KYSTE‘s (Kentucky Society for Technology in Education) conference, held this February 28 through March 2 at the Galt House in Louisville, has become a fine replacement for the former annual KTLC (Kentucky Teaching and Learning Conference) that ended a few years ago. Sessions and workshops were very interesting and informative, covering many topics including the use of iDevices (iPads, iPods, iPhones, iTouches, and other mobile computing gear — now all the rage), SMART boards and other displays, and many other titles that explored effective use of technology in the classroom. KET Education Consultants presented on the expanded resources of KET EncycloMedia, on making Do It Yourself Electronic Field Trips, and on the interactive, historical online role-playing game series, MISSION US, piloted in Kentucky by KET and WNET/Thirteen, New York. Ms. Laureen Laumeyer, a 5th grade teacher at Hardin County’s Meadow View Elementary School, has been named National MISSION US Educator of the Year.
Having a special interest in school video production, I attended several workshops on the topic and was pleased to find that Kentucky teachers and students are actively using video in their classes and STLP groups to make well-made and useful educational projects across the curriculum that are shared throughout their schools, over local television, and via the Internet and Web. Ms. Elaine Barrett, of LeGrande Elementary, Hart County Schools, is pictured above showing an Apple iPad video teleprompter application to the attendees of her session, “School Broadcasting,” which she co-presented with Brenda Line and three students who demonstrated recording and editing a video interview using FLIP camcorders and the Windows Movie Maker program. More pictures of them are in the slideshow, below.
KET announced at the conference that it has added a free and easy way for schools to share Kentucky student-produced videos online: the KET School Video Project upload service. Teachers can upload student videos to KET using an easy web form. Once we’ve checked and processed them, the web-hosted videos can be shared with students and parents/caregivers or used in school projects. We hope many Kentucky schools will share their excellent student-produced videos. See them at the KET School Video Project.
There was some interest and information shared at KYSTE-2011 about the growing number and quality of online media processing tools. Though not yet as feature-rich or as useful for job-education software as pc-based programs (so far), tools like the graphic set at aviary.com, and the online video editor at jaycut.com, are coming on strong in the development of “cloud-computing” online resources and Web 2.0 tools. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the JayCut online editing program includes a greenscreen-chromakey effect, and that the Aviary graphic editor, “Falcon,” includes the ability to create and modify layers. Those are two big steps forward in online media processing. It will be interesting how things develop by the next KYSTE conference in Louisville, March 6-8, 2012.