In a new education-focused initiative, a group of Apple Distinguished Educators have organised weekend courses for digitally-inspired educators in the UK.

The courses are scheduled to run for four weekends during May, June and July. They will focus on digital video techniques, iLife in education, Final Cut Pro and DVD authoring.

The digital video techniques course runs May 7-8. It is designed to show users how to get the most out of their digital video camera. It includes sessions on shot planning, camera handling, using the features built into your camera, tripod use, lighting and sound.

The iLife in Education course runs May 21-22. It is designed to show users how iLife can be used in the classroom. This course also helps teachers to understand how they can integrate iLife into the curriculum.

Final Cut Pro courses run on June 11 and 12. It, "takes participants into the editing environment using Final Cut Pro 4 HD", the seminar organisers reveal. The course is designed for those who want to learn to edit professional quality video using Final Cut Pro 4 HD.

July 9 and 10 focus on DVD creation using iDVD and DVD Studio Pro. It aims to help teachers acquire the skills they need to produce professional DVDs with either application.

All courses cost £250 (excluding VAT) and run across both days of the weekend. They take place at St Neots in Cambridgeshire.