2014 STLP State Championship Shines On

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 by Jeff Gray, KET

Kentucky’s Department of Education held its eighth annual Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship on April 22 in Lexington’s Rupp Arena. From the STLP website, “The State Championship allows students from across the state to come together and demonstrate for other students, school and community persons what they know and can do with technology.”


This year’s event was the first state championship coordinated by new program director, Jeff Sebulsky, formerly of Clark County Schools. He has impressed many with his expertise and creative drive.

Hundreds of K-12 schools from districts across Kentucky were represented. In addition to the displays of robotics, coding, app and game making, and other projects, a trip up and down the rows of student displays once again showed a big interest in making curriculum-based video production projects at all levels. From environmental to health topics, from digital citizenship to the arts, there was quite a good representation this year of schools who support student-produced video production.

Centre College Students Present Journalism Class Web Project

Friday, February 28th, 2014 by Jeff Gray, KET

Bill Goodman, redoubtable KET Public Affairs television producer and host of Kentucky Tonight, One-to-One, Education Matters, and many special programs, led 23-students in a three-week Centre College class in January titled, “Politics and Journalism in the Age of Social Media.” Always on the lookout for new and important developments, Bill is especially enthusiastic about education and students.

To help prepare a special project for his course, Bill met with Helen Morrison and Jeff Gray of KET to organize a class visit to KET’s Media Lab for an introduction to online tools and resources for collecting and sharing information via the Web — from video production to statistics, surveys and polls. Bill’s class used several of the resources in their class projects.

In the”Bill’s Eye blog article describing his Centre College teaching experience, Bill gives an overview of the aim of his class and its special final project:

Through these discussions I wanted the class to think critically about how journalism has changed in the past few decades. I asked the students to ponder questions about the ethics and values of news reporting today, and how social media and journalism overlap. I was also curious about why their generation doesn’t seem to embrace traditional news the way their parents and grandparents do.”

“The highlight of the term was a final project. I challenged the students to design a social media tool such as an app, Facebook page, website, or podcast that would provide voters with helpful, interesting, and factual information about this year’s race for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat. You can see what one group of students came up with at http://www.commonwealthduel.weebly.com

Here are Centre College students Sean Dunn, Jordan Shewmaker, Mary Tanner, Mary Burger, and Haley Hoffman at KET’s Media Lab presenting their group’s final project: a public service website about the upcoming 2014 United States Senate election in Kentucky. Their project website, The Horse Race, is a unique online service that shares important and useful information about the  candidates in order to help Kentucky voters make better informed decisions affecting the future of the commonwealth and the nation. Bill’s students were impressive and encouraging.

Prichard Committee’s Student Voice Team Moves Ahead

Friday, February 7th, 2014 by Jeff Gray, KET

The Student Voice Team of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, a cooperative project begun in 2013 by Rachel Belin, Development and Student Voice Team Director, continues to grow and work to effect change in Kentucky public schools. “The Student Voice Team is comprised of a team of middle and high school students working closely with the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence to amplify the voices of Kentucky youth on the classroom impact of education policy issues. The overarching vision is to position students as partners in improving Kentucky schools.” They meet regularly to plan communication activities and presentations that promote change in school policy from the group’s perspective.

Using a variety of social media tools, including Google Hangouts (live online meetings), blogs, Instagram picture sharing, Twitter messaging and chat, and more, the Prichard Committee’s Student Voice Team is making their message heard in many ways. Student Voice, a national organization of students endeavouring to be change agents, featured the local Prichard Committee’s Student Voice Team in a Google Hangout and Twitter Chat event in which they shared their goals for education policy.

Here’s the recorded video of the Student Voice Google Hangout online meeting that featured Kentucky’s Prichard Committee Student Voice Team…


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