Preparing young people for civic engagement with Free Media Literacy PD

That’s why, this spring, we launched a redesigned version of KQED Teach, our free, award-winning professional development platform designed for educators to improve their media literacy skills. Rather than simply providing pedagogical or curricular support to teachers, our learning-by-doing approach helps educators improve their own media literacy and plan instruction to support their students’ media literacy development. around the content that they are already responsible for teaching. For example, investing in acquiring the technical skills needed to create their own teaching materials provides the confidence and know-how to better engage their students in materials creation projects. Likewise, better understanding how to properly validate digital sources and identify misinformation is an important precursor to helping students develop these skills.

I really appreciate that when I check out KQED Teach, I learn, play with things, and then think of new ways to present the material to my students. – High school language arts teacher

Media training by media creators

KQED is a non-profit public media station with over 65 years of experience in education, and students’ media literacy and digital citizenship are central to the work we do here. We are passionate about raising diverse youth voices on KQED and digital platforms. Our goal is to help educators and their students acquire the skills and knowledge to assess the quality of information, communicate effectively using a wide range of media, and be better prepared to join the civic conversation online. ‘adulthood.

We regularly see the positive impact of creating student media as a pathway to student engagement and the necessary media literacy skills that will serve them throughout their lives as consumers and producers of media. We help teachers understand how storytelling, across a variety of media and across subject areas, can help students tackle complex topics more easily, effectively demonstrate mastery of norms, and build critical media literacy skills. .

What differentiates KQED Teach from other PD learning platforms is our focus on providing teachers with the same experiences that current standards demand from students. Learning by doing, producing for an audience, sharing your work publicly, and giving and receiving feedback are all essential parts of 21st century learning. We want teachers to experience what we often ask students to do without a second thought, like adopting new media-making skills and taking the emotional risk of sharing their personal work publicly. We believe that focusing on developing 21st century literacy skills for teachers leads directly to opportunities to embed these skills into their learning environments, which leads to better student engagement.

KQED Teach has been most helpful to me in feeling more confident that I can be a top media literacy teacher. The classes helped me learn to teach kids not only how to create their own podcast, but also the value of listening – not just looking at pictures, but listening. – High school science teacher

PD designed for teachers, by teachers

Designed to be completed in 2 to 10 hours, KQED Teaching Courses make it easy, engaging, and fun for K-12 educators to improve their media-making skills and learn how to help their students do the same. Each course completed earns you a certificate of completion for 10 hours of lessons and helps you earn micro-diplomas for PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification.

The courses are designed by KQED’s own professional media literacy educators, for educators around these core skills and provide resources and access to skills that can be immediately applied in the classroom:

  • Create media for classroom use: Create original audio, video, image-based and interactive multimedia content to support learning.
  • Evaluation of online information: Learn how to access valid and credible resources and identify misinformation.
  • Media analysis: Understand how production choices influence how media messages are interpreted and acted upon.
  • Assessment of online tools for classroom use: Learn how to evaluate the online tools you use with your students for student safety and federal rules and regulations.
  • Implementation of media projects: Create projects specific to your content area where students learn and demonstrate understanding by accessing, creating, and sharing media.
  • Student Media Rating: Design and implement high-quality assessments for student-created media that align with standards and provide learners with quality feedback.

To ensure that KQED Teach courses are best positioned to meet the learning needs of educators in media literacy and media creation for the classroom, they are:

  • Always available. All courses can be taken anytime, anywhere.
  • At your own pace – with instructor support. You learn when you can. When you’re ready, our instructors will be there with guidance and commentary.
  • Accessible and welcoming for educators with limited technical knowledge or previous experience with media creation.
  • Relevant for educators working in a wide variety of classroom technology settings and the different levels of student access to technology.
  • Relevant for educators serving in a variety of roles from librarians, to instructional coaches, to teachers of any level or content area.
  • Focused on project-based learning practices this center of student choice, self-expression, meaningful engagement with the curriculum, critical thinking, and creating for audiences beyond the classroom.
  • Designed to foster connections. By sharing your work publicly, you contribute to an ever-expanding course text with other contributors just a click away.

Instructors understand so much about teaching and teachers and of course subject matter. The lessons inform my lesson plans and keep the topics exciting for me and my students. – Middle school language arts teacher

Many organizations already trust KQED to provide educators with an exceptional professional development experience. KQED Teach has been recognized by Common Sense Media as a “Super Resource for Creating Media in the Classroom” and is recommended by the California Department of Education as a high-quality provider of media literacy professional development for educators.


Whether you are a traditional teacher, librarian, educational coach, running an after-school program, or any other role you might play when supporting young people using media for learning, KQED Teach is here to help.

If you are a K-12 teacher you are looking to improve your media literacy skills to help your students find their voice, head to KQED Teach and register for your first course at your own pace. You’ll be online and learning in minutes!

And if you wonder what types of media you could inspire your students to createour KQED Youth Media Challenges provide a starting point for connecting audio, video, and graphic storytelling projects to the content you already teach. Discover our novelties Call for Change Challengedesigned to help students go beyond the classroom and share their ideas on how to make the world a better place.

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