West Virginia Public Broadcasting Announces PBS LearningMedia Innovators Program for State Educators

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting announces PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program for state educators

Program rewards innovative K-12 educators advancing student achievement through digital media and technology with year-long professional development training

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Charleston, W.Va., December 11, 2012 – Today, West Virginia Public Broadcasting announced the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program open to all K-12 educators in West Virginia. West Virginia Public Broadcasting is a PBS LearningMedia partner.

As classrooms continue to evolve to incorporate technology into learning, more teachers are embracing the power of digital media to enhance student engagement and achievement. PBS LearningMedia is searching for these tech-savvy K-12 educators. The top 100 applicants will be recognized as PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators and receive a full year of professional development focused on teaching in a digital classroom. The top 15 applicants from across the country will attend a two-day digital summit in Washington, D.C.

“West Virginia Public Broadcasting encourages educators who are transforming education by integrating digital media and technology into their classrooms to apply to become PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators,” said Scott Finn, executive director. “We know that digital media is a critical component for educators looking to take curriculum to the next level to help students achieve.”

Beginning today through February 14, 2014, West Virginia educators can apply for the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program by submitting a 60 to 120-second video and completing two essay questions that describe their leadership in digital learning. Download the online application here.

A distinguished panel of judges will select the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators. West Virginia winners will be awarded year-long professional development opportunities that include virtual trainings, access to premium and exclusive resources, invitations to special events, membership into a robust professional learning community, and networking opportunities with innovative educators and thought leaders. In addition, winners will receive ongoing support from West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

The 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will be announced in March. For more information on PBS LearningMedia for West Virginia schools, visit the West Virginia PBS LearningMedia site.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting tells West Virginia’s story through high-quality programming and services including West Virginia Public Radio, West Virginia PBS, Mountain Stage®, and Ready To Learn®.

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 available to educators nationwide.  It brings together the best of public media and delivers research-based, classroom-ready rich media experiences that engage students in exploring curriculum concepts that align with National and Common Core State Standards. Drawing from critically acclaimed PBS programs such as NOVA, Frontline, American Experience, and PBS KIDS programs like Sid The Science Kid, as well as content from organizations including The National Archives Smithsonian, NPR and NASA, the free service offers teachers access to more than 35,000 videos, images and articles to enrich classroom instruction. Nationwide, more than 1.3 million teachers have registered access to PBS LearningMedia. In West Virginia, more than 2,500 teachers are using this valuable resource.

More information about PBS LearningMedia is available at or by following PBS LearningMedia on Twitter and Facebook.

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