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Eighteen Kentucky teachers named 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 by Tom Martin

PBSLM Digital InnovatorsEighteen Kentucky teachers have been selected to participate in the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program. The program, which is in its fourth year, honors tech-savvy K-12 educators from across the country who serve as leaders in the use of educational technology and incorporation of digital media into their classrooms.

Educators were selected based on submission of videos and written essays that addressed how they are creatively using digital technology and tools in the classroom to drive student achievement.

Kentucky’s 2016 PBS LearningMedia Lead Digital Innovator is:
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James Wampler, Shelby County High School, Shelbyville

“Digital Innovation is important in today’s classrooms because students need exposure to proper utilization of technology to connect them in relevant, engaging and information-rich ways to the real world that they live in,” said Wampler, who teaches eighth grade science. “I’m really looking forward to meeting representatives from other states to see how they are using technology as a tool for student engagement and growth.”

Additionally, seventeen Kentucky educators were identified as Local PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators:

Jamie Chenault, Lakewood Elementary School, Cecilia

Sara Byron, Kentucky Country Day School, Louisville

Lori Corbin, Webster County High School, Dixon

Savannah Denning, Lincoln Elementary School, Franklin

Kristie Ennis, Waggener High School, Louisville

Nicole Glover, Louisville Collegiate School, Louisville

Carrie Gupton, Meade County High School, Brandenburg

Stephanie Hagan, Saint Athanasius School, Louisville

Willa Johnson, Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, McRoberts

Justin Kirby, Adairville School, Adairville

Amy Madsen, George Rogers Clark High School, Winchester

Melissa Metcalf, Foley Middle School, Berea

Sam Northern, Simpson Elementary School, Franklin

Jessica Pass, Boone County High School, Florence

Sarah Shartzer, Kentucky Country Day School, Louisville

Jennie Watkins, Corbin Intermediate School, Corbin

Denise Webb, Pleasure Ridge Park High School, Louisville

The 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will receive year-long professional development opportunities, a free PBS TeacherLine professional development course, networking opportunities and more. Kentucky’s PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will also receive ongoing support in their communities from KET.

In addition, the 52 Lead Digital Innovators will receive an all-expense paid trip to Denver, Colorado, to participate in the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference.

“KET congratulates these talented Kentucky teachers for their use of digital media – like the instructional resources KET produces – to engage students and make a real difference in the classroom,” said Nancy Carpenter, KET’s senior director for education. “They will represent KET and the entire state as they continue to enhance their skills with these one-of-a-kind resources, tools and training from PBS LearningMedia.”

The full list of 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators is available here.

New study finds first-graders’ math knowledge increases with PBS KIDS’ Odd Squad

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 by Tom Martin

PBS Kids Odd Squad A new study by WestEd, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development and service agency, confirms the positive educational impact of the PBS KIDS series Odd Squad. The series, for children ages 5-8, airs at 4:30/3:30 pm Monday-Friday on KET and weekdays at 6:30/5:30 am and Saturdays at 10/9 am on KET2. The series is also available on demand through the PBS KIDS app.

First-graders’ knowledge of algebraic thinking, as well as of numbers and operations, increased significantly during the study in which the children, their families and their teachers used digital and hands-on resources from the series Odd Squad. Materials used in the classroom by teachers and participating children, and at home by children and their families, included television episodes, online games, video clips and hands-on activities.

Teachers used episodes and related resources from Odd Squad in their classroom instruction. At home, parents were encouraged to watch an Odd Squad episode with their child, then discuss it and do an activity together about the math content in the episode.

Key Findings

  • Over the course of the study, students’ overall knowledge of mathematics in the domains of numbers and operations and algebraic thinking increased significantly
  • In sub-categories of mathematical knowledge, students showed significant and positive pre- and post-changes on their knowledge of skip counting, pattern recognition, and simple addition and subtraction
  • Children who were exposed to the PBS KIDS transmedia resources outscored their comparison group peers
  • Parents’ awareness of their children’s mathematics development significantly increased over the course of the intervention.

The study, “Odd Squad: Learning Math with PBS KIDS Transmedia Content at School and Home,” was conducted on behalf of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the PBS Ready To Learn initiative. More information is available at CPB.org.

This research study is the sixth WestEd study that has analyzed and found positive effects on early learning from PBS KIDS’ television, hands-on activities and interactive content. Previous studies have demonstrated the learning impact of other PBS KIDS series, specifically, Peg + Cat, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, Sid the Science Kid and Curious George.

Everyday Learning Training

Thursday, February 4th, 2016 by Tom Martin

EarlyLearningTraining  50% of Kentucky preschoolers are not prepared for kindergarten

“Everything that we’ve learned here today will make a difference in children’s lives.” Charity Johnson was thinking about the preschoolers in her care and the support she discovered one recent Saturday at Louisville’s First Gethsemane Baptist Church.

Charity, owner of Kids ‘R Us Enrichment & Development Center, was among more than 60 preschool directors and caregivers from low-income neighborhoods in Louisville taking advantage of free Early Childhood training offered by KET.

Through the Everyday Learning grant provided by the James Graham Brown and PNC Foundations and in partnership with the National Center for Families Learning and Metro United Way, KET has created an expansive collection of Everyday Learning videos, interactives and classroom activities using original animation and images to introduce basic concepts of math, science, health, social studies and art to students in preschool through first grade.

Each educator leaves a training session with a curriculum toolkit, conveniently organized in binders, offering lesson plans and training materials. “Oh gosh, yeah! Going through and doing lesson plans is a lot of work,” said an excited and relieved Lana Albin, a caregiver at the MiniVersity in downtown Louisville. “This is all put together.”

“We try really hard to make the sessions interactive and fun, letting the teachers participate in some of the activities in the binders so they can see how easy it can be to implement them into their classrooms,” noted Amanda Wright, KET’s Early Childhood Education Manager. “It’s unbelievable how many amazing resources teachers and families just don’t know about. All of these things can be used to get the kids in Jefferson County and across the state ready for kindergarten.”

Kindergarten readiness is a powerful indicator of whether a child succeeds in life. Established reports say 50 percent of Kentucky preschoolers are unprepared for kindergarten. Additional pilot data released by the Kentucky Department of Education, however, indicates the unprepared rate is reaching 70 percent. The KET Everyday Learning training program responds to this disturbing trend, offering childcare providers in under-served neighborhoods the tools and knowledge they need to ensure that they are preparing children in their care to begin the learning process that will carry them through their teens and into adulthood.

At the First Gethsemane session, KET Early Childhood Education Consultant Eamonn FitzGerald led an “Art to Heart” class on the ways music, dance, drama, literature, and the visual arts can capture and inspire young minds and connect with other critical areas of learning. “We’re able to give early childhood providers specific ideas, activities, resources and consumables that they could literally leave the session with and do the activity with the kids they teach.”

“I do see the connection,” said Dr. Annette Bridges, Director of the First Gethsemane Child Development Center. “This gives a foundation for early math, literacy; not just physical and fine motor development but self-concept and social/emotional development.”

Caregivers each left the day’s training sessions with a tote bag bulging with materials including books, construction paper, dancing scarves and other tools. In all, more than $5,000 worth of materials was provided.

Charity Johnson has experienced her fair share of preschool caregiver training programs. “If it was a one out of ten, “she said of the KET Everyday Learning program, “ I would definitely give it a ten.”

For more information go to KET Early Childhood Education Professional Development.


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