Fort Bend Resident Selected for PBS Digital Innovators Program

| July 1, 2017

Krissy Venosdale, a 2017 PBS Digital Innovator, shares technology with one of her students at the Kinkaid School.

Krissy Venosdale, a 2017 PBS Digital Innovator, shares technology with one of her students at the Kinkaid School. (Photo – The Kinkaid School/Jeff Fitlow)

Krissy Venosdale Of The Kinkaid School Is One Of 52 Educators Across The U.S. Recognized As Classroom Changemaker

Houston Public Media has an­nounced that Krissy Venosdale, a Fort Bend County resident and the innovation coordinator from The Kinkaid School, is one of 52 educators from across the country selected for the fifth annual PBS Digital Innovators Program. The program recognizes classroom changemakers: 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.

Venosdale developed her school’s makerspace, a creative space for pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, called “The Launch Pad,” which is focused on computer science, design, engineering and fabrication. A panel of esteemed judges selected the 52 PBS Digital Innovators from across the U.S., representing each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“Our computer lab was really restricting our student’s ability to collaborate and be creative so we created this space to empower them,” said Venosdale. “Technology is all around us and I truly believe in giving kids the support to experience technology in a productive way. We are empowering them to bring their dreams to life every single day. It’s exciting to see our 5-year-olds, for example, coding robots or designing cardboard towers and experience failures and make mistakes – we’re instilling optimism, persistence and resilience that will help them succeed in life.”

The PBS Digital Innovators will 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 takes place directly before the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference.

“We are so proud that a Houston teacher was selected for this program, “said Lisa Trapani Shumate, associate vice president and general manager of Houston Public Media. “Contributing to the education of children is central to our mission so it’s important for us to engage with teachers like Krissy who are instilling forward-thinking teaching methods into their classrooms.

Venosdale’s recognized creation, “The Launch Pad,” helps Pre-K through fourth-graders learn about computer science, design, engineering and fabrication.

Venosdale’s recognized creation, “The Launch Pad,” helps Pre-K through fourth-graders learn about computer science, design, engineering and fabrication. (Photo – The Kinkaid School)


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