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Top 10 Issue #221, February 15, 2019

Dear Thought Leader,

How cool to be in Ottawa on Canadian Flag Day facilitating a virtual reality project of the the Parliament of Canada Centre Block for high school students, partly inspired by a major reno over the next 10 years. Stay tuned! Coming to a high school near you this fall!

Three highlights of the week to share with you!

1. Featured MindShare Moment Podcast Dr. Michael Barbour
Approaches to eLearning: Dr. Michael Barbour’s Survey of K-12 E-Learning in Canada;

2. Rescheduled major event due to SNOW STRORM! EdTechTO MindShare Startup Incubator Program Launch & EdTech 2019 Trends Report Meetup tomororw in partnership wtih Parkdale Centre. Join us as our guest at the MindShare Workspace February 16th! Register here!

3. The 11th Classroom of the Future Challenge has officially launched! Engage your students to share their love for learning with tech and their vision of the future classroom! WIN fabulous prizes for your school!

Be sure to share you exciting news, research, events and success stories with us!

Have a wonderful family day long weekend! Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!


Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Co-founder & President C21 Canada™

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GTA EdTech Meetup hosted by MindShare Learning in Partnership with Parkdale Centre Saturday, February 16th, Noon - 2pm!
Quote of the Week
    Featured Podcast of the Week
Dr. Michael Barbour on the State of eLearning in Canada 
About Michael Barbour: 
Michael K. Barbour has been involved with K-12 online learning in a variety of countries for well over a decade as a researcher, teacher, course designer and administrator. Michael’s research focuses on creating local environments and policy regimes to ensure the effective design, delivery and support of K-12 online learning, particularly for students located in rural jurisdictions.
This Week in Canadian EdTech
Robert Martellacci, Founder & Chief Digital Publisher, MindShare Robert and Stephen Hurley, Founder of VoicEd Radio discuss  
1. Augmented Reality PASs for Canadian Cannabis Education
Realitytechnologies - Feb 13, 2019

We’ve heard of using augmented reality for storytelling, but this example offers a unique use case that’s for a good cause. Canada’s Northwest Territories are using AR to educate young people and adults about cannabis or marijuana.

2. Soft skills needed in the technology sector too
The Globe And Mail - Feb 14, 2019
3. NDP announces $100 million to support Alberta's artificial intelligence sector
Calgary Herald: Feb 13, 2019

The NDP government will spend $100 million over five years to grow the artificial intelligence (AI) sector in Alberta.

Premier Rachel Notley, who made the announcement in Calgary on Wednesday, said the investment is part of a “made-in-Alberta technology diversification plan” aimed at keeping the province at the forefront of the global technology revolution. Alberta is already attracting AI tech talent and investment from around the world — Google DeepMind, the Royal Bank of Canada and Mitsubishi have all opened Edmonton-based research facilities 

4. The Knowledge Society is expanding to Ottawa, Boston, New York & Las Vegas
Betakit - Feb 12, 2019

The Knowledge Society (TKS), an educational program to create “Olympic level innovators,”announced it is expanding its programs to Ottawa, New York, Boston, and Las Vegas.

The Knowledge Society is a learning program designed for high school students, aged 13 to 17, focusing on emerging technologies. The program’s expansion to Ottawa aims to foster more Canadian talent in science and technology.

5. Google's Al Assistant Fund Invests in GradeSlam to Make Online Tutoring More Equitable
Cision, February 5, 2019

Online tutoring services are a dime a dozen, and in recent times they’ve raised many dimes. Since 2016, these companies have raised more than $1.2 billion in venture capital, according to EdSurge data—most notably Chinese startups that connect local students with English tutors.

6. McCall MacBain Foundation makes single-largest gift in Canadian history to create a flagship graduate scholarship program at McGill University
McGill. Feb 13, 2019
C$200 million gift will establish the McCall MacBain Scholarships for outstanding graduate students.
Today, John and Marcy McCall MacBain announce the creation of the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill through a landmark gift of $200 million (Canadian), the single-largest gift in Canadian history.
7. Canadian AI strategy focused on research, not value, critics charge

CTV News - February 8, 2019

What a great show it’s been…a buzzing atmosphere, thought provoking sessions and most of all powerful conversations into what the future of the education holds. We’ve heard from Rt Hon Anne Milton MP who opened Bett 2018, Bill Rankin, Lord Adonis, Baroness Beeban Kidron, Helen Skelton, Natasha Kaplinsky and many other dynamic speakers.  

8. Free Programs from Live Learning Canada


Digital Human Library - February 13, 2019

We would like to offer you and your students an opportunity to try a few of Live Learning Canada‘s K-12 live streaming educational programs for free! Simply choose a program from the list below, and on the date and time of the live streaming event, simply click on the link in this post, sit back, and enjoy an educational live streaming program on us!


9. TransformEd: The Class of 2030

Microsoft in Education in Canada, January 31, 2019

When today’s kindergarteners enter the workforce, up to 10% of the jobs will be in categories that don’t exist today. To help make sure all students are future-ready, we’re partnering with WEand Fair Chance Learning to support educators as they prepare the Class of 2030 for the world of tomorrow.

10. SMART Technologies Helps Schools and Leaders Transform Education with Technology

SMART technologies January 23, 2019

SMART Technologies Inc. the world leader in classroom technology, aims to transform education during the Bett and Learnit conferences in London, January 23-26, 2019. Through a series of research presentations, workshops and student and school leader presentations, conference attendees will walk away with a blueprint for better learning outcomes with education technology.

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