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| August 30, 2013 | 1 Comment
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Be a Panel Picker! In March 2014 many of the most energetic and innovative leaders will gather in Austin, Texas for the Annual SXSW to connect, collaborate and improve how we teach and learn. SXSWedu panels are currently being selected based on community input. Your vote is needed to share KQED at the South by Southwest Education Conference. Be a SXSW “panel picker” and vote for KQED Education today!

KQED Do Now: A National Debate on Current Events

Public life, increasingly, is happening online. Accordingly, in-school and out-of-school educators need models of civic education and engagement that build on youth enthusiasm for digital tools and networks and that support their use of these tools for civic purposes. KQED Do Now is one way that provides young people with a platform to discuss social and political issues using social media. Currently, the project is in over 100 schools across the nation where students join a weekly debate, responding to each other’s ideas, crafting multimedia arguments, and searching for online publications to support their claims. This presentation will examine Do Now and explore the value of social media, mobile devices, and digital media production in education, where learning can happen at anytime, opening the doors to an audience beyond the classroom or school. We will see how two educators implement Do Now with their students to generate a strong sense of civic engagement and digital literacy.

Virtual Visits from Teaching Artists

“Art School” is a term that can often bring to mind student loan debt and degrees that aren’t useful in the real world. However, in today’s democratized world of free media tools and tutorials, one can learn about the arts and even develop a robust arts education via YouTube and other free media platforms. Today’s students aren’t often encouraged to pursue studies in art because of the lack of financial promise, and yet creative lines of work are often what students are most interested in.

KQED ART SCHOOL is a new free video series where professional artists are profiled, discussing their career trajectories and intentions behind their work, then help demystify the art-making process by introducing techniques and concepts in an accessible way that anyone can easily follow along with. With KQED ART SCHOOL, anyone can learn how to beatbox, make a stencil, draw comics, break dance, create percussion rhythms, and more, from some of the most dynamic contemporary artists around.

Please, take a moment to vote for SXSWedu KQED panels. Voting ends September 6th at 9:59 pm PT.

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Almetria Vaba administers the California edition of PBS LearningMedia, a new digital media service for educators from PBS and WGBH. Check it out at: ca.pbslearningmedia.org.
  • Nicole Prokopchak

    The US should intervene on the issue in Syria. Clearly the Syrian government is getting out of control if they are using illegal chemical weapons on their own country’s civilians. This issue needs to be nipped in the bud before it gets worse. The Syrian government could get out of control with their chemical weapons. Chemical weapons are not the answer to problems, they only kill innocent people. Being that the United States is the most powerful country in the world, we need to intervene and help others.