PBS Digital Innovator 2017

Benjamin Brigham

Benjamin Brigham Maine
  • Maine Public Television
  • Monmouth Middle School
  • Manchester, Maine

Several years ago, Benjamin caught his students playing an online role-playing game in class.  Instead of shutting it down, he joined the game himself and developed a gaming class where students use critical thinking and writing skills to examine the history of video games and their place in today’s society. “Anything that gets a young person thinking critically about the world they live in is not a waste of time,” says Benjamin.  He is passionate about finding creative ways to engage his students; Having personally seen the impact digital media and technology can have on his student’s level of motivation and desire to develop the thinking and literacy skills necessary to achieve their goals. 

Fun Fact: Benjamin was a part of the first class of members of the Pennsylvania State University’s College of Education Professional Development School and a member of the prestigious Schreyer Honors Program.