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ETV Announces Batesburg Teacher Selected 2017 PBS Digital Innovator

April 28, 2017 - Posted in Education by Glenn Rawls
Ashley Fort, Batesburg teacher selected for 2017 Digital Innovators Program

South Carolina ETV Announces Batesburg Teacher Selected for the 2017 Digital Innovators Program

Ashley Fort recognized for her game-changing integration of digital media in the classroom; Ashley Fort will partner with SCETV to build learning outcomes in Batesburg-Leesville

Today, SCETV announced Ashley Fort from Batesburg-Leesville Primary School as one of 52 educators from across the country selected for the fifth annual PBS Digital Innovators Program. The program recognizes classroom change-makers: educators who skillfully approach education with a bold and fresh perspective, and who integrate digital media and resources into their classrooms in a way that sparks a love of learning for their students. Fort is a 2nd grade English Language Immersion teacher/Tech teacher leader at Batesburg- Leesville Primary School.   Among other teachers selected were educators who are using 3D printers with their students to create prosthetic limbs; a technology coach whose classroom is a “STEM Bus” and co-teachers who use technology to bring their students together in one class, even though they’re in physical classrooms that are miles apart. A panel of esteemed judges selected the 52 PBS Digital Innovators from across the US, representing each of the 50 states, and the District of Columbia.

In partnership with SCETV, Fort will serve as education partner– deepening the connection between the educator community and SCETV. PBS Digital Innovators also participate in ongoing professional development; share their ideas on PBS platforms; have access to exclusive resources from PBS LearningMedia; receive a free PBS Teacherline professional development course; and are invited to special events, including the 2017 PBS Digital Summit. This year’s summit, in San Antonio, Texas, takes place directly before the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. 

“We’ve very excited to have Ms. Fort selected for the program,” said Linda O’Bryon, President and CEO of South Carolina ETV.  “ETV has educated with media since 1958, and each new generation brings a new vision to new technology.  Ms. Fort’s creative “workshop” model and hands-on expertise will contribute greatly to the Digital Innovators Program.”

“We were struck by the creativity and passion of this year’s applicants,” said Sara Schapiro, Vice President of Education, PBS. “The 2017 PBS Digital Innovators are a passionate group of educators who are committed to changing the way students learn through technology and digital media. Education is at the core of PBS’ mission and as a key partner with parents and educators across America, we’re excited for the opportunity to learn from and work with these classroom change makers as they partner with PBS member stations to share content that truly engages and empowers students in every community.”

The full list of the 2017 PBS Digital Innovators, their profiles and photographs can be found here.

VIEW Ashley’s profile here

More than 100,000 digital resources, including lesson plans, worksheets, video content, and more, are available through PBS LearningMedia for pre-K-12 classrooms. Teachers can access this content at



South Carolina ETV is the state's public educational broadcasting network.  Using television, radio and the web, ETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning.  ETV provides national and local content to classrooms via internet services, LearningWhy, StreamlineSC and PBS Learning Media.  SCETV also provides teacher training and re-certification in face-to-face and online settings.  SCETV currently presents A Chef’s Life, Expeditions, Reel South, and For Your Home on public television in addition to national radio productions Song Travels, Piano Jazz and Chamber Music from Spoleto Festival USA.  SCETV began in 1958 in the library of Dreher High School in Columbia, SC teaching French and Plane Geometry classes to multiple schools via closed-circuit.  Today the network comprises 11 TV stations, eight radio stations, and a statewide tower network that serves schools, hospitals, and emergency management teams.


About PBS Education

PBS Education provides all educators with access to high-quality, standards-aligned content for the classroom and professional development and peer-to-peer experiences to enrich teaching and learning opportunities in classrooms across America. Through partnerships with nearly 350 local member stations, PBS Education supports and connects prek-12 teachers, parents and communities to help students reach their full potential both in and out of the classroom. PBS Education meets the needs of today’s educator with offerings that include: PBS LearningMedia, PBS TeacherLine and the PBS Digital Innovators Program. More information about PBS Education is available at or by following PBS Education on Twitter and Facebook

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