IPTV Announces Des Moines Teacher as a Member of the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program

Posted: April 14, 2016

Joseph McCright recognized as leader in classroom technology and digital media

Today, Iowa Public Television (IPTV) announced Joseph McCright from Stowe Elementary as one of this year’s PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators. The program, which is in its fourth year, recognizes tech-savvy K-12 educators who are serving as leaders in the education technology space and incorporating digital media in classrooms. McCright is one of 52 Lead Digital Innovators in the U.S. and its territories.

Señor McCright teaches Spanish and is also a founding member of Des Moines Public Schools' Tech Trailblazers. He has been actively blending technology into his classroom instruction. “Blended learning is where educators use online tools or delivery to supplement their in-class instruction,” McCright said. “Online tools or delivery are usually available to learners on a 24/7 basis. They also promote student autonomy by offering students choices of how and what to study.”

“Iowa Public Television is proud to recognize Joseph McCright, who was chosen as a Lead Digital Innovator from a pool of talented and innovative educators from across the country that are using technology and digital media in the classroom,” said Molly Phillips, General Manager and Executive Director of IPTV. “He will represent IPTV and the entire Des Moines community as he continues to enhance his skills with these one-of-a-kind resources, tools and trainings from PBS LearningMedia.”

The 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will receive year-long professional development opportunities that include virtual trainings, access to premium and exclusive resources from PBS LearningMedia Custom service, a free PBS TeacherLine professional development course, networking opportunities and more. PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will also receive ongoing support in their community from their local PBS member stations.

In addition, the 52 Lead Digital Innovators will receive an all-expense paid trip to Denver, Colorado, to participate in the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit and the International Society for Technology in Education conference.

The full list of the 2016 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. Judges selected the 52 educators from throughout the U.S, its territories and the District of Columbia, as Lead Innovators, representing almost every state and Washington D.C., a first in the program’s history. These educators exemplify excellence in using technology and digital media to support student learning.