Learn with Media: Lesson Plans and PD for STEM/STEAMLearn with Media: Lesson Plans and PD for STEM/STEAM

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 the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and ISTE standards, and geared toward middle and high school classes in STEM/STEAM, from biology to engineering.

Engineering for Good 
Students use the engineering design process to define the “plastic problem,” brainstorm solutions, develop prototypes and iterate on their designs.


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:
+  Confirmation Bias: Why Do Our Brains Love Fake News? 
Top 4 Tips to Stop Bad Science Reporting

KQED Learn

A place for students to practice communicating science concepts, 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 hot discussions:
+  Is a Carbon Tax the Best Way to Slow Climate Change?
Are Endangered Species Worth Saving?
How Far Should We Go When Editing Genes?


Youth Media
Explore all of our resources for bringing youth voice and media-making into the classroom, like this story created by a high school student for KQED Youth Takeover:
+  Farming That Uses a Little Water ... And a Whole Lot of Fish Poop

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

Professional Learning

Free professional development to help you hone your media making skills and incorporate media literacy into your teaching.

KQED Teach
Online courses for STEM educators that typically take about 6 hours to complete. Choose self-paced or facilitated. Get started with one of these:
+  Making Infographics
+  Bias in Big Data & Algorithms
+  Finding and Evaluating Information 

“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

Quest Engaging, relevant science and engineering resources covering topics from biology to geology.

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

KQED Science Award-winning science and environment coverage from the Bay Area and beyond.

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.

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. 


Featured on CDE Media Literacy Resource list


Founding partner