Science literacy skills are grounded in the ability to evaluate data, build arguments based on evidence and clearly communicate those ideas to others. And our current environmental challenges make this more crucial than ever. Media literacy strengthens these skills by giving students modern tools, such as podcasts, infographics and map-making, to demonstrate the science concepts they are learning.
Whether you’re looking to learn new skills yourself or want some fresh content that’ll generate lively engagement in your classroom, we’ve got you covered. Our free resources for science teachers will help you integrate media literacy into lessons on the environment, climate, carbon tracking and more.
In the Classroom
Read first-hand accounts of how two science teachers have implemented media-making in their classrooms by having their students track carbon footprints with interactive maps and film climate change PSAs.
KQED Teach: Making Interactive Maps
This online course will teach you how to bring map-making into your classroom and start your students on projects such as identifying pollutants in your neighborhood or mapping the carbon footprint of a product.
Our Above the Noise videos for middle and high school students prompt discussions that require students to analyze information about environmental topics and build arguments supported by evidence. Try one of these for starters: “Is Earth Running Out of Water?” or “Is Carbon Tax the Best Way to Slow Climate Change?"