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WQED ANNOUNCES PITTSBURGH AREA TEACHER SELECTED FOR 2014 PBS LEARNINGMEDIA DIGITAL INNOVATORS PROGRAM
Daniel Harrold Recognized for Use of Digital Media and Technology in Classrooms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 21, 2014

CONTACT:
George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org

WQED ANNOUNCES PITTSBURGH AREA TEACHER SELECTED FOR
2014 PBS LEARNINGMEDIA DIGITAL INNOVATORS PROGRAM

Daniel Harrold Recognized for Use of Digital Media and Technology in Classrooms

PITTSBURGH–Today, WQED announced Daniel Harrold from Baldwin High School as one of the elite 100 educators selected for the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program. The program rewards tech-savvy K-12 educators who are serving as leaders in the education technology space from across the country. By incorporating digital media in their classrooms, they promote student engagement and achievement with year-long, hands-on and virtual professional development opportunities.

Daniel Harrold entered the national competition with a video from his website, www.mrharrold.com that explains “gamification” of the classroom – the use of techniques like levels and self-motivated learning - that derive from popular games. “Daniel Harrold is a wonderful representative of Baldwin High School and of WQED at the national level. He’s dedicated to changing the way students learn “To Kill a Mockingbird”, “Of Mice and Men” and other pieces of literature through innovation and imagination that reach today’s students where they are,” states Deborah L. Acklin, WQED President and Chief Executive Officer.

The 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will receive year-long professional development opportunities that include virtual trainings, access to premium and exclusive resources, and invitations to special events. In addition, the top 16 applicants will serve as leads of the program and will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in a two-day digital education summit where participants will engage in hands-on learning, collaborate with peers and hear from digital technology thought leaders.

The full list of the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators is available at http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/digitalinnovators.

PBS LearningMedia received hundreds of applications from leading teachers throughout the U.S. and its territories. An esteemed group of judges selected the 100 educators based on submissions of videos and written essays that addressed how they are leading innovation in digital teaching in their classrooms and schools.

About WQED Pittsburgh
WQED
changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at http://www.wqed.org/fm/; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (http://www.wqed.org) and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (www.wqed.org/edu).

About PBS LearningMedia
As America’s largest classroom, teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS LearningMedia, a partnership of PBS and WGBH Educational Foundation, is a free media-on-demand service offering educators access to the best of public media and delivers 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 more than 35,000 digital resources available through PBS LearningMedia. More information about PBS LearningMedia is available at www.pbslearningmedia.org or by following PBS LearningMedia on Twitter and Facebook.


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