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Eastside Technical Center – Engaging Multimedia Instruction

Thursday, January 10th, 2013 by Jeff Gray, KET

Eastside Technical Center of Lexington, Fayette County Schools, has a new set of multimedia production classes and a new teacher: Ms. Michelle Rauch, an enthusiastic leader experienced in multimedia production, having worked for several years in local television.

Students who attend Ms. Rauch’s classes are from Fayette and the surrounding Jessamine and Woodford school districts. Here are some students working on creating and editing music for multimedia projects.

Student projects include a periodic news magazine program that’s shown over the school network, PSAs (public service announcements), and various other special projects, such as this example on student gender issues, People are People, No Matter What, which was also uploaded for sharing to the KET School Video Project website.

Michelle Rauch will be at KET next July 9 and 10 to present at the next KET Multimedia Professional Development Days event on how she and her students are using their new portable a/v production switcher, the NewTek Tricaster pictured above). She’ll be joined by Tim Withers, Wayne County High School Art/Multimedia teacher, who will present on his class’ use of another useful and exciting portable a/v production switcher, the Edirol VR-5. We hope many Kentucky teachers and staff will again join us for the event. Details and registration information will be available at the project website later this spring.

AMLE “Taking the Lead” School Video Contest

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 by Jeff Gray, KET

Student video-producing schools interested in contests will have to hurry for this one because the due date is Oct. 24, 2011.

Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), formerly known as NMSA, is accepting video submissions to be played at its 38th Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, Nov 10-12, 2011. More than 7,000 educators from around the world will view the winning videos at the general sessions and will also see them recognized on SchoolTube and in the conference program books.

The conference theme is “Taking The Lead.” Challenge your students to use their 21st century technology and communication skills to showcase how they are taking the lead in their classroom, school, or communities.

Contest Details

  • Open to middle grade students (5-9)
  • Those working on the video must be 10 to15  year – olds, but teachers may submit the videos.
  • Each video must be 3 minutes or less.
  • Video(s) must be submitted via SchoolTube.  Information and instructions are at the Taking the Lead video contest information page.
  • Schools may enter as many videos as they would like.
  • Deadline: Videos must be uploaded no later than October 24th, 2011, at 11:00 pm EST.
  • Top 3 winners will be notified by November 7, 2011.
  • Top 3 Winners will recieve Best Buy Gift Cards for classroom use and cool SchoolTube gear.
  • To become eligible all videos must be uploaded by clicking the “Enter Now” button on this page.

For questions, email crisheill@nmsa.org or call Chris Risheill at 614-895-4730

KDE’s STLP 2011 State Championship a Big, Fun Event

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 by Jeff Gray, KET




This year’s Kentucky Department of Education’s STLP (Student Technology Leadership Program) State Championship event, held at the Lexington Convention Center and Rupp Arena, included many schools from across Kentucky. The Student Technology Leadership Program was established in 1994 by the STLP State Advisory Council. Student-designed projects, products and services to help the school and community are created during the school year and then showcased at the annual state competition event. The program is open to all students in every public school (P-16) in the commonwealth. Participants in the event for 2011 included 3533 students and 1,437 adults, representing 324 schools from 97 districts from across Kentucky.

This year’s collection of student technology projects featured several related to multimedia production, including school video news programs with special effects like greenscreen and animation, video documentaries, school welcome and student orientation videos, iDevice app investigation and design for school use, Google Sketchup 3D software for social studies projects, podcasting and vodcasting (video podcasting), webcasts of classes to off-campus students, and more.

Here are pictures of some excellent multimedia production-related projects, the KET booth, and some charming and impressive students…

See the Kentucky Department of Education’s Student Technology Leadership Program website for more information. STLP’s director, Elaine Harrison-Lane, will be presenting on what STLP is and how to participate in its many worthwhile educational projects at the next annual KET Multimedia Professional Development Days event for Kentucky educators, July 12 and 13, 2011.


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