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Minecraft Education Edition: A Special New Version for Schools

Thursday, January 21st, 2016 by Jeff Gray, KET

minecrafteducationedition_graphic1_500wMicrosoft, owner of the wildly popular open world Minecraft game — available on pcs, game consoles, smartphones, portable devices, and played by millions worldwide — has acquired the education version of the program, MinecraftEdu. Microsoft will soon incorporate the teacher-designed features of MinecraftEdu and add some new ones of its own to offer a new version of the program for schools:
Minecraft Education Edition.

Due this summer, Minecraft Education Edition promises to really make Minecraft sing as a classroom tool for teachers wishing to exploit the program’s engaging exploration and group building of game structures and environments for classroom activities that support the teaching of subjects across the curriculum. See the Minecraft Education Edition site for more information and some teacher resources to get you started. Microsoft will also be sharing news throughout the week at @playcraftlearn and at the project’s Facebook page.

Our KET Media Lab has been offering free introductory workshops for Kentucky teachers and students in using the MinecraftEdu program.

Seventh-grade students from Walden School, Louisville, collaborating during a KET MediaLab workshop on using MinecraftEdu

We at KET will be making the transition to the new Minecraft Education Edition software as soon as possible. Schools will then be welcome to join us at KET’s Media Lab for an introductory workshop on using the new Minecraft Education Edition software. More to come as things develop.

Comments from teachers who have attended MinecraftEdu workshops at
KET’s Media Lab:

I have started a club for several at risk students. We are using the Minecraft software to teach content to students in an engaging, motivating way.

We plan to purchase the Minecraft EDU to run in our Middle School computer lab!

We will be using this to engage students and see how we can use this program to increase other students involvement in other subjects.

The kids were very engaged and this gave the teachers an opportunity to see the program in action.

I liked that I was able to play the game with guidance and support.

I liked seeing all of the students engaged in the program. Some who have never tried it came out wanting to do the assignment.

I have already sent out information to the STCs in my school district.

The Minecraft class was awesome. The tour showed students what a real studio looks like and how TV stations produce shows. They loved the green screen studio and since we have a green wall in my room, they want to start using that.
Great experience, workshop and studio tour. Thank you!

This was great. I would like to try some of the other workshops. It was more than I could have hoped for.

I liked seeing the interaction and enthusiasm of the students as they were learning. I’m planning on implementing this is the classroom.

If you’d like to bring public, private, or homeschool students to KET for a free KET Media Lab multimedia production workshop and a tour of KET, please contact
Jeff Gray, KET Education Division.


Walton-Verona High Video Production Students Visit KET

Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Jeff Gray, KET

DSC_0041a Walton-Verona High School Bands Director and Media Teacher, Chris Miller, brought his video production students to KET’s Media Lab to explore greenscreen video effects with KET’s Jeff Gray, and to take a tour of the multimedia production facility with KET Producer, Tom Bickel.

Mr. Miller’s talented students were very keen and shared some good project work they’ve done: a school video news magazine made with Apple’s Final Cut Pro editing software. This Halloween special edition includes a feature story on an annual Northern Kentucky attraction, the USS Nightmare. It was a pleasure meeting with Mr. Miller and his WVHS students. Keep up the great work!

If you’d like to bring public, private, or homeschool students to KET for a free KET Media Lab multimedia production workshop and a tour of KET, please contact
Jeff Gray, KET Education Division.

Powell County Schools Explore iOS Video at KET Media Lab

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 by Jeff Gray, KET

DSC_0008aVicky Brown and Jennifer Francis, along with colleagues Kristin Richardson and Connie Nobles from Bowen Elementary, Powell County, brought students to KET’s Media Lab in December for a workshop in iPad Video Production.

These students already make school video projects using traditional camcorders and pcs for editing. Their teachers wanted them to explore using Apple iPads to make complete video productions within the device using the built-in camera and the iMovie editing app. iPads and similar portable devices by other manufacturers represent quite a savings to educators in equipment cost, teaching time, and class project development time.

Here are some pictures of the Bowen Elementary students exploring the iPad for video production. During the workshop they learned the basics of using the iPad camera; capturing good video and audio segments; arranging segments in the iMovie app’s editing timeline; changing segment properties such as length and audio volume; adding text titles; using built-in title/music templates; recording audio into the timeline, and more.


Here’s an example student-produced video project from the workshop…

If you’d like to bring public, private, or homeschool students to KET for a free KET Media Lab multimedia production workshop and a tour of KET, please contact
Jeff Gray, KET Education Division.

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