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Youth Voice 2020: Audio/Video Student Media Projects

Explore and create

Explore and create : Creation lab

Sunday, November 29, 10:45–11:35 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Bob Kelly  
Belinda Shillingburg  
Teresa Wierzbianska  

With distance learning in full effect, teachers and students are looking for engaging ways to learn and connect online. In this creation lab, educators will take a closer look at five different online media projects and get hands-on support to start making their own radio commentary mentor text.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Social studies, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
For Educators:
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
For Coaches:
Digital Citizenship
  • Model and promote diversity, cultural understanding and global awareness by using digital age communication and collaboration tools to interact locally and globally with students, peers, parents and the larger community.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Distance learning or not, students benefit from using online tools to engage in rich and discursive interactions. Students also tend to show their best work when they know there is an authentic audience beyond the classroom. KQED Learn, a free platform for grades 6-12, is launching five new youth media challenges in the fall of 2020 to create a space for students to share standards-aligned media creations on a variety of different topic areas, ranging from engineering, to dance, to creative writing. Media pieces will be viewable to the public and students from around the country. Some selections will be shared on public media broadcast channels. In this creator lab, teachers will learn how KQED Youth Media Challenge on-line resources for implementation can assist almost any classroom-- whether remote or in-person--in helping students develop digital literacy, critical thinking and creative skills. We’ll walk through one challenge, brainstorm ideas for a teacher-created mentor text and classroom implementation ideas and begin the process of creating a mentor text based on the radio commentary challenge. The ultimate goal: to help students connect with peers around the country, learn from multiple perspectives, build an understanding of personal opinions and experiences that affect us all AND share their voice in a way that can be heard.


20 mins: Discuss ways participants are addressing project-based learning and unpack strategies to support productive and civil classroom dialogue.
20 mins: Explore media-making projects to promote deeper understanding of multiple perspectives and open a space for authentic student voice.
30-35 mins: Participate in a hands-on activity modeling how students identify a personal experience that matters to them and share their views in audio format
10-15 mins: Investigate audio editing tools for distance and in-person classroom use.

Supporting research

Gliksman, Sam. (2016). Creating Media for Learning: Student-Centered Projects Across the Curriculum. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin.

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
Belinda Shillingburg, James Denman Middle School

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