WELLINGTON, July 7 -Education Minister Nikki Kaye this week announced $2.2 million of funding over three years for the third round of the $18m Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF).

Round three involves teachers from 35 schools, 10 early childhood education services, and 19 communities of learning.

"TLIF is about enabling our teachers from early learning through to secondary to try something new, something different and innovative to inspire children and young people in their learning," Kaye says.

Many of the projects make the most of digital technology and open up traditional classroom spaces.

TLIF is focused on supporting projects that engage students who are Maori, Pasifika, have special education needs, or come from low socio-economic backgrounds.

Its is part of the government's $359m Investing in Educational Success initiative and 85 projects have already been funded through it.

The next funding round opens in November 2017.