Graphic and Interactive Media for the Classroom (April 2022)

The language of visual design offers a powerful way to engage students. In this instructor-led KQED Media Academy course, you’ll learn to represent complex ideas, information, and data in compelling infographics and interactive maps.

This Cohort:  April 18-May 29, 2022

course duration icon 40 Hours
course cost icon Free
course certificate icon Certificate of Course Completion
Join an Instructor-Led Course
Apr 18 - May 29, 2022
What we provide:
  • course practice icon A space to practice what you have learned
  • course tool icon Free online tools recommendations
  • course certificate icon Certificate of Course Completion

This professional development course is open to educators in all roles, subjects and grades who are looking for the skills and confidence to successfully incorporate graphic design and interactive media production into your learning environment to both engage students in learning and support critical 21st Century skill development.

In this hands-on course you will: 

  • Explore a variety of ways students can use graphics, images and interactive media for creative expression and to communicate information 
  • Make your own media for instructional use
  • Develop a Common Core standards-aligned lesson plan in which students create graphics or interactive media to demonstrate learning 
  • Develop tools and strategies for assessing and providing effective feedback for student media projects  

Each KQED Media Academy course includes

  • Online instruction delivered through videos and activities on the KQED Teach platform. Set your own schedule for working on assignments
  • Individual support and feedback provided by expert instructors on the platform and in regular, online live check-ins
  • A certificate from KQED indicating you completed 40 hours of professional development

Learning Objectives:

  • Master the basics of communicating with graphics and images needed to enhance instruction and support student learning, including:
    • How visual design fundamentals, like color choice, layout, filters and iconography work together to tell a story 
    • Ways data can be accessed and displayed visually or interactively to communicate concepts
    • How to use different visual genres (ie: memes, infographics, etc.) to connect with specific audiences 
  • Learn how to create lesson plans for classroom projects that align with Common Core and other curriculum standards to ensure that time spent using visuals to produce graphics or interactives result in student learning you want to see
  • Develop strategies for allocating and organizing resources to best facilitate visual media projects in a classroom environment
  • Learn how to  effectively assess student media
  • Understand the ways copyright law and fair use impact image-based and interactive media production and learn how to locate open content you and your students can freely use
  • Understand how a producer’s bias, intent, and production choices impact the messages communicated by graphics and image-based media 
  • Learn about federal laws protecting student privacy and safety online and how to best address these issues when making and sharing projects

Angel Valerio

Angel is KQED’s program manager for STEM professional learning. Previous to this role she worked in South Los Angeles and East Oakland for 8 years as a high school life science teacher and instructional coach. She is passionate about the intersection of science, social justice, and uplifting youth voice.

Rachel Roberson

As KQED’s program manager for humanities professional learning, Rachel supports educators in integrating video storytelling, audio podcasts and other media literacy skills into their teaching practice.  Rachel was a founding English teacher and assistant principal of KIPP Bayview Academy in San Francisco and has taught middle school English, ELD and social studies in Austin, Texas, and internationally. Before becoming a teacher, she was a newspaper reporter in the Bay Area.

Rik Panganiban

As the manager of online learning and educator certification at KQED, Rik supports teachers in developing their skills and confidence in media literacy instruction. Rik was the head of Digital Learning at the California Academy of Sciences and the instructional design lead for Science Action Club. He has taught media production for middle and high school students using a wide variety of tools and platforms.

  • Week 1: Using Graphics in Classroom Instruction
Join an Instructor-Led Course
Apr 18 - May 29, 2022

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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