Educators and IT professionals across Canada win technology for their
ETOBICOKE, ON, May 24, 2011 /CNW/ - CDW Canada, a leading provider of
technology solutions for Canadian organizations in the public and
private sectors, today announced the winners of its third annual Teaching with Technology™ Story and Sweepstakes Contest.
This year's grand prize winner of the Story Contest is a teacher from
Campbell River, B.C., and the two runner-up winners are teachers from
Richmond Hill, Ont., and Barrie, Ont. All three were chosen by a panel
of judges to receive grand prize technology packages. Ten sweepstakes
winners (five educators and five IT professionals) were picked by a
random draw to win various technology prizes. Finally, one winner was
selected to win a prize bundle in the Tweet UR Tech Tale Contest.
Introduced last year, this contest challenged educators to tweet their
submissions in no more than140 characters.
"Educators across Canada are so passionate about their jobs and have
really taken the time to implement great technology-based learning
strategies," says Mary Ann Yule, Vice President and General Manager,
CDW Canada. "This year's submissions are true testaments to that
passion and to the dedication they have — engaging the future
generations with inspired creativity and IT. Through these stories and
by speaking with our customers, we know the significant impact
technology can have on a student. We hope to inspire Canadian educators
to go above and beyond in teaching with technology,"
Winning with Technology, for Technology
Educators from across Canada were asked to write about how technology
has improved or enhanced the learning experience in their classrooms.
CDW Canada's panel of IT experts reviewed the 200-500 word entries and
selected three winners. Each prize bundle - ranging in value from
approximately $5,000 to $6,000 - contains technology products that are
useful in the classroom, such as projectors, personal computers,
whiteboards, digital cameras, and networking software and equipment.
The prizes will allow the winning schools and teachers to continue to
make a difference in the classroom.
Read the full winning entries at http://www.teachingwithtechnology.ca/winners.php.
Winner #1: Southgate Middle School in Campbell River, B.C. - Robynne
Fraser, special education teacher
Robynne submitted a story about how the use of technology in the
classroom has had a drastic impact on students, including a teenage
girl with select mutism who was able to speak for the first time;
autistic students who learned how to make eye contact with the use of a
digital camera; and children — not expected to be literate — who
learned to read.
Robynne writes, "Technology is the great equalizer and allows students
to learn and be an active part of society and in some cases, gives them
literally a voice. I am surprised by the transformation of my students
because of technology. I have become a believer in the miracle of
Winner #2: Redstone Public School in Richmond Hill, Ont. - Stephanie
With the help of technology, Stephanie created "a paperless classroom"
in an institution known for paper consumption. Stephanie tells her
story from the perspective of her students. They no longer have to
hide their cell phones and iPods, but can instead use them to enhance
their everyday learning. Students use technology in Stephanie's
classroom to do research, complete interactive surveys, post creative
writing pieces on the web and access textbooks online.
From the perspective of one of her students, Stephanie writes, "When we
use the same technology for both playing and learning, it makes the
hard work of reaching our educational goals much more fun. Sometimes
we are having so much fun, we don't even realize we are learning! Our
paperless classroom is 21St century learning!"
Winner #3: Willow Landing Elementary School in Barrie, Ont. - Leyla
Leyla discussed the difficulty of keeping her students' attention
towards the end of the school year and how she used technology to keep
them engaged and excited about learning. Leyla combined technology with
such topics as the conflicts in Rwanda and Darfur, as well as the
apartheid in South Africa. Students used a smartboard for reading
activities, created online blogs with pictures and used PowerPoint
presentations to communicate their reactions and studies on these
Leyla writes, "Introducing interesting units with a technology
connection made a huge difference for the end of the year. The students
were excited to come to school, participated in mature conversations
and were engaged in their learning. Technology has been, and will
continue to be, a key component in my teaching. There is an entry point
for every age. It makes learning exciting, creative and engaged!"
Tweet UR Tech Tale Winner
"The use of social media in the Canadian education space is gaining in
popularity," says Yule. "Last year we introduced the Twitter component
to the contest, and this year the number of entries nearly tripled.
Educators are utilizing all the platforms and technology tools
available to them to capture the attention of their students and make
connections with them in interesting ways. Technology not only makes
learning fun, but prepares students for future studies and for the
In no more than 140 characters, educators from across Canada were asked
to tweet about how technology has been or can be used to enhance the
learning experience in the classroom for a prize bundle valued at
Winner: Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School in Ottawa - Mike Fuchigami
Mike's winning tweet: "Hiding 'Easter eggs' on class website to
encourage more student use of the homework page. Find the secret phrase
and win a prize. #twtcda"
Five educators and five IT professionals have won prizes with a total
retail value of more than $4,500:
Jackie Preddy, St. Walburg School in St. Walburg, Sask.
Lorraine Luciw, École séparée Saint-Dominique in Sudbury, Ont.
Enza Notte, Allandale Heights Public School in Barrie, Ont.
Terri Joss, Lt. Colonel Barker V.C. School in Dauphin, Man.
Shelley Ward, Margaret Barber Collegiate Institute in The Pas, Man.
Sonya Reay, Avon Maitland District School Board in Clinton, Ont.
Rod MacLeod, Rainbow District School Board in Sudbury, Ont.
Allen Armstrong, School District 69 (Qualicum) in Parksville, B.C.
Casey Auigbelle, Alexander First Nation School (Kipohtakaw) in Edmonton,
Steve Lougheed, Brampton Christian School in Brampton, Ont.
With over $22,000 in total prizes, the third annual contest has received
generous support from many of CDW Canada's technology partners
including premier sponsors HP and AMD; gold sponsors Epson, Lenovo and
Microsoft; silver sponsors BenQ, Cables To Go, Cisco, InFocus, Kodak,
Netgear, OKI Data, Polycom, PolyVision and Watchguard; and bronze
sponsors Sony, Targus and Xerox.
To read the winning Story Contest entries and to view the full list of
prizes and winners, please visit http://www.teachingwithtechnology.ca/winners.php.
Story Contest Award Presentations: Photo and Media Opportunities
CDW Canada will host an award ceremony at each of the three schools
throughout the month of May and June 2011. Photo opportunities and
one-on-one interviews are available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending any of the award presentations or if
you would like to arrange an interview.
About CDW Canada
CDW Canada Inc. (http://www.cdw.ca/) is a leading provider of technology solutions for organizations in the
public and private sectors. As a trusted advisor for small and medium
sized enterprises (SMEs), CDW Canada provides a single destination for
organizations to research, inquire or purchase virtually any technology
solution that they require. Customers benefit from one-on-one
relationships with knowledgeable account managers who are backed by a
team of highly certified IT specialists. Through successful
partnerships with more than 350 leading technology manufacturers, CDW
Canada draws from a comprehensive selection of 160,000 technology
products to help customers find the best technology to meet their
unique business needs. Headquartered in Etobicoke, Ontario, CDW Canada
is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vernon Hills, Illinois-based CDW
Corporation. In 2010, CDW Canada ranked #36 and #16 on Best Workplaces
in Canada and Great Workplaces for Women respectively.
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