Porter-Gaud School teacher Doug Bergman has been named the international winner in a competition designed to recognize teachers and administrators who creatively use technology to improve the way students learn.

Bergman placed first in the collaboration category, one of six in Microsoft Corp.'s 2011 Global Forum Educator Awards, for designing a course that required students to pick a passion, design an Xbox 360 game to teach others about it, and create a business plan to sell it.

Winners were announced Thursday night, and more than 115 educators competed for the awards. They came from a field of more than 200,000 applicants who competed in regional and national events to qualify for the worldwide competition.

The top three finalists in each of six categories received an Intel-powered classmate PC for their classroom. The first and second runners up in Bergman's category were from Portugal and China, respectively.