KQED Education

 
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Media-rich site starts conversations on news and culture.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Education is highly valued by the KQED community, and it shows on this site. Kids will learn how exciting it is to be informed on current issues and may want to get involved.

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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

There's no opportunity to log in to the site. Rather than being interactive, it's primarily a bank of information.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that KQED Education holds a wealth of information for kids of all ages. Including educational material from the kindergarten level to community college and beyond, it has a wealth of resources to enhance kids' learning experiences. You should know that there's not much for younger kids to do on the site, although there is a link to PBS Kids. For parents, however, there's all kinds of material to help you share current events and culture with your kids, from climate change lesson plans to videos showcasing contemporary artists. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • forming arguments
  • reading

Science

  • ecosystems
  • engineering
  • biology

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • global awareness
  • government

Arts

  • dance
  • film
  • music

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • asking questions
  • making conclusions
  • thinking critically

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Emotional Development

  • perspective taking

Collaboration

  • respecting other viewpoints

Responsibility & Ethics

  • honoring the community

Tech Skills

  • social media

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Rich, thought-provoking content on a variety of subjects should keep kids interested. With a tighter design, the site could make its great material easier to access.

Learning Approach

As kids read and respond to big issues, they're also learning to be active members of the community. The Do Now activity encourages teens to get involved using social media.

Support

PBS-affiliated resources are linked to throughout the site. There isn't much help available, but video and audio material makes content accessible to kids with varied learning styles.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • forming arguments
  • reading

Science

  • ecosystems
  • engineering
  • biology

Social Studies

  • cultural understanding
  • global awareness
  • government

Arts

  • dance
  • film
  • music

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • asking questions
  • making conclusions
  • thinking critically

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Emotional Development

  • perspective taking

Collaboration

  • respecting other viewpoints

Responsibility & Ethics

  • honoring the community

Tech Skills

  • social media

Kids can learn about current events as well as find lessons on subjects like art, social studies, and science. They'll also learn what it means to be part of a community; the site encourages discourse among users, especially teens. In the Digital Media Center, kids can get the tools to create the kind of media they see on KQED Education, and they're invited to think about how they'd go about presenting the news.

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

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What's it about?

KQED EDUCATION is a website aligned with San Francisco's public radio and TV station that offers a variety of educational media for kids of all ages. Their goal is to engage with community and educational organizations to broaden and deepen the impact of KQED media to effect positive change. The site is divided into sections: Main Page, Blogs, Digital Media Center, K-12, and Post-Secondary/ESL. You can also view resources by content area, like Arts, Science, or Social Studies.

Within the site are several blogs, each with a different angle on educational topics. The EdSpace blog contains something called Do Now, a weekly activity that asks students to respond to current issues using social media. Mindshift focuses on new technology and the future of learning. Most of the content here is directed toward teachers and parents to better serve kids. It's not necessarily a place kids can go to easily find games or activities.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Content is fresh and updated frequently, and the community that they're working to create with the Do Now activity is exciting. However, the content could be better organized. Clicking on various links often takes you to the same place, and the main page is a bit convoluted. It's hard to know where to look for teacher resources as opposed to content directed toward kids. However, this problem may exist because there's just so much to look at here, including five separate blogs, all about education. The Early Learning section could be more substantial; it basically just links out to other PBS assets.

Families can talk about...

  • Why is it important for young people to join the global conversation? Ask your kids how they feel about what they're hearing on the news. What would they change to make the world a better place?

  • Talk to your kids about media bias. Ask them to write a brief news article on something simple, like the family cat, but from a biased perspective. Then ask them to write the same article in a neutral tone and compare the two. 

Website details

Genre:Educational
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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