Fulton County Schools’ Lynn Early was the lone Georgia selection for PBS's Digital Innovators program.
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N. Fulton teacher named ‘Digital Innovator’ by PBS

Lynn Early can put this one on her resume.

The Mimosa Elementary School teacher was one of 52 educators around the country selected by the Public Broadcasting Service for its Digital Innovators Program.

Early, a special areas teacher, was selected because of her “skillful approach” to education and integrating digital media in her classroom in a way that “sparks a love of learning” for the students, said Alessandra Forero, a PBS spokesperson.

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Members of the program serve as education partners, work with their local PBS stations, participate in ongoing professional development and have access to exclusive resources from PBS LearningMedia. Those selected also receive a free PBS Teacherline professional development course and are invited to special events, including the 2017 PBS Digital Summit in San Antonio.

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Early says she uses her classroom to take her students on educational experiences. During a recent project on Georgia’s Barrier Islands, her students researched the lighthouses on four of the islands, and then compared the history of the lighthouses and islands.

One question she asked her students to consider: “If the lighthouse could talk, what historical stories would it tell?” These types of questions, she says, “help my students become engaged, curious, and responsive.”

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Early is also a member of the Fulton County Vanguard Team, where she receives and gives coaching on technology applications in education.

“We were struck by the creativity and passion of this year’s applicants,” said Sara Schapiro, vice resident of Education, for 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.”

Early can be followed on Twitter at @mimosatag.

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