The Process

What is the Application Process?


The application process for the 2017 PBS Digital Innovators program is now complete. Applicants submitted a short application, questionnaire, mini-webinar and an essay. Those selected for the 2017 PBS Digital Innovator program will be notified by March 15, 2017.

Create a Video

Applicants were asked to create a three-minute mini-webinar or presentation that demonstrates how they integrate technology and digital media into their classroom instruction. Videos should:

  • Highlight passion for a particular subject, curriculum topic, or strategy you teach in your classroom or want to share with other educators
  • Provide insight into the innovative strategies used to engage students and/or colleagues, or demonstrate how the applicant is an education changemaker
  • Share ideas for how these strategies can be replicated by other educators
  • Incorporate PBS content from PBS LearningMedia 

Write a Short Essay

We are looking for classroom changemakers. In 250 words or less, we asked applicants to tell us how they contribute to a culture of innovation in their classroom and/or school. Applicants were asked to think about:

  • Preparing students to be curious learners and 21st century problem solvers
  • The sights and sounds visitors would see and hear when they come to the applicant's school
  • How the applicant integrates digital content and technology into meaningful learning experiences
  • The ways in which the applicant collaborated and shared ideas with other educators

Upload Bio and Pictures

Applicants were asked to submit a a short bio paragraph and include two pictures: a head shot and an action shot.

  • We'll use these on the website if an applicant is selected as a 2017 PBS Digital innovator 
  • In the 100 word biography, please include a favorite resource on PBS LearningMedia
  • Two pictures a headshot and one of you in action in your classroom/teaching environment

Are you a PBS Digital Innovator?


Other Things you Need to Know Before Applying


The following are eligibility requirements for PBS Digital Innovators:

  • Employed as a full time PreK-12 classroom teacher, media specialist, curriculum specialist, technology specialist, education support professional or school librarian (or a combination of roles/grades) in the 2016-2017 school year and intend to continue teaching in the 2017-2018 school year.
  • A legal resident of the United States or its territories.
  • NOT be an employee or immediate family member of PBS or any PBS public television member station.

Judging Criteria

 PBS Digital Innovator entries will be judged on the following criteria: 

  • Creativity, clarity, and persuasiveness of the application video and essay response
  • Passion and aptitude for innovative teaching practices that integrate digital media and technology in the classroom, as demonstrated in the application video and essay question responses
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to embody the qualities of PBS Digital Innovators as described above and as demonstrated in the application video and essay responses

PBS Education Community

All applicants will automatically become members of the PBS Education community: 

  • Engage with other educators in our PBS Teachers closed digital community space
  • Join webinars and events hosted by past PBS Digital Innovators
  • Receive regular updates on PBS education and member station events 
  • We encourage applicants to register for PBSLearningMedia, where you’ll find more than a 120,000 standards aligned, high quality, and free classroom resources and tools to engage your students.