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4 Online Courses to Bring Media Into Your Remote Classroom

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Let’s face it, remote teaching is hard. Your lesson plans that you confidently deliver in person just don’t work the same in a remote classroom. Regular tasks like managing class participation, having students work together, and grading suddenly seem much harder to accomplish.

You are probably considering or are already using some form of digital media to support remote learning. Perhaps you are showing a video from PBS LearningMedia to introduce a lesson on sustainable agriculture. Or your students are making short audio stories for a KQED Learn discussion. Or you assign the class to play STEM games together, like Jet’s Bot Builder. There are lots of ways that digital media can help make up for what’s missing from a remote classroom. But how do you make sure you are using media most effectively to promote learning?

Here are some critical considerations to take into account when incorporating media into your remote classroom:

  • What are the biggest technical and logistical challenges you and your students need to overcome?
  • What are the right tools and platforms to use with your students to ensure their safety and privacy?
  • How do you quickly find the media that will support learning goals?
  • How can you and your students evaluate online media and sources for reliability?
  • How might you facilitate your students making their own media?
  • How will you assess their media projects?

These are all challenging questions to answer. Fortunately, KQED has several free courses that can help you find answers to them. Here’s four to get you started:

Safety and Privacy in Participatory Culture
This course will help you create a safe space for your students in your remote classroom, including creating a student-friendly Code of Conduct and evaluating the digital tools and platforms your students use for privacy and security issues.


Using Media as a Core Text
This course will help you to connect relevant media to your curricular subject area and learn to analyze media across its many forms.

Finding and Evaluating Information
You and your students are likely going to be spending a lot of time looking up information online. This course teaches strategies used by professional fact-checkers to determine if an online source is credible or not.

How to Manage and Assess Media Projects
This course provides guidance for teachers on how to manage media-making by your students, including designing the right project, organizing media production, and assessing their work.

All of these courses are free and can be taken on your own schedule, at any time. Discover dozens more free online professional learning courses available to you on KQED Teach. If you are looking for something instructor-led, check out our KQED Media Academy courses (which are also free). As you dive in, what specific challenges are you facing? Let us know at teach@kqed.org. We’re here for you.

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