Archive for the ‘video production’ Category

Media Depot: New Multimedia Service for UK Student Projects

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

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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 Angel-Vision.com website, which displays some of his generation’s interests in an example reel of some creative and understated video projects.

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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 Multimedia Workshops for Murray State University Project

Friday, August 16th, 2013 by Jeff Gray, KET

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Teacher workshop participants viewing their group iPad video project.

KET Education Consultants Brian Spellman, Amy Grant, Larry Moore, and Helen Morrison traveled to Murray State University on July 15-17 to present at the Department of Education’s Developing Standards-Based Digital Content for Next Generation Learning professional development program (year 2). The event was coordinated for area K-12 teacher professional development by Dr. Yuejin Xu and Dr. George Patmor.

MSU’s educator participants in the program were a very enthusiastic and creative group. KET’s education consultants delivered day-long multimedia workshops in stop-motion animation and basic video production for the classroom. KET ‘s Jeff Gray also joined the group to help give a workshop on using iPads and iPhones for school video production.

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Pictures from KET-MSU workshops in stop-motion animation and iPad video production.

KATE (The Kentucky Academy of Technology Education) is also based at Murray State. Director Ron Milliner, Patti Oakley, and others at KATE produce useful education resources from their offices at MSU, including recent training for Kentucky educators in using the newly statewide-implemented Microsoft Office 365 software suite of tools.

Kentucky schools can contact their regional KET education consultant for free in-school workshops in using many KET multimedia resources. For Kentucky schools and public service organizations within driving distance of KET’s Network Center in Lexington, KET also offers free workshops in multimedia production and related topics in its KET Media Lab. Schedule a workshop for students or teachers, along with a tour of KET’s broadcast production facility, by contacting Jeff Gray, KET Education Division, at jgray@ket.org; 800-432-0951 ext. 7263; 859-258-7263.

4-H Teen Conference Students Impress at KET Video Workshop

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

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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!

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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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