For Kentucky children, school is about to get more interesting.
Gov. Ernie Fletcher, Education Secretary Virginia Fox and Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Gene Wilhoit recently introduced Kentucky Educational Television's new Internet-based multi-media learning service. The new service, called KET EncycloMedia, is the result of a partnership between KET and the Kentucky Department of Education, and is offered free to all Kentucky public schools.
Gov. Fletcher said KET is "always on the leading edge of educational opportunities via technology," and added that EncycloMedia "has the potential to become a national model."
KET EncycloMedia includes more than 4,000 videos, 40,000 video clips and thousands of digital images, all searchable by key word, content area and grade level. Kentucky teachers planning lessons may browse the vast media library of instructional resources and then incorporate those materials into their lessons.
KET EncycloMedia offers downloadable streaming video, a library of still photos and clip art, quizzes and lesson plans, a “this day in history” calendar, and many other related resources. It includes the popular unitedstreaming multimedia service, which has already been used successfully in several Kentucky school districts, as well as 50 hours of KET-produced video on Kentucky subjects. All of the materials, including the 40,000 video clips, have been indexed according to Kentucky academic standards.
Kentucky school district technology coordinators and chief information officers will distribute pass codes for using the new system early in the 2005/06 school year.
KET paid $575,000 for a two-year contract with Discovery Education, a subsidiary of the Discovery Channel, which developed the system behind the KET EncycloMedia.
For additional information, see KET's Web site at: http://ket.org/education/encyclomedia.htm
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