Archive for the ‘Media Lab’ Category

Kentucky’s PBS Reporting Lab Students at KET

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by Jeff Gray, KET

Students from Pleasure Ridge Park High School, Jefferson County, along with students from Hardin County High Schools, visited KET in preparation for participation in the PBS Student Reporting Labs project, a regular feature of the evening PBS Newshour television program.

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KET Public Affairs Producers Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw, along with KET Education Division Producer Laura Krueger, talked to the students about interview planning and production. KET Production Division’s Justin Allen and Paul Smith spoke on field video production, and in the KET Media Lab Jeff Gray demonstrated greenscreen video effects for students, who then explored making
some themselves.

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All video-producing schools should take a look at the PBS Student Reporting Labs’ Curriculum page on the project website for excellent teacher materials, example student news reports, and news production tutorial videos by Gil Garcia and his students from Austin High School, Austin, Texas. Great stuff!

Rockcastle High School Gear Up Grant Students Visit KET

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Jeff Gray, KET

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Gear Up Specialist Ms. Cayci Mahaffee, along with English teacher Ms. Markita Proctor, brought students from Rockcastle County High School to KET for a tour and a KET Media Lab workshop in Basic Video Editing. Ms. Mahaffee is returning to KET this week with another Rockcastle County school group for another workshop on Infographics for Classroom Projects. She used federal Gear Up grant funding to pay for transportation costs to KET. The Gear Up program aims to encourage high school students to go on to college for study and career education. For more Kentucky Gear Up grant information see the Kentucky Gear Up website.

While touring KET, Ms. Mahaffee’s students were met by KET video producer/director Nick Helton, who is also from Rockcastle County. Nick spoke to the students about his works as a producer/director of KET television programs and special events. Many of KET’s employees are Kentucky natives, educated in Kentucky, with children in Kentucky schools.

DSC_0095a1Cayci Mahaffee, Rockcastle County Schools, and KET Producer/Director Nick Helton, addressing visiting Rockcastle High School students. Nick is also from Rockcastle County.

Other schools have used Gear Up grant funding for trips to Lexington for
KET Media Lab workshops and tours of KET’s multimedia production facility. Perhaps the grant could also help you bring students to KET. For more information on bringing students to KET for tours and KET Media Lab workshops, contact
Jeff Gray, KET Education Div.

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Metcalfe County Students Visit KET for iPad Video Workshop,Tour

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 by Jeff Gray, KET

DSC_0037aAn eager and lively group of intermediate-to-high school students from Metcalfe County visited KET for a Media Lab workshop in iPads for Video Production and a tour of KET’s multimedia production center. All had participated in a local district video project to feature their schools and were rewarded by a trip to KET in Lexington.

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See the Metcalfe County Schools Community Education web page for a look at the collected student-produced videos from the Metcalfe County Film Festival.

Here are three short videos made by the student group during their 1.5-hour introductory workshop to video production using iPads. The first video is an iMovie “trailer” example. The other two use built-in iMovie themed templates for graphics and music. Metcalfe County’s student and teacher group learned basic iPad video recording and iMovie editing quickly. Everyone had fun and they plan to make more student video projects with their school iPads back home.

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If you’re within driving distance of Lexington and would like to bring your K-20 students to KET for free tours and workshops in multimedia production, please visit our KET Media Lab page to see what’s available. Then contact Jeff Gray, KET Education Division, at jgray@ket.org; 800-432-0951 ext. 7263; 859-258-7263. You’re welcome to bring lunches and eat at KET if you like. To help pay for bus travel some schools have applied for U.S. Dept. of Education Gear-Up grants. See our school Multimedia Education Resources page for more information and projects.


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