Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Teachers: Are you the next PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator from RI?

Arlington, VA, December 1, 2015 – Beginning today, educators from across the country who excel at using technology and digital media to support student learning are encouraged to enter the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program. PBS LearningMedia, the free media on-demand service from PBS that offers more than 100,000 digital resources for educators, has announced the 4th annual program in which K-12 teachers and administrators are recognized for their creative and unprecedented use of digital media in the classroom.

The call for entries officially opens today and will remain open through February 8, 2016. Educators are asked to submit a 60- to120-second video to showcase their innovative use of digital technology and tools in their classroom to inspire students. Entrants will also be asked to complete a profile and answer two essay questions. The PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators’ online application is available at pbslearningmedia.org/digitalinnovators.

 “As technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, we are committed to providing teachers with the tools necessary to succeed in today’s digital classroom,” said Alicia Levi, Vice President, PBS Education. “Educators selected for the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program are exemplary leaders who are utilizing digital media and technology to drive student achievement and we are proud that this program allows us to recognize them."

For the first time since this program launched, all educators who meet the entry requirements, follow the guidelines and submit their application to the Digital Innovators Program will be accepted into the program and rewarded with year-long professional development opportunities, including unique virtual trainings focused on digital best practices, access to exclusive resources from PBS LearningMedia Custom, invitations to special events, a free PBS TeacherLine professional development course, networking opportunities and more. PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will also receive ongoing support from their local PBS member stations (in this case, it's us, Rhode Island PBS!).

A panel of esteemed judges will select one educator from each state throughout the U.S, its territories and the District of Columbia as Lead Innovators. The Lead Innovators will receive a three-day, all-expense paid trip to Denver, Colorado, to participate in the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. Attendance at these conferences will provide the Lead Innovators the opportunity to meet with and listen to renowned speakers, experts and educators like themselves, to discuss technology in the classroom and learn how to maximize the benefits of using new technologies in the classroom. All Lead Innovators will receive a Samsung Galaxy(R) tablet.

Our 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator from Rhode Island is Johnston teacher Deborah Ramm. 

The 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will be announced in March. For more information on PBS LearningMedia, visit www.pbslearningmedia.org