Education Matters

Education Matters is KET's monthly series exploring the educational issues that face Kentuckians. The program is hosted by KET's public affairs reporter, Bill Goodman.

May's Education Matters:

Empowering Students Through Technology

Monday, May 16, at 9:00 pm ET on KET

Starting in kindergarten, Kentucky students are using technology to create, communicate, and collaborate. In this special Education Matters recorded at the annual state Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) competition in Lexington, learn about the amazing work our young people are doing in engineering, computer programming, robotics, and more.

Join host Bill Goodman and guests for "Empowering Students Through Technology." See the complete on-air schedule.

Panelists for the program include:

  • David Couch, associate commissioner, Office of Knowledge, Information and Data Services, Kentucky Department of Education
  • Jeff Sebulsky, STLP program manager, Kentucky Department of Education
  • Marty Park, chief digital officer, Kentucky Department of Education
  • Laura Raganas, Imagine Academy program manager, Kentucky Department of Education
  • Kelly Flood, Kentucky state representative, Lexington, District 75
  • Jonathan Kidwell, director of educational sales and solutions, Extreme Networks
  • Kenny Franks, corporate operations engineer, Google
  • Morgan Taylor, STLP engineer alum

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Topic: Empowering Students Through Technology

Afterword Bonus Video:

David Couch, associate commissioner for KDE, and Kentucky's Senate President Pro Tempore David Givens discuss the importance of providing technology education to the state's students.
Afterword On YouTube
12:47 minutes

Upcoming Episode:

This is the final Education Matters for 2016. See you in 2017!


Thanks to members of the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs from Hardin County for producing video segments for this show. Thanks also to Kentucky State University for sharing their video coverage of the 2016 STLP awards ceremony.

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