Announcing Canada’s 10th Classroom of the Future Video Challenge Extreme Makeover Winners

TORONTO, April 13 2018 – MindShare Learning Technology, a catalyst in driving innovation in education and nurturing 21st century skills, announces the 10th ‘Classroom of the Future Challenge—Extreme Makeover’ national winners.

“It’s never been a more exciting time for teachers to leverage technology to engage and nurture student success. 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,” Robert Martellacci, president, MindShare Learning Technology and co-founder & president, C21 Canada.

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. 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!

“First off, I want to give a huge congratulations to all the winners! 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,” Jon Dermott, Vice President of Sales for Dell EMC Canada. “There is tremendous potential for more accessible and up-to-date digital resources in classrooms, and through programs like this, we’re committed to working with innovative partners like MindShare Learning to bring these technologies to every classroom and school.”

Congratulations to the three (3) national grand prize winners from Western, Central, and Eastern Canada for their outstanding entries. These teachers rose above a very competitive field of entries leveraging their creative abilities to use technology to enhance student learning in their classrooms using a wide variety of tech tools.

1st Prize Winner: Teacher Arend Librande
School: Our Lady of Victory Catholic School
Milton, ON
Teacher quote: “It’s a mixture of overjoyed and little shocked and amazed. 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
Location: Regina, SK

Teacher Quote: “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. 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
Location: Moncton, NB
Teacher quote: “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.

Official contest website:

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.

About the MindShare Learning

MindShare Learning Technology is Canada’s leading EdTech industry strategy consulting, news and events company. MindShare counsels education and industry leaders in understanding the emerging needs of learners to succeed in the 21st Century global knowledge-based digital economy to support student success. MindShare Learning is also a proud publisher of Canada’s Leading Technology & Learning eMagazine–The MindShare Learning Report

About Dell EMC
Dell EMC, a part of Dell Technologies, enables organizations to modernize, automate and transform their data centre using industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage and data protection technologies. This provides a trusted foundation for businesses to transform IT, through the creation of a hybrid cloud, and transform their business through the creation of cloud-native applications and big data solutions. Dell EMC services customers across 180 countries – including 98 percent of the Fortune 500 – with the industry’s most comprehensive and innovative portfolio from edge to core to cloud.

For further information, contact: Robert Martellacci, President, MindShare Learning Technology,, (416) 569-2106.

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