Eight announces Peoria teacher as 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator

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PHOENIX – (April 29, 2015) Eight, Arizona PBS is pleased to announce Kimberly Reynolds from ACYR Center of Excellence High School in Peoria as one of the 100 educators selected nationwide by PBS for the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program. The program, which is in its third year, recognizes tech-savvy K-12 educators who are serving as leaders in the education technology space and incorporating digital media in classrooms.

“PBS LearningMedia provides educators a free and robust digital library of supplemental teaching resources that make it fun and easy to integrate technology into the classroom,” said Associate Director of Educational Outreach for Eight, Arizona PBS Mark Becker. “Kimberly Reynolds has taken this system and used it to open the world to a group of students who may have never known learning in this way.”

Reynolds is a high school career and technical education teacher focused on teaching her students skills that can help them break free from multi-generational poverty.

“I love teaching and sharing knowledge, whether it is with my students or my peers,” said Reynolds. “Being the Arizona 2015 PBS Digital Innovator means that I get to share what I learn about PBS LearningMedia with other educators so that they can successfully integrate technology into the classroom and become a Digital Innovator themselves!”

The 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will receive year-long professional development opportunities that include virtual trainings, access to premium and exclusive resources from PBS LearningMedia Custom service, invitations to special events, and access to a free PBS TeacherLine professional development course. PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will also receive ongoing support in their community from their local PBS member stations.

In addition, the top 30 applicants will serve as leads of the program and will receive an all-expense paid trip to Philadelphia to participate in the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. All Lead PBS Digital Innovators will also receive a Samsung Galaxy(R) tablet to continue their use of technology in the classroom.

PBS LearningMedia received hundreds of applications from leading teachers throughout the U.S. and its territories. Judges selected the 100 educators based on submissions of videos and written essays that addressed how they are creatively using digital technology and tools in the classroom to drive student achievement.

The full list of the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators is available at http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/digitalinnovators.

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 1.6 million teachers 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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