In this free, hands-on course you will

  • Get step-by-step guidance on planning, implementing and assessing an audio project from start to finish
  • Learn how to select and plan for different elements of the project, from digital audio tools to aligning learning goals with your content and standards
  • Explore audio projects created by educators and students from a wide range of grade levels and subject areas to see how these projects are implemented and assessed in classroom practice
  • Create a ready-to-use audio project plan or unit
  • Create a rubric or checklist for a student audio project that supports your curriculum goals, no matter what content you teach
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 8 hours of professional development. Then apply for graduate units from one of our university partners.

Online Workshop (FREE)

June 12, 4-5:30pm PT

From Inspiration to Implementation: Get Ready to Make Media Next School Year

Get ready, get set, then make media with your students this fall! Helping students communicate their learning or share their voice through media builds creativity, critical thinking and communication skills. In this workshop for K-12 educators, you'll get inspired by examples of student-made media then move through the steps to implement and assess a media-making project with your own students. You’ll also hear from a teacher who centers media storytelling in his classroom. Leave with standard-aligned ideas, modifiable resources and sample rubrics.


Learning Objectives

Understand the components needed to successfully plan, implement and assess an audio project with students, including:

  • Aligning your audio project to content and standards
  • Choosing the digital audio tools that best communicate your project’s content and student’s learning effectively
  • Creating a clear timeline for your audio project from start to finish
  • Managing group work, collaboration, equity and accessibility
  • Differentiating formative and summative assessments for audio projects

Example Curriculum

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  Getting Started with Your Audio Project
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  Audio Project Inspiration
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  The Fundamentals of Assessing Audio
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  Planning your Audio Project
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  Your Media Project Implementation and Assessment Plan
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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 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.

All course content unless otherwise noted is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This license excludes all user generated content unless explicitly labeled for reuse by the user. Permission to reuse user generated content should be directed to the individual creator.

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