First of all to avoid any possible disappointed unfortunately this competition is for UK teachers only. Teachers from other countries are encouraged to contact Microsoft within your own country to see if they are running any other similar competition.
Basically the competition is to create your own ‘innovid’ which is a 4 minute how 2 video of how you use any Microsoft products to engage your students. The deadline for entries is the 29th March 2010 and you can find more details of the competition by visiting the teaching ideas and resources blog by Stuart Ball and Kristen Weatherby:
There are also lots more information on Microsoft’s partners in learning network which you can sign up to be a member for free. If you are not a member of this network then I really urge you to sign up by visiting: http://uk.partnersinlearningnetwork.com/Pages/default.aspx it is a fantastic community to develop your own professional development. If you sign up you will join one and a half million other teachers from over 59 different countries currently sharing good practice and collaborating on innovative projects. There are also lots of free resources that you can download and use in your own classroom, basically if you don’t sign up you and your students are really missing out.
So will you be submitting a video then? In the words of the mighty Take That it only takes a minute girl, well in the case it will only take 4 minutes and you could end up getting 20 netbooks to use every day. (Yes I really did just quote Gary Barlow!)