Canada’s 10th ‘Classroom of the Future Challenge’ Winners Announced

By: Yasmin Ranade

May 3, 2018

Last week, MindShare Learning Technology, a catalyst in driving innovation in education and nurturing 21st century skills, announced the 10th ‘Classroom of the Future Challenge—Extreme Makeover’ national winners. The Classroom of the Future contest challenged Canadian publicly funded school teachers to create and capture innovative teaching & learning with technology practices depicting how they engaged and motivated their students through a short video.

Robert Martellacci, president, MindShare Learning Technology and co-founder & president, C21 Canada

Congratulations to the three national grand prizewinners who are teachers from Western, Central, and Eastern Canada. (See below for links to their video entries.) These teachers shone and demonstrated their creative abilities to use technology to enhance student learning in their classrooms using a wide variety of tech

tools.

“It’s never been a more exciting time for teachers to leverage technology to engage and nurture student success,” said Robert Martellacci, president, MindShare Learning Technology and co-founder & president, C21 Canada. “Yet there is a lack of equity across Canada when it comes to teachers being provided essential 21st century tech tools and teacher professional development to maximize students’ full potential in a digital world. Through our contest we’re pushing the envelope in bringing awareness to the untapped potential for Canada to take a leadership role when it comes to innovation in education.”

Jon Dermott, Vice President of Sales for Dell EMC Canada.

MindShare Learning Technology, with the generous support of Dell EMC and supporting sponsors, assembled an array of latest technology and professional learning prizing for an Extreme Classroom Makeover!

“I want to give a huge congratulations to all the winners,” remarked Jon Dermott, Vice President of Sales for Dell EMC Canada. “Since the beginning, Dell EMC has been very excited by this strategic partnership with MindShare Learning and the opportunity to reach teachers and students through the Classroom of the Future Challenge.”

1st Prize Winner: Teacher Arend Librande

School: Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, Milton, ON

Video: https://youtu.be/y1879ikfkLU

It’s a mixture of overjoyed and little shocked and amazed,” stated Librande. “You enter a contest and you don’t think you’re going to win. This changes our technology footprint of the whole school.  The students are so engaged by technology. It’s a part of their daily lives; to produce the video they shared their thoughts and beliefs from their heart.”

 2nd Prize Winner: Teacher: Dean Vendramin

School: Archbishop M.C. O’Neill Catholic High School, Regina, SK Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5595sFfAawg&feature=youtu.be

We are honoured and humbled to be recognized and are extremely grateful for the learning tools awarded by MindShare Learning and contest sponsor Dell EMC,” said Vendramin. ”We will definitely put the new opportunities afforded to us to good use as we sail the 7 Cs of 21st Century Learning. We are extremely proud of the girls that created the video.  They exemplify the spirit of this contest and how technology can transform learning and teaching. Congratulations to the other winning schools.”

3rd Prize Winner: Teacher: Martine Paquet 

School: Moncton High School, Moncton, NB

Video: https://youtu.be/fXKm7ImKt1g

Paquet shared, “My students and I are extremely pleased to have won this award. Doing what we love as teachers is the best, but being able to provide our students with 21st century literacy tools and opportunities is even better.”

Supporting sponsors include: Lead sponsor, DELL EMC; C21 Canada, Dremel, Ergotron, Logics Academy, Microsoft STEM Learning Lab. Since the Classroom of the Future contest inception, MindShare Learning and its valued sponsors have allocated over $500K in tech prizing to schools across Canada.


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