Inspire the Next Generation of Innovative Thinkers


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Watch PBS LearningMedia ambassador and innovation expert, John Sessler, as he explores the topic of “innovation” and shares one of his favorite resources:

In celebration of Digital Learning Day (February 5, 2014), access a set of FREE teaching resources designed to help you foster innovative thinking among your students. Use these tools to strengthen your students’ communication, collaboration, creative, and critical thinking skills while exposing them to the big thinkers who transform the way we interact with each other and the world around us. (Recommended for grades 6-12)

Download this handy how-to guide for tips and tools that you can use to promote innovative thinking.

Virtual Events

Be Inspired. Be an Innovator!
Educator Webinar

Tuesday, February 4 | 6:00pm, EST | Free

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We know that empowering today’s students with a diverse set of skills is critical in fostering a new generation of innovators and creators. So how do we help middle and high school students cultivate the skills they need to dream up new ideas, tinker with prototypes, and design new processes? Join three rock star educators, who will share stories about how they are driving innovation in their classroom. You’ll walk away with classroom tips, tools, and resources that you can use to inspire your students to think like 21st century innovators.


  • Arana Shapiro, Co-Director of Quest to Learn at the Institute of Play
  • Emily Dawson, 5-8th grade science teacher and PBS Teacher Core member
  • Michael Gorman, 21st century educational technology expert

I’m Inspired to Innovate! 
Google+ Hangout On Air for Students

Wednesday, February 5 | 1:00pm, EST | Free

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What skills do students need to become imaginative, resourceful, and collaborative innovators?Invite your class to join PBS and Google's Connected Classrooms for a LIVE Google+ Hangout On Air! This one-of-a-kind, interactive experience features three dynamic guests who will share insight into their groundbreaking work in media, computer science, and neuroscience. Students will be able to identify the key skills that lead to innovation and recognize the next steps they can take to bring their creative ideas to life.


  • Hari Sreenivasan – Online and on-air correspondent for the PBS NewsHour
  • Amy Robinson – Creative Director of EyeWire, A Game to Map the Brain
  • Brook Osborne – 9-12 Program Manager at