Podcasting and Audio Production for the Classroom (Aug 2020)
Audio storytelling is an easy, accessible way for students to practice literacy and content creation—all they need is a phone. In this instructor-led KQED Media Academy course, you’ll make audio for your classroom as well as learn how to teach and assess student audio projects.
Next Cohort: August 24-October 4, 2020
Following Cohort: February 22 - April 4, 2021
This professional development course is open to educators in all roles, subjects and grades who are looking for the skills and confidence to successfully add podcast production to your learning environment to both engage students in learning and support critical 21st Century skill development.
In this hands-on course you will:
- Make your own audio story for instructional use
- Develop Common Core standards-aligned lesson plans in which students create audio stories 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
- Master the basics of audio production needed to make your own audio content to enhance instruction and support student learning, including:
- Choosing the right equipment
- Writing a script
- Capturing and adding quality sound
- Using editing software to sequence and trim tracks as well as add music and soundscape
- Learn how to create lesson plans for classroom audio projects that align with Common Core and other curriculum standards to ensure that time spent producing audio results in student learning you want to see
- Develop strategies for allocating and organizing resources to best facilitate audio projects in a classroom environment
- Learn how to effectively assess student audio
- Understand the ways copyright law and fair use impact audio production and learn how to locate open content you and your students can freely use in production
- Understand how a producer’s bias, intent, and production choices impact the messages communicated by audio
- Learn about federal laws protecting student privacy and safety online and how to best address these issues when making and sharing audio projects
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.
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.
Ilana supports educators in developing their skills and confidence in making and implementing media projects as KQED's program manager for STEM professional learning. She worked with teachers to develop meaningful project-based learning experiences at High Tech High in San Diego. Ilana was a science teacher and department chair at Wallenberg High School in San Francisco, where she facilitated student video projects that integrated science concepts and social action.
- Week 1: Using Audio Storytelling to Transform Learning
- Introduce Yourself
- Using Media in the Classroom
- The Power of Student Voice
- Get Inspired: Finding A Place for Podcasting
- Audio Aligns with Standards
- Write the Prompt for Your Audio Project
- Week 2
- Week 3
- Week 4
- Week 5
- Week 6
This KQED Media Academy course will help you develop the skills and artifacts needed to earn several micro-credentials on the pathway to PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification, including:
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.