Today, PBS LearningMedia, the award winning on-demand digital media service from PBS offering over 35,000 digital resources for educators, announced the 100 educators selected for the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program. The program rewards tech-savvy K-12 educators from across the country who are serving as leaders in the education technology space and incorporating digital media in classrooms to promote student engagement and achievement through year-long hands-on and virtual professional development opportunities.
"PBS LearningMedia and local member stations are proud to recognize the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators, a nationwide group of leading educators who are truly changing the way students learn through technology and digital media," said Alicia Levi, Vice President, PBS LearningMedia. "We are honored to provide these stand-out educators with one-of-a-kind resources, tools and trainings that will further enhance their skills and enable them to share these skills with other educators."
The 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will receive year-long professional development opportunities that include virtual trainings, access to premium and exclusive resources, and invitations to special events. In addition, the top 16 applicants, including SHS Library and Media Speccial will serve as “Lead PBS Digital Innovators” of the program and will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC, to participate in a two-day digital education summit where participants will engage in hands-on learning, collaborate with peers and hear from digital technology thought leaders.
The 2014 Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators are listed below. The full list of PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators is available at http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/digitalinnovators.
• Steve Beard – Thomas Edison High School, Portland, OR (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
• Stephanie Berry – Basic High School, Henderson, NV (Vegas PBS)
• Leslie Ceballos – Carolyn Bukhair Elementary, Dallas, TX (KERA)
• Alice Chen – Suzanne Middle School, Walnut, CA (PBS SoCal)
• Robert Culp – Joliet Public School District 86, Joliet, IL (WTTW)
• Ryan Devlin – Brockway Area Junior/Senior High School, Brockway, PA (WPSU)
• Scott Frizzell – Harding Academy of Memphis, Memphis, TN (WKNO)
• Susan Gauthier – Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School, Baton Rouge, LA (LPB)
• Don Goble – Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Saint Louis, MO (Nine Network of Public Media)
• Mig Hayes – Carolina Friends School, Durham, NC (UNC-TV)
• Julie Hildebrand – Patton Elementary School, Austin, TX (KLRU)
• Kimberly Lynch – Francis Wyman School, Burlington, MA (WGBH)
• Lesley McClendon – Shiloh Middle School, Atlanta, GA (Georgia Public Broadcasting)
• Philip McIntosh – Challenger Middle School, Colorado Springs, CO (Rocky Mountain PBS)
• Morgan Nickolai – Sidney High School, Sidney, OH (ThinkTV)
• Holly Whitt – Walnut Grove Elementary, New Market, AL (Alabama Public Television)
Morgan Nickolai not only earned the distinction of being one of 100 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators, but was named one of the top 16 in the nation, earning the title “Lead PBS Digital Innovator.” Nickolai is the Library Media Specialist and Distance Track Coach at Sidney High School, part of the Sidney City School district located in Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio. Nickolai is also an INFOhio User Council Representative for the Western Ohio Computer Organization (WOCO) and INFOhio ICoach for the Sidney City School district. She received her Master’s Degree in Middle Childhood Education with concentrations in Language Arts and Math from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She went on to pursue getting her Library/Media Licensure from Wright State University as well. As a Library Media Specialist, Nickolai provides media literacy, information literacy, and research instruction to students and classroom teachers. She collaborates with teachers to coordinate instruction, media program activities, and resources with subject area curriculum. She is responsible for the selection, organization, utilization, and maintenance of the library, information, and curriculum resources, and provides professional development for all staff members.
“I am a huge advocate for technology, so the most rewarding part of my job is being able to help teachers integrate technology into their lessons,” says Nickolai.
One of Nickolai's favorite PBS LearningMedia resources is the "PBS TeacherLine Tips to Evaluate Internet Resources."