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KET Multimedia PD Days 2013: Useful Fun for Educators

Friday, July 26th, 2013 by Jeff Gray, KET

DSC_0147bAllison NeCamp and Sara O’Keefe of KET’s Education Division signed-in Kentucky educators at the KETMPD13 (l-r)

Our 10th annual KET Multimedia Professional Development Days event was held this last July 9 and 10, 2013. We at KET again enjoyed presenting fun and useful information on school multimedia production equipment, methods, and related topics to K-20 educators from across Kentucky. We’ve posted some of the presenter handout and session materials online at the project web page.

2013 event sessions included

Basic Video Production (a great introduction to any video recording plans) – Larry Moore, KET

Microsoft Office 365 and Lync Web Conferencing for Kentucky Schools (NEW) – Patti Oakley, KATE/Murray State University; Marty Park, Kentucky Department of Education

Digital Reenactments: Student Greenscreen Video Projects (fun and correlated) – Stephen Swan, University of Louisville

All-In-One Video Studio Boxes (NEW) – Tim Withers, Wayne County High; Michelle Rauch, Eastside Technical School, Fayette County Schools

iBooks Author: Amazing Apple PC Project Software (NEW) – Jennifer Gordon, Corbin Middle School

Engage Your Students with KET EncycloMedia’s New Features and Tools! (NEW) – Kathy Davis, KET

Google Tips and Tricks (NEW) – Donnie Piercey, Woodford County Schools

iPad Video Production: Take One (NEW) – Jessica Murrell, Northern Elementary, Pendleton County Schools

Tour of KET’s Multimedia Production Facility (see our staff working) - Deborah Harris and staff of KET

Using PBWorks’ PB Wikis to Teach Arts and More (NEW) – Paula Mullins, Jeffersontown High, Jefferson County Schools

Introduction to Using Twitter in Education (an excellent overview) - Amy Grant, KET

Digital Driver’s License Project: Prepare Students to Be Responsible Netizens (NEW) – Marty Park, Kentucky Department of Education

Free Tools for Blended Learning: Edmodo and More (NEW) – Helen Morrison, KET

Using iPads, iPhone, iPods, and Apps for Video Production (NEW content, gear) – Jeff Gray, KET

Re-Tool Your School: Useful Online Resources (NEW) – Susan White, Corbin Primary School

Media Arts: Creating a Classroom that Fosters Creativity (NEW) – Todd Norton, Elknorn Crossing School, Scott County Schools


KET Education Consultant Helen Morrison presenting her session on Free Tools for Blended Learning

We hope you’ll join us again next summer for the next KET Multimedia PD Days event, to be held in July of 2014. See the project web page next spring for details about the event and new workshops.

Meeting of Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence Hears Student Voices

Monday, July 1st, 2013 by Jeff Gray, KET

The Student Voice Team, conceived and coordinated by Rachel Belin, Development Director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, consists of 14 Central Kentucky high school students brought together at KET to plan a multimedia presentation suggesting the need to integrate successful students in the organization’s education policy decision-making process. As part of their 30-minute presentation, the group showed a video of final arguments at the Prichard Committee’s June 9, 2013 meeting at General Butler State Park in Carrollton, Kentucky.

Additionally, a member of the Youth Voices team, Ross Boggess, recorded the opinions of three high-achieving Central Kentucky students in KET’s Media Lab for a video describing the impact of parents on their academic success. His student-produced video project was also featured in the Student Voice Team’s multimedia presentation at the Prichard Committee spring meeting.

Ross Boggess and the Student Voices team were very well received by the Prichard Committee members and look forward to working with the committee as regular student advisers.

4-H Teen Conference Students Impress at KET Video Workshop

Friday, June 14th, 2013 by Jeff Gray, KET


A group of over twenty remarkably enthusiastic and creative 4H Club students from schools across Kentucky attending the 4H Teen Conference 2013 at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, visited KET the mornings of June 11 and 12 for a video production workshop held by KET education consultant, Cynthia Warner.

After groups were formed by Cynthia and 4H student group leader Paul Muth, Children’s Projects Coordinator at Ephraim McDowell Health Community Services, students learned the basics of video production and then planned, recorded, and quickly edited several imaginative video projects. Their results were uploaded to the KET School Video Project website for sharing. From viewing their quickly-made workshop videos, it’s obvious that these clever and resourceful students can now produce outstanding classroom-related video projects back at school.

Here are three of the 4H group’s project videos:

  • The Heist  —  demonstrates learned video production techniques such as direction, varying camera shot point of view, and using angles for effect…and excellent use of a maguffin.
  • The Writer’s Room  — demonstrates clever group planning and direction. Their video became a self-reflective story about their difficulties in planning a video in a bit of cinéma vérité.
  • From the Stars — is about a young man who claims to have been abducted by aliens, and demonstrates creative planning, interviewing, and special effects techniques. This video was shot in one of KET’s broadcast studios that was being prepared for a public affairs program interview by KET’s Bill Goodman; a particularly outgoing student asked our crew if she could use the studio for her own video interview; after getting permission, she sat down and immediately began recording from the adjoining set!


We’re always glad to assist the annual 4H Club Teen Conferences with video production workshops at KET. Paul Muth, visiting 4H student group director, told us of the recent Tufts University, “4H  Study of Positive Youth Development,” which describes documented benefits of student participation in 4H Club projects and related activities. Sounds good to us! Our KET staff working with schools have heard for years teacher stories about how multimedia group projects provide excellent opportunities for all students to excel at making useful products that they can share and feel good about — the students doing well in school as well as those who are struggling or who don’t have something to be involved in. Good self esteem, good behavior, and good grades naturally follow.

We look forward to seeing more student-produced videos from Kentucky schools.  If you’re a school or community organization video producer, please upload examples of your student-produced videos to share from our KET School Video Project website. If you’re just starting out in school video production, if you’d like to expand your video program, or would like to find out how KET can help your community organization use multimedia with kids, please see our school multimedia resources page or contact Jeff Gray, KET Education Division, 800-432-0951 ext 7263; 859-258-7263.

KET has several multimedia resources available free to Kentucky schools and community organizations, including regional KET education consultants who can present free on-site workshops for teachers and students; a KET Media Lab in Lexington for free workshops in multimedia production; tours of KET’s production facility; and more, so take a look and contact us if you’d like to explore how we can help.

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