PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program Announced

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Program Rewards Innovative K-12 Educators Advancing Student Achievement through Digital Media and Technology with Year Long Professional Development Training

Arlington, VA, December 11, 2013 –Today, PBS LearningMedia, an on-demand media service offering thousands of digital resources for educators, announced the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program. The program will recognize the top 100 applicants as PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators. These tech-savvy K-12 educators who are incorporating digital media in classrooms nationwide, will receive a full year of professional development focused on teaching in a digital classroom. The top 15 applicants will attend a two-day digital summit in Washington, D.C. As classrooms continue to evolve to incorporate technology into learning, more teachers than ever are embracing the power of digital media to enhance student engagement and achievement.

“PBS LearningMedia is proud to recognize the truly innovative work of educators who are transforming education by integrating digital media and technology into their classrooms to meet the needs of today’s learners,” said Alicia Levi, Vice President, PBS LearningMedia.  “With more than 1.3 million educators registered to use the PBS LearningMedia service, we know that digital media is a critical component for educators looking to take curriculum to the next level in the classroom.”

Beginning today through February 14, 2014, educators can apply for the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program by submitting a 60 -120 second video and completing two essay questions that describe their leadership in digital learning. The online application is available at http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/digitalinnovators.

A distinguished panel of judges will select the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators. The one hundred local winners will be awarded year-long professional development opportunities that include virtual trainings, access to premium and exclusive resources, invitations to special events, membership into a robust professional learning community, and networking opportunities with innovative educators and thought leaders. In addition, winners will receive ongoing support from their local PBS member stations.

The top fifteen applicants will also receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in a two-day digital summit hosted at PBS national headquarters. This two-day event will offer attendees access to renowned speakers and experts, strategies for delivering best practices in digital education that they can immediately apply to classroom and networking opportunities with educators from across the country.

The 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will be announced in March. For more information on PBS LearningMedia for local schools and districts, visit www.pbslearningmedia.org.

About PBS LearningMedia
As America’s largest classroom, teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS LearningMedia, a partnership of PBS and WGBH Educational Foundation, is a free media-on-demand service available to educators nationwide.  It brings together the best of public media and delivers research-based, classroom-ready rich media experiences that engage students in exploring curriculum concepts that align with National and Common Core State Standards. Drawing from critically acclaimed PBS programs such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and PBS KIDS programs like SID THE SCIENCE KID, as well as content from organizations including The National Archives Smithsonian, NPR and NASA, the free service offers teachers access to more than 35,000 videos, images and articles to enrich classroom instruction. Nationwide, more than 1.3 million teachers have registered access to PBS LearningMedia. More information about PBS LearningMedia is available at www.pbslearningmedia.org or by following PBS LearningMedia on Twitter and Facebook.

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