The UK's key technology in education show, BETT 2004, has opened up for pre-registrations.

Apple will exhibit at the show, which this year attracted 24,000 visitors.

The event takes place at London's Olympia from January 7-10. It's a crucial event for companies offering IT-based solutions for the UK's education sector, and Apple traditionally uses the event to demonstrate its wares. BETT frequently also becomes the UK's first chance to see new products announced at Macworld Expo San Francisco.

Apple this year won a prize at BETT for the third year running. The company's LCD iMac received top hardware prize in the secondary schools category.

Apple's iDVD won a prize in 2002, while AirPort and iBook claimed prizes in 2001. The BETT Awards are recognized as being the Oscars of the UK education technology industry.