Apple has announced the "Apple iLife Educator Awards", designed to recognize the most innovative use of its suite of applications in the classroom.

The company is inviting teachers using iLife in their classrooms to submit their lesson plans to Apple. "Teachers that are creatively using iLife applications to enhance lessons, exceed instructional standards and meet the needs of today's students are encouraged to submit their lesson plans for consideration," said Apple.

Apple's VP education John Crouch said: "iLife takes advantage of the power of OS X to integrate digital sights and sounds that inspire learning." Discussing Apple's recent Mac OS X for Teachers promotion, he said: "400,000 more teachers now have the world's most advanced operating system, giving teachers and students the opportunity to take advantage of the latest tools like iLife."

US only Unfortunately for UK-based educators, the competition is open to teachers only in the US or Canada. The deadline for submissions is June 13, 2003. The company has uploaded sample lesson plans to its site. Rules and an entry form are also available there.

Digital Media Studio The winning teacher will receive a 12-inch 867MHz G4 PowerBook with SuperDrive, a Canon ZR60 camcorder and a Canon PowerShot A60 digital camera. The school at which that teacher teaches will receive a fully-equipped Apple Mobile Digital Media Studio with eight combo-drive iBooks, AirPort, Canon digital video camcorders, printers and other peripherals.

The second placed teacher will win a 12-inch 867MHz G4 PowerBook with SuperDrive, a Canon ZR60 camcorder and a Canon PowerShot A60 digital camera. Five 10GB iPods are also available, and a further 50 educators will receive the rarest product of all - an official Apple T-shirt.