Matthew Williams is a filmmaker and media educator who has recently transplanted to Oakland from Los Angeles. He believes that you are what you eat and feels everyone should have a multitude of dietary options for self-realization. Matthew is the Educational Technologist at KQED.
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For several years now, the practice of making things has really turned into a cultural phenomenon. Referred to as Maker Culture or the DIY Movement, self-sufficiency through completing tasks without the aid of a paid expert (aka do-it-yourself), usually involving technology and online sharing has truly exploded around us, especially in the Bay Area. Why is this happening?
Student Engagement with Issues that Matter Using Social Media (#TeachDoNow) is a collaborative learning experience open to anyone interested in learning how to use Twitter and other media sharing applications to promote social and civic discourse with students around science, news and the arts.
Just like in school or the mall, online spaces like Facebook or Twitter can be places of great conversations with friends; however, they can also be a place of unwanted comments or requests, and relationships that aren’t clearly defined. What is it that makes the internet potentially dangerous?
About a month ago a Malaysian Airplane mysteriously disappeared. Flight 370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew vanished when passing from one radar handoff to another. Why is it important to find answers to what happened to the plane? Do you think the media’s coverage helps the search? What questions does this mystery raise?
The creators of Zeega, an interactive digital storytelling platform on the web, recently launched their new mobile app, Pop! As explained on their website, Pop is about putting two things together. Capture a photo or video and combine it with anything on the web—an animated GIF, a movie clip—whatever comes to mind. To experience a Pop, press and hold down to reveal what’s underneath. Many Pops are funny—the app is perfect for the art of setup and punchline. But Pop can also be used to tell impactful stories.
The Obama administration is urging schools to review their school discipline policies to ensure they are not overly zealous and comply with civil rights law. The policies in question are often called zero tolerance rules, which hand out swift and strong punishment to those who break rules in school, and sometimes result in court action. After Texas passed its zero tolerance policy for school disciplinary issues in 1995, many students began receiving criminal citations for missing class, fighting, cursing and even throwing paper airplanes.
Last week, PBS NewsHour Extra partnered with Google to offer students the #MyZeitgeist Challenge, an opportunity to create their own Zeitgeist by compiling the events that have made the biggest impact on their lives using the storytelling tool Meograph. As part of this effort, KQED Do Now presented the question What events of the year […]