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Dear Thought Leader, 


I'm pleased to report I had a safe and successful return trip from Florida last weekend connecting with EdTech leaders in the U.S. I will say that if the event had taken place this weekend, I would not have been attending given the latest Omicron variant outbreak. 


The silver linining amdist the pandemic, the holidays are upon for you to get some well-deserved downtime to recharge for the new year. 


As we have your best interests at heart, we are pleased to share some inspiration and advice from two leading Canadian experts on wellbeing and healthy active living, Dr. Steve Joordens and Janet Omstead. Have a listen to their featured MindShareTV recorded podcast and please do share with colleagues and friends! 


Looking ahead to 2022, I'm pleased to share our recorded C21 Canada CIO Alliance Expert Webinar on Future Proofing Learning--Accelerating the Changes that Matter for K-12 Learning in Canada. 


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. 


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


I will not sign off with holiday greetings yet as we have one more special issue to wrap the year this Thursday>> Top 21 EdTech Newsmakers for 2021!


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

P.S. In case you missed it, checkout the recording of our North American Holiday Party Expert Webinar Featuring Michael Ross' New Book, Publishing in the Digital Age.
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Featured Book of the Week 
Publishing in the Digital Age
The world of publishing is evolving at an ever-increasing speed, with developments in digital workstreams and products, customer expectation, enriched content curation, and user-generated content becoming commonplace. In Publishing in the Digital Age: How Business Can Thrive in a Rapidly Changing Environment, Ross discusses the most significant and recent developments in educational and trade publishing, educational technology, and marketing that has enabled a new generation of content creators to reach more consumers. It is the only book that addresses disruption in the industry head on.

K-12 Top News Stories 
1. Winnipeg School Division to open first education equity office
thestar.com, December 10, 2021
The Winnipeg School Division — in which there are nearly 170 student ethnicities and almost 7,000 immigrant and refugee learners — will have the province’s first education equity office.
2. Flipped classroom technique showing signs of success
thestar.com, December 8, 2021
Cassie Young, a Grade 3 teacher at Medicine Hat’s Herald School, has explored in-depth the potential benefits of flipped classrooms, a teaching style which aims to maximize communication between teachers and students and encourage higher level thinking.
3. Manitoba Teachers' Idea Fund to help 28 education projects get off the ground
cbc.ca, December 13, 2021
Over two dozen education projects will get some cash to help teachers develop their unique ideas on how to improve student learning.
The money is part of the Manitoba Teachers' Idea Fund, which will see the province spend $25 million over the next five years.
4. ConnectionsThatMatter: Global stories of connection
beta.smarttech.com, December 1, 2021
We connect educators with tools that bring learning to life. We connect students with tech that opens doors and possibilities. We connect schools with their communities as they each do their part to raise the next generation together.
5. Province tabs funds for northern technical vocational institute
wellandtribune.ca: December 14, 2021
The latest round of successful Teachers’ Idea Fund pitches includes the creation of a new technical vocational institute in northern Manitoba — the most expensive project to be approved to date.

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Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Doctor of Design Program Seeks to Transform Design Education in the 21st Century
archinect.com: December 10, 2021
In November 2019, the University of Calgary's School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape (UCalgary SAPL) announced its new Doctor of Design (DDes) program targeted towards practicing architects, planners, and landscape architects looking to "leverage their existing expertise into new areas of innovation." While institutions within the United States offer such programs, UCalgary is the first to launch a DDes program in Canada. Currently, the program has two active DDes cohorts that began in 2020 and 2021 with a total of 16 candidates located in Canada, Nigeria, Nepal, and Saudi Arabia. To better understand the program Archinect connected with program critic Marcelo Stamm, Ph.D., and DDes candidate Barry Johns.
7. Google Canada commits $600,000 to reskill Indigenous job seekers for new careers in technology
newswire.ca, December 15, 2021
TORONTO, Dec. 15, 2021 /CNW/ - Today, Google Canada announced a $600,000 commitment to provide free digital skills training to Indigenous job seekers across Canada. The support includes a $500,000 Google.org grant towards ComIT's Recoding Futures IT training program, an additional $100,000 in funding to support Indspire with their education and job training programs and an allocation of Google Career Certificate scholarships for Indigenous job seekers. Today's support is in addition to Google Canada's $2 million commitment to reskill job seekers for new careers in technology in under six months, announced earlier this year.
8. Canada's Project Arrow EV To Be Larger Than Tesla Model Y, Feature Local Batteries | Carscoops 》Kudos Ontario Tech University for your Innovative partnership!  

Carscoops, December 18, 2021
The all-electric Project Arrow SUV is taking shape in Canada with current plans calling for it to cost between $40,000 and $60,000 with up to 60,000 units produced annually.
9. How BCIT supported the jobs of tomorrow in 2021
commons.bcit.ca: December 13, 2021
For more than 55 years, BCIT has been at the forefront of industry trends and change. From our automotive division to the school of computing, our programs and courses continue to developed with industry partners and delivered by industry leaders. As the connection between education and industry, BCIT ensures students receive relevant, hands-on experience for success in their chosen fields while our industry partners see their needs met in future workforce development.
10. Holograms Add Depth to Remote Classes
edtechmagazine.com: December 15, 2021
Holographic technology has the potential to bring 3D interactivity to the classroom, enriching remote learning for K–12 students and teachers.
Technically, they’re not all holograms, according to Paul Christie, founder and CEO of Liti Holographics. But these advances do hold promise for education, including remote teaching, classroom simulations and make-your-own hologram kits.
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Parent Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. Smart Technologies: The Connections that Matter to Adapting Education
Download the TOP 5 Trends in Education. Discover what the experts say about Active Learning, Social Emotional Learning, System Strategic Planning, Parent-Teacher Communications & Collaboration and High Quality Teacher Development.
2. FREE Educational Activities for Kids
Get students of all ages excited about learning with these interactive activities that span multiple grades and subjects. 
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Printable K12 lesson plans, classroom activities, games, templates, and more for teachers, parents, and homeschoolers.

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