WGBH News and Media Relations


April 9, 2014

Three Massachusetts Educators Recognized as PBS Digital Innovators

Burlington teacher is one of only 16 educators nationwide to receive award for use of digital media and technology in the classroom

Boston and West Springfield teachers also recognized among top 100 educators
BOSTON, Mass. (April 9, 2014) – PBS LearningMedia, a national resource based on WGBH’s Teachers’ Domain platform, has selected 100 educators from across the country to its 2014 Digital Innovators Program. Local member stations WGBH and WGBY are proud to be the local public broadcasters and educational partners for three of the winners.
Kimberly Lynch, a fifth grade teacher at Francis Wyman Elementary School in Burlington, Jodi Kerble, a math teacher at The Winsor School in Boston, and Mark Vasicek, a geometry teacher at West Springfield High School in West Springfield, were recognized for their exceptional implementation of digital media and technology in the classroom. Ms. Lynch is one of only 16 educators nationwide to receive the Lead Innovator distinction from a national pool of hundreds of entries.
“WGBH congratulates Kimberly Lynch and the entire Francis Wyman Elementary School community for their dedication to integrating digital media into the classroom,” said WGBH President and CEO Jon Abbott. “Public media is a vital asset to education, and we are thrilled that local educators like Kimberly are putting it to use for students and teachers alike.”
PBS LearningMedia is a free media-on-demand service offering more than 35,000 digital resources to educators and students from pre-K to 12th grade. The service provides public media resources and 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 1.4 million teachers have registered access to PBS LearningMedia, and the classroom-ready content reaches schools in 46 states and territories. WGBH serves as the STEM lead for PBS LearningMedia.
By implementing a 1:1 iPad initiative, Ms. Lynch’s students have utilized digital portfolios to demonstrate and catalogue their learning progress, written school bulletins to help save the habitats of animals and used a green screen to appear on local TV news. She also established a grade-level sharing program using Google Drive to make it easier for teachers to exchange useful curriculums and projects.
The PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program recognizes 100 educational leaders in grades K-12 from across the country for their work incorporating digital media and technology in classrooms to promote student engagement and achievement. The 100 educators selected for the 2014-15 school year represent a diverse cross section in America: rural and urban communities; public, private and charter schools; classroom teachers, school librarians, and specialists in curriculum, media and technology. This yearlong professional development program will foster and grow a community of tech-savvy educators that will serve as ambassadors for integrating best practices in digital learning in classrooms across the country. 
“We are proud to produce public media programs and innovative resources that harness the power of technology to help parents and educators like Kimberly Lynch, Jodi Kerble and Mark Vasicek give students the tools to succeed in the classroom and beyond,” said Brigid Sullivan, Vice President for Children's Media and Educational Programming.
More information about Ms. Lynch, Ms. Kerble and Mr. Vasicek and their winning entries can be found here.
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