Posts Tagged ‘Northern Elementary’

2012 OKI Children’s Literature Conference

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Last week, I had the pleasure of presenting some of KET’s online literacy resources to educators at the OKI Children’s Literature Conference and thought I would share them here as well. The OKI Children’s Literature Conference is a very well organized conference that has taken place every year since 1996. The featured speakers for this year’s event were Loren Long and Gary Schmidt and they were both fabulous presenters. Next year, the theme is The New Face of Non-Fiction: So Much More to Explore! and the featured speakers will be Candace Fleming and Steve Jenkins.

Here are the resources I shared during my session:

Literacy Central This collection includes our new Literacy Plan for Kentucky Interactive and a collection of other videos that illustrate high quality literacy instruction.

Literacy Plan for Kentucky Interactive This interactive is designed to provide, in one location, guidance to educators on the development, implementation and monitoring of literacy plans.

Blue Ribbon Readers The reading strategies used in the Blue Ribbon Readers lesson plans and interactive materials are adapted from the book, 7 Keys to Comprehension: How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get It!, by Susan Zimmerman and Chryse Hutchins.

Between the Lions These segments were selected from Between the Lions, the series that helps kids “Get Wild About Reading!”

Inspiring Middle School Literacy These self-paced online lessons are designed to enhance the literacy skills of struggling readers in grades 5–8. Each uses videos, interactive activities, note taking, reading, and writing to present students with an engaging science, social studies, mathematics, or English language arts topic. Each lesson addresses a range of literacy strategies, which are listed in the accompanying teacher’s guide.

Inspiring Middle School Literacy Video In this professional development video from WGBH, teachers, students, and a literacy expert present their perspectives on the use of the self-paced lessons in the Walmart Middle School Literacy Initiative.

PBS LearningMedia PBS LearningMediabrings together the best of public media, produced specifically for educators, from PBS, WGBH, and over 55 public media partners. High-quality content tied to Common Core and national curriculum standards is freely available to all educators as a basic service. There are over 11,000 resources in PBS Learning Media, including many that are literacy related.

The 2013 KET Young Writers Contest Our annual Young Writers Contest  is great opportunity to inspire creative writing in children in kindergarten through the fifth grade. Each year the winning entry  from each grade is showcased on our website. You can actually view thirty-six of last year’s entries as ibooks. You must first download them from here to an idevice.

Hello Northeastern Region!!

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Spring is here and, to me, it could not feel more appropriate as I grow into my new position as an Education Consultant at KET. I am really enjoying myself and, really, who wouldn’t? A big part of my job is to visit schools in my region, get to know the educators, share KET’s fabulous resources with them, and provide support to educators as they use them. I have already visited numerous teachers and media specialists and each meeting has provided me with a deeper understanding of the needs of educators and KET’s role in meeting them.

This position also means I get the great pleasure of learning about the innovative ways people are already using KET resources and other technology in education and I hope to share some of those stories with you as I develop this blog. Just this week I visited Melinda Caldwell (Northern Elementary, Scott County), who I have known for a number of yearsMelinda Caldwell at Northern Elementary. She has begun teaching third, fourth, and fifth graders how to make podcasts out of their booktalks, but instead of putting the podcasts online, she is attaching them directly to the book sitting on the library shelf! Melinda is using QR (quick response) codes, which are similar to barcodes, but can include more data, at least as I understand it. The students create podcasts of booktalks and then convert them to QR codes using special software. Melinda then puts a sticker with the QR code in the back of the corresponding library books. Anyone with a camera phone and the right app can then scan the code and hear the podcast!! I can’t claim to understand the whole process, but Melinda has agreed to come to our Multimedia Event this summer and share it! For more information about QR codes and related technologies, see Jeff Gray’s April 14 MediaWorks post.

Melinda is just one of many innovative educators I have met with in the past six weeks. Another LMS, Hollis Hart (Newport Junior High), is working on her first podcasts. As part of a biography unit, she is having students create mock interviews with famous people, record them digitally, and then post them on a website to share. I love learning about and sharing projects like these so please let me know what interesting things are happening in your schools! You can email me at anytime.

In addition, please let me know if you would like me to visit your school and provide an overview of our services to just you or to a small or large group. I’ll be happy to tailor the information to fit a particular grade level or content area. If it is after school, you can even receive PD time!

That is all for now!!  I’ll leave you with a few brief announcements from KET:

  • You can win an IPad from KET!! Don’t forget to visit our new EncycloMedia site at and complete the survey.
  • Registration for our summer Multimedia Professional Development Event is now open.  You can attend on either on the 12th or the 13th of July.  It is not only fun, but affordable at $50!!  Lunch is included.
  • If you still need a few PD hours for this year, we have several FREE workshops in the KET Media Lab.  You can check the schedule here.


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