Apple have put together workshops for educators to help us hone our skills (on Apple hardware and software, of course) and to develop a community of innovative teachers to share projects and ideas. They are usually 3 day workshops and the people that I know that have taken part really do keep in touch with one another and do continue to collaborate long after their training sessions. It really does seem like a worthwhile program. Here's what they have to say about themselves:
The Apple Distinguished Educators (ADE) program was created to recognize K-12 and higher education pioneers who are using a variety of Apple products to transform teaching and learning. Today it has grown into a worldwide community of visionary educators and innovative leaders who are doing amazing things with technology in and out of the classroom. That includes working together — and with Apple — to help bring the freshest, most innovative ideas to students everywhere.
This year, I have decided to put in an application. One of the requirements is to submit a short video. Here's mine:
Wish me luck! I should know by March 1st.