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Using Layer Masks in Pixlr Editor

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Using Layer Masks in Pixlr Editor

Today we’re looking at the use of Layer Masks in the free, web-based photo editing tool Pixlr Editor. This post is part of a series. Layer Masks might seem a little tricky at first, but once you understand their basic concept, you’ll find they can be a great way to achieve some powerful effects and control over […]

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Apply for KQED Do Now Working Group for this Spring

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Apply for KQED Do Now Working Group for this Spring

KQED Education is looking for highly engaged educators to join our KQED Do Now working group. If you are interested in integrating innovative pedagogical approaches to learning where students can connect, collaborate, and debate with their peers from around the country on current events.

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Should We Allow Apps to Collect Private Health Data for Research?

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Should We Allow Apps to Collect Private Health Data for Research?

On March 9, 2015, Apple announced the release of a new tool that enables researchers to build iPhone apps for collecting health data directly from iPhone users. Should we allow apps to collect private health data for research?

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Bay Area Educators Selected As 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators

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Bay Area Educators Selected As 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators

KQED is pleased to announce that, after a nationwide search, Amanda Haughs of San Jose and Cheryl Morris of San Rafael have been selected as two of 100 educators nationwide to join the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program.

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Limited English [Youth-Produced Short Film]

Bay Area Youth Media Network | April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Limited English [Youth-Produced Short Film]

“Limited English” features a group of public school kids who lack the opportunity to excel due to their schools inexperience in teaching English to non-native speakers. This video was an official selection of BAYMN FEST 2014. BAYMN FEST is an interactive showcase of media produced by youth ages 12-24 sponsored by Hive Bay Area.

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Visualization: Now that California’s “Rainy Season” is Over, How Do Those Reservoirs Look?

News & Civics | April 14, 2015

Visualization: Now that California’s “Rainy Season” is Over, How Do Those Reservoirs Look?

After the driest winter on record, California is bracing for another hot, thirsty summer. Deep into the fourth year of its historic drought, with no relief in site, the state is frantically trying to figure out how to cope with a lot less water. View this map that shows fluctuations since 2010 in California’s 30-largest reservoirs.

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Visualization: A Blueprint of Police-Involved Homicides Since 2011

News & Civics | April 14, 2015

Visualization: A Blueprint of Police-Involved Homicides Since 2011

This visualization, produced by San Diego design firm 1 Point 21, shows all 2,695 verifiable officer-involved homicide nationwide since 2011, as reported and cataloged by crowdsourced database Fatal Encounters. Select any of the lines to see incident information at top.

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Students Talk Art: The Seven Elements of Art in Everyday Life

Arts | April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Students Talk Art: The Seven Elements of Art in Everyday Life

Many artists recognize the seven elements of art as being line, space, texture, form, color, value, and shape. Artists consciously or unconsciously, use a combination of these elements in their artwork. Read what students said when asked, Where do you notice the seven elements of art in your daily life?

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How Much Precious California Water Did You Just Eat? Finding the Water Footprint of Your Food

News & Civics | April 13, 2015

How Much Precious California Water Did You Just Eat? Finding the Water Footprint of Your Food

Looking to minimize your water footprint at the dinner table? According to a new Los Angeles Times data analysis, the raw ingredients in that meal require less water to produce than almost any other combo plate of a protein, a fruit/veggie, a starch and a beverage. Use the site’s new interactive tool to build a combination of meals and see how much water is needed to produce California’s most commonly consumed foods (sources and methodology listed at the bottom of the graphic).

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Do You Feel Safe at School?

Do Now: Government and Civics | April 10, 2015 | 153 Comments

Do You Feel Safe at School?

Schools are constantly grappling with how to keep students safe. Do you feel safe at school? How does your school prepare for disasters?

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The History of Dogpatch [Youth-Produced Short Film]

Arts in the Community | April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

The History of Dogpatch [Youth-Produced Short Film]

An interesting, and “completely factual” narrative on the history of Dog Patch. This video was an official selection of BAYMN FEST 2014. BAYMN FEST is an interactive showcase of media produced by youth ages 12-24 sponsored by Hive Bay Area.

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Does Pop Culture Affect Your Views on Feminism?

Arts | April 7, 2015 | 9 Comments

Does Pop Culture Affect Your Views on Feminism?

Beyoncé is one of a few pop stars making a stand for feminism—a term that represents the equality of all people regardless of their gender. How are women of color, such as Beyoncé—who identify as modern feminists—changing the landscape of pop culture today?

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How Much Water Do Californians Use? What Would A 25 Percent Reduction Look Like?

News & Civics | April 6, 2015

How Much Water Do Californians Use? What Would A 25 Percent Reduction Look Like?

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday observed the dismal snow survey results before announcing California’s first ever mandatory statewide water reductions. The executive action mandates the state’s 400 local water supply agencies, which serve roughly 90 percent of California residents, to reduce urban (non-agricultural) water consumption by 25 percent over the coming year. But that begs some important questions: namely, how much water does the average Californian actually consume and what would a 25 percent reduction look like?

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Students Celebrate Black History Month with Music

Arts | April 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Students Celebrate Black History Month with Music

At the last Academy Awards, Common and John Legend moved audiences with their acceptance speech for their collaborated song, “Glory,” that appeared in the film Selma. Their speech was described as “connecting the struggles of the film with modern conflicts of police brutality, mass incarceration, and voting rights.” Music has played a huge role in […]

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