Best Buy Co. Inc. has presented 36 K-12 schools across the United States with 2006 Best Buy te@ch awards, worth $15,000 each, for demonstrating innovative uses of technology to improve students’ classroom experience. Each of the 36 schools’ districts has been invited to apply for an additional $250,000 te@ch award that will be announced this summer. Best Buy also has presented 1,200 classrooms across the U.S. with $2,500 te@ch awards for demonstrating how interactive technology makes learning fun for students. Each winning school may use its te@ch award to purchase technology at Best Buy to extend or enhance classroom instruction. “Schools are creating exciting and valuable educational experiences through the use of interactive technology in classroomsthe applications we received this year for te@ch demonstrate that,” said Paula Prahl, vice president of public affairs for Best Buy. “Te@ch is designed to engage students in the learning process by using interactive technology to make learning fun. We firmly believe that technology can excite and engage students in the learning process, creating more valuable education experiences over time.” The 2006 te@ch award winners were selected from a pool of more than 7,000 applications. Applications were accepted from July through September 2005; all accredited, nonprofit public and private elementary, middle, and secondary schools located within 50 miles of a Best Buy store in the U.S. were eligible. Since 2003, the Best Buy te@ch program has awarded more than $9.5 million to U.S. schools. For details about the 2007 te@ch awards, visit the program’s web site this summer.