Put your heart into innovative teaching and head to Seoul - Entries open for the 2005 Microsoft Innovative Teachers Award.SYDNEY, Australia, 17 May 2005
The Microsoft Innovative Teachers Award, designed to recognise the outstanding work of educators who integrate technology into Australian classrooms, has been launched today.
The Award is open to teachers from the public and private sectors and this year, Microsoft will award sixteen winners with a trip to the Microsoft Innovative Teachers Summit in Seoul, Korea in November.
The conference will give educators a chance to meet with other teachers from the Asia Pacific region and participate in presentations, workshops and hands-on projects. One Australian educator will be furthered awarded with a global excellence award based on their project work in the conference workshops.
According to Ms Felicia Brown, Education Program Manager, Microsoft Australia, “Students today are very comfortable with technology, using it at home regularly and many expect it to be a part of their learning experience,” she said.
“We're keen to reward those teachers that improve learning outcomes and inspire and engage their students and colleagues through the use of technology in the classroom. We'll be looking for entries that demonstrate these types of outcomes.”
The Innovative Teachers Award is an initiative under Microsoft Australia's Partners in Learning programme. Partners in Learning, in partnership with State governments, aims to increase Information and Communications Technology skills in teachers and improve educational outcomes for Australian students. Through a series of programs, key investments, software and training, Microsoft seeks to reward outstanding teachers, as well as provide professional development to teachers who act as technology and educational change agents at their school.
Teachers who are interested in entering the Innovative Teachers Award can apply using the online entry tool at www.microsoft.com/australia/education/innovation/login.aspx. Final entries need to be received by no later than midnight EST on July 15 2005. Winners will be announced on August 1, 2005.
Full selection criteria and terms and conditions can be found at www.microsoft.com/australia/innovativeteacher
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