Powtoon, Piktochart, or Prezi?

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Thanks to everyone who attended the KET Multimedia Event this year!!  I always enjoy participating and learn so much from the other presenters and attendees!

My presentation this year compared three tools for visual communication: Powtoon, Piktochart, and Prezi. I created my presentation with Piktochart and was surprised at how useful the “presentation mode” was. You simply flip through the blocks you created while building the infographic, easily visit the links, and return to the presentation as needed. Some of my blocks were a bit too vertical in nature which means they did not use the screen space as effectively as possible and the text was a bit small, something I will be sure to take into consideration next time I make a Piktochart infographic.

My comments about all three tools are included in the infographic along with some great samples and some tips about integrating these tools into instruction.  Enjoy!


2014 KET Young Writers Contest Winners!

Friday, June 20th, 2014

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Thank you to all who entered the 2014 Young Writers Contest!!! This year’s contest was a great success with a total of 548 entries! You can now download and view the 2014 winning entries by visiting http://www.ket.org/writerscontest/

Here is the complete list of 2014 winners:

Short Stories

My Teacher’s Secret Life by Carley R.
McCracken County
Third Grade, First Place

Working My Way Up by Kennedy B.
Jefferson County
Third Grade, Second Place

The Wizards of the World by Benjamin M.
Third Grade, Third Place

Flower Fiasco by Abby K.
Kenton County
Fourth Grade, First Place

Lonely Lily by Paige F.
Fourth Grade, Second Place

Glass Ball by Hannelore T.
Jefferson County
Fourth Grade, Third Place

My Sock Puppet by Ava C.
McCracken County
Fifth Grade, First Place

Mysterious Mansion by Camryn S.
Meade County
Fifth Grade, Second Place

Dog Dreams by Whitney C.
Bell County
Fifth Grade, Third Place

Illustrated Stories

Charlotte, the Lovely Princess by Zunairah S.
Jefferson County
Kindergarten, First Place

The Rainbow Unicorn by Piper S.
Jessamine County
Kindergarten, Second Place

Animal Fun in Outer Space by Lilly A.
Kindergarten, Third Place

Cassidy and Her Duck by Cameron H.
First Grade, First Place

The Farmer and the Red-Tailed Hawk by Charles W.
Oldham County
First Grade, Second Place

The Sunflower by Jillian S.
New Albany, IN
First Grade, Third Place

Friendship… The Dolphin Way by Jilia M.
Oldham County
Second Grade, First Place

Cy Monster by Luke G.
Clay County
Second Grade, Second Place

Sleep Dust by Avery S.
Jessamine County
Second Grade, Third Place

Bubbly is Back by Tiyasa C.
Cincinnati, OH
Third Grade, First Place

Waddle’s Adventure by Kaja J.
Third Grade, Second Place

The Butterfly Blues by Kaydence W.
Palmyra, IN
Third Grade, Third Place

Water and Winter Do Not Go Together by Willow T.
Jefferson County
Fourth Grade, First Place

Elevation by Amelia F.
Clay County
Fourth Grade, Second Place

Merrmilina and Her Friends by Ruth E.
Fourth Grade, Third Place

The Adventures of Sheriff Meatball by Raygen B.
Boone County
Fifth Grade, First Place

Owlie Whoooot Helps the Three Little Puppies by Sarah P.
Fleming County
Fifth Grade, Second Place

Why Penguins Waddle by Hannah R.
Science Hill
Fifth Grade, Third Place

We hope you will continue to encourage your young writers and illustrators and look forward to reading more great stories in 2015!

Best regards,

Social Studies Resources from KET

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

KET has wonderful resources for the Social Studies classroom!  Through KET Encyclomedia, Kentucky teachers can search for high quality media in both Discovery Education and PBS LearningMedia. Each repository has thousands of resources for classroom use. Here are some examples from both of these repositories:

Please note that you need to create an account to search for content in PBS LearningMedia. It is free and open to all users. Simply register for access!


If you are a Kentucky public school teacher and do not already have a username and password for Discovery Education, you will need to contact your KET Education Consultant or your School Media Specialist for assistance.

Be sure to explore the new Boardbuilder Tool for teachers and students. Here are a couple of great example boards:

Standalone Resources:

These wonderful resources are not in the repositories listed above:

KET’s weekly 15-minute current events television program for upper elementary/middle school students. The program consists of news segments, a current events quiz, “Letters to News Quiz,” and periodic “News Kids” features which may include reports submitted by students.
A multimedia project that immerses players in U.S. history content through free interactive games. Currently there are three games that address the Boston Massacre, the Underground Railroad and Western Expansion. These engaging interactive games include primary sources and activities for classroom use.

A State Divided

Seventy-five images related to the Civil War in Kentucky, ranging from medals and photographs to portraits and weapons. The goal is provide images of primary source artworks, artifacts, photographs, and documents that can be used to teach social studies and arts and humanities.

Lincoln for the Classroom

Resources include 31 short video segments from KET productions, Lincoln and His Times timeline and the Abe Across Kentucky quiz.

A music world tour plus videos and activities to explore instruments, the element of music, songwriting, and more.

World of Dance and Music

An interactive social studies/arts resource showcasing music and dance from many cultures.


Please contact me or your regional KET Education Consultant for training or assistance with any of our resources.

Helen Morrison
KET Education Consultant, Northeast Region
Email: hmorrison@ket.org
Twitter: @Helen_ket

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