In this free, hands-on course you will

  • Learn to demystify student privacy laws and choose the right online tools for student media projects, regardless of what district you work in
  • Gain confidence and understanding to evaluate the Terms of Service of digital tools and apps
  • Get ready to make media safely and responsibly with students of all ages
Who Should Take This Course

K-12 educators in all subject areas who want to develop skills and confidence with media making and media literacy.

Course Features

Learn online at your own pace with step-by-step videos and hands-on activities. Join live events with instructors and peers. It’s completely free!

Certificate of Completion

Earn a Certificate of Completion for 5 hours of professional development. Then apply for graduate units from one of our university partners.

Learning Objectives

Dive into the fundamentals of student privacy and finding online tools that work for you and your students by: 

  • Analyzing the four primary federal laws that protect student data and privacy and reflect on how they apply to your learning environment
  • Explore ways to build your toolbox of online apps for audio, video or image-based media projects
  • Evaluate the terms of services of at least one online tool you use–or want to use–to see if it meets the standards of your school or district

Course Curriculum

Enroll now for free!

You will have four weeks to complete the assignments in this course and receive a Certificate of Completion. If you would like to continue to access the course content after those 4 weeks, you are welcome to re-enroll. There is no penalty for taking the course multiple times.

Your Instructors

We support educators in integrating video storytelling, audio podcasts and other media literacy skills into their teaching practice.

Angel Valerio

Angel is KQED’s program manager for STEM professional learning. Previously, 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

Rachel is KQED’s program manager for humanities professional learning. Previously, she was an English and social studies classroom teacher and teacher leader in San Francisco, Oakland, Austin and internationally.  Before becoming a teacher, she was a newspaper reporter in the Bay Area.

Rik Panganiban

Rik is the manager of online learning and educator certification at KQED. Rik was the head of Digital Learning at the California Academy of Sciences and the instructional design lead for Science Action Club.

About KQED

KQED is a nonprofit, public media station and NPR and PBS member station based in San Francisco that offers award-winning education resources and services free to educators nationwide. KQED Teach is a collection of professional development courses that empower educators to teach media literacy, make media for the classroom and lead media-making projects with students in K-12.

Have a question? Email us at [email protected] or check out our FAQ. Find out about our district supports here.