Microsoft is offering teachers in the United Kingdom a chance to win no less than 20 netbooks for their school. The Redmond company kicked off today, January 13th, 2010, the Microsoft “Innovid” video competition, accessible through the company’s Partners In Learning Network. The new contest will also be announced to the attendants to the world’s largest educational technology event, BETT. Teachers willing to participate in the Innovid Video Competition will need to produce videos focused on how they leverage Microsoft technologies and Office 2007, in particular, in their teaching efforts.
“Simply produce a how-to video for other teachers showing how you use Microsoft technologies to engage your students. The idea is that you will inspire other teachers to jump in and try,” revealed a Microsoft UK representative. “The video must be no longer than 4 minutes and follow the easy template provided online. The 2007 Microsoft Office System must be the focus of your video, but you can refer to any other Microsoft technologies that help you bring learning to life.”
The Partners in Learning Network is an excellent place to start to get additional information on the competition, as well as resources, access to communities, shared lesson plans, learning programs, free tools etc. The grand prize for the competition’s winner will be 20 netbook computers equipped with Microsoft’s latest iteration of the Windows client. However, only teachers in the UK will be able to participate in the Innovid Video Competition, and get a chance at grabbing 20 Windows 7 netbooks for their school.
“The competition officially starts NOW, and the due date for all video submissions is 17:00 on 29 March, 2010. So you have plenty of time to put something together. Once on the Partners in Learning Network, LOOK FOR the InnoVID Video Competition community, JOIN that community, and you’ll find the 5 EASY STEPS you need to complete to enter the competition, as well as all the materials you’ll need,” the Microsoft UK representative added.