Microsoft Corp. today announced the winners of the 2010 U.S. Innovative Education Forum, an event in its sixth year recognizing innovative teachers who creatively and effectively use technology in their curriculum to help improve the way students learn.

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Cheryl Arnett from Sunset Elementary School in Craig, Colo., and Rawya Shatila from Maskassed Khalil Shehab School in Beirut, Lebanon, won first place for their international collaboration. They will go on to represent the United States at the Worldwide Innovative Education Forum in South Africa this fall, joining nearly 500 other teachers from 60 countries who won similar events in their regions.

This year, 17 teams of teachers from 10 states gathered in Washington, D.C., to not only compete but collaborate with their peers to understand best practices in 21st-century teaching and learning. The winners were determined by a judging panel consisting of educators, past winners and Microsoft executives. Thomas Gaffey from the School of the Future in Philadelphia won second place, and Pat Yongpradit from Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, Md., took third place. These teachers will also represent the U.S. in South Africa. Videos of all the teachers’ entries can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/Microsoftedu.

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