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Media Depot: New Multimedia Service for UK Student Projects

Friday, September 20th, 2013 by Jeff Gray, KET


Media Depot administrator Kirk Laird and UK Media Arts student Kevin Angel (l-r)

The Media Depot is the University of Kentucky’s new multimedia production service center for students who need a place to make video projects or practice presentations for classes. Housed in a basement tech-services area of U.K.’s W.T. Young library called “The Hub,” Media Depot administrator Kirk Laird has assembled an excellent set of multimedia production resources in an accessible and supportive environment students should find fun and useful.

I met Kirk when he attended our annual KET Multimedia PD Days event for educators this last July. Soon after, he sent me a link to an interesting test video made by the lab to document a dramatic UK science experiment — not to be tried at home. Their video utilizes slo-motion features of the GoPro Hero camera (cue to 1:20 min. for the hot stuff), a popular ultra-portable camcorder many use for stunt and special videography. Justin Allen, a KET video producer, also used a Hero cam suspended from a quadcopter to capture an aerial intro shot for the 2013 Fancy Farm political speech event TV special that aired on KET this last August.

One of my favorite things to do for the MediaWorks blog is to feature schools doing interesting and innovative things in media production, and it was a pleasure to meet with Kirk Laird for a tour of the new UK Media Depot. An unexpected bonus from my visit was also meeting Kevin Angel (pictured above and below), who happened to be checking-out the new resources for himself. Kevin, a Media Arts student at UK, quickly impressed us as a young man focused on moving toward a career in media production. His business card has a link to his website, which displays some of his generation’s interests in an example reel of some creative and understated video projects.


UK’s Media Depot is a good resource for students like Kevin who are looking for an excellent campus media production facility in which to build class projects or prepare for in-class presentations. See the Media Depot website for more information and how to schedule its use. From the online introduction: “The Media Depot is funded by the Student Technology Fee and is a collaboration between Academic Planning, Analytics and Technologies (APAT) and UK Libraries and is in support of the QEP, Presentation U.”



KET School Video Project – Student Health: Growing Up Well

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 by Jeff Gray, KET



Kentucky public and private schools:  Please upload student-produced videos to our website for the current KET School Video Project — Student Health: Growing Up Well.

We’re looking for videos that show how students can become healthier, happier, and more productive through development of healthy habits and by making good choices.

All Kentucky public, private, and homeschools who upload a video to us by Friday, November 22, 2013, will automatically be entered in a prize drawing on Monday, November 25 for an iPad Mini. We’ll email the winning school representative and post the winner on the project webpage.

If you need assistance in uploading or have any questions, please call or email Jeff Gray, KET Ed. Div., at; 800-432-0951, 859-258-7263.

So please send us some creative, student health-related videos to share online as an educational resource, and maybe you’ll win an iPad Mini! See more information at the project webpage.

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.

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