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KQED Youth Media Challenges: Making Media in Your Remote Classroom

Participate and share

Participate and share : Poster

Friday, December 4, 12:00–1:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Ilana Somasunderam  
Bob Kelly  

With distance-learning in full effect, teachers and students are looking for engaging ways to learn, communicate and connect online. KQED Learn is launching five new online media challenges in October, 2020 that connect almost any middle or high school classroom to authentic audiences nation-wide.

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Digital citizenship
Grade level: 6-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
For Educators:
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this poster session is to make conference attendees aware of the Let’s Talk About Election 2020 Youth Media Challenge co-hosted by KQED, the National Writing Project, and Student Reporting Labs. KQED Youth Media Challenges are designed to elevate youth voice. With a focus on audio and video submissions, these media challenges seek to create a tapestry of diverse voices and multiple perspectives connecting young people across regions around issues that matter most to them.

Participants in this poster session will:
- learn about the Let’s Talk ABout Election 2020 Challenge and how to participate with their classrooms.
- be introduced to a number of FREE digital tools that support the creation of media for the classroom
- see examples of how teachers and students are using digital tools that demonstrate exceptional learning, sharing and creativity
- learn about professional development opportunities to support creating and sharing audio and video commentaries

KQED Learn ( will serve as the foundation of the presentation. The learning platform will be used to demonstrate the opportunity, instructional strategies, professional development opportunities and student learning outcomes connected to participation in the challenge -- and will be customized depending on participant interest. Participants will be encouraged to take advantage of PD to develop their own media making skills, learn how to participate with their classes, gain access to resources to assist them in creating and sharing media with their students.

Attendees will learn how to participate in the Let’s Talk About Election 2020 Youth Media Challenge. Attendees will have access to the supports and resources they need to effectively participate.

Supporting research

Jenkins, H., et al. (2009). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture: Media education for the 21st century. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.

Kahne, Joseph, et al. (2012) Digital Media Literacy Education and Online Civic and Political Participation. International Journal of Communication, Vol 6.

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Bob Kelly, Minarets High School

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