This application video for Jesse Buetow (5th grade classroom teacher) for 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators at first might seem intimating to me if I were considering applying for the 2017 Digital Innovator Program. But I’ve learned — through my professional development experiences as a teacher — to follow my instincts, forget expectations, and do my best. Surprising things can happen and, regardless of outcomes, we grow as professionals.
Now in its 5th Year, the Digital Innovator Program recognizes top PreK-12 educators using digital technology and tools in the classroom. The call for this year’s entries is officially open through midnight, February 13, 2017. All teachers who enter will become part of the PBS Digital Innovators Community, and the 50 top applicants — one from each state — will become 2017 Digital Innovators.
Before you leave for the holiday break (or while you’re on it), we hope you’ll learn more about the program and the streamlined application process by Continue reading
Can you remember the teacher or teachers whose enthusiasm and love of learning made an indelible mark on your memory — and possibly even influenced the direction of your life?
Last night on the BBC radio, a long-time journalist discussed her decision to leave her current work (while at the top of her career) to become a mathematics teachers. Knowing that teachers worked hard, she was enthusiastic and terrified, but confident that teaching impoverished students could make a real difference.
We also know that inspired teaching — keeping enthusiasm and love alive — is hard work, and we Thank You for all the good work you do. We’ll continue to do our best to support you with ideas and resources that help to ignite imaginations.
As soon as I discovered this interview on PBS LearningMedia, I bookmarked it and finally was able to listen to this wise woman and children’s author. As Katherine Paterson — Newbery Medal and award-winning author of beloved books such as Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved — discusses her childhood and family, writing challenges, and favorite children’s books, she reveals her “understanding for the heart of a child,” words she uses to describe children’s literature.
PBS LearningMedia breaks the interview into shorter clips and provides support materials that include her biography, a book list and writing prompt. The interview is one of many resources Continue reading
This clip introduces MAKERS to anyone unfamiliar with this collaboration between AOL and PBS that showcases woman who help make America. If you subscribe to MAKERS Monday, you receive a weekly email with inspiring stories about women from all walks of life who are leaders in our country. Inspiring.
This Monday, which may find you beginning school or soon heading back, MAKERS features Your Ultimate Back-to- School Guide slideshow and stories of women influencing education such as Ruth Simmons, first African-American Ivy League President, Brown, Michelle Obama, co-founder of Let Girls Learn, Continue reading
While dedicated teachers are unlikely to expect applause, appreciation from a past student can bring unexpected pleasure. Harold Grinspoon, philanthropist and founder of the Pioneer Valley Teachers of Excellence Awards (formerly, Grinspoon Teachers), is reported to have said that “Nobody every thanks teachers.” Because of his vision and support, we recognize and thank teachers in our region each year for their high-quality work in education.
Across the country we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week in the first week in May, a tradition started by the National Parent Teachers Association. While some educators may be able to enjoy a free meal at a favorite spot, find donuts and coffee in teachers’ rooms, or receive discounts on products, perhaps the most meaningful gift is simply to say “thank you.” WGBY wants to express its deep thanks to all of you dedicated to improving the lives of students and the health of our nation through education.
“Live each day as if it is your last. Learn as if you’ll live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi
This TED talk by Wofford College President Ben Dunlap tells the story of Sandor Teszler, an Hungarian Holocaust survivor who taught him about passionate living and lifelong learning. President Dunlap’s powerful storytelling leads to what he’s passionate about — an “inextinguishable, undaunted appetite for learning and experience” — a task he says we know “will be hard.”
WGBY viewers know our commitment to lifelong learning, and followers of this blog know
“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” Rachel Carson
Rachel Carson’s words were taped to my desk at home for many years as my son was growing up. Their meaning is apt for many educators and other adults who inspire and support youth, including American Graduate Champion Charlie Bean of the St. Louis Public Schools.
January is National Mentoring Month and Public Media’s initiative American Graduate will have a large presence during the National Mentoring Summit, Jan. 27-29, including Charlie Bean and one of his mentees — or “beans” as calls them — Malik Avery.
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As we’ve been sharing here, the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program recognizes educators nationwide who incorporate digital media in classrooms and serve as leaders in educational technology. This year for the first time, all educators who submit a complete application for tech-savvy K-12 educators and meet all entry requirements will be invited to join and reap the program’s benefits.
From this group, up to 54 Lead Innovators will be selected and also receive a three day, all-expense paid trip Continue reading
“…if we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.” John Dewey
These PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators share how PBS has been educating them their entire lives, as children, parents and now as educators. And, as John Dewey’s quotation makes clear, teachers must lead students into the ever-changing future, and today that future is inextricably connected to technology.
If you’re passionate about using technology to create learning opportunities, enjoy collaborating with other educators to spark student interest in learning, and are an active sharer of content and ideas through social media, then you’ll want to consider applying for a chance to become a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator.
For the first time in four years, all educators that submit a complete application and meet the entry requirements will be invited to join the Digital Innovators program! All 2016 Digital Innovators will receive Continue reading
This video was created as part of an application to become a 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. Now through February 8, 2016, you can apply to be a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. Whether you’re flipping your classroom, integrating tablets and mobile devices, using game-based learning to engage your students or doing more with digital media and technology, PBS LearningMedia wants to hear from you.
Of the six reasons to submit your application, Continue reading