Learn with Media: Lesson Plans and PD for HumanitiesLearn with Media: Lesson Plans and PD for Humanities

Get started with media literacy. FREE standards-aligned classroom resources and educator professional development courses provided by nonprofit public media station KQED.

Classroom Resources

Lesson plans and resources aligned to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and ISTE standards, and geared toward middle and high school classes in English, civics, journalism, history, social studies, art and more. 

Above the Noise
Kick off meaningful discussions with this award-winning video series co-produced by KQED and PBS Digital Studios.  Try one of these:
+  When Is Your Brain Ready for Social Media? with Common Sense Education
+  False Equivalence: Why It's So Dangerous with Data & Society Research Institute
+  Confirmation Bias: Why Do Our Brains Love Fake News?

KQED Learn
A place for students to practice civil discourse, media literacy and media-making. Discussions include video prompts from Above the Noise, lesson plans, viewing guides and transcripts in English and Spanish.  Join these popular discussions:
+  Could You Become Addicted to Playing Video Games?
+  Should the Voting Age Be Lowered to 16?
What Kind of Active Shooter Drills Are Most Beneficial 


Youth Media 
Explore all of our resources for bringing youth voice and media-making into the classroom. 

PBS LearningMedia
Activities, lesson plans and resources for middle and high school.

Professional Learning 

KQED Teach
Free media literacy and media-making courses for educators. Get started with one of these:
+  Finding and Evaluating Information 
+  Making Interactive Maps
Making Media in the Age of Misinformation

“Super PD resource for making media in the classroom”
-Common Sense Education

PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification by KQED
Certification is earned by completing 8 micro-credentials. No seat-time required.  Start with one of these:
+  Evaluating Online Information
+  Making Media for Classroom Use: Images, Graphics & Interactives

More Education Content from KQED 

Mind/Shift  Explore the future of learning in all its dimensions — including cultural and technology trends, groundbreaking research, education policy and more on this blog and podcast. 

Deep Look  Explore big scientific mysteries by going incredibly small with Deep Look, a new ultra-HD (4K) short video series.

Art School  A video series for people who want to learn about art, with artist interviews and how-to videos.

KQED Classics

The Lowdown (published 2011 - 2018). Love The Lowdown but want fresh, timely content? Try Above the Noise.

Do Now  (published 2014 - 2017).  Do you miss Do Now and want more like it? Try KQED Learn.


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