This is our second blog birthday gift, our Innovative Teachers Awards, at the UK Innovative Teachers Forum. There are lots of changes this year that weUKITFlogo think will make this event the best ever.

This is the 6th Microsoft UK Innovative Teachers Forum, and for the time first in this event, we are working with  in partnership with Shireland Learning and the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. The Forum is taking place on 1st December 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Birmingham.

This one-day conference is free of charge for all teachers and educators who wish to attend and will look to address the theme of ‘Connecting Learners, Connecting Teachers.’ Keynote speakers and practical workshops will explore this theme, along with ‘real life’ examples of some of the most innovative use of technology to enhance teaching and learning.

We will announce on this blog when registration for the conference event is open.

In the meantime, we want you, teachers and educators, to provide your 'real life' examples of using technology to enhance learning. Do you have learning projects that utilise technology and have made a difference in the classroom? Have you been able to influence colleagues through your teaching practice? Could your work be award winning?

Then why not enter the UK Innovative Teachers Forum Awards? You could be one of the top educators in the UK invited share your work with the delegates at this conference. The submitted entries will be reviewed by experts in the field and the creators of the top fifteen projects will be invited to the conference for an awards dinner, with travel and hotel costs paid for by the organisers. At the event we will award four teachers with an invitation to present their project at the next European Innovative Teachers Forum to be held in Berlin in March 2010.

Innovative Teachers Forum awards will be given in three categories:

· Microsoft Innovative Teacher Award – sponsored by Microsoft Partners in Learning

· Innovative Teaching and Learning through a Learning Platform Award – sponsored by Shireland Learning

· Impact and Improvement Award– sponsored by Specialist Schools and Academies Trust

If you wish to enter your project, you will need to decide which category best fits your project. You may enter your project into more than one category, but, you must upload your project to each of the categories you choose to enter.

All projects need to be documented using Microsoft’s Virtual Classroom Tour template. This can be downloaded from the UK Innovative Teachers Forum Community on this site. LINK

Full details of how to enter can be found at www.uk.innovativeteachers.com

Closing date for Entries is 15th November 2009

The 6th UK Innovative Teachers Forum is your chance to share how you are using technology in innovative ways with your pupils and students. We hope to see you – and your innovative Virtual Classroom Tour – at the event.