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We are looking for 40 Bay Area English, science, social studies or VAPA educators who teach grades 8-12 to pilot a new project starting this summer and continuing into fall of 2017.   

The project will feature curriculum, media-making resources and professional development for teachers to support students in investigating questions and creating media about their findings. Using an online publishing platform, students will be able to work with peers both in their own classroom and other classrooms in a safe space where they can seek authentic feedback, support and inspiration. Students will access this platform through their teacher (similar to Google Classroom), and student work will not be visible to anyone not participating in the project.

During the summer, pilot teachers will co-create the resources to support student-driven writing, research and media making while building their own media integration skills. Participating teachers will also take an online professional learning course—a free, self-paced class created by KQED specifically for the pilot that includes support for using multimedia tools. Teachers will implement the project with one or more of their classes in the fall 2017.

The Details:

  • Attend an all-day kickoff event on Friday, June 16, 2017 in San Francisco.
  • Complete an online course over the summer to build media-creation skills. (3-5 self-paced hours per week for six weeks)
  • Return for a two-day workshop on August 4-5, 2017 in San Francisco.
  • Participate in the pilot during fall 2017.
  • Teach within one of the nine Bay Area counties.
  • After completion of the pilot, teachers will receive an $800 stipend.

While multimedia integration is a key part of this project, the pilot is open to teachers regardless of previous mediamaking experience or what devices you use at your school site. KQED-produced resources are always free and make every effort to integrate widely accessible, online multimedia tools that are also free.

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Apply by March 24, 2017. The pilot group will be chosen by April 30, 2017.