Apply Now for the 2017 PBS Digital Innovators Program

Apply Now for the 2017 PBS Digital Innovators Program

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OETA has announced the fifth annual 2017 PBS Digital Innovators Program for tech-savvy PreK-12 educators. Oklahoma teachers are encouraged to apply for the program, which recognizes educators from across the country—classroom changemakers who excel at using technology and digital media to spark excitement and drive learning in their classrooms.

Beginning today through midnight, February 13, 2017, Oklahoma educators can apply to the PBS Digital Innovators program by submitting a 60- to180-second mini-presentation video to show how they’re using resources from PBS LearningMedia, the free media-on-demand service for classrooms from PBS and the WGBH Educational Foundation, along with digital technology and tools in their classroom to enhance their teaching and inspire of love of learning in their students. Entrants will also be asked to complete a profile and answer a short essay question. The PBS Digital Innovators online application is available at: www.pbs.org/education/digitalinnovators.

"The PBS Digital Innovators program is one of OETA’s many educational services that support Oklahoma classrooms,” said OETA Vice President of Education Curtis Calvin. “This program is designed to encourage research and innovation leading to the creation of 21st century classrooms. Digitally-rich classrooms help prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s workplace success.”

A panel of esteemed judges will seek to select one educator from each state throughout the U.S, its territories and the District of Columbia as PBS Digital Innovators. The Digital Innovators will receive a three-day all-expense paid trip to San Antonio, Texas, June 24-26, to participate in the 2017 PBS Digital Innovators Summit and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. Attendance at these conferences will provide the Digital Innovators the opportunity to meet with, and listen to, renowned speakers, experts and educators; to discuss strategies for delivering best practices in digital education that they can immediately apply to the classroom and across their schools; and an opportunity to network with educators from across the country.

In addition, OETA will support local teachers selected for the PBS Digital Innovators program by providing them with opportunities to facilitate instructional technology based professional development experiences for other Oklahoma teachers.

All PBS Digital Innovators will also receive ongoing professional development opportunities, including unique virtual trainings focused on digital best practices, access to exclusive resources from PBS LearningMedia Custom, invitations to special events, a free PBS TeacherLine professional development course, networking opportunities, a choice of a digital gift to use in their classroom and more. PBS Digital Innovators will also receive ongoing support from, and opportunities to work with, their local PBS member stations.

PBS continues to deepen relationships with educators across the country, so all educators who meet the entry requirements, follow the guidelines and submit their application to the Digital Innovators Program will automatically become a member of a robust professional learning community with ongoing professional development opportunities and access to free webinars from PBS LearningMedia. 

The 2017 PBS Digital Innovators will be announced on March 15, 2017. For more information on PBS LearningMedia, visit www.pbslearningmedia.org.  


ABOUT OETA
OETA provides essential educational content and services that inform, inspire and connect Oklahomans to ideas and information that enrich our quality of life. We do this by consistently engaging Oklahomans with educational and public television programming, providing educational training and curriculum, outreach initiatives and online features that collectively encourage lifelong learning. Explore www.oeta.tv for more information about education curriculum and programs, local productions, digital television, community resources and show schedules.


About PBS LearningMedia
As America’s largest classroom, PBS offers digital content and services for teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS LearningMedia, a partnership of PBS and WGBH Educational Foundation, is a free and paid media-on-demand service offering educators access to the best of public media and delivers research-based, classroom-ready digital learning experiences to engage students in exploring curriculum concepts that align with National and Common Core State Standards. Nationwide, more than 1.8 million teachers and users have registered access to more than 120,000 digital resources available through PBS LearningMedia. More information about PBS LearningMedia is available at www.pbslearningmedia.org or by following PBS LearningMedia on Twitter and Facebook.

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