Podcasting and Audio Production for the Classroom (February 2022)

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.

This Cohort: February 28-April 10, 2022

course duration icon 40 Hours
course cost icon Free
course certificate icon Certificate of Course Completion
Join an Instructor-Led Course
Feb 28 - Apr 10, 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 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

Learning Objectives:

  • 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



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.

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.

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.

  • Week 1: Using Audio Storytelling to Transform Learning
Join an Instructor-Led Course
Feb 28 - Apr 10, 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.

Have a question? Email us at teach@kqed.org or check out our FAQ.