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Media Depot: New Multimedia Service for UK Student Projects

Friday, September 20th, 2013 by Brian Spellman, 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: Election 2012 — Students Share Ideas

Monday, October 22nd, 2012 by Brian Spellman, KET

Kentucky schools have uploaded some excellent student-produced videos about the 2012 presidential election to the KET School Video Project: Election 2012 website.  All who upload by October 31, 2012 will be included in a drawing on November 1 for a package of free video editing gear and software.

Here are some ideas for topics…

  • Student or local citizens’ voting preferences or opinions
  • Local or national election poll reports and what they mean
  • Election process explained, history of, how it compares with other governments’
  • Biographies of the candidates
  • Biographies of U.S. presidents
  • Simulated interviews with U.S. presidents
  • Simulated candidate debates
  • Interesting facts about the presidents or past elections
  • Use costumes, props, or greenscreen effects to transport yourselves back in history, to a political rally, or to Washington, D.C.!

See instructions, examples, and helpful links at the project website: KET School Video Project: Election 2012.

Here’s a sample video from Wayne County High School,
Rosie the Riveter,” made as an encouragement to research issues and vote.

Here’s a charming example from Mullins Elementary in Boyle County, “Election 2012: Are You Patriotic?,” encouraging all to vote.

And who wouldn’t consider voting for this pup in the video sent by Elkhorn Crossing School, Scott County, “My Dog Runs for President,” which cleverly lists the requirements of the position?

KET School Video Project – Upload Now!

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 by Brian Spellman, KET

Kentucky educators can now upload student-produced videos directly to the online
KET School Video Project for sharing among students, colleagues, parents and caregivers, and for use in instruction. We’re looking for K-12 news programs or story segments, public service announcements, documentaries, art/music videos, classroom project videos, training/tutorial videos…whatever school video productions students are making that you’d like to share.

Visit the KET School Video Project for details and an easy-to-use online upload form. Export a video from your camera or video editing program to a file for uploading to the web (.mp4, .mov, or .wmv files work well). Then upload your video and we’ll check its technical specifications and content. Once approved, you’ll be sent an email notification with a link to the Watch Videos page.

Brian McKinney and his Estill County Middle School student video producers have uploaded the first videos to the new service. Check out the ECMS Pi Day Special video, a news feature story about their school’s celebration of the holiday commemorating the mathematical constant Π — Pi Day. In the video, students change the words of popular songs and sing them with amusing and charming results. What’s happening in your school? Record, upload, and share it!

Over the years, we’ve seen some amazingly well-made videos by Kentucky K-12 students. Some of them can be seen at the KET School Video Project under
Video from Past Projects. If you’re unsure of what type of video to make or to upload you can find some great student-produced examples there. Take a look at…

If you’re new to student video production and need some assistance getting started, or if you’re currently producing school videos and want to expand, try one of our KET services for school multimedia production at, including…

So, Kentucky K-12 educators (public, non-public, homeschool), ready…set…upload! If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact , KET Education.

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