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Multimedia Education Resources KET Media Lab Workshops

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At the KET Media Lab, you can...

Explore using iPads, iPhones, and apps to make classroom multimedia projects in less time and for less cost; introduce students to MinecraftEdu educational gaming; try KET's online classroom resources. Enjoy one of our free KET Media Lab workshops, then stay for a career-readiness tour of KET's multimedia production facility!


What and Where: KET offers free workshops in multimedia production and related topics for Kentucky students and educators in the KET Media Lab at the KET Network Center in Lexington. We hope you'll join us in the KET Media Lab to explore ways to make project-based learning exciting, meaningful, and memorable with multimedia tools and resources!

Presenters: Workshop instructors include KET education consultants as well as other KET education and production division staff, and occasional guest presenters.

How and When: Choose from the list of current KET Media Lab workshops for students and teachers and e-mail or call , at 800-432-0951 ext. 7263, to arrange a visit that suits your needs and schedule. Kentucky schools, homeschools, community service organizations, and government social agencies are welcome to schedule year-round student, teacher, and staff workshops during weekday hours from 8:30 am 5:00 pm ET, M-F. Workshop start times and durations are negotiable to suit travel needs. Seating is limited to 30 participants per workshop with a few extra seats available for teachers, guides, and observers. Schools and groups may also bring or order lunches to eat at KET. All required equipment and software for workshops is provided.

KET Media Lab Workshops

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ADD A TOUR! Those bringing students for a workshop are welcome to also schedule a tour of KET, which can last from 30 minutes to an hour and which features various jobs and skills of KET staff used to produce multimedia resources and TV programming — our tours are great for career readiness! Many of our staff are Kentucky born and educated and many have children in Kentucky schools. We enjoy encouraging the young to enter the fields we chose, perhaps to join KET one day to carry on its good works. Please contact at 800-432-0951 ext. 7263 to schedule a visit.

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Homeschools, government social agencies, and community service organizations are welcome!
Several non-profit groups and homeschool organizations have enjoyed our free KET Media Lab workshops and tours, and we welcome the opportunity to share our resources with yours. If you'd like to bring your group to KET, please contact at 800-432-0951 ext. 7263 to schedule a visit. Pictured above with her mom is our youngest homeschool participant to date. Media Lab workshops are designed for upper-elementary through college-level students, but an eager youngster who shows up in jammies with a bunny is always welcome.

For more information and to make workshop reservations, e-mail or call at 800-432-0951 ext. 7263.


Here are workshops for students and educators that are available by request year-round. Add a tour of KET for a useful and exciting field trip!

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SCHOOLS planning to visit the KET Media Lab for a student workshop are also welcome to schedule a tour of KET's multimedia production facility. Private and homeschool teachers and students are welcome, as well as community service organizations and government social agencies. Please contact at 800-432-0951 ext. 7263 if you'd like to explore how our resources can help your organization. Join us at KET for Media Lab workshops you can use to make your own multimedia-based projects for subjects across the curriculum, and take a career-readiness tour of KET!

WORKSHOP TITLES

Workshops are for students in grades 4-20; teachers and staff, all grades. Length of workshops is usually 1.5 hours, but can be from 1-3 hours as needed. Equipment and software used are noted in individual workshops.
Basic Video Editing (using pcs, pc software, web resources); students grades 4-20, teachers and staff all grades
Basic Video Production (using pcs, video cameras/camcorders, web resources); students grades 4-20, teachers and staff all grades
Engage Students with KET EncycloMedia's Interactive Features (using pcs or iPads, web resources); students grades 4-20, teachers and staff all grades
Greenscreen Effects for Video Production (using pcs, pc software, web resources); students grades 4-20, teachers and staff all grades
iPads, iPhones, and Apps for Video Production: Greenscreen Effects; students grades 4-20, teachers and staff all grades
iPads, iPhones, and Apps for Video Production: Recording and Editing; students grades 4-20, teachers and staff all grades
MinecraftEdu: An Educational Gaming Experience for Students and Teachers (using pcs, KET's MinecraftEdu server); students grades 4-20, teachers and staff all grades

Descriptions of KET Media Lab Workshops by Title

We'll be adding new workshop titles from time to time, so if you have an idea for one you'd like us to develop please let us know by contacting , KET.

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Basic Video Production

Led by regional KET Education Consultants and other KET staff, this hands-on workshop introduces the basics of video production using a camcorder or camera and pc, along with the basic jobs and procedures of a video news gathering crew. Help your students learn how to plan and record events and news stories, interview students and teachers, and get useable and interesting video and audio every time!

Topics include:

Audience: Students, grades 4-20; teachers and staff, all grades
Length: 1.5-3 hours
Content Area: All

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Basic Video Editing

This hands-on workshop shows how to edit using inexpensive or free video editing software. PCs are used in this workshop, and the basic methods and techniques also apply to Mac and other PC editing software titles. Laptops, video camcorders, and other equipment are provided by the KET Media Lab.

Topics include:

Audience: Students, grades 4-20; teachers and staff, all grades
Length: 1.5-3 hours
Content Areas: All

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Engage Students with KET EncycloMedia's Interactive Features

Looking for online resources that engage student interest and curiosity in new and exciting ways? This workshop explores the interactive features of KET EncycloMedia and other related interactive games and websites. PBS LearningMedia and Discovery Education now include features that empower teachers and students to create interactive web interfaces for sharing and exploring not only resources from these massive collections of multimedia, but also one's own original content. These new features are perfect for use in Blended and Flipped learning situations. Experience how KET’s online resources meet current education standards while addressing multiple intelligence levels and diverse learning styles. For an in-depth experience, schedule additional time to design your own classroom activities and lessons using KET resources.

Audience: Students, grades 4-20; teachers and staff, all grades
Length: 1.5-2 hours
Content Areas: All
Web tools: PBS LearningMedia tools, Discovery Builder Tools, and other useful web resources/tools as they develop

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Greenscreen Effects for Video Production

This workshop provides basic introduction to use of the popular chromakey (greenscreen/bluescreen) video effect seen everywhere in movies and on tv, and commonly found as a feature in basic editing programs such as Pinnacle Studio and iMovie. This hands-on group workshop explores the use of the effect in projects such as school news programs and announcements, and in classroom projects across subject areas including English studies, social studies, science, arts, and foreign language. Laptops, software, and other equipment are provided in the KET Media Lab.

Topics include:

Audience: Students, grades 4-20; teachers and staff, all grades
Length: 1.5-3 hours
Content Areas: All

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iPads and Apps for Video Production: Basic Recording and Editing

Time and expense needed to produce a video projects is cut dramatically by using portable devices like iPads and iPhones. The process is also a lot easier to teach at all levels. Workshop participants record and assemble a short edited video project while learning best practices for iPad video production. Note: methods demonstrated can be used with similar Android-based portable devices and apps.

Topics include:

Audience: Students, grades 4-20; teachers and staff, all grades
Length: 1.5-3 hours
Content Area: All

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iPads, iPhones, and Apps for Video Production:
Greenscreen Effects

This workshop demonstrates using Apple iPads and apps to make exciting classroom video production projects using popular greenscreen (chromakey) effects. Greenscreen effects replace video backgrounds with different pictures or videos. They're used everywhere in film and on tv, and once students experience how it's done their imaginations quickly suggest applications for entertaining and meaningful classroom projects for many subjects. In addition to the classic weather-person in front of a map, students can appear to be interviewing famous people in convincing historical settings for a video/social studies project; news programs can include rotating backgrounds to match seasons or events, share special events, or feature students; language class projects can show students appearing to converse in foreign countries; and more! Note: Methods demonstrated can be used with other portable devices and apps.

Topics include:

Audience: Students, grades 4-20; teachers and staff, all grades
Length: 1.5-3 hours
Content Area: All

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MinecraftEdu: An Educational Gaming Experience for Students and Teachers

This workshop is an opportunity to try MinecraftEdu software for educational gaming projects in a classroom/pc-lab setting. We'll go over the program's teacher and student controls as participants experience how to navigate the built-in Tutorial World. We'll also share examples of teacher-built game worlds, projects, and activities that support classroom teaching. Our KET IT staff will be available to discuss how easy it is to install and configure MinecraftEdu software on classroom pcs or on a networked school server, and we'll share helpful MinecraftEdu resources.

Topics include:

Audience: Students, grades 4-20; teachers and staff, all grades
Length: 1.5-3 hours
Content Area: All

NEW Workshop for 2015-2016: MinecraftEdu: An Educational Gaming Experience for Students and Teachers

Audience Content Area(s) Length
Students, grades 4-20; teachers and staff, all grades All 1.5-3 hours

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MinecraftEdu software running on KET Media Lab laptops — ready for you and your students!

MinecraftEdu for pcs is a teacher-administered version of the popular Minecraft game for computers, portable devices, game consoles, and smartphones. Designed by teachers to expand educational use, MinecraftEdu adds classroom control, a built-in Tutorial World to explore that quickly teaches program use and navigation, and special teacher-features for the easy building and facilitating of projects that supplement the teaching of many subjects within the game environment students love.

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Watch this PBS Digital Studios video for an entertaining overview.

MinecraftEdu expands the learning of Humanities, Math and Science, Foreign Language, Social Studies, Digital Citizenship and more. Students have fun exploring, completing quests and tasks, and building structures together in teacher-made worlds as they demonstrate learning. Teachers can modify in-game assessments from template worlds or make new ones in worlds of their own creation, adding links to web pages, videos, Google Forms, and other online content.

Looking for an exciting way to supplement the teaching of basic programming concepts? A new feature of MinecraftEdu is ComputercraftEdu, a set of tools for in-game turtle programming!

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Here's a video introduction to ComputercraftEdu
— a new toolset within MinecraftEdu

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See Tim Withers' Wayne County High School students
describing their Wonderful World of Humanities experiences in MinecraftEdu.

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Screenshot of the free Wonderful World of Humanities MinecraftEdu world created by teacher Eric Walker

Check out these links for more information:

Bring students to KET's Media Lab to try out MinecraftEdu instructional gaming with your students and learn how easy it is to use and install as a resource for your classroom or school.

For more information and to make workshop reservations, e-mail or call at 800-432-0951 ext. 7263.

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