The Process

What is the Application Process?


Do you think you could be a 2017 PBS Digital Innovator?  We’re accepting applications until 12:01 AM PST, February 13th, 2017. In addition to short application and questionnaire the application includes three basic elements. Those selected for the 2017 PBS Digital Innovator program will be notified by March 15, 2017.

Create a Video

Create a three-minute mini-webinar or presentation that demonstrates how you integrate technology and digital media into your classroom instruction. Your video should:

  • Highlight your 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 you use to engage students and/or colleagues, or demonstrate how you are an education changemaker
  • Share ideas for how your 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, tell us how you contribute to a culture of innovation in your classroom and/or school. Things to think about:

  • How do you prepare students to be curious learners and 21st century problem solvers?
  • What are the sights and sounds visitors would see and hear when they come to your school?
  • How do you integrate digital content and technology into meaningful learning experiences?
  • What are the ways in which you collaborate and share ideas with other educators?

Upload Bio and Pictures

How would you describe yourself and your work to others?  In less than 100 words please write a short bio paragraph and include two pictures. We're looking for a headshot and action shot

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

Are you a 2017 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 pre-K-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.