Kentucky Schools Tap Streaming Educational Television
[Editor's note: The first paragraph of this article was updated for accuracy Oct. 2, 2008. --D.N.]
Kentucky Educational Television (KET) recently extended its agreement with Discovery Education to provide all public schools in the state with Discovery Education streaming. KET delivers this content through its KET EncycloMedia service.
KET is a statewide public television service that provides standards-aligned preK-12 educational resources to schools. According to KET, these resources are presently used by 97 percent of Kentucky public schools. EncycloMedia is a partnership between KET and the Kentucky Department of Education that provides more than 5,000 full-length videos, 50,000 video clips, and "thousands of digital images, all searchable by keyword, content area, grade level, and Kentucky academic standards."
"Throughout Kentucky, educators depend on KET EncycloMedia's high-quality digital media to improve student achievement in the classroom," said Bill Wilson, deputy executive director of education for KET, in a statement released last week. "We are pleased to continue to offer Discovery Education streaming as part of KET EncycloMedia."
"Great hardware, reliable infrastructure and quality content are critical to the academic success of Kentucky's students," commented David Couch, CIO for the Kentucky Department of Education. "Powered in part by Discovery Education content, KET EncycloMedia will continue to provide educators outstanding content from a trusted provider through a proven network infrastructure."
Kentucky educators are also using the Discovery Educator Network, a professional development network that provides access to technology training and a resource library of projects and tools. The Discovery Educator Network community currently consists of about 88,000 educators.