Posts Tagged ‘multimedia resources’

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.

I <3 My KET

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010


Love is in the air! Ah, Valentine’s Day. If you want to incorporate the history of Valentine’s Day into your instruction or are looking for some activity ideas, check out KET EncycloMedia. There are quite a few multimedia resource results from a general keyword search. KET’s got you covered, because KET loves you. I am in a cheesy mood due to cabin fever and lack of sunlight, I suppose.

And for President’s Day, check out our Lincoln website. It’s packed full of resources, including video segments, lesson plans (cross-curricular), an interactive quiz, and some FAQ’s, to name a few.  I learned a lot from the site, but that’s no surprise.

It’s also Black History Month. Have you looked into Kentucky’s Underground Railroad? It is a great way to connect students to this monumental moment in our history and bring this important time close to home. Also, if you look into KET EncycloMedia’s Thematic Focus in the Social Studies area, you will find even more resources there to implement into your commemorative lessons. Some very powerful resources are within.

I am trudging along through February. I swear that it only has 28 or 29 days because it is the longest month of the year. Are you getting spring fever? I am trying not to. Last year, I drove my family and my neighbor crazy talking about the garden. I passed the fever along to my neighbor, bless her heart, and by the end of February we both were impatient to dig our hands into the soil! We got out there in the 50 degree mud and pulled dormant weeds! Who does that, really? It was hard trying not to put the veggies into the ground before the threat of frost passed. We were successful, though.

Right now, the ground is covered with a thin layer of snow, so that is helping my mind to remain in the right time of reality.

ValentineWith the warmer weather not so far away, I am sure there are some spring break plans. If you choose to go to any of Kentucky’s beautiful State or National Parks, which I highly recommend,  you should definitely look into our lovely Kentucky’s National Parks program. It can be streamed from the site, and has educational materials to enhance your experience, as you will learn about the history, the science, and the art of the parks and the ecosystems they protect.

Here’s a rose for you. I wish you a very sweet Valentine’s Day.

New Year’s Resolutions Become a Reality with KET’s Resources

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

It’s already 2010? What a frigid start! use2008 Jan-Feb0132009 was so busy and passed by with the speed of light. I find myself having a hard time remembering that it’s 2010 when writing the date. It seemed so far away just a few years ago. I had an exciting start to the New Year. I worked with some teachers in Knott Co. on Jan. 4th – the first day back from a rejuvenating break. It was an interesting drive down, but well worth the trip. Each time I venture out into the schools, I am reminded of how lucky I am to work with teachers and administrators whose fresh ideas and enthusiasm keep the education wheels turning. It’s going to be a powerfully productive year, I believe. KET’s wheels are also constantly turning with you. What a great partnership we have with our schools, communities, other educational institutions, and the Kentucky Department of Education. It’s rewarding to watch these partnerships develop and grow. This year is going to bring even more exciting new projects. I can just feel it.

Have you made a Professional New Year’s Resolution? Keep in mind that KET can help you keep that resolution. You might even extend your goals to include exploring one new KET Education Resource each month. This may include resources from: KET ED On Demand; KET’s Arts Toolkits and Kentucky Muse; KET Distance Learning; our Professional Development resources; your KET Education Consultant; Scale City; KET’s new Kentucky’s National Parks Teacher Resources; KET EncycloMedia; the Electronic Field Trips; and for President’s Day, our Abraham Lincoln interactive website. There have been so many new resources unveiled this year that it’s hard to keep up with it all.  One of my resolutions for 2010 is to journey deeper into our newest productions, websites, and projects. Let your consultant know if you have any questions about any of our resources. There may be some you have never even heard about. Check out our website to find out more.

In other news, Kentucky’s Highly Skilled Educators visited KET in December 2009 to explore our plethora of educational resources. KET Education Consultant, Missi Baker, produced a nice video that highlights the day with some participant comments. I think it is a terrific way to show how enthusiastic educators are about our resources. I enjoyed meeting our visitors. Missi has posted her video on her blog for all to see.  Check it out.

Happy New Year!  May it be the best for you and yours. Stay warm. Hope for an end to this deep freeze and no ice storms, please.

Heroes of the 2009 Ice Storm
Heroes of the 2009 Ice Storm

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