Posts Tagged ‘KET EncycloMedia’

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.

Cry Over Spilled Oil

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Our Open Brain Coral

If you are discussing the devastating and ongoing oil spill in the Gulf, you may want to use some of our resources to help demonstrate the abstract processes that students need to know in order to comprehend the dangers of this situation. I found on KET EncycloMedia a video clip, Good News in Bacterial Research. It discusses a bacteria, Rag-1, that can help to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf. This bacteria uses the hydrocarbons in oil as a source of carbon to break down and emulsify the oil. Login to view and/or download this clip. It’s very interesting. I found an activity/lab that goes along perfectly with this clip, “Oil Spill in a Test Tube“. Another KET EncycloMedia video that discusses this is  Bio-Remediation: Using Microbes to Clean-Up Oil Spills. A general search in KET EncycloMedia exposed many results that I think you will find useful. Our resources can generate some critical thinking and great discussions among your students.

On KET ED, the North American Biomes series contains programs to aid in habitat discussions. There are two specific programs in this series that I recommend. “Seashore”: Unearths the mysteries of the seashore by describing the characteristics and wild inhabitants of the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts. Unique maritime habitats, such as sandy barrier islands and rocky shorelines, are compared and contrasted. “Conserving North American Biomes”: Illustrates how biomes are important to our quality of life by providing drinking water, food, and recreation; examines how various biomes have been treated and mistreated; and suggests how students can get involved in protecting and restoring these irreplaceable wild lands. Branches on the Tree of Life discusses microorganisms and their significance. It includes programs about marine life.

My family and I were originally planning to vacation off the coast of Alabama. Good thing we didn’t make reservations. We decided to travel to Jekyll Island, but it seems the spill may affect the East Coast, too. Don’t know what we will do. This is all so very disappointing, sad, infuriating…. Our vacation destination is trivial. The long-term effects of this disaster are really weighing on my mind and dominating my thoughts.

In other, brighter news, I have been working with Kit Carson’s Ecology Club students as they have been producing PSA’s about conserving electricity in our homes and schools. Some of the productions will air on the city’s local access channel. I will be posting the videos to my blog and to the MediaWorks blog once they are complete. The teacher is very innovative in developing active projects for the students in this club. They have planted a rain and a native plant garden. Both of these are well designed and really add a lot of beauty to the school and to the outdoor classroom. Some students from the club helped write a grant to obtain flip cameras for their school, and specifically, this project. And they won! They now have two flip cameras to use for their current and future projects. So, stay tuned.

Lastly, we are gearing up for Spring Meetings with our invaluable Library Media Specialists, aka KET School Coordinators, in Kentucky’s public schools. We have a lot of new resources to unveil. It’s going to be exciting. Can’t wait to share with you!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Spring!

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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