Academy at the Lakes Middle Division Language Arts Instructor Aimee Nadow has been selected as a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, an honor given to just 100 educators in the nation.
According to the PBS website: “K-12 Educators can apply for the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program by submitting a 60 -120 second video and completing two essay questions that describe their leadership in digital learning. The 100 local winners will be awarded year-long professional development opportunities that include virtual trainings, access to premium and exclusive resources, invitations to special events, membership into a robust professional learning community, and networking opportunities with innovative educators and thought leaders. In addition, winners will receive ongoing support from their local PBS member stations.”
Nadow, who is in her seventh year as a teacher at Academy at the Lakes, uses many new technologies to supplement her Language Arts curriculum, including a document camera, touch-screen BenQ TV, Moodle LMS, RenWeb, PBS LearningMedia, BlogSpot, Facebook, Turnitin.com, WriteCheck, Criterion, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Keynote, and PowerPoint, Evernote, Dropbox, and YouTube.
“Using technology in the classroom every day is an engaging means of connecting my students to classical and modern curriculum in memorable ways that will hopefully foster a lifelong love of learning,” said Nadow. “The digital integration of technology and applicable skills are especially important for students because as members of our future work force, being able to accept, process, and distribute information to communicate ideas with effective technological and artistic choices will be required for success. Combining cutting edge technology, software, and lessons with Academy at the Lakes’ unique nurturing environment creates an ideal teaching scenario.”
Founded in 1992, Academy at the Lakes is a PreK-3 through Grade 12 private independent school in north Tampa serving more than 430 students.