Apple plans to host its next Apple Teacher Institute (ATI) event in March 2004, Macworld UK has learned.

The event takes place at Cheltenham College between March 30 and April 2 next year. Numbers are strictly limited – there will be 30 fewer places than available at ATI 2003, which was solidly-booked.

ATI 2003 introduced teachers from a range of academic institutions to Apple’s approach to digital-video technology with applications such as iMovie, iDVD, and QuickTime Pro.

It attracted 60 participants from the UK and Germany. Teachers were enthusiastic about what they had learned: "We’re running out of superlatives to describe it," said one.

Another said: "Before I came here, I never actually thought I’d use iMovie in my teaching. This seminar has completely changed the way I thought about using multimedia in the classroom."

Different topics were explored: the language of the moving image; using digital video in the curriculum; new technologies for content broadcasting; sharing experiences; planning and portfolio development; and the development of skills for subject and age-group relevant projects.

Apple will open the gates for online bookings for ATI 2004 in January, but interested educators should contact the company's education team to register an early interest.

The event will cost £349 (excluding VAT), which will covers meals, accommodation and tuition. Attendees will also receive a free copy of Apple's Soundtrack application.