CDW Canada's 2011 Teaching with Technology Video Contest Winner: Leah Obach, Hamiota Elementary School, Hamiota, Man.
Teachers and IT professionals from across Canada share how technology
enables classroom collaboration and encourages new ways to learn
ETOBICOKE, ON, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - CDW Canada, a leading provider of
technology solutions for Canadian organizations in the public and
private sectors, today announced the winners of its fourth annual Teaching with Technology™ Contest, with a total of $21,000 in prizing. With several ways to enter —
including story and video submissions — CDW Canada's annual contest
aims to encourage Canadian educators to use technology in their
classrooms in new and innovative ways, and reward those who have
succeeded in doing so.
New to the contest this year was the video component, which offered
educators the opportunity to submit videos that demonstrated how
technology was being used to help students learn. All the entries were
creative, imaginative and inspired, providing great insight into the
resourceful ways teachers are leveraging IT.
"Educators continue to impress us with the variety of technology-based
learning strategies that are being implemented in classrooms across
Canada. It's a great testament to the initiative and passion that
educators have in making sure that young Canadians are engaged in
learning and collaborating with technology and see IT as a driver of
their success," says Mary Ann Yule, Vice President and General Manager,
CDW Canada. "We were also excited to see the effort and creativity
shown in the video entries — a new addition to the Teaching with
Technology Contest this year."
Story Contest Winners
Educators and school administrators from across Canada were asked to
write about how technology has improved or enhanced the learning
experience in their classrooms or schools. CDW Canada's panel of judges
reviewed the 200-500 word entries and selected two winners. The grand
prize, a gift certificate that is valued at $5,000, can be used towards
the purchase of CDW Canada's Teaching with Technology sponsor products,
allowing 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: Heather Durnin, Turnberry Central Public School in Wingham,
Ont., and Clarence Fisher, Joseph H. Kerr School in Snow Lake, Manitoba
Heather submitted a story about her cross-country collaboration with
Clarence Fisher, a teacher in Manitoba. After meeting virtually on
Twitter, the two educators worked together to build an online community
of learners. With the help of social media tools, students built the
Idea Hive — a virtual classroom that connects the Ontario and Manitoba
classes. The students use the Idea Hive to read, discuss and complete
Heather writes, "Using a wide variety of social media tools, our
students have built relationships, explored their passions and engaged
the world in critical and creative ways."
To read Heather's winning story, visit http://www.teachingwithtechnology.ca/winners-2011-1.php.
Winner #2: Andrew Kesteloot, Thames Valley District, St. Thomas, Ont.
Andrew's entry showcased how he uses technology to keep students
engaged. Andrew encouraged his secondary school students to submit
assignments via the Web and found that students were much more
comfortable and focused using a more modern way of communicating. Using
social media platforms as a teaching aid, Andrew had students analyze
YouTube clips and submit their assignments in the form of tweets.
Andrew writes, "Inevitably, whenever we try something new
technologically in class, I hear a few, 'Wow, this is pretty cool'
comments. Really, that engagement is the key to keeping students
interested and motivated to learn and succeed. That's why technology
has been so important in my classroom."
To read Andrew's winning story, visit http://www.teachingwithtechnology.ca/winners-2011-2.php.
Video Contest Winner
Educators and administrators were invited to submit their videos on the
Teaching with Technology video Web page for a chance to win a CDW
Canada gift certificate valued at $5,000 towards the purchase of
products from Teaching with Technology sponsors.
Winner: Leah Obach, Hamiota Elementary School, Hamiota, Manitoba
Leah Obach's grade one class submitted its winning entry with a video
showcasing its amazing race through the school year. In it, Leah
demonstrated how she prepares her students for learning in the digital
age by incorporating technology into her lessons and virtually
collaborating with other classes.
In the video, students from Leah's class said, "We are busy racing to
learn all the important things we need to know to be good twenty-first
To view Leah's winning video, visit http://www.teachingwithtechnology.ca/winner-video-2012.php.
Tweet UR Tech Tale Winner
Now in its third year, educators from across Canada were asked to enter
the Tweet UR Tech Tale contest by submitting a tweet about how
technology has been, or can be used to enhance the classroom learning
experience for a CDW Canada gift certificate valued at $500.
Winner: Pam Sutherland, Winchester St. Public School, Woodstock, Ontario
Pam's winning tweet: "Pictello App - inspired students with autism to
make and create their own social stories with pictures and voice.
Educators were invited to enter a sweepstakes contest for a chance to
win a CDW Canada gift certificate valued at $200, while IT
professionals could win a gift certificate valued at $1,500:
Stephan Armitage, Kawartha Pine Ridge, Peterborough, Ont.
Tiresa Lancaster, Leo Hayes High School, Fredericton, N.B.
Andrea Black, Highgate Public School, Markham, Ont.
Jessica Howlett, École Macneill, Dauphin, Man.
Gwenda Thompson Willows, Grosvenor Wentworth Elementary School, Halifax,
Tammy Dingwell, Thickwood Heights, Fort McMurray, Alta.
Robbie Finkel, College Prep International, Vancouver, B.C.
Todd Sniezek, District School Board of Niagara, Fonthill, Ont.
The fourth annual contest received generous support from many of CDW
Canada's technology partners including premier sponsor HP; gold
sponsors Cisco, Epson and Lenovo; silver sponsors InFocus, Logitech,
Targus and Xerox; and bronze sponsors Brother, D-Link, Ergotron and
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 award ceremonies at some of the winning schools
throughout the month of June. Photo opportunities and one-on-one
interviews are available. Please contact email@example.com 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, ranked No. 270 on the FORTUNE 500. In 2011, CDW Canada
ranked #25 on Best Workplaces in Canada.
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