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Top 10 Issue #279, June 25, 2021
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Dear Thought Leader, 


Welcome to our school year-end issue of the MindShare Report. One of my favourite times of year where we honour and celebrate Canada’s K12 graduates and university students convocating this week.  


Tribute Poem to Grads of 2021 Watch Video ......


"It's been a rough year to be in school. Yet this year has taught us the most about life. It has given us perspective, and reminded us, that pressure is what turns a stone into a diamond. This poem is my gift to you. Hold on to these lessons.

Congratulations,  Class of 2021."     - Wali Shah, Speaker & Poet 


This issue is extra special as we celebrate the Top 3 overall winners and the Spirit Award winners of Canada’s Schools of the Future [Student Engagement] Challenge. Be sure to checkout the winning submissions demonstrating high engagement featuring students as creators, problem solvers and change makers, during one of the most challenging periods in modern history. We are so proud and inspired by your innovative spirit and vision for the future of learning.


Special thanks to all entrants and our valued sponsors!


As a proud media partner, a reminder that it's not too late to register for ISTE21, June 26-30, where we'll be hosting our 21st CanAm EdTech Celebration of Excellence (Virtual Meetup), honouring our Schools of the Future Challenge winners, June 28. Limited space is still available.


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.


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

P.S. As proud media partners, congratulations to the winners of 2021 Canadian Minecraft Challenge: Future Frontiers! Visit
Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
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Announcing the Canadian Schools of the Future Challenge National Winners 2021 
Congratulations 2021 Canadian Minecraft Challenge:
Future Frontiers, Winners!
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Quote of the Week Tribute to Grads of 2021 

"It's been a rough year to be in school. Yet this year has taught us the most about life. It has given us perspective, and reminded us, that pressure is what turns a stone into a diamond. This poem is my gift to you. Hold on to these lessons.
Congratulations,  Class of 2021." 
- Wali Shah, Speaker & Poet 
Featured Book of the Week 
Ed tech has so much potential, both for teachers and learners, so why hasn't it yet had the transformative impact on education that has long been promised? Daisy Christodoulou tackles both sides of the ed tech debate in answering this question, critiquing missed opportunities about how we learn, as well as areas of success. Rooted in research, and written from the educationalists' perspective, Teachers vs Tech? examines a broad range of topics from the science of learning and assessment, to personalisation, and the continued importance of teaching facts. It explores international examples from both big brand digital teaching programs and up-and-coming start-ups in considering what has and hasn't worked well. The author draws throughout on her experience in the classroom and from working within the education community. She outlines a positive vision for the future: one where technology is developed in conjunction with teachers' expertise, and is ultimately used to improve educational outcomes for all. Vive la ed tech revolution!
Consulate General of Canada's Bi-Coastal EdTech Accelerator Program: Apply Today!

K-12 Top News Stories 
1. 'I feel like I'm living in the future': TVDSB collaborates with new augmented reality app, June 15, 2021
ST. THOMAS, ONT. -- A new augmented reality app has launched in St. Thomas, Ont. which is bringing history and culture to life in the city.
2. Not just a popular video game: How Minecraft is teaching math to Tri-City kids, June 18, 2021
Students are learning math and scientific theories using the online building block game Minecraft, and teachers are finding kids are becoming engaged because the video game platform is already one they know and love
3. 24 high school students are flying! Here is Janesha Rai taking flight as part of Surrey Schools, North Surrey Secondary Explorations in Aviation Program., June 15, 2021
4. How this First Nations educator is working to bring the truth of Indigenous lives to Canadian textbooks June 21, 2021
5. Leading forward: Ensuring equity and access in a post-pandemic world 22, 2021
Education leaders today face major challenges and opportunities, from ensuring every student has the support to graduate successfully, to balancing budgets and driving transformation to evolve their systems to be the greatest 21st century education institutions. While on this journey, one of the most important requirements for all leaders is to ensure learning is truly accessible and equitable for all students.  

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. 5 film schools in Canada for your shot at moviemaking, June 21, 2021
It’s a great time to attend film school in Canada. CIC News reports that the country has been welcoming television (TV) and film personnel ever since the industry reopened last summer, with over 87 major productions going on in Ontario alone including Star Trek, See, and Titans.
7. Students learn Indigenous language using virtual reality June 9, 2021
Georgian College is among a few schools in the world to offer Indigenous language education in an immersive virtual reality (VR) environment. This new technology is changing and enhancing the learning landscape for students and is part of the college’s bold new digital innovation strategy.  
8. Higher Education Instructors Get Powerful New Teaching Tools as D2L and Top Hat Join Forces June 18, 2021
D2L, the global learning technology leader, and Top Hat, the leading digital courseware platform for higher education, today announced a strategic partnership to help institutions and educators put student outcomes at the heart of course design and delivery. By bringing together D2L’s and Top Hat’s powerful tools, services, and support, educators and institutions can now deliver engaging, motivating, and rewarding learning experiences to higher education students.
9. York’s University's virtual assistant, SAVY, wins prestigious innovation award June 22, 2021
York University’s virtual assistant, SAVY, has won the 2020 Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers (CUCCIO) Innovation Award. The award recognizes innovative information technology (IT) projects or initiatives that have significantly advanced teaching, learning, research, or administration within an institution or in the community.
10. University of Ottawa continues to expand its presence in Canada's Largest Technology Park
contactnorth: June 16, 2021
As the first university to establish a presence in Kanata North, uOttawa joins as a founding Academic Partner and Shared Anchor in Hub350
EdTech World Forum Virtual Conference 2021 
June 24-25, 2021                           
Serious Play Online Conference 
June 23-26, 2021                           
ISTE Live 21 Designing a New Learning Landscape
June 26-30, 2021                           
2021 Atlantic Education Institute: A New Direction in Education
July 26- August 6, 2021                           
FETC Conference 
January 25-28, 2022                           

Parent Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. Learning Transforms Lives, SolveMe Puzzles 
2. Royal Ontario Museum: Activities & Resources 

Find resources to engage with the ROM’s collections before, during, and after your museum visit. Whether you’re visiting with a school group, researching a project, or looking for fun games and activities to enjoy, there’s something here for everyone! Share your students' projects, questions, and museum visits with us.
3. First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario: Truth and Reconciliation in the Classroom Student Resource
The activities are based on these key understandings:
1. Indigenous civilizations have always been here
2. Indigenous civilizations are sophisticated and complex societies
3. Everything is grounded in relationships and connection with the land
4. Indigenous civilizations are diverse throughout this land

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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, Associate Digital Media Specialist

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MindShare Advisory Board 

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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