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Students want to talk about real issues.

KQED Learn is a free platform for middle and high school students to tackle big issues and build their media literacy and critical thinking skills in a supportive environment.
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Bring civic engagement to the classroom.

Sign up and add your class to give your students a forum to discuss issues that matter with other students across the country. Discussion prompts provided by Above the Noise videos give students a structured way to engage in critical discussion on a range of topics - from vaping to video games, online privacy to climate change. We’ve even included the Common Core-aligned lesson plans and rubrics to get you started.

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Share a unique perspective with students across the country.

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Kick off the conversation

Award-winning Above the Noise videos give a factual, fresh overview of controversial topics - then pose open ended questions to prompt student discussion

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Practice critical thinking

Students participate in civic discourse with peers from around the country and engage with perspectives that may be different than their own.

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Make and share media

Students take it to the next level by sharing their unique voice and vision in a variety of multimedia formats - like audio, video infographics, and images.