Who Inspire Us
Valva is director of technology for WGBH
Interactive, the leading PBS broadcasting station from Boston.
At WGBH she co-directs a team of 70 people who produce the web sites
for PBS programming including This Old House, NOVA, The American
Experience, Masterpiece Theater, ZOOM, Arthur, and Between the Lions.
is currently exploring how emerging content models may be optimized
for formal and informal educational purposes. Her focus is in the
areas of convergence, datacasting, and building scenarios for multiple
distribution of digital and analog assets with broadband streaming
distribution, digital television transmission, and DVD technologies.
And she recently produced a functional prototype for Enhanced Arthur
which utilizes camera input devices and on-screen activities to
emulate how interactive television can increase literacy and promote
active viewing habits.
joining WGBH five years ago, Valva worked as a typographer, digital
artist, photographer, and systems manager in California companies,
including IBM, Tandem Computers, and MetaDesign in San Francisco.
She has helped produce various interactive CD-ROMS and educational
has served on the Apple Customer Advisory Board for Apple Computer
and she currently serves on the Technology Advisory Committee for
the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has also given numerous
presentations and workshops to all levels of corporate management
and employees, elected officials, technical and creative teams,
K-12 teaching staff, and institutions of higher education. Her most
recent talk was as a keynote speaker at the QuickTime Live Conference
in Beverly Hills.
her masters degree in educational technology from the Harvard Graduate
School of Education and has also done research in the MIT Media