Friday, December 21, 2012

NKHS Trojan Theater Presents The Diviners

The New Kent High School Trojan Theater will present The Diviners on January 5, 6, and 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door.  Contact New Kent High School at 966-9671 for more information, and please enjoy the preview video (with audio) above!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

NKES Animoto Videos

Many of you might be aware of a great web-based video production tool called Animoto.  Animoto offers free accounts for educators to use with students - students can easily create dynamic videos and soundtracks that can be much more engaging than the usual slideshows.  The link above will take you to the Animoto for Educators site, or you can visit the Animoto homepage.

Below are links to some Animoto videos created by students at New Kent Elementary School.  Thanks to Michelle Prough and NKES 5th grade teachers Jennifer Gardner, Jessica Stewart, and Carmen Marais for sharing!  Please use the links below to see what some of our elementary students have to share about their favorite authors -

Jerry Pinkney

Jan Brett

Tedd Arnold

Lane Smith

Marla Frazee

Chris Van Allsburg

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

VDOE Teacher Direct

As we near end-of-course SOL testing at New Kent High School and the beginning of second semester for all schools I wanted to remind you of a relatively new website produced by the Virginia Department of Education.

Virginia Teacher Direct provides links to SOL instructional testing resources and to various contests, professional development opportunities, and other news of interest to Virginia teachers.  Please bookmark this site and check it often!

In addition, the VDOE recently published, via Superintendent's Memos, compiled lists of resources for math, English, and science SOLs.  Please find links to these resource lists below:

compiled list of VDOE math SOL instructional and testing resources

compiled list of VDOE science SOL instructional and testing resources

compiled list of VDOE English SOL instructional and testing resources

Thanks, and please contact us if you have any questions!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Blogging with Students

Recently, a teacher asked for my opinion of the student blogging site, Kidblog.  This request also coincided with the opening of the Edublog Awards voting, so I felt this would be a great time to discuss blog services available and their uses in the classroom.  Blogging is a great way to get students to write about what they are learning and process that information.  It also allows the students to discuss their thoughts, encourage each other, and challenge each other to see things from different perspectives.

Kidblog is a good service for providing a blogging platform that is free, safe, and easily manageable by the teacher.  The way Kidblog works is the teacher creates a login and class.  Then the teacher can input student names or allow the students to use a site provided access code to create their own blogs under the teacher’s site.  The teacher has complete moderation rights to approve/deny posts and comments.  The student blogs are private by default as well so the teacher can maintain all discussions within the classroom if that is desired.

As Gmail users, each teacher also has access to a school Blogger account.  This can be used to communicate with your students, parents, or just write about what your students are learning in class.  Another way of using this is to set up a class blog where students can write about their learning and the teacher reviews the posts and adds them.

If you are interested in seeing other ways that teachers are using blogs to engage their students, I encourage you to review some of the nominees for this year’s Edublog Best Class Blog.  You may also wish to review this wiki created by the winner of best class blog 2012 that she uses to post resources about blogging with students.  

Also, before blogging with your students make sure to review the county AUP and discuss with your class appropriate security precautions that students should take prior to posting information online.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

New Digital Media Source!

     I receive many requests from teachers for more digital media sources that they can use to enhance their lessons and engage their students better.  There are many sources for pictures and video clips on the internet that are applicable to the curriculum and appropriate for use in the classroom.  However, many sites, like Youtube, must be blocked by schools to prevent access to the inappropriate content that is also on those sites.

     Recently it was announced that in partnership with WHRO, the local PBS affiliate, the Virginia Department of Education has provided free access to eMediaVA for all Virginia educators.   eMediaVA is a library of videos, animations,  and pictures that have been correlated with the Virginia SOLs.  The library may be searched via SOL or keyword and then filtered using several filtering options.  Users have the ability to upload videos to the library so that these resources may be shared with other teachers.  The system also allows teachers to create playlists for their students to view and quizzes to respond to the information.  All New Kent teachers will be receiving an email in the next several days with a welcome message and login information to be able to access and begin using eMediaVA.

      There are tutorial guides that are available once you log in and you can also access one here.  We hope that this source proves to be a valuable addition to your sources of digital media.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

RCC Math Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the team from New Kent High School for their victory in the Rappahannock Community College 2012 Math Contest!  This is the second consecutive victory for NKHS in the contest, as the students from NKHS bested teams from 12 other public and private schools from around the region.

Team members Alyssa Bushhouse, Chris Rolince , Megan Turner are all students in Dr. Candice Barkley's dual-enrollment calculus class.

In addition another NKHS student, Michael Venter, was a member of the second-place team from the Chesapeake Bay Governor's School.

Congratulations to our students and to Dr. Barkley for a fine showing!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Welcome to the New Kent Learning blog!

Thanks for taking a minute to browse!  This blog page will generally contain news, notes, and shout-outs for New Kent County Public Schools.  If you have something you'd like share with everyone in our school division, please drop me a note at or at

This blog will also be included in our new weekly web-based newsletter, "New Kent Learning"  You can also follow along on Twitter by using #NKLearning

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Look for more content soon!