Help and Getting Started
- Signing onto KQED Learn for Teachers and Students
- Standards Alignment
- Dealing with Inappropriate Content on KQED Learn
How it Works
Each discussion is a three-part process.
Step 1-- Watch KQED's award-winning video series Above the Noise to learn more about both sides of debatable, trending topics. Each video comes with a glossary, source list, transcript, lesson plan and classroom viewing guide to help students check their understanding and organize their ideas.
Step 2-- Join the discussion. Students develop critical thinking and argument writing skills. Each discussion comes with sentence starters and a standards-aligned rubric. Online discussions help students learn ITSE-aligned digital citizenship skills. Students are encouraged to comment and respond to others. Only students can post!
- What Makes an Excellent Response?
- Sentence Frames for Discussions
- Rubric for Responses in Discussions
- KQED Learn Code of Conduct
Step 3-- Elevate discussions with a Make & Share.
Make & Shares bring 21st creative technologies into the discussion! Students can upload YouTube links, Soundcloud links, image files and embed html code. Only students can post Make & Shares.
Our platform can't support video or audio files, like Mp3 or Mp4. Please have students upload to YouTube or Soundcloud for video/audio projects and then post link.
Add to Resources
KQED provides a comprehensive source list for all Above the Noise discussions. We encourage students to add their own research.
Make & Share Resources
- Investigate: How Do I Search for Relevant Resources (Download PDF Version)
- Investigate: What IS a Reliable Source Anyway (Download PDF Version)
- Investigate: Is This Source Reliable (Download PDF Version)
- Investigate: How to Rate a Resource (Download PDF Version)
- Make & Share: What Media Formats Should I Choose (Download PDF Version)