APT Announces Alabama Digital Innovator for 2017
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Posted Apr 19, 2017

APT Announces Alabama Digital Innovator for 2017

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Amanda Walker recognized for her game-changing integration of digital media in the classroom; Walker will partner with APT to build learning outcomes in Alabama

Birmingham, AL, April 19, 2017  – Today, Alabama Public Television announced Amanda Walker from Bluff Park Elementary School in Hoover, AL as one of 52 educators from across the country selected for the fifth annual PBS Digital Innovators Program. The program recognizes classroom changemakers: educators who skillfully approach education with a bold and fresh perspective, and who integrate digital media and resources into their classrooms in a way that sparks a love of learning for their students. At Bluff Park Elementary, Walker instituted “Genius Hour” in her classroom, a creative program that helps inspire students by allowing them to explore their passions using a variety of digital tools. Among other teachers selected were educators who are using 3D printers with their students to create prosthetic limbs; a technology coach whose classroom is a “STEM Bus” and co-teachers who use technology to bring their students together in one class, even though they’re in physical classrooms that are miles apart. A panel of esteemed judges selected the 52 PBS Digital Innovators from across the US, representing each of the 50 states, and the District of Columbia.

In partnership with Alabama Public Television, Amanda Walker will serve as education partner–deepening the connection between the educator community and APT. PBS Digital Innovators also participate in ongoing professional development; share their ideas on PBS platforms; have access to exclusive resources from PBS LearningMedia; receive a free PBS Teacherline professional development course; and are invited to special events, including the 2017 PBS Digital Summit. This year’s summit, in San Antonio, Texas, takes place directly before the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. 

“We congratulate Amanda Walker on her selection as a PBS Digital Innovator and look forward to sharing her classroom successes with teachers all across the state,” said Roy Clem, executive director of Alabama Public Television. “It’s exciting to see how teachers like Amanda are using the great variety of online resources we provide to engage students in learning adventures that have a lasting impact.”

“We were struck by the creativity and passion of this year’s applicants,” said Sara Schapiro, Vice President of Education, PBS. “The 2017 PBS Digital Innovators are a passionate group of educators who are committed to changing the way students learn through technology and digital media. Education is at the core of PBS’ mission and as a key partner with parents and educators across America, we’re excited for the opportunity to learn from and work with these classroom change makers as they partner with PBS member stations to share content that truly engages and empowers students in every community.”

The full list of the 2017 PBS Digital Innovators, their profiles and photographs can be found here.

More than 100,000 digital resources, including lesson plans, worksheets, video content, and more, are available through PBS LearningMedia for pre-K-12 classrooms. Teachers can access this content at www.pbslearningmedia.org.

About Alabama Public Television

APT, America’s first educational television network, is Alabama’s largest classroom, a vital resource serving citizens of all ages and providing educational experiences that can’t be found anywhere else. APT’s educational services include local and national television programs; online resources available free to every teacher, student and parent in the state; hands-on training for parents, teachers and caregivers; live, interactive online field trips for schools; adult education resources; and online professional development courses for educators.

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 100,000 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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