Innovative Teachers Forum Awards
In the context of a teacher's school, learners or other circumstances the notion of innovation can have different meanings. A teacher in a school with few resources or large class sizes, say, can be said to be innovative if they achieve something that might be considered modest and normal in a school rich in resources or tiny class sizes. Context is everything.
Innovative actually means new but it does not mean new in an absolute sense. It especially does not necessarily mean highly technical. Innovation must be contextualised. Innovative means creative, different and new to the people involved.
The Microsoft Innovative Teachers Forum is all about sharing practice so Leading Innovation Practice needs to demonstrate that it is effective in a wide arena.
Leading Innovative Practice
The work that a teacher is presenting should fall into one or more of the themes below.
Work is innovative if it is new and ground breaking in the context of the institution where it is being applied.
Initially teachers are asked to complete the application template
All entries must be received before midnight on 30 June 2008.
Submit entries (the completed template) by any one of the following means:
The national finals
If your innovation is judged to be one of the twenty best received you will be invited to present a poster explaining your innovation to judges at the national finals in Johannesburg on 21 and 22 August, 2008. At this event two of the finalists will be selected to attend the Worldwide Innovative Teachers Forum Awards in Bangkok, Thailand in October 2008 sponsored by Microsoft.
Each finalist will need to produce:
The poster space will be a pin board with a table in front.
Do the course
The contents on the innovation workshops are available online. You can work through this workshop as a distance course with the assistance of an online tutor.
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