Innovative educators of the year

Microsoft Corp. has announced the winners of the 2010 U.S. Innovative Education Forum. 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.

The two teachers, who had never met before, used technologies such as wikis, blogs and online mapping tools to share stories and activities to help students increase global awareness of similarities and differences between children from different countries.

Videos of all the teachers’ entries can be viewed at