Honouring Canada's 21st Century Classroom Video Challenge Winners at Joyce Public School on Thursday, February 28

TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - MindShare Learning and supporting sponsors are set to officially celebrate the Central Canada winners of the 5th Annual MindShare Learning 21st Century Classroom Video Challenge with Principal Roula Skordakis of Joyce Public School on Thursday, February 28, 2013, 10:20 a.m. EST.

The premise of the video challenge was to inspire teachers across Canada to demonstrate how their 21st century teaching practices, using technology, have played a vital role in engaging and motivating their students in the classroom.

"Our National contest winners are a tribute to teaching excellence and the digital revolution in education that is happening across Canada. As we celebrate our 5th anniversary of the MindShare Learning Classroom Challenge Video Challenge, we're thrilled to have played a small part in nurturing and sharing innovative teaching practices in the 21st century," says Robert Martellacci, President of MindShare Learning.

This year's crop of video submissions were hotly contested. The videos were innovative and inspiring, often demonstrating the collaborative efforts of whole grade teams and their students. The high level of creativity and quality made evaluating these videos difficult for our judges.

MindShare Learning would like to recognize the winners from Western, Central, and Eastern Canada for their outstanding video entries below. These winners are leaders in their ability to use technology to enhance student learning in their classrooms and within their school.

Central Canada Winner
Teacher: Teachers at Joyce Public School
School: Joyce Public School
District: Toronto District School Board
A Word from the Winners:
"Winning the Mindshare Learning contest is an awesome experience. When we were developing the submission it evolved into an all-encompassing school event, involving all the teachers and students. We quickly realized that we could not just highlight one classroom in our school because of all the amazing ways that technology is being used in every classroom from JK to grade six... We are looking forward to using the resources from this contest to continue to learn and grow as a school community and thank Mindshare for this wonderful recognition," Andrew Schmitt, one of the winning teachers.

Western Canada Winner
Teachers: Judi Poole, Katie Quinney, Sarah Lewis, Julia Dobbelsteyn, Jillian Masson
School: Grade 4 French Immersion, École Edwards Elementary School
District: Rocky View School Division
A Word from the Winners:
"We are really excited to have the chance to access such amazing 21st century learning tools as a result of winning this year's prize!  We are proud to be recognized for the collaborative spirit of our teaching team as well as our learners" - Jillian Masson, one of the winning teachers.

Eastern Canada Winner
Teacher: Ian Fogarty, Enriched Chemistry and Physics Teacher
School: Riverview High School
District: Anglophone East School District
A Word from the Winners:
"Every problem is an adventure and its never the answer that matters it's how you get there," One of the winning students.

The three contest winners will each be awarded over $15,000 in classroom technology prize packages totalling over $50,000.

There will be a prize presentation to the winning teachers and students at Joyce Public School. Photo and interview opportunities will be available.

SOURCE: MindShare Learning

For further information:

Robert Martellacci
President & Publisher
Mindshare Learning
416.569.2106
robert@mindsharelearning.com