Meet the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators!

PBS is pleased to present the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators! This impressive group of 100 diverse educators from across the country was selected for their passion and commitment to innovative teaching practices that integrate digital media and technology in the classroom. This yearlong professional development program will foster and grow a community of tech-savvy educators that will serve as ambassadors for integrating best practices in digital learning in classrooms across the country.

You could be the next PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator! Applications for the 2015 Program are open through February 11, 2015. Get inspired by the 2014 PBS Digital Innovators and check out some of their favorite resources in the Be Inspired, Be an Innovator Content Collection


Holly Whitt

Holly Whitt

2014 Lead PBS Digital Innovator | Alabama Public Television

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Holly Whitt is the school librarian and technology integration mentor at Walnut Grove Elementary school within the Madison County school district in New Market, Alabama. Holly feels that she has the best job in the building because she gets to work with every student and every teacher helping them find the tools and resources to express their creativity, explore their curiosity, and expand their learning. Although she has two titles - librarian and TIM - Holly finds the two inextricably intertwined. Whether she is teaching students directly in the library, co-teaching in the classroom, or coaching teachers on resources and technology strategies to use on their instruction, the focus is always on the skills and attitudes our students need to be successful. The best part about her job is that it challenges her to keep learning and trying new things. Holly’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is a video entitled “Will 3D Printing Change the World” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/b9194612-d6e7-4307-b08c-9c2857956713/will-3d-printing-change-the-world/


 
Alice Chen

Alice Chen

2014 Lead PBS Digital Innovator | PBS SoCal

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Alice Chen is an English teacher and Technology Coach at Suzanne Middle School in Walnut, California, located in Los Angeles County. In 2012, she was recognized as the Teacher of the Year by her school. Having previously taught high school, she has also been a two-time recipient of UCSD’s Outstanding High School Teacher Award. As an educator, she feels that nothing is more rewarding than seeing her students’ faces shine with pride at what they have accomplished, surpassing their own expectations. She is passionate about collaborative learning, the power of student blogging, and connecting her students with other classrooms around the world. Alice’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is the “Global Learning and Diplomacy Collection.” Her students used this rich resource during their Global Awareness Speech Unit (when they researched, wrote, and delivered a TED-style talk about pressing global issues in today’s world). http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/globaldiplomacy/


 
Philip McIntosh

Philip McIntosh

2014 Lead PBS Digital Innovator | Rocky Mountain PBS

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Philip McIntosh makes learning happen for the students in his 7th grade math and science classes in Academy District 20 at Challenger Middle School in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, CO. Taking the view that there is a world of difference between "teaching" and "learning," he believes in helping children become life-long learners. Philip promotes the development of self-direction, creativity and critical thinking skills, through collaborative, active learning activities. Philip is a life-long learner himself, and with the help of his colleagues, he does everything he can to prepare students for what is sure to be an amazing technological future. The best part of Philip’s job is seeing the transformation kids make from being passive receivers of knowledge to becoming active problem solvers and seekers of knowledge. It takes time, but it's worth it. Philip’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is “Will 3D Printing Change the World?” since his class has started their own 3D printing program and are doing a lot of other #makered stuff at school this year. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/b9194612-d6e7-4307-b08c-9c2857956713/will-3d-printing-change-the-world/


 
Lesley McClendon

Lesley McClendon

2014 Lead PBS Digital Innovator | Georgia Public Broadcasting

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Lesley McClendon is in her fourth year of teaching at Shiloh Middle School, where she works with 7th grade students as a Special Education/Language Arts teacher. Shiloh Middle School, a Title I school and recipient of the 2013 Georgia Family-Friendly Partnership School Award, is located in Snellville, Georgia and is included within the Gwinnett County Public Schools system. As an educator, Lesley is eager to expand upon traditional classroom literacy practices to include the possibilities presented by developing technology. She is especially interested in the potential for innovative digital literacy strategies to improve learning outcomes for students, especially those with learning disabilities and language acquisition difficulties. Students in her Language Arts classes express an enthusiastic desire to use technology, and as student leaders in their school’s pilot “BYOD” program, they regularly utilize laptops and smart devices to enhance the development of their reading and written expression skills. In addition to her work at Shiloh Middle School, Lesley is privileged to serve as a Language Arts teacher for middle school students in the Reach for Excellence program, hosted by The Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia. This rigorous academic and leadership enrichment program provides learning experiences and educational resources for underserved middle school students, preparing them for the challenges of competitive college-preparatory programs and high schools. The best part of Lesley’s job is when her students accomplish something that they did not think was possible, such as presenting in front of a group or reading a challenging text. Supporting students in developing growth-oriented mindsets is a critically important part of their learning process! One of Lesley’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is a self-passed lesson for students called “Character Change: The Diary of Anne Frank.” Within this engaging interactive learning module, images and videos are interspersed with text and comprehension questions; students can complete work individually and work at their own paces, and they may also enjoy the resource as a whole group activity. She also loves the heartwarming “Unforgettable Elephants” video! http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/midlit11.ela.splafrank/character-change-the-diary-of-anne-frank/ http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/vtl07.la.rv.text.unforeleph/unforgettable-elephants/


 
Robert Culp

Robert Culp

2014 Lead PBS Digital Innovator | WTTW

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Robert Culp is an ELA Literacy Coach for Joliet Public Schools District 86, located in Will County, Joliet, IL. He collaborates with nine other literacy coaches in the district and currently works primarily with Gompers and Dirksen Jr. High School. As an ELA Literacy coach, Robert’s main focus is to work with teachers to set goals for improvement in their teaching practices that they want to focus on. He then works with them to help achieve those goals. Robert is also responsible for bringing current research and best practices to the table during planning, modeling lessons, co-teaching, sharing what other teachers are doing in order to help spread good teaching practices, as well as developing and implementing professional development. Robert also works as an adjunct professor at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. At Lewis University he works in both the Reading Literacy and Special Education departments. The best part of Robert’s job is working with a wide spectrum of individuals and having a large impact on a variety of classrooms. So far, one of Robert’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is an interactive entitled “Media Arts: How to Be a Critical Viewer.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ecb6bcc7-15e4-47c1-b39c-bdab7e6ba2db/ecb6bcc7-15e4-47c1-b39c-bdab7e6ba2db/


 
Susan Gauthier

Susan Gauthier

2014 Lead PBS Digital Innovator | LPB 

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Susan Gauthier is a Library Media Specialist working with teachers and students at Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School in East Baton Rouge Parish in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She previously worked as an Educational Technology Consultant developing and supporting several professional development programs at the Louisiana Department of Education. Susan has twenty four years of experience in education, including fourteen years in Louisiana classrooms and ten years of coordinating educational technology programs for the Department of Education. Susan was awarded the 2014 School Library Media Specialist Award that recognizes the outstanding contributions of a school library media specialist within Louisiana. She has presented hands-on and concurrent sessions at regional, state, and national conferences in the areas of information literacy, visual thinking, numeracy and technology. The best part of her job is working with middle school students everyday. Susan says they are so unbelievably FUN and they always put a smile on her face. Susan loves the PBS LearningMedia resource entitled “Book Art.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/14bf0d6f-68fb-4c7c-a845-c1fbdffd4190/book-art/


 
Kimberly Lynch

Kimberly Lynch

2014 Lead PBS Digital Innovator | WGBH

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Kim Lynch is fifth grade teacher at Francis Wyman Elementary School in Burlington, MA. She is a technology optimist and is invested in project based learning with real life purposes. Kim is a firm believer in offering opportunities for children to demonstrate their learning over testing rote knowledge. Throughout Kim’s implementation of the 1:1 iPad initiative she has had students utilizing digital portfolios to demonstrate and catalogue learning, implemented cross-curricular/teacher projects in Google Drive for grade level sharing, engaged and empowered students to apply their learning to novel situations, had students write school bulletins to help save the habitats of researched animals, and utilized the green screen to feature her class on WBZ’s morning message. wife, mother of three boys, passionate One of Kim’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is a video entitled “Sound and Solids: Visualizing Vibrations.” She uses it every year as one of many online sites students use to complete a sound webquest. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/phy03.sci.phys.mfe.ztunefork/sound-and-solids-visualizing-vibrations/


 
Don Goble

Don Goble

2014 Lead PBS Digital Innovator | Nine Network of Public Media

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Don Goble is in his 9th year teaching full-time at Ladue Horton Watkins High School in St. Louis, MO. Don serves as the Broadcast Technology, Film & Multimedia Instructor and a Ladue School District Video Producer. Don and his students also now have the first video show on the BAM Radio Network called Student Voice. Don was named as the 2011 Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Educator of the Year by the Gateway Media Literacy Partners. In 2012, Don was named as an S'Park Scholar Media Mentor through Ithaca College in New York. Don was the Keynote speaker at the 2012 SPUN Special Education Technology Conference discussing Media Literacy. Don was also a Spotlight Speaker for the 2013 Midwest Education Technology Conference METC. In February of 2014, Don was recognized as one of the first Distinguished Broadcast Advisers of the year from the Journalism Education Association. The best part of Don’s job is creating a culture where students are empowered to take initiative of their own learning. He’s excited to begin incorporating PBS LearningMedia resources as tools across his district next year.


 
Stephanie Berry

Stephanie Berry

2014 Lead PBS Digital Innovator | Vegas PBS

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Stephanie Berry is an English teacher at Basic High School in the Clark County School District in Henderson, Nevada. She is a first year teacher and teaches English as a Second Language, English 12 Honors and English 11. Stephanie is also a member of the Technology Committee at her school and the Photography Club advisor. The best part of Stephanie’s job is being able to inspire students to take risks and to think in a way that they have never done before. Her favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is the video entitled “Resurrecting Zora Neale Hurston.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/wal14.ela.lit.hurston/resurrecting-zora-neale-hurston/


 
Mig Hayes

Mig Hayes

2014 Lead PBS Digital Innovator | UNC-TV

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Mig Little Hayes is well suited in her dual role as a teacher/media specialist, with a B.A. and M.A. in English, a Masters of Library Science, and 32 years teaching experience. She has been teaching at Carolina Friends School for 29 years, a Quaker school in Durham, North Carolina. Mig teaches 8th Grade English and multimedia electives in both the Middle and Upper School. She also serves on the Tech Team, providing Mac and digital technology support to teachers in all units. Mig is passionate about the integration of educational technology in her teaching, and she most enjoys working with both students and teachers in the collaborative exchange of ideas when engaged in the creative process. Mig uses PBS LearningMedia resources to enhance and extend her lessons in her English class. One favorite collection focuses on Harper Lee’s novel, “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Students in Mig’s class view historical videos, such as “Growing Up Under Jim Crow in Birmingham, Alabama,” before watching selections from the outstanding documentary, AMERICAN MASTERS: “Harper Lee: Hey, Boo.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/fyr12.socst.us.1950pres.jcal/growing-up-under-jim-crow-in-birmingham-alabama/ http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/amast/?topic_id=649


 
Morgan Nickolai

Morgan Nickolai

2014 Lead PBS Digital Innovator | ThinkTV

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Morgan Nickolai is the Library Media Specialist and Distance Track Coach at the Sidney High School, part of the Sidney City School District located in Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio. Morgan is also an INFOhio User Council Representative for the Western Ohio Computer Organization (WOCO) and an INFOhio ICoach for the Sidney City School District. Morgan received her Master's Degree in Middle Childhood Education with concentrations in Language Arts and Math from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She went on to pursue getting her Library/Media Licensure from Wright State University as well. As a Library Media Specialist, Morgan provides media literacy, information literacy and research instruction to students and classroom teachers. She collaborates with teachers to coordinate instruction, media program activities, and resources with subject area curriculum. She is responsible for the selection, organization, utilization and maintenance of the library, information, and curriculum resources, and provides professional development for all staff members. Morgan is a huge advocate for technology so the most rewarding part of her job is being able to help teachers integrate technology into their lessons. One of Morgan’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is the “PBS TeacherLine Tips to Evaluate Internet Resources.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/0e523ef6-dbb8-4def-8150-7674e3ae0442/0e523ef6-dbb8-4def-8150-7674e3ae0442/


 
Steve Beard

Steve Beard

2014 Lead PBS Digital Innovator | Oregon Public Broadcasting

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Steve Beard works at Thomas Edison High School in Portland, Oregon. His school serves high school students in grades 9-12 with mild learning disabilities (ADD, Dyslexia, Asperger’s syndrome). Steve currently teaches Conceptual Physics and Earth Science; he also teaches some electives such as Ultimate Frisbee, Latin American Studies and Indigenous Instruments. The Physics class covers core concepts related to our physical world. The Earth Science class explores the dynamic parts of our planet with a focus on sustainability. The best part of Steve’s job is engaging with students. Working with students with learning differences can be challenging, yet he’s delighted to discover and work with many of their strengths. The small classes at Edison make this possible. Some of Steve’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources are from NOVA’s “Making Stuff” collection, especially “The Business of Bioplastics.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/nvms/ http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/nvms.sci.materials.cleanerdemo/the-business-of-bioplastics/


 
Ryan Devlin

Ryan Devlin

2014 Lead PBS Digital Innovator | WPSU

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Ryan Devlin teaches 11th grade English and multiple technology courses at Brockway Area High School within the Brockway Area School District which is located in the rural town of Brockway, Pennsylvania, a part of Jefferson County. He has taught there for the past seven years and serves as the English department chair and the head cross country coach. He frequently presents at educational conferences and helped write Pennsylvania Department of Education’s English language arts curriculum. In 2013 he was named the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year and was one of the four finalists for the 2014 National Teacher of Year. His undergraduate degree comes from Waynesburg University and his Masters from California University of Pennsylvania. Ryan loves teaching lessons that enable his students to see the world from a different perspective. One of Ryan’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is a lesson plan entitled, “It Takes Courage to be Weak.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/mr13-socst-us-lpcourage/it-takes-courage-to-be-weak/


 
Scott Frizzell

Scott Frizzell

2014 Lead PBS Digital Innovator | WKNO

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Scott Frizzell teaches eighth grade history and 9th grade English at Harding Academy in Memphis, Tennessee. He is in his second year teaching at Harding. Scott is simultaneously completing his Ph.D. in African American history at the University of Memphis - he is sitting for his final, comprehensive exams this semester. Harding Academy benefits from a wonderful 1:1 iPad program. This tremendous benefit allows Scott’s classes, English and American history alike, to be immersed in digital technology. They heavily utilize digital resources such as PBS LearningMedia to create digital projects that enhance learning, putting modern tools such as social media like Twitter, online games like Minecraft, and other apps like iMovie to good use. Scott’s favorite part of his job is watching his students continually amaze him with their creativity and desire to know more. He loves using resources like the PBS LearningMedia lesson plan entitled “An Honorable Death” which explores the Alexander Hamilton-Aaron Burr duel and allows students to examine data for themselves and make their own conclusions. Then, they can all engage in an exciting, spirited debate. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/rah11.socst.us.rev.lphonordeath/an-honorable-death/


 
Leslie Ceballos

Leslie Ceballos

2014 Lead PBS Digital Innovator | KERA

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Leslie Ceballos is a TAP (Teacher Advancement Program) Master Teacher at Carolyn Bukhair Elementary School in Dallas, Texas. In this role, Leslie provides weekly professional development on the TAP Rubrics and research-based strategies while providing in-classroom support for the teachers at her school. She also observes and evaluates teacher performance using the TAP rubrics and conducts follow-up, coaching conferences. Most teachers attend a professional development opportunity and then return to their school and classrooms without any support for implementing new ideas they learned. The most important part of her job is the follow-up classroom support she provides teachers. Leslie meets with her teachers weekly to study new concepts and evidence-based strategies and then works with each one in the classroom to implement the strategies. Leslie gets to provide that immediate feedback and support that people need when they are trying new things in the classroom and with them see the impact on their students. Leslie believes the best part about her job is the opportunity to provide job-embedded professional learning. One of Leslie’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is a Cyberchase video segment entitled “Finding Factors of 20.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/wnet09.math.number.mul.wnetfactor20/finding-factors-of-20/


 
Julie Hildebrand

Julie Hildebrand

2014 Lead PBS Digital Innovator | KLRU

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Julie Hildebrand teaches fourth grade reading, writing and social studies at Patton Elementary within the Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas. She is currently in her 8th year teaching. The best part of Julie’s job is teaching writing! She enjoys seeing her students’ growth, providing authentic audiences, integrating technology and watching their personalities come alive in their well crafted texts. One of Julie’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is an interactive called “The "A" Game.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/cc08724d-01bf-40d2-863c-ee2b03af5268/the-a-game/


 
Mark Coleman

Mark Coleman

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | Alabama Public Television

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Mark Coleman is an award winning educator as well as educational technology presenter and lecturer. A teacher since 1995, Mr. Coleman has taught at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School in Montgomery, Alabama, for over a decade, teaching the subjects of Social Studies, Technology and Sound Recording, as well as serving seven years as school Technology Coordinator. He finds the best part of his job is when he sees students excited about creating something for class. He loves the Geography section of the PBS LearningMedia website, especially the section on how society influences the environment with excellent lessons such as the one entitled “Sprawl: A Tipping Point,” a series of videos about Urban Sprawl contributed by Maryland Public Television. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/9ecaf7ef-6c55-42d9-908f-757e2d1ae3ad/9ecaf7ef-6c55-42d9-908f-757e2d1ae3ad/


 
Lee Butterfield

Lee Butterfield

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | Alaska Public Media

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Lee Butterfield teaches 8th Grade Language Arts and Video Productions/ Media Marketing at Goldenview Middle School in Anchorage, Alaska. As a middle school teacher, Lee loves collaborating with his teammates on extensive project-based learning projects which cross all content areas and many elective areas. As the Career Technical Education department chair for Goldenview and a member of the Language Arts department, Lee has the opportunity to build collaborate on projects ranging multiple disciplines and departments. The best part of Lee’s job is when he learns something for the fist time and sees how his students can benefit. As an avid science fan teaching language arts, Lee is a big fan of the interactive science content and movies. He strives to integrate these resources into lessons geared toward the informational text standards in the CCSS. Lee’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is “Generating Electrical Voltage” interactive. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ate10.sci.phys.energy.generating/generating-electrical-voltage/


 
Karen Mensing

Karen Mensing

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | Eight, Arizona PBS

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Karen Mensing is a gifted teacher in the Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVUSD). She currently teaches a 1st and 2nd grade self-contained gifted class at Fireside Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona. While she loves introducing children to new technologies, they aren’t the only ones she’s teaching. She has also led numerous professional development sessions where teachers explore technology to use in the classroom. Many of these educators can be heard to exclaim that the technology is far too advanced for whatever grade they are teaching. That’s when Mensing loves to point out that the six, seven and eight-year-olds students in her class are using the same technology, and doing a great job! Mensing holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications & English, a Master's Degree in Elementary Education and an Endorsement in Gifted Education. Before becoming an educator, Mensing worked in the radio broadcast industry for eight years. Currently her favorite PBS LearningMedia is this video called "How Do You Keep Lemonade Cool?" because her students love hands-on science. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/eng06.sci.engin.design.lemonadestand/how-do-you-keep-lemonade-cool/


 
Lynn Pence

Lynn Pence

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | Arizona Public Media

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Lynn Pence is a Curriculum Technology Integrator at Orange Grove Middle School in the Catalina Foothills School District located in Tucson, Arizona. In her role, she helps teachers implement technological tools into the classroom for the purposes of student engagement and achievement. Lynn co-teaches with teachers in the classroom when students are learning a new skill highlighted in their district approved educational technology measurement topics. In addition, she is slated to provide professional development sessions for staff members that revolve around their district technology plan, school strategic plan or departmental requests based on the time of the school year, and participates in collaborative efforts when new technology policies are written, curriculum revised and student data collected. Lynn, along with her fellow colleagues, communicates new tools and ideas through the use of a site-specific blog called Pawerful Points and a district website called Stay Connected: Educational Technology in CFSD. Lynn also organizes and provides clarification on internet safety and cyberbullying lessons taught to students. The best part of Lynn’s job is working with students and teachers to find tools that help them reach the desired learning goals for a class. Lynn’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is the “Interactive Westward Expansion Map” because of its ability to differentiate for each user. Lynn is excited to be a part of the PBS LearningMedia Community! http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/rttt12.soc.ush.westexp/westward-expansion-17901850/


 
Sarah Jerry

Sarah Jerry

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | AETN

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Sarah Jerry is a GT Specialist at Greenbrier Eastside Elementary located in Faulkner County, Arkansas. The best part of Sarah’s job is inspiring students to find their passion for learning. She strives to research and utilize strategies that allow students to be enthusiastically engaged daily. Her goal is to empower students to go beyond assigned classroom activities in order to take ownership of their own learning. Sarah’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is the PBS Math Club. She loves how the videos are aligned with Common Core Standards, can be used at home or school, and make learning entertaining for students. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/pbs-math-club/


 
Diana Albanez

Diana Albanez

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | KLCS

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Diana Albanez is a first grade educator at 24th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles, CA. She enjoys expanding students’ minds with creative learning, intermixing standards with technology, to form innovative, critical minds ready for the future. She provides students with the tools they need to develop social skills and techniques that will assist them with voicing their opinions and sharing their ideas with others. Diana challenges students to surpass minimums, to question, and investigate. Most importantly, she instills the love of learning in all students. The best part of Diana’s job is being challenged on a daily basis by her students to find new ways to creatively engage them. She knows she is doing a good job when they don’t want to miss school even when they are sick! One of Diana’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is “The Shark and the Whale” video because it connects perfectly to the beach themed classroom she has where students are learning in paradise and about the wonders of the ocean. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/56cd7614-0c13-432c-a152-d26a8ec4723d/the-shark-and-the-whale/


 
Christopher Chiang

Christopher Chiang

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | KQED

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Chris Chiang is a middle school social studies teacher at the Sacred Heart Schools and has been a teacher for the last 10 years. At Monta Vista High School he led a 1:1 laptop project based learning course for three years and was teacher of the year in 2010. In 2006, he helped found a NYC school that was part of the Urban Assembly network. He is trained in gifted education through UCSD and project based learning through High Tech High. Chris earned his masters in teaching from Stanford University and a second masters in educational leadership from Columbia University. He is a trustee of the Mountain Whisman District. His wife is also a teacher.


 
Kristina Cotran

Kristina Cotran

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | PBS SoCal

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Kristina Cotran enthusiastically serves as an Education Specialist at Hollencrest Middle School, in the West Covina Unified School District in West Covina, CA. She co-teaches and collaborates with middle school teachers that have students with learning challenges in their classroom. It is her job to provide students with the instructional supports and accommodations they need to be successful. As the Special Education Coordinator, Kristina works closely with teachers at her site to provide them with training on how to effectively work with students who struggle to learn. She is an avid member of the School Leadership Team and offers her colleagues professional development training on how to incorporate technology to create digital learning communities in their classrooms, using Edmodo. Known by her students as “Ms. Co,” Kristina passionately combines her musical talents and technological skills to teach math innovatively to reach students with learning disabilities. She has successfully piloted many projects based on technology integration, such as creating her own “flipped-classroom” YouTube channel, interacting with students on Edmodo, and collaborating with the MusicNotes company to make dynamic music videos about math. The best part about her job is witnessing her students getting excited about learning as they engage with digital media and facilitating students’ academic, social and personal growth. Kristina’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resource that she uses with her students are the “Cyberchase” video clips. “Cyberchase” does a fantastic job of illustrating important math concepts to students who are entertained by the videos’ plot and characters. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/cyb/


 
Dena Glynn

Dena Glynn

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | KPBS 

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Dena Glynns teaches a 4/5 multi-age class at Tierra Bonita Elementary School within the Poway Unified School District located in Poway, CA. All students in her grade level have an iPad. During this second year of implementation with the device, she has been able to truly transform the learning within her classroom, from using it as a way to connect within the pages of a book, to sharing and engaging classrooms across the country to discuss the reading; from allowing students in math and social studies to show their thinking through screen casting apps, to writing scripts and creating a movie for others to learn from. Dena’s journey began back in kindergarten, when she would come home and “play” school in her room. For eighteen years, Dena has been lucky enough to work at six different schools, and in two different states. The best part of Dena’s job is empowering students to take ownership of their own learning. It’s not about switching technology with paper, it’s about redesigning what is possible in a classroom, which, at times, means letting the students be in the driver’s seat. One of Dena’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources to help students gain practice at 21st century skills are the “Design Squad” resources where science, engineering, math, and writing all have a place to engage the students and deepen understanding. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/search/?q=Design+Squad


 
Amy Kingsley

Amy Kingsley

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | KQED 

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Amy Ridlehuber Kingsley teaches French IA, I, and 2 at Hillview Middle School within Menlo Park City School District located in Menlo Park, CA. Amy’s love of French started in the 3rd grade on a family trip to France. During her college semester abroad in Strasbourg, France, she decided to become a French teacher. She has been teaching French for 15 years and has experience teaching at the high school and middle school levels. Amy loves integrating technology into her classroom and enjoys leading professional development for other teachers. She spent 11 years as a Department Chair and takes great pleasure in working with other teachers to improve their teaching. Amy graduated from UC Davis with double majors in French and Sociology and worked at the tourist office in Bordeaux before getting her teaching credential from Notre Dame de Namur University. The best part of Amy’s job is witnessing the "aha moments," when language learning clicks and her students are able to communicate confidently in French. Right now, Amy’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is the “Global Diplomacy Webinar: Bienvenue! An Inside Look at the State Dinner with France & U.S. Diplomacy Initiatives.” Her French classes were able to be part of a live broadcast featuring an inside look at the recent State Dinner with France & the U.S. Amy’s students were able to ask questions (via live text chat) of Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, former Chief of Protocol of the United States, U.S. Department of State and Mrs. Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. They learned about the history of state dinners and their relevance to the diplomatic process. Amy is eager to participate in the next Webinar with her students. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/bb48c173-79eb-4093-b9ef-01e11d90e0ab/bienvenue-an-inside-look-at-the-state-dinner-with-france-us-diplomacy-initiatives/


 
Kaki McLachlan

Kaki McLachlan

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | KQED

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Kaki McLachlan teaches 7th grade life science and two elective tecnology classes at White Hill Middle School within the Ross Valley School District in Fairfax, CA. The technology courses are brand new this year. The first course is Digital Media, an elective course for 7th and 8th graders focusing on how students can use computer applications to creatively and effectively express their thoughts and ideas to an audience. The second course is a quarter long enrichment class for every 6th grade student. Students focus on the usage of basic computer applications and digital citizenship. Kaki thrives on getting students excited about learning. She believes the key to engaging students is to find ways to connect academic lessons to their passions outside of the classroom, regardless of the subject matter. Her favorite PBS LearningMedia resources are the many videos found in the new PBS Digital Studios series “It’s Okay to be Smart.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/its-okay-to-be-smart/


 
Brenda Young

Brenda Young

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | KLCS

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Brenda Young is an English teacher at John R. Wooden High School in Reseda, California. “You will not fail on my time,” is Brenda’s daily reassurance for the at-risk teens at John R. Wooden High School in addition to teaching all English classes, Brenda teaches Business Management to inspire students to start their own businesses; Spoken Word, with a team performing at the Los Angeles Classic Slam Poetry Festival; and conducts Job Skills to ready students for careers. Recently, Brenda mentored a student team from JRWHS who was selected as one of six schools statewide to participate in the Young Workers Leadership Academy at UC-Berkeley to develop leadership skills while learning about teen worker rights and safety issues in the workplace. She proudly states, “I am fortunate to teach in an environment where I see lives changed for the better daily. Students typically come to our school as a result of failure in a traditional educational environment and our school is designed to help them make the most of a second-or third- chance. Their success is the most rewarding part of my job.” Brenda is a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Career/Technical and was named a Top Ten Educator by the California League of High Schools. Brenda’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is the “Get Your Tech On” collection to research practical, yet innovative advice and ideas for the classroom. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/Tech/


 
Alisa Grimes

Alisa Grimes

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | Rocky Mountain PBS

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Alisa Grimes is a biology and technology teacher in Mapleton Public Schools within Adams County at Academy High School in Thornton, Colorado. Alisa’s favorite part of her job is watching her students overcome challenges and gain confidence doing so. Her favorite PBS LearningMedia resources so far include the resources about genetically modified organisms including the video about Bt corn, and interactives such as "Guess What’s Coming to Dinner” and "Engineer a Crop: Transgenic Manipulation." http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/tdc02.sci.life.gen.guessdinner/guess-whats-coming-to-dinner/ http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/tdc02.sci.life.gen.engineeracrop/engineer-a-crop-transgenic-manipulation/


 
Eric Rank

Eric Rank

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | CPTV

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Eric Rank is a third grade teacher at Celentano Biotech, Health, and Medical Magnet School in New Haven, CT. In addition to his teaching duties, Eric is the director of Celentano’s 21st Century After School Program and a member of his school’s academic, climate, and magnet committees. He brings his passion for technology into his classroom – where his students use iPads, video, and projectors to create multimedia presentations – and into the faculty lounge, where he runs trainings and shares strategies. Eric graduated with a Masters in Teaching from Quinnipiac University. Eric is currently writing units for his newly appointed STEM school, in which he loves to utilize PBS LearningMedia resources such this “Evolution of Campflage” video or the “Analyzing an Ecosytem” interactive. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/tdc02.sci.life.evo.camouflage/evolution-of-camouflage/ http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/lsps07.sci.life.oate.ecosystem/analyzing-an-ecosystem/


 
Annie Karabell

Annie Karabell

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WHUT 

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Annie Murphy Karabell teaches 10th grade English at The Lab School of Washington, and independent school located in Washington, D.C., that serves students with learning differences. They have a 1:1 iPad program and integrate the arts across the curriculum. Annie collaborates with the Director of Technology and the other English teachers to create exciting, student-centered lessons. Her classroom is almost paperless, as she uses Evernote to manage her workflow. Annie’s favorite part of her job is generating ideas for creative ways to present content that will engage her students and get them to think differently and deeply about literature and writing. She also leads a yoga club for students each week. Annie’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is a video entitled “Elizabeth Alexander: Poetry and the 2009 Inauguration.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/587f9eb8-5995-4421-a8bd-a07d917fc87d/587f9eb8-5995-4421-a8bd-a07d917fc87d/


 
Reggie Grant

Reggie Grant

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WFSU

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Reggie Grant is in his eleventh year teaching media production at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Florida. His favorite part of his job is helping students develop their critical-thinking skills demonstrating their creativity while producing various media projects. Reggie favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is “The Impact of Technology: Cars.” He finds this video very useful for his media classes. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/phy03.sci.engin.design.techcars/the-impact-of-technology-cars/


 
Aimee Nadow

Aimee Nadow

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WEDU

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Aimee M. Nadow teaches Language Arts at the seventh and eighth grade levels and teaches two technology electives such as Web Journalism, Mac Applications and Creative Writing. She will begin her eighth year this fall at the Academy at the Lakes in Land O'Lakes, Florida, an NAIS school in Pasco County. She holds a dual Bachelor's degree in English and Education from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusettes and she fulfilled her student teaching practicum at the Boston Latin School in the spring of 2007. The best part of Aimee’s job is seeing how quickly students can master new technology to create meaningful projects. Her favorite PBS LearningMedia Resource is Philip Roth's "I Work Everyday." http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/am12.la.ws.process.workday/i-work-everyday/


 
Jennifer O'Sullivan

Jennifer O'Sullivan

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WXEL 

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Jenny teaches at A.D. Henderson University School on the campus of Florida Atlantic University. After 10 years teaching third grade, she was given the opportunity to do something new this year. Jennifer’s administrators got on board and transformed the old art room to a STEAM Lab. She went from having 18 students to teaching 18 classes ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade. In Jennifer’s classes they integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. She has always enjoyed teaching, but she truly loves her new position. From augmented reality to digital citizenship, every day brings something new. Jenny says one of the best parts of her job is watching her students as they learn how to use technology tools that can alter the way they see and interact with the world around them. Currently, her favortie PBS LearningMedia video is “Kid Designer: A Comfortable Cardbard Chair” as it helps to motivate her students to think outside the box as they create their very own cardboard arcade for their spring carnival. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/phy03.sci.engin.design.zchair/kid-designer-a-comfortable-cardboard-chair/


 
Mandie Rainwater

Mandie Rainwater

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WGCU

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Mandie Rainwater is a social studies teacher at Cypress Lake High School in the Lee County School District, located in Fort Myers, Florida. As the newest addition to the Social Studies department, Mandie teaches both World History and United States History to tenth and eleventh graders. Mandie has quickly adapted her classroom to the use of technology and is not afraid to try any innovative strategies to keep her students engaged. Mandie graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2013 and is still active in the education department volunteering to sit on panels and help future educators reach their goals. Mandie believes the best part of her job is when a student feels empathy for someone through a picture or a video, no matter how long ago an event occurred. One of Mandie's favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is the video from KNME “Remembering the Santa Fe Japanese Internment Camp.” On the recent anniversary she shared this resource with her students as they learned about World War II in America. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/28ff515d-d622-4a91-bfc2-aa4fd0d131e8/remembering-the-santa-fe-japanese-internment-camp/


 
Celia Segarra

Celia Segarra

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WPBT

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Celia Segarra-Jimenez teaches sixth grade Advanced Math and GEM 6 (Pre-Algebra) and is in her 9th year as Math Teacher at Driftwood Middle School in Broward County in Hollywood, Florida. During the summer 2013, Celia trains Broward County teachers in the implementation of the upcoming Common Core Standards where she had the opportunity to share strategies and innovative activities involving the use of technology. In 2013-2014, Celia was selected to be part of the book adoption committee, where she had the opportunity to work with other colleagues evaluating textbooks and digital components from different providers. During the year 2011, she was named Driftwood Middle School Teacher of the Year, an award that she received for her hard work and dedication. Celia considers herself a motivated, high-energy educator with a deep passion for technology which helps her create stable learning environments and inspiring students to do their best. The best part of Celia’s job is to have the opportunity to share, inspire, create and learn ways to keep students engage so they can have fun while they are learn as well as have the opportunity to share best practices with her colleagues. Some of her favorite PBS LearningMedia resources are the videos from the “Doc Squad” and “I < 3 Math” collections. These videos are visual, fun and with a clear message for sixth grade students. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/doc-squad/ http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/i-3-math/


 
Ann Kohler

Ann Kohler

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | Georgia Public Broadcasting

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Ann Kohler teaches at South Forsyth High, a public suburban BYOT high school in South Forsyth High located in Cumming, Georgia. She has taught for over 7 years with all of those years spent in the MID (Mild-Intellectually Disabled) Self-contained room at the high school. The best part of Ann’s job are her students who are 100% excited about school daily and always ready to try something new whether that is academically new, technologically new, conceptually new, or creatively new. Ann’s all-time favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is the “NOVA Education” collection. Since she teaches a four year rotation of Sciences (Biology, Earth Science, Environmental Science and Physical Science), this collection helps her find interesting grade leveled resources with content delivered in an assortment of methods for any Science she is teaching for a given year. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/nova/


 
Elena Yoo

Elena Yoo

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | PBS Hawaii

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Elena Yoo teaches Japanese language at Saint Louis School, a private all-boys Catholic school for grades 6-12 in Honolulu, Hawaii. She has taught Japanese language from Kindergarten through the post-graduate level for the past 9 years after transitioning from the translation and business sector. Currently, she teaches Japanese level I through III using conventional textbooks integrating technology. She is a strong advocate for the integration of technology in Japanese language classroom. She serves as Webmaster for Hawaii Association of Teachers of Japanese (HATJ). She earned a B.S. from Japan Women’s University (Nihon Jyoshi Daigaku) and an M.E. from University of Wisconsin-Madison. The best part of Elena’s job is the satisfaction she receives from witnessing the “light bulb” moment in her students’ eyes. Being able to establish a special bond with her students and the fellow teachers is another great part of her job. One of her favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is the curriculum about Japanese political campaign entitled “Campaign: Political Campaigns In Japan.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/f70d0713-200f-4544-9c78-c94a6836fbd3/f70d0713-200f-4544-9c78-c94a6836fbd3/


 
Christine Gillespie

Christine Gillespie

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | Idaho Public Television

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Christine teaches in the Junior High at Foothills School of Arts and Sciences, an independent pre-K through 9th grade school in Boise, Idaho. The 2013-14 school year is Christine's first year teaching full time. As the ninth grade advisor, Christine created and leads the Nines Mentorship Program. This program provides an opportunity for ninth grade students to delve deeply into career areas of their choosing, with each student mentored by an adult who has extensive experience in that particular field. Christine also teaches Advanced Algebra II and Physical Science, where she uses PBS LearningMedia resources to keep lessons interesting and hands-on. One day a week, she also teaches a class that she developed, called "Springboard," intended to prepare students for life in high school and beyond. Some examples of units include discussing moral and ethical questions, learning study skills and the art of backwards planning, preparing for the PSAT, and practicing SMART goal-setting. After school, Christine offers a Science Club to 5th through 9th grade students interested in exploring more about science and engineering. In Spring 2014, she brought 10 different presenters to work with the Science Club by doing science experiments, building rockets, learning about ornithology, studying river chemistry, tracking wildlife, and many other topics. Christine's favorite part of being a teacher is helping her students learn about themselves and develop their interests. One of her favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is "Atoms: The Space Between" because of how it consistently blows students' minds! http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/phy03.sci.phys.matter.atoms/atoms-the-space-between/


 
Faith Carr

Faith Carr

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WILL

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Faith Ann Carr is a K-8 Computer Teacher at Johns Hill Magnet School in Decatur, Illinois. Faith has been working in the field of Education since 1983 and has always been on the cutting edge when it came to introducing her students to technology, writing her first grant to receive a bank of computers in her classroom back in the mid-90’s during her first period of tenure with Decatur Public Schools, District 61 in Decatur, IL. Over the years, she has developed her specialty in differentiated teaching and learning strategies. With the completion of her Master’s Thesis Project, Differentiated Instruction in the Regular Classroom, Faith began to offer professional development to fellow educators at the local, state and national level including presentations at The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and its Illinois state affiliate, Illinois Computing Educators (ICE). In 2007, Faith left the classroom for a position as Principal Consultant with the Illinois State Board of Education, working in the former Division of Curriculum and Instruction, overseeing the implementation of the NCLB Title IID Competitive Grant for the state. In that position Faith was able to witness stellar programs throughout the state of Illinois where teachers were utilizing innovative strategies and Web based resources to enhance teaching and learning in their classrooms. In 2011 she returned to the classroom and has a robust bank of resources which she uses to supplement the prescribed curriculum aligned to the Common Core. Faith holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Millikin University and a dual Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois in Gifted Strategies and Instructional Media. The best part of Faith’s job is finding and introducing students to resources that engage their minds and inspire them to thirst for more information, as well as motivate them to be more creative with their own project designs through which they share learned information. One of Faith’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is the “ANNIE ON BROADWAY: What Do Stage Manager Do” and other related Broadway production videos. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/annie.arts.theater.pro.stagemgr/annie-on-broadway-what-do-stage-managers-do/


 
Steve Hayes

Steve Hayes

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WTVP

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Steve Hayes serves as the Director of Bands for the Roanoke-Benson School District in Roanoke, Illinois. Steve has taught instrumental music for thirty-one years. In addition to his duties as a teacher, Steve serves as the district’s webmaster and offers technology assistance to both teachers and students. Prior to becoming an educator, Steve played saxophone and clarinet in the 81st United States Army Band. After serving in active duty, Steve continued his military service in the Illinois Army National Guard retiring, in 2001, at the rank of First Sergeant. Steve continues to play saxophone and is a member of the Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra. In the Spring of 2013, Steve was named as a Quarter-Finalist for the Grammy Music Teacher of the Year Award. Steve earned a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Science in Music from Illinois State University and a Master in Educational Leadership from St. Xavier University. The best part of his job is that he has an incredibly supportive school district and community that appreciates the value and significance of music education. At Roanoke-Benson, music is not perceived as an extracurricular activity, but as an academic subject. He is also grateful that his school district has been leaders in the integration of educational technology. Steve’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is an interactive entitled “Media Arts: Movie Soundtrack.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/b2d17c3b-b9fb-48a8-b727-dd4bb4ac9757/b2d17c3b-b9fb-48a8-b727-dd4bb4ac9757/


 
Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WEIU

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Jennifer Smith teaches eighth grade science at Monticello Middle School. MMS is part of the Monticello CUSD #25 school district in Monticello, Illinois. This is her seventh year of teaching eighth grade science. Mrs. Smith also sponsors the eighth grade science club and recently started a science bowl team. Mrs. Smith enjoys providing students with hands on science activities and uses interactive online simulations to help students "experience" scientific processes. Mrs. Smith holds Masters degrees in Education and English and is National Board certified in early adolescent science. The best part of teaching is helping her students make connections between the learning that takes place in the classroom and the world beyond. One of her favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is “Engineer a Crop: Transgenic Manipulation.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/tdc02.sci.life.gen.engineeracrop/engineer-a-crop-transgenic-manipulation/


 
Phil Wagener

Phil Wagener

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WSEC

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Philip J. Wagener is a High School Social Studies Teacher at Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, Illinois. Specializing in American History and Geography, Mr. Wagener’s classroom presents itself as a model for the 21st century. By seamlessly integrating interactive technology and digital media, Mr. Wagener believes that his classroom will not be one of limitation, but rather of boundless opportunity. His passion lies in the challenge of preparing citizens for the 21st century, while motivating students to become life-long learners.


 
Steve Auslander

Steve Auslander

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WFYI 

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Steve Auslander teaches 5th grade at Allisonville Elementary School in the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township (MSDWT), located in Indianapolis, IN. Steve loves integrating technology in his classroom, as it is a wonderful way to engage his students and excite them about learning. When students are engaged and excited about learning, they learn! Steve is constantly finding new ways for students to show what they know, as well as ways for him to engage and instruct his students. The best part about his job is that he gets to be creative every single day with 25 of the most naturally creative people on the planet. One of Steve’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is the video entitled “Extracting Mummy DNA” about Otzi the Iceman. He shows it every year when they study the Human Body. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/nvim.sci.life.milk/extracting-mummy-dna/


 
Rachel Haselby

Rachel Haselby

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | Lakeshore PTV

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Rachel Haselby is the digital media teacher at Rochester Community High School, otherwise known as Zebra New Tech. Rochester Community Schools are located in Rochester, Indiana. Rachel teaches a dual credit course with English 10, which she proclaims is a wonderful way to teach a digital media class because each project has both a digital media component and an English or literature component. Every day her goal is to teach her students to be comfortable with computers. The best and most satisfying part of her job is when she hears a student say, “Mrs. Haselby, I need help… Oh nevermind, I figured it out.” Rachel’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resource are the series of “Write Now! Career Writing Prompts.” They are organized by subject, grade level, and standards. It is so easy to find one that applies to what you are doing in class. They are open ended questions that allow a student to think and be creative while learning how to write. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/search/?q=%22write+now%21+career+writing+prompts%22


 
Leslie Keehn

Leslie Keehn

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | Iowa Public Television

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Leslie Pralle Keehn is a currently a technology integration consultant for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency out of Blairsburg, Iowa, and previously taught 6-12 grade Social Studies and computer. She became passionate about using technology very early in her social studies classroom after receiving a grant to buy a Nintendo Wii for her classroom. She is passionate about gamification, blended learning, global connections, and student creation and collaboration beyond the classroom walls. A 2011 C-SPAN Educator Fellow, Leslie was also named the 2012 Iowa Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year. Leslie's work now focuses on meaningful technology integration in all classrooms, empowering children to share their voice with the world, and using technology to create deep, global learning opportunities through project based learning, the maker movement, and authentic work. She has a BA in Political Science and a MA in Curriculum & Instruction: Technology. Her favorite part of her job is helping students digitally publish their work and receive comments from a global audience. Leslie’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources are the “Building Blocks” video collection for PK-2 about Social Studies, especially the video entitled “The White House.” Anytime she can use multimedia to help support Social Studies in elementary she gets excited! http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/bb/ http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/bb09.res.vid.whitehouse/the-white-house/


 
Latonya Taylor-Rowe

Latonya Taylor-Rowe

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | KET

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Latonya Taylor-Rowe teaches fourth grade Mathematics while integrating Social Studies, Science and Writing into her lessons at Highland Elementary School in the Johnson County School District located in Paintsville, Kentucky. She feels privileged have spent the last 17 years teaching this school system. The best part of her job is observing the growth of her students physically, socially and academically. A couple of her favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is the interactive entitled “Perimeter and Polygons Getting Into Shape” and the video “The Multiplier Effect” as they are extremely helpful in enhancing her lessons. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/3cfb5285-65ca-44db-bcef-017fb4398256/3cfb5285-65ca-44db-bcef-017fb4398256/ http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ng09.math.number.ope.digifizz/the-multiplier-effect/


 
Theresa Steward

Theresa Steward

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | LPB

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Theresa Steward joined Tangipahoa Parish School System in Amite, Louisiana in 2008 and in 2009 became part of the STEM initiative where she used hands-on real-world and project based learning to increase content knowledge. She joined the faculty and staff at Amite Elementary Magnet School in 2011. This is Theresa’s first year in the computer lab and she is responsible for preparing her students to be college and career ready to be successful in the 21st century. Theresa’s mission is to empower students to use digital media and real world applications to improve the way they learn, boost problem solving and higher order thinking skills. Also, to address literacy skills, utilize digital tools to communicate and present information, and integrate technology in core content by supporting project based approach to learning and promoting digital citizenship. Theresa is a graduate of Grambling State University and has her Master +30; she is also a PBLCT (Project Based Learning Certified Teacher). The best part of Theresa’s job is collaboration and presenting learning with technology as well as serving as a model as to why being a life-long learner is vital in the 21st century. One of her personal favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is a professional development video entitled "21st Century Learning." http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/2a54d422-5ad2-4d2d-a093-1ecccaa579d4/21st-century-learning/


 
Heidi Harris

Heidi Harris

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | MPBN

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Heidi Harris teaches 7th grade Social Studies at Mattanawcook Junior High School, part of the RSU 67 in Penobscot County in Lincoln, Maine. In her position as a 7th grade teacher at MJHS, Heidi has about 90 students in her classes. Their curriculum mainly focuses on United States History, 1800s-present. Each of her students has a MacBook Air, which allows them to access digital resources and engage and create digital content regularly. The best part of Heidi’s job are her students. They are fun, funny, smart, curious, and creative. They make her want to be a better teacher! Heidi’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is one that she finds validating. It is a FRONTLINE video segment entitled “Succedding in School” and shares the story of a middle school girl and the support she receives from her school community. The video reminds Heidi again why teaching this age is so rewarding. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/fl30.socst.civ.intervene/succeeding-in-school/


 
David Dulberger

David Dulberger

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | Maryland Public Television

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David Dulberber is the 5th Grade Magnet teacher at Emma K. Doub School for the Integrated Arts and Technology. Emma K Doub (EKD) is a Washington County Public Elementary School located in Hagerstown, Maryland. He is passionate about outdoor education, the arts and instructional technology. David’s classroom is 1:1 and they use iPads to collaborate on engaging project/problem based learning on a daily basis. One of the best parts about David’s job is finding fun ways to make learning more authentic for students and provide them with connections to the real world. For instance, they recently started getting into coding/ programming and are embedding several math practices/ skills as well as writing into these projects. David has also recently been using more flipped instructional practices into his classroom routines and therefore one of his favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is a lesson plan entitled “Flip It Day 2013.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/c4d9213f-6918-4744-bef4-87129a6a8d48/flip-it-day-2013/.


 
Joquetta Johnson

Joquetta Johnson

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | Maryland Public Television

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Joquetta Lynn Johnson is a passion-driven high school library media specialist, Google Certified Teacher, national presenter, and educational technology leader. She provides instruction that infuses information literacy, technology, and 21st century skills into all content areas at Pikesville High School in the Baltimore County Public School District in Baltimore, Maryland. With more than 20 years of experience in education, instructional technologies, and librarianship - Joquetta is a highly sought-after knowledge broker and professional development leader. Known for her energetic teaching and presentation style, Joquetta inspires students and educators to “think, teach, and learn outside of the box!” The best part of her job is leveraging technology to excite, engage, empower, and enable ALL students to have fun while achieving academic success and pursuing personal interests. One of her favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is “Hip Hop Sampling - Copyright Criminal.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/d0bc17ae-d82c-4220-bc02-e832056d2739/hip-hop-sampling-copyright-criminals/


 
Jodi Kerble

Jodi Kerble

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WGBH

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Jodi Kerble is a math teacher at The Winsor School, an all girls independent school, grades 5 through 12, in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to teaching Algebra 1 and Algebra 2, she is also the head of the Math Department. Jodi has been a pioneer and leader in technology integration at her school. She was co-chair of the technology committee in 2011 - 2012 where she helped start up an iPad pilot. Winsor is now in their first full year as a one to one school with iPads and MacBooks. Jodi sees the value of and enjoys integrating technology into her curriculum when it makes the work more efficient, student centered and formative. She especially loves teaching with the iPads on a daily basis. Jodi is the co-scheduler for Winsor’s academic schedule each year. She also runs a math enrichment summer program for upper elementary school aged girls. The best part of Jodi’s job is the students. Her favorite PBS LearningMedia resources are the “Doc Squad” collection of videos. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/doc-squad/


 
Mark Vasicek

Mark Vasicek

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WGBY

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Mark Vasicek teaches geometry at West Springfield High School in West Springfield, Massachusetts. This is his tenth year at this school and tenth year teaching. Before that, Mark was a process engineer and a project engineer for twenty years in the private sector. He left engineering to take care of one of his children who had a life threatening illness. Mark chose to be a teacher when re-entering the workforce. He can feel the impact he’s making in others' lives. Mark loves inquiry based instruction. He searches all over for interesting, challenging math tasks for students to grapple with, yet that are in line with what students are capable of figuring out. The favorite part of his job is seeing young people learn. Mark believes we can all grow our math brains with hard work. He also believes we can learn from our mistakes. It has been said that mistakes are to be expected, respected, inspected and corrected. This norm changes the mindset of Mark’s students have toward learning math. He loves to see his students have an "aha" moment after persisting and persevering with a math challenge. One of Mark’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is this interactive entitled “Reroofing Your Uncles House” on figuring out the materials needed to re-roof a house. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ate10.sci.engin.systems.reroof/reroofing-your-uncles-house/


 
Todd Beard

Todd Beard

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | Q-TV Delta Broadcasting

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Todd Beard, The Edutainment Teacher, teaches Kindergarten through 7th grade Technology at the International Academy of Flint in Flint, Michigan. Q-TV Delta Broadcasting is Todd’s local PBS station in Genesee County, and it is his favorite channel. In his learning community, Todd is transforming STEM into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education. It is his firm belief that by incorporating the Arts, including language and liberal arts, into STEM education that we can increase engagement and innovation in science, technology, engineering, and math. The best parts of his job is seeing over 800 students of all ages and ability levels every single week. It is his challenge to make the 45 minutes that they share together have such a lasting impression that they will remember it a week later, and hopefully the rest of their lives. Todd’s passion for STEAM education makes "Engaging Students Using Computer-Based Labs" self-paced lesson one of his many favorite PBS LearningMedia resources. He loves piggybacking resources from PBS to create dynamic learning media and virtual manipulatives. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/rlab11.pd.splilabs/engaging-students-using-computer-based-labs/


 
Janine Campbell

Janine Campbell

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WGVU

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Janine Campbell is a Visual Arts teacher at Byron Center West Middle School in Byron Center, Michigan. Janine teaches students in a variety of 2D and 3D media and displays their work in a variety of competitions and exhibitions throughout the year. Visit her class blog (www.bcwmsart.weebly.com) to learn more about their program as well as see their online gallery on Artsonia (www.artsonia.com/schools/byron1). The best part of Janine’s job is the opportunity to create art with her students and demonstrate what is possible with materials. One of her favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is a video on stop motion animation entitled “Kirsten Lepore: Animation” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/aa4c6679-d7ca-409f-aa1e-e101f5153ce6/kirsten-lepore-animation/


 
Derek D'Angelo

Derek D'Angelo

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | DPTV

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Derek D'Angelo is a 17 year veteran teacher at Eisenhower High School in the Utica Community Schools located in Shelby Township, MI. Derek currently teaches economics and has established a paperless classroom this school year. He has a passion for technology and its use in creating a student centered learning environment where the teacher takes the role of facilitator. Derek regularly presents at technology conferences and was selected by the NEA for the 2014 Teacher Leadership Initiative. His favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is “Deep Dive into the Foreclosure Crisis.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/87aec58c-c371-4bb8-bd59-34f780668921/87aec58c-c371-4bb8-bd59-34f780668921/


 
Marcia Morehead

Marcia Morehead

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WKAR

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Marcia Morehead teacher at Kreeger and Smith Elementary in the Fowlerville Community School district in Livingston County, Fowlerville, Michigan. Her current position is the elementary art teacher for a kindergarten through second grade building and a third through fifth grade building. Both schools together have a combined total of 1,400 students, which she teaches 9 weeks at a time. Students receive an hour of art each week, for two nine week periods each school year. Marcia hold an animation club every year which has won the DAFT best of show 2012, the Education Excellence award 2013, and the Walmart Foundation Grant. Her program uses every aspect of technology which involves students using QR codes, iPad apps, animation apps, green screen apps, Prezi, and Socrative to learn how to be creative and problem solve. Each student creates an online portfolio through https://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=4683. They take photos, enter titles and artist statements. During their art show at the schools, students can show their parents their work by scanning a QR to get to their year-long portfolio. The best part of Marcia’s job is to see student growth in problem solving and creative thinking throughout the 6 years that she teaches them. She can see them change and blossom as they go through her program. Marcia’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is “Media Arts: Animation Basics!” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/220290da-17ae-48f6-8250-2028eab79463/220290da-17ae-48f6-8250-2028eab79463/


 
David Boxer

David Boxer

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | Twin Cities Public Television

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David Boxer is Director of Information Support Services at The Blake School, a prekindergarten through grade 12, independent school located on three campuses in the Minneapolis metropolitan area. Boxer assists faculty and students in the creative and effective application of technologies for teaching, learning and scholarship; supports the integration of library services and instructional technology resources; and facilitates technology-enhanced curricular innovations. His favorite PBS LearningMedia resources are video segments from the documentary series entitled “Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century” and the Musallam’s Education TED Talk, “Three Rules to Spark Learning.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/88156606-82dc-4c6e-bdc0-65cf0dc37692/digital-media-new-learners-of-the-21st-century/ http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/d8d211ad-78bf-4bcc-9d6c-e56ef5357566/ted-talks-education-three-rules-to-spark-learning/


 
Meg King-Abraham

Meg King-Abraham

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | Twin Cities Public Television

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Meg King-Abraham is a K-5 Technology Specialist at Cherokee Heights Elementary School in the Saint Paul Public Schools district, located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Students come to her iMac computer lab for lessons. In her lab, students in kindergarten and first grade learn and practice literacy and math skills and they also create digital products; students in grades 2-5 create projects which incorporate a wide gamut of skills and content; fourth and fifth graders also have the opportunity to choose their own learning activities as they work on digital skills to earn badges. All student work is guided by the technology standards ISTE•NETS. The best part of Meg’s job is helping students learn and create in innovative ways. Her favorite PBS LearningMedia Resource are “Sid the Science Kid” activities. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/sid-the-science-kid/


 
Ann Francis

Ann Francis

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | Ozarks Public Television

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Ann Francis teaches Special Education at Buffalo Prairie Middle School of Dallas County R1 in Buffalo, Missouri. She has been teaching special education for eight years, and has taught elementary to high school and now teaches at middle school students. From the beginning of her teaching career, she has incorporated technology into her classes and has been fortunate to have use of a few iPads for the last four years, which has leveled the learning field for her students and they have risen to standards she never expected. Ann moved to a student-led classroom this year with wonderful results incorporating learning targets and common core expectations. They have used a combination of technology and good student learning to produce wonderful results. The students are completely engaged and making their own connections in other classes. The best part of Ann’s job is working herself from the front of the classroom to the side to be able to work with students individually as they see success. Her favorite area of PBS LearningMedia is the Middle School Literacy collection. Her favorite lesson from this collection, called “Bullying,” because students lead the video instead of just a parent or teacher lecture. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/midlit11.soc.splbully/bullying/


 
Eric Langhorst

Eric Langhorst

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | KCPT

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Eric Langhorst teaches at Discovery Middle School in Liberty, Missouri. This is his 20th year in the classroom and he is currently teaching 8th grade U.S. History, Emerging Technology and Student Broadcasting. Eric is the 2008 Missouri Teacher of the Year and is currently finishing his doctoral dissertation on the topic of how social studies use Twitter to collaborate. The best part of Eric’s job is seeing his students get excited as they learn about the history of our great nation. Eric’s favorite resource on PBS LearningMedia is the video clip "The Telegraph and the Civil War" from Lincoln@Gettysburg because it shows the innovative side of President Lincoln. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/2eba6642-5565-4397-a38c-c50ba1a75abc/telegraph-and-the-civil-war/


 
Nikki Vradenburg

Nikki Vradenburg

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | Montana PBS

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Nikki Vradenburg is a Kindergarten and First Grade teacher at LaMotte School in Gallatin County, Bozeman, Montana. In the thirteen years Nikki has been teaching she has taught Kindergarten, first, second and fifth grades. Nikki has taught at LaMotte, a K-8 rural school with 60 students since 2004. Nikki also delivers professional development workshops for Southwest Montana School Services/RESA4U, the regional educational service agency in her state. She instructs teachers in the areas of Gifted and Talented Education and Technology Integration using iPads. Nikki presented at the Montana Educator's Association state conference and the Technology Summit in the fall of 2013. She will present at the Association for Gifted and Talented Education state conference in the spring of 2014. Nikki holds a bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Montana State University, a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and just recently achieved National Board Certification. The best part of her job is making connections with her students and their families using technology. Nikki's favorite PBS LearningMedia resource an interactive game entitled “Blue Ribbon Readers: Make Connections.” She uses this interactive resources as an activity on the Interactive White board with small groups to practice making connections in literature. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/psu11la.reading.brrconn/blue-ribbon-readers-make-connections/


 
Petrina McCarty-Puhl

Petrina McCarty-Puhl

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | KNPB

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Petrina McCarty-Puhl has been teaching at Robert McQueen High School in Reno, Nevada, for the past twenty-seven years. Petrina currently teaches Forensic Science, a program she developed. The class is designed as ninety-eight percent laboratory investigations in an inquiry setting. She is in her second year of teaching Advanced Placement Biology in a “flipped mastery setting.” Together with four other teachers, Petrina helped to design a 21st Century tools learning program for their high school staff which will be implemented this summer. Their roles will consist of coaching other teachers on the use of web 2.0 tools to engage students and enhance their learning. She is certified in all secondary sciences and has taught everything from freshman inquiry science to Advanced Placement Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science and Forensic Science. Petrina has her master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and Forensic Science and my Innovative Educator's Advanced Studies Certificate. She received her National Board Certification in 2002 and renewed in 2012. Petrina’s favorite part of her job is challenging students with crime scenes and questions to solve and watching the investigations and chaos that unfolds as they argue, theorize, apply scientific methods and examine the facts and sort the evidence. She loves seeing their brilliance. Currently, Petrina’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is “Nature’s Kidneys,” which describes passive and active methods of cleaning the water in wetlands. She uses this video in her AP Biology class to help reinforce comprehension of biogeochemical cycles in nature. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/odc08.scitech.swamps.kidneys/natures-kidneys/


 
Michelle Rafalowski

Michelle Rafalowski

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | New Hampshire Public Television

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Michelle Rafalowski is a Biology and AP Biology Teacher at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Michelle is also the Cross-Country Running Coach, Lacrosse Coach, a Mentor for New Teachers, Emotional Literacy Advisor, and unofficial Technology Geek! Michelle just celebrated twenty-six years of teaching. She remembers the days of 5 ¼ floppy discs, lap-top computers the size of guitars with LCD screens that were not back-lit, and the mimeo machines that produced papers that smelled of alcohol and left purple ink on your hands! Michelle has served as a Student Teacher Supervisor for Franklin Pierce College, the Science Department Chairperson for Moultonborough Academy, and an Outdoor Seacoast Educator for NH Cooperative Extension. The best part of her job is sharing her passion with her students in the wonderfully diverse environments of New Hampshire. From the seacoast of Durham NH, the mountains of Moultonborough NH, and the lakeshore of Wolfeboro NH, Michelle has hiked, biked, skied, and boated with students of all ages exploring the great place in which she lives.


 
Susana Fernandez-Poyatos

Susana Fernandez-Poyatos

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | NJTV

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Susana Fernandez-Poyatos is a Spanish teacher at Livingston High School in Livingston, New Jersey. She also serves as the school's Spanish Honor Society adviser and National Spanish Exam trainer. Susana first became a teacher in her native Spain, specializing in early childhood education at the Complutense University. Susana has developed an intense interest in Education Technology and applying it to teaching Spanish as a second language in her daily instruction. Susana’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is “¡Arte y Más! Hot chocolate” because she loves chocolate and it is a great way to learn simple instructions in a second language based in food. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ketpdlc.lang.spa.choc/arte-y-mas-hot-chocolate-chocolate-caliente/


 
Sarah Hopper

Sarah Hopper

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WPBS

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Sarah Hopper teaches French and Spanish to students in grades 8th-12th at Heuvelton Central School in Heuvelton, New York. Sarah also teaches several distance learning classes to area schools. The best part of her job is providing students with experiences they would not have had otherwise. She takes them on cultural trips, exposes them to foreign foods, and teaches them cool tech tools. Sarah’s favorite PBS LearningMedia videos focus on French and Spanish culture, such as the new “Global Learning & Diplomacy Collection – Around the Globe: France.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/around-the-globe-france/


 
Christopher Kauter

Christopher Kauter

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WNET

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Christopher Kauter is an AP Government Teacher and Senior Internship Adviser at Deer Park High School in Deer Park, New York. He is a Certified New York State Social Studies Teacher for grades 7-12. He is a recipient of the 2014 Teacher Technology Integration Grant, “Using Mobile Technology in the Classroom”, from Western Suffolk Boces. He believes in focusing on 21st century skills and using technology in the classroom to prepare students for their post secondary education careers. He is a connected educator, who uses social media and mobile application learning for all his classes. One of Christopher’s favorite PBS LearningMEdia resources is “Drawing the Lines: Parties Fight for redistricting power.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ntk11.socst.civ.polsys.elec.redist/drawing-the-lines-parties-fight-for-redistricting-power/


 
Kirsten Kenny

Kirsten Kenny

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WNED

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Kirsten Kenny teaches Religion 9 at the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart in Erie County, Buffalo, New York. In addition to her teaching duties, which center on Hebrew Scripture and the Old Testament, Kirsten leads Freshmen Leadership, is the Walkathon Moderator, Yoga and Meditation Club Moderator, Diversity Club Moderator and Drill Team Moderator, Professional Development Team member, and Summerspace Program Director at Sacred Heart. In 2014, Kirsten was the Teacher Award Recipient at the 9/11 Tribute Center. The best part of Kirsten’s job is reminding her students that each one of them is important. She is happy to get up and go to school every single day, and feels so fortunate to teach at her alma mater. Kirsten loves being a 21st-century educator, and doing what she can to engage as many learners in her midst as possible by creating new materials for facilitating exploration or instruction in the classroom and in life. Kirsten’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is a video entitled “Jewish Hair-Cutting Ceremony” as it shares symbolism, meaning, tradition and culture. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/awr09.socst.world.glob.jewishhair/jewish-hair-cutting-ceremony/


 
Ian Klapper

Ian Klapper

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WNET

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Ian Klapper is the Technology Integrator at the City and Country School in New York City, New York. His background is in advertising, theater and animation. Ian teaches students in grades 2-8 about digital design, animation, online research and how to use the computer as tool for creating what it is they want to create. He is also responsible for training teachers how to use the computer to enhance the work they do and help them to find digital resources they seek. Ian’s favorite part of his job is working with students and staff of varying levels of mastery, helping them to learn skills to fulfill their digital needs as well as collaborating with them on projects/creating curriculum. Currently, Ian’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is a video entitled “Will 3D Printing Change the World?” which he shared with his students before taking them to a 3D printing exhibition. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/b9194612-d6e7-4307-b08c-9c2857956713/will-3d-printing-change-the-world/


 
Ashton Morris

Ashton Morris

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WMHT

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Ashton Morris teaches US History, Civics, Economics, and Media Productions at Millbrook High School in Millbrook, New York. He is a passionate advocate of technology both in and out of the classroom. Originally from Alaska, Ashton attended Bard College where he received both his BA and Master’s Degree. The best part of Ashton’s job is working with students who are just about to head out into the world. It is a great responsibility and a great honor to help them find their voices and become confident young adults. One of his favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is Rags to Riches because he enjoys using games and other media to approach topics with students in an engaging way. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/fin10.socst.econ.enterprise.itcosts/rags-to-riches/


 
Michael Perkins

Michael Perkins

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WCNY

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Michael Perkins is a fifth grade teacher at Stonehedge Elementary School in the West Genesee Central School District. The West Genesee Central School District is located in Camillus, New York. Michael teaches fifth grade English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies to 47 students. In addition to these core-learning classes, he also is responsible for a fifth grade enrichment class. Michael’s favorite part of his job is when his students develop a sense of pride and accomplishment in their work. His favorite PBS learningMedia resource is “Plants Affect The Atmosphere” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/nves.sci.earth.atmosphere/plants-affect-the-atmosphere/


 
Jason Lineberger

Jason Lineberger

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | UNC-TV

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Jason Lineberger is a secondary curriculum coordinator for Cleveland County Schools in Shelby, North Carolina. In his position, Jason works with middle and high school teachers, primarily the ones at Burns Middle and Burns High. He designs professional development, co-plan and co-teach with teachers and teams, and the best part of his job is coming up with new, creative, and effective approaches to instruction. Jason gets to spend his day learning as much as possible, trying new strategies, and collaborating with teachers in an effort to provide the best for their students. Jason also presents at conferences, conducts technology training, and designs online courses and learning resources. He has facilitated sessions with everyone from kindergarten teachers to college professors. Being involved in so many aspects of education has allowed Jason to work with amazing teachers from around his state and beyond! What Jason loves to use from PBS LearningMedia is the rich, easily-searchable collection of high quality videos and online interactives. Since he works with all content areas, Jason often needs to collect short, direct, relevant and engaging media for teachers. Since PBS LearningMedia is organized by subject, grade level, and topic, it makes that part of his job easy!


 
Lisa Maples

Lisa Maples

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WTVI

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Lisa Maples is the K-5 Technology Teacher at Elon Park Elementary School which is a part of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, the largest school district in North Carolina. The school is located in Charlotte, NC and is in Mecklenburg County. Lisa teaches K-5 students full time in 45 minute class sessions in the Technology Lab using computers or iPads or in their classrooms using iPads. Using her school website, which she built this school year using Weebly, Lisa has created collections of resources to use for each grade and used Blendspace or Symballoo to create links for students. Previous to the 2013-2014 school year, Lisa was a classroom teacher to third and fourth graders for 20 years in Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte, NC. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from UNC-Greensboro in 1992, a Master's Degree as K-12 Reading Specialist from UNC-Greensboro in 1996, and her National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist in 1999 and recertified in 2009. The best part of Lisa’s job is helping children achieve their best. Being able to share technology tools with students allows her to guide them to be engaged with iPads and computers. She really enjoys planning lessons that allow K-5 students to be communicators, critical thinkers, collaborators, and creators. Students’ faces and bodies energetically display their confidence as they design a project using a technology tool which makes her know that she has provided the necessary environment for them to achieve to their fullest potential. One of Lisa’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is an interactive video entitled “Rock Cycle Animation.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ess05.sci.ess.earthsys.rockcycle/rock-cycle-animation/


 
Laura Davis

Laura Davis

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WBGU-TV

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Laura Davis, is a teacher at Findlay High School a part of Findlay City Schools in Findlay, Ohio. She has a diverse teaching background that has afforded her many opportunities to grow and connect with students. At Findlay High School, Laura teaches Freshmen History, Freshmen Mentorship, co-teaches Algebra and is a member of the RtI team. She has seen how teaching through technology has changed her students’ motivation and connectedness. She loves learning with her students and challenges herself as much as she does them. The best parts of job are the relationships she has built with her students throughout her teaching career. One of her greatest joys is seeing her students succeed. Laura’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is a primiary sources entitled “The Spanish-American War: The United States Becomes a World Power.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/758e40fd-5b52-48db-ac6a-fcf25a004211/the-spanish-american-war-the-united-states-becomes-a-world-power/


 
Emily Flynn

Emily Flynn

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WOSU

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Emily Flynn is a teacher at Virtual Community School of Ohio (VCS), an online school for students K-12 that live throughout the state of Ohio. Emily currently teaches Algebra I, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus for grades 9-12. Her favorite part of teaching at VCS is working with the students. They meet in a live Online Classroom to go over lessons in small groups or in a one-on-one meeting and she really enjoys getting to know my students. Her favorite interactive activity provided by PBS LearningMedia is the "Minimum and Maximum of a Graph" because it using real-world application to help students learn the concept. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/5b851176-a0b6-4317-b7ae-4bdabd281a60/5b851176-a0b6-4317-b7ae-4bdabd281a60/


 
Kevin Houchins

Kevin Houchins

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | PBS ideastream

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Kevin Houchins, Sr. is the technology teacher at Beachwood High School and Director of Bison TV for Beachwood City Schools. Beachwood City Schools are located in Beachwood, Ohio in suburban Cleveland area of Cuyahoga County. Kevin’s role as a technology teacher at Beachwood High School involves teaching students skills that they can use to pursue various careers in Broadcasting and Film Making. The media productions program at Beachwood High School features a new state of the art studio complete with master control room and editing suite. Students are taught how to properly operate video cameras, video editing, creating animations and performing the various roles as a member of the BTV production team. As the Director of Bison TV, Kevin is responsible for coordinating and programming their district PEG channel for the purpose communicating with stakeholders and promoting the various programs throughout the district. The best part of Kevin’s job is the opportunity to be a servant to the population of Beachwood City Schools. It brings him great pleasure to see his students build self-confidence as they learn the art of self-expression through visual communication. In addition, it is very satisfying to know that by capturing the events of the district, they help to highlight and promote the talents of their students and staff, while documenting their history. Kevin’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources videos such as “Zeega: Interactive Video” that helps him show his students fun ways to create short videos. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/329821f4-c719-4071-9bf2-7fe0d95406cc/zeega-interactive-video/


 
Alan Limke

Alan Limke

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | ThinkTV

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Alan Limke teaches at Milton-Union Middle School in the Milton-Union Exempted Village School District, located in West Milton, Ohio in Miami County. He teaches Computer Applications at the 6th, 7th & 8th grade levels. This is his 3rd year at Milton-Union and his 15th year of teaching overall. Before coming to Milton-Union, Alan taught band and music. The school district opened a new, state-of-the-art facility at the start of the 2012-2013 school year. Alan is fortunate to teach in a dedicated computer lab with 28 stations. All classrooms have SMART Boards, sound enhancement and several work stations. His Computer Applications courses are semester classes. The 6th grade course includes basic typing skills, project work and blogging. The 7th grade continues with more advanced projects and web applications. The 8th grade focuses on coding, animation and other programming. All courses emphasize the 4 C’s of 21st century learning: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Alan’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources are the self-paced PBS TeacherLine courses. They are a great way to give a quick boost to professional knowledge and he looks forward to exploring these more in the future. http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/selfpacedcourses/


 
John Stevens

John Stevens

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | CET

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John Stevens teaches at The Schilling School for Gifted Children located in the Sycamore Township School District in Sycamore Township in Hamilton County, Ohio. John is a middle school instructor and teaches Science, Reading, Language Arts, Social Studies, Lego Robotics and Computer Science to grades 5-8. In addition to his teaching, John is also the IT Manager for the whole school and service all of the server, hardware, and software requirements, especially the enrollment/grading system, their webpage, Facebook and Twitter pages and the school’s email account. The best part of his job (the instruction portion) is introducing the students to many of the possibilities of learning through technological pedagogy. John has many favorite PBS LearningMedia resources; however, he would have to say one that he likes very much is a self-paced lesson for students entitled “Snake Jaws: Connecting Structure and Function.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/midlit10.sci.spljaw/snake-jaws-connecting-structure-and-function/


 
Wesley Fryer

Wesley Fryer

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | OETA - The Oklahoma Network

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Dr. Wesley Fryer is a classroom STEM teacher, digital learning consultant, author, digital storyteller, and change agent. He teaches 4th and 5th grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at Independence Elementary in Yukon Public Schools in Yukon, Oklahoma. STEM is treated as a regular "specials" class at Independence Elementary, alongside Music, Art, PE, and Library. Using hands-on, project-based approaches to learning, he helps students learn the engineering design process as well as other skills in the Oklahoma academic standards for math, science, technology, and literacy. Wesley earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University in 2011. He is the author of three books, “Mapping Media to the Common Core: Vol I.” (2013), “Hopscotch Challenges: Learn to Code on an iPad” (2013) and “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing” (2011). He is an organizer for EdCampOKC, EdCampTulsa, and thePLAYDATE OKC professional development conferences. The favorite part of Wes’s job is helping students get excited about engineering design projects, science experiments, and computer coding. He also loves helping students use multimedia to document and share their own learning, especially with recorded audio and photos using their class iPad cart. He enjoys helping students learn to responsibly use social media by publishing their ideas on their moderated classroom blogs. His favorite PBS LearningMedia resource are NOVA Science videos, like the collection "Finding Life Beyond Earth." http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/nvfl/


 
Kent Hathaway

Kent Hathaway

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | OETA - The Oklahoma Network

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Kent Hathaway teaches for Mustang Public Schools in Mustang, Oklahoma. He is currently the resident artist of Mustang Elementary School and teaches young artists Kindergarten - 4th grade. He is a district leader in technology and cross curriculum integration in art education environment. Among his many accomplishments, he has designed a closed circuit broadcast system that the school district has adopted for other buildings. He is an advocate for the arts and does his best to work with the community, local, and national businesses to bring attention and funding to the arts of Mustang Public Schools. His students use technology in groundbreaking ways that have aided them in achieving three National Grand Champion awards in wide sculpture contests. The best part of his job is the evolution of learning that takes place in the classroom as student explore concepts of art enriched with media integration." He frequents many favorite PBS LearningMedia resources but one that he revisits often is this video entitled “The Effect of Color.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/48765471-465a-457e-8f66-2d9326be8472/the-effect-of-color/


 
Marika Conrad

Marika Conrad

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | Oregon Public Broadcasting

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Marika Conrad is a 5th grade teacher at J. Clyde Hopkins Elementary in the Sherwood School District in Washington County, Oregon, where she teaches every subject except for Music and P.E. Marika loves connecting with students and celebrating with them when they get those "ah-ha" moments. Finding creative ways to make learning fun and engaging is one of her daily goals. She feels so fortunate to be able to do what she does every day! One of Marika’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is an interactive map entitled “Explore Colonial Boston." http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/rttt12.soc.ush.col.boston1723/explore-colonial-boston/


 
Steve Oliver

Steve Oliver

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | Oregon Public Broadcasting 

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Steve Oliver teaches at Happy Valley Middle School, in Happy Valley, Oregon. It is in The North Clackamas School District, located in Clackamas County. Steve teaches 4 sections of Social Studies to 6th and 7th graders, and one section of technology to 6th graders called "Publish It!" Every day he uses computers in his tech class, teaching the basics of Google Drive, graphic design, podcasting, and video editing. In Social Studies Oliver tries to use computers most days. He embeds all of his content aside from the textbook into his website, and has students create digital portfolios with various Google drawings and presentations. The best part of Steve’s job is getting to work with kids who get excited about topics that they might not normally be engaged in. He loves when kids become passionate about human rights and social justice. Steve is fulfilled when kids make connections from the wrongdoings of 2000 years ago to the mistakes we make today. Access to technology makes those learnings relevant and possible. Steve’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is a video entitled “King Tut” because it shows kids examples of modern anthropology dealing with ancient topics. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/idptv11.socst.wh.early.d4kkt2/king-tut/


 
JoAnn Delaney

JoAnn Delaney

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WITF

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JoAnn Delaney teachers 6th grade science at Hershey Middle School in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She facilitates a Paperless Inquiry Classroom and believes curiosity and collaboration lead to constructed understanding. She has 20+ years of experience ine education. As a lifelong learner, JoAnn is challenged to stay apprised of best practices and technology immersion to prepare students for success as 21st century learners! "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn," Alvin Toffler, from Rethinking the Future. JoAnn is a current Doctoral Student-Educational Leadership Technology Concentration at City University Seattle. The best part of JoAnn’s job is that it is not a job. It is her passion. She loves to create exciting experiences for students to actively engage in problem solving which leads to deeper learning and is applied in real world situations. It is exhilarating to use technology to connect and learn with other classrooms around the globe! Her favorite PBS LearningMedia resources are from the PBS program “ZOOM by Kids, for Kids.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/search/?q=%22Kid+Inventor%22


 
Daniel Harrold

Daniel Harrold

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WQED

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Daniel Harrold is an English Teacher and Instructional Technology Specialist currently working in his fourth year at Baldwin High School in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District located in Allegheny County, just south of Pittsburgh, PA. Daniel has taught multiple grade levels over the past few years and currently teaches 11th Grade American Literature and 12th Grade British Literature. He is a pioneer in his district and region in using Gamification in his curriculum and lesson design as he engages his students using flipped learning, project-based assessments, mastery grading, and authentic learning experiences. The best part of his job is seeing how his students are able to create projects, products, presentations beyond his expectations as they find unique twists on his “quest” challenges. One of his favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is the collection of Shakespeare videos including one entitled “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Side of Shakespeares Characters.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/shak13.ela.lit.ethic/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-side-of-shakespeares-characters/


 
Margaret Powers

Margaret Powers

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | WHYY

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Margaret Powers is a Lower School Technology Coordinator working with students and teachers in Pre-K through 2nd Grade at The Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA. She is also a Technology and Education Consultant specializing in early childhood education, social media and global education. Margaret is passionate about helping teachers integrate technology into their classrooms in innovative and meaningful ways and connecting students around the globe using technology. She works daily to share technology resources that can enhance each classroom’s curriculum and provide support so students and teachers can gain comfort using technology as a tool for collaboration, communication, and creation. One of the best parts of her job is helping students capture moments of learning and discovery with tools like Google Glass that can be shared with partner classes around the world, and developing a Maker Club for her young students. Her favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is The Curious George STEM collection because it provides hands-on activities that can engage students in inquiry and open the door to some great discussions! http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/curiousgeorge/


 
Harriett Saviello

Harriett Saviello

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | PBS39

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Harriett Saviello teaches Gifted Education to fourth and fifth grade students at the Nazareth Area Intermediate School (NAIS) in the Nazareth Area School District in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Harriet searches for activities that are relevant to her students, which promote creative problem-solving and critical thinking, encourage students to think independently and use their imaginations, and to collaborate with their teammates. Using technology is a big part of everything they do, from searching for answers, to coding our robots, to envisioning best formats to showcase our projects. Harriet also works with sixth graders to put on a live news show each morning that broadcasts out to our entire building. It is run completely by student producers, who are responsible for the cameras, microphones, green-screen, scriptwriting, anchors, and guests. Challenging students to find their passions and find out what they are capable of doing empowers them, and builds their confidence. The best part about Harriet’s job is seeing the enthusiasm generated in her students, by these kinds of transformational experiences, where students become so engaged that they lose all track of time and it is difficult to get them to stop, even for recess. Harriet’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resource a video segment from NOVA scienceNOW entitled “Wearable Robots.” These innovative wearable robots show real-world uses of prosthetics, in an upbeat, positive way. This is the perfect resource to help her students put their experiences designing, building, and programming their Lego Mindstorm Robots, in context. It is inspirational for them to see that these skills they are developing can be used to help others, and to one day, design a better world. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/nsn12.sci.engin.design.robots/wearable-robots/


 
Roshni Mirchandani

Roshni Mirchandani

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | Rhode Island PBS

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Roshni Mirchandani is a technology integration specialist at Highlander Institute/Charter School in Providence, Rhode Island. She works with teachers and students at Highlander Charter School as well as educators across the state to help them integrate technology and blended learning into their classrooms. As a 2011 Teach For America alum, she is passionate about incorporating innovative teaching practices and real-world applications in the classroom. The best part of her job is learning new tips and tricks every day from the rockstar educators, students, and colleagues that she works with. One of Roshi’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is a video entitled “Slope and House Construction” which she used in a project she did with her 8th graders to build virtual 3D models of houses using geometrical principles, such as slope, angles, etc. She found this to be a great video to kick off the real-world application! http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/mgbh.math.ee.house/slope-and-house-construction/


 
Adam Babcock

Adam Babcock

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | SCETV

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Adam Babcock is a technology integration specialist at Spartanburg High School of Spartanburg's District 7 in South Carolina. Adam trains and coaches 9-12th grade teachers on technology integration opportunities as District 7 begins its one-to-one MacBook Air and iPad deployment to over 4,200 students. Adam's favorite part of his job is working with others to reach deeper learning through collaboration and seeing empowered students lead innovation in education. Previously, Adam taught high school English and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) in Illinois through traditional and project-based learning approaches. Adam has earned a New Tech Network Project-Based Learning Facilitator certification. He has also partnered with University of Illinois professor Rebecca Woodard to coauthor a chapter on the use of Google Docs to promote peer feedback on writing. His studies and writing revolve around classroom technology integration and educational technology leadership. One of Adam’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources are from FRONTLINE documentaries like “The Interrupters” that help to illustrate the multiple facets or perspectives of community problems. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/9c5baffa-0294-4906-a2d2-97918fa3a82a/women-peacemakers-the-interrupters/


 
Timothy Carey

Timothy Carey

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | NPT

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Tim Carey is the Media Arts Specialist at Henry Maxwell Elementary School in Antioch, TN. As part of the Metro Nashville Public School district in Davidson County, his program combines the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) NETS.S standards and the current Metro Nashville Public Schools Visual Arts curriculum. His students have the opportunity to work with Apple iPads as they explore animation, digital photography, filmmaking, graphic design, presentation graphics, research methods, file management, and digital citizenship. The most exciting part of Tim’s job is having a 1:1 classroom where students are constantly engaged in 21st century learning. Tim’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is the “Makers” collection. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/makers/


 
April Lamb

April Lamb

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | East TN PBS

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April Lamb is a Technology Coach at Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is in her third year with Knox County Schools in Knoxville, Tennessee. She teaches technology to students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade using iPads and computers. Her classes have a television production studio where they produce a morning newscast live each morning. April is also the Magnet Facilitator for her school's media and communications magnet program. She coaches teachers on how to use technology and in the implementation of her school's magnet theme. April’s favorite part of her job is allowing students to create projects that express their ideas and individuality. One of April’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is “Behind The Scenes: Making Music,” a video that shows the behind the scenes operations of “The Electric Company.” When making videos at her school this video helps illustrate how important all the jobs are, not just the people who are in front of the camera. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/c3e29c12-288b-4be5-918b-4a68769081e9/behind-the-scenes-making-music/


 
Monica Babaian

Monica Babaian

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | HoustonPBS

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Monica Babaian is an elementary school librarian at Elrod Elementary School in the Houston Independent School District, Houston, Harris County, TX. As a school librarian, Monica is feels lucky that she has the opportunity to know every student in the school and share her love and knowledge of books with them. Part of her responsibility as school librarian is helping students discover their reading interests and finding ways to make library lessons more engaging and interactive through technology. She also supports teachers in finding books and electronic resources to use in their classrooms. The best part of Monica’s job as librarian is, without a doubt, that she has discovered her dream career and gets to live that dream every time she steps into the library. Monica’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is the lesson plan entitled “Identifying Characteristics - Anansi, The Spider” which is about an African folk tale. Each year in February she takes students on an exploration of African folk literature, and by far, the students enjoy the Anansi stories more than any other unit they cover during the school year. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/vtl07.la.rv.genre.lppourquois/identifying-characteristics-anansi-the-spider/


 
Cari Gray

Cari Gray

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | KLRN

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Cari Gray has been teaching Social Studies at New Braunfels High School, New Braunfels Independent School District, Comal County, New Braunfels, Texas, since 1996. She currently teaches advanced placement U.S. History and dual credit U.S. Government. Cari also serves as Faculty Adviser for the NBHS chapter of the National Honor Society. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio and her Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Texas State University. Cari is a 2008 James Madison Fellow through the James Madison Memorial Foundation in Washington, DC., a program designed to help teachers become informed and innovative teachers of the American Constitution. She has also served a House Fellowship in the Department of the Historian of the House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, and has been a presenter at several national conferences for the College Board. Cari has been the proud recipient of numerous honors and awards including the New Braunfels Independent School District Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2008-09. Cari teaches 11th and 12th graders. She loves social studies, she loves teaching, and she loves the challenge of making class innovative and exciting for students. But the very best part about Cari’s job is simply being there, watching the students grow up, and helping them to make the transition from high school to the real world. Cari’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources include the hundreds of short video clips, particulary the resources focused on the Lewis and Clark expendition. These are perfect for tying into lessons and for helping students make visual connections to the material.


 
Mary Patterson

Mary Patterson

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | HoustonPBS

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Mary Patterson is a science teacher, curriculum strategist and technology liaison at Hamilton Middle School in the Cypress Fairbanks ISD in Harris County, Cypress Texas. Mary works with all three grade levels in planning curriculum, gathering resources and compiling data. She also works with the entire Hamilton Middle School staff on integrating technology in all curricular areas. The best part of Mary’s job is working with at-risk students and getting them interested in science and the many possible STEM careers they could be involved in one day. Her favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is “Geneticist Pardis Sabeti.” Mary loves sharing this video with students to show them that scientists are not all males, they don't all wear lab coats and they all don't blow things up! http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/nsn08.sci.life.evo.pardis/geneticist-pardis-sabeti/


 
Amy Pace

Amy Pace

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | KUED

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Amy Pace currently teaches at Mountain Heights Academy, a completely online charter school, based in West Jordan, Utah. This is her fourth year at Mountain Heights Academy, and she loves working in an online environment. Amy’s students can be found in all corners of the state, working from home on computers provided by the school. Amy is the science department chair, works as a curriculum developer, and teaches Honors Biology, Biology, Honors Chemistry, and Chemistry. Amy graduated from Southern Utah University in 1998 with a BS in Biology. She completed her teaching certificate later that year while working as the only science teacher at a rural Utah school. Amy spent the next few summers obtaining endorsements in Integrated Science, Physical Science, Principles of Technology, Health Sciences, and Medical Anatomy and Physiology. Throughout her teaching career Amy has taught Chemistry, Biology, Medical Anatomy and Physiology, Earth Systems, and Physics. The very best part of Amy’s job is the time she spends working one-on-one with her students; encouraging and inspiring them to be the very best they can be. The ability to incorporate technology into her teaching is exciting, and she loves being able to teach her students skills that they can use throughout their education and beyond. One of Amy’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is a Biology lesson entitled “Symbiotic Strategise: which compares symbiotic relationships of ocean species. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/nat08.living.eco.humeco.lpsymstra/symbiotic-strategies/


 
Erin Carr

Erin Carr

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | Vermont Public Television

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Erin Carr is the Enrichment Teacher at Hyde Park Elementary School, which is a part of the Lamoille North Supervisory Union. They are located in the small, rural town of Hyde Park, nestled in the Green Mountains of Lamoille County, Vermont. Erin works with 3rd-6th grade students and their classroom teachers, exploring a myriad of learning, from outdoor education to film making to robotics. One of Erin’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is the “SciGirls” collections, which celebrates the joy of serious scientific learning. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/scigirls/


 
James Ewing

James Ewing

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | KCTS9

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Jamie Ewing teaches 5th grade at Mount View Elementary in the White Center neighborhood of Seattle, WA. He has been sold on the benefits of PBL since he starting teaching 7 years ago. Jamie is a National Board Certified Teacher. He is the 2013 Innovative Teacher of the Year recognized by the Academy of Arts and Science in Education. He is a NEA Fellow and is also a NEA Master Teacher with Better Lessons. Jamie recently represented the USA at the 2014 Microsoft Partner’s In Learning Global Forum that was held in Barcelona and also at the 2013 Forum in Prague, Czech Republic. While in Barcelona Jamie worked with an international team to develop a unit around Malala and empowering young women around the world, this PBS LearningMedia collection of resrouces from PBS Newshour Extra entitled “8 Top Resources for Teacher Girls Empowerment in the Developing World” was instrumental in building that unit. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/8-top-resources-for-teaching-girls-empowerment-in-the-developing-world/.


 
Erika Klose

Erika Klose

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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Erika Klose teaches 7th grade science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Earth and Space Science) at Winfield Middle School, a part of Putnam County Schools, in Winfield, Putnam County, WV. She has been teaching for 7 years. Prior to teaching, Erika worked for 6 years as a geologist for the USGS, so she has a true science background to bring to her classroom. The best part of Erika’s job is sharing her experience as a professional scientist with her students in such a way that they learn to think like a scientist themselves. Erika’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources, right now, are the “Design Squad Nation” videos because she is incorporating more and more engineering into her teaching.


 
Erin Sponaugle

Erin Sponaugle

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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Erin Sponaugle is a 5th grade teacher at Tomahawk Intermediate School in Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia (Berkeley County Public Schools) and is the 2014 West Virginia Teacher of the Year. She has taught for 11 years. In addition to preparing her 5th grade students in all subjects areas (math, reading/language arts, science, and social studies) for the future, Erin is the student council advisor, social studies fair coordinator, and the newspaper advisor for Smoke Signals, a product of her program the WRITTEN Initiative (Writing, Reporting, and Integrating Technology through Elementary Newspapers). She also conducts workshops and presentations on technology (such as Edmodo and Web 2.0 tools) and grant writing for current and pre-service teachers. Erin has developed electronic resources packages for elementary social studies for teachers to use across West Virginia and has evaluated and recommended online interactive resources for Learn21, an online portal for after school learning. Erin received her BA from Shepherd University in Elementary Education and her MA in Educational Leadership from West Virginia University. She is a National Board Certified teacher and mentors National Board Candidates in Berkeley and Jefferson County Schools. Erin believes that every child deserves an exceptional teacher; she feels the best part about teaching fifth graders is creating learning experiences that allow students to be excited, engaged, and empowered – with technology often being the catalyst that motivates students to excel. One of her many favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is this video segment from IdahoPTV’s D4K on relating amusement park rides to gravity, force, and friction. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/search/?q=+D4K+


 
Kristin Galle

Kristin Galle

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | Wisconsin Public Television

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Kristin Galle is currently a second grade teacher at Shullsburg Elementary School in the Shullsburg School District in Shullsburg, Wisconsin in Lafayette County. Kristin is involved in her district with the PBIS program, RTI program, and as a president of their technology committee. She was the first teacher in her district to create a Facebook classroom page to bridge the communication from school to home. Kristin’s students are allowed to BYOD into the classroom to help with integration technology into her classroom The best part of Kristin’s job is helping her students become digital learners, and helping her colleagues integrate more technology into their lives and their classrooms to transform their students learning because every day she is, and always will be, a digital learner. Kristin’s current favorite PBS LearningMedia resource is “Animal Mouths.” She is using this resource as part of a research project her students are doing about animals. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/tdc02.sci.life.colt.mouths/animal-mouths/


 
Chris Lazarski

Chris Lazarski

2014 PBS Digital Innovator | Milwaukee Public Television

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Chris Lazarski teaches 10th grade Global Studies, 11th grade American Public Policy and Journalism at Wauwatosa West High School in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He also advises the extra-curricular student print, web and video journalism programs, helps develop curriculum for the weekly homeroom program, is part of a small team which runs the 9th grade transitions Link Crew program, and is an active participant on a variety of curricular committees. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Chris studied Philosophy and History at Wabash College after which he taught high school English in the Transylvania region of Romania for more than two years. After returning to Chicago, he worked as a computer programmer at the Chicago Board of Options Exchange while pursuing a Masters degree in education at Roosevelt University and teaching second language learners in the evenings. He has also pursued an advanced degree in Urban Studies from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. He holds state certifications to teach Social Studies and English. Chris recently spent two weeks in Oujda, Morocco as a participant of the U.S. Department of State/IREX Teacher for Global Classrooms program. One of Chris’ favorite resources from PBS LearningMedia to use with his students is the brief but inspiring overview of Civil Rights activist Diane Nash in the video segmen entitled “The Student Leader” from AMERICAN EXERIENCE: “Freedom Riders.” http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/fr11.soc.civil.tactics.frleader/the-student-leader/

 

The application period for the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program is now closed.


Who is a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator?

  • A tech-savvy K-12 educator with a passion for using digital technology and media.
  • A leader with a desire to empower their peers and share strategies around digital media integration.
  • An active sharer of content and ideas through social media.
  • A PBS Education ambassador that embraces life-long learning, collaboration and recognizes the power technology has to inspire students.