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KET Education Year in Review

Friday, January 6th, 2012

I want to take a moment to celebrate the amazing work of the very talented group of folks at KET who are working hard every day to deliver current, relevant, high-quality, and standards-based resources to you. This has been an incredible year. It’s truly an honor to be a part of the KET family, and I am constantly reminded how blessed I am to be among such intelligent, caring, and productive talent.

Steve Shaffer, Photographer

Our Education Division grew over the past couple of years to now include: Arts; Early Childhood; Adult Education and Workforce Training; KET’s Enterprise; and Health and Outreach. Each was formerly either its own or tucked into another division at KET, but we have joined forces to provide an even stronger team focusing on education in Kentucky. We are both sad and happy to announce that Darlene Carl and Kathy Day retired at the end of 2011. They will be greatly missed, and we wish them the best.

I have listed below the resources that we have released in 2011, and I am sure I am leaving something out. Just so you know, 2012 is looking to be an even bigger year for us and you. There are many more resources in development (I have dropped a few hints below) that will blow us all away.

Within KET Teachers’ Domain (soon to become PBS LearningMedia), KET has added many collections of instructional media, including interactive games, videos, and images. We have also added more to our selection of self-paced, interactive professional development modules.

These instructional media resources can be found in KET Teachers’ Domain:


There were more videos and interactive games added to Everyday Science, which is a KET special collection that uses original animation and wonderful visual images to introduce basic concepts in science to young children.

KET Image Bank features images that are free for use in the classroom or in educational presentations or reports.

KET STEM Collection consists of STEM instructional resources that focus on all things Kentucky. Teachers and students have access to video and images from award-winning KET programs, with educational support materials developed in line with state academic standards. Topics include life sciences, geometry, and biology.

Tunneling for Water These four videos, produced by the Louisville Water Company, for grades 4-6 document the creation of four wells and a mile-long tunnel that use riverbank filtration to supply water to homes and businesses.

Water Solutions, two sets of eight videos, explores how to prevent and mitigate non-point-source water pollution. The first set (for grades 4-12) focuses on Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, located near Louisville, Kentucky, and how its “green” Visitor Center helps protect and conserve water. The second set of videos (for grades 6-12) focuses on the problem of acid drainage from abandoned Kentucky coal mines.

Arts/Social Studies

Learn history with the arts!

African/African American Culture – music, dance, and storytelling.

Arts in the Renaissance – music, dance, and drama.

Learn about The Civil War Era through dance, music, drama, and visual art from the Civil War era.

Drama Based on Historical Characters is a collection of video segments that provides examples of drama based on historical characters: Angus Augustus Burleigh, Civil War Soldier; George Rogers, Lucy, and William Clark; Henry Clay; and Jemima Boone.

Early America teaches early American culture through storytelling, music, and documentary.

Watch this collection of videos about Japanese Culture through aesthetics, drama, and music.

Learn about Kentucky Appalachian Culture through music, dance, and storytelling.

Study Native American Culture through music, dance, drama, and visual art from a variety of cultures, ranging from traditional stories and dances to contemporary artistic works.

Side note: The KET Arts Toolkits have been aligned to the social studies standards, and this KET Arts Social Studies Toolkit is currently being piloted by teachers across the state. There will be announcements as to when these will be available to all.]

World Languages

Languages and Culture: Spanish

Professional Development: Self-Paced Modules

Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning K-12 teachers, SBDM members, and administrators.
Program Reviews: Purpose, Process, and Practice PD modules were added to this collection, which is also the home of Transforming Education in Kentucky. More to come in 2012: Operation Preparation; Formative Assessment; and New to Kentucky (with the Education Professional Standards Board).

Increasing Physical Activity in Schools for elementary teachers across the curriculum.

Using Scale City to Teach Proportional Reasoning for middle school math teachers.

Characteristics of Highly Effective Teaching and Learning for teachers of all levels.

Resources for WorkKeys and GED Preparation

Applied Mathematics
Locating Information
Reading for Information

GED Geometry Professional Development

KET Distance Learning Updates

  • Arts in Culture: History and Appreciation of Visual and Performing Arts is now offered to Kentucky high school students.
  • More labs have been added to the incredible Virtual Physics Labs, which have become a national hit, as are the physics courses.
  • German and Latin courses continue to reign in students across the nation, and the personal stories about how our distance learning courses have changed their lives are truly heart-warming.

We also added some new programs to KET ED On Demand.

School Multimedia Production

Our 2011 Summer Multimedia PD Days were held on July 12-13th. Once again, teachers, administrators, and others from all over Kentucky to participate in our fun day of workshops, resources, and food. We added quite a few new topics in 2011, and are currently planning the 2012 event. There will be even more to offer. In addition, we added more workshop titles to our Media Lab offerings. You can also now upload your own and your students’ videos to our KET School Video Project. New videos are added by teachers across the state each day, and it has been refreshing to watch what Kentucky students are producing in the schools.

Ongoing projects/series

There have been new programs added to our KET Health Initiative, such as the popular new series, Heath Three60: Explore important health issues in Kentucky from a fresh perspective by watching KET’s Health Three60 series. The hour-long programs, hosted by Renee Shaw, present three sides of an issue in 60 minutes through a mix of studio and documentary segments.

New episodes of our ongoing News Quiz series continue to be very popular in 4th-8th grade classrooms across the state. Education Matters, now beginning its third year, continues its success in keeping Kentuckians informed about current trends and issues in education. Reel Visions, a KET series that showcases independent filmmakers in Kentucky, is still wowing the audience and putting some very talented artists in the spotlight.

And if you don’t think that’s enough, you can also now find KET programming on Kentucky iTunes U.

KET held two events for families and kids: KET Kids Family Fun Day and KET SciPhy Saturday. They both resulted in a huge turnout, and it couldn’t have been so successful without our wonderful KET Friends and volunteers.

For 2012: School gardening, multimedia production PD, PBS LearningMedia, and much more!

Happy new year!

Icing on the Holiday Cake

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Happy cold, icy, snowy, sleepy Friday afternoon. It’s been an interesting December, as the weather has been surprisingly generous in precipitation. After the dry summer and fall conditions, it’s nearly shocking to feel such moisture in the air. Many of you have had several days away from school due to all of this winter weather. Our son is thrilled about this. I am certain that this break has allowed you some extra time to get ready for the holidays. It’s nice to have a jump start on relaxation, and I hope you have taken full advantage.

Since my last post, I have almost caught up with the rest of you. I only have two gifts to buy. The snow doused me into the spirit of the season. There is one thing, however, that I haven’t yet accomplished. I still have to decide on my New Year’s resolution. There are many things I want to change, so pinpointing which aspect I want to focus on for 2011 is proving to be difficult. It has to be a realistic goal. I have actually been surprisingly successful in sticking to my past three resolutions. I am a slow learner. I really don’t want break this cycle, so this decision is very tricky.

The Winter Solstice will take place this Tuesday, December 21st, at 6:38 p.m. EST. I plan to have my resolution in place by then. It will be interesting because this year’s Solstice will be accompanied by a lunar eclipse. If you would like more information, see NASA’s article, Solstice Lunar Eclipse. For the east coast, the lunar eclipse will begin Tuesday at 1:33 a.m. EST, reaching totality at 2:41 a.m. EST. I hope to be able to stay awake long enough to experience it. It’s times like these that make me wish I was still teaching. I would love to have the opportunity to study the Solstice and lunar eclipse with students. I didn’t teach science, but there is always a way to incorporate topics into drama and creative writing assignments (which I did teach). Ah, but being a parent fills that void. Our son is knowledgeable of the astronomical phenomena that drive our seasons, but there is always something new to discover with him.

I also wanted to remind you of some energy saving/green holiday practices. In the rush of the events, we sometimes forget.

1. When you are away from your home, lower the temperature in your house by a couple of degrees. Your energy bill will be a bit less.

2. Shut off your holiday lights. This prevents fire and saves money. Also, if you are thinking of replacing your holiday lights next year, consider buying LED sets. They usually go on sale after Christmas.

3. Recycle your gift wrappings and boxes. Leaving them by the curb allows opportunists to easily see what you received that they would like to have. It’s very good for our trees, too.

As we wrap up 2010, I want to wish each of you the most precious, memorable, peaceful, and bountiful Christmas. May the New Year bring reality to all of your dreams.

Cruisin’ Through Summer

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Cumberland Island

It’s hot. Very hot.

I see many teens out there loving their summer and cruising through town in their shiny cars. I see them flocking to the pool. I see their tan, bright, and hopeful faces smiling. I also see them texting while driving. Since the texting ban is now in place, high school teachers (especially health and driver’s education teachers) may want to check out our updated Street Skills. The series discusses how dangerous distracted drivers really are, with an emphasis on the dangers of texting while driving. There are even interactive quizzes and a teacher’s guide to enhance discussion and activities. Doesn’t KET have perfect timing?

It is also the perfect time for all us us to start looking toward the new school year. Once again, KET has released many, many new and updated resources that you will definitely want to take advantage of while you plan your lessons for the not-so-far-away new year. You will be hearing more about KET Teacher’s Domain; a new season of Education Matters; expansions to our KET Media Lab Workshop offerings; a new History and Appreciation of the Visual and Performing Arts Distance Learning Course; new STEM resources; and resources aligned to the new Kentucky Education Standards. We have also picked up a few new series for the upcoming year, so be watching for more information. Oh, and there is a cool new Physics Virtual Workbook coming your way. Chuck Duncan never ceases to amaze. I am blown away by this new resource, and can’t wait to show it to you.

Dungeness Ruins

I am ready to start the new school year with a fresh energy after having returned from a family retreat to Jekyll and Cumberland Islands off the coast of Georgia. It was refreshing to breathe in the salty sea breeze, capture some vitamin D, and dip into the exfoliating waves. We obviously had a great time.

We only spent one day at Cumberland Island, so we covered a mere fraction of the beauty it has to offer. We wandered through the spirit-like Spanish moss that haunted us from the Live Oaks; marveled at the Dungenuss Ruins; wanted to pet the wild horses (but didn’t); traversed through sand dunes; and ended up on Dungenuss Beach.

Jekyll was where we lived for the week. It, too, is enchanting. The whole area is rich in history and culture. We spent the time on this island exploring the beaches, hiking, visiting the historic district, eating seafood, listening to the Spanish moss whisper the secrets of the Live Oaks, and relaxing. Each night, a bird called to us with a lonely, eerie, beautiful song. It sounded like a whippoorwill, but I haven’t yet taken the time to research it.

Jekyll Island

It truly was a fairytale vacation. To watch our son dive into the waves, collect starfish and sand dollars, and sculpt landscapes in the sand (this is also one of my husband’s favorite beach activities) was refreshing. We all rode the waves. It’s hard to get our son out of the water, which makes me think he must have been a fish in a previous life. Thank goodness we didn’t see any oil.

We came home to gardens full of very tall weeds. It looked like we were gone a month. We spent much of the rest of our vacation getting our lawn in order. It’s okay. It’s one of our favorite things to do.

I hope that as I write this, you are surrounded in serenity. Stay cool and be safe, wherever you are.

See you at KET’s Multimedia PD Days.

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