Developing Youth Voice With Audio & Video Commentaries

Want to get your students talking about the 2020 election? Help them create high-quality audio and video commentaries for the KQED Youth Media Challenge: Let’s Talk About Election 2020, co-hosted by National Writing Project and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. You'll walk through the challenge guidelines and resources, and make an audio or video commentary of your own that you can share with your students as a model.

course duration icon 9 Hours
course cost icon Free
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What we provide:
  • Practice activities to do on your own
  • Examples from other educators
  • Free online tools recommendations
Understand the components of persuasive commentary   Explore ways to assess student media commentary 
Explore what makes persuasive commentary different from other kinds of writing and how media formats can make them more compelling.   Get the lowdown from our challenge co-hosts at the National Writing Project on how to assess student writing and media making.
Learn pro tips for recording and editing audio and video    Create your own audio or video commentary 
Get tips from the pros on creating quality audio and video commentaries that are fit for broadcast or sharing online.   Make an audio or video commentary about an election issue that matters to you that you can share with students as a model.
  • Let’s Talk About Election 2020!
  • Practice: Persuasive Commentary
  • Choosing an Issue & Making It Personal
  • Getting Personal (and Political) in Your Classroom
  • Practice: Writing a Script & Making it Powerful
  • How do you make an audio commentary strong?
  • How do you make a video commentary strong?
  • Bring it Together in Post
  • Practice: Your Audio or Video Commentary
  • Assessing Audio & Video Commentaries
  • Let’s Talk About Next Steps
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This course can help you develop the skills needed to earn the Making Media for Classroom Use: Audio and VideoImplementing Media Projects in the Upper Grades, and Assessing Student Media micro-credentials. Earning eight micro-credentials qualifies you to become a PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator. Learn more.

What is KQED Teach?

We offer a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on digital media. Educators can build skills in video and audio production, data visualization and media analysis to support all curriculum areas. These skills allow educators to facilitate learning environments where their students can create digital content, develop their communication and technology skills and engage in deeper learning that encourages critical thinking.

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