they want to learn."
 
Brian Aspinall @MrAspinall, Founder: 
@codebreakeredu Educator, Coder, YouTuber, Tiny House Builder, Traveller, Best Selling Author of books: @whenpassion @risktakeredu @blockbreakeredu
Featured Book of the Week 
Future-proof learning for ALL kids!

Empower learners to think disruptively in your classroom or school.
The world has and continues to change in ways that are difficult to predict. Regardless of the forces at hand educators play a pivotal role in preparing students for success now and in the future.
 
Eric Sheninger makes the compelling case that the best way to do this is to create a disruptive thinking culture in the classroom and beyond.
 
Broken into four parts, this book combines stories, insight from thousands of school visits, practical strategies, research, and examples from classrooms to assist educators transform their practice. Each chapter ends with a “Disruptive Challenge” that encourages readers to actively apply concepts in their practice.

K-12 Top News Stories 
1. OECDedu International Early Learning and Child Well-being Study
OECDedu, November 16, 2021

The OECD’s International Early Learning and Child Well-being Study asked over 4 500 five-year-olds what they liked most about their kindergarten or school. These children were very clear in their responses. They were overwhelmingly positive about being at kindergarten or school, liking many aspects of being there.

The children tell us there is no trade-off for them between playing and learning. They like doing both. They also like being creative and building things, as well as being with their friends and teachers, being physically active and having times for eating, rest and unstructured activities. Additionally, being able to choose what they do, at least some of the time, is important for children and is positively linked to early skill development.

2. Surrey Schools helps students and parents navigate the internet and media safely
surreyschools.ca, November 4, 2021
Internet safety has always been among the district's top priorities, and in the age of social media and streaming services, the district's Safe Schools department is working to educate students and parents on how to stay safe when online.
 
The department recently gave presentations at a number of elementary and secondary schools to talk about dangerous behaviour on social media apps, media literacy with TV and streaming programs, and resources for better discerning appropriate content for different age groups.
3. InspireTech Global announces the launch of a revolutionary new cloud-based learning platform - VRTA
InspireTech Global Launches their Virtual Robotics Training Academy
eschoolnews.com, November 12, 2021
 InspireTech Global, partnered with NGen and Cisco Canada are very proud to announce the launch of the Virtual Robotics Training Academy (VRTA).  The VRTA is the world's first cloud-based digital toolbox designed to provide both learners and educators access to simulation-based education.

"The idea for the  VRTA came as a result of the pandemic," said Kyle Boyko, President of InspireTech Global. What originated as a plan to provide youth access to tools and training to build robots, quickly transitioned into adapting this for an online marketplace.  "The VRTA provides and adapts real world inclusive, equitable and diversified tools to support STEM career paths."
4. How Important Is Technology in Education? Benefits, Challenges, and Impact on Students
 
soeonline.american.edu: June 25, 2021
Many of today’s high-demand jobs were created in the last decade, according to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). As advances in technology drive globalization and digital transformation, teachers can help students acquire the necessary skills to succeed in the careers of the future.
5. HiMama Secures C$70 Million Growth Investment Led By Bain Capital Double Impact
 
newswire.ca, November 18, 2021
TORONTO and BOSTON, Nov. 18, 2021 /CNW/ -- To empower early childhood educators and parents with affordable tools that improve educational outcomes, childcare center software solutions provider HiMama, today announced that it has secured C$70 million in funding led by Bain Capital Double Impact. The Series B minority investment, which includes participation from existing investors Round13 Capital and BDC Capital's Women in Technology Venture Fund, will enable HiMama to serve additional childcare centers in Canada and the U.S., fuel further investments in product development and offer a foundation for opportunistic growth by acquisition.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Canadian universities work together to increase diversity in engineering and technology
uwaterloo.ca: October 21, 2021

A joint initiative to increase academic diversity has expanded from six universities in Ontario to 12 institutions across the country.

Since its inception earlier this year, the Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) PhD project, which aims to support and build a network for Indigenous and Black graduate students, has named 16 doctoral fellows and 24 mentors.

 
7. Virtual symposium to launch report from York University Task Force on AI & Society
news.yorku.ca, November 15, 2021
York University is hosting a virtual symposium tomorrow, Nov. 16, to launch Fostering the Future of Artificial Intelligence: Report from the York University Task Force on AI & Society.

The symposium will feature a keynote address by Manuela M. Veloso, Head of JP Morgan Chase AI Research and Herbert A. Simon University Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

8. Province helps equips students for success with new tech, trades tools
vcc.ca: November 10, 2021
Vancouver Community College (VCC) is pleased to be one of 20 B.C. post-secondary institutions to receive $150,000 to fund technologically advanced trades equipment, as announced on Wednesday, November 10.
 
Prior to the announcement, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Anne Kang, Vancouver False Creek MLA Brenda Bailey, and VCC president and CEO Ajay Patel toured VCC’s training kitchens, on-site bakeries and hair salon and spa, meeting with dozens of student apprentices in honour of Apprenticeship Recognition Month.
9. Amazon, Plug and Play, Mphasis drive huge demand for tech workers among Calgary's IT talent
concordia.ca: November 9, 2021
Calgary is experiencing a boom in its information technology (IT) industry, with more than one large tech company planning to set up shop in the city.
10. Top 10 IT Issues, 2022: The Higher Education We Deserve
er.educause.edu: November 1, 2021
The EDUCAUSE 2022 Top 10 IT Issues take an optimistic view of how technology can help make the higher education we deserve—through a shared transformational vision and strategy for the institution, a recognition of the need to place students' success at the center, and a sustainable business model that has redefined "the campus."
Events 
Professional Learning for Ontario Educators
November 1-December 7, 2021                           
Virtual Holiday Book Launch: Publishing in the Digital Age
Decemeber 17, 2021                           
FETC Conference 
January 25-28, 2022                           
ICTC-CTIC Horizon: 2022 Digital Future Summit
February 1-2, 2022                           
Cosn 2022
April 11-13, 2022                           
ISTE Live 2022: Empowering Educators. Elevating Equity. 
June 26-29, 2022                           

Parent Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. Saskatchewan Launches Innovative Parent Teacher Home Visits Pilot Project
 
The Government of Saskatchewan has partnered with the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) to create a new voluntary Parent Teacher Home Visits pilot project that aims to increase parental engagement in their kids’ education and build connections between school and home.
 
2. Learn to Code 
 
Computer science meets language arts, math, and more in this curriculum!
3. Learn to Code for Free. Build Projects. Earn Certifications. 
 
Free Code Camp. 

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