Provo High art teacher, Mr. James Rees, was recently recognized as a second place winner in the 2012 Teacher Innovator Awards sponsored by PBS LearningMedia and The Henry Ford. The PBS Teacher Innovator Award honors a distinguished group of 30 PreK-12 educators from across the country who are using digital media in new and unique ways to improve students’ learning in key subject areas. Winners were selected from five grade level categories (PreK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12) and across five subject areas (arts, math, reading, science and social studies) and chosen based on submissions of videos or written essays with supporting images that addressed how they are using digital media to bring lessons to life in classrooms.
As the 2nd Place winter for Arts Education Grades 9-12, Mr. Rees will receive a Promethean Acti-view Document Camera and award pin as well as gift bag from PBS and The Henry Ford.
Mr. Rees states, “My students were exposed to Seasons 1-6 of Art 21 where professional contemporary artists shared the ideas and methodology of their work. Students used digital storytelling to discuss their year’s journey exploring their art. We became a classroom where the camera was always present to document student work and later for student and teacher reflection.”
Click here to take a look at what Mr. Rees and some of his students have accomplished.