Today, OETA announced the third annual 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program for tech-savvy K-12 educators. Oklahoma teachers are encouraged to apply for the program, which recognizes the top 100 applicants nationwide who are incorporating digital media in classrooms and serving as leaders in educational technology.
Beginning today through February 11, 2015, Oklahoma educators can apply to the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program by submitting a 60 -120 second video showcasing how they are creatively using digital technology and tools in the classroom to drive student achievement and completing a profile and two essay questions. The online application is available at oeta.pbslearningmedia.org/digitalinnovators.
“Innovation is happening in schools all across Oklahoma,” Curtis Calvin, OETA Deputy Director of Education, said. “OETA/PBS LearningMedia is helping to lead the way to technological advancement in our state. Currently more than 6,500 classrooms are impacted by the resources and educator supports offered through our LearningMedia digital education platform.”
A distinguished panel of judges will select the top 100 applicants as 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators. The selected teachers will be rewarded with yearlong professional development opportunities that includes one-of-a-kind virtual trainings with a focus on innovative instructional strategies and digital best practices, access to premium and exclusive resources from PBS LearningMedia Custom, invitations to special events, access to a free PBS TeacherLine professional development course, membership into a robust professional learning community, and networking opportunities with other innovative educators and thought leaders.
In addition, OETA will support local teachers selected for the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program with recognition as one of Oklahoma’s leading educational technology experts and additional opportunities to share that expertise with other educators around the state through OETA’s summer professional development series.
A select top thirty applicants will be designated as Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators and will also receive a three-day all-expense paid trip to Philadelphia, PA to participate in the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. This trip will offer attendees access to renowned speakers and experts, strategies for delivering best practices in digital education that they can immediately apply to the classroom, and networking opportunities with educators from across the country. All Lead PBS Digital Innovators will also receive a Samsung Galaxy(R) tablet.
The 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will be announced in March. For more information on PBS LearningMedia, visit www.pbslearningmedia.org.
OETA is Oklahoma’s PBS network, consistently engaging Oklahomans across the state with educational content, outreach initiatives and digital features that collectively encourage lifelong learning. Explore www.oeta.tv for more information about parent/teacher resources, digital learning, education initiatives and show schedules.
About PBS LearningMedia
As America’s largest classroom, teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS LearningMedia, a partnership of PBS and WGBH Educational Foundation, is a free media-on-demand service 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 1.5 million teachers have registered access to more than 87,000 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.