Eighteen Kentucky teachers have been selected to participate in the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program. The program, which is in its fourth year, honors tech-savvy K-12 educators from across the country who serve as leaders in the use of educational technology and incorporation of digital media into their classrooms.
Educators were selected based on submission of videos and written essays that addressed how they are creatively using digital technology and tools in the classroom to drive student achievement.
“Digital Innovation is important in today’s classrooms because students need exposure to proper utilization of technology to connect them in relevant, engaging and information-rich ways to the real world that they live in,” said Wampler, who teaches eighth grade science. “I’m really looking forward to meeting representatives from other states to see how they are using technology as a tool for student engagement and growth.”
Additionally, seventeen Kentucky educators were identified as Local PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators:
Jamie Chenault, Lakewood Elementary School, Cecilia
Sara Byron, Kentucky Country Day School, Louisville
Lori Corbin, Webster County High School, Dixon
Savannah Denning, Lincoln Elementary School, Franklin
Kristie Ennis, Waggener High School, Louisville
Nicole Glover, Louisville Collegiate School, Louisville
Carrie Gupton, Meade County High School, Brandenburg
Stephanie Hagan, Saint Athanasius School, Louisville
Willa Johnson, Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, McRoberts
Justin Kirby, Adairville School, Adairville
Amy Madsen, George Rogers Clark High School, Winchester
Melissa Metcalf, Foley Middle School, Berea
Sam Northern, Simpson Elementary School, Franklin
Jessica Pass, Boone County High School, Florence
Sarah Shartzer, Kentucky Country Day School, Louisville
Jennie Watkins, Corbin Intermediate School, Corbin
Denise Webb, Pleasure Ridge Park High School, Louisville
The 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will receive year-long professional development opportunities, a free PBS TeacherLine professional development course, networking opportunities and more. Kentucky’s PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will also receive ongoing support in their communities from KET.
In addition, the 52 Lead Digital Innovators will receive an all-expense paid trip to Denver, Colorado, to participate in the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference.
“KET congratulates these talented Kentucky teachers for their use of digital media – like the instructional resources KET produces – to engage students and make a real difference in the classroom,” said Nancy Carpenter, KET’s senior director for education. “They will represent KET and the entire state as they continue to enhance their skills with these one-of-a-kind resources, tools and training from PBS LearningMedia.”
The full list of 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators is available here.