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European Innovative Teachers Forum Awards

The Microsoft European Innovative Teachers Forum Awards is a European event that takes place annually with the event being held in Vienna, Austria from March 24th-27th, 2009.

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In Northern Ireland the 2009 European Innovative Teachers Forum Awards will be held in partnership with the Regional Training Unit (RTU), Classroom 2000 (C2k), UUJ 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?

Special consideration given for projects using Microsoft OneNote 2007

Party Innovative Teachers Prize Party

The 2 winning Teacher submissions will each win:

· Round trip flights from Belfast/Dublin to Vienna, Austria

· 4 nights accommodation

· The opportunity to represent their school and Northern Ireland at the annual  European 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 Northern Ireland Innovative Teachers website (www.innovativeteachersni.com)

Apologies, but open to Northern Ireland Teachers only !!

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 Northern Ireland Innovative Teachers sharesite. This can be accessed after you’ve registered for the site here or on my STIC website SkyDrive

Your work must include a minimum of 3 Microsoft applications (e.g.- MS Word, MS Mobile, MS OneNote, MS PowerPoint, .NET, etc.)

The judging panel will be made up from a select group of Microsoft, RTU, UUJ and C2k panelists. The two finalists will be selected to attend the European Innovative Teachers Forum Awards in Vienna, Austria in March 2009 sponsored by Microsoft. Transportation and accommodation is included.

Five Semi-finalists will be chosen from the entries and they will be required to present their work to the judging panel on a date to be confirmed.

Northern Ireland winners will then be entered into the European competition at the event with the overall winners receiving special rewards from Microsoft Corporation.

Deadlines

All entries must be received before midnight on 12th of February 2009.

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