PBS LearningMedia has just announced its 2016 National Digital Innovators, and for the second consecutive year, an outstanding faculty member from Westlake High School is on the list. Lisa Johnson is Westlake HS’s Educational Technologist, helping teachers fold cutting-edge digital media into instruction and student creations. Her passion for teaching + technology has resulted in her alter ego “TechChef.” As TechChef, Lisa maintains a TechChef4u blog, Co-hosts “Appy Hours 4 U” and “iVengers Radio”, and has co-authored the professional development ebook “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” with close to 20,000 international downloads.
As a LEAD Innovator, Johnson will travel to Denver to meet with Digital Innovators from across the country in order to share practices and advise PBS LearningMedia on effective uses.
Johnson’s own boys have grown up with Dinosaur Train, WordWorld, and Curious George. Her latest LearningMedia favorite is the Masterpiece Collection, both the original version and the Pinterest variation.
View the complete list of 2016 Digital Innovators here.
PBS LearningMedia provides PreK-12 educators with access to free digital content and professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Currently, the site has over 100,000 resources from the PBS Archives and other important sources such as the National Archives. Learn more about this program at klru.pbslearningmedia.org
Update (April 13, 2016): An additional five local educators have been named Digital Innovators as well for 2016-2017. They are:
- Mitch Fairchild – Sci-Tech Preparatory, Austin
- Claire Grant – Lanier High School, Austin ISD
- Diane Hance – Grisham Middle School, Round Rock ISD
- Angela Tackett – Harmony School of Political Science and Communication, Austin
- Ryan Torbey – Harmony School of Science, Austin
This group will receive one free year of online professional development options from PBS LearningMedia.