KQED is proud to announce that Margaret Agbowo from Berkeley Technology Academy has been selected as California’s 2016 PBS LearningMedia Lead Digital Innovator. The Digital Innovator program recognizes tech-savvy K–12 educators who are serving as leaders in the education technology space and incorporating digital media in classrooms. Meet Margaret and two of her students in our video profile filmed at Berkeley Technology Academy.
Margaret, who has been active in KQED teacher professional learning groups and workshops for several years, is also an educational leader in the Bay Area, integrating technology and media in innovative ways to keep her students engaged and honor their interests. One of the KQED resources Margaret uses regularly in her classroom is the KQED Art School video series. “Art School became essential in my classroom as a way to introduce careers in visual arts,” she explained. “Art School lets students know that alternatives to ‘regular jobs’ exist. Also, the ‘Elements of Art’ series is now a feature of my computer arts curriculum and is applied to students’ digital arts studies.”
Over the course of the 2016–2017 school year, Margaret will become part of an exclusive Digital Innovators professional learning community designed to foster new ways of thinking, pave the way for digital media in the classroom and enrich these innovators’ local teaching communities. In addition, Margaret and the other 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. KQED is honored to partner with outstanding educators and PBS LearningMedia to drive innovation in Bay Area classrooms and beyond. Congratulations, Margaret!