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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:
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

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.

Kentucky students to work side by side with research professionals

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 by Tom Martin

 Gatton Academy students among first Emperor of Science Award winners

dickenhaley “I believe the cure for cancer is in our future. “ That’s the positive outlook of Kentucky student Haley Dicken. She and fellow Kentucky student Makenzie Daniels have been selected from among 1,200 high school applicants throughout the nation as winners of the inaugural Emperor of Science Award.

The award program, inspired by the PBS documentary Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in cancer research and care through a mentoring opportunity pairing them with leading research professionals in the field.

Dicken and Daniels are in their first year as students at Western Kentucky University’s Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky.

“Not unlike most people, I have a family history of cancer in my family,” noted Daniels. “The particular cancer that sparks my interest is hereditary breast and ovarian cancer related to the BRCA genetic mutation. My father’s side of the family tested positive for the mutation and my paternal grandmother died due to ovarian cancer related to this gene.  Research in both treatments and prevention of cancer related to the genetic mutation is what I will be doing with my mentor.”


Daniels, a student researcher in the WKU department of biology’s Genome Discovery and Exploration Program, will be working with Dr. Shannon L. Puhalla, director, Breast Cancer Clinical Research Program and an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine.  Dr. Puhalla is a medical oncologist and hematologist who specializes in breast oncology, Phase I clinical trials, and novel therapeutics in breast cancer.

Dr. Puhalla’s plans for Daniels’ 8-to-12-week research experience include the preparation of a manuscript outlining recent clinical trial findings. “It is a lot of work to compile and synthesize all of the clinical trial data into a paper. There is a lot of data analysis that goes into writing a paper and I think at her level she can assist with this but also learn what goes into a clinical trial and how we determine if there is safety and efficacy with a new drug.”

Dicken will be paired for 8-to-12 weeks with Dr. Natasha Kyprianou, the James F. Hardymon Chair in Urologic Research at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and a professor at the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center.  “Exposing the student to the rigorous research dynamic not only at UK but also from institutions across the nation will provide a monumental intellectual stimulation, strength to face challenges with determination and passion towards the cause of curing cancer,” said Dr. Kyprianou. “It will be a journey of inspiration, creativity and impact, all around.”

In addition to these invaluable research experiences, Daniels and Dicken will receive Google Chrome notebooks in support of their studies and $1,500 stipends for their expenses. They also will have the opportunity to continue the mentoring program throughout high school.

The award program is made possible by founding donors Genetech, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Novartis and through partners Stand Up to Cancer and PBS Learning Media.

Dicken senses that she has entered the ground floor of a career with historic potential. “This is an exciting field of study to be in, as it has been suggested in the world of cancer research that our generation may be the generation to discover the cure for cancer.”

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