This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV with Robert Martellacci in conversation with Dr. Stephen Cox, CEO, Osiris Educational on Global Education Trends & PD opportunities >> Upcoming World Ed Summit March 21-24 Online
Happy International Women and Girls in Science and STEM Day as designated by the UN. As the proud father of my daughter, Bianca, it's heartwarming to see the incredible strides women have made through scholarship and mentorship. Yet we have a long way to go in attracting more women in the STEM and Tech fields.
Proudly, at Mindshare we embraced the ICTC WIL (Work Integrated Learning) program to help a female university students gain digital skills. One success story, having just graduated in December, I'm pleased to say we hired Ivana full-time as a result of the exceptional WIL mentorship program created by ICTC.
In this issue, we also celebrate Black history month with our 'Tweet of the Week' and featured news stories.
While I'm still processing the massive learning from FETC, we have a few more highlights and and an exclusive podcast with head of Zoom education and a spotlight on Canadians at FETC.
We are honoured to announce we've been selected to be strategic media partners in two leading global EdTech conferences: the World Education Summit, attracting some 40,000 online attendees and ISTE22 in New Orleans. Our passion is to provide a global lens and insight to help keep Canada at the leading-edge of innovation in education.
This week I was honoured to podcast with two global education legends in Dr. Stephen Cox, Founder & CEO of Osiris Education hosting WES22 and award-winning author, Marc Prensky, "Digital Native & 'Digital Immigrant' pioneer.
While my podcast guests are two worlds apart, they shared similar messages in their vision for the future of learning. Challenging students in solving 'wicked' real world problems, during their learning day where they achieve a sense of accomplishment through their learning, is essentially their thesis. We'll leave the assessment piece for another issue.
I'm a BIG fan of challenge based learning, and thrilled to share that we'll be announcing our 14th Schools of the Future [Student Engagement] Challenge next week at the Dell Education Roadshow.
I hope you enjoy this week's Top 10 curated news stories that really provide a national and international lens and pulse for some of the incredible innovation happening across our vast Canadian landscape and beyond.
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Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe and keep the learning curve steep!
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Global Education Thought Leader Spotlight: This Week in Canadian EdTech MindShareTV recorded podcast featuring Robert Martellacci M.A. EdTech with global education thought leader Marc Prensky discusses the inspiration on his new book "Empowered" and vision for the Future of learning
Team Canada at FETC was well represented! ESL Library based in Winnipeg made their mark. Bluum is a rebrand that absorbed CDI Computers through a series of mergers & acquisitions to become one of the largest EdTech Players in NA. Mindshare was honoured to be the exclusive media partner this year at FETC.
SMART Technologies has Embraced the Cloud with Stellar tools in Combination with their Bullit Proof Interactive Digital Panels and Continue to Lead in this category
Congratulations to Angela from Sora (Center) who won the EZ-Robot at the CanAm Event
1. Minecraft: Education Edition Launches a New World to Teach Students About Internet Safety in Honor of Safer Internet Day
news.xbox.com, February 7, 2022
Now more than ever, the Internet is part of our daily lives, including our children’s lives. For children all over the world, going online is central to their education, how they connect and play with friends, near or from afar, and have fun. At Xbox, we believe that technology and gaming can have a positive impact on our lives, but as with everything, understanding (and knowledge of) safe use is essential. It’s crucial that children and those who are new to using the Internet learn how to navigate it and online gaming safely – these are important skills they can use throughout the rest of their lives.
3. First Black Woman to Raise $1 Million Dollars to Disrupt the Education System using Data, AI and Hip Hop Culture
newswire.ca, February 9, 2022
TORONTO, Feb. 9, 2022 /CNW/ - As students continue to face the challenges presented by the pandemic, research predicts that significant learning loss will disproportionately affect Black students due to remote and virtual learning. To help support students most affected by these disruptions, Tech Spark has created Spark Plug, an AI and data-driven personalized learning platform designed for Black middle school students. Spark Plug uses a proprietary algorithm to identify each student's intelligence type and learning level so that they can receive personalized, culturally responsive content to their devices to increase their unique understanding of reading and math concepts.
6. Virtual conference draws Black scientists, inspires university students
cbc.ca: February 3, 2022
A virtual event called BE‑STEMM 2022 aimed at highlighting Black Canadians in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine welcomed more than 1,500 attendees and several guest speakers earlier this week.
7. New TOTAL eLearning initiative from the McGill Dementia Education Program will benefit from funding
www.mcgill.ca, January 31, 2022
MONTREAL January 31, 2022 – A new initiative by McGill University’s Dementia Education Program is among the 15 projects that will receive funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada to raise awareness of dementia and promote dementia-inclusive communities, announced the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos today.
8. IBM PARTNERS WITH QUÉBEC GOVERNMENT TO OPEN NEW ACCELERATOR PROGRAM
betakit.com, February 3, 2022
Québec’s provincial government has partnered with IBM over five years to launch a new accelerator program. Called the Québec-IBM Discovery Accelerator, the program is meant to establish the province as a leading technology hub in the development of quantum computing, artificial intelligence, semiconductors and high-performance computing.
9. RBC Future Launch and Riipen partnership set to deliver 27,000 work-integrated learning experiences for Canadian students
finance.yahoo.com: February 7, 2022
VANCOUVER, BC, Feb. 7, 2022 /CNW/ - Riipen, the world's largest online work-integrated learning (WIL) marketplace, is proud to announce the expansion of their partnership program with RBC Future Launch, delivering 10,000 flexible and scalable curriculum-embedded short-term work-integrated learning experiences to learners at 30 participating post-secondary institutions across Canada. By the end of this year, the program will have delivered a total of 27,000 online WIL experiences on the Riipen platform.
10. York’s student virtual assistant, SAVY, wins international award
newswire.ca: February 2, 2022
York’s student virtual assistant, SAVY, won the 2021 Gartner Eye on Innovation Award for Higher Education, a prestigious, international award recognizing higher education institutions worldwide for their innovative use of technology to drive best-in-class initiatives. SAVY was the winner in the Student Experience category.
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Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Chief Digital Publisher
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Dr. Eric Hamilton, Associate Dean of Education, Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology
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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
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