PBS Digital Innovator 2017

Johanna Ibarra

Johanna Ibarra North Dakota
  • Prairie Public Broadcasting
  • Liberty Middle School
  • Fargo, North Dakota

Outside of Johanna’s classroom is a map that reads, “The World is Yours to Discover.” Though her role as a Social Studies teacher often means focusing on ancient cities and civilizations, she is able to breathe life and excitement into her lessons using a variety of digital tools including a STEM-focused, engineering design process. Through the imaginative use of technology, her students “are able to demonstrate their learning in creative and meaningful ways.” 

Fun Fact: Johanna frequently uses PBS LearningMedia in her classroom.  She says the blended learning lesson, “Building the Pyramids of Ancient Egypt,” helps students visualize society during ancient times and allows for discussions about the impact of ancient people on life today.