The STIC Innovative Teachers Forum Awards for Northern Ireland

Innovative Teachers Forum Awards in Northern Ireland

On Monday, September 3rd the Belfast STIC in partnership with Classroom 2000 (C2k) will launch the Innovative Teachers Forum Awards competition which is open to all Primary and Post-Primary Teachers in Northern Ireland.

What is this competition:

Innovative Teachers Forum Awards

The Microsoft Innovative Teachers Forum Awards is a global event that takes place annually with the worldwide event being held in Helsinki, Finland from 28-31 October 2007.

In Northern Ireland the 2007 Innovative Teachers Forum Awards will be held in partnership with the Classroom 2000 (C2k) and the Microsoft School Technology Innovation Centre (STIC)

Are you using ICT in an innovative way to enhance teaching and learning?

Are you using technology in a way that is new and exciting for your school?

Innovative Teachers Prize

The 2 winning Teacher submissions will each win:

·         Round trip flights from Belfast to Helsinki

·         3 nights accommodation

·         The opportunity to represent their school and Northern Ireland at the annual Innovative Teachers Forum Awards.

What is an innovation?

Teaching and learning is innovative if it is new and ground breaking in the context of the institution where it is being applied. What this means is that even if a school has only had computers for a short space of time, if teachers are doing something exciting with them, then they are being innovative. Other schools may have had technology for a long time, but their teachers are innovative if they continue to come up with new ways to enhance teaching and learning through the integration of ICT.

What is an innovative teacher?

•  An innovative teacher is someone who teaches in a way that is new or groundbreaking at the school, while integrating ICT to support that teaching.

•  An innovative teacher is someone who uses ICT in new or groundbreaking ways.

•  An innovative teacher can demonstrate that teaching and learning has improved as a result of the approaches used. 

How can teachers nominate themselves?

Firstly, you must register on the Innovative Teachers website (www.innovativeteachers.com)

 Look for the Northern Ireland Innovative Teachers portal in October.

Submit a written description of your innovation using the Virtual Classroom Tour (VCT) template provided at the C2k Exchange (link to the form) or on the Innovative Teachers UK sharesite. This can be accessed after you’ve registered for the site.

The judging panel will be made up from a select group of Microsoft and C2k panellists. The two finalists will be selected to attend the Worldwide Innovative Teachers Forum Awards in Helsinki , Finland in October 2007 sponsored by Microsoft.  Transportation and accommodation is included.

Deadlines

All entries must be received before midnight on 24th of September, 2007. 

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