Platform can connect classrooms across communities

SAN FRANCISCO—KQED Education is going digital with its latest platform for middle and high school students, KQED Learn. KQED Learn is a collaborative digital space for students designed to support academic activities, connect classrooms across communities and research, reflect and respond to timely topics.

KQED Learn delivers bi-weekly questions and topics from KQED’s youth video series, Above the Noise, providing in-depth research on current issues. Students watch the videos, read accompanying articles and then can join the discussion by responding to the question or commenting on other students’ responses. Students can also further explore issues with investigations created for STEM and humanities classrooms, requiring research and media making to complete. Collaboration is possible by posting, rating and commenting on resources in a shared workspace. Posts can be in the form of videos, blog posts, infographics or podcasts.

To have access to KQED Learn, teachers must complete an online registration at learn.kqed.org. Registered teachers have access to the platform and can read their students’ responses to posted topics and peers’ comments and collaborations.

“We created KQED Learn to address educators’ requests for an inquiry-learning platform that encouraged student voice and agency,” said Robin Mencher, executive director of education for KQED. “By connecting media literacy, media making and inquiry, KQED Learn supports students as they learn to form, express and support their ideas.

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