Youth Media in the ClassroomYouth Media in the Classroom

Get started with youth media. 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 that support middle and high school students in creating media.

KQED Youth Takeover
Students learn valuable media making skills , collaborate with media professionals, and share their work and ideas with a wide audience in this annual program for Bay Area schools. Inspire discussion and creativity with one of these student stories:
+   No, You Don't Have to Talk to That Stranger at Your Local Coffee Shop to Be Polite by Taila Lee and Chloe Postlewaite
+  'I'm Always Tired.' Navigating High School on Barely any Sleep by Vincent Nguyen

Above the Noise
In this video series made with and for youth, we strive to include student voice throughout the content development process, from planning topics to filming. Our team frequently collaborates with classrooms and the KQED Youth Advisory Board. In your classroom, you can kick off meaningful discussions with one of these episodes made with student input:
+  What Kind of Active Shooter Drills Are Most Beneficial to Students? with PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs
+  Why Is Vaping So Popular?

KQED Learn
A place for students to practice civil discourse, media making and media literacy. Discussions include video prompts from Above the Noise, lesson plans, viewing guides and transcripts in English and Spanish.  Join these hot discussions on topics selected by high school youth media producers:
+  How Should Schools Decide on Dress Codes?
What Is a Fair Amount of Homework for High School Students?


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 all educators that typically take about 6 hours to complete. Choose self-paced or facilitated. Get started with one of these student media topics:
+  Video Storytelling Essentials
+  Podcasting with Youth Radio 

“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:
+  Making Media for Classroom Use:  Audio & Video
+  Implementing Media Projects in the Upper Grades


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Letters to the Next President in collaboration with the National Writing Project (2016). There’s another presidential election on the way, and KQED is here for you. Register for KQED Learn to be the first to hear about everything Election 2020.

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.


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