Technology infused pedagogy has come of age and helped sustained teaching and learning especially this past year. The pandemic has challenged teachers to create deeper and authentic digital student learning experiences like never before. Thanks to the digital tools and resources that have been made available, new and innovative teaching practices have emerged to foster deeper student centred learning and engagement.

3 easy ways to share your student engagement success story.

This year’s contest goal is to inspire teachers to share their innovative teaching and learning activities via storytelling utilizing a video, podcast or blog.

It’s never been a more vital time in our history for teachers to share their learning journey and successes amongst the broader professional learning community to nurture student engagement, well-being and success.

MindShare Learning with Lead sponsor Dell Technologies and Supporting sponsors C21 Canada, Logics, Front Row, Diversified, Ergotron, Steam Works Studio and Edwin Nelson is bringing the 13th annual Schools of the Future Challenge to schools across Canada; giving educators and students from K12 the opportunity to participate in a Student Engagement Storytelling Challenge!

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Contest Submission Details

In collaboration with students, select 1 of 3 submission options available:

  1. Record and Submit a 2-3 minute video
  2. 5-10 min podcast
  3. 500 word blog with images

share how you helped your students thrive in challenging times. Demonstrating how technology, diverse learning environments and instructor engagement has been vital to facilitating, supporting and accelerating learning to foster student success during challenging times.

Ideas to refer to in your video, podcast or blog may include how you are using:

  • Student choice and voice
  • Assessment for, and as, learning
  • Global competencies – The “7Cs”
  • Equity and Accessibility
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Project/Problem-based learning
  • Design thinking, and more!

Think about what a student centred school might look like – how is the school set up? How might technology and accessories support this active learning environment? As a school, design your learning space and make sure to include your student centred approach for learning and your school’s plan in your video.

All videos must include the MindShare Learning Technology logo and the name of the contest: Schools of the Future Student Engagement Challenge. It is the responsibility of the Teacher making the contest submission to obtain the permission of parents or guardians of any minors under the age of 18 that will be seen in the contest video. MindShare Learning will choose the prize winners. Odds of winning depend on the number of valid entries received.

Success Criteria for a great video, podcast or blog submission:

  • Ensure you are in a well-lit area, let us see how you are using technology
  • Capture authentic learning in action involving your students
  • Speak–loud and clear, we want to hear what you have to say
  • Submissions will be accepted until midnight PST on June 4th, 2021

The official announcement of the three (3) 2021 grand prize national winners will be shared in the June edition of the MindShare Learning Report. Winners will receive an Extreme Schools Makeover aligned with the student centred learning and design plan shared in their video courtesy of our prize sponsor Dell EMC. The prize package will include time with the Dell Education Strategist along with some professional learning for each winning school. Prizes will be shipped separately directly to the winning schools. Prizes are intended for utilization at the respective winning schools and not considered the teacher’s personal winnings.

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Prize Packages will be announced Soon

How Will Prizes Be Awarded?

The official announcement of the three (3) 2021 grand prize national winners will be shared in the June edition of the MindShare Learning Report. Sponsors will ship prize packages directly to the winning schools. Prizes are intended for utilization at the respective winning schools and not considered the teacher’s personal winnings.

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The judges are a MindShare Learning Report representative (1), MindShare Learning Board member (2) and last year’s contest winners (3), as well as special guest judges from Dell EMC & Microsoft(4). The judging criteria rubrics, used by the judges, will be based on C21 Canada’s 7 C’s of 21st Century Learning. This rubric can be found below.


7 C’s of 21st Century Learning

  • Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Critical Thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Character
  • Culture and Ethical Citizenship
  • Computer and Digital Technologies

Source: 7 C’s of 21st Century Learning Page 10

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Open to full-time K-12 educators working in a publicly funded Canadian School and holding a valid teaching certificate.

  • Teachers must seek approval from their school principal to participate.
  • Group submissions (teachers and students) by a school are permitted and encouraged.
  • Submissions that are in video format must be uploaded to YouTube.
  • Video submissions can be no more than three (3) minutes in length and contain no copyrighted material.
  • All videos, podcasts & blogs must include; the Mindshare Learning Technology logo and the name of the contest.
  • Please seek appropriate approvals from video participants in the event your submission is successful and we wish to showcase your video.
  • Prizes must be accepted as awarded. There is no cash value.
  • Winners must be prepared to participate in virtual award ceremonies and agree to their photo being published.*For further info please contact us at

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