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…


Junction City Elementary Visits KET Media Lab for iPad Video

Friday, November 1st, 2013 by Jeff Gray, KET


Barb Anderson and Sara Cavitt (l-r), of Junction City Elementary in Danville, brought their broadcasting club students to the KET Media Lab for a workshop in Using iPads for Video Production and a tour. Using camcorders or iPads to record video, they usually edit their student news productions with the iMovie program on an Apple Mac pc. At KET, they explored using an iPad as a complete production tool for both recording and editing using its built-in camera and the iMovie app.

Here are some examples of student-produced videos that demonstrate quick and clever group work in story planning, recording, and editing including background music application, text generation, use of still pictures and recorded audio, and more from the 5th graders’ work in the 1.5-hour workshop (mouse-over image for navigation arrows, swipe on portables):

The 10-Year-Old Spy - Junction City Elem.

iPad Student Video Example

An iMovie trailer project
IPads at KET - junction City Elem.

iPad Student Video Example:

An iMovie project
Junction City Elem Stlp Kids' Movie Making

iPad Student Video Example:

An iMovie Project

Junction City’s students were a lively and creative group. We look forward to seeing more of their video production work soon. If you have a school group of public, private, or homeschool students you’d like to bring to KET for a free workshop in multimedia production and a tour, please call or email Jeff Gray at 800-432-0951 ext 7263; 859-258-7263; jgray@ket.org. Resources: www.ket.org/schoolmedia.


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