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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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‘Street Literature’ – Richmond, CA Youth Speak Out

Civics in the Community | October 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

‘Street Literature’ – Richmond, CA Youth Speak Out

Young artists from Richmond, CA have something to say and the RYSE Youth Center provides support in elevating youth voices in meaningful ways. Street Literature is the result of young folks coming together to share the impact that the deaths of individuals such as Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, and Israel Hernandez have had on them.

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We Have a Right to Health Care…But Who Will Foot the Bill?

Community Voices | September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

We Have a Right to Health Care…But Who Will Foot the Bill?

Last week, students from all over the nation debated about Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) through the KQED Do Now project. They were asked if health care should be a basic human right, and whether all people, regardless of wealth, should have access to quality health care. Amongst young folks, the discussion went back and forth on the issue. We received over 1,500 responses from students. Many chose to articulate their ideas through the representation of an internet meme.

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Is Health Care a Human Right?

Do Now | September 20, 2013 | 118 Comments

Is Health Care a Human Right?

Open enrollment in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace, popularly known as Obamacare, begins October 1, meaning that people will soon be able to sign up for government-subsidized health insurance programs. Since the plan was first introduced, the ACA has been highly controversial, with supporters saying it is a major step towards universal health care, and detractors saying it is a major government overreach.

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Is Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream a Reality Today?

Do Now | August 23, 2013 | 226 Comments

Is Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream a Reality Today?

August 28, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where 250,000 peaceful demonstrators of all racial and socio-economic backgrounds filled the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to show their support for equal treatment for African Americans under the law, and equal access to good jobs.

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Students Make Videos to Document their Inquiry-Based Learning

In the Classroom | June 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Students Make Videos to Document their Inquiry-Based Learning

Crissy Field Center is a dynamic hub of youth engagement for Golden Gate National Parks where they help youth better understand their environment and inspire them to be active citizens in their commmunity. Project WISE is one of their great programs where Environmental Science students from Galileo High School identify local environmental issues and then create experiments to test the magnitude of these potential hazards.

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Teachers, Apply for our Do Now Working Group this Fall

Do Now | June 25, 2013 | 15 Comments

Teachers, Apply for our Do Now Working Group this Fall

KQED Education is looking for highly engaged educators who 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. KQED Do Now is a weekly activity for high school students around the nation to explore current issues using social […]

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Learning Continues with  “The Summer of Making and Connecting”

New Ideas with Digital Tools | June 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Learning Continues with “The Summer of Making and Connecting”

America’s education reform movement gets out of school this summer with a four-month campaign to help redefine learning in the digital age through dozens of activities for youth, parents, and educators, dubbed the “Summer of Making and Connecting.”

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‘SETI’

Bay Area Youth Media Network | June 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

‘SETI’

Produced by youth from the RYSE Center in Richmond, California, this film explores UC Berkeley’s SETI@home project, a scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI).

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Cigarette Butts and Their Impact on the Environment

Community Voices | June 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Cigarette Butts and Their Impact on the Environment

Produced by youth from Project WISE, a collaboration between Crissy Field Center and Galileo High School, this film investigates the harmful effectcs of cigarette butts on the environment.

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‘Recipe for Love’

Arts in the Community | June 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

‘Recipe for Love’

“Recipe for Love” is short, stop-motion animation. A lonely cupcake sees other couples in the kitchen enjoying each other’s company and decides that she needs a friend.

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