Posts Tagged ‘KET ED On Demand’

It’s On!

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Summer break is over, but the heat is still on. Hopefully, you are holding some great memories and are relaxed as you begin a whole new school year. “New” is the main theme of this post, and you will soon see why.

Jekyll Island Sunset

It’s going to be a pivotal year for Kentucky schools. Our season premiere of Education Matters on August 17th with special guest, Gov. Steve Beshear, will provide you with some very important information regarding Kentucky’s education reform. It’s a pivotal time for KET, too. There are so many new resources coming to you and your students this year. Once again, we’re taking educational technology to a whole new level. Be on the lookout for updates and opportunities to expand your reach in the classroom. Don’t forget about our free on-site workshops. We have more options than ever. You may want to consider hosting departmental meetings when scheduling a workshop with your KET Education Consultant.

Our education consultant team has gotten skinnier this summer. Missi Baker decided to retire on August 1st. We will greatly miss her, as you know how valuable she has been to Kentucky educators and to KET. Five years can go by in a minute. Do not worry, though, we will still be able to provide the support that you need in your classrooms. We expect that with budgets as they are, education reform, and new technologies, we are going to be busier than ever. So, if you want to schedule a workshop, please let your consultant know as soon as possible.

Here are some new resources that we are releasing this year. It’s not the whole list, but it’s a great place to start. More information to come.

Here’s to an exciting new era of educational technology! Best wishes for a terrific 2010-2011 school year.

Plant a Tree

Monday, April 19th, 2010

This is a very special time of the year for me. For many reasons. On Arbor Day in 1997 (which was April 25th that year), my husband and I planted a tree during our wedding ceremony in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was a Mimosa. Mimosas are prolific. This year, Arbor Day falls on April 30th, but we always celebrate it on the 25th.  Arbor Day doesn’t get the attention that it once did. It used to show up on my calendar every April, but now Earth Day (April 22) rules. That’s okay. I love the Earth, too, so we celebrate both days at my house. Nothing wrong with that. We have made many changes in our lifestyle over the past 13 years. It’s amazing how awareness can reveal areas that need improvement. We are still finding ways to reduce our environmental footprint.

Right now, I have a pile of materials to be recycled that reaches halfway up the wall in our recycling room. That doesn’t include the bottles and cans and plastic that the recycling center picks up every other week! I really need to get to the recycling center, or my family will start calling me “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout” instead of just “Cynthia” or “Mommy”. That’s one way I will observe the day. I have a lot of electronic devices that no longer work. I need to take those to the nearest facility.

I think the most fun ways that we will celebrate are by adding the tomato and pepper plants to the garden (I think the nighttime temperatures will be 50 degrees or above by the weekend) and by helping others plant trees. We have too many trees to add another to our lawn, but we will collect the saplings to share with friends and family. So, as the Mimosa continues to reproduce, we are spreading the seeds of our trees that provide us with serenity, entertainment, and comfortable shelter.

How will you celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day? You might want to see how you can join the Earth Day Campaign. You may also want to take the Energy Star Pledge. One thing that we have done that has made a noticeable difference on our end is that we have installed CFL bulbs in all fixtures except for the bulbs in the dining room dimmer and the refrigerator. Doing this has been a win-win for us because it has saved us a lot on our electric bills. We replaced them a package at a time as the incandescent bulbs burned out. It really didn’t cost that much extra, and the new bulbs last so much longer. You may want to get your classrooms involved in the various ways to observe these two special days. You can do that through our resources, too.

KET celebrates Earth Day! We have many wonderful programs that you can use in your classroom to commemorate the power and beauty of Mother Nature. Here are just a few of the fantastic resources available to you and your students.

KET’s Electronic Field Trip to the Watershed takes students to urban and rural settings across Kentucky to see how water from rain and snow is collected and funneled into common waterways—and how human activities affect the quality of water everywhere.

The PD component, Raindrops to Rivers, uses authentic video of Kentucky classrooms to showcase high quality instruction on watersheds and nonpoint source pollution. Also included are links to Kentucky Core Content and Program of Studies, lesson materials, and additional resources.

KET ED On Demand:

  • Green Careers are a high-demand job track for students from a wide range of academic disciplines and with a wide variety of interests. This series provides information about the educational requirements for entering the various fields. Young people are encouraged to take advantage of internships and part-time jobs to get hands-on experience while pursuing their studies. By becoming stewards of our environment, young people who choose a green career can help solve the some of the greatest problems of our time while finding work that matches their personal interests and values. Grades 5-12.
  • Forest Family Forever (with Ed Asner) is a beautiful blend of live footage and animation that tells the story of a 1,000-year-old grandfather tree who teaches his sapling grandson about the wonders of a variety of rainforests and what kids can do to save them. This 15-minute video is designed to be used in elementary classrooms.
  • KET STEM Learning Objects are some excellent resources that you can use anytime, including some that fit perfectly with Earth Day. Grades K-12.
  • North American Biomes series for grades 4-8, provides a comparative study of North American biomes, examining each biome’s diverse plant and animal communities and their interrelationships. The series begins with an overview of the criteria that distinguish one biome from another and helps students understand plant and animal adaptations.

Kentucky’s National Parks has a webpage about why we should preserve our parks. Of course, I have mentioned many times in the past that there is a terrific Teacher’s Lodge on the site with amazing accommodations. You will enjoy your stay.

Don’t forget that the entire Planet Earth series is now available on KET EncycloMedia, as well as many other learning assets.

Earth Days: American Experience – Director Robert Stone traces the origins of the modern environmental movement through the eyes of nine Americans who propelled the movement from its beginnings in the 1950s. [cc] American Experience

  • KET: Monday, April 19 at 9:00 pm EDT
  • KET2: Tuesday, April 20 at 1:00 am EDT
  • KET2: Wednesday, April 21 at 3:00 am EDT
  • KET2: Wednesday, April 21 at 9:00 pm EDT
  • KET2: Friday, April 23 at 2:00 am EDT
  • KET2: Saturday, April 24 at 3:00 am EDT

So get out there an enjoy the freshness of the Spring air and all of the goodness that the earth has to offer. Plant a seed and watch it grow. It’s therapeutic.


Thursday, March 18th, 2010

The day is simply lovely. I have opened my windows. My flowers are starting to bud (some are blooming), the birds are finding mates, and my grass is turning green. Soon, there will be leaves on the trees and my lawn will once again be my private haven. The garden is planned and the peas have been planted. There is much work to do.

Coming soon to a nature scene near you.

After the winter we have had, I am happy to get out and start the physical labor. The Vernal Equinox takes place on Sat., March 20th at 1:32 P.M. The hours of daylight and darkness will be equal for the entire planet. And this one is projected to be just as lovely as today. We will celebrate with our neighbors by rolling eggs down a hill. It’s a tradition.

Spring is a great time for field trips. I know that many of you have already planned some excursions with your students. If the field trips will be located in Kentucky, check out our Electronic Field Trips to see if we have produced one for your destination. Our Electronic Field Trips are excellent for preparing students for their trip. Once they view our program and utilize the resources within our site, they have more knowledge about where they are going, what they will see, and be able to formulate more educated questions for the guide/experience. I am sure that you already know about these, as they have been among our most popular programming, but I just wanted to remind you of them.

In addition to these programs, Scale City has some delightful videos of places in Kentucky that I believe can also serve as a high-quality preview of some popular field trips. The videos focus on proportional reasoning, and provide an even richer experience for the students by tying the trip into the math curriculum. Sadly, the budget cuts are forcing some schools to forgo field trips. KET’s Electronic Field Trips and Scale City can take your students on a field trip without having to leave the classroom. So, they are valuable any way you look at it.

Arbor Day will soon be here. You will find many terrific resources on KET ED On Demand and KET EncycloMedia that help students understand abstract processes and concepts about the biology and environmental benefits of trees. I got married on Arbor Day. So it’s a pretty special day to me.

Some of you will soon be on spring break. Others will not be so fortunate,   but are prudent to use that time to make up some snow days. I do hope that wherever you are, you find a renewed strength and energy in this special time of the year. Enjoy the sun. I hope our students get out and exert some energy, too.

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