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Matthew Williams

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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Do You Learn Better Through Making?

Do Now | May 30, 2014 | 97 Comments

Do You Learn Better Through Making?

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?

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What Makes the Internet Dangerous?

Do Now | May 2, 2014 | 70 Comments

What Makes the Internet Dangerous?

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?

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What Happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight 370?

Do Now | April 4, 2014 | 357 Comments

What Happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight 370?

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?

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Submit Your Video to BAYMN FEST 2014!

Bay Area Youth Media Network | March 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Submit Your Video to BAYMN FEST 2014!

The call for entries is now open for young folks to submit their videos to BAYMN FEST 2014. BAYMN FEST is an interactive showcase of media produced by youth ages 12-24. Sponsored by HIVE, this two-day event will be a unique opportunity for youth, educators and the general public to celebrate the work of talented young media makers.

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Is Prescription Drug Abuse a Big Concern?

Do Now: Government and Civics | March 14, 2014 | 76 Comments

Is Prescription Drug Abuse a Big Concern?

Why do you think prescription painkiller abuse is more of a problem in certain areas? What does prescription drug abuse look like where you live? What do you think could be done to address the problem?

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Pop Goes the Zeega, a New Mobile App

Arts | February 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

Pop Goes the Zeega, a New Mobile App

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.

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Are School Discipline Policies Too Severe?

Do Now: Government and Civics | January 10, 2014 | 19 Comments

Are School Discipline Policies Too Severe?

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.

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