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Dr. Julie Mueller, Laurier University, Faculty of Education on how the pandemic will impact the Future of Teaching & Learning

Dear Thought Leader, 


Happy Friday! We are pleased to see the return to in-class instruction (hopefully a safe return for all!) in a number of provinces across Canada this past week.


Today we are also excited to kickoff the return of our Top 10 Learning & Technology news stories of the week! There is no shortage of insightful and inspiring news from across Canada to share! Do checkout two very fascinating podcasts with Dr. Julie Mueller, Laurier University and Rohan Mahimker, Co-Founder of Canada's leading education gaming company, Prodigy Learning. Also of interest is the OECD's Top Education Trends for 2022 and HundredEd's 100 of the brightest innovations in K12 education from around the world to anyone for free; kudos to ConnectedNorth project and our friends at TakingITGlobal for their honourable mention from Canada. 


As I prepare for my first in person conference next week, FETC in Orlando, I am embracing a positive and hopeful 'mindset' (my #oneword22 selection!) that we return to some sense of normalcy for the remainder of 2022. Watch for regular updates on our social media channels from the sunshine state! 


Mindset in combination with another powerful word bantered around of late--manifest, have inspired our vision for our 2022 tagline, "Leading Innovation in Education."


Additionally for 2022, we plan to have a greater focus on impacting the North American Learning & Technology community through our CanAM EdTech Monthly Report and strategic consulting service, given the exponential growth of EdTech and desire for Canadian companies to expand into U.S. to serve a vastly larger student market.  Our data shows that one third of our readership of the Canadian EdTech Report are based in the U.S. and several other countries around the world. Proudly our high performing education systems are of great interest our growing international readership. 


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. 


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.


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

P.S. Do plan to join us for our 23rd CanAm VIP EdTech Meetup at FETC either in person or online via our remo partnership, Thursday, January 27th, 5pm ET. Click here to register!
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K-12 Top News Stories 
1. Canadian parents share relief, concern as several provinces send kids back to school
cbc.ca, January 17, 2022
Elementary and high school students in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Nunavut are poised to return to classrooms this week.
The Omicron wave has had an outsized impact on COVID-19 case management across the country, and several provinces are eschewing traditional case counts as a metric for the spread of the coronavirus in schools, which has led to difficult decisions for parents worried both about the safety of their children as well as the impact of virtual learning on their education and mental health.
2. HundrED Global Collection: 2022 highlights 100 of the brightest innovations in K12 education from around the world to anyone for free
hundred.org, January 19, 2022
3. Alberta educators ‘disappointed’ with new e-tutoring website
globalnews.ca, January 18, 2022
The Alberta government’s new e-tutoring hub launched as a resource to help students who may have fallen behind amid COVID-19 pandemic disruptions, but it’s receiving lacklustre support from educators.
Education Minister Adrianna LaGrange announced details of the website on Jan. 5 and it launched on Jan. 11 with six, pre-recorded videos meant for students in Grades 4 to 9 to strengthen their literacy and numeracy skills.
4. OECD Trends Shaping Education 2022
oecd.org, January 18, 2022
Did you ever wonder what the impact of climate change will be on our educational institutions in the next decade? What does it mean for schools that our societies are becoming more individualistic and diverse? Trends Shaping Education is a triennial report examining major economic, political, social and technological trends affecting education.
5. Canada-based edtech partners with Saudi’s Tetco to drive digital education initiatives
arabianbusiness.com: December 26, 2021
Now that remote schooling has become part of our everyday vocabulary, the role of technology in driving best teaching practices has been significantly emphasised.
Smart Technologies, a Canada-based edtech software company, has capitalised on that by signing a multiyear agreement with Tatweer Educational Technologies (Tetco), the technology arm of the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Education, to drive the kingdom’s educational technology (edtech) transformation agenda.

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. Alberta launches international program to recruit tech labour
calgaryherald.com: January 13, 2022
Alberta is taking steps to fill labour deficits in the tech industry through international recruitment. The Accelerated Tech Pathway, announced Thursday, will target sector-specific skill sets through the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program in an effort to help staff a rapidly expanding industry.
7. Waterloo launches sustainable flight school competition for students
uwaterloo.ca, January 19, 2022
The University of Waterloo is launching a student competition that seeks net-zero energy and carbon-neutral performance designs for a sustainable flight school of the future.
Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Aeronautics (WISA) is partnering with the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC), Alsim Flight Training Solutions, and the Region of Waterloo International Airport to host the competition.  
8. Bell Let's Talk announces $1M in funding for post-secondary student mental health programs

newswire.ca, January 12, 2022
MONTRÉAL, Jan. 12, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Let's Talk today announced that $1 million in grants from the Bell Let's Talk Post-Secondary Fund have been awarded to 16 Canadian colleges, universities and cégeps to support them in implementing initiatives that align with the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students (the Standard) or the Québec Action Plan on Student Mental Health for Higher Education (Québec Action Plan).
niagaracollege.ca: January 18, 2021
For a second time, Niagara College and its partners will play virtual host to female high school students across Niagara who will explore careers in trades and technology. Exploring Your Future – Dream It, Believe It, Do It is a partnership between NC, the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN), Niagara Catholic District School Board (Niagara Catholic), Skills Ontario and event sponsor Ontario Power Generation (OPG), to make female students aware of the many lucrative career pathways that exist in industries they may not have traditionally considered.
10. Free program helps Edmonton-area small businesses succeed in the digital economy

ualberta.ca: January 19, 2022
A group of students led out of the University of Alberta School of Business has been charged with helping the Capital Region’s small businesses get ahead of the pandemic-induced warp-speed retail overhaul that is pushing customers online in droves.
The students are at the heart of the new Digital Economy Program (DEP), a free initiative that sees a team of U of A students help build the online presence of small businesses in the Edmonton area, whether that’s adding e-commerce, creating a social media plan or even designing a website.
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DELL Technologies Virtual Education Roadshow  
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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 
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Laurent Burman, M.B.A., Chief Commercial Officer, Sound Commerce 
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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 
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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
Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams

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