7 great opportunities for teachers to participate in upcoming local and international competitions

Recently several really exciting competitions, both local and international, being announced with great prizes. Here they are gathered together in one post. Think about entering!


1.  Microsoft Innovative Educator

http://goo.gl/PAsOJx Closing date for South Africa 15th October

The Microsoft in Education Global Forum taking place in Redmond, Washington in March 2015. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be recognised as a Microsoft Innovative Educator, join the Microsoft Educator Network and upload a learning activity that demonstrates how you are using 21st century teaching practices in your classroom by 15 October 2014


2. Google’s Doodle for Google Competition ‘South Africa of my dreams’ 
http://www.google.co.za/doodle4google/ Closing date 22nd October

There are great prizes and one talented artist will see his or her artwork on the Google homepage and receive a R100,000 technology grant for his or her school. the competition form can be downloaded. The website also provides some useful classroom activities.


3. PUKU Literacture Foundation  Story competition, welcoming stories in isiXhosa http://goo.gl/Rt0Vxh Closing date to be announced

PUKU Books has created a special Facebook page for information about the  competition as it becomes available. It can be viewed at http://goo.gl/Lpgytn



4. Global Virtual classroom web design competition (using Google sites) http://www.virtualclassroom.org/contest.html Closing date for application is September 25th


Who may participate?

Teacher guided Primary (Grades 1-7) and Secondary (Grades 8-12, or equivalent) classes and youth groups around the world that have access to the Internet and know or are willing to learn Google Sites are eligible. A  group should have 15-40 students, between 7 and 18 years old as of September. If more than 40 students would like to participate, please apply as two groups and submit separate applications. Groups are placed into collaborative teams with two other schools from around the world.

Technical skill requirements

The teacher in charge must be familiar with Google Sites and capable of helping students build web pages.

5. The first Digital Innovation in Learning Awards!http://awards.edsurge.com/ Closing date October 1st


Are you an educator who pushes the boundaries? Five special awards will celebrate edtech trailblazers, community builders, virtual connectors and other teacher leaders. Read more about it http://www.teachinglikeits2999.com/2014/07/apply-for-digital-innovation-in.html 

6. Academy of AppSmash Awards http://goo.gl/7xYkc8 Awards announced November 13th


Submit your AppSmash for consideration in the 1st annual Academy of AppSmash Awards! Once submitted and validated, smashes will be available for voting for each category. This competition doesn’t state a closing date but the awards will be announced on November 13th at the iPad Summit in Boston. Attendance is not necessary to win but they say they would love to see you there!

7. The 2015 SAATCHI GALLERY / DEUTSCHE BANK Art Prize for Schools http://goo.gl/Vh4jKd Closing date Monday 12th January 2015.


The Saatchi Gallery / Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools is open to primary, secondary and sixth form schools from around the world who are invited to submit art work from students up to and including the age of 18. Schools can enter as many art works as they wish, and there is no prescribed theme for works entered, nor is there a restriction on media used (sculpture, painting, installation, photography and mixed media art works are all eligible and welcome).

A first prize of £10,000 will be awarded to the winning school’s Art Department, with a further £2,000 given to the winning pupil to be spent on art and computer equipment. Two further runner-up prizes of £5,000 each will be awarded to the second and third placed schools, with a further £1,000 to each of the winning pupils.

Why not think about entering one of these competitions?

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