KQED, a member station of NPR and PBS based in San Francisco, announces the launch of the new KQED Learning online hub. KQED Learning serves educators with free and open digital content and tools focused on amplifying youth voice, making media, civic engagement, and real-world media literacy. KQED Learning is a “go-to” resource for professional learning programs, cutting edge media-making and creativity tools, and standards-aligned activities and content that encourage critical media consumption, thoughtful responses and perspectives, and inquiry- and project-based learning that crosses the curriculum.
A core component of the new KQED Learning is KQED Teach, a professional learning platform and source for a growing lineup of free online courses for educators. Courses are self- paced and cover media literacy topics and concepts using a hands-on, media-making approach. In addition to practical “how-to” instruction, KQED Teach courses provide creative insights about integrating media content and media-making activities into instruction to engage students. Among the available professional learning course topics are Media Foundations, Communicating with Photography, Making Infographics, and Interactive Timelines.
Courses feature rich content and guide educators through the processes of making media so they’re prepared to teach their students how to use digital resources to learn, communicate, collaborate, consume and make media critically. KQED Teach courses are free and give teachers the flexibility to learn and build skills when it’s most convenient for them.
KQED Learning offers educator-developed projects, activities and cross-curricular content to encourage student participation through media-making and collaboration. Content includes interactives, and project ideas that encourage students to question, investigate, make media, share, and reflect.
An example of the instructional content from KQED Learning is Engineering for Good, a three-week, NGSS-aligned, project-based learning unit that gives middle school students hands-on experience with the engineering design process as they develop solutions for the impacts of plastics on the environment.