As part of the "Innovative Practices in the Use of ICT in Education" project, UNESCO has launched the Innovative Practices Awards, an initiative which aims to acknowledge and reward innovators in the Asia-Pacific region who are using ICT to change the way we teach and learn.
The activity will document good examples, so as to inspire others, and will use innovative activities as the basis for workshops which will multiply the impact of good efforts. The initiative also aims to build networks for educators to collaborate and share resources.
CALL FOR ENTRIES
Entries are now being accepted for consideration for the Innovative Practices Awards.
The closing date for entries is 31 October 2007.
ICT are used for delivery of educational content, classroom teaching, collaborative learning and educational administration, both in formal and non-formal settings. To encompass this broad range of ICT applications, UNESCO has identified three award categories:
* Teachers and teacher educators (in formal education)
* Education planners and administrators
* Non-formal educators
* One winner will be selected from each category by a panel of judges.
* Each of the three winners will receive a certificate and an award (a laptop computer or the equivalent).
* Winners will be invited to an Award Ceremony, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand. Economy airfare (using the most direct route from the winner’s nearest airport), accommodation and some expenses will be covered.
* All entries demonstrating unique use of ICT will receive a commendation.
* All entries of merit, winners and non-winners alike, will be posted on UNESCO Bangkok website.
* Individuals – teachers, teacher educators, education planners and administrators in formal and non-formal settings in the Asia-Pacific region.
* Group entries – Asia-Pacific institutions, groups of teachers, planners or administrators, school classes (including both teachers and students).
* Uniqueness or innovativeness of the submission.
* Demonstrated success or impact of the innovation.
* Innovative use of available resources.
* Quality of the supporting evidence.
How to enter
If you are using ICT innovatively in education, UNESCO welcomes your entry. Together, we will work to extend the impact of your innovation to a wider audience.
* Complete the application form (in English) and submit to UNESCO Bangkok by 31 October 2007.
* Submit evidence of your innovative practices through any appropriate means – online, email, post, etc. Supporting documents may be in English or in your language.
Conditions of entry
* Applicants may send in more than one entry, but each entry must be submitted using a separate application form.
* Shortlisted entries may be asked to supply more documents or evidence, if necessary.
* All innovative practices submitted must be from the Asia-Pacific region.
* All entries must be accompanied by evidence that supports your application. For example: videos, DVDs, images, websites, blogs, wikis, presentations (e.g. PowerPoints), CD-ROMs, lesson plans, examples of students’ assignments, students’ and teachers’ reflections, letters of reference, audio recordings, podcasts, etc.
* All applicants consent to permit UNESCO to publish and disseminate their work by completing the consent form (available on this website - see below).
* The judges’ decision is final and correspondence will not be entered into.
Closing date for entries: 31 October 2007
Selection of shortlisted entries: 30 November 2007
Final selection of winning entries: 31 January 2008
Announcement of awards: 15 February 2008
Award ceremony: 2008 (To be announced)
In 2008, pilot training workshops will be conducted to showcase selected innovative practices and enable others to learn about and benefit from these innovations.
The UNESCO ICT in Education Innovative Practices Awards 2007 is sponsored by Japanese Funds-in-Trust and other partners.
* Application form (Word, 132KB)
* Consent form (PDF, 148KB)
* Examples of innovative use of ICT in education (PDF, 9KB)
* Examples of ICT tools (PDF, 12KB)
* Innovative Practices Awards brochure (PDF, 406KB)
"Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things." Theodore Levitt
Ms. Lay-Cheng Tan
920 Sukhumvit Road, Prakanong
Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Tel: (+ 66) (0) 2 391 0577 ext. 211
Fax: (+ 66) (0) 2 391 0866
Email: lc.tan (at) unescobkk.org