In this free, hands-on course you will

  • Hear from science communication experts about the most effective tips and tricks to share complex science concepts through storytelling
  • Explore ways students can use media for creative expression and to communicate information 
  • Develop a standards-aligned (NGSS) project plan in which students create a piece of media that demonstrates learning and communicates important scientific information to an audience

Who Should Take This Course

K-12 STEM educators 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. Go further with graduate units or PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification.

Learning Objectives

Master the foundations of science communication and gain the confidence to lead media projects with students in your STEM classroom, including: 

  • Explore effective science communication strategies and models to engage an audience
  • Learn how to transform traditional science activities or assignments into media projects that give students new ways to demonstrate their content knowledge
  • Create a project or lesson plan for media-making that aligns with STEM curriculum standards and supports student learning to ensure that media production results in student learning you want to see
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 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.

PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification by KQED

This course helps prepare you to apply for the Implementing Media Projects in the Upper Grades or Implementing Media Projects in Early Childhood micro-credentials on Digital Promise.

Earn all 8 micro-credentials (MCs) to become a certified PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator.

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.